Kulminator | Antwerpen,
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World Class based on 364 ratings
Type: Bar

Vleminckveld 32
Antwerpen, Belgium 2000 [ print map ]
32 32 45


Hours: Monday 8pm-12am Tuesday-Saturday 16pm-12am Sunday closed

Mayor: kraddel (7) | Taps: 9 | Bottles: 800+


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Beer Available At Kulminator (arranged by most recent)
Vleteren Blond 12į Oak Barrel Aged 79, De Dolle Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005 100, Van Den Bossche Buffalo Grand Cru (Barrel Aged Pauillac) 94, Struise Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb 100, Anker Boscoulis (...-2009) 35, De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 100, Mikkeller Black Fist 96, Struise Black Damnation IV - Coffee Club 100, Struise Aardmonnik / Earthmonk 99, Mikkeller 40 Smaragd 99, Timmermans Oude Lambiek 83, St. Louis Premium Peche 25, Struise Cuvťe Delphine 100, Mikkeller George! Barrel Aged (Bourbon Edition) 100, Struise Pannepot Reserva 100, Mikkeller 黑 / Black 98, Gouden Carolus Classic 99, Chimay Bleue (Blue) / Grande Rťserve 100, Abbaye des Rocs Triple Impťriale 99, Van Honsebrouck Filou 46
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364 reviews for Kulminator
 Ambiance  86%
 Service  79%
 Selection  96%
 Food  66%
 Value  86%
 Overall  89%
 Rating  100%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
MaxxDaddy  (31) Hoboken, New Jersey | June 3, 2009
Our first bar on our trip to Belgium. Very cozy interior, with some drab decorations and plenty of cat pictures. Iím into the old-time feel of this place. We had Leen serve us the whole night and she was plenty helpful, even though Iím an idiot and tried to order beers that you can only get in verticals. Though that part was somewhat annoying, I can understand why itís done. The beer list is impressive, though itís mostly slanted toward aged Belgian strongs and trappist ales at this point. Still managed to get a 1983 Boon Kriek MP though. Overall, a very nice place to just drink and relax.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 10/20
Berley31  (5) New Brunswick | May 28, 2009
I feel like I missed something here. I had read so many things about how it was a must-stop in Antwerp. We went in a couple of weeks before St. Patrickís Day... the place was covered in shamrocks. I thought I was in the U.S. It was an afternoon, and not at all busy. There were 3 people there, one of which was a very loud young guy who was shouting at another patron, trying to faze him. Fun. The entire place smelled like B.O. They had a huge beer menu, but many of the beers werenít available. Again, maybe it was just a freak experience, but I was at many more enjoyable bars in Belgium than the Kulminator.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
AtlAggie  (20) Atlanta, Georgia | May 3, 2009
Just a little slice of beer heaven on earth. Of course the beer list is simply mesmerizing. I canít imagine there are many other places that can rival the selection if youíre looking for older vintages and beers long since retired. But for me, at least, the atmosphere equaled the beer list. Drinking beer here is like drinking in the living room of a favorite, somewhat eccentric, relative you donít get to visit often enough. it is small, cozy, and just oozes authentic (rather than manufactured) character. If youíre looking for somewhere to drink awesome beer and spend hours conversing with old friends, making new friends, or just sitting with your own thoughts, you will find it here. Only caveat is that the environment (full of cats, dust, and plants) seems custom made to torment people with severe allergies, so if you fall into this category enter at your own risk. No real food, but they offer cheese and sausage plates to accompany you on your travels through beer nirvana. I also appreciated t
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76  (154) , England | April 18, 2009
Very charaterfull place but was a bit shocked at the level of cigarette smoke - got used to not having this to put up with in the UK. Fabulous selection of old beer. The menu takes a lot of studying and I managed to find several they were out of. Also bought quite a few bottles to take away - not cheap - but then where else are you going to get these old beers? Look forward to returning some day!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 18/20
storkWald  (1) , Sweden | March 24, 2009
Lived in Antwerp for a couple of years wereas the last period a 100 steps away from Kulminator (I actually counted the steps). As a beer geek I was definately in heaven. The place is a bit awkward at first but soon feels like it couldnít have been in any other way. The atmosphere is truly special and the selection of beers is absolutely unique. There are many beers that are not listed in the menu. Ever since I left Belgium this is the place I miss the most. I wrote a post about this place which can be found at http://www.oddtaste.com/kulminator-the-heaven-for-beer-lovers/ Cheers!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
mabel  (230) Toronto, Ontario | March 22, 2009
Visited on a quiet Friday afternoon last February, there were pleasant Mozart-like piano concertos and relaxing organ music playing, giving a very cosy feel to the place. Situated on a no-name street, across the street from an Asian restaurant that we later ate sushi at (in a great wooden boat), this beer haven has an amazing beer menu. We came back after dinner -- this was the night before the Zythos festival, mind -- and though quite busy, we still managed a corner to ourselves. Unfortunately the owner had broken his leg and couldnít go down into the cellar to find all the rarer beers we kept asking his wife for, but what she could find in their upstairs freezer room (which you can peek inside on your way to the washrooms at the back) was nevertheless delicious and well worth sharing. An absolute gem of a place in town, not to be missed.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
BiddleBrau  (78) Fort Washington, Pennsylvania | March 18, 2009
Small, more local type bar with so many unique and aged beers available (I had a 96 deCam gueuze where are you going to get that in the States?). I can only imagine what their cellar looks like. I heard stories of some of the beers theyíve carried. Gotta love knowing a place like this exists. Only in Belgium and worth seeking out.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
fata2683  (131) Tucson, Arizona | March 8, 2009
Stopped in here the weekend of ZBF for a few beers. The decor is interesting and with the cats wondering around, very homely. Classical music playing and strange brewania all over the place. IO sat at the bar, but there are roughly 4-5 tables or booths, and an outdoor portion, but this was March so itís still too cold outside. I was presented a menu and began to look through it, which took about 45 mins. Itís huge and alot of things are crossed off, or the vintage has been changed. It was busy this weekend because of ZBF but Dirk and Leen did a great job helping everyone. I started with a 2005 Still Nacht Reserva for 9 euro. What a treat, served in the proper glass, at cellar temp, and a great first beer. Next I had a Chimay Doree, an excellent lighter beer and cost me only 2.50 euro. Third I had a 1996 Ciney Speciale. The bottle was pulled off the shelf and was covered in dust and cobbwebs. I did not expect this to be such a great beer, but served at room temp and with 13 years of age on it, the
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
Damico  (14) Royersford, Pennsylvania | February 18, 2009
This is the greatest place to order a beer in the world - there are over 800 of them! Dirk and his wife/friend/sister are phenomenal. They are not as outgoing as Matt from Caponeís, but they know their beer for sure. This is by far the place with the best variety of beer in the world. I had a beer from my birth year - 1979. Paul and I first ordered an Affligem Noel 1986 - ridiculous. Other notables were the Chimay Grand Reserve 1999, Cantillon Gueze 1986, and most importantly of all the "special special special" (in Dirkís words) Stille Nacht 2005, which of course is retired and received a 99 on this website.
Gualthiero  (6) Antwerp, Belgium | February 1, 2009
One of the largest beer selections and certainly for aged beers. To tast something special, you should go here. Not very causy however.

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