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Beer Available At Kulminator (arranged by most recent)
Mort Subite Witte Lambic Zomer / …tť 2012 36, Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor 97, Martinís IPA 46, De Ryck Jules de Bananes n/a, Grisette Country Cool 11, Liefmans Abdis (Capucine) Tripel 52, De Troch B12 Energy Beer 1, Emelisse White Label Barley Wine Makers Mark Bourbon BA 2014 98, White Pony Strongest Than Ever 92, Abbaye des Rocs Triple Impťriale 99, Struise Doppel Strauss 91, Gaverhopke Paasbier 8% 43, Ciney Speciale 93, Eylenbosch Framboise Cuvee Speciale 98, Struise Pannepot Special Reserve 99, Eylenbosch Kriek 90, St. Louis Premium Faro 30, Timmermans Woudvruchten - Fruits de la ForÍt Lambic 23, De Dolle Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005 100, Timmermans Gueuze Caveau 50
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MrsReaves (14) Tamai, Italy | February 10, 2008
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
My husband dragged my sorry behind all over the place looking for this bar. He kept telling me how cool it was supposed to be and about how many different beers they had to try. He was nervous and giddy, kinda like a girl on her first date. Thanks be to the Lord that this place lived up to itís rep. After perusing the Beer Bible, we settled on old favorites in new vintages. I wonít say how old these beers were ícause a lady doesnít say, but they were dusty and the caps were rusty, so you KNOW they were good! After four and a half hours of trying beers that were new to us and listening to the cuckoo clock, we make our way out the door and off into the night. We will most definitely hit the Kulminator again. We got there kinda early, and had the place to ourselves, so the service was pretty good.
GaltScat (18) Minneapolis, Minnesota | February 1, 2008
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
Service? What service? Wait in line and fight like monkeys to get to the bar and order your drinks. However, this is definitely, without doubt, well worth it. The selection is unparalleled and you will find a very eclectic clientŤle, making for much drunken fun.
Cmycoskie (13) Georgia | November 17, 2007
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
Best beer bar in the world. I actually pray toward Antwerp 5 times a day. I had two five year old beers and a 23 year old imperial stout. They age them at perfect temperature and you are the one who benefits. The owners are very nice and will accommodate your needs. Go early and enjoy every sip of beer.
nuplastikk (41) Madison, Wisconsin | November 12, 2007| Updated March 3, 2008
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
Beer Mecca. Come for beers you cant get anywhere else. Very pleasant atmosphere..relatively small.
JoeMcPhee (502) Toronto, ON, Ontario | November 6, 2007
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
Yup... this place is the shit. Spent 3 or 4 hours in here just being awed by the beer that I was surrounded by. Friendly service, great selection, what else could you want?
puzzl (138) New York, New York | October 29, 2007
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
Letís be honest for a second here: this is the best bar in the world. Nothing else is even close. Totally laid back, with an unbelievable selection, and prices that donít destroy your bank account. Courage RIS 1983 was only 12Ä or something. De Dolle 2nd Anniversary beer from 1980, Bass Kings Ale 1981, Cantillon Framboise 1979, huge verticals of trappists, and countless other rarities and crazy vintages. And the owners are really nice. This place is heaven.
Goldorak (114) Montreal, Quebec | September 24, 2007
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
Dirk and Leen (I think thatís how you spell their names) were a bit standoffish at first, but even though the bar was pretty busy they took the time to chat a bit and I was never kept waiting for too long. I guess it helps that we were there for LCRBM 2007 and I gave Dirk his first taste of ice cider. Turns out the guy is almost as big a fan of dessert wines as he is of Beer, so we got along swell. At least, swell enough for me to get my hands on a bottle or two that wasnít on the menu but that I spotted in the display case. Like a bottle of Cantillon Druivenlambik that apparently was from the mid-80ís, with a really weird label that almost seemed hand-drawn. All he asked was a sample of it to share with his wife, which I was more than happy to supply. What else did we drink that night...Some DeDolle from the 90ís, unfiltered Liefmans Kriek on tap, some British barleywine that was at least 15 years old, a Gueuze from a long lost brewery and a bunch of others. Not a bad evening at all! Some of the Beers were a little past thier prime, but others aged remarkably well. And prices were surprisingly temperate, you could have a Beer almost as old as you are for about the price of a Bud at a strip joint. So start saving up your loose change folks, because this is the bar you need to visit at least once in your life.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | September 10, 2007
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
This world-classic establishment offers a genuine Belgian brown cafe experience. The draught list is exquisite, apparently constantly featuring the sublime unfiltered version of Liefmans Kriek and other rare sights on tap like Avec les Bons Voeux. Everyone has raved enough about the rest: remarkable menu with a massive vintage beer selection, though some of the listed stuff may not be available to just anyone and some unlisted stuff will definitely not be available to anyone. Potentially, you may higher your chances of getting the one beer that you really wanted by offering a beery gift to the owners. Thatís how this place is run, by passionate people who are not in a money race. Friendly, welcoming place that I did not quite find to be amongst my very very favourite in the world, I donít know why exactly.. perhaps itís just my lack of enthusiasm for aged beers. Itís still one of the top 10 bars Iíve visited, but on your average day, if I could instantly be anywhere in the world, I would not necessarily want to drink here regularly. The prices are actually very reasonable, but there is a certain heaviness, straining factor. Iím being as picky as it gets, because this remains one of those places everyone has to visit in their life.. more than once.
NickVega (29) Eugene, Oregon | August 17, 2007
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
Perfection. Their "Beer Bible" - or list is just the tip of the iceberg. If you are within 200 miles of Antwerp you should try to get here.
thenick (11) North Bellmore, New York | June 26, 2007| Updated July 16, 2007
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
For a beer geek, Kulminator is heaven on earth. Dirk and Leen, the couple who run the place, keep a very cozy and respectable shop that has a good mix of locals and foreign beer geeks who have heard the rumors and want to find out for themselves. The bar itself is rather small, so it is probably advisable to go during off-hours. If you do, Leen (who speaks perfect English) will chat about beer with you for as long as you want. She gave me instructions on aging beer for my new case of Westvleteren 12.
As many people have already said, the selection here is mind-boggling. The vintages are definitely the best part of the bar; I had a 1998 vintage Westvleteren 6, for example, which hasnít been made since. All in all, an A+ place and more than enough reason to go to Antwerp (honestly, the ONLY reason I went to Antwerp).
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