Belgium > Antwerpen
Beer Available At Kulminator (arranged by most recent)
Gulden Draak 99, Affligem Blonde 78, Mikkeller 40 Smaragd 99, Palm Green 2, Gouden Carolus Noël (Christmas) 99, La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #4 99, 3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek 99, BIIR White IPA 93, Mikkeller 黑 / Black 98, 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze 100, Orval 99, Struise Cuvée Delphine 100, Struise Black Albert 100, Hopduvel Bosaardbei 28, Anker Boscoulis (...-2009) 36, De Ryck Jules de Kriek 8, Gordon Finest Platinum 6, Mikkeller Black Fist 96, Roman Special 38, Pater Lieven Wit 51
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Lubiere (469) Ottawa, Ontario | October 26, 2008
90 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
I have been to this place 3 times and each time, it is such a pleasure and experience. I agree with most of the description BeerBelcher made on the decor, but i also would had I got the feeling of being in a curio shop, or a painting by Hieronymous Bosch. The menu is astounding, the prices are good, and yes, it is possible to get a beer which has not aged well. Overall, this is a no-miss if you are visiting this fair city. Last time, in Nov. 2006, I met up with Joris and Carlo (from Struise) and we had some really great beer: Aardmonik, De Neve Gueuze, etc...
BeerBelcher (134) Columbus, Ohio | October 24, 2008
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
I think the Kulminator is the most famous beer-bar in the world, but it took me by surprise. Tim Webb (“Good Beer Guide: Belgium”) said they’d reduced their beer list and were focusing on aged beer, which I found to be true. And the décor was…different. Not a bad experience, but for me, an American beer-geek, it was not what I expected from the most famous beer-bar in the world.
I don’t remember much about the neighborhood, although it is a brief walk south from Antwerp’s main square. Décor is odd…felt to me to be strangely Asian-influenced. We sat in the front on some benches with cushions on them. There was an elevated bar, and a small unused courtyard in the middle.
Kulminator does focus on aged beer, which (not to sound like an ignoramus on this site) is not a concept I’ve fully bought into yet. The beer menu is huge, multiplied in size by the various vintages of the same beer. A little older lady was our server, and she did a good job helping us navigate the menu. I had a Brugse Tripel from 2001, which I didn’t enjoy all that much, and a Bush Noel on draft, which I thought was pretty good.
I live in the Mid-west and have been trained to believe that great beer places are places like the Map Room in Chicago, Tornado in San Francisco, or Roman’s here in Milwaukee. Kulminator has this world-class reputation, but is very different from all of those.
Phil (28) , England | October 13, 2008
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
I love this place. Probably the first time, I really was blown away by the beer selectioin. Specialists in Aged beers, and hard to get Belgians. Dirk and Leen run an institution, a great place, that I was
able to get the Rodenbach Alexander for the first time. I think, sorry to say, that there are now better places to go for great beer in Belgium, but few still have the footprint that this place will hold in my view.
BartC (32) Lichtaart, Belgium | October 12, 2008
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Although just 40km from my home, this was for me the first visit. The beer list is enormous. I saw a lot of (old) beers I never heard of. This is really the place to be for amateurs of Belgian beer. I don’t beleave smoking is allowed in this bar and that’s a very good thing.
backfat (1) , Washington | September 15, 2008
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
I loved the tins and the atmosphere.
Wim (44) Weelde , Belgium | September 6, 2008
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
a verry nice beer bar with a verry good atmofhere a amazing selection a will go again a verry nice place
ogivlado (297) Zagreb, Croatia | September 1, 2008
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
What’s too much, is just too much...!!! After Trappistenlokaal ’t Klooster and Doerak in Delft (start to work at 5 p.m.), De Molenzolder in the Heineken Brewery in Amsterdam (redecorating), Kulminator was also closed for vacation. To make it worse, it starts to work on 5th August, and I was there on 4th! Knowing how much everyone was delighted with it, I wanted to get in somehow and serve myself with their well known aged beers. Unfortunately, I’ll have to wait for the next time. Till then all the scores are going to be temporary.
Plovmand (65) Helsinge, Denmark | August 26, 2008| Updated March 20, 2009
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
On the Antwerp trip with the LAN-brew crew I visitied this place twice. Its very cosy with plants and beer commercial items all over the place and chamber music from the speakers. Leen is very busy so you better order 2 beers when she is at your seat. Dirk is only finding beer and cleaning glass if you come early at the evening. At night he told us storries and recommended beer for us. The cheese we got there was cheap and good quality. They have a great choice of beers - especially the vintage ones. I had a Courage Impy Stout 1983 and it was awesome! Gotta go back some day.
DSG (47) Tel Aviv, | August 18, 2008
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
I was here several times during my stay in Antwerp. The first time it was the night before ZBF and the place was really crowded and smoky. The next times it was a lot more pleasant, even if sometimes it could get a bit crowded at peak times. A lot of old beer bottles and beer memorabilia everywhere as a decoration. The Beer list is quite amazing but unfortunately a lot of the best stuff isn’t really available anymore. Luckily, some great stuff that aren’t on the menu, you can see in the cellar window on the way to the toilet (even though some of the stuff there isn’t for sale). Service is quite friendly even if not very efficient on busy times. I liked the fact that unlike in other places in Belgium where you can’t get a glass of tap water, here you can have a glass of mineral water for free! It is also the only place in the country other than Delirium where can find good beers from the rest of the world (for example: Mikkeller, HOTD, Unibroue). Maybe not the best place in Belgium, but certainly one of the best.
Nnudd (1) Helsinge, Denmark | August 5, 2008
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
2008/07/18. Visit with LAN-Brew at our first study tour. First i did not fell wery much at home, and did not know what to think of this place...... but as the first beer, the second and the third went down the drain, one hour took the next, the next thing i noticed was the fact that we were all 4 guys a little drunk and had spend like 5 hours, with all the most exclusive vintage bees. We had a fantastic evening and there was only 10 - 15 people in the bar, so there was plenty of space and a nice quiet atmmosphere. This place is, in more than one way very special :-)
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