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Beer Available At Molenhof Restaurant & Bar Oud Postje (arranged by most recent)
Struise Motuecha 80, Struise / CAP Obelis 78, Struise Coala , Struise Over The Margo , Struise Gruuthuse (Gruit Ale) 57, Struise Bolshevik PŤche (Peach) 44, Girardin Gueuze Black Label 100, 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze 100, The Kernel BiŤre De Saison (Burgundy Barrel Aged) 90, Struise Pannepot 100, Struise St. Amatus - Oostvleteren 12 99, Struise Kamikaze 97, Maeght van Gottem 72, De Plukker Single Green Hop 2013 , Struise Kloeke Blonde 81, De Plukker Keikoppenbier 47
atomeyes (1) Toronto, Ontario | June 28, 2015
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Not sure what else you want from a bar. Itís probably the best kept secret in Westhoek and West Flanders.
I worked in the area for a month so i lived at Molenhof.
Gueuze Tilquin was on tap for June. read that again, twice. such a nice treat to have.
the tap list varies, but its Struise heavy. no shocker since the brewery is kitty corner. the bottle list is also great, especially if you want some of the barrel-aged Struise beer.
Food is Belgian comfort food. donít go there wanting a salad or something light. it wonít happen. The best food items: hennepot (not for everyone. describing it to someone is gross. just trust me and eat it), the bitterballen with Pannepot stewed meat, any of their steaks are great and cooked rare to order. their fritjes are the best iíve had in Belgium. crispy and perfectly salted. i could just go there and eat fries. but i donít. i end up ordering lots and lots. prices seem high, but the portions are huge. go for dinner and donít expect to eat again until mid-day the next day.
service: i know the staff well. Martineís the matriarch. if you donít speak Flemmish, then yeah, wait for Bjorn or someone else working there. Be patient when you order, since its 2-3 people working the entire restaurant and bar. on a saturday night, the dining roomís packed, so you will need to put your name down or wait 2-3 hrs for dinner service.
decor: it has a Christian saint theme. its kitschy but great. You arenít allowed to smoke in Belgium bars, but this being a small town, they donít care. which really sucks. youíll stink like smoke if youíre at the bar. thatís the worst part about the bar. thereís also a backyard patio that you have to ask to sit in if youíre there at lunch and itís really nice.
There arenít a million food options in the neighbourhood (thereís another steak restaurant 5 min away, but whatever) and there certainly arenít many better drink options.
ruttroshaggy (16) , Belgium | May 31, 2015
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
This rating is for the bar only. Tom Cruise has served me both times Iíve visited. The beer list is great if youíre a fan of Struise. Prices for harder to find beers are a steal compared to other bars that stock them. Iíve been permitted to buy a few bottles for takeaway at each visit. The food/bar snacks are excellent. The service from Tom Cruise (Bjorn) is nothing short of superb. He is extremely knowledgable, friendly, and accommodating. I told my friend this is now my favorite bar in Belgium. After I said that, Tom Cruise said itís only getting better. They are going from 2 taps to 15 in the coming weeks to include Struise, Kernel, and a rotating Trappist. The place is small but huge in character. I canít wait to go again.
**********Update 30 May 2015:
There should really be a separate entry for the restaurant because holy shit the service there is awful. The server wasnít pleasant. Didnít bother to tell us one of the items we ordered was out of stock until 20 minutes after we ordered it. We had to wait 2 HOURS for our food. The only positive about the visit was that the food was quite good. Take this with a grain of salt since you might die of hunger before receiving your meal. I was told to pay for the meal at the bar. There was no one behind the bar for 15 minutes. Just a bad day at the office? Maybe, but I wonít be going back to find out. Iíll still go to the bar when Tom Cruise is behind it.
sir__v (125) Lille, France | May 25, 2015
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited the 23h May 2015. Very nice place just in 2 min from the De Struise Brewery. Very good atmosphere and nice decoration. The staff is friendly and take care about what they are doing. The service is excellent. About the beer selection, that was really nice when I was there to find a Kernel on tap and also a Tilquin! and with a very good place. I will visit for sure a second time to validate my rate. But for sure you have to do a break there if you are going to In de Vrede or De Struise.
Ptrck (4) , Netherlands | March 22, 2015
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
RocknBeer (9) Anderlecht, Belgium | February 21, 2015
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Good food after De Struise, I like their knuckle of Ham with my Black Albert!
baxterfish (248) , England | January 1, 2015
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 20/20
Excellent cafe and restaurant. Now has a really good beer menu including over 20 from Struise and at reasonable prices. The restaurant does excellent and plentiful food.
Service can be slow when the old lady is in charge but much better when the young guy who looks like Tom Cruise is in there -efficient, enthusiastic and very knowledgable. Update 1/1/15: Just gets better & better - now has 12 beers on tap mostly from De Striuse. Probably my favourite cafe in the area.
freretoc (31) BesanÁon, France | December 16, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
De dehors, et en sortant de la vieille ťcole, nous avions faim. Je criais famine mÍme. Deux restaurants de líautre cŰtť de la roue, et je crois quíon est plus que bien tombť. Un service impťcable, une bien bonne bouffe avec un bon choix. Et une excellente carte de biŤre avec toutes les De Struise que líon a pas bu boire ŗ la brasserie et une sťlection de biŤres des meilleures brasseries locales. Top !!!!
3fourths (1439) Boulder, Colorado | October 8, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
A characterful pub and restaurant with one of the better kitchens in the area, and an extensive bottle list to satisfy even the pickiest Belgian beer drinkers. A number of hoppy-pale Belgian beer was available for us to try, the (assumed) beer manager was a younger man, knowledgeable, making very good recommendations based on what we were looking for. The bar side I canít comment on other than to say itís full of cigarette smoke and should be avoided for drinking beer.
Camons (318) Hasselager, Denmark | August 24, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
This place is just a across the road from Struise brewery, so we went here for dinner after our visit there. Upon entering we learned thatt we should have booked a table, since the place was fully booked for the whole night! We decided to take the chance, and have a beer in the nice cozy bar, and luckily for us after a little hours wait they had a cancellation, and we got the table for dinner. The bar room is cozy, old wooden tables, beer posters and signs. 2 taps and a long bottle list including loads of Struise, other locals, and some sours from Cantillon, 3 Fontainen, etc. Good prices, Golden Blend was listed at 7Ä! unfortunately sold out, wich also showed to be the case with some other beers i asked for. The restaurant was nice, food was good and served in nice sized potions. Staff was seriosly understaffed, wich made the service a bit random, and rather slow. Actually while sitting at the bar it had a bit of Faulty Towers feeling, with the 3 servers taking turns walking in and out of the bar, into the restaurant,and the backroom , sometimes leaving it empty for up to 10 minuttes. That been said the service we had from the young guy (Tom Cruise) when seated in the restaurant, while still insanely busy, was excellent.
Bamsen78 (172) SÝnderborg, Denmark | July 23, 2014| Updated July 31, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Located on the outskirts of the village (exactly where you turn right to Westvleteren), this cozy restaurant is the place to go to for Struise beer if you happen to be here on any other day than a Saturday (when the bottle shop at the brewery is open). The staff are very friendly (the Tom Cruise guy even offered to call the brewey to let me in for a visit!) and seem to have sufficient knowledge of what they sell, and that means virtually all the currently available Struise beers (2 of them on tap) and over 100 other Belgian beers in bottles. I have just had some toast for a snack here, and it was quite good, but I havenít tried anything else. Not exactly cheap but really nice. A must-visit on the way to Westvleteren.
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