Belgium > Abele
MarcoDL (76) , Netherlands | August 4, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Big farm house near the French border. Lots of Belgian beers for extremely low prices. Recommended if you’re in the area.
timmckee03 (46) Toulouse, France | May 22, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 17/20
Great prices and good selection of belgians... very interesting shop, nothing rare or hard to find but the prices are unbeatable
Theydon_Bois (607) The ’Sham, England | October 24, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited on Saturday 20th October after De Vrede and the Struise old school house (about a 20 minute drive from the latter)
Rambling old shop with a good bottled selection encompassing all Belgian styles.
No rareties here but a good spread of the basics at decent prices.
Service was fast and efficient and a really friendly cat helped us out at the till :)
Food and a shelf full of glasses are on offer in a room to the rear of the shop.
BlackHaddock (334) , England | April 3, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
This shop is set amongst a rambling set of farm buildings just to the north of Abele village. South from Poperinge, this place is on your right, 400 metres from the main road and before the village signs. From Watou and the St Bernadus brewery, head into Abele and turn left onto the main road, you’ll see the flags and buildings quiet clearly on your left once you leave the village.
Well known to Brits for years (because of its inclusion in Tim Webbs books) this uneven floored farmshop stocks over 300 beers, some commissioned and only sold here, there is also a host of glassware too. It is very close to the French border, so chocolates and cheeses are also sold, along with fruit, veg and other foodstuffs.
You are left alone to push your trolley round, or at least we were. Took our time and filled the said trolley with some goodies. Very little English spoken (or needed), they understood credit card easily enough though!
If you are in this part of Belgium it is well worth finding, I’ll be using it again that is for sure.
loys (13) , | February 7, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Hard to find (panel "bier shop" with red paint on a wood plank on the left side of the road between steenvoorde & poperinge).
Looks dusty inside.
Choice of beers a little narrow & classical.
wisepete (1) , England | December 19, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
Go-to retail destination for Belgian beers
Typically €1 - €1.5 per bottle (330ml)
Huge range, they (nearly) got it all.
MerryMiller (1) , England | November 30, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Just back from Belgium and thought this would be worth looking up. What a gem of a place! Excellent range of beers etc and a really jovial owner to chat to. Beers still mostly in the 1 to 1.5 euro price range. I will be back for more next time.
A word of advice though. From next January 2012, the shop will be closed on both Mondays and Tuesdays as the owner "is getting on" in years. Also he does close for lunch from about 12:00 to 13:00.
baxterfish (194) , England | May 15, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Been using this charming place for over 15 years. Good selection - most of the local beers and others from elsewhere with an apparent emphasis on west Hainant (Dupont, Vapeur, Abbaye de Roc, Binchoise). You can purchase bottles from the shop or crates from the barn. Pricewise, a crate of 12 75cl St Bernardus Abt is 40 euros and Van Eecke Abt/Prior is 35 euros.
suprchunk (118) Crestview, Florida | February 26, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Hit up this little shop after a day of visiting a few shops and picking up some other beer. Must say I was looking forward to getting here and seeing all they had to offer. But was a little disappointed as the selection was about the same as a few other grocery stores, and not as good as Devo’s - the beer store in a hardware store. The selection is much better than what is in Germany though. But I can go across the border and go to any grocery store in Belgium to get most of the same stuff they had here. They did have a few things I haven’t seen elsewhere, but the beer wasn’t intriguing at all so it did not make up for it. The lady behind the counter was very friendly, the gentleman collecting bottles and moving stuff around seemed busy. The beer area is small and crowded, with selections repeated a few times throughout making it look like there is more than there was. But the prices are perhaps some of the best I have seen. There were a couple of things marked up a little higher than other places, but for the most part it is way cheaper. Although the cheap prices does not make up for the lack of selection over other stores within a 10 minute drive.
tdtm82 (77) , England | February 7, 2010
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
An out of the way down a track farm shop which actually is a beer shop. Walk inside the shop and gaze and the beers. A lot of great Belgian beers and very popular beers and a few harder to find beers
Spent 100 Euros and that was about 2 Euros a bottle or less. Lacking the rarity stuff true beer hunters seek but if you want to pick up some generic great Belgian beer without going to the supermarket and cutting a great value deal then go here. I went in 2008.
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