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Beer Available At Proeflokaal Arendsnest (arranged by most recent)
Jopen Lentebier 77, Lindeboom Gouverneur Dubbelbock 72, De Molen Rasputin 99, De Molen Bommen & Granaten (Bombs & Grenades) 97, Jopen Gerstebier 43, SNAB Pale Ale 90, Jopen Ongelovige Thomas (Doubting Thomas) 95, SNAB Koning Honing 64, Emelisse Porter 95, Jopen Malle Babbe 46, Amsterdam Brewboys Pale Ale No. 2 , Pampus Maren 47, Gulpener Biologisch Ur-Hop 86, De Naeckte Brouwers Naeckte Non 77, Volendam Pils , Volendam Volen Lauw Met De Pook , Sint Servattumus Zoethouter Tripel 42, Amsterdam Brewboys Pale Ale No. 1 52, De Molen White Witch Saison 86, Hommeles Hopdonder
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Travlr (1505) Washington, Washington DC | September 29, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Cozy and atmospheric place that serves only Dutch beers. They’ll do 4-5 ounce pours of three beers if you like. Service was friendly and quick when we visited. Pretty large bottle list. Nice place.
t0rin0 (1330) Do Not Resuscitate, California | October 4, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
Visited September 2012.
The place is small and somewhat cramped but it’s got a nice feel to it where everyone doesn’t seem to mind sitting elbow to elbow. The tap list is extensive with mostly Dutch beers on it and a few others mixed in (like La Trappe). They had tons of de Molen available too in the bottle. We sat by the window and ordered a few rounds while enjoying the view of the street and the canal. Taps were pricey but given the selection I can’t complain too much. Would definitely stop in again if I ever had the interest in returning to Amsterdam.
3fourths (1270) Boulder, Colorado | June 19, 2006| Updated June 28, 2014
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
’t Arendsnest is possibly one of the best beer bars I’ve visited - everything is high class, everything is as it should be. The walk from the Red Light District is not too far, and after you make it once you’ll have no trouble the next time. From the outside this place is not immediately noticed (it’s not hidden, just has a small sign), otherwise looking exactly the same as the buildings nextdoor. Very nice bottle list, exclusively Dutch. Across the canal from it is one of the better coffee shops in the city, Amnesia, not full of the riffraff seen in the RLD. Seems the Dutch like their beer fairly sweet. To me I think they should balance the sweetness some, but then again I do appreciate the new, interesting and hybrid styles that the Dutch brewers seems to create. Had a Dutch russian imperial stout here that was fairly unique, and a quad the night before that was amazing - smelled and tasted like it was aged in merlot oak barrels. Also the SNAB Pale Ale is a good US-like use of hops. Overall, this bar has a LOT to offer the beer traveler, the focus on Dutch beer is the draw. I can’t wait to go back, as this bar was one of the highlights of my European trip in 2006.
brokensail (827) Orange County, California | October 4, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice place with all 30 of the taps being Dutch brewed beers. Tons of bottles, seem to focus a lot on De Molen. Pretty decent prices, friendly staff, and a very nice atmosphere. A must do in Amsterdam.
Boudicca (694) London, England | April 22, 2011| Updated October 12, 2013
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
I was going to Amsterdam for a conference at the beginning of April so we decided to extend the trip and make a short holiday of it. We stayed in the excellent Hotel Singel (on the Singel canal, one of the innermost rings) and I was thrilled to find that ‘t Arendsnest was our “local”, just minutes away on Herengracht, the next canal along. It became just that – our local for the visit, and we became regulars. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and very friendly and the real locals were friendly too, as were the more itinerant customers. We weren’t surprised when we bumped into Ken with a couple of his colleagues, as we knew he was working in Amsterdam, but one evening we also found ourselves sitting next to Claus from Sogaard’s brewery in Aarhus, whom we’d met before, and – another day - Paul and Sandra, who we know from Belgian beer gatherings. So it’s obviously the place to be!
The reason is clear – the bar is situated centrally, but in a quieter area of the centre by a lovely canal, and it serves only Dutch beers, all carefully chosen so there’s no Heineken or whatever else is the Dutch equivalent of Budweiser and Miller Light. There are 30 beers on tap at any one time, a full selection of De Molen beers (some on tap, most in bottle) and a range of other bottled beers. All this choice was a bit daunting at first but I soon found a favourite for when I couldn’t make a new choice – Mikkie’s beer, a very nice IPA brewed to celebrate the birth of the owner’s daughter.
The bar itself isn’t large but it’s comfortable and stylish in a traditional sort of way, with a few polished wood tables as well as seats at the bar. We always found somewhere to sit, even at busy times. Food is limited to snacks but the cheese is to be recommended. It comes from a local shop and is also Dutch. The cheese with ginger rates amongst some of the best cheeses I’ve ever tasted.
Incidentally, the delightful Thomas, one of the barmen, was up for a national award whilst we were there – I hope he wins. He deserves it!
Update: Thomas came a close 2nd; Mikkie’s beer no longer available. Nothing new to say except that we were given the wrong bill yet again – a minor gripe but a common issue last time too.
(Last visited 29/9/13).
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | September 2, 2007| Updated September 10, 2007
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
One of my favourite beer bars in the world, this is a winning formula for anyone who is not dutch. Marvellous draught list including 7 of the 30 or so Dutch beers I’d put on my must-try list. Classy place with less smokers than most. Just out of the very centre of Amsterdam, so it seems it may get a bit less packed. To give you an idea of the situation, I’m in Amsterdam for a week, I was at the Wildeman and Arendsnest yesterday. I won’t go back to the Wildenman, but I’ll go back to Arendsnest... everyday. Friendly, efficient, passionate even staff. Probably more dutch brews than the Bierkoning store. Soft jazz and old rock music kept at low volume. Remarkable spot that reached expectations, but how could it not?
nate2g (606) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | March 22, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Love it. Fantastic location overlooking the canal in a quiet area moments away from the bustle of central Dam. On a lazy and warm afternoon...perfect. The local Dutch brews are what we came for and what a fine selection indeed! Add to that the wonderfully inviting staff and friendly regulars and it feels like a second home. Every city should have a pub like this.
Leighton (591) London, England | April 25, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great bar. The beer selection is without peer in Amsterdam, and most of this selection is on draft. The bar itself is beautiful, tastefully decorated, located right on a canal, plenty of hardwood - stunning. Prices are fair. My only complaints are that 1) we waited about 10-15 minutes to get the cheese plate we ordered, by which time my two companions and I were basically done with our beers; and 2) even after requesting our bill we still had to go to the bar to pay. (Maybe the waiter would have brought it, but after 10 minutes we decided to take action.) These shortcomings are somewhat ubiquitous in Amsterdam, though, so ’t Arendsnest really isn’t too different in this regard. Bottom line: visit here. The beer is good and the setting is great.
GT2 (586) San Diego County , California | March 27, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful, old timely, cozy beer bar interior with gorgeous copper tap system. Huge selection of proper glassware. Focuses on small batch, local Dutch beers with a great mix. Bottle list was not too impressive but I think there is a ton of stuff they have not listed so do some peeking around for special stuff. Pours were done perfectly with perfect head formation, correct glassware, and dunked before serving to eliminate and sticky spillover. Bartender chick was super knowledgeable, friendly, and clearly a beer expert. I really liked this place. No big food, just smaller cheese and sausage plates to accompany beers.
Fin (543) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | June 22, 2009| Updated October 4, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
This was a really excellent bar and in a lovely canalside location. Served nothing other than Dutch beers with over thirty of these on tap at any one time. Barman was very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. I would highly recommend this place if in Amsterdam I went back 2-3 three times.
Been again 29 & 30th Sept’ 2011, I love this place, the service is just great, selection superb and everything about it is top notch. Superb bar.
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