Belgium > Watou
larryLSB (66) La Selva Beach, California | July 18, 2015
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
This review is for the B & B, as we were unable to get a tour due to other plans. Spent two nights there, what a lovely charming spot, with the brewery buildings, hop fields, and landscaping. The room we had was very spacious and the breakfasts were excellent. Jackie, the woman who ran the operation seemed to do it all and was very helpful and friendly. Got in late the first night, so the refer was low in stock, but the following night we made up for it, trying a variety out on the deck by the pond. Worth the time and a good price.
rdb84 (19) , Netherlands | July 16, 2015
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 11/20
Visited the B&B for a night, and did a tour of the brewery. B&B rooms are nice and relatively modern. The guest house is a lot older in style, even a bit damp and hot. Fridges inside stock the complete St. Bernardus line-up, but stock runs out fairly quickly. Managed to taste a Watou Triple after we arrived, and a Christmas beer as a night cap, after we had arrived back from Ieper (15 minute drive, lovely town). Next day we visited the brewery. Tour was quite disappointing with lots of uninteresting facts and figures (I think our guide discussed St Bernardus packaging material for about 15 minutes, and the bottle cleaning line for another 10). Very modest talk about the actual brewing process, although the guide was quite informative about the new kettles that were being installed. The gift-pack at the end was a nice gesture that made the experience worthwhile from a financial perspective. Also visited the small shop, but did not buy any beers. All in all, nice to actually visit this iconic brewery, but I can imagine it is not very exciting for people not familiar with St Bernardus.
ATL_HopFiend (18) Atlanta, | September 25, 2014
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
Staying at this B&B was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life! I highly recommend it for all St. Bernardus fans. The Brouwershuis is a Bed & Breakfast next to the brewery - the beautiful manor used to be the home of the head brewer. The grounds are absolutely charming, yet the amenities are still modern due to a recent renovation.The staff was friendly and helpful, and arranged a tour of the brewery for us. The icing on the cake was the refrigerator stocked with St. Bernardus beers in the living room. Itís on a honor system, so just leave a few coins in the jar and enjoy some of the best beer in the world! We spent the evening out on the stunning veranda, sipping brews and chatting with the other guests. Wonderful memories!
Camons (349) Hasselager, Denmark | August 20, 2014
54 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 10/20
Small bottle shop / gift shop infront of the brewery. Selection is the Bernardus beers, that easily can be found else. Had to be noted, that if will be hard to find them at prices to match this place. Loads of swag aswell, glasses, shirts, etc. Okies service. Didnt tour the brewery or visit the B and B, that is said to be excellent.
vipinvelp (269) Velp, Netherlands | July 17, 2014
62 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
Bit disappointing. Little corner shop at modern brewery. Did not sell single bottles, only pre-packed assortments or by crate. Still managed to buy a beer not yet on the list. Service is very pleasant, which made it still a nice visit.
t0rin0 (1510) Do Not Resuscitate, California | October 5, 2013| Updated November 7, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Visited October 2012 with chinoskillzian and womencantsail.
Not sure if this place listing is only for the gift shop or also the hotel but the gift shop isnít much to see. You can probably talk your way into a tour but the gift shop is really just for visitors at the hotel next door since, like many places in Belgium, people donít like to work and there is only someone at the desk when they feel like it. They have plenty of stuff to take home as souvenirs like glasses, bottle openers, shirts, aprons, a flag (I got one), and beer. The price of the beer almost made me cry. A case of 24 330ml Abt 12ís costs, wait for it, 25 euro (plus deposit). If I had access to some free space in a shipping containerÖ They also have magnums of the 12 that they produce once a year as it turns out. Very cool but my suitcase was already full (and I mean full) of beer so I scrolled past. Now, the hotel next door is pretty awesome. This is probably the coolest hotel Iíve ever stayed in. Theyíve taken the old brewers mansion and turned it into a bed and breakfast. There is a fridge in the lobby/library with a lot of St Bernardus bottles along with some glassware and bottle openers and a tip jar.
slr13 (3) Texas | September 15, 2013
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
This place is fantastic! B&B connected to the brewery with fine amenities and reefers filled with St Bernardus product in the common area. Beers that are certainly world class. Staff went above and beyond in helping select and load a fairly large order from the brewery. Located in a beautiful rural area rich in World War I history and also very near other world class breweries. I canít speak highly enough of the entire experience. We are already planning our return trip.
Hertfordboy (10) Cheshunt, England | April 4, 2013
46 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 6/20
Pre booked and did the brewery tour.Cost 12.50 euros but excellent value film about the brewery in English, walk around and tastings of all the beers. Best of all include in the price was a gift pack of the four beers and a glass. Rating as given but almost unfair to rate this as a pub.
bheffner (1) Greencastle, Pennsylvania | October 9, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
Stayed here last week with my family while travelling through Belgium. Excellent B&B and very accomodating. Our room was top notch especially with 2 children, ages 8 and 10. It was cool to be right next to the brewery and made a great location to visit other places in the area like St. Sixtus, Poperinge, and Ipers.
brokensail (1137) Orange County, California | October 5, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful accommodations in this small, rural town. Right next door to the brewery and beer shop. Price is pretty good, the service is top notch, and itís just a very nice place to be. You can also arrange for brewery tours, which I think cost 12.50.
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