United States > New York > Brooklyn
jimmack (24) Nutley, New Jersey | October 23, 2005| Updated September 2, 2008
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 17/20
Great selection of Belgian beers at a fairly reasonable price. All beers served in proper glassware and at proper temperature. Had the salami and cheese platter with bread that was very tasty. They also have a stack of menus for you to order food to be brought inside. Fantastic bar!
notalush (386) Denver, Colorado | October 22, 2005| Updated March 18, 2006
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Homey and cozy inside - only six taps, but they are VERY well selected - the last time I was there, they put Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel on one of the taps, and I, literally, heard a chorus of angels - the bottles are where the beer geek gets his rocks off - however, unless you’re willing to fork over 25 bucks or more for that rare 750 of something, you won’t be getting anything you can’t go to American Beer Dist. for - overall a great place, with a wonderful atmosphere and friendly staff, but, unless you have the scratch, you won’t be getting to taste the stuff that makes this place special.
willblake (81) Bel Air, Maryland | September 19, 2005
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
Flat out amazing beer selection. Nice looking food, but I didn’t eat any. Service was top notch. Great atmosphere is ecclectic without being pretentious. I sat in a leather throne. Beer (Fantome Strange Ghost) was served at right temp in an excellent, large bowled, nice quality wine glass. Prices certainly seemed fair (although the sticker shock always gets you when you’re looking at lists of Cantillon, etc). Of the places I’ve been, I’d put this behind only Toronado, and that only because I love the atmosphere of Toronado that extra little bit.
Mads Langtved (51) Copenhagen K, Denmark | August 25, 2005
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
This is an unbelievable place. I spent a whole night at the tiny, hearty biergarten drinking good beer and eating great cheeses and sausages. The selection is not very wide, but there are some rareties in between. Mostly european stuff. Too sad they did’nt have all the bottes that they claimed to have on the blackboard. Because of that, I missed Peche Morted and Cantillon Spuytin Duyvil. Interior in the bar is retro style. Different chairs, a old hospital table, an old bike and several maps on the walls. As of the service, I was quite impressed that one of the two friendly, dedicated bartenders spoke Danish.
All in all a great bar for the enthusiast and a great bar for everyone else as well. Even the jukebox had a nice selection of classic American songs.
rickgordon (41) Göteborg, Sweden | July 21, 2005
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful place! A bit tight but don’t we love that! Great selection of world beers - Baltic Porters, Geuze’s, Doppelbocks, and one or two Eisbocks. Rapid rotation of cask and kegged beers. Dedicated staff. Cool interior with loads of remote breweriana.
jde123 (83) Washington, Washington DC | May 30, 2005
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
Very much recommended, huge, huge! selection of beer worldwide. Especially Belgian selections, I really liked how everything was listed by country and style. Very enjoyable place, has a very nice outdoor area, quiet conversation. One of my all-time favorites. Staff is very helpful, efficient, knowledgeable. Wonderful experience.
JCapriotti (67) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | May 15, 2005
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Nice hole in the wall... could use a few more taps. Nice to see some unique stuff, like a port-primed cask of J.W. Lees.
DavidP (58) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | April 30, 2005
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Guess what? This place is still great! I wish they had a few more taps, that’s my only complaint.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | October 23, 2004| Updated November 7, 2006
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
Absolutely stunning Belgian bottle menu, about as drool-inducing as the HopLeaf’s in Chicago or Bruges’ Brugs’ Beertje. Superb homey feel, extremely attentive and hard-working barmen, what more can you ask for really? If I had a place like this in my city, I’d be a regular. Prices are pretty steep, especially if you get into the rare bottles, but if you choose well, you won’t be disappointed. Cheese and meat plate is pretty interesting. One of the world’s best, no doubt.
tiggmtl (117) Vancouver, British Columbia | October 19, 2004
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
The ambiance is simple to the point and comfortable. The service very knowledgable and friendly (and pretty effeicient too - despite the place being packed I never had to wait and never felt rushed in chatting with the barmen). The selection is fantastic for Belgian style enthusiasts. They focus on that and do it very well. Tap selection was perhaps not astounding (with the exception of Fantome on tap) but the bottle menu clearly made up for it. Although the first couple of rare beers ordered were out of stock, the majority were available including some real discoveries. The cheese plate was of a very generous size for the cost and paired well with the beers, though the beers are truly what it’s all about. ’Essential’ does not begin to do this place justice!
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