Belgium > Brugge
JK (279) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | March 19, 2007
66 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
A nice place, hidden down an alley in Bruges. It looks expensive but a bit worn. I would call it character. Service was friendly. The selection is adequate but not impressive, but the house beer brewed by Steenberge is good. Not many tourists at all, surprising considering the location and the horse carriage drivers point this out to tourists. Go for the house beer at least.
Glouglouburp (423) Montreal, Quebec | December 6, 2006
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Was there around aug/sept 2006. Lucky me I had put that place on my hit-list cause I would never have found it. It’s right in the Brugge touristy area but hard to find nonetheless. A small sign next to a narrow passage leading to an old house. Very nice settings. I was there early in the after-noon, the place was almost empty and I could hear to old wood crack under my feet. Feels like this old house will collapse anytime, I like it. Not very big, can sit about 25 people on each of the two floors. Beer list is nothing to brag about. A few hundred bottles that you can easily find in other pubs. No vintage/rare stuff except for their house beer the “Tripel de la Garre”. It is brewed by Van Steenberge exclusively for this pub. Waitress refused to tell me who brewed the beer, “it is a secret” she said!!! A nice classic but very strong tripel worth ordering. Each beer was served to me with a little plate of cheese. I don’t think they serve food but I may be wrong. Classical music when I was there! A bit unusual for a pub. I really enjoyed this crampy old house with its mellow atmosphere.
HermanW (8) Coevorden, Netherlands | August 20, 2006
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
It is some years ago when I was in the Staminee de Garre. At that time I was not a beer rater but only a beer lover.
We had some special beers there and supprise all the beers where compagnied with some cheese.
Also the announcement that there would be only 2 strong beers whould be served per person was very supprising and we agreed with it. Beer is to enjoy and not to get drunk.
Brodie (21) Blowing Rock, North Carolina | June 10, 2006
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Easy to find if you have Tim Webb’s guide. Loved this place. Packed with locals. Sat upstairs, lots of windows, laid back atmosphere. Professional but slow service. Very good selection, house tripel is very good. Very cool, laid-back cafe in Bruges with selection any beer afficionado can appreciate.
sayravai (103) Helsinki, Finland | March 24, 2006
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
This place is almost impossible to find, unless you know about it. Cramped and smoky downstairs, roomier and non-smoking upstairs (well, the smoke rises up, so it’s not really that smoke-free). The house tripel is very nice and creamy, and comes in a pretty glass. The list stretches well for spending the whole day there, but there are no rarities or vintages. For me it was a place to sample the house tripel and to move on.
pivo (24) , Germany | November 13, 2005
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Small place down an ally that is easy to overlook. Small room with an upstairs. Good selection, classic music and snacks. Odd that a family with two young children came if for a hot chocolate. Otherwise, everyone was drinking beer, and this around midday on a Tuesday. I’d do the same if I lived in Brugge.
YogiBeera (121) New Jersey | October 24, 2005
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Nice place and funny enough the hotel guy told us that "Amercians don’t find it" - well why this is only a problem of Americans, I didn’t ask, pivo found it right away, maybe he lives long enough in Germany :-) Nice small narrow building, a bit to loud classic music - I like it but it was kind of blarring. Pretty good visited for a Tuesday afternoon - locals and tourists and weird enough a familiy with two kids, all of them drinking hot chocolate. Nice Beer Card with some specals - but more the normal suspicios. Snacks are served with your beer. Staff was friendly but a bit lame and not really caring.
TBone (215) Pori, Finland | July 30, 2005
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Interesting place but very crowded. Worth of visiting just for their own excellent house tripel.
mullet (224) Melbourne, Australia | June 28, 2005
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Cool place which isn’t at all hard to find when you have Tim Webb’s book. I like the building a lot but every other aspect (service, beer list, ambience) was only OK, though by no means bad. Worth a look but I’d really only go there when Brugs Beertje is shut :)
diabel (25) Aarschot, Belgium | February 9, 2005
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Luckfully I read the comments on the Garre before I went over there, so I found this tiny pub immediately. I loved the cosiness of the place. Nice selection, but not very exclusive compared to some other beerpubs.
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