Belgium > Gent
Beer Available At Waterhuis aan de Bierkant (arranged by most recent)
Leffe Blonde 84, Rochefort Trappistes 10 100, Chimay Bleue (Blue) / Grande Réserve 100, Rodenbach 93, Gandavum Dry Hopping 91, Cantillon Gueuze (Classic/Organic/Bio) 99, Chimay (Red / Rouge / Ale / Première) 99, Girardin Gueuze Black Label 100, Lindemans Faro 81, 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze 100, Mammelokker 61, Klokke Roeland 83, Straffe Hendrik Brugs Quadrupel 99, Oud Beersel Framboise 91
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | November 7, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
While at a very touristy spot, you cannot quickly grow tired of the viewpoint that the terrace of the waterhuis offers on Gent’s canals. It seems to be hard to find a place inside, where it’s surprisingly small although spread on two floors. In terms of beer list, the selection may be one of the best in town although there a quite a few places on par. What may give it the nudge may be its 3 house beers, the Klokke Roeland Belgianesque barley wine and Gandavum hoppy blonde ale being the ones definitely worth trying for the rare visitor. The service was less than stellar, the young man serving us seeming totally uninterested in anything except getting paid. That really hurt the experience. They sell bottles to go at the parent Beer and Ginhouse right across the canal.
yblosc59 (24) Lille, France | October 2, 2011| Updated July 12, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice place to taste the Gandavum Dry Hopping over looking the canal.
left_bank (60) , Japan | September 20, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
really liked this place as the wife & i watched the sun set from the outdoor seating 5 of our 7 nights in gent.
this place is good for all the reasons listed below.what i didn’t like was when someeone gave themselves up to not being a bier expert,ie-asked for help w/selection,all wait staff always suggested the most expensive drafts/bottles on the menu.in addition,from what i saw/heard,the waiters were rounding the bill to the next euro with the same mentioned customers!
bernatbeer (76) barcelona, Spain | September 8, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Situado cerca del canal esta este curioso bar,decorado como si no pasaran los años.una selección correcta y acceptable sin grandes pretensiones.Se puede encontrar la magnifica Gandavum dry hop en tirador.Siempre que estoy en Gent paso a tomarme unas.....
Aun dejan fumar
tandembrauer (14) Stavanger, Norway | August 10, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Nice setting close to the water. Wide choice of beers with proper glassware. Attentive waitresses. The pub itself is full of interesting breweriana - fun to take a look around.
Boudicca (890) London, England | August 7, 2011| Updated September 13, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
The Waterhuis is usually our first stop on arrival in Gent as it’s a lovely place and has such a good choice of beers. The bottle list runs to eight pages, including two pages of lambics and all the Trappist beers except for the elusive (and, in my view, overrated) Westvleteren. Check out the website for the full list and prices (which are reasonable, particularly for this central location). There’s also an impressive range of beers on tap. They’re listed on a blackboard in the bar and, on our last visit, included Mammelokker (the house beer), Boon Kriek, Gandavum Blond, Klokke Roeland, Bitburger Pils, De Koninck, Augustijn Donker, Augustijn Blond, Manneken Pis Witbier, Bacchus Oud Bruin, Delirium Tremens and Chouffe Houblon. The draft beer of the month was Augustijn Grand Cru.
As the name suggests, the Waterhuis is built on an old beer wharf and it has a long, sunny terrace right next to the canal. There’s also an associated restaurant and jenever house next door. Early on a Thursday evening in June the terrace was packed but it was quiet inside.
There’s a narrow L-shaped brick bar topped with railway sleepers, brass dispensers and an array of glasses to be matched with every beer, as is the norm in Belgium. There are stools at the bar, two bench tables by the front window, three tables overlooking the canal (if you peer through the spiky plants on the windowsill) and a small raised area at the far end with a barrel table and two chairs. There’s also an upstairs room which is less atmospheric but commands a similarly good view. The toilets, which are crammed into a small space to the right of the entrance door, are less than salubrious but the Waterhuis can be forgiven this as it’s otherwise so charming.
Unfortunately though, service can be patchy. There were four staff there on the Thursday and none were overly welcoming. On the other hand, when we visited on the Friday evening and secured a table on the terrace, hoping to dine al fresco, we’d missed last orders for food but the waitress was very helpful. She procured some snacks and nibbles for us - cheese, sausage, bread and ham platters – and suggested that we bring some chips from a recommended friterij just over the bridge.
(Last visited 10 June 2011).
sinjoor41 (11) Antwerpen, Belgium | July 22, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
The best place in Gent for taking a foreign friend for a Belgian beer tasting. the choice is quite wide. Good mixture of people inside. Lively atmosphere at the bar itself. The beers were served in an excellent way
fugitive (161) Athens, Greece | June 12, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Great place next to water. Big selection, good service. If it’s good weather sit outside.
Strebs (206) St. Louis, Missouri | May 14, 2011| Updated March 18, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Very quaint bar on a canal with a comfortable terrace. All of the usual Belgian beers are available. As with most places swarmed by tourists, the service can be spotty, and it was extremely unfriendly when I visited.
nate2g (816) Boomtown!, Australia | March 22, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Charming spot on the water. Visited just after opening but soon filled up quickly. Understandable that it’s popular with a good beer selection and attached restaurant. Service was slow with a ’don’t care’ element. More than likely will be the first stop on any Gent pub crawl.
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