Aba-Jour | Gent,
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Good based on 21 ratings
Type: Restaurant

Oudburg 20
Gent, Belgium 9000 [ print map ]
09 234 07 29


Hours: Weekdays from 1100; Weekends & holidays from 1500

Mayor: EdKing (3) | Taps: 6 | Bottles: 60


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Beer Available At Aba-Jour (arranged by most recent)
Moinette Biologique 97, Moinette Blonde 98, Gouden Carolus Classic 99
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21 reviews for Aba-Jour
 Ambiance  70%
 Service  78%
 Selection  71%
 Food  81%
 Value  66%
 Overall  74%
 Rating  81%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing  (160) London, England | July 30, 2015
Small cozy Belgian bar on the otherside of the river from Waterhuis. Try to sit in the top area by the window or the bar. The downstairs area by the river is a bit gloomy. Very nice beer list and the guy in there knew what he was talking about. Food is good honest Belgian pub grub. Nothing fancy but decent and they know how to match their beer with food. I had the beef stew and the guy introduced me to Gouden Classic, which went perfectly with the food. Definitely a place Iíd come back to on a future visit to Ghent. Beer list isnít spectacular but has they always have a Dupont beer on tap, which is a winner for me everytime. When I was there is was the Biologic version of Moinette Blonde and it was in fantastic form. Only downside is prices are a little high.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
bartlebier  (118) Belchium im Biersgau, Germany | February 16, 2015
Visited 2013-14. Pricy bar/eatery with a tired Art Dťco dungeon feel to it, by the canal, with odd bric-a-brac cluttering the way to the kitchen, which did not inspire me to dine here, despite an extensive menu. Focus is on pricier fare, OK traditional Belgian cuisine like stews and steak/friet, whereas the beer list is traditional and very safe as well, maybe not counting the mentioned still-rare-in-Flanders-Dupont. Had a trappist and Gentse Tripel here, but would not recommend as a beer place per se. I could see charming bohemian nighthawks congregating here afterhours, though.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin  (89) , Belgium | September 28, 2014
Discovered this by accident many years ago and Iím a steady customer since. The atmosphere is relaxed and quite cosy, in summer I prefer the little tables on the canal side. Staff changes regularly but some exceptions not mentioned, are usually friendly and helpful. Food is usually very much okay too, they have great ístoverijí made with Westmalle Dubbel and Rodenbach, as well as interesting pasta dishes, tasty meatballs in tomato sauce, and so on; I recommend following the weekly suggestions. As for the beer list: a bit stereotypical and overpriced indeed, and clearly less extensive than it used to be (I even had Westvleteren 12 here years ago), which is a pity; they do have a Dupont beer on tap, usually Moinette Blonde, a rare sight in Flanders. In all, very acceptable but perhaps not too exciting if youíre looking for rare beers. Do check out their whisky list too if you pass by.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock  (41) Stockholm, Sweden | September 1, 2014
Visited on july 31. Very nice outside terrace next to the canal. It was very quiet (thursday evening) with just a few guests sitting outside. Beer selection was decent, nothing special. Food was good, service was friendly.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
jorge76  (213) , Italy | June 13, 2014| Updated July 10, 2014
Decent selection for me that iím not a " expert " about Belgian beers .. We really enjoiyed the food .. Unfortunately was bad weather outside and couldnít sit in the terrace on the canal ..the guy who served us was funny and helpful .. Good place
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
77ships  (151) Antwerpen, Belgium | November 24, 2013
The beer list is very standard & the prizes were high for beer. None of the beers available were new to me. Place is food oriented, we didnít eat here. We just tried a draft sample opting not too pay the asking price for the regular beers. Service was friendly & helpful. The place seemed a bit dead, there were almost no costumers which seemed a bit odd considering just how packed some of the bars we had visited prior to this one had been. This place is not particularly interesting for beer. The food looked like solid enough Belgian fare but I only glanced at the list. This may be an interesting place to eat at but not for beer only.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 2/10   OVERALL 12/20
kraddel  (206) some beerplace , Belgium | November 24, 2013
bit confusing tap list . appart from that, nothing special on the menu, except for the prices that are VERY high . staff was friendly but a bit bored .. we didnt eat there, so no clue if the food is good or not
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow  (221) Stockholm, Sweden | November 14, 2013
Sat outside at the canal. Good food, decent selection. Was very calm the times I was there, but it was early and might get busier later on.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck  (179) Gent, Belgium | November 4, 2013
I have not eaten here, but have had a few beers on different occasions. Always a nice selection of beers, always some Dupont on tap. I really should try out the terrace out back this summer... UPDATE: now Iíve eaten here a couple of times. Nothing fancy, but decent "pub food", even if we donít really have a pub food scene in Belgium.

MESSAGE FOR FOREIGNERS VISITING GENT: if you read this, youíre probably planning a visit to Belgium, and Gent in particular. Iím always interested to get to know other ratebeerians, and if you come from an interesting country, we can maybe to an in person beer trade? Contact me!
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones  (312) Buffalo, New York | October 8, 2013
decent beer selection, comfortable vibe. food was outstanding.

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