Visité des dizaines de fois en 10 ans.
Un endroit hors du temps tout à l’image de son créateur Kris. Une brasserie dans son jus, à l’ancienne, et des bières caractéristiques du lieu. C’est bonne enfant, belle terrasse et des produits complexes et si vous avez de la chance, Kris vous fera visiter l’antre de la bête avec dégustation de ces bières Réserva en barrique, un must!
Beautiful location with ample room for visitors. I had imagined the place to be smaller but there is room to accommodate a lot of folks, comfortable seating with couches and low tables in the warehouse + a nice open wood fire inside to relax, sip a beer and read a book.
Four beers on draft, + reserva in bottle. Oerbier pâté to eat. Very decent prices, friendly service. Kris was there and lives up to the bit of mad scientist imagery akin to that of Dany of Fantôme, if I had to take the Wallonian counterpart as example. He looked interested to chat, sits with you, then gets up all the sudden and leaves to later come back, pause with long silence and resume talking. What an experience. Too bad none of the beers are low abv.
Visited many years ago when the mother of the brewer gave the brewery tours, in her own inimitable way. I greatly enjoyed her discourse back then, don’t know what it is like nowadays but I can imagine it hasn’t changed much. Pleasant environment and fresh Dolle beers from tap after the tour, with a crispness and fraîcheur unparalleled by bottled versions. Memorable, so I decided to give this place a rating many years ’post factum’.
Visited as a first after the revival of our beer guild. Had the "old lady" tour which is simply great fun + interesting. Atmosphere is perfect for enjoying the more heavy brews around. The fireplace & artwork are pluses.
Stopped by recently and took the English tour, given by one of the owners/brewers, Kris. Quite entertaining and educational on how the current owners transitioned from college homebrewers to pros, along with the history of the original brewery owners. Nice tasting room with small snacks and a good selection of their beer, as well as original artwork by Kris. Nice stop!
Visited November 2014, Saturday English tour. Nice little place in the countryside with a great, big yet cozy bar that caters to the locals. Brewmaster guided the tour with a tongue-in-cheek tone - thoroughly enjoyable and worth a detour (or the walk from Diksmude).
Visited with friends the 31 January 2015. The brewery is on the main street of the village of Esen. As the beer the place is amazing. A really nice brewery with a great tap room. About the tap room this is really pleasant to drink a beer near to the fireplace with pieces of sausage or paté. I really recommend this place, this is clean and warm. About the beer there are 4 tap with Arabier and Oerbier and you can find also bottles of more special beer as Stille Nacht or Oerbier Reserva. The service is really friendly and you can meet also the brewer and discuss with him about beers! You can also buy some goodies from the brewery like shirt or posters! Really amazing, a muss to visit.