Like most people I went here a few times years ago, tried the special bottles and raved all about the place. Truth is once you did that this place seems less awesome. Beer selection has good but once you do the specials it is not god-tier level but very good still all the same. Food was good but don’t remember it being astonishing or anything plus their vegetarian option was Quorn fillet with garnish that is just sad really for a place claiming to have a world-class kitchen. Some of their pricing is exorbitant and rightfully controversial. First two times if you want to spend a lot of money this place is wonderful but after that just a solid restaurant, good beer place and very chill with some lambiek price nonsense attached.
Visited several times over the past 2 years, for a drink or for dinner, thanks to my girlfriend living only a town away. The interior is brownish, old-fashioned, cosy, perhaps a bit too small to have dinner if you're sitting on one of the benches. Beer selection is big with some lesser known local beers and a separate 'Geuze' list. You'll definitely get your ticks every time you visit, and they have an eye for new stuff (Homo Beerectus, Dok's, ...). Food menu is quite huge too, and they pair every dish with a beer suggestion. As for the food: they advertise their spaghetti bolognese as 'the best', but I was rather disappointed with it. I would suggest the 'house spaghetti' (more like a carbonara), the meatballs or anything typically Flemish/Belgian (steak, stew, mashed potatoes...). The desserts and the home-made ice cream deserve to be mentioned here, however. You get value for money, although some beers aren't that cheap, whilst the 'whales' (Vintage Geuzes and what have you) are completely off-limits for any regular visitor. Besides, you might easily find them in De Verzekering Tegen De Grote Dorst too. Lastly, the owners and waiters are friendly and knowledgeable, but HvL has been notorious for its waiting times. This hasn't changed. You might have to wait half an hour for dessert and another half an hour for the bill. Maybe they are understaffed, and it's not the end of the world, but there's definitely room for improvement. All in all, I will gladly visit again and again to try all the beers and dishes.
moze nie porwalo, ale w sumie fajne miejsce, tylko dziwne. taka bardziej chyba obiadownia dla lokalesow lubiacych piwo. niewatpliwie kilka atrakcji lambikowych podnosi odbior miejsca, ale tez generalnie to hmmmm... kapke przehajp jak dla mnie
Ik was er 3 keer telkens op maandag middag. Waarschijnlijk was het team zeer vermoeid van het weekend. De keuze van bieren is schitterend, het eten vond ik helemaal geen hoog vlieger, het miste ballen.
The legendary DHVL. The place was full when we arrived, so we had to go in the basement. Food was excelent and the atmosphere really good. Service was slow but friendly. The variety of beers available, especially the lambic is amazing, BUT, you only get the rare ones , like Blauw or Roze, only if they decide you re good enough? or worthy ? It would be better if they removed these beers from the menu, and just share them with friends or in special events or whatever. We managed to get a Heerengeuze which we had to pay in cash only (you can imagine why) for 175 euros. A bit disappointed
Visited during TdG 2017. Nice restaurant with very extensive bottles menu. Tried hard to get Goedele’s Bloesem which was amazing. Food was quite good. Unfortunately need a car to get there. A bit pricey. Ok service, though we waited quite a long time for our meals to be served. Recommended.
We stopped in on our way back to NL from the Tour de Geuze and had a rare Gueze followed by an aged oak barrel Le Trappe quad. The beer list is spectular. The rare stuff is really pricey, but what else would you expect. Only had french fries, so cannot comment on the food, but it looked good and the environment is welcoming. Among the greats!
Visited this for my birthday, while my lady was driving. So there wasn’t a problem with the location for me. Outside is screaming yellow, almost eyehurting but once inside that uglyness is forgotten.
Interior has more looks of a classic belgian pub. There seemed to be a different spot for them drinking and those who were sitting in to eat.
The tables were too close together to enjoy your dinner without being distracted by the conversations of the neighbouring tables. So that was a pity.
Service was good. Friendly, helpful, and with knowledge of their servings.
I did not take the time to check the whole list, because we had our menu with selected beers. But these selected beers were nice, and I saw some nice beers coming to the neighboring tables.
The dinner itself was not what I expected. Not that I did not like the food, but in my opinion they tried to show of too much. Some combinations didn’t work out that much (mostly in our main dish) but ok, you’re not in a Michelin-restaurant.
The biggest mistake, for me, was the amount of served beers. With almost every dish, I got 2 beers (mostly a blond and a dark one). This was a complete overkill. They’d better focus on one beer per dish and if the guest is an easy drinker, they can refill. But now it was an overkill of tastes and a too high volume for the stomach to deal with.
I did not have to pay so I didn’t actually look at the prices, but with this portions, I don’t doubt that the price-volume ratio is ok.
I’d love to come back once to enjoy some drinks, but before i retry the menu with selected beers, some things have to change.