Cafe Derat is a very cosy bar situated near the center of Utrecht. The barman, Eric, is a specialist and makes you feel right at home. The locals treat you just as anyone else and this is the finishing touch to create an atmosphere you don’t feel like leaving. If you want a quiet stay or an endless discussing about beer, either way cafe Derat will fill your needs. Eric selects the beers himself and it is always a pleasure to find out what beers are on tap. (they change often). I’m quite sure it won’t be long before my next visit, and the one after that. See you soon!
Great cosy bar in Utrecht. The service is great and the selection is great. Especially the large sour beer list they serve. Highly recommended!
Plaas (64) Alkmaar, Netherlands | January 12, 2013
One of the best beerpub sin the Netherlands. Great atmosphere, friendly service, interesting selection (lambic/geuze, nice taps) - this is a gem.
sic1314 (476) Leiden, Netherlands | June 9, 2012| Updated June 26, 2013
Super little back street bar with a small but eclectic beer selection. Friendly and not typically Dutch. For spotters of the unexpected, also has some of the local Uwe cider available in small batches. Revisited June 27th 2013. Was expecting to rate De Drie Herzen over this, until I walked in and found 3 new breweries on tap..
An excellent local Utrecht bar that me and my father stumbled into completely by accident on a cycle-tour around the Netherlands.
Both being serious real-ale and cider enthusiasts, we couldn’t believe our luck that we’d found this amazing bar run by an evangelist for top-quality British craft beer, Erik!
We had a great night drinking more beers than I care to remember with our friendly host, but the real revelation was the fantastic Dutch beers that we trusted Erik to provide us with, choices that he supplemented from his vast range of bottles and drafts.
Top quality beer, chatter and atmosphere, the only thing I could possibly ask for was perhaps a few more bar snacks, but I understand Erik didn’t open the place to start up as a Chef, so that’s forgiveable.
Check it out! Missing it already.
Last stop in the Netherlands before heading home. Glad i stopped here! Amazing list of beers, a lot of Lambiek and very nice local microbrews. Erik, the owner (?) is very friendly and advises well on beers. He had me go in the cellar to have a look, very nice. First ’bruine kroeg’ where they serve such great beers. Also some very rare, unknown stuff. Will definitely go back to utrecht to go to De Rat.
Oh yeah, they have a very good sausage aswell.
The benchmark for all small Dutch pubs and what they can offer and can do with such a small footprint of a place.
The range - yes the entire range- is forever changing and nothing hangs around, unless it was majorly interesting. Superb, world leading in fact, range of Lambic & Krieks. Eclectic range of whiskys, rums and other spirits
Local, national and international range of Micro brewery beer with seemingly no stone unturned.
If you are in the area then this has to be on your itinerary.
Bus 2 can be caught to the centre, but its just as easy to walk.
Knowledgeable staff are there to greet you as you would expect from a place of such a high calibre.
So friendly and experienced personal there! Average choice on tap but really good set of bottled beer. Must visit in Utrecht.
k6rfm (9) Palo Alto, California | December 26, 2014| Updated December 27, 2014
A great place. Quiet but not deserted midafternoon Christmas week. Two cats, no waiting. Framed dessicated rat on the wall. Not a lot of taps but a very nice selection (lots of bottles, but we didn’t try any.) Good recommendations from the barkeeper, useful since they had Dutch micros this Californian had never heard of. If I lived in Utrecht I’d spend a lot of time here.
I should mention: the barkeep asked "how did you find us?" and when I mentioned ratebeer.com he said "oh yeah, that got me through Canada last year."
My favourite beerbar in Utrecht! (In Dutch: stamcafe) It’s always fun to be here. Great selection of Belgium and Dutch (!) beers. 6 taps, chance very often, so be quick when you want to drink your favourite beer. When you prefer something sweet, just ask the secret Geuze/Lambic list behind the bar.
The bar is named after a dead rat that was found in the cellar. The rat now has a special place on the wall.