kermis (455) The Hague / Amsterdam , Netherlands | July 18, 2016
Having been to this place many times over the years I never really considered it to be a craft beer place, even with the Beiaard stuff and the selection of mostly Belgian bottles. Very much on the tourist trail and priced accordingly but it is a fairly nice venue with a decent terrace.
Medium-sized bar/restaurant with wooden interior and a nice sunroom. Apart from their decent house beers, the selection is mainly Belgian but overall quite good. Prices are Amsterdam average, staff is attentive but not the friendliest. Didn’t try the food but it looked quite nice. Worth a visit.
Walker by this place a few times, and actually thought it was something related to Grolsch since they have such a large sign of that. Stopped for dinner. The place was packed, but we got a seat easily. The beer was nice, mostly common german, belgian, and dutch stuff. I got an Ayinger I had never tried before. The food was about average fried stuff. Krokketten were nice. Somewhat pricy.
From the outside the Brabantse Aap has the appearance of a seafront hotel and it has tables and chairs on the pavement so you can sit and watch the world go by. Inside there are distinct dining and drinking areas. There were eleven beers on tap, including two or three of their own (it’s part of De Beiaard), and about 40 bottles but nothing too exciting.
(Visited 23 September 2014).
Most beerbars/brewpubs in Amsterdam are locals hangouts. Somehow the touristy places in Amsterdam do not include good beer. De Beiaard is the exception. This rather large bar is mostly filled with tourists. As far as beers go you’ll find a dozen taps that include a few Beiaard, a few of average Begliums and a few boring pale lagers. I’m still unsure how this thing works, De Bekeerde Suster (10 minutes walk from De Beiaard) is the brewpub but the beers are called Beiaard and also available at De Beiaard. I’m confused… anyway… I did not eat there but it seemed ok from the plates I saw going by. But the reason I stopped there twice during my first stay in Amsterdam is because of the nice sunny patio, probably the best place to have a beer and enjoy the sun in central Amsterdam. Basically only a place to visit if you want to sit outside. If you want to try the Beiaard beers I recommend De Bekeerde Suster.
A crowded, touristy place, but stopped for their own beers. Not brewed here, but at Suster, a bit more on the side. Should probably have gone there. Service was slow yet hasty (he was slow to come to me yet in a hurry to get away), unfriendly and off-putting. Had three of their own beers on tap and a decent bottled section of known Dutch and Belgians. Some from more far away, but nothing special. Food list was short, no specials, but the Catalan fish stew was excellent with a whole bunch of varied seafood in it though the sides were lacking: Two small pieces of store-bought bread (or bought from the bakery in the morning, perhaps) and a piece of both tomato and cucumber. Crowded and loud, but a nice view of the busy Spui and canal from the porch. The beer was good, but would recommend trying the Suster itself instead.
Easy access from Spui tram stops (#2 plus others). Crowd varies widely - locals to tourists. No obnoxious TVs. Lower level seating, including glass-enclosed terrance, and raised level bar/lounge. Very narrow and gets crowded easily.
Typical Amsterdam "two-finger head" pours. Moderate prices.
Panini-style sandwiches with catsup. Lunch menu and dinner menu: chicken, beef and vegies. Definitely worth a stop.