Nothing beats taking the tour with Chris on Sundays of this old brewery with its famous open fermenter, then sharing a few in the tasting room. All the clasics on draft and in bottles, plus an occasional surprise keep me coming back.
Fin (1143) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 27, 2017
We visited here on Saturday 25th March 2017, the we being me, Loz and Ian (Harrisoni on RB). Unfortunately we neglected to check the opening hours on here and just went from another guide which listed it as open from 09:00, it was indeed open, however the staff who we spoke with were very busy working and had been since 6am bottling beers. De Dolle can be found on the N35 its about 2-3 miles out of Diksmuide heading south east, it is on the RH side as you head away from Diksmuide and for orientation purposes there is a church diagonally opposite. Just checked google maps and whilst it appears that you can get public transport, quite bizarrely it looks like it might be quicker to walk as it’s just 34 mins from Diksmuide and less than 3km
There are a few car parking spaces available and a toilet can be found near the car parking area. Inside it is a working brewery so it was busy and a little cluttered on arrival, but there is a tap room off to the RH side. Loz and I had been here years ago (about 9-10 years ago maybe?) it was prior to having the camper as we were tenting at Ypres and we cycled from Ypres to Esen via the brilliantly marked and numbered point to point cycle routes that criss cross this area of Flanders. Back then we had gone to the tourist information office in Ypres to check public transport options and whilst it was do-able by train it was a pain of a route, though Kris (the brewer) on the other end of the line did offer to pick us up from the station if we trained it here. It was at this time that we picked up the cycle route maps from the Tourist Information. Back then we also did the English speaking tour which was undertaken by Kris’s mother. However I recall that we spent more time with Kris sharing cake and beers that he was keen to crack open and share with us. I am unsure if Kris’s mother is still doing the tours, I’d like to think so.
Whilst we were unable to have any beers on this occasion as we were too early, I could see that they had about four on tap including Boskeun the Easter beer that they brew. I have to say De Dolle are a cracking brewery, the beers are fabulous, I had an Oerbier at home just a week or so ago and had forgotten just how good this beer was. We will definitely get back here again, its a lovely place and has a very hands on feel to the set up.
Visited a sunday afternoon for a tour and few drinks. The tour in english was done by the owner / brewer, and was highly informative and held in a funny, quite sacastic tone. The brewey itself was place in a old building, most of the equipment dates back to the 1st world war. In the barrelroom we where offered a smaples of 2 beers, Oerbier Reserva, and a high sour/acidic brew. The 5 € tour included 2 tapped beers in the taproom, Arabier or Oerbier. Some bottles avaiable aswell. Service doing the tour was good, a litlte unwilling or downright grumpy in the taproom. Crowd on the tour was a mixed group of tourists from Germany, France, US, etc. The taproom, and the nice beer garden behind it, had a good number of locals aswell. Fair / cheap prices.
My second trip to Belgium made me realize that I forgot to review this place from my first trip there in 2006. One of my favourite Belgium souvenir. I got there through private transportation but be ready for a long walk from the nearest train station. Tours on Sundays only and I recommend it. The tour has no technical information whatsoever. Don’t think you’ll learn anything about De Dolle brewing tricks. The tour is more a history lesson of the brewery. Given by a 150 year old grand mother it was totally unreal. Very very cool. Then you can drink at the brewery pub. I was served Arabier and Oerbier by the brewer himself. He was wearing a shirt that I didn’t think anyone who dare wear in public. This place is unreal. Their beers are unreal. You must visit if you love De Dolle.
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.
been here a year ago , never seemed to have rated it .
very friendly service, selection is just the regular dolle beers ( plus the snr10 , since we were there for the release )
people here were very kind though. even offered to pick me up at the station , before i fixed a ride there ..
also, they had these pralines made zith oerbier . i’d go back for these alone ..
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.