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 patť. 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.
Did a fun tour here through the cool brewery as guided by mum. Good value for money for sure. Tasting room has a good atmosphere. Didnít try their food. Unfortunately only Arabier was available of all their beers. A real shame with such a brilliant collection.
Easily the best brewery tour Iíve ever done, and I didnít even go there for one. The entire brewery is done up like their label designs which is quite entertaining. Rowdy locals keep it interesting and Kris hangs around to serve beers and chat. Lovely fella. A few of the standards on tap and the amazing Oerbier Reserva in bottles when I visited. The mum runs the tour and tells filthy jokes in several different languages, shimmies up ladders and generally bounces around the whole place. What a dynamo. The brewery itself is amazing too - heaps of old gear is still in use, and obviously producing great beers. Still one of the most memorable places Iíve been in Belgium. About a 30 minute walk from Diksmuide train station. Shame itís only open on weekends like all the other good places in this country.
(visit: January 2011) Nice relaxed atmosphere with a lot of walkers or cyclists stopping by for a drink. Service can be a bit slow, but Chris is not the kind of guy to stress out. Selection is seasonal, but I think if you only have so many beers, you should offer all of them in the brewery. And which Belgian beer geek did not take the tour with Chrisí mom? A big little old lady. Amazing how she even does the tours in English! A must have been for any Belgian beer geek and traveller capable of getting there (I figure you really need a car to get there).
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).
Decent size drinking area that housed us after the tour by Kris. Okay selection, but they were missing some of their regular offerings. No biggie. Price is fair given that you are paying for the nice atmosphere as well. Tour was nice. Walked past the fully stocked cellar hiding a lot of their older and special beers.
Called in one Sunday and stumbled onto a tour of the brewery. The host was quite a character and a little eccentric. Great to delve inside and see how the brewery operates, also got to try a barrel-aged oerbier straight from the barrel although just 4 months old. The brewery bar has a nice feel and of course tasting De Dolle fresh from the taps is something else entirely! Great little brewery, a real gem.
Wonderful place with a fun atmosphere. All standard Dolle beers on tap and bottle, and some seasonal stuff. Can buy beers in boxes with 20 bottles for 28 euroís, or sixpacks for 10 euroís. Also this brewery is an art-gallery.
Awesome place to visit, especially on bike (so you donít have to drive - drunk biking is awesome!). I made the mistake of driving so I had to limit myself, which I really really regret. The beer here is awesome. Kris Herteleer, the brewmaster, does most of it by himself, which is incredibly impressive considering you see his beers all over Belgium and the US. His wife, kid, and mom, were also just hanging around. Great people. I had the pleasure of talking with Kris for an hour or so on a Saturday afternoon in between the arrivals of biker groups. The guy is an artist - his paintings are all over the tasting room - but his greatest art is his beer. They had about 4 beers on tap and those and a few more in the bottles, plus a couple rarer/out of season ones if you know what to ask for. The tasting room is located back behind the brewery (you need to walk through it to get there) and there is also some merchandise for sale. Krisí mom does an English tour every Sunday at 2. Nice patio outside overlooking the Belgian countryside. If youíre ever in the western area of Belgium, this place is highly recommended.