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).
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.
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.
jprausch (139) Cologne, Germany | June 12, 2017| Updated June 19, 2017
Did the tour, the best brewery tour Iíve done so far very interesting. The weather was beautiful so we went to the garden and had our beers there. All the prices are more than fair for beer, tour and merchandise.
Visited many years ago when the mother of the brewer gave the brewery tours, in her own inimitable way. I greatly enjoyed her discourse back then, donít know what it is like nowadays but I can imagine it hasnít changed much. Pleasant environment and fresh Dolle beers from tap after the tour, with a crispness and fraÓcheur unparalleled by bottled versions. Memorable, so I decided to give this place a rating many years ípost factumí.