Outstanding beer place. Totally dedicated to the beer they serve. We were lucky to be there at a hot and sunny day, and spent 9 hours drinking world class beers and getting lunch and dinner. The staff know what they are talking about, and they want to share. It was a little slow at time, but of course, that’s probably how we managed to last nine hours. The selection is, of course, world class Belgians, and the food is good and filling everyday meals.
Visited on a Sunday afternoon. Easy to get to from Brussels; a 20 minute train ride and then a 15 minute walk or bus. The guests were locals except for a couple of other Danish beer geeks, and everything was relaxed and peaceful. It is a pretty large place with plenty of seating inside and outside and it was
fairly busy on a Sunday afternoon with people coming in for lunch and beer.
The beer list is impressive with many different vintages of various beers, some of them with a real heavy price tag. They also had three different lambics on tap which was very nice.
Large food menu and the lasagna was pretty good, vegetarian options are available. The service was slow, not very attentive but mostly friendly. Quite a change in pace from the lively Brussels, but easy to spend most of the day here just hanging around and drinking beer.
Visited in beginning of February 2018. It quite a walk from the closest train station. Taking the train takes appr 30 minutes and add to that there is a 20-30 minutes walk. Is it a place worth the detour. Well if you're a lambic enthusiast definately! Huge list of vintage lambics plus your average very good belgians. Very nice food to pair with the lambics!
Like most people I went here a few times years ago, tried the special bottles and raved all about the place. Truth is once you did that this place seems less awesome. Beer selection has good but once you do the specials it is not god-tier level but very good still all the same. Food was good but don’t remember it being astonishing or anything plus their vegetarian option was Quorn fillet with garnish that is just sad really for a place claiming to have a world-class kitchen. Some of their pricing is exorbitant and rightfully controversial. First two times if you want to spend a lot of money this place is wonderful but after that just a solid restaurant, good beer place and very chill with some lambiek price nonsense attached.
Visited several times over the past 2 years, for a drink or for dinner, thanks to my girlfriend living only a town away. The interior is brownish, old-fashioned, cosy, perhaps a bit too small to have dinner if you're sitting on one of the benches. Beer selection is big with some lesser known local beers and a separate 'Geuze' list. You'll definitely get your ticks every time you visit, and they have an eye for new stuff (Homo Beerectus, Dok's, ...). Food menu is quite huge too, and they pair every dish with a beer suggestion. As for the food: they advertise their spaghetti bolognese as 'the best', but I was rather disappointed with it. I would suggest the 'house spaghetti' (more like a carbonara), the meatballs or anything typically Flemish/Belgian (steak, stew, mashed potatoes...). The desserts and the home-made ice cream deserve to be mentioned here, however. You get value for money, although some beers aren't that cheap, whilst the 'whales' (Vintage Geuzes and what have you) are completely off-limits for any regular visitor. Besides, you might easily find them in De Verzekering Tegen De Grote Dorst too. Lastly, the owners and waiters are friendly and knowledgeable, but HvL has been notorious for its waiting times. This hasn't changed. You might have to wait half an hour for dessert and another half an hour for the bill. Maybe they are understaffed, and it's not the end of the world, but there's definitely room for improvement. All in all, I will gladly visit again and again to try all the beers and dishes.
moze nie porwalo, ale w sumie fajne miejsce, tylko dziwne. taka bardziej chyba obiadownia dla lokalesow lubiacych piwo. niewatpliwie kilka atrakcji lambikowych podnosi odbior miejsca, ale tez generalnie to hmmmm... kapke przehajp jak dla mnie
Ik was er 3 keer telkens op maandag middag. Waarschijnlijk was het team zeer vermoeid van het weekend. De keuze van bieren is schitterend, het eten vond ik helemaal geen hoog vlieger, het miste ballen.
The legendary DHVL. The place was full when we arrived, so we had to go in the basement. Food was excelent and the atmosphere really good. Service was slow but friendly. The variety of beers available, especially the lambic is amazing, BUT, you only get the rare ones , like Blauw or Roze, only if they decide you re good enough? or worthy ? It would be better if they removed these beers from the menu, and just share them with friends or in special events or whatever. We managed to get a Heerengeuze which we had to pay in cash only (you can imagine why) for 175 euros. A bit disappointed
Visited during TdG 2017. Nice restaurant with very extensive bottles menu. Tried hard to get Goedele’s Bloesem which was amazing. Food was quite good. Unfortunately need a car to get there. A bit pricey. Ok service, though we waited quite a long time for our meals to be served. Recommended.