I’ve been here twice. The main argument to go here is to drink Westvleeteren. Apart from the bar at the monastary this is the only place in Belgium where you can drink it at the price the monks wish, meaning below 4 euros. We had an exellent tasting session comparing all the Westvleeterens with the corresponding ones from St. Bernardus. (So BriSava below has got it all wrong.) Apart from this the place has a very large selection of other beers too. If you can tolerate that the owner is "a bit special", that they maybe don’t serve all the latest micros and the limited opening hours; then you should absolutly try to visit.
Got there just as the owner opened, a little after 8 pm. The interior smelled like a wet cellar and was only dimly lit. Service was slow, even for Belgium, as the owner spent most of the time outside talking to regulars (in two hours I got three beers). The bottle beer menu was amazing but one of the bottles I got was oxidized (Verhaege Christmas) so even that was slightly disappointing. All in all one of my least pleasant pub visits in Belgium. Visited: 2013-10-03
Funny little place, with a very relaxed atmosphere, dust in the corners and service whenever the owner/bartender i ready. Even if there was food, you wouldn’t want to eat here, but it’s an excellent place for drinking. Big menu of bottled beer, with cheap Westvleteren looking very attractive. La Chouffe on tap also caught my attention.
Gerard, the owner, is a walking encyclopedia. The ambiance is that of an old-style Flemish pub. Beer menu is extensive, but pretty local (Belgian beer aplenty). Only open after 8 PM, so not overly touristy.
Plaas (64) Alkmaar, Netherlands | September 11, 2012
Only opening in the late evening, which makes this pub unattractive if you cannot stay overnight in Mechelen. The interior is very beautiful. Extensive beer list, but as stated by kraddel, not as special as one might expect. Belgian classics, no international stuff, lots of beers that taste more or less the same. Still, this place is a must visit if you are in Mechelen (well, if you are there after 8PM...).
so, after hearing for this for months ( oh you like special beer? you should go to mechelen, to de stillen genieter) , after beiing to earley so i couldnt make it ( opens at 8n how am i gonna get my train back dudes? ) i finjaly got there, and got a bit dissapointed ...
the place looks realy cozy, with much bottles ( some nice ones, somme common ones ) so thats a good start. a big beer list huray. but after reading the whole thing, i had to conclude it were all ’ fillers’ dont get me wrong, nothing bad with that, but why should i come all the way here? the beers i find here are supermarkets stuff, added beershopstuff, and some things nobody knows of. they dont have caractere rouge or something in that degree of specialty. this is a nice bar, in mechelen, FOR mechelen but in my opinion not woth a trip going there , especialy for the bar. (unless you want a 11 year old beer from gouden carolus, wich is ( that i found) the most special thing they had. )
nice service, nice looks, but a special beer bar needs real specials in my opinion. and dont even get me started on the music ...... ;p
A cozy place with the most extensive beer menu I have come across. Well organised beer menu and an excellent selection of different beer styles, vintages and beers from other countries. The best part is the PRICE OF THE BEERS. Its unbelievable. never had beers so cheap in a bar in Belgium. Well worth a visit for a beer lover when in Mechelen.
On a superficial level, very really great prices.
Westvleteren Blond: 3.4 Eur, Westvleteren Extra: 3.6 Eur, Westvleteren Abt: 3.9 Eur.
Bur if you order bottled beer, then you receive ONLY GLASS WHICH IS SERVED BEER, not bottle itself, this is the fake. Someone received St. Bernardus in spite of Westvletern and the master could not display the bottle.
My friends who ordered Berliner Weisse but he received belgian wheat ale which is served Berliner Weisse glass and the master also could not display the bottle.
Is this master’s silent enjoyment (Stillen Genieter) ?
It’s just a cheat and that’s the last thing you should do. So you should be careful not to be taken in him.
Really great prices here - opening seems a bit random, was about 20:15 when we got in. The owner was cool, like a quiet beer santa. Westvleteren at realistic prices, and a great selection in general - well worth a visit!