Fin (1126) 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.
Visité des dizaines de fois en 10 ans.
Un endroit hors du temps tout à l’image de son créateur Kris. Une brasserie dans son jus, à l’ancienne, et des bières caractéristiques du lieu. C’est bonne enfant, belle terrasse et des produits complexes et si vous avez de la chance, Kris vous fera visiter l’antre de la bête avec dégustation de ces bières Réserva en barrique, un must!
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.
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, don’t know what it is like nowadays but I can imagine it hasn’t changed much. Pleasant environment and fresh Dolle beers from tap after the tour, with a crispness and fraîcheur unparalleled by bottled versions. Memorable, so I decided to give this place a rating many years ’post factum’.
Visited as a first after the revival of our beer guild. Had the "old lady" tour which is simply great fun + interesting. Atmosphere is perfect for enjoying the more heavy brews around. The fireplace & artwork are pluses.
Stopped by recently and took the English tour, given by one of the owners/brewers, Kris. Quite entertaining and educational on how the current owners transitioned from college homebrewers to pros, along with the history of the original brewery owners. Nice tasting room with small snacks and a good selection of their beer, as well as original artwork by Kris. Nice stop!
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).