bartlebier (161) Belchium im Biersgau, Germany | January 25, 2014| Updated February 27, 2014
Visited several times over the last few years, both in summer and autumn. The potential for this ideally located small scale house brewery near the water is much higher than what they seem to make of the surroundings and interior. Every time we were there service and atmosphere were lacking, and 1 waiter busy with one large group of tourists/brewery visitors who had booked the full meal, resulting in long waits. Beers themselves are tasty, but less inspired than their medieval basic concept would suggest. Only tried little bites, nothing from the menu. Sitting outside in summer has its charms, but overall I would like to be more fond of this Ghent landmark--. Suggestions: introduce a few guest taps, bottles and knowledgeable servers.
Easy to get to & not too far from the city centre. Located next to the water, inside is very interesting. Modern and beautifully designed building. Lots of work went into this place & it looks beautifully. Be sure to check out the Rolling Stones themed urinals. Service was good, the servers appeared to be all job students. Still despite this one of them was very well informed about what they do, lots of explanation was given upon request. They have booklets with info available and they answered all of our questions. As far as beer selection goes, they have all of their beers available which I think are nice – not stellar but def. solid enough – most of them are both draft & bottled. Prices are good. They also sell their beers to go. You can get a tasting tray which is rare in Belgium. Food is averagely prized, I saw lots of stuff with Gruut cheese & lots of dishes with beer including some I have never seen before with beer. I didn’t eat here. Overall staff probably rotates a lot so services might vary but our was very good. All of the breweries beers are available, good prized & great interior. I am very puzzled by the other low ratings, no idea what you guys were expecting but this place offered everything that you might expect from a place like this in my opinion.
met one of these guys at horecabeurs 2013, where he gave me some very nice info . so i wanted to visit the place, even though i’ve had all their beers .
interior is AWSOME . very clean, yet not a ’hospital’ feel . still cosy ! we sat at the bar , where we could look outside to the most beautifull glass door, plants and a very nice arranged ’terrace’ . toilets are mouths ( rolling stones type !)
we got some great info from one of the people here . we discovered he waqs ’ onley’ a student , so what must the real brewery-people be like than ?
calm, good prices. onley 5 beers are brewed here, unfortunatly , but i WOULD recomend going here anyways . to take a rest from ticking , and to drink a nice beer in a nice enviroment
The interior is a bit impersonal, but at the same time kind of nice. Brewing equipment lingers the serving area. Might not be the most exciting brewpub in the world, or brewery if they prefer that, but worth a quick visit while strolling through the city.
I visited Gruut this past weekend as I had a little extra time in Gent. My initial experience was unfortunately bad as I waited 25 minutes to get my order taken and that only happened because I went up to the bar to let then know that I would like something. 10 minutes later I had 3 samples which priced out at 6.50€. The beer was just OK so I drank up and got out of there as I certainly didn’t have enough time to wait for anything else. As others have mentioned it is a strange set-up for the space and is not very cosy or comfortable.
Spacious brewpub with the brewing equipment visable. A bit slow and confused service, allegedly due totemporarily understaffed crew. Limited beer selction, their own beers were pretty average. Food was also pretty mediocre.