Kulminator has been closed since October 2016, due to medical trouble of the owner. He’s been through surgery and if the recovery goes as planned, they will PROBABLY reopen end of February 2017. Please stop editting this place, until that happens.
Finally made it to the infamous Kulminator and found it even weirder than expected.... Old-school Belgian cafe interior inside. They had an interesting tap list and yes a crazy-looking bottle menu at very good prices. However the service was very slow indeed and we were only "allowed" to order of the bottle list a couple of times. Thankfully we still managed to try some old lambic & trappist offerings that were well-priced. An odd experience indeed, but worth it at least once. I wouldn’t rush back.
b3n450 (1) Woodbury, Minnesota | February 28, 2017
Definitely NOT permanently closed since I am here drinking a beer with the two owners. Please fix this so others do not miss out on this wonderful place!
(Updated Sept 2016)
Far out - just catching up on my notes and realised how lucky I am to have spent an evening at Kulminator in late Sept. Smaller and more cramped than I remember from my first visit - a few tables and chairs had been sacrificed for a somewhat shambolic home office set-up...weird. Very peaceful and tranquil for a Tuesday. Like 10yrs ago pricing remains inappropriately insanely low. How about Chimay Blue from the 90s for 10 euro and many other Trappists with 8 to 10 years can be had for 5 or 6 euro. I do wonder to what extent the depth of the cellar has diminished over time as Kulminator’s profile has exploded. Certainly the sours list is not what I remember.
Retails its place at the top of the pile (with others) with a thoroughly globally unique obsession with providing deep verticals of historically important beers. Can the wine world provide a similar example?
(Original Review 2006)
Clearly has strong claims as the greatest beer bar on earth. What an amazing place! Much smaller and casual than what I expected and service was very good for a quite Thrusday night. Needless to say the beer list and vintage list are awesome. 12 beers on tap. An inspirational bar for the aspiring bar owner (I was on a ’research’ trip), my only issue being that the beers were too cheap. An excellent reason to come to Antwerp and sincerely a privilage to drink here.
Muy buen bar es lo que es, solo para tomar buenas cervezas , el lugar parece el living de la abuela, es unos de los pocos bares que encontraras cervezas de guarda con muchos años , ir temprano por hay poco lugar y nada
Weirded place i’ve seen in a long time! Stuff everywhere, beer-merch everywhere, dolls and stacks of paper. The selection on tap is small but well chosen. The bottle list is out of this world with old vintages of a shitton of more and less rare beers. Very cozy, small, prices are great, nice old people. And the woman sure knows how to pour a beer, haha!
Incredible selection and a warm inviting place that almost feels as if you were in a log cabin listening to your grandfather tell tales by the fire at Christmas. Can’t wait to go back. Had a Stille Nacht 1987 vintage - stellar.
Posto molto caratteristico con un mix di soliti clienti regular e turisti birraioli tipo me .. atmosfera tipica da caffè belga con vecchietti dietro il banco molto gentili .. bella selezione alla spina ma le vere chicche sono nella lista delle bottiglie.. un must da visitare !