Until now the absolute best bar i have visited. Their selection of beers (especially well aged) is simply outstanding. It is a sin to go to Antwerp and not visit Kulminator.
flavio_b (25) ROME, Italy | January 2, 2011| Updated January 8, 2011
Despite that most people won’t agree with me, I’m really sorry to say that the Kulminator has been the worst experience of my beer life.
I had the bad surprise to find it close for holidays in the last week of December till 4th of January.
It’s simply absurd that a bar of such importance is closed for all these days on Christmas.
I also had the bad luck to meet the boss during the moment I was trying to realize it was close. He was very rude with me, while asking when it will open again, saying that it was also written on the website it was close (what site? does the kulminator have a web site? googling kulminator doesn’t give me any official website).
Such an important place absolutely doesn’t merit to stay on top of the best beer bars classification if it is not open and the boss behaviour with the customers is like the one I described.
One cannot come from very far, with the explicit purpose to go to Kulminator and find it close. It is simply absurd! Especially in Christmas period, when people may have more time to go there.
Very bad experience.
Cancelled from my list.
Fortunately, the best beer bar in the world is another one.
kermis (551) The Hague / Amsterdam , Netherlands | December 23, 2010| Updated March 8, 2016
I can’t imagine a better beer bar. A phone directory style collection which is second to none with a strong focus on aged beers (The oldest I have tried was from 1975!).
Nice messy-cozy ambiance, friendly helpful owners. A must visit and worth going out of your way for.
Visited march 09. Super atmosphere and very helpful owners. We tried a lot of vintage beers, some superb, others bad. Not the best tap list, but we came for the bottles. Good selection of small snacks to enjoy with the beers.
Great selection of vintage beers, including a Chimay roster that goes back to the early 1980’s. Staff was helpful in recommending choices, including some rare finds that can only be obtained in-person.
This is not a bar for admiring artistic decor, dining like a king, or mingling with the beautiful people, This is a bar for exploring and appreciating beers.
The beer selection seems comparable with other pubs I’ve been at. Great beer, if the ability to purchase bottles is important.
The focus of the night wasn’t necessarily these arbitrary bottles, rather that the white haired figure that insultingly prevented myself and others from leaving. I was at a party that was clearly covered by others present. The white haired guy freaked out and stood in front of the door and locked it, preventing guests from leaving, only to 5 minutes later receive the few hundred euros for the drinks drunk. Firstly, don’t wig out over a few hundred euro, you’re probably not a very good businessman, if this much is so important to you. Second, it is probably illegal to trap your customers in your pub by locking the doors.
Extremely bad form, and absolutely inappropriate. I’ll never come again.
The place is legendary and there is a reason for this. A small and partially messy place, it feels like you’ve been invited to someones livingroom or basement rather than a pub. The selection is world class with an emphasis on aged beer, some going as far back as 1980. There’s no food as such, but you can order some sausages, cheese-platters and chips. It can get crowded as it’s a small place, but if you’re ever in Antwerp you have to visit this place.
Kulminator is a typical Belgian bar and one of the best places in the world to have a beer. They have a nice taplist, but you go there for the bottle list, they still have some very old and rare beers that you can’t find elsewhere.