I was here several times during my stay in Antwerp. The first time it was the night before ZBF and the place was really crowded and smoky. The next times it was a lot more pleasant, even if sometimes it could get a bit crowded at peak times. A lot of old beer bottles and beer memorabilia everywhere as a decoration. The Beer list is quite amazing but unfortunately a lot of the best stuff isn’t really available anymore. Luckily, some great stuff that aren’t on the menu, you can see in the cellar window on the way to the toilet (even though some of the stuff there isn’t for sale). Service is quite friendly even if not very efficient on busy times. I liked the fact that unlike in other places in Belgium where you can’t get a glass of tap water, here you can have a glass of mineral water for free! It is also the only place in the country other than Delirium where can find good beers from the rest of the world (for example: Mikkeller, HOTD, Unibroue). Maybe not the best place in Belgium, but certainly one of the best.
Closed the first time. Big disappointment then. Open the second time. What a relief.
The place is like a "Harry Potter Place" for true beerlovers.
I really love this place. Me and my wife had a wonderful time together with some people from Netherlands and Belgium. Of course we drank Westvleteren 12 which is the best beer in the World. I also drank Bush de No?l which also is a very good beer.
Usually closed. Quintessentially Belgian, impenetrable, fuck-the-customer opening hours. HUGE BONUS POINT. With a cellar as studded with dust-encrusted jewels as this you are entitled to open once each leap year on Candlemas Eve if you can be so bothered to give a fuck. Virtually empty on my visit. Have not managed to gain entry since. Ambience diminished only by the other paying customers, a lobotomised clutch drooling over their first Westvleteren 3. Magnificently grumbling, lugubrious owner (?) who reluctantly excavated a 1978 Flemish brown from some long forgotten brewery for me before falling asleep behind the bar leaving the cat in charge. It tasted like cave-aged carp marinaded in canal water. The beer, not the cat. On awaking the owner furnished us with some cubes of cheese. At the time me and my now-Wife believed Chouffe and Karmeliet to be the best beers on Planet Earth so we had no right to expect our conversation to keep the owner awake. Would love to go back more than anywhere but having disgraced myself in Antwerp since (Karmeliet again) fear the locals would have me kneecapped and thrown into the Scheldt. Maybe next decade..
A relic of a place, cramped, cluttered and comfortable. The only pretence comes from some of the annoying customers. Looking for an old vintage or defunct brewery? This is the place. Also the only place I have seen in Belgium with a water station. Cash only, so bring plenty.