2008/07/18. Visit with LAN-Brew at our first study tour. First i did not fell wery much at home, and did not know what to think of this place...... but as the first beer, the second and the third went down the drain, one hour took the next, the next thing i noticed was the fact that we were all 4 guys a little drunk and had spend like 5 hours, with all the most exclusive vintage bees. We had a fantastic evening and there was only 10 - 15 people in the bar, so there was plenty of space and a nice quiet atmmosphere. This place is, in more than one way very special :-)
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 !
Ambiance - What to say? This is an experience beyond the ordinary. Café like place run by a senior couple. Tons of beer-related old posters, tap signs and other trinkets everywhere. Fairly clean yet. Sort of organized chaos of beer-related stuff, old dried branches with leaves and everything in between. Patio in the back looked very cozy even though we sat indoors. Beer-releated trinkets outside seemed more mixed up with cat-related trinkets. Saw one cat but it sadly wasn’t up for any petting session. The place radiates calm and culture. Take it for what it is and take the time to relax and enjoy yourself and this will be the beer experience of your lifetime. Service - Very friendly and fairly fast. Place was close to empty at the time of our visit and I can see how service could get slow if it’s full but I fully expect it to be just as friendly. Selection - Insane vintage beer list (and some solid tap offerings). My highlights were the Stille Nacht Reserva 2005 and Rodenbach Vin de Cereal 2004. Food - Did not eat. Value - Extremely fair for the rarities on the menu. Additional comments - Wow!!!
If I have to use one word, I’ll say Unique. Weirest beer place I ever been, but for sure a most if you go to Antwerpen. Maybe at the begining is a little overwhelming for the ambience and amazing vintage beer selection, but then you sit and relax is fantastic.... I drunk some great beers on tap and then a fantastic Pannepeut 2010.
The place looks rather inconspicuous from the outside with a tacky, yellow signboard. The inside is equally surprising, cluttered with a ton of old objects like clocks, autumn plants, beer boxes, peculiar paraphernalia, and cats running around. The place is owned by an elderly couple and does not function particularly efficiently, it is often closed just because they do not feel like opening it, but despite all that they managed to collect a marvelous panoply of beers from around Belgium. Some are outright ancient like the 1977 Vieille Villers I drank there, whereas others exist in several versions to allow for a timeline-like comparison. The food served is good, though not outstanding it befits the general atmosphere. With time the place grows on you and you begin to feel particularly homely and cozy. Overall this is a one in a million bar, pub, tavern... emporium perhaps - nonetheless an absolutely necessary stop on any beer enthusiast’s trip to Belgium.