The Sovereign

1206 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, Washington DC United States 20007
bar  4.95/5.0 23 reviews
Sun - Thurs: 5:30PM - 1AM; Fri - Sat: 5:30PM - 2AM; Brunch Sat-Sun 11am-3pm

Mayor: solidfunk (5) | Taps: 50 | Bottles: 350
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Beers At The Sovereign

NameABVEntered
Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi10%11/14/2017
HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend7%9/24/2017
Cantillon Zwanze (2017) Cuvée Bijette5%9/23/2017
Grassroots Arctic Saison6%9/18/2017
Oxbow Space Cowboy Country Ale4%9/11/2017
Thiriez L'Ambrée d'Esquelbecq 5.8%9/11/2017
Mikkeller Oude Geuze6.4%9/11/2017
Allagash Fluxus 20176.5%9/11/2017
Thiriez Extra4.5%9/11/2017
Get Radical Train To Mars5%9/11/2017
Tilquin / Rulles Stout Rullquin7%9/6/2017
Blackberry Farm Classic Saison6.3%8/30/2017
Perennial Southside Blonde5%8/16/2017
Tilquin Oude Mûre à l'Ancienne6.4%8/16/2017
Tilquin Oude (Gueuze)² à l'Ancienne 7.6%8/16/2017
Tilquin Oude Quetsche à l'Ancienne6.4%8/16/2017
Anchorage The Nectar6.5%8/15/2017
Anchorage Nelson Sauvin Saison6.5%8/15/2017
De la Senne Winter Mess8.5%8/15/2017
De Ranke Simplex4.5%8/15/2017
De Ranke XXX Bitter6%6/29/2017
Dieu du Ciel Rigor Mortis Abt10.5%6/29/2017
Fantôme Strange Ghost8%6/29/2017
Winterkoninkske Grand Cru13%6/24/2017
Westvleteren 12 (XII)10.2%6/24/2017
Perennial Barrel Aged Sump10.5%6/5/2017
De la Senne / Thiriez Birthday Session5.2%5/31/2017
Jolly Pumpkin La Roja Du Kriek7.2%5/31/2017
Oxbow Bandolier5.5%5/20/2017
De la Senne Saison du Meyboom 5.5%5/20/2017
Concrete Jungle Citizens of the (Under)World6%5/1/2017
The Veil Naissance5.4%5/1/2017
Oxbow Catalyst6.5%4/26/2017
Oxbow Bowie 5%4/24/2017
Westvleteren Extra 88%4/19/2017
Concrete Jungle Project DTLA6.2%4/14/2017
Jester King Part & Parcel5.5%4/14/2017
Tired Hands / Jester King Peaceful Invasive6%4/14/2017
De Cam Kriek Lambiek6.5%2/27/2017
Allagash Cuvée d'Industrial (- 2016)7.5%2/27/2017
Perennial / The Commons Meriwether5.5%2/18/2017
Verzet Oud Bruin6%2/18/2017


84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
weihenweizen  (459) Charleston Area, West Virginia | February 28, 2017
Parking is on the street and is difficult; on a Monday night I felt lucky we were only three blocks away. My wife and I had dinner and beers in the bottom level. This place is dimly lit high end restaurant. Service was quite good. The lambic selection is probably the best in the US. I had the curry mussels and the desert waffle which were quite nice. Food prices are pretty good and beer prices are going rate due to rarity. If you like lambic, go check out this place.
96
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
BVery  (698) Plymouth, Minnesota | December 7, 2017
Elite beer bar, for all the reasons previously noted. Love the vibe downstairs - dark and upscale, yet chill. Private party upstairs so I couldn't drink there today. Massive beer list. Service is top notch and truly professional- these guys are not beer slingers, they are experts.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Schlenkerla  (670) Vienna, Austria | October 9, 2017
Came here on 9.10.2017. Dark belgium beer bar / restaurant located in Georgetown. Estimate they have around 50 Belgium beers on tap (some Belgium style US beers included). Had a De Ranke - XX Bitter, De La Senne - Schieven IPA and a Fantome - La Dalmatienne. All were in great shape. A good selection of some rare Belgium breweries, but on the other hand some of the big names are completely missing. A good Belgium beer place for sure, but nothing outstanding.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
beskid  (12) , Germany | July 1, 2017
A little Belgian colony in the heart of Georgetown. Amazing selection of Belgian and American Belgian-like beers.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
Stine  (257) Minneapolis, Minnesota | May 31, 2017| Updated June 1, 2017
Dimly lit, and a bit more compact than expected in the austere, serious-looking downstairs bar (more open, casual environment with televisions upstairs). The food did not disappoint - casual but refined Flemish and Belgian informed bar food. Obviously there is a true wealth of options here for beer, certainly more so than anywhere else in the U.S. In close competition with the most impressive lists in the world.

At this point, things get interesting. Four of my personal most favorite breweries in the world are staples on tap here, in De La Senne, De Ranke, Blackberry Farm, and Thiriez. None of the tap pours I had on this visit were quite up to that particular beers normal standard, sadly. The lines were not flawed - the beers just seemed tired, in a hard to describe how or why kind of way. Diving into that massive bottle list, it became clear that freshness was not going to be possible with many selections. We received excellent service from the bartender, who checked freshness levels on several bottles for me and also generously gave us a brief tour of their keg cellar. He commented that the bar has not had to order De La Senne since they opened, so all those bottles are quite old at this point; again this is not the fault of the bar but it remains true nonetheless. His opinion was that the bottle list (and the excellent, thoughtful wine list) were generally under-appreciated (ignored) by the Georgetown clientele. This seems likely, and a major bummer.

Of course, I hold none of these disappointments directly against the establishment, as it seems to me a nebulous problem. I am unsure of how sustainable the deep bottle lists of D.C. - a staple of the bar scene at large here - can be. As it stands here, most positively, there are a lot of fun old lambics that are next to impossible to get in a bar in the U.S. Most negatively, there is also a staggering amount of old bottles that might have been better fresh, but at this point are stuck waiting for demand to catch up with supply.

Regardless of all this, the Sovereign supplies a higher quantity of world-class beer on tap than anywhere I have been outside of Europe. The rest of my thoughts here are definitely tertiary to this fact.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
JStax  (565) Devola/Marietta, Ohio | February 20, 2017
Visited on a thursday evening around 8 PM. The place is located at the end of an alley on Wisconsin Avenue. There is a small sign on the sidewalk that indicates they are down there, but I couldn’t really see it until I got past a piece of construction equipment. Well hidden. Inside was fairly swanky. There are two floors. Both have the same drafts lines and bottles available. I opted for the lower level because it looked like it had plenty of seats at the bar available. Service at the bar was quick and attentive. I promptly had beer in hand and a glass of water. My only knock on service was they let my water run out early on and never refilled it. I would have liked it to been topped off throughout the visit. The draft list was predominantly belgian beers, but there were some other countries represented. They were all belgian styles, though. They have both full pour and sample sizes available in all drafts. They had an extensive bottle list as well. I perused it, but ultimately decided to stick to drafts. Bottles, seemingly regardless of which you picked, were very highly priced. All things considered, I loved this place. I would put it right up there with Churchkey for the DC scene.
88
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Leafs93  (132) Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania | October 4, 2016
Stopped in before wedding reception and was very impressed. You walk down an alley and when you enter there is a bar upstairs or downstairs. We went downstairs into a dimly lit room that had an excellent ambience and taplist. Lots of sours on tap during my visit. Tap list focused heavily on Belgians but included a nice selection from other areas. I did not peruse the bottle list. Staff was knowledgeable.
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
spycow  (70) Illinois | September 13, 2016
Stop in during a stopover through DC yesterday. In a good part of town, with the bar back down an alley way away from the fray. The setup is nice, like an old school pallor feel. Large beer selection of Belgium on draft and massive bottle list of all Belgiums including a good bit of lambic of different vintages. Had some snacks which were quite good and the service was right on point. Overall a great Belgian beer bar in the States if you love Belgians. I know it is touted as that but hard to compete with their peers over in Belgium for the same quality of Belgian overall. Definite visit while in DC.
88
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
altonbrownd  (341) Chevy Chase, Maryland | August 28, 2016
Really nice bar / restaurant in Georgetown. Enjoyed a fine meal here and lots of greet beer with Travlr and jc1762. Not very crowded, excellent food and a very impressive tap list and awe-inspiring bottle list. Very good all around.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
solidfunk  (403) Washington D.C., Washington DC | August 8, 2016
Another great Churchkey-related spot, this one focusing in on Belgian styles and beers. Great service in a Belgian-themed place. Always good stuff on tap, especially for a Belgo-phile like myself. Great service. I prefer the upstairs bar personally, but there are two nice bars here. Like Churchkey, they do 4 oz pours of everything. Also a fair amount of events in its short history so far. Now that I work close to hear I anticipate more visits.

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