Setting - 4 | Selection - 4 | Service - 4 | Food - | Value - 4 | Overall - 4
Glass display of beers looks fun, very screaming look otherwise, very central. Overall basically just a touristic gift shop with overpriced nonsense really. Not worthwhile. There is beer but it isn’t the exclusive focus or anything.
Setting - 5 | Selection - 3 | Service - 5 | Food - | Value - 5 | Overall - 4
Entrance through the giftshop. Tries to establish a traditional brown bar look but looks sad, cheap and beaten. Service is focused on getting as many tourist through as possible. Terrace did look amazing overlooking the canal but was sadly full. Shame since terrace is bet thing about this bar. Offers a flight of 6 beers but looks too expensive at 16 euro. 7 taps, one unfamiliar, John Martins products including their garbage IPA, Os beers which are available elsewhere and Bourgogne des Flanders (a beer I remember enjoying about 10 years ago) but on tap here tasted just like awful cheap flat Coca-Cola. So no drinkable beers basically and snacks available. Touristic in all the bad ways really, shame given historical building and potential.
Setting - 7 | Selection - 7 | Service - 8 | Food - | Value - 7 | Overall - 7
Funny that I have never actually been here before. Very central, touristic but in a good way. Very large outside terrace with outside taps and bar, lots of sitting space inside, some fermenters visible. Fastest service I have seen so far in Belgium, quick even by international standards. Plenty of dishes available at okay prices with two vegetarian options, friends had, cheese croquet, old cheese and sausage plates with no complaints. 3 unfiltered and unpasteurized versions of their beer available, blond, dubbel & tripel. Tried the dubbel & tripel, mediocre but don’t remember much of regular version. I heard rumours that bottled versions are brewed elsewhere and these are actually made at local brewery. Full range of brewery available including Heritage 2016 which was amazing but quite expensive at 28 euro. Still quick service, options for most people with beer (including non-alcoholic) and special location beers only but no clear vegan option make it worthwhile for most for a brief stop.
Setting - 8 | Selection - 8 | Service - 8 | Food - | Value - 2 | Overall - 6
Centrally located in Heuvel among the strip of bars. Small terrace but comparable to others in the street. Modern dark wood, bit dim looking and smallish but classy interior. Friendly service, some free peanuts with the beer. Verified Untappd venue, small number of taps with poor industrial choices from Duvel, Halve Maan, Brand and the likes. About 75 different cans and bottles available, good selection there with some special releases from NL but also beers from Collective Arts, Garage, Basqueland etc. Problem are the prices, almost anything non-mediocre and largescale is expensive, almost every beer in 10 – 15 euro price range. Not too uncommon these days I guess for craft beer but having to pay 10+ euro for a decent beer is a bit too much in my book. A decent tap or some lower price options would have been nice.
Setting - 6 | Selection - 6 | Service - 6 | Food - | Value - 7 | Overall - 6
Reasonably sized liquor store, convenient for people in the neighborhood but not somewhere you would usually wind-up. Plenty of beers to be found at okay prices but this place has not been keeping up with the beer scene, almost comically so. Loads of “streek” beers, tripel, blond, murky affairs, any attempts at newer styles are often made by poorer quality old fashioned breweries that do not really understand the new styles. Things were like that already many years ago.
Setting - 9 | Selection - 9 | Service - 6 | Food - | Value - 8 | Overall - 9
Large new BBP bar not too far from Saint-Gilles, popular location. Strange inside with many rooms, mezzanine, large and small at the same time. Toilets have disco lights, J-Pop music blasting and J-Pop posters, arcade machines, interesting but we kept hearing the bass from the music upstairs all the time. Sports were on as well, too loud for me as well including speakers outside. Large number of taps including lots of BBP. BBP beers have improved definitely over time, different flight logic was a bit confusing and Untappd menu was not properly updated. Prices were a tad high (worse even comparing to bars not too far away) and I didn’t see any of their lambiek beers, I didn’t really inquire. BBP beers have improved but some things are still lacking. Staff has limited knowledge of beers it seems, I asked a question, got offered a sample but no further information and one beer that we got was bottom of keg muddy sludge which shouldn’t really happen. Vegan snack and vegan option available but kitchen wasn’t open when we were there – too early. I definitely had some good beers and couch was comfy but there are way better place elsewhere. BBP beer keeps improving but marketing remains above quality still. Had fun and good beers to be found even if itsn’t all of them.
Setting - 8 | Selection - 9 | Service - 10 | Food - | Value - 9 | Overall - 9
Located very central, some chairs and tables outside constitute the makeshift terrace. Not very fixed or elaborate but it works, street is a good place for people watching and it adds much needed space. Inside is rather small with just one table. The place however is jampacked with an amazing beer selection. Frequent tap take-overs and specials, prime BE and European beers on tap. Amazing bottle and can selection, lot of it is hyped Untappd beers that many carry but there are also personal flourishes and prices are better than at many other places. Bottle selection goes as deep as having Tree House, Bruery & Antidoot with very agreable prizes. One of the better selections in Belgium at the moment really. The owner is knowledgeable, friendly and passionate, highly recommended plae.
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 7 | Flavor - 6.5 | Texture - 7 | Overall - 8
Big thanks to Kraddel. 655 ml bottle sampled. Black syrup with little head. Nose is very sweet almond, coconut, wine gummy, rum and slight alcohol. Sweet syrup feel, softer carbonation, coconut with almost vinous wine gummy sweetness, rum, barrel, lingering, vinous character persists which is rather odd but interesting, feels off intention.
Appearance - 10 | Aroma - 8.5 | Flavor - 9.5 | Texture - 9 | Overall - 9
Thanks to Kraddel. 750 ml. bottle split by 4. Second bottle that I try. Lightly hazy darker orange, head disappears quickly. Nose is soft stone fruit, lightly funky, low old cellar and soft hay. Virtually no carbonation, even less than other bottle tried. Very soft mushy stone fruit, hay, overripe peach and oak, more fun than the regular geuze and obviously fun to try given how rare and famous the previous batch used to be.