Brouwerij De Molen
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4.63/5 rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
Awesome! Beer pairings with cheese and sliced meat plates make an awesome combination (even though I was sick....sorry Donn et al....I had an IPA and some bread and beer sausage). Then, when you are finished having lunch and some great beers, they have an attached bottle shop with De Molen's finest brews in addition to some other beers from local and international favorites. I love De Molen and am looking forward to going back!
02-02-2014 02:58:49 | More by 4thelvofbeer
4/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
To be fair I was here for Berfts and had the beer pairing dinner during the festival.
Peter Paul did an amazing job with the beer and food pairing, the serice was top notch.
If this is any indication of how this normal go at the resturaunt, this place is awesome.
Killer bottle shop attached to the resturaunt, selling all De Molen beers as well as beers from all over Europe & the USA.
Only about an hour from Brussels or Amsterdam, well worth a slight detour.
10-01-2013 15:27:49 | More by youbrewidrink
4.64/5 rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A-Excellent brew/pub built under an old Dutch windmill.
Q-DeMolen brews are quality!
S-Great service, very helpful and knowledgeable of available items
S-Excellent selection; bottle shop on premises
F-Only had a few snacks but they were awesome. Great selection of beer cheeses, beer bread and beer sausage!
V-It's the Netherlands so everything is overpriced.
We only stopped for a couple beers on the way to Amsterdam. But couldn't stay long as friend was ill. I will go back again at first opportunity!
03-20-2013 16:42:15 | More by mtbdonn
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Been coming here for one reason or another for the last 4 years or so, but never bothered to write a review of the place. Not quite sure why. Anyways, we had a really nice time here (again) this past weekend, so I thought I'd write something up.
First of all, it is useful to mention that the pub / bottle shop and the actual brewery are seperately owned. They used to occupy the same building, but in 2011, the main brewery moved just down the street. I'll try to say a few things about both places and give an average score.
I usually come down from Utrecht or Amsterdam, which is about a 25 or 50 min train ride respectively, then make the 5 minute walk down to the windmill. Once I got hopelessly lost and it took me a whole 15 minutes. Luckily Bodegraven is relatively small and everyone knows where De Molen is.
The brewery itself is a medium sized set-up and the 100% Dutch brewmaster's name is Menno. He basically stays at the brewery and rarely shows his face at the pub. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen him in the pub in the 4 years I've been going there. Anyways, Menno is a experimenter extrordinair and will do anything you can possibly imagine. This means that some brews don't turn out all that well, but that others shock the shit out of me. Their stout beer is usually top notch and their barrel aging program is vast, expansive, and world class. Lots of barrels, and lots of awesome stout and barleywine to put in there. This is where I think De Molen shines, as Menno definitely has the best barrel program in Europe, and perhaps the best in the world.
The pub is a really cozy, quiet little place that is rarely too busy to be problematic. Whenever I've been in there, the staff, who are all 100% Dutch, as well as the owner Pieter-Paul, who is also 100% Dutch, have always been kind, courteous, and more than accommodating. We have shared beers with the staff and have even been given nice "secret-stash" surprise beers on the house. The beer list itself, however, is fantastic as it is. Usually there are 6 De Molen beers on tap, as well as another couple hundred beers from all over the world available in the shop that you can drink there as well. The service is speedy, attentive, and all the staff speak enough English to help out the non-Dutch tourist. Finally, the food here is also excellent, so I always look forward to a lunch or dinner here when the opportunity arises. Prices in the restaurant are perhaps a touch high, but not unreasonable for the quality of the product.
A quick word about the bottle shop. Essentially the whole De Molen line that is currently available is here. Things sell out obviously, but when something is released, it will surely be at the shop for at least a little while. That said, the prices are often €1+ more expensive here than in Amsterdam. As much as I love this little shop and try to support it all I can, my wallet dictates otherwise at times. Furthermore, besides De Molen beer, there is also a good selection of beer from Denmark, Norway, Italy, as well as some American craft. A good selection indeed, but just be sure you're not buying old product. I mistakenly bought an old, light-struck 75cl Raging Bitch once, which was totally undrinkable, and saw a 2+ year old Port Brewing IPA on the shelf the last time I was there. I generally stick to the De Molen stuff and things I know are new or resilient. Whenever I leave here, my trusty travel bag with Canadian flag attached is always way heavier than I wanted it to be.
All in all, the quality of the product and experience makes this place a must stop for any De Molen fan, or any beer enthusiast traveling through the low countries. While the prices can be a little higher than hoped, the selection and quality are top class, and the service is excellent. I am very happy that I can call De Molen my "local brewery."
02-19-2013 11:33:58 | More by Jeffo
1.55/5 rDev -63.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5 | $$
I had the worst experience possible at De Molen. I'm not a finnicky person and I never send food back. I've worked as a waiter in the past and I always treat staff as I'd want to be treated at any restaurant or bar.
We took trains for an hour and a half and then walked for forty minutes to arrive at De Molen. I was really excited to go there during my beer odyssey because I'd heard about the quality of their beers.
We arrived forty minutes before their dinner menu started, so we decided to just have a couple beers to wait until we could order dinner. I revealed my excitement about being there to our waiter and we each ordered a beer each.
Half an hour later, the beers arrived. Recognizing the service delay, I asked the waiter for four more beers (knowing we'd finish the two we had gotten before the four more came).
Shortly thereafter, we were surprised to see a person who seemed to be the brewmaster approach our table. He was clearly English and informed us one of the beers on the menu we'd been given wasn't available and asked if we wanted a different one. He seemed slightly annoyed; we thanked him and picked a different one right away.
Twenty minutes later, three beers arrived (not four). At this point, it was an hour and twenty minutes past the point at which the dinner menu was posted to begin. (We'd now been there for nearly an hour and a half and had two beers). We asked if we could order dinner. The waiter said he'd ask the brewmaster and quickly disappeared. We were very confused by this point.
The waiter returned and said that he'd take our dinner order. We ordered two basic dishes on the menu, and asked if we could have a plate of fries as well. Keep in mind we hadn't eaten since before boarding the train earlier in the day. He took our order amicably and left.
Three minutes later the brewmaster returned to our table and SCREAMED at us for ordering fries. People around us turned and stared, as shocked as we were. We apologized but he didn't seem to want to be calmed.
After about an hour our food came, which was mediocre. It took a half hour to receive the bill.
I considered asking to go into the bottle room (I had read excellent reviews of it), but was too frustrated with De Molen to consider it.
After four and a half hours spent there (no exaggeration), we left.
I've never had a worse experience at a brewery, or even a bar or restaurant. We were polite and considerate the entire time but got shrieked at for no apparent reason.
All I can think of is some sort of archaic anger on the part of the brewmaster (or whoever that English lad that screamed at us and seemed to be in charge was) towards the Irish flag on my backpack, but jaysus aren't we adults?
I just wanted to try some quality beer, but I ended up getting embarrassingly bad treatment and service.
The selection was pretty good, but I can't rate the quality high.
12-23-2011 22:51:10 | More by kojevergas
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Came here as part of a tour of their newly built yet still nonoperational brewery. The tour was quick and simple yet still informative. The quality of the product De Molen is able to put out with the limited amount of space and equipment is a testament to their love of beer.
The town of Bodegraven is about an hour and a half trip from Amsterdam and well worth a day trip either by yourself or with a few friends. Being a small town/village/burgher?, the brewery is not hard to find being in walking distance from the train platform. You can sit outside and order from a menu consisting of 4 to 5 of the beers brewed on premise or head inside to the shop and pick up a few singles that range in style, price, and rarity.
The owners are nice and quick to respond to any question that you may have. You can tell they enjoy what they are doing. The food is also far beyond what one might expect to see at a brewery and the prices are fair as well. A nice selection of breads, appetizers, lunch, and dinner courses.
Lastly, the beer at this place is to die for and on par if not exceedingly better than all of the major European heavy hitters (mikkeler, norke, brewdog...etc, you get the idea). A rare find, much like their beers, with those even being a bit difficult to find in the main cities like Amsterdam and Utrecht.
10-02-2011 13:13:51 | More by jagadd
Brouwerij De Molen in Bodegraven, Netherlands
93 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.