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Taps: 64 / Bottles: 300
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 117 | Reviews: 95 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by nortmand:
4.88/5 rDev +13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
This was probably the highlight of beer establishments visited on my short Seattle trip.
Atmosphere was a bit uppity, high ceilings, alot of people drinking Lindeman's and fancy decor was a little too fancy for me.
I tried 5 draft beers and all were exactly as they should be and served in proper glassware. Clean beer all around.
Very friendly bartender, who actually recognized me and came up to me two days later at the Washington cask festival. Very prompt, knowledgable service.
Selection was, well like nothing I've ever seen before. I literally have never seen so many taps, and the bottle selection nearly made me weep. The 50 or so taps were a dream come true. Half Belgian, many of which were stuff I can't get in Michigan, most of the rest were PNW beers. The bottle selection was simply incredible. Indescribable to those who haven't seen it. I couldn't believe some of the Cantillon vintages. Just incredible.
We were there late, so didn't try the food, but a quick glance at the menu indicated that they had some nice Belgian dishes.
This place is pretty pricey, but just an amazing beer experience to have in Seattle. I highly recommend non-natives check this place out.
04-06-2007 19:41:46 | More by nortmand
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4.21/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
One of Seattle's iconic craft beer destinations. 60+ taps covering the country and the world, strong on Belgian and West Coast beers. Frequently unusual versions of standard craft ales. Also has an extensive whiskey line-up and limited wine. Each time I've been here I've been able to find something I've never tried, or special treats like Old Rasputin (which I've had tons of times in bottles) as a superb nitro pour. The food has changed over the years, there was a quite interesting Belgian oriented menu a few years ago, now more along the lines of bistro dishes. I had scallop ceviche on the last visit and my sister had the fish and frites, both were excellent, my ceviche came with plantain chips for dipping, which was a great combination. The service, despite a large crowd, was friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. Both the beer and food are excellent. The only drawback for me is that it is extremely popular and usually crowded in the evenings. The layout, which is a large room with large balcony overlooking the bar is attractive, lots of rustic wood, but as a result has poor acoustics and can be too loud for quiet conversation. On my last visit, We were able to sit out on a small open patio, which was much less noisy; unfortunately not always possible with Seattle weather. Other the noise, attributable to being too popular (if that's possible), a must visit in Seattle.
06-22-2014 22:32:07 | More by LiquidAmber
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