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Kulminator

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KulminatorKulminator
BA SCORE
100
world-class

106 Ratings
Ratings: 106
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 8.7%
Taps: 8
Bottles: 600
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

Vleminckveld 32
Antwerpen, 2000
Belgium
phone: +32 3 232 45 38

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Notes:
Known for their vast selection of cellared beers.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Kulminator, even the name of the bar is named after a beer, albeit German. I have been to Belgium every Easter since 1994, in 1996 & 2001 base camp was Antwerp. This bar was always the first port of call, and often revisited many, many times during my stays.

A pleasurable, but not short, walk from the centrum, well worth the shoe leather if you want to stretch your legs. If memory serves me right, a Tram does go nearby. I think the beer range is in excess of 550, its hard to say or confirm or deny, but its bloody huge anyways. Aged beers and some unadvertised specials are always available, at least if you demonstrate sufficient interest and knowledge, and the owners think you deserve them. Quiet during the days, which is the best time to visit for a serious session and the only time I have ever got chance to talk to the two owners Dirk van Dijk and his wife. Often packed at night when it can be hard to get served, or even prize one of the Goliath menus from the hands of other drinkers. For me - it has got a little expensive I think over the years, but what teh hell, you do have a choice of price ranges here, as well as beers, so drink to your Budget. Again - No Food, after all this is one of the Worlds Best Beer Cafes, and you don't want "foodies" taking up good beer drinking space and permeating the atmosphere with smells do you?. Fill out the slips on the tables while here, drop them in the box near the door on the way out - and you will get a Birthday Card from the Kulminator.

Without equal, this is Probably the Best Beer Bar in the World.

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 17, 2002
Photo of rpacheco666
5/5  rDev +8.7%

rpacheco666, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of BMMillsy
4.39/5  rDev -4.6%

Stopped in my first night in Antwerp and this was not what I was expecting. I was thinking this would be like Falling Rock in Denver. Think the exact opposite of that. Tiny little place with shit piled everywhere, even on what would otherwise be seating for customers. Empty bottles all over the place, some semi-outside seating, a bit dirty. Charming I guess you would say. Cats running around all over. Beer list is huge, with a window into the cooler/cellar which was fun. Had a 2005 Stille Nacht Special Reserva so can’t complain. Service was fine with an older lady taking care of us. Prices were decent for smaller bottles, but jacked up for big ones. Overall seems like a must stop for any beer geek in Antwerp.

BMMillsy, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of kingjohnh
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

kingjohnh, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of BradMacMullin
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Was here a few years back, but absolutely so unique. Not impressive on the outside and a bit out of the way in Antwerp, but when you get in they hit you with a beer listing that is hard to comprehend. I ordered some cellar bottles that were hard to find....I had very old Trappist Ale. So unique....if you love beer you absolutely have to go here

BradMacMullin, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.2/5  rDev -8.7%

This is not an average beer bar, this is an experience.
Cluttered, dodgy and dirty. I liked it a lot.

Didn't try the vintage beers but stuck with some aweome beers (like Mikkeller Black) they had on tap.

Service is different. Not bad or anything but different as others have explained here as well.

When in Antwerp you just got to go here just because it is what it is.

doopiedoopiedoo, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of s4s
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

s4s, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of DStoked
5/5  rDev +8.7%

DStoked, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of Paulkasykes30
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Paulkasykes30, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of GJ40
3.68/5  rDev -20%

I went here with high expectations but I was pretty disappointed. I started with the bottle list but didn't find anything I had to have that I felt was worth the money. I then moved to the tap list and didn't really recognize anything. So I picked two for a friend and I to split. They were pretty bad. I don't know if it was the beer themselves or their age, condition, etc. I wasn't impressed with the atmosphere but the service was very good. I just don't get what so many people see in this place.

GJ40, Jan 22, 2014
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Kulminator in Antwerpen, Belgium
100 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.