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Kulminator

Not Rated.
KulminatorKulminator

Taps: 8 / Bottles: 600
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
100
world-class

104 Ratings
Ratings: 104
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 8.7%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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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Reviews by Crosling:
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Crosling

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Going to the Kulminator was the reason I came to Antwerpen. Yes, Antwerpen is a beautiful city, but I wouldn't have known it, if it hadn't have been for this place.

The atmosphere is fairly quaint and small, with large booths to sit and a window in the back with a view of their enormous beer cellar. Locals were playing chess and light classical seemed perfect in the backround.

During the session I sampled Westvleteren 6, Voison Saison 1986, Abbaye Des Rocs 1987, Achel Extra, Courage Imperial Stout 1983, De Dolle Stille Naught Reserva 2000 and 1983 Thomas Hardy's Ale. The beer selection is obviously phenomenal, about 600-700, many of which are vintage beers. The prices seemed fairly reasonale, except for the Reserva, which was 20 Euros. Damn!

I had a plate of aged cheese during the tasting. It was a nice palate cleaner but didn't really taste that great.

The owners were polite but certainly not friendly. It was all too common for a beer to take 10-15 minutes even when Mrs. Van Dyck was doing nothing at all. The owners know that there place is considered the best beer bar in the world and it's too bad, because I was treated like I didn't belong.

Regardless though, I'll be back, hopefully within the next year. Their beer selection is just to vast and maybe next time, I'll be a little older, they might treat me with a little respect. They might even say thanks when I drop 120 euro in one night.

07-28-2004 14:15:29 | More by Crosling
More User Reviews:
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kingjohnh

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-21-2014 20:07:36 | More by kingjohnh
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BradMacMullin

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$

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

06-04-2014 23:11:10 | More by BradMacMullin
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doopiedoopiedoo

Netherlands

4.2/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$

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.

04-14-2014 14:17:18 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
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s4s

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-11-2014 02:41:29 | More by s4s
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DStoked

Ohio

5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-01-2014 16:09:19 | More by DStoked
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Paulkasykes30

United Kingdom (England)

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-02-2014 13:41:18 | More by Paulkasykes30
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$$

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.

01-22-2014 23:29:12 | More by GJ40
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uturn

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-05-2014 20:36:17 | More by uturn
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Sparky44

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-15-2013 20:03:25 | More by Sparky44
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Kulminator in Antwerpen, Belgium
100 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.