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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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Reviews by Crosling:
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4.22/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

Crosling, Jul 28, 2004
More User Reviews:
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.