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Kulminator

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world-class

113 Ratings
Ratings: 113
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: 600
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Known for their vast selection of cellared beers.
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Photo of Crosling
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.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
4.6/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

February 21, 2008
Minimal draught selection. Traded Dyrk a local American beer for vintage draught beer. Very impressive cellar selection. Best beer tried was a 2001 vintage bottle of Westvleteren XII (Perfection).

Photo of WynnO
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Very small place. Two dozen seats maybe. Difficult to find a spot. Service is slow. Off the beaten path from downtown Antwerp.

Having said that, it's one of the most awesome places I have visited, and I'll wager it's as good as any place on the planet. This is an old world adventure, and I advise setting aside two hours to soak it in---three would be better. Relax, browse the menu of unbelievable selections (several hundred), and consider the privilege of existence---drinking a 5, 10, or 15 year old beverage in one of the ancient cities of Europe.

I so hope to return to this place someday.

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.

Photo of BradMacMullin
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

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
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.

Photo of GJ40
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.

Photo of spoony
4.62/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

A-The Kulminator is located near central Antwerp on a lesser traveled street not far from one of the city's smaller squares. The place is a bit like something out of Harry Potter; it is cramped feeling with boxes and books stacked up here and there, plants spilling over everywhere, and a slightly off-kilter feel to the whole thing. The front room is small, and while there is a back patio, it looks small, as well. The vibe seems to work, however...at least it did when we visited on a cool Wednesday afternoon soon after opening. I don't know if I would be too pleased on a hot and crowded day in July.

Q-The bottle list here is simply incredible. I'll repeat what others have already said: the bottle list has to been seen and sampled to be believed. I suppose you might disappointed if you were looking for American craft, but the list of high-quality Belgians is unreal.

Ser-Dirk (Derk?) and his wife were working when we stopped in. While both were friendly and (obviously) knowledgeable, Dirk forgot to get my Aardmonik from the cellar after I had ordered, so I sat there for ten minutes enjoying the strangeness of my surroundings and longing for my beer.

Sel-The bottle list pretty much speaks for itself. It is at least a dozen pages long. Unreal.

V-Prices were in line with other spots in Antwerpen. I didn't do an exhaustive search, but many of the vintage brews on the list that I spot-checked also seemed well-priced given the age and rarity.

O-This place is well worth the visit, and not just for the bottle list, but for the whole experience. There are not many authentic-feeling places like this on earth and since I understand that Dirk may be retiring soon, you better make your visit quickly if you want to experience the Kulminator in full glory.

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.6/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

After a day with a medieval castle and a canal tour in Ghent, we headed to Antwerp to spend the night and drink at the Kulminator, a world class bar with free roam cats--perfect. Or, so we thought. Easy walk from our hotel in the historic heart of Antwerp, which was terribly confusing to drive. I would take a train next time. Entering the bar, it may be the highest density of beer I've ever seen. Taking a seat in the back patio, it was hard to decide what to drink. Just so many beers to chose from that it can be paralyzing.

So I started in familiar territory and ordered a La Trappe Quadruple. This 1995 bottle was poured hard at the table without a decant. Small bottle. Head falls flat quickly and there was only the faintest pop on the cap. Dusty, dirty bottle with a label style that I haven't seen before. Musty, oxidized cherry and port like flavors. The normal oiliness and full flavor has dissipated. Lighter bodied, as if the yeast had thinned it out. Alcohol not apparent either. Interesting but I won't let quad bottles at home go this long.

Then, so I could justify being at the Kulminator, I ordered an Evolution of Chimay bottles: 1992. 2002 and 2012. Very fun side by side tasting, including the oldest aged beer that I've ever had at a 20 year old Chimay. The young Chimay is fresh, but the better than adequate beer that I've always thought it to be. It doesn't match up La Trappe for me. The 10 year version is showing some signs of age with clear cherry and port notes from oxidation and the alcohol is apparent in the nose. The 20 year old is very flat though a small head appeared briefly on the hard pour and the oxidation of the 10 year old is in full bloom in the 20. Comparing similarly aged bottles really made the differences from the cellar clear and apparent; it pulled together years of tastings from my own cellar. On a learning level, very worth the trip. It's an extraordinary experience without having to wait for 20 years in my own cellar.

Kulminator in a fine place with an amazing list. However, I will never return during the summer, particularly to avoid the gnats lurking the plants and the uncomfortable lack of air conditioning. The bar is hot and the beer served at room temperature, which affects the aging process. Today is clearly beyond any recommended temperature for aging. I'm not sure where the bottles are coming from but it seems to be just from the shelf; the bottles are clearly room temp on sweltering day. And, no kittens for most of the stop. They made a late appearance and were not very friendly.

Returning to our hotel the Hilton Antwerp, the AC was not keeping up, so we moved to a colder room. While walking, the desk clerk said it was the hottest weekend since 1994. Talk about hitting a bad day at an open air beer bar. With a beer geek dream of a cellar, I see why it's so revered but it's not my favorite bar. I would happily prefer a day at 't Arendsnest in Amsterdam, the former Brickskeller in DC or Rattle-n-Hum in New York. Another day, another time, especially in winter, I would like to give the famous K another try.

More at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/03/kulminator-antwerp-belgium.html

Photo of DoubleJ
4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Belgian businesses seem to like taking Monday off, as I failed to find several Antwerp beer bars which were open. Doubt cast into my mind about the Kulminator, as I only planned to visit the city for one day. I made it to the door, oh good, there's a crowd. Walk in, ok, where do I sit? Seating in limited to a handful of tables inside, and in back is a small area to drink and sit.There's nowhere to sit at the bar, but behind it are hundreds upon hundreds of cellared beers which are waiting to be opened from the shelf. The beer menu reflects that, as I felt like I was flipping through the Encyclopedia Brittanica.

About 8 beers are listed on-tap (Buffalo Stout, Avec Les Bons Vieux, Bush Noel, Kaastel Cuvee), but that's not the main reason to visit. Its long bottle list not only features hundreds of hundreds of different beers, but a vast majority of them have been aged for at least one year, and in some cases more than 10 years old. With such a vast collection, I chose to drink classics with some age; Round 1 featured 2005 Orval (great!), Round 2 was a still lovely 1998 Chimay Blue, and Round 3 was 2010 3 Fonteinen, poured from a traditional handbasket. All three beers were excellent, served cool, and with matching glassware. One additional bonus are the prices for the aged beer; the "fresh" beers are priced right in line, but compared to other places with a few cellared beers, the prices are excellent. My 1998 Chimay way only €9!

Unfortunately, time may not be on the Kulminator's side. According to one regular patron, Dyrk was working with a bum knee and had planned to retire within the next month. This leaves the duties to his hard working wife (who took, delivered, and poured the orders during the night), but after her there's no heir. If you're a beer lover and anywhere in Benelux, a visit to Kulminator is obligatory, even more so with its future in the air.

Photo of PaulAlvin
4.48/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5

The place to visit if you're looking for great disappeared beers, the place isn't that big so it's hard to find a seat. Here you can find some unexpected beers from different years, real vintage beers, some beers of disappeared breweries. The way they manage all that beers in unbelievable, they poor it perfectly in your glass. The price is what you pay for such an experience.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.95/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Fulfilled a dream coming to this Bar and wasn't dissappointed.

Dyrk and his lovely wife were so hospitable and left me with a truely memorable experience. I brought Dyrk a couple of gifts which he really appreciated.

I was lucky enough to taste the Westy Red Cap and a host of other aged Westvleterens / St Sixtus beers that were remarkable. People on here complain that the service is slow, all I saw was his wife work her butt off two nights in a row trying to do her best, If Americans go there expecting American service then don't, this is Europe so get used to it, oh and by the way we don't expect a tip.. She was so lovely and even gave us a book to keep. The two year old Belgian cheese was exquisite, as were the meats. The beer menu speaks for itself and you could get lost in it. With a St Sixtus 1979 costing 11 euro's can you really complain ? I

One thing I did notice that Dyrk and his wife aren't getting any younger, and at some point they will retire. I just hope this place is presereved as a beer museum and it lives on for all to enjoy.

Photo of Heretic42
4.53/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

A: Kulminator is small, and for lack of a better word, quaint. The actual bar area is filled/cluttered with beer paraphernalia and empty (usually rare) bottles, which gives it both a homey and claustrophobic feel at the same time. The tables and the small terrace in the back are great for having a beer with a few friends.

Q: Quality was excellent with a vast selection of Belgian beers.

S: Service was excellent each time I went, but it was never very packed.

S: Selection is excellent for Belgian beers, especially for cellared beers. While not the largest bottle list I've seen in Belgium, it certainly has the highest quality. They also had an good selection of Mikkeller beers. That said, don't come here expecting to see your favorite German or American beer.

F: A few cheeses, meats, and other bar snacks.

V: Oddly, a bit overpriced on some of the more common bottles while some of the more rare (or at least older) bottles were reasonable. The food was also a tad bit pricey, but not very far out of the average for Belgium.

O: A must go if you're in Antwerp, especially if you like cellared beers or are looking for a hard-to-find Belgian beer. However, if you just want a more common beer or something on tap, I'd probably recommend going elsewhere.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.53/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The amazing late afternoon stop at the famed Kulminator provided the perfect warm up for the Zythos festival the following day. A somewhat meandering path through the 6-8 blocks from Antwerp's main town square leads down the austere and understated storefront that hugs the cobblestone street. The Kulminator is denoted by the brightly colored yellow/green sign that screams 'destination'. Already 30 minutes before 4pm there's a group of about a dozen anticipating beer drinkers vying to get a seat. Strange how popular this bar is at 49 people at a time. That's right, the occupancy is limited to 49 people because of the scant seating and tight corridors inside- this place exudes tradition and quality.

Once inside, we're greeted by an over-stuffed interior that's haphazardly decorated with hop vines, other plants, trinkets, beer propoganda, and crates with empty bottles of Westvleteren pretending to be in use but is merely decoration. This induces a mouthwatering effect as I settle into the bench seating near the front window and cozily hosts our group of ten. Even a working cuckoo clock tells me how much time has passed- like I cared. The place could use a dusting every now and then as the place seems to strike fear in the claustrophobic or allergy ridden patrons.

The extensive, hard bound beer menu could have easily been mistaken for remnant from Raiders of the Lost Ark as it is very classily bound and hosts a plethora of beer varieties and vintages... choosing a beer could take forever. Settling on a De Dolle Orebier '02 and '07 for comparisons sake took care of the first two rounds. A follow up of Three Floyds/Struisse Shark Pants, Struisse Damnation Coffee, and De Molen Hel & Verdominis Wild Turkey Barrel Aged edition left me happy and well satisfied. The tap selection rounds out about six offerings and span the classy additions of Tripel Karmeliet, De Koninck, Avec le bons Veaux and a few more. Although not cheap, the vintage items on the menu seemed reasonable and justified.

With little food at their disposal, a carefully carved selection of meats and cheeses provided the perfect companion for the beers. The palate exploration with trial and error ensures a well rounded experience at the table.

A narrow path to the gentleman's room goes past a window to their cellar which boasts stacks of bottles, dusted to the gills and in oddly placed rhyme or reason. Further yet, the path reveals a small patio beyond for those few non-rainy days in Antwerp.

With it's charm and quirkiness, it's no surprise that the entire staff consists of the modest husband and wife team and no one else. So ample patience is required when placing orders. These guys just don't get in a rush to do anything.

For the serious beer lover, Kulminator is a must-stop on any visit to Antwerp as this lazy Thursday evening left an indelible impression on my mind and in my heart that's not likely to be forgotten anytime soon.

Photo of mtbdonn
4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

A-The place is quaint and interesting, but very small; get there when it opens if you want a table.
Q-Outstanding, 1st rate! The menus of aged beers is undescribable! You have to try the Westvleteren flight!
S-Only one waitress, the wife, so it can be a bit slow.
S-Again, nothing like it that I have ever heard of! 2nd to none!
F-Only a few snacks, but some great cheeses and sausage!
V-A little high, but mostly comparable to European prices!

Ive been here a few times and you have to get there when it opens if you want a table, it fills up fast!

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.78/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Been to the Kulminator five or six times, most recently right before Christmas. A beer lovers hidden gem that has beers you will not be able to find anywhere else. The aged/vintage Belgian beer collection that is available for sale here is truly one of a kind. Many beers on the 25+ page beer list are up to 20 years old and many popular brands (Chimay, LaTrappe, etc.) have numerous years available. If you every find yourself in Antwerp, this place is an absolute must. It is a bit disorganized inside, and you usually have to get there right when it opens to get a nice seat, but you will be rewarded with the visit and effort to get there. It is small and fills up quick. It is easy for drinkers to sit down in this place and not move until the place closes down!!

Photo of Theitos
4.72/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

For aged Belgium Beer this place is second to none. We did some vertical tasting of De Dolle Stille Nacht. Very reasonably priced for drinking beer that has been aged for 5 to 6 years and I haven't found anywhere else that has this level of selection. I did find that newer beers were a little more expensive then I was expecting.

The owners wife does most of the serving and is incredibly nice and helpful. The atmosphere is great. A great place to just sit down relax and have some good conversation.

The bar is small so you get to share tables with other people. It was a good way to meet other travelers.

Photo of skimoore
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I have been to quite a few beer bars, but none have had the selection and service of the Kulminator. I brought a colleague who did not know good beer and he was not shunned (might have helped that I chose the beers) but the selection was incredibly especially with the vintages! Dirk and his wife (I am terribly sorry I did not catch the name) were wonderful and gave perfect advice on what beers to take as well as enlightening conversation concerning the direction of beer in Europe. I sampled only de Struise and de Dolle, but the vintages were honestly better than I've ever tasted and I will return ASAP. If you are in the area this is a must visit, a venerable aged beer destination!

Photo of RuckusDu
4.66/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Oh my. Took some time to find this place as the streets in Antwerp are not straight and my map was horrible. Once I got in, I went for the secret menu and ordered an '06. Didn't believe it was the best beer, but could see why people thought that (I have since had more recent vintages and enjoy it more and more). The beers kept coming and they were all great. Soon one of the locals came by and we struck up a conversation. He knew the man behind the bar (Dirk) and was quite friendly. Claimed to be an ex brewer for one of the Trappist monasteries. This man showed me his picture on the wall, so I believed him.
It was nice to have someone to talk to since I was there by myself.

Everyone was very friendly, including Dirk and his coworker. They even offered me a beer that shares my name (Elliot) which I was excited to take home and is one of those I may cellar until I get married/have child/retire/die.

Don't remember the walk home, but must have learned the streets by then. Can't say enough about this place and will go back at some point in my life.

Photo of Fux
4.86/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

As I planned a visit to Antwerpen, I'd been advised to go to the Kulminator by a waiter at the Delirium, in Brussels. He told us to give a try to their old aged Belgian brews, what we did. The theme for the afternoon then was "Trappist beers through the ages".
The place itself is more than charming. The atmosphere of the bar, the candles in the Deus and Bush de Nuit bottles, the classical music, everything there is an invitation to take your time and even to go back in it ! The bartenders are an old couple who showed a lot of amusement to our interest in their beers. The woman spoke a bit of French which was quite helpful.
After half an hour (at least) devoted to read the catalog, we ordered 3 Chimays from 1986, 2000 & 2005, and also a Rochefort from 2003 and a Westvleteren from 2004. Useless to say how glad we were !
We were also authorized to buy some bottles to bring back with us (oerbiers special reserva, old westvleterens, including a red cap ! , pannepots vintage, etc.) - It cost me an arm, but whatever...
Definitively the best beer place I've ever experienced. Antwerpen is not precisely close to my home. But I promised to the woman I would come back !

Photo of Neorebel
4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Visited the Belgian city of Antwerpen as part of a veritable beer-cation and hastily sought this place out. It was very close to the hostel we stayed at. I loved the decor - lots of clutter, old furniture and beer paraphernalia.... overhead cases with all the beer glasses inside...Outdoor seating was available, but for once on the trip I preferred the indoors. I wish I had a basement decked out like this. Old world music at a low volume added very much to the atmosphere. The menu was comprised of several binders of aged rarities. The stock in the cooler was quite a sight to see through it's little window. I had to get the Westvleteren 12 while I was there. Also had Rodenbach & several varieties of Gouden Carolus on tap. An old couple runs the place. They were pleasant but not overly outgoing. It was quite alright. We remained in awe and kept to ourselves taking it all in. The very small crowd seemed like tourists as well, overhearing conversations about beer geekery. It is Beer Traveler's #8/150 best places to drink beer after all!

Photo of Dennoman
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

People from Antwerp are generally considered to be fiercely proud of their city, sometimes moving towards xenophobic arrogance. A well-known idiom “Aentwaerpe Stad en de rest parking” (“Antwerp’s a city among cities, all the others are parking lots”) pretty much sums up perfectly how they jokingly portray themselves to the outside world. Although it depends on the neighborhood, it’s usually quite tongue-in-cheek, as is the case in the progressive, primarily student-inhabited area where the mother of all beer bars in Antwerp is to be found. Owner Dirk finds it almost impossible to crack a smile, but once you get past his ever-present deep frown you will find a cheeky bartender with a heart of gold. Hidden in a backwards street near the famous Joker comedy club, you enter one of only two or three bars in Belgium that qualify as Heaven on Earth for beer lovers. Although Delirium in Brussels (2000 bottles) and Vaudrée in Liège (1000 bottles) might have the Kulminator (600) quite thoroughly beaten in sheer numbers, it manages to distinguish itself in its gourmet approach, which is quite unusual to Belgium. The beers go hand in hand with an elaborate, but quite pricy selection of snacks. From a big slab of cheese to sausages, ham and pickled onions, you won’t go hungry providing you have some money to spare. The beer list also caters towards a distinctly gourmet crowd as some bottles literally go back decades. Despite many having tried to accomplish something similar, I still think the Kulminator is quite possibly the only bar in Belgium that takes beer as seriously as it does. The beer aficionado will struggle to point out faults in this bar’s selection, from Struise to the occasional Westvleteren if they managed to get their hands on a few crates of the precious trappist brew. The tap selection can be a tad hit and miss, as is the case with most of anything in Antwerp, and the most interesting beers are usually gone quickly. Although most of it is reasonably priced, an evening at the Kulminator can get quite costly in a hurry if you don’t watch your budget. The charming messy interior, baroque and medieval-style music make for an unforgettable experience each and every time you swing the door open and nearly knock various bits and bobs from the shelves. Can’t recommend it enough.

Photo of CRooney5787
4.2/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The Kulminator is a staple in the Antwerp beer culture. What once started as a wine bar, has turned into one of the greatest beer bars in the world. They have a very impressive cellar, and beer menu. Some of the beers go back decades.

They have a little outside area. A big glass window, so you can look into a small part of the cellar, and a cluttered interior. The owners are a man and wife, who live above. The man, Dirk can be a bit moody. The lady is always nice, and attentive, sometimes just real busy.

This is a must of you visit Antwerp, however you're bound to hear and see more tourists then anywhere else in Antwerp. It has definitely turned into a tourist attraction, but non the less, It is still a great bar.

Photo of Cmack15
4.6/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This is one of the beer meccas of the world and rightfully so. The selection is superb with rare and old vintages of so many beers. They do not have a lot of taps( I think they have like 6 or so) but the bottle list will blow your freakin mind. The Bar is a small quaint spot with a rustic vibe to it. They also have some cards and a few board games to help pass the time while sipping some amazing beers. I love this bar and hope to visit it once again before I pass.
Make sure you check out the Kulminator you will not be disappointed.
Cheers

Photo of Chincino
4.72/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I absolutely loved this place. This may be my favorite beer bar I visited in Belgium during my week there. The place offered a very extensive beer selection with a lot of rare and vintage beers including a 2000 De Struisse Geuze. The list is incorporated into a huge book and it is very tough to decide on which beers to try. We tried Black Damnation 3 which was on tap and also had Black Damnation four from a bottle. The atmosphere was great and was filled with locals and tourists alike. They had a selection of board games so we were able to relax and play a game of scrabble while we enjoyed our beers. The rare Westvleteren was even available here. I definitely hope to go back to the Kulminator someday and recommend checking it out if you get the opportunity.

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Kulminator in Antwerpen, Belgium
100 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.