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100 Reviews
Reviews: 100
Visits: 124
Avg: 4.61
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: 600
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Known for their vast selection of cellared beers.
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3.98/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

Visited: 8-20-2008

A visit to Kulminator was almost a religious pilgrimage for me. I had been dreaming about drinking at this bar since I saw it featured in a Rick Steve's travel show years prior. Reading about it on this and other sites as well as in travel and beer books made me almost burst with anticipation on the long walk there. In fact, my strong yearning nearly overwhelmed me at a visit Elaina and I made to the Royal Museum of the Arts that morning. We may have been staring at hundreds of fine paintings but I knew that the real Dutch Masters were down the Vleminckveld at Kulminator.

After drooling all over the glass that separates the beer cellar from the bar I took a seat on the back patio and began drooling all over the beer menu. Our server was quite busy discussing the latest Belgian version of the Oprah book of the month with a few other elderly ladies so we waited. A glance at the bar revealed to us that the terse looking old bartender was equally occupied arguing with two mulleted geezers. We waited. Eventually, the mature barmaid looked up from her novel and with a glance of mild annoyance took our order. A dozen or so minutes later a wicker basket containing a dust covered bottle of unfiltered 1995 De Neve Geuze was delivered complete with a dead spider on the bottle. It was so worth the wait! We set about relaxing with our delicious sour beer and took in the ambiance of the place and committed the beer list to memory.

For me, Kulminator was most exciting because of the sheer number of vintages available. If one wants, they can do a vertical of Chimay Blue going back nearly 30 years but if vintage beer isn't your thing, Kulminator also offers some of the most exciting beers available in Belgium today. For instance, beers from De Struisse were hot when I visited and Kulminator featured the full lineup.

Despite lagging service, Kulminator was a pleasant drinking experience and absolutely worth the visit. There beer list is truly unique making this historic beer bar a must for any true beerthusiast.

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4.75/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jtladner
3.94/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

This is an interesting bar that is worth a visit if you are in the area. It's a very small place and when I was there one large table was covered completely in random stacks of books and papers. It's run by an older couple. From what I could tell the woman takes the orders and serves the beer while the man disgruntledly fetches bottles from the cellar. We couldn't actually understand what he was saying to the woman, but he never seemed very happy when she asked him to grab a beer. And from what I've heard, he has a bad knee and so some days he completely refuses to go down in the cellar.

The bottle list is definitely pretty impressive, but it really depends on what you are looking for. They have a ton of vintages for a lot of belgian beers, but not much when it comes to lambics. And I didn't see any Westy on the list when I was there either.

Like I said, worth checking out if you are in the area, but not worth the trip to Antwerp just for this.

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4.76/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

The general vibe of this place might best be described as a small-ish hole in the wall beer hoarder's den that happens to have the most mind-blowing selection of Belgian beer you will ever lay eyes on. Among the beer paraphernalia, random stacks of books, dried plants, and scattered tables, the elderly couple who own the place serve up beer selections you probably didn't know you could ever experience. I found the atmosphere charming, so I gave it a great score for vibe. The selection is a two-inch-thick tome of fresh and cellared beer. The only downside is that there are, as far as I can tell, only two people working there. So, if it is crowded, you might wait awhile for a beer.

I enjoyed a side-by-side comparison of a 2005 Chimay and 2015 Chimay. I couldn't help but grin as the dusty 2005 bottle was nonchalantly brought out to me as if it wasn't the second or third craziest thing I had ever seen. It was definitely an interesting experience and well worth the 10 euros spent on the two beers combined. I would have loved to have been able to see the beer cellar there. It must be an incredible place.

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4.54/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

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4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

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4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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4.39/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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4.84/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
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).

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5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.39/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
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

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4.2/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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