Taps: 8 / Bottles: 600
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 95 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Fux:
4.86/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$$
As I planned a visit to Antwerpen, I'd been advised to go to the Kulminator by a waiter at the Delirium, in Brussels. He told us to give a try to their old aged Belgian brews, what we did. The theme for the afternoon then was "Trappist beers through the ages".
The place itself is more than charming. The atmosphere of the bar, the candles in the Deus and Bush de Nuit bottles, the classical music, everything there is an invitation to take your time and even to go back in it ! The bartenders are an old couple who showed a lot of amusement to our interest in their beers. The woman spoke a bit of French which was quite helpful.
After half an hour (at least) devoted to read the catalog, we ordered 3 Chimays from 1986, 2000 & 2005, and also a Rochefort from 2003 and a Westvleteren from 2004. Useless to say how glad we were !
We were also authorized to buy some bottles to bring back with us (oerbiers special reserva, old westvleterens, including a red cap ! , pannepots vintage, etc.) - It cost me an arm, but whatever...
Definitively the best beer place I've ever experienced. Antwerpen is not precisely close to my home. But I promised to the woman I would come back !
09-24-2011 22:29:51 | More by Fux
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4.5/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
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
4.2/5 rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
This is not an average beer bar, this is an experience.
Cluttered, dodgy and dirty. I liked it a lot.
Didn't try the vintage beers but stuck with some aweome beers (like Mikkeller Black) they had on tap.
Service is different. Not bad or anything but different as others have explained here as well.
When in Antwerp you just got to go here just because it is what it is.
04-14-2014 14:17:18 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
3.68/5 rDev -20%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
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
Kulminator in Antwerpen, Belgium
100 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.