Kulminator

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KulminatorKulminator
BA SCORE
100
world-class

98 Reviews
Reviews: 98
Visits: 119
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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Reviews: 98 | Visits: 119
Reviews by ithacabaron:
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5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Wow -- I never thought I'd give all 5s to anything, but I just have to for Kulminator.

A true beer mecca, and the only reason I wanted to go to Antwerpen when I was planning my trip. I found many other interesting things here when I arrived, and it is indeed a fair city, but Kulminator was still the highlight of the city -- and I'd go back to Antwerp again, just for this bar.

The atmosphere is untouchable, with high, dark ceilings, incredibly comfortable chairs, and classical music over the stereo. There is also a cozy and peaceful garden area, with ivy cimbing the walls, that we moved out to later in the evening. We opened the place, and closed it, and found that in addition to being such a mecca, it is also the neighborhood bar for lots of local folks. We had a chance to chat them up, and they were very friendly.

Quality was again, untouchable, for all the other reasons in this review.

Service was efficient, polite, and incredibly knowledgeable about the beer. Ask as many questions as you'd like...the husband and wife who own this place, Dirk and Leen, know everything there is to know about good brew.

The selection is the best in the world. Every and any Belgian and European beer you could want, with almost all in vintages going back 20 or more years. There was a bottle of Cantillon Raisin lambic from 1973 calling my name, but at 28 Euro, it was just a little out of my range. Speaking of price range, although we were broke backpackers, we were able to drink and eat to our heart's content for very very little. Perhaps the most affordable good beer bar I've ever been to, and for the bottles that we did put out higher amounts of money for, the vintages were worth it.

Food is simple and delicious. Cured meats (the french sausage was delicious) and towering mounds of gouda cheese and hot mustard are to be had for very cheap.

All in all, it was the finest drinking evening of my life. Make a trip to Belgium just to go here. Incredible. (1,985 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of phingdong
4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of herrburgess
4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Sixpoint
4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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

Photo of Hayley_86
4.39/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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). (214 characters)

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

Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of PolarBear3
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of CSO
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of cbnz
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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. (599 characters)

Photo of rpacheco666
5/5  rDev +8.7%

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. (720 characters)

Photo of kingjohnh
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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 (346 characters)

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. (372 characters)

Photo of s4s
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of DStoked
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Paulkasykes30
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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. (501 characters)

Photo of uturn
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Sparky44
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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Kulminator in Antwerpen, Belgium
100 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.