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Not Rated.

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
phone: +32 3 232 45 38

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Known for their vast selection of cellared beers.

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Reviews by spoony:
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4.62/5  rDev +0.4%

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.

spoony, May 30, 2013
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.