Staminee De Garre
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 65 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by DaPeculierDane:
4.29/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Upon the arrival of our French relatives in Bruges, we headed to the Garre. This not so easy to find establishment boasted of every element an American would want in a Belgian tavern. The small place was packed and rowdy but we managed to find a table in the back corner of the top floor.
Before two long we were drinking Geuze Hansens and Oude Geuze Drei Fontein from baskets followed by a round of Garre Tripels, the house beer, a bottle of Chimay Blue and another of Moinette. Beer selection was obviously quite good with a number of quality lambics but nothing too out of the ordinary. There were roughly 100 choices in total and the Tripel was especially good.
I enjoyed the rustic vibe, almost feeling as if I were either out in a farming village or that I had transported back in time a few centuries. Service was forgivably slow considering the crowd. It was hard to even move across the room so I couldn't blame our waitress who was otherwise friendly and did her best all night. The cheese was good too.
07-21-2010 16:26:03 | More by DaPeculierDane
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Not to give up on our quest to discover new beer adventures in Bruges, we went searching for Staminee De Garre. This was in one of Chris' guidebooks as an old pub on the smallest street in Bruges. They are known for having a special De Garre tripel that is made for them and only available at the pub, which prompted our quest. We wandered in circles around and around a large block looking for the place with the aid of a paper map and two different mapping apps on our cell phones. When we were about to give up, one of our group managed to get the directions from a cranky chocolatier (that likely gets this request often) and we were off around the block again! The opening to the "street" is really a tiny alley that looks like a store front entrance, truly a hidden little place. Walking into this street, I felt like I had just been transported to Diagon Alley or perhaps Platform 9 3/4 from Harry Potter. Very strange. The pub within instantly transported us to a lost time.
The special De Garre beer was served in an enormous bowl glass that looked more suitable to goldfish than a drink! We initially requested to share one, but that is not allowed, so we were all served a smaller and easier to handle version of the glass. The beer was 11% ABV, but dry and drinkable with a slightly sharp finish, and was served with a small bowl of cheese cubes. This place is fun and well worth the effort to find it!
05-22-2014 16:58:11 | More by Jackofallbrews
Staminee De Garre in Brugge, Belgium
97 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.