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De Kelk

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De KelkDe Kelk
BA SCORE
97
world-class

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: n/a
Taps: 5
Bottles: 180
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar ]

Langestraat 69
Brugge, 8000
Belgium
phone: +32 472 71 32 32

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(Place added by: Trappistenbier on 05-11-2008)
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Photo of cbeer88
4.94/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

One of my favorite bars in Belgium.

By pure accident, I walked into De Kelk about 5 minutes before they opened for the evening. While they clearly weren't quite ready for customers yet, I was still warmly greeted by the owner. As we sat down at the bar and started flipping through the beer list, the owner told me to push it aside and follow him to the back. From there he told me to look through the big coolers and pick out what I wanted to drink. Awesome. About 300 or so different bottles maybe - plenty of everything to choose from. They also had a few taps with the usual suspects (Zot, Hoegaarden, etc.). His goal is to get to 1000 beers in stock.

As we continued chatting, he eventually offered to show me his storage "cellar" (it was actually upstairs). As we spoke about various beers that I was able to try, I casually mentioned that I had been unable to hunt down a certain special beer. Without skipping a beat he walked over to another shelf, and came back and handed me a bottle of said beer not to be named. As I picked my jaw up off of the floor, I asked him what he wanted for it. His response "I will not sell that beer, but I will give it to you."

When it comes down to it, with hospitality and generosity like that, the type of beer I'm drinking is of secondary importance, but De Kelk still managed to nail the beer aspect of the equation. As good as any beer bar in Brugges, I see no reason why you would not want to visit this place on your trip.

Most interesting part of the visit - finding out that the owner doesn't really even drink beer. He prefers champagne!

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

'Far from the madding crowd' (good name for a book or a film that), this bar is worth the walk, plus it is only two doors away from the excellent Bierboom shop/bar.

The music was great, a bit loud for the size of the place, but if Brian Ferry and 10cc rock your boat, then get yourself down here.

At the moment there is only a front bar and a room containing large fridges with glass fronted doors to one side. The idea is, you go in, say hello and walk on through to the right of the bar, down the corridor and choose your bottle from the fridges (there are other uncooled beers down this room/corridor too). At least that is what we did, not really sure you can do that on a busy night? You then take it back and it is poured into a glass for you. On tap they had both Zott biers, a pilsner and a kriek (I think), the bottled selection changes with the seasons and the owners whim.

I didn't see or ask for a beer menu, we just got taken to the fridges by the owner.

Talking of the owner (Peter), he is only opening at 17.00 at the moment because he is working on the place during the day and doesn't want dust getting into anyones beer.

He has obtained some land next door and is opening a terrace and a larger back bar, hopefully in September 2009, the floor is done, and the actual bar is also in position. I also got taken upstairs where Peter explained how he was going to have another bar above the rear one and a lot more fidges. At the moment he has around 400 beers, but can't cool them all, so only has about 180 on offer at any one time. The master plan is to have 1,000 cooled beers to chose from, that will be sometime in 2010.

I shall be checking the progress with interest and am certainly looking forward to seeing the finished product and drinking some interesting beers from the mega list.

Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

All due respect to the Beertje, this will be our go-to place now in Brugges. We visited Nov 23/24 2008 and got to sample from an extensive list of 44 xmas beers. Great selection including Struise Jesus Reserve which was served from a ridiculous goblet.

At the time the owner had over 350 beers in stock -- now the webpage is listing over 600.

This place is off the tourist path, with a decidedly edgy atmosphere. Think more along Toronado in SF or Brooklyn Barcade lines than anything else in Brugges. A locals bar with passion and a fabulous bottle list.

We like edgy places so the atmosphere score takes that into account. We felt like locals by the time we left, with many fabulous beers under our belts.

When we visited, the bar consisted of the single, relatively small front room that you can see in pictures on the web site. A couple tables up by the front window, and maybe one or two high tops by the champagne bottle racks. Not a huge space. Most of the room is the inviting central bar surrounded by stools. There were renovations going on in a larger back room and notably, the bathrooms were also in the midst of an upgrade.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.14/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I visited this place shortly after it opened (at 5pm) on a recent cold Friday evening. To be honest, at first glance it looked a little forbidding as it had not "warmed up yet" and they had not lit the candles etc., that give it much atmosphere. But we were instantly greeted by Peter, the owner and he enthusiatically showed us 25 Christmas beers that he had just got in, and promised another 20 by the following week.

So we settled down, firstly with a Pater Lieven Kerstbier (2008), followed by a Dolle Brewers stout. That was certainly enough to drive the cold winter away. By this time the place had become much more lively. There was an excellent beer menu, and we had our most enjoyable evening of our 4 day Bruges visit.

After talking with the owner, he took me upstairs, where he showed me where they are creating a beer warehouse, that will hopefully open in May 2009. I wish them every success!

The only downside was that the toilets could do with some improving!

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.81/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

We heard about De Kelk from some UK guys at a pub in Brugge. They strongly recommended we try it, and as it turned out it was good advice. It was really packed, and to my knowledge we were the only Americans there that night. The owner, Jeroen, introduced us to some people and was very gracious and friendly. His bar stocks a very impressive beer list, about 300 beers to my memory. During a tour of the beer stock room he showed us his plans for expanding the bar into some available space in the building, and it sounds like he plans to soon expand the beer selection to >1000 beers. I only saw top shelf beers, all of them Belgian if I'm not mistaken. If you're in Brugge you'd do yourself a dis-service if you don't stop here for an authentic Belgian beer drinking experience.

Photo of Trappistenbier
4.2/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Café De Kelk as it features nowadays is a very cosy brown café. Opens at 5pm every day, and closes around 4am at night.
Yes, one of those rare Bruges night cafés, and still offering a nice 200 beers ! Great, isn't it.
Mainly local people having a nightcap there. Rustic interior, old wooden ceiling.
Kind of Art Deco style really.
The place is mainly decorated with Champagne bottles. A truly fantastic collection, placed everywhere.
Nice - extreme big - clock hanging there on the wall. An eye catcher.
De Kelk is a great bar for good beers !
200 beers is the choice today - but this will raise to a stunning 1000 !
For that wonderful prospect Katrien and mysef savoured some tasty Slaapmutske Blond and Floreffe Prima Melior.

Let's hope all things will work out as they should ! Fingers crossed...

De Kelk in Brugge, Belgium
97 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.