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Gollem

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Taps: 30 / Bottles: 400
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

10 Ratings
Ratings: 10
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 6.26%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

Suikerrui 28
Antwerpen, 2000
Belgium
phone: +32 3 689 49 89

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(Place added by: DoubleJ on 05-21-2013)
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Reviews by BlackHaddock:
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$

Yet another good place in Antwerp.

Nicely done out to look old, high ceiling, chandelier and a small gallery for about 8 people above.

Wooden floor and furniture: with a more open plan area towards the rear, the bar being on your left.

30 or so on-tap beers and Motown music on our visit (late, Sunday 16th Dec 2012).

Good, vibe, if a little empty, staff pleasant and friendly.

06-26-2013 07:11:14 | More by BlackHaddock
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Overall very satisfied. I will be returning !
Seating available inside but also on the outside overlooking the Antwerpen "Grote Markt", one of the main tourist locations. Not the largest café, but the right size to make it cozy and pleasant.
I took my boss and the team (from 5 different countries). There was no seating readily available for the group, but a few tables were promptly rearranged to accommodate the group.
The beer menu holds all basic information. It will however help if you do some homework on beforehand and have shortlist of beers you would want to try.
The waiter was helpful in explaining --patiently-- what beers would fit the group's wishes, and they all enjoyed the suggestions.
All in all, a good choice of beers on draft; very good choice of bottled beers, including a few hard to find. And in the correct cups. We drank Karmeliet, Rochefort 10, Hoegaarden, Bernardus 12, and a few others, and only smiles on the faces after tasting.
The menu suggestion was good value for money. It's not a Michelin star restaurant but a beer café that serves food as well. The French fries were the best I have had in a restaurant for a long time ! An additional serving took no time.
No surprises when the bill arrived.
A place that is well worth the visit.

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MikeyRiles

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4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$

I arrived in Antwerp on a Sunday so getting to Kulminator was out, while walking around Antwerp's City Grote Markt I spotted a green awning displaying 30 taps and 400+ bottles. I sat down at the bar which was just opening and started talking to the bartender who was awesome giving a full run down of Belgium beers. Great selection of Taps and bottles

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DoubleJ

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4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
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30 taps you say? Thank you Mr. Streetsign, you have my business!

There's not a reason which exists that you could use to miss Gollem. Its location is excellent (mere footsteps from the city's Grote Markt), its little street sign sits outside the enterence grabbing your attention. Walking inside it is dark, yet relaxed and with plenty seating at tables or at the bar. Part of its bar has intact a wooden case of Westvleteren. Very clean inside too.

What's more impressive, the 30 taps, or the 400 bottles it claims? Tough choice. I'm leaning drafts, as 30 taps at a Belgian bar is a lot! It's excellent, pouring Martins, Kaastel, Brigand, Kwak, Petrus, Corsedonk, Malheur, Troubadour, La Chouffe, Tripel Karmeliet. Giving the bottle list its chance to talk, multiple boards are located around on the walls. To name a few; De Struise, Floreffe, Aiken, Coulier, Bavik, Du Bocq, Strubbe, Jopen, Texels, Serafijn, Postel, and some beer from Westvleteren. Just as impressive is the large inventory of glassware to match the beer and their freshness. It's also worth noting that the prices are nothing absurd.

Adding the final touch to this review was the bartender. He knew his stuff! He recommended that I skip Martin's Pale Ale (I was curious, so I ordered it anyway. Solid stuff, but nothing memorable), later recommending the Troubadour West Coast Black IPA, which ended being one of the most surprising beers of my trip. He was also quick to serve.

In Antwerp, Kulminator is king. Is there a chance that the city can have a co-king, because Gollem is absolutely worth visiting as well.

05-22-2013 04:12:46 | More by DoubleJ
Gollem in Antwerpen, Belgium
93 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.