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Arendsnest Proeflokaal

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Arendsnest ProeflokaalArendsnest Proeflokaal

54 Ratings
Ratings: 54
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.65%
Taps: 30
Bottles: 100
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

Herengracht 90
Amsterdam, 1015 BS
phone: +31 20 421 2057

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Photo of crenegar
4.41/5  rDev -3.3%

Visited in early November - easy to get to from center of town, only about 12-14 minute walk from Dam Square. Great selection of draft beers - 23 of them - all Dutch. 20 years ago it seems there was Heinekin, Amstel, Skol and lots of places serving Belgian beers. There has been a great revival in small breweries in this country.

Some of the taps included: Jopen Extra Stout (yum), Volen Bock, Snab Ysbok 9%, Hertog Jan Bok and Texels Triple.

A nice bar and very good service - a young guy who knew the beers well and enjoyed talking about them. I'll visit this place everytime I'm in A'dam.

crenegar, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.01/5  rDev -12.1%

We stopped here for some Dutch beer, and we drank some Dutch beer. But that doesn't mean it was an ideal spot. My main complaints are location (blocks and blocks west of the more convenient stops such as Wildeman) and atmosphere (gay 80's rock music to immerse yourself into). To be fair the location IS on a quiet canal which is nice, and the interior is comfortable and lots of woodwork. But seriously the music was a bit much. As for the Dutch beer, it was very good. Most beers were 3-3.5 euros on tap, with 12 taps to my recollection (the owner told me there are 23 taps, perhaps some of them weren't in use when I was there). Worth a stop? Not particularly, I say Wildeman is the spot, and it has some fantastic Dutch beers on tap as well.

TurdFurgison, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of lingates
5/5  rDev +9.6%

If you are looking to really try some great Dutch beers you MUST go here. Though I am not complaining, but many places in Amsterdam serve a lot of Belguim beers but I was really interested in trying a variety of Dutch beers since I was in the Netherlands. This was the place I was looking for. It is a nice looking bar and the bartender was knowledgable and friendly. He went through all the beers on tap helping me make my decisions.

I guess that the Herengracht 90 Blond (housebeer) has more demand than supply so that was not on tap but he had opened some bottles of it up for some guys that were tasting there that night (I know at least one of them works for Rogue) and he poured me a glass as well! I know that next time I am in Amsterdam I will be back here.

lingates, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of Crosling
4.56/5  rDev 0%

Arendsnest is one of my favorite places to drink in Amsterdam. Beautiful bar with great fixtures and plenty of seating everywhere. Really friendly service. The quality and serving of the beer is top notch. If a beer hasn't been poured in awhile, the line is cleared, period. You won't find many bars that do that. The place is famous for selling only dutch beer with several bottles and about 12 beers on draught, the only thing is....dutch beers arn't very good. Sure, there are some nice dutch beers (De Molen, Ij, Christoffel, Hemel), but as a whole there isn't a lot of great beers to drink. Overall, Arendsnest is a great place.

Crosling, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of bierme
3.7/5  rDev -18.9%

Selection was very good. The Jopen Dry Stout was an excellent example of the style.

The bar while small is well set up and I very much enjoyed the atmosphere.

I tried some of the cheese also very good.

Now the problem. The service was awful. Went two nights, the first night it was me and three regulars and the bartender whose best attribute was ignoring me. Very impatient and unwilling to explain the vast array of Dutch only beers. Second night was there with two friends and Peter the owner was tending bar. Only slightly more helpful. If he had spent half of much time telling me about Dutch beers as he did telling what they don't make it would have been a much better experience.

bierme, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%

This is flat out THE place to go in Amsterdam for Dutch beer. 10 dutch beers on tap, and a beautiful leather bound beer book with more Dutch bottled varities. When I was there, the "house" beer was on tap (The Herengracht 80--named for the canal that the bar is on), and it was very good. Also on tap were the SNAB beers, of particular note was the SNAB Ijsbok, absolutely mind blowing. Service was very friendly and as prompt as I wanted it to be. For some reason this place tends to be less smokey than Gollem, but with that said Gollem is well worth the smoke. All in all a must-see while in Amsterdam.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of CBA
4.44/5  rDev -2.6%

Whereas Gollem is akin to De Garre this place is more like Cambinus in Brugge. More polished, bright, and modern. Great location on the edge of the "nine streets". Another perfect stop after a long days walk. However as most places in Belgium and the Netherlands it opens late. (generally after 4pm) As you know they are serving only Dutch beers (of which I am unfamiliar with) the barman was most willing to suggest and inform. Back page of the beer list had quite a few dutch vintages of course including many from La Trappe. He recommends a very nice cherry beer for my wife that is more beer and less kriek. I have a few of the Brouwerij De Prael offerings. The Mary on tap was particularly good (somewhat reminding me of Bells Batch 8000).

This is definitely a place to expand your beer horizons with an excellent rotating tap selection.

CBA, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of BarryNL
3.93/5  rDev -13.8%

An original and innovative bar. This narrow Amsterdam style "kroeg" serves only beers brewed in the Netherlands - but what a selection! They have typically 21 beers on tap and probably another 50 in bottles. I wish I could have worked my way through at least the draught range but I shall just have to keep visiting.

The beers are well served - and represent a surprising range considering the origin. Draught beers are naturally dominated by Dutch styles like blond, trappist and Belgian styles but there is also a smattering of pale ales and stouts.

The quality of the beers is excellent with good examples of Dutch styles and interesting variations on British and American styles.

The service can be a little slow, and the pouring of the bottled beers left something to be desired - beers with yeast in the bottle were not poured smoothly in one go, but half poured with the bottle served along with the glass (for the customer to pour the rest of his now yeast filled beer himself, I guess). The premises is a little cramped (what bar in Amsterdam isn't?)

All in all, a must visit for beer lovers visiting Amsterdam (or lucky enough like me to live within 30 miles of the place).

[To answer a point raised in an earlier review - smoking is allowed here, although is will be banned in all bars throughout The Netherlands from July 2008]

BarryNL, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of longbeachtom
4.72/5  rDev +3.5%

I've visited this bar twice in the last two weeks and will return soon. This is my favorite beer bar in Amsterdam. The main selling points are: quality and selection of Dutch beers; location - easier to find than most of the other noteworthy bars being conveniently located on the Herengraacht canal; ambience and customer service exemplified by the owner who served me and was genuinely excited about his offerings and the Dutch beer scene. There is no Heineken or Amstel here but a large selection of local brews that most travelers have never heard of. After describing my general beer preferences, Peter set me up with 4, four ounce tasters for 6 euros - all were excellent. I then ordered a glass of the most balanced imperial stout I've ever had, pronounced Charbonee...and a plate of oude kaas or old cheese. The place was not smoky...perhaps smoking is verboten here...I forgot to look for signs. The bar is very inviting...guys bring your wives/girlfriends here...they'll enjoy the vibe and there is outdoor canal side seating on sunny days. Check this place out. You won't regret it.

longbeachtom, May 14, 2007
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.94/5  rDev +8.3%

Visited twice in 3 days with my wife on our recent trip to the Netherlands and Belgium.

One question- if you are in the Netherlands, why would you go to a Belgian beer pub? GO TO A DUTCH PUB. GO TO THIS ONE.

I loved this place almost immediately. Full of locals but welcoming to strangers. Willing to help out a foreigner who knows a thing or three about Belgian beer but knows almost nothing about Dutch beer. English friendly. Includes a bunch of taps (10-12) and about 100 bottled beers, all Dutch. And the ones I tried were very tasty without being big, over the top, or huge alcohol bombs. LaTrappe, Jopen, 't IJ were very available, as well as a bunch I've never heard of. The "Eagle's Nest" also has a house beer brewed by a local brewery. The owner has written a book about Dutch breweries/pubs and is very involved in the "Promotion of Dutch Beer" group, whatever it's called.

Being spring, the local favorite was Lente Bier style (kind of maibock style, but not quite), which I now like a lot.

But bottom line, do yourself a favor and go here to enjoy the country.

Note: Older versions of Tim Webb's guide (the ones that include the Netherlands) suggest going to Lieve next door for food. We did that- it was really good, but it was an expensive 3 1/2 hour meal, not a "quick bite". Be warned if you think you might try the same.

Dukeofearl, May 10, 2007
Arendsnest Proeflokaal in Amsterdam, Netherlands
99 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.