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Arendsnest Proeflokaal

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Arendsnest ProeflokaalArendsnest Proeflokaal
BA SCORE
99
world-class

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
Netherlands
phone: +31 20 421 2057

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @cafearendsnest

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2.5/5  rDev -45.2%

jareddobbins, Jul 15, 2014
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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
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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
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

phingdong, Oct 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

Beer-Ed, Feb 11, 2014
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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
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4.06/5  rDev -11%

An Amsterdam institution and a Dutch beer lover's paradise, this is the place to go when visiting the city. There are other bars in the city that are worth checking out, but this one is a completely unique, one-of-a-kind establishment that goes above and beyond to support the Dutch beer scene.

The place is small with only a couple tables at the front and a few at the back, so it is definitely cosy in that respect. It also has a very friendly atmosphere with a good mixture of locals and tourists. People pull up a stool at the bar and get along pretty well with each other. I have no problem going here alone, whether it's to chat with some strangers or to read my book.

Quality is usually fine, though some of their tap beers are a little troublesome. I've been given flat beer as well as glasses with far too much head, even for Dutch standards. This also hurts the service department. While the tenders are actually very friendly, which is extremely rare in this part of the world, they won't warn you if something is wrong with the tap. In fact, they'll just give it to you and tell you it's flat, with a smile of course. I'd expect to be given a replacement or a discount if this were the States, but in Europe, this is kind of standard proceedure.

The Selection is world class. All Dutch beers. Period. And lots of them. They have a good number of taps and a whole slew of bottles. Of special interest is their seperate list of current De Molen beers in stock. The last time I was there they had the new seasonal Piek en Ballen, as well as the new collaboration with Flying Dog called Bat out of Hell, which had just been released a couple days earlier. I ended up drinking the following that day though:

Black Damnation 666 18cl - $5

One of my favorite beers, and probably my favorite De Molen beer to date. I couldn't believe they had this on tap, and especially for that price. I paid 5 EUR for a few bottles at De Molen a few months earlier, and it'd been unfindable ever since. I stuck with this one that afternoon. Couldn't help myself.

If you're in Amsterdam and want to sample the best Holland has to offer, this is the place to go. Order some cheese and meats when you go in, find a nice spot, and get ready for the long haul.

Jeffo, Dec 28, 2010
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4.16/5  rDev -8.8%

Visited on Friday 14th Oct 2005. It is a lovely long room with the bar running down the left hand side, with the exception of the area just inside the door where a large circular table is located. This was where our foursome sat.

The atmosphere was tainted slightly by the music being played. It wasn't the kind of music one could ingore and leave as a background. The other minor irritation was when people passed in, they invariably left the door open causing a cold breeze to blow on us.

Enough quibbling! Excellent selection of Dutch beers (only Dutch, so hence the 4 ranking). I had Joppen Hoppen, Mary (de Prael), and Texels Bok all on tap. I confess I wouldn't really know enough about Dutch beers to order many bottles.

This is a very nice beer bar, and a must visit when in Amsterdam.

JohnfromDublin, Oct 19, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

This bar is 100% Dutch beer. And it’s amazing. We hung out here multiple times during our short stay. The bartenders we met were wonderful people. One of them remembered my partner from his visit a few months earlier.

One gripe I had (and don't let this detract you at all from coming here): slow service. I’m an impatient American, so sometimes I’m overly picky about service that is actually not slow. However, waiting a half hour to be able to get the bartender's attention, finally being able to tell him what I want, and then after 10 more minutes of him not pouring the single beer I ordered, we left. This was on a relatively slow Monday night, but there was only one bartender and he couldn’t handle the crowd. It was an isolated incident, though, and normally the service is fine (it was definitely satisfactory every other time we were there). I walked to Beer Temple, so I guess they got my money anyways. Oh well. They’re nice people.

Fluffheady, Nov 25, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev -6.1%

Vibe: This is a small bar located on the upscale Herengracht, which doesn't have many bars or restaurants located along the canal and is away from the tourist areas. The place seemed to have an even balance between locals and visitors. Bartenders behind the copper bar were arrived in matching. suit-like uniforms.

Quality: Beers were served at the proper temperature using a variety of glassware such as goblets, snifters and brewery-specific glasses. Paper coasters were fitted on the base of the glass.

Service: Service was a little slow and unhurried, but normal compared to European standards.

Selection: The bar prides itself in only serving Dutch beer on draught and has 30 such taps as well as a large selection of bottled beers. Flight of three decent sized glasses are also available for €7,50 and served on a placemat with the names of the beers written on them.

metter98, Apr 19, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev -3.5%

The atmosphere is very cozy, overlooking a nice canal, with just the right amount of light, seats, wooden furniture, etc. I got there before it opened and found some nice shops right around the corner where I got some quality local stocking stuffers. The bar staff was knowledgable and patient. They have a terrific selection of beers that they matched up well with my loosely stated preferences. Was only there three nights (Sunday through Tuesday) but went back for a 2nd time and was equally pleased. Find somewhere else to eat before or after though--these guys have just pre-made cheese plates, etc. I didn't try them but they looked weak. I will definately go back here again.

fulcrum, Dec 17, 2011
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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
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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
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4.47/5  rDev -2%

missed this beer destination on trip #1 to amsterdam.

nice location, about 5 minute walk from our hotel, along the herengracht canal in a very quiet part of the city centre. enjoyed a nice dinner at Seasons, around the corner

stopped in this place twice - once on a sunday afternoon (100% packed) and again on a late Monday night (emptying out)

selection is 100% dutch - awesome. The Belgian beer scene in Amsterdam is pretty awesome, but it's nice to keep it indigenous when possible. There were maybe 30 taps and a book of bottles - on the first trip i selected a few random tripels of varying degrees of quality, and then i focused in on De Molen taps/bottles after getting my bearings. We also ordered up some nice la trappe offerings, but most of those are available back in the US.

we also enjoyed some nice trappist cheese, and had relatively friendly service (with fluent english) on both visits. I believe all they had for food was snack varietals, but there was a nice list of those.

absolute must stop for fine froth in Amsterdam.

dirtylou, Jun 02, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev -2%

I went here during a very brief stay in Amsterdam with my family based on reviews from BAs. The selection of Dutch beer is quite impressive both on draft and by the bottle. There are black boards which list the current draft beer, ABV and cost for each beer. Most draft beer is reasonably priced at around €4-6 Euro. During my visit there were several styles available on draft including dubbels, triples, barley wine, imperial stouts. A little bit for each type of palate. There were approximately 5 tables outside and 7 inside in addition to the bar stools. Both the waiter and the bar maid were very polite and knowledgeable. The bar maid explained the nuances of the different beers to any patrons the asked while we there. The bar food was limited but good. We had a meat plate, meatballs, and nuts. All were fresh and tasty. There were several cheeses available as well. Kids are welcome just bring something for them to do. We stayed for two beers and had a very nice experience.

pgaveau, Oct 03, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

kjkinsey, Jan 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

boudeysbigbrew, Aug 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Visited this place on 24 June 2009 w/jcone17 on our Belgium/Netherlands summer beer trip. Other than the Kulminator this was the best beer bar of the trip. This place is truly one of a kind, with a massive beer list and serving only dutch beers. We had a 1996 La Trappe Quad which aged beautifully and was one of the beer highlights of the trip. Everything was served in the proper glassware and the service was cordial. We arrived at 't Arendsnest in the late afternoon and stayed until the evening - to our surprise, the place remained rather empty the entire time. This place also has the incredible Reypenaer (aged 1 or 2 yrs) cheese which is stunning on its own, but even better, with beer. I can't say enough good things about this place...if you're visiting Amsterdam, this place is a must. For the curious, here are some of the other beers that we had at 't Arendsnest:

Amarillo
La Trappe Witte
1996 La Trappe Quad
La Trappe Bockbier
Gouverneur Brune
Hansje Drinker Tripel
Wiegeleir Grand Cru
Rasputin
Urthel Hop It

SaintNathaniel, Jul 15, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Stopped in here for the first time on 02OCT12, during a day-long visit to Amsterdam from my base in Maastricht.

It's another warm, busy, woody, friendly place. From the outside, up a short set of stairs into a place which is long and narrow, from front to back. A few small tables are near the entrance, and then the bar appears to the left, running about 2/3rds of the way back. Beyond that are about 5-6 small tables in the rear, where the "facilities" are located. Loads of bier posters, pics and placards adorn the walls here. The lighting is incandescent and warm, though the place is a bit brighter than, say, the Café De Knijnspiep in Maastricht. The bar has a long tap tower, and behind the bar reside loads of great glasses for every bier imaginable (well, almost...). It's all Dutch, all the time here. About 30 or so biers are pourable, plus loads more from bottles. I had a couple of things I had never heard of before (Sallandse, Hertog Jan) which were real nice! The lone bartender, a lanky, dark-haired lass, took care of the whole place solo without batting an eye. Gotta love it! Bummed that I had never been here before, but I surely won't pass this place up in the future! Prosit!!

4.5/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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Bierman9, Oct 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

millelacsmark, Aug 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

This is a lovely bar, and as an American interested in unique beers I cannot find at home, by far my favorite in the city.

The selection is astounding. Serving only Dutch beer, they claim to have every Dutch craft brewery represented. There are 30 beers on tap and roughly 120 bottled beers available. There is also a sizable list of rare and aged beers that is surprisingly affordable (I enjoyed a 9 year old La Trappe Quadruple that was simply sublime for only €8.)

Situated right along one of Amsterdam's many canals, the bar has limited outdoor seating. On my first visit, I had a lovely seat right next to the water and the waiter/bartender took my orders from outside. Inside, the café is small (long and very narrow) but tends to have enough seating. There are posters of various Dutch breweries along the walls, and a long bar lines about 75% of the wall.

One can taste anything before ordering - a nice feature that once saved me from purchasing a beer I may not have enjoyed as much. The bar staff is very knowledgable though always short-staffed; unfortunately, every time I have visited, there has been only one bartender on duty to attend to the entire bar. Considering the bar is usually crowded (though I've never not been able to get a seat), this is quite a task. That said, though the service is a tad slow, the one bartender always does an admirable job.

I have fallen in love with Café 't Arendsnest, and I will continue to return on every subsequent visit I make to the city. Highly, highly recommended.

rinhaak, Apr 23, 2011
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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
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4.6/5  rDev +0.9%

I got the chance to celebrate Zwanze day in Amsterdam this year. Having spent afternoons, and nights in the Beertemple I decided to change it up and hit their sister bar, Arendsnest with a friend. This was a brilliant decision. Arendsnest overlooks one of Amsterdam's canals off a quiet street about a 15 minute walk from the Beertemple. The beer selection is primarily Dutch craft beer with some Danish brews mixed in for kicks. The atmosphere is laid back, the bar is beautifully appointed and light. A complete 180 from the decor of the Temple. The bartenders are friendly, prompt, and very helpful. If you ever happen to find yourself in Amsterdam, this is a MUST for any beer lover.

BeerHunter76, Oct 04, 2013
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4.61/5  rDev +1.1%

In de Wildeman may be the classic Amsterdam beer bar, but Arendsnest is the ultimate place to visit if you're looking for Dutch beer. The interior is brightly lit with light colored wood panels around. A long bar can comfortably seat at least a dozen as well as the taps which are pouring. If you're looking for a selection of the taps for the day, look behind you and you'll find a chalkboard which posts the 30 taps of all Dutch beer (brands including Christoffe, De 7 Deugden, Durts & Laurent). Sure, you could ask for a bottle list, but if you're from out of town, most of the taps you won't be familiar with.

Another aspect which surprised me besides the selection was the service. Two bartenders behind the bar, but both were not only keeping up with orders, but the one who dealt with me was extremely knowledgeable about what was pouring, as well as a recommendation for a cheese plate. He also explained why Arendsnest prefers, in most cases, to use their own custom glassware versus using the brewery's glassware.

Without a doubt, the "eagle's nest" is a must-stop in the city.

DoubleJ, May 13, 2013
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Arendsnest Proeflokaal in Amsterdam, Netherlands
99 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.