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De Bierkoning

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De BierkoningDe Bierkoning
BA SCORE
100
world-class

59 Ratings
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 6%
[ Store ]

Paleisstraat 125
Amsterdam, 1012 ZL
Netherlands
phone: +31 20 625 2336

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bierkoning

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(Place added by: dmeadows)
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Photo of tenesmus
5/5  rDev +7.1%

Stumbled across this place a few years ago, didn't realise at the time what I had found but it was my first experience of Cantillon and Girardin. It just gets better everytime I go.

Most recent visit a week ago, its a tiny little place just off Dam Square, lots of crates on the pavement outside, and the place is filled to the ceiling with beer. Three little levels with the lambics hidden under the stairs, with its cramped nature, steep stairs, wooden floors, its thoroughly Amsterdonian.

As for the beers - Most belgiums, Westvleteren 6, 8 & 12 available, big variety of lambics, good selection of UK, Scandanavian and US beers including Russian River - Pliny the Elder for 15 euros and a huge selection of Dutch.

What this place is really characterised by is the staff who are always approachable, enthusiastic and willing to help. I asked for a couple of typical US IPAs and got into a enlightening discussion on the merits of UK, Belgium and US styles. Anyway I ended up with a couple of cheap ones - Raging Bitch and Anderson Valley Imperial - under 3 euros each as well as Westvleteren 12, Drie fontenien gueze and Cantillon kriek which were a litle more expensive.

In summary, this is, without doubt, the finest beer shop I have visited.

tenesmus, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Sixpoint
5/5  rDev +7.1%

There are beer stores and then there are beer stores. Bierkoning falls into the latter category.

Like most things in Amsterdam, this store is tucked away in a narrow street and is unassuming. The store is right on Paleistraat, which is one of the central streets running directly from downtown by the Hauptbonhoff. As a matter of fact, this store is very centrally located... it's close to many of the museums, the Vondelpark, the Blumenmarkt, and the Leidseplein.

The quality is unbelievable. When I was there, I'd say I didn't recognize almost one-third of the beers they carried. And they don't stock things just to stock things. The owner and managers are constantly scouring the market for the best brews - macro or micro - or somewhere in between. The manager I talked to was a beer enthusiast and a brewer himself, and so he was inclined to talk about beer and why he carries the brands he chooses.

Also, for you brewers out there - there is an international brewer's guestbook. As to sign it - it's pretty amazing. It has been signed by brewers from all over the world who visited this place, and there were hundreds of signatures and entries. It was fun just to see how many American brewmasters made it to this store.

I have to give this place 5.0 across all categories. If you're in Amsterdam and not too stoned to move, you have to check this place out.

Sixpoint, Dec 11, 2004
Photo of Brabander
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Very good selection of beers from all over the world and some the beers are for very decent prices.

Brabander, Friday at 07:01 PM
Photo of AlexM
5/5  rDev +7.1%

AlexM, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of boudeysbigbrew
5/5  rDev +7.1%

boudeysbigbrew, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of AdamNowek
5/5  rDev +7.1%

The name is accurate: these guys are truly the beer kings of Amsterdam. They have a diverse selection from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, and a few other assorted places such as Denmark and Japan.

If anyone wants to help me convince these guys to start stocking some nice Canadian beers, though, then that would make it perfect.

AdamNowek, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of millelacsmark
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

millelacsmark, Aug 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

drtth, Jul 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

aoampm, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of kingjohnh
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

kingjohnh, Jul 21, 2014
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De Bierkoning in Amsterdam, Netherlands
100 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.