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4.85/5 rDev +3.9%
a destination beerstore for sure - visited one afternoon while in Amsterdam and it was easy as this is in a very central location near the National Monument.
I was immediately overwhelmed upon entrance. The selection of Belgians and other European beers was beyond belief. Where does one even start?
I knew exactly where to start. I picked up a Westvleteren 8 and 12 (the #6 and #1 beers in the world, respectively). 9 euro's a bottle is steep (but normal for these) but it was too much to pass up.
There was so much other stuff in here ranging across all belgian styles and also a fair representation of dutch beers as well. I doubt there was a bad bottle of beer in the house. There was a ton of lambics if that is your thing, but its not mine so i skipped that entire section.
The american beers were pretty interesting - terrapin, great divide, sierra nevada, and a few other highlights.
Just an amazing store - a MUST visit if you are in town
07-20-2008 18:02:02 | More by dirtylou
5/5 rDev +7.1%
What more could you want? They have an amazing selection of glassware, with probably over a hundred types. Many, many dutch beers not sold elsewhere. An Amazing selection of belgian ale, with several hundred types. Then, even more and more beers from around the world. I've even heard that they have sold Kaggen in the past. Sheesh, I wish I would have been there. Westvleteren is available. There is no doubt in my mind that this is one of if not the best beer shop in the world. I've been here a couple times and have always received great service. This is quite a place.
06-19-2008 04:11:27 | More by Crosling
4.85/5 rDev +3.9%
This was our second bottle shop stop while in Amsterdam and our best. Easy to find but not on an overally touristy street which was nice. When you walk in you are greeted by a huge glass selection on the walk to the left. I took a look for a bit but could not make up my mind so I moved on to the beer. Wow!
I first went down a set of steps to what seemed to be the lambic area and what a great area to visit. Great selection of Cantillon, Haansens, 3 Fontenein and many others. I was in shock when I found some 3F Hommage and a steal at 11 euros! I also got a bottle of Haansens Mead the Gueuze which was nice to see at about 4 euros after I paid about 9 euros an hour earlier at a bar.
After drooling at the lambics, I went to the 2nd floor level and there was the largest selection of Dutch beers I had ever seen. I wish I had a car parked outside as I would have loaded up on some Dutch treats. There was also a great selection of many other Belgian brewers, some rare and hard to find including some older Westvleteren bottles.
It was very interesting to see some other American craft beers I had not seem in Europe before like Jolly Pumpkin and Terrapin.
Best store in Amsterdam and one of the best I have visited in Europe to date.
05-17-2008 19:24:43 | More by ggaughan
4.7/5 rDev +0.6%
I think this is my favorite beer shop ever.
During 6 days in Amsterdam this April we must have shopped here 8 times! A friendly cashier minds the front of the store and greats you upon entering, a big nasty St Feuillien Methuselah is in sight also. The glass ware behind the register is dominating, the best selection ive ever seen! It must be 13 feet long and 6-8 shelves deep of glass ware! Upstairs is a sight that is indescribable, beginning on the right a massive dutch selection, most i've ever seen, continuing into assorted beers, American beers (i saw Left Hand, Great Divide, Anchor and a few others), English beers, German beers, Danish beers, and then finally most of the last wall is Belgians. Vintage dated Westvleteren is right on display, I think it was something like 20 E for a 2002 12...not bad...
A decent cold selection as well, i bought some Christoffell, Duvel Verde, Saison DuPont, Euphoree Blonde, Great Divide Hercules and a few others cold.
Down stairs is Lambic Land, tons of Gueze and meads as well.
Great store, smart, friendly staff, HUGE selection, good prices, tons of glass ware and merch! If in Amsterdam this is a MUST. It is literally 2 blocks from Dom.
Watch out they close AT 6 on Sundays..
05-05-2008 16:23:04 | More by ATPete
British Indian Ocean Territory
4.2/5 rDev -10.1%
Just off the three main tram lines that run from Centraal Station (1,2&5). Definitely a superior store, and if you're a lambic fan the lower level will make you certainly smile. However I was hoping that my last store visited (and the most regarded) on the trip would yield many saisons - I was sorely disappointed. One Fantome, a Silly and two others I've had before. Suprising to say the least. Amazing glass selection if that's what you're loking for. Lots of gift packs, British, German, CDN (Unibroue) and surprisingly quite a few US craft (Left Hand, Great Divide, Flying Dog & Anchor). Excellent Christmas section set up with all the holiday beer pooled together.
The service was basic but not bad. The best beer photo I've ever seen resides next to the door - if you go make sure to check it out, and try your best to hold back the tears.
01-13-2008 16:18:56 | More by CBA
4.05/5 rDev -13.3%
Visited right before I hit Cafe Gollem. Absolutely must visit if in Amsterdam as the selection is varied and massive, plus all the glassware you could hope for. Westvleteren and other Trappists were in stock as well as French, English, German and selections from Amsterdam. I found some US macro bottles there, which was odd (expensive!).
Don't expect great southern hospitality though, as the employees spoke next to no English and were obviously "occupied". The selection made up for it though.
09-11-2007 15:16:19 | More by theformula
3.85/5 rDev -17.6%
This place has a great selection of beers which almost offsets the rude service I got while I was there. It is unfortunate that they judged my book by its cover expecting I was some stupid stoner (which Im not) American because I would have bought some beers there instead of just leaving.
The Belgian selection wasnt nearly as impressive as the selection in Brussels, but very good for outside the country. The selection was kind of weird in that they had a bunch of the trappist beers including Westvleteren and a bunch of the Belgian breweries, but very little of some others like Fantome. They had a good gueuze and lambic selection as well. They had a decent selection of other country beers as well. They have a very good selection of glassware in addition to the Belgian selection. It seemed like they had the glass for every beer they sold.
07-11-2007 20:57:00 | More by drseamus
4.15/5 rDev -11.1%
A must visit for any BA while in Amsterdam. Enormous selection of bottled beer. Just about anything made in Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, UK etc. They also have correct glassware for most of the beers.
The staff I dealt with were not real beer geeks and didn't speak particularly good English anyway so I found most of what I wanted on my own.
Prices seemed reasonable especially for beers I can't buy in the States.
Very easy to find, just behind the palace. Also convenient to a couple of tram lines.
10-13-2006 01:21:34 | More by joedon
4.5/5 rDev -3.6%
Visited this fine shop on Thursday afternoon, 13th Oct 2005.
The selection of quality beers and glasses that they stock was almost overwhelming for someone like me who has to often struggle to find decent brews. They have an excellent range of Dutch and Belgian beers. It makes you just want to buy them all! The friendly girl serving us took the trouble to box a set of Ij Vlo beers for me, and take down the display tee-shirt and sell it to us as they were out of stock. (She is off to India for holidays and voluntary work, Bon Voyage!).
The only downside to this shop was that on a visit in 2004, the place was so busy that I had to abandon my proposed purchases and leave. This was not a reflection on the staff, who were answering questions from customers. The problem was the number of customers. Try to visit on a weekday if you can, so you can give this place the time it deserves.
10-21-2005 09:12:42 | More by JohnfromDublin
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.55/5 rDev -2.6%
Located on Paleisstraat, this place is a doddle to find
Visited here 3 or 4 times on my visit, mainly to get stuff to bring home
When you walk in your greeted by the shop assistant and immediately notice the amazing selection of glassware behind, there are a couple of fridges in this area with some nice chilled stuff. Then, up a few steps is beer city, every belgian you can think of and so many dutch beers its unbelievable. Great selection of german beers too, all the best are here plus a few off beat ones. They also have a fair range of english and US beers too, but thats not where this place shines.
Besides the hundreds of small bottles and 750mls this place has lots of 3 litres and magnums, aswell as what appeared to be a 9 litre bottle of st feuillien.
Besides the amazing range of normal belgians is the 'cellar' area, stocking an amazing range of lambics, every cantillon beer (jncluding saint lamvinus which i bought), lindemans, girardin etc, all are present
Prices are fantastic too, saint lamvinus was the most expensive that i bought but of course it always is, was still less than 9 euro though. Small bottles of girardin 1882 gueuze were 1.20, lol, bargain
If you come to amsterdam you have to visit this place, especially if you are planning on bringing alot back, the range is amazing
07-29-2005 16:33:31 | More by cypressbob
De Bierkoning in Amsterdam, Netherlands
100 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.