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Reviews by JohnfromDublin:
4.28/5 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited the Café Gollem on a couple of occasions over the weekend 14th to 16th October 2005. Quite close to Dam Square, but you have to know where to find it. Well worth the endeavour. A nice exterior, with a square bar counter enclosing the serving area and access to their downstairs beer storage area and kitchen. Only bar stools for about ten persons, and then a short stairs leading to 3 or 4 tables on a "landing" (couldn't be called a floor), overlooking the bar. There is a scary stairs leading to a subterranean gents, mind your head! Ladies is located in a corner of the upstairs bit.
A really excellent selection of beers, mostly Belgian on blackboards on the walls. Some of the drafts were Brand Pilsener, La Chouffe, Tripel Karmaliet, Charles Quint, Duchesse de Borgogne, and Barbar Bokbier. Many, many bottles including 2 Westvleterens, but both sold out (not surprising). Service was quick, knowledgeable and friendly.
We also had an excellent Cheese plate (mostly Trappist), excellent value at 8.50 for a large size (4 persons). An excellent venue when in Amsterdam.
10-18-2005 15:57:37 | More by JohnfromDublin
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4.4/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $$
If you are in Amsterdam, you must go here. I was there for 9 days, and am not ashamed to say that I went 5 times. I enjoyed it very much. The atmosphere is great. It's small, but was never too crowded while I was there. Try to sit at the bar, unless you're in a large group, as the bartenders (I had 3 different ones) tend to strike up conversations about Amsterdam or just about beer. I actually met the CFO of the Amsterdam public school district, and had a great conversation about the educational system there. A very nice guy, bought me a Duvel, and I of course returned the favor. He said he lives a little way out of the city, but comes to Gollem about once a week, as he thinks it's the best atmosphere of the many great beer bars in Amsterdam.
The menu, written on the upper walls as you walk in, can be intimidating. Just ask the bartender if you don't know- they are all very knowledgeable and can recommend something you'll enjoy.
The only reason the "atmosphere" gets knocked to a 4.5 is that they do not have air conditioning, like most places in Amsterdam. I was there in June, and there was an unusual heat wave.
This is a place you can find many sought-after beers, such as westy, and try many belgian beers. I must have tried around 20 in my time there. I'll be back!
08-19-2010 05:01:37 | More by pauljmccain
4.71/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This place was pretty cool. It was very small, intimate atmosphere. The group that I was with managed to snag a few chairs along the window. The beer menu was written on the upper walls of the establishment. They had their own section for the Trappist selections which I thought was pretty cool/helpful. Gollem also had some interesting stuff on tap. I got into a couple of conversations with other Americans, one of which was using BA as a reference via his Blackberry often. Pretty cool.
The bartender was awesome. He was very helpful to the other members of the group and me. He learned our names and everything, making us feel welcome and valued patrons.
They had a ton of Belgians and Trappists which I really enjoy. They also had the Westveleterens!!! I was able to try the 8. I couldn't get to the 12 because it was pretty late in the evening and they had sold out by that time. The impression that I got was that Gollem is supplied by a beer store right across the street which I thought was interesting. Overall a great place to chill and drink some quality beer. I was happy to run into some fellow Americans who seem to make a point of stopping there whenever they travel to Amsterdam. Consider me a returning patron if I get a chance to go back to Amsterdam.
06-11-2010 21:11:48 | More by NatsnSkinsDC
4.66/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Great little beer bar not far from the Dam Area. Atmosphere was nice and the service was friendly. The crowd was a mix of locals and tourists. The price is what you would expect from a bar in the city center.
The wife and I stopped by after a trip into the Broken Kettle across the street. The selection is impressive and the menu covers the upper wall on a number of chalk boards. The first impression is of a small dive bar. Do not go off of your first impression. The place is small with two levels, a word of caution there is only bar service and the stairs are narrow.
The place is well worth a stop while walking around the city and I'm sure we will be back next time we are in Amsterdam.
06-05-2010 08:01:45 | More by kwdavis
United Kingdom (England)
4.4/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Cafe Gollem has a great day time and early evening atmosphere - get some strong beers in and watch the world and day go by in a pleasant haze. This place always has a tremendous and constantly shifting beer selection on tap - real odd stuff that is well worth a try. Charles Quint dark ales and Floreffe blondes on tap were fantastic last time I was in. The guys in the bar are all usually beer students but not beer bores - ready to try and enjoy what is looking good on the menu - locals and tourists alike. The bar, like many in Amsterdam has a couple of bar room cats, who can assist in beer selection. The very impressive beer selection means that a wide range of styles can be tried in a short time. The bar staff are reasonably helpful but do not prompt customers - some knowledge of beer is required for entry to this bar.
03-06-2010 21:37:42 | More by scotaussie
3.58/5 rDev -20.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A very nice Belgium beer bar in the hub bub of central Amsterdam.
The bar was packed on this visit and the wife and I ended up standing along the front window. Not a bad place to stand, looking outside at the Beer Store right across the alley-way!
I was excited as they had Westvleteren, both the 8 and the 12. I paid 10 euros for my very first Westy 8 and lo and behold, it came in an Afflingem glass! What a bummer. OK, I know, the beer shouldn't taste any different, but when you are paying $14 for one beer, it should be served with a little beer style. For that, my review was somewhat lower than it probably would have been.
I was bummed out after that. Maybe my next time there it would be better.
11-04-2009 00:09:27 | More by bnietz
4.8/5 rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I've walked passed Gollem several times, but I only visited the place for the fist time a couple of weeks ago. My mistake!
I was slightly overwhelmed with the selection of beers (Belgian in particular) to be honest.
I visited on three different nights during the week. The Sunday night I went in on my own. It wasn't a particular busy night and I had plenty of opportunity to talk beer with other guests and the bar man. This was a really pleasant experience.
On the Monday I went with a friend. This night was plenty busy, but the girl in the bar excelled by being observant and responsive despite all the distractions.
Then I went back on Thursday night. Again quite a busy night and I was on my own, but it was a nice crowd and easy to find friendly people to chat with.
All in all a very nice beer bar, definitely worth more than one visit!
10-06-2009 11:44:38 | More by jesperm
4.5/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
De Gollem is a gem in the heavily visited Centrum of Amsterdam. When I look back on my trip to the Netherlands and think of the ubiquitous "brown cafe" this will be the one that comes to mind. After a few visits to a few other places in town for some amsterdam coffee(ahem) my wife and I had a bit of difficulty finding the bar, but once we did, the effort we put into the search was well rewarded.
This is directly acros from the Cracked Kettle beer store and if you are not looking at all the signs along the alley where it is located the entrance could be easily missed. The interior is a combination of dark wood and yellowed beer adds and souvenir bottles from around the world. The bottle list rings the bar area and is a perfect example of the dutch trader/merchant society. It seems any beer that you can think of can be tried for the right number of euros.
I got a Kwak, the wife got a dubbel of some sort and we split a Westy 12. The bartender was understanding of our state of mind and gave us some advice on pronunciation of the beers names. All the locals were very friendly, and eager to joke on the wife and I about our recent nuptuals.
All in all, a great place and a must visit in Amsterdam if only to check out a true dutch beer bar. There was no food availible so you might want to eat before you arrive.
07-24-2009 17:11:51 | More by bikeandbeer
4.8/5 rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
A gem in the Jordaan area of Amsterdam. This place is quiet, has a gigantic selection that is well-priced, a kick ass decor (think Toronado) and they played music from Sade to Radar Love. There are six taps here, well chosen, and it looks to be about 160 bottled beers. While here I sampled a Corsendonk Agnus Dei, Saison Dupont, and Westvleteren 8 and 12 (No, I didn't drive home). The bartender was awesome, letting us sample some other Dutch beers and their Dutch gin, whose name slips my mind right now. This place is definitely not to be missed if you want a non-pretentious, small, quiet awesome bar with an incredible selection of Belgian beers. A +
07-08-2009 09:13:22 | More by raoulduke37
4.88/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Another great, tiny beer bar in Amsterdam. Come here to try the Westvleteren 8 or 12 for 12 or 14 euros, respectively. 200 beers are advertised, I was in no condition to examine the list scientifically but it appeared that most or all were Belgians. Lots of trappist ales. The service was attentive and fast if not overly friendly. I give this place only slightly lower marks than the Wildeman because it is smaller and much more cramped, but then again if you come on a night when it's not crowded your experience will be different. Highly recommended.
05-31-2009 15:23:34 | More by ComicalAli
Cafe Gollem in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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