In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst
Taps: - / Bottles: 125
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 6 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Thorpe429:
4.86/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
When Amy and I visite Belgium, we couldn't wait for Sunday to roll around so that we could finally hit this spot. It was worth the wait.
We got there right when they opened on Sunday and were the first ones inside. The place is fairly small with seating for maybe 40-50 people. There are some round wooden tables off to the right and benches to the left. The bar is on the far right. Just before the bar is the entrance to the cellar (which they so graciously let me have a peak into) and an assortment of lambic baskets.
The decor all appears to be fairly old, with plenty of of old lambic collectibles and bottles hanging on the walls, plus a string of the ever-present aged whole-leaf hops hanging in the back.
The quality and selection are superb. There are plenty of new and vintage offerings from Cantillon, De Cam, Drie Fonteinen, Girardin, an others plus a few retired beers from closed brewers. For the most part, proper glassware from each brewery is used. If not that, you'll receive a nice, small tumbler etched with the bar's logo, which you can purchase for a small amount.
The service is unparalleled. Both Yves and Kurt were incredibly friendly, knowledgable, and hospitable. Both chatted with us about lambic and the region for awhile on each of our visits.
Finally, it is difficult to not love the locals, who come in after church to sip on lambic or coffee and chat. Everyone was quite chatty and asked my wife and I questions about our trip, and on the final day, one generous gentleman even insisted on buying us a bottle of gueuze.
This place is a must visit. If you are headed to lambic country, make sure to clear out your Sunday morning and afternoon for a trip to Grote Dorst.
02-28-2012 12:57:43 | More by Thorpe429
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4.69/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $
This was the highlight of my trip to Belgium. It's only open on Sundays between 10 and 1:30, but it is well worth the quick trip out of Brussels (or wherever you're coming from).
A: This is a fairly rural area outside of Belgium, you walk through a neighborhood up to a small building that appears like a small store front. When we got inside around opening, it was fairly empty. However, it soon filled to a comfortable amount of people. Most appeared to be locals. The room was very comfortable with tables lining the walls with a small bar on one wall. It reminded me of a rural country store. It was beautiful.
Q: Everything was served to perfection. The aged beers we had had obviously been aged with care, and proper glassware and lambic baskets were always used. Everything was top notch.
S: The service was very friendly and helpful. We felt very comfortable in a place full of locals, which is typically tough to accomplish. The service was a touch slow, but a minor complaint to a great experience.
S: if you're expecting only lambic, the selection is unbelievable. I'm not sure if there is a better selection of lambic anywhere in the world. And for extremely reasonable prices.
V: Extremely reasonable. Everything was inexpensive.
11-28-2013 21:03:05 | More by coreyfmcdonald
4.86/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I'd been looking forward to this visit for some time. Inconvenient hours but this is actually part of a family's home, and they have jobs during the week which are a first priority. In any case I think it's a good thing, as it makes for a special visit.
I got there about 1/2 hour after they opened, found plenty of seating available with only 12 or so people inside. I counted 8 tables, with lots of seats, maybe for up to 60 or so people. Wonderful decor, tile floors and beautiful wooden rafters, one of which was full of hops vines.
The bottle list is very nice, ranging in price and vintage from affordable to extremely pricy. Some examples of what was available:
3F Oude Gueuze 1999, 2002, 2007, Vanentijn Cuvee
3F Schaarbeekse 2004-2010, Hommage, Millenium Gueuze
Eylenbosch Oude Gueueze 1984, 1988
Several house gueuze (also kriekenlambiek)
Tons more from De Cam, Cantillon, Girardin, etc etc.
I stayed for hours, enjoying the quiet mix of locals and near-locals coming and going while the churchbells occasionally chimed. I had a nice chat with Yves who then introduced me to a new friend from Duisberg. We sat and talked lambic throughout the morning, and I got to try his own Gueuze blend (incredibly tasty).
A very special place overall, dedicated to the love of Oude Gueuze and Oude Kriek. I'll try very hard to make it back sometime.
03-26-2012 07:20:09 | More by TurdFurgison
4.84/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst (and that's how the bar capitalizes the name on official publications) calls itself a 'traditional Payottenland lambik beer cafe,' deservedly so for how the Panneels brothers have maintained a village pub atmosphere despite their growing role as curators and advocates of the local lambics. Villagers outnumbered beer hunters today and they amiably shared tables plus a bit of chitchat. The menu offered about any lambic-based beer I could think of and a deep roster of unfamiliar ones. Some of the rarities and vintages noted in earlier reviews, such as from the defunct Eylenbosch, remain on offer. Without a group to share a big bottle, I stuck to a draft Girardin lambic and a Moriau gueuze. Sampling of the draft products seems to be encouraged. Co-proprietor Yves promised there are more finds in storage not yet represented on the printed menu. There is a small selection of standard non-lambic beers (Hoegaarden, a range of Duvel-Moortgat products, Westmalle, Orval), liquors and soft drinks, and they are certainly well used by the locals. (I was torn about how to rate the selection, before deciding that a well-curated list of locals is a mark of excellence.) The hours remain 10am-1:30pm on Sundays, plus some holidays and for funerals in the neighboring church, but the cafe also can be rented for private parties and the Panneels family seems to be adding to their calendar of special events.
12-19-2010 17:17:43 | More by ManforallSaisons
4.36/5 rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
If you're looking for geuze or lambic, this is THE place to go to. They have (possibly) the largest selection in the world of these beers, and even (diminishing) stocks from breweries/blenders that have been closed for years now. We're talking real vintage stuff here.
Only very few beer bars have lambic on tap (if they serve it at all!) - but here you'll find it.
Open 3-4 hours per week only (during and after Sunday service), so plan your visit. I for one intend to go back several times! Absolutely recommended.
10-07-2009 09:09:55 | More by Paisan
4.3/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
"Insurance Against Great Thirst"
It is early Sunday morning and we are rolling off the Ferry from England. We had heard of this place in Eizeringen and that it was open only on Sundays so we had best find it. We walked into the place at about 10am finding a couple locals enjoying the morning and Kurt & Yves Parents running the place. After some attempt at comminication we discovered that they did not accept credit cards. They generiously offered to drive us to the closest cash machine in town so we could recharge our wallets.
After that we started with a Girardin Fondgueuze and then finished with a 1991 Eylenbosch Gueuze (Blender is no longer in operation). They offer a good selection of Payottenland beers.
At noon the Church crowd showed up for their "after worship" white port.
Very hospitable hosts and nice atmosphere.
They also host a Lambic Festival at the end of May that would be good to mark the calendar.
Their website: www.dorst.be
10-30-2005 20:19:25 | More by erkaneva
In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst in Lennik, Belgium
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