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Cerveseria El Flabiol

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4 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

Rambla de Brasil 55
Barcelona, 08028

617869131 | map

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Added by beermoose on 11-01-2006

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Reviews by glid02:
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4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere is good - there's no doubt about what kind of place you're in. A single TV sits at the end of the skinny bar with a few tables on the right. Loads of beer memorabilia line the place, from pins and glasses to bottles and shirts with Jordi's face etched onto them. The beers sit either behind the bar or in the cooler - it made things slightly tough for someone who's vision isn't the greatest like me but most of the beers were in the cooler.

Quality is good. The basic glassware was appropriate and the temperature and head were all as they should be.

Service is very good. Jordi went over a few of the selections with me and never let us wait long to order a beer.

Selection is very good, although don't expect much else other than Belgian-style beers. Many of the beers are available in the states (at least in GA) but are not the easiest to find, while others don't find their way out of Belgium very often.

Value is good. My bottle of El Flabiol was about as much as a pint of Estrella Damm around town so I was happy with that.

Overall this is a certainly a place worth visiting. The beer selection, while wide, was not quite as deep as I'd hoped, but the ambiance and paraphernalia around the place are almost worth a visit on their own.

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Photo of Plomb
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A nice bar and probably the best one in Barcelona. The guy that suggested me said it was "The" address and I believed him. The suggestion was good indeed. The selection was interesting, not the common list of usual beers, many of them comes from Spain. I had a nice night, the place is very confortable and the staff good. The service quite perfect. If you planned to go to Barca and you look for a good address to drink good craftbeer (and it's not easy, believe me) this should be the main address of your personal list.

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Photo of elsa
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Searched BA for a place in Barcelona because most bars only serve the traditional Spainish/Barcelona brews.

We took 3 subways to get here from Las Ramblas, it is not near any tourist areas but it was pretty easy to find. It was closed when we got there but stuck around & it was well worth the wait (opens at 6pm). Jordi the owner was there and he was happy to share stories of his Belgian beer connections and travels. The stock of bottles (in open view) were great, mostly Belgians. We drank a few we have never tried and ended up buying some to take home, Jordi threw in a free pub glass.

Jordi's selections were some of the best we have seen in any pub outside of Belgium.
Highly recommended for those needing a good beer fix in Barcelona!

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Photo of beermoose
4.68/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

If you go to Barcelona and want to learn something about beer culture in the city, go to El Flabiol. The owner Jordi is a legend in the (small but growing) group of fans of Belgian Beer. This year he will celebrate 25 years in business, and for most of them he has been bringing Belgian Beer to his grateful customers. He brought beers when no one else did or even knew what they were.

At any time there will be over 200 beers available. There's no menu, so don't ask for one. Just look on the shelves behind the bar. There are also usually a few hidden bottles in the fridges if you ask.
Jordi the owner is always there when the bar is open and loves to talk about beer. He knows many of the important Belgian Brewers and a lot of the small ones too. He's always eager to share stories and hear about new beers. (It helps if you know Spanish, though he'll try very hard in English).
You'll see things here that you don't find anywhere else in Barcelona - often brought back from Belgium by Jordi. For example, at the end of August every year you can get a few bottles of Westvleteren, and you'll usually find something from an obscure brewery that doesn't export.
On tap there is always La Chouffe and Litovel and the tap that carries Mac Chouffe often rotates (for example at the moment you can taste Val Dieu Blond on tap) and there are always some cheeses to be eaten (Chimay, Orval, Patachouffe and more).
Go check this place out if you're in Barcelona, you'll be glad you did. It's not far from the Barça Football stadium. P.S: In addition to beers, Jordi is also into beer memorabilia, glasses, bottle caps and progressive rock collectables.
If you go --- keep in mind El Flabiol is closed at lunch (from 2-5) and at night he closes VERY early (for Barcelona at least) 10PM.

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Cerveseria El Flabiol in Barcelona, Spain
Place rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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