Biercafé Take One

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Biercafé Take OneBiercafé Take One

Type: Bar

Rechtstraat 28
Maastricht, 6211EJ

043-3216423 | map

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Added by Idaho99 on 05-23-2009

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by digita7693:
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4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This place is one of my all time favorite bars. Whats not to like?
-free bowls of peanuts, throw the shells on the floor
-amazing selection of bottles, around 100?
-wonderful rotating selection of tap beers (believe 8 taps)
for example for christmas they had 8 different christmas brews mmmm
-friendly and very knowledgeable owners

Just cant go wrong here, I love visiting and talking about beers and trying new ones each time i go. I can only recommend this place and the experience that comes with it, if you visit once youll surely make a point of going again.

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Photo of Tjukker
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Bierman9
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5

09OCT12 - Update after visiting twice during the first week of October, 2012. Am dropping the vibe/atmosphere rating a bit, as smoking still persists despite local laws, and it is a real drag on enjoyment. That, plus Peets sometimes surliness flaring up, as when I contended Heineken was a poor bier and he tried to defend it (notice the Heineken coasters prevalent, plus the Heineken signage out front...). Having also discovered Cafe Frape, which has an equal bierlist and superior service, I'm not sure I'll be back here...

3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | $$

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Original review of 25OCT11 - After checking into my Youth Hostel in nearby Liege on 26SEP11 I had some time for a few biers, so a short trip to Maastricht was in order.

Leave the train station and head straight out west towards the river, then take a right on the last street before the water. Take One is found quickly on that thoroughfare, a bit down on the left, on the ground floor. It's very plain looking from the outside, in a drab stonework building with a small baywindow adorned with a couple dozen bier bottles. Once inside, it's clearly not plain at all. Long from front to rear, and narrow, there's a small round table at the front window on the left. Further left, an L-shaped bar juts out and heads to the rear, with about 8-10 stools astride it. After the bar ends, the back of the place has a few more small tables. The lighting is warm and dim, and the wood, when visible, is dark and worn. Many parts of the walls are covered by hundreds of bottle caps painstakingly attached in orderly rows. Elsewhere are a few bier signs, but more likely dozens and dozens of bier coasters laid out in rows and columns all over the walls. The barback had numerous logoed bier glasses and a fine selection of whiskey. Above that were rows of old bier bottles from the area. A couple of towers were on the bar, with 2 taps per, and a small fridge brimming with brew sat at the rear right of the bar. Adjacent to the fridge hung the bier list, an alphabetical list with names, bottle size, ABV and cost of the couple hundred offerings. Damn! One could gaze in amazement for who knows how long... The two Tripels I had (Ename and St Idesbald) were damn tasty, as I'm sure most everything else here is.

When it comes to service, though, that's where I'm a bit torn. Granted, the owner, Peet, has loads and loads of knowledge, but he was quite arrogant and condescending for the most part. Only after we agreed to disagree about some aspects of flavor and terminology regarding bier-tasting did he lighten up. I didn't really dig him picking the biers for me, and others ("what is your taste?"). Let me try something and make up my own mind. It's a customer-driven world, Bro... So, I split the diff between a 1 and a 5 for service. Maybe harsh, but it's my €uros. Also, is smoking still allowed in bars in Holland, or was that just Peet thumbing his nose at the world?

Regardless, I'd stop back again without hesitation, knowing what to expect in advance. In fact I had tried to, but my train connections wouldn't work. Next time... Prosit!!

4.16 rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$


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Photo of eawolff99
3.34/5  rDev -22.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3

We actually had a really great time -- you have to be ok with the owner making fun of you (he teases, if you go along with it, you'll have a good time -- if you don't, you won't) and picking out your beer! I had my first XX Bitter here and it was fantastic -- I know this is a "common" beer, but he recommended it to me as a true IPA...

Peanut shells go on the floor, don't make the mistake of trying to be orderly with the peanut shells!

Unquestionably an experience...will definitely go back the next time I'm in Masstricht. Oh, and cash only, so keep that in mind!

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Biercafé Take One in Maastricht, Netherlands
4.31 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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