La Ferme Au Chene

La Ferme Au CheneLa Ferme Au Chene
La Ferme Au CheneLa Ferme Au Chene
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

Rue Comte Theodole d'Ursel 115
Durbuy, 6940

+32 (0)86 21 10 67 | map

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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

The Ferme au Chene is situated in Durbuy, about halfway between Liege and Namur, in the southern Belgium Province of Luxembourg, not to be confused with the "Country", or Grand Duchy, of Luxembourg, which also happens to be next door - clear !??

Durbuy is beautiful; a lovely well kept "village sized” town. Popular with Travellers and Bikers (Manual and Engine Powered). Oak Tree Farm is a large L-shaped stone building that sits right on the valley floor next to the River Ourthe. It has (had?!) its own Brewery when we visited - but it did not look to be in working order, and more for show, than utilitarian purpose. Rumour was that the Marckloff Beers that were once produced here, were now brewed elsewhere (Fantôme was mentioned). The truth is more likely to be that Danny Prignon of Fantôme actually brews the beers here once a month. The inside was very spacious and modern looking. Service was sometimes slow, but we were there at Easter and it was very busy; besides, when Large Gangs of Bikers get served before we do – we were not going to argue with them.

Snacks and small meals are available, and were quite good value for the money.

Had a smallish beer list, some Fantôme beers, and one or two others. But this place is more about the fantastic views and atmosphere. Sitting on the outside terrace, in the glorious sunshine, watching the plethora of Goldwing and Harley Bikers slowly cruise by, with the view of the Ourthe River and the tranquil settings - you can forgive the rather small beer list.

Oct 17, 2002
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BlackHaddock from England

3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

Lovely sunny day in a lovely little tourist town miles from most places on earth. We had just spent a very pleasant hour wandering around the 'Topiary Garden' and I then anounced the real reason we were in town. We were going to find this place.

La Feme Au Chene is just off the main road which goes through the town and overlooking the river (if you sit on the rear terrace). There is an old part of the building that is on the main road, but everything is reached via the carpark. The brew house is on the right and the main bar entrance is straight in front as you walk through the carpark from the road. Inside is a basic, clean, fairly boring room with an equally boring bar area. We sat outside facing the carpark and road, about four tables. We shared the area with a French Rugby team who had just done a brewery tour and a heavy nights drinking the evening before!

One draught beer only, 'Marckhoff', I also obtained a .75cl bottle to sample and review at home (I'll do that soon).

Served by a simpleton who couldn't speak any language and understood even less. Got through in the end, three Marckhoff beers and a Fanta. Fresh and fine, the beers were obviously poured into the correct glass and at the correct temp.

Don't know who the brewer is, but Danny Prignon from Fantom it isn't. He helped to set up the brew house and brewed for the first 8 days. He was then told he could leave. I know this because he told me during a brewery trip round Fantom half an hour after I left here.

The food looked good and everyone on the rear terrace had meals in front of them, it was lunchtime, but we weren't hungry.

Nice to have ticked this place off, but nothing really special.

Sep 09, 2008
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Absumaster from Netherlands

3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I visited this place meaning to get a tour through the brewery. When I got there, there was a room surrounded by glass walls, which in the brewer was brewing the beer. He did not look like the brewer from La Fantome, so they must have another brewer. The machinery looked all basic, a 500 liter brew kettle and some pumps and fermentation vessles. I all looked nice and clean and the smell was that of sanitizing agents.

The restaurant attached to the brewery (or the other way around) looked a bit old, but had a nice Belgian atmosphere. I did not have any meal, but what I saw on the tables looked good.

The beer that I had was medium priced and their signature beer "Marckloff" was an excellent beer. The yeast must have some similarities with the La Chouffe strain as the beer tasted like a Chouffe with extra flavor. By the way, Chouffe is just around the corner, 8 miles away.

Don't go here for the unique brewery, but if you are looking for a nice atmosphere and a great beer, you should go here.

Sep 23, 2007
La Ferme Au Chene in Durbuy, Belgium
Brewery rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 4 ratings