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3.05/5 rDev -26%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited back in June 2012:
Stopped in while on a recent visit to Amsterdam, among other place...and the only way that I can really explain this place is that it feels very much like a dive bar...there were some suspect individuals hanging out there that afternoon. It was a completely different experience and vibe than In De Wildeman. I think that we may have only had one beer and left. They had a good selection on tap, mainly Belgian beers, but the service was not good...the bar tender acted as if we were a burden to her and frankly it was a burden for her to be there as well. The other reviewers have described it well, so no need to harp on that. Overall, didn't have a great experience and I am not sure that I would go back if ever back in Amsterdam.
11-01-2012 18:05:29 | More by PhillyStyle
3.65/5 rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Cafe Belgique is a great place to visit if are in Amsterdam. A really nice Belgian-beer bar that has all the Belgian staples. It is extremely small and has only a few tables inside, but does have a bench or two outside of the place where it is nice to sit and drink some beers. They have a bunch of good brews on tap and a nice bottle selection. It is close walking distance to everything in Amsterdam (and if you like hamburgers...the Burger Bar has the best hamburger in the world...a short walk from Belgique).
Highly recommend a stop at the beer bar...
02-22-2012 01:50:22 | More by 4thelvofbeer
3.8/5 rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Very small spot with 6 stools at a bar, and maybe 2 tables. However, you can also sit outside on one of maybe 2 benches and watch passerby.
They specialize in Belgian beers. There's not a ton here that a beer geek hasn't had. The tap selection is limited, but they have a decent bottle selection.They have the usual 6 trappist ales one can find in any decent spot, and other Belgians one can find elsewhere. But it's nice to have them all in one place. I did enjoy Le Trappe on tap. Haven't seen that on tap in the states.
The woman behind the bat was helpful and friendly enough.
Worth a stop in if you're in town. But if you only have time to visit one bar in Amsterdam, go to In DeWildeman.
06-14-2011 21:23:52 | More by jbertsch
3.86/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Half of this bar is outside. It is so small that many of the people "in" the bar are actually standing in the alley out front. For a minute I was worried that we might not be allowed to drink outside in Amsterdam, but then I realized that within two blocks I could get a pre-rolled joint, a block of Moroccan hash and a hooker all without any interference from John Law.
The beer selection here was less impressive than other bars like the Wildeman or Cafe Gollem, but still much better than any of the "tourist" bars like the Bulldog. Lots of Belgian ales that create the background noise in bigger bars, so I took the opportunity to try the Timmermans Peche. I liked it, but it tasted like drinking the syrup out of a can of peaches, which I also like.
Service here was good too. In general all of the bartenders in Amsterdam were willing and able to speak English and talk about beers, which was very nice.
I recommend heading to this place after stopping at the Wildeman, if you are on a pub crawl, and then heading over to Cafe Gollem.
05-31-2009 15:34:43 | More by ComicalAli
United Kingdom (England)
3.95/5 rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
How can such a tiny place stay open in such a popular spot in Amsterdam? This place is always almost full when we stop by, but somehow there is always somebody just leaving and we can get their spot, or we manage to get the last spot as we come in. Let's just call it good luck.
The selection isn't going make it into the hall of fame, but there is certainly enough to make a beer lover happy with providing some old favorites if not providing a salivating list of beers not yet tasted.
They were offering some rather odiferous abbey cheese to go with your beer. I think that added to the atmosphere.
10-22-2007 15:25:28 | More by YankSubSomerset
4.05/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A very fun place packed with regulars and locals not a tourist in site. Stayed for a few hours and chatted up some locals. Place is very small but conformable enough.
Had some La Chouffes. Very good, selection is somewhat small as compared to Wildman, but still full of quality. 10 or so taps with 15-20 bottles on the list.
Service was slightly slow but understandable considering how full it was. People in the bar were polite enough to part when we walked up to the bar to order.
Had some cheese that was very good.
All in all a fun place with pretty good beer.
03-10-2008 21:56:55 | More by bierme
4.06/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
What a place to run into - and only steps from my hotel. A cozy little place wit room for 25 if packed. A nice bar tender. Great beers on tap and a atmosphere that is hard to beet. This joint was tiny but just what i was looking for. I met many-a-friendly local here durring my stay and this bar made my trip to amsterdam. I cant say enough good things about it. As a side not, and a show of the kind of Beer Karma that flowed through this place: I was sitting by the window minding my beer when i see a guy in a BA shirt stroll by.
07-07-2004 06:39:58 | More by elmocoso
4.13/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Cafe Belgique is a pub I happened upon during my first trip to Amsterdam and have since returned there this year. The outdoor seating and large "La Chouffe" sign initially caught my attention because of my love for Belgian beer. La Chouffe and La Trappe are on tap for a total of 8 beers on tap and 30 bottles. I had Rochefort and Orval from the bottle. So, the selection is good, but nothing earth shattering. The big draw is the atmosphere. Its a very small place with a very old world decor along with Belgian beer memorabilia on the walls. The place is dimly lit with candles on the 2 tables. There is a staircase up to the bathroom - its funny, the bar employee watched me wander up there and then back down again - he clearly knew I was wondering if there was upstairs seating, and he said he did not want to stop me from enjoying the wonder of the building. I really enjoy this place, and plan to return each time I visit Amsterdam.
09-19-2011 16:24:53 | More by Neorebel
4.16/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in twice during the busy tourist season & only saw 3 other people there-(2 from California). A great small place to find good Belgian beer on tap & in bottles. Striking blond bar server who knew her biers. The place us on a small quaint street that can be hard to find at 1st but well worth the time to look for it. There is a chaulkboard on the wall listing the country of origin as well as the alcohol content of each brew. A bench out front provides some fresh air if it's a hot/humid day.
07-31-2010 16:23:44 | More by boardrigger
4.2/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
All jokes aside about the, ahem, extracurricular activities in Amsterdam, it's a great town to drink. Most places have a good selection of Belgian beers, and the excellent local Brouwerij 't IJ is available in most serious beer places. Café Belgique, while not as famous as Cafe In de Wildeman, is my favorite overlooked place in the city.
The selection is excellent, with around 10 beers on tap and a solid selection of Belgians. They don't have St. Bernadus or Westie, but other than they hit all the major highlights. Another reason this place is great is the staff, which is very friendly and knows its beer. The bartender the night we visited recommended good replacements when they didn't have a local brew, and also guided a new beer drinker to a good selection.
The interior of the bar is cozy, if a bit cramped, with space for around 20. I have no idea if they have food here, since I didn't check.
If you're in Amsterdam, this should definitely be your second stop after the Wildeman. Friendly service, relaxed interior, good prices. Be sure to try the 't IJ Columbus barleywine if they have a few bottles in stock.
05-02-2004 16:26:31 | More by jed
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Cafe Belgique in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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