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De Heeren Van Liederkercke
Taps: 5 / Bottles: 300
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
phone: +32 (0)53 680 888
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Reviews by GreenCard:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Great little place in a quaint little Flemmish town. We ventured here after a long day-trip through East and West Flanders. Originally we had tried to go to De Gans out in Huise, but after I had spent all of my cash at De Dolle (on a case of beer), we couldn't dine at a place that didn't take plastic.
Alas, De Heeren van Liedekerke seemed to be quite promising. It was a beautiful, mild evening which really complemented the summer-cottage-like interior of this restaurant. It was a bit tough to find a table at first. Not because it was packed, but because a quarter of the tables in the place were reserved. The entire garden section was filled.
Service is one step up from atrocious. Not that the wait-staff (of which there were three) is bad at what they do, just that it would be nice if they did it more often. It took about 20-30 minutes before we could order drinks. Then another 10-15 minutes to get the drinks. Then another 20 minutes before we could order dinner. And so on. We're used to going at a slower pace over here, but this was beyond slow. On top of that, I ordered another beer when they finally brought dinner, but it never arrived. The staff probably think they're over-worked, but it seriously wasn't even that crowded. I've seen one or two people give much faster service at a packed Bier Circus. There was a lot of standing around and even more of me being really thirsty!
That rant aside, the food was great and somewhat reasonably priced. I had the hammetjes met groentjes (I think that's what it was called) which is basically a huge ham-hock on a pile of cooked vegetables. Very rustic and tasty. My special lady had some shrimp in a sauce made with Tripel. The beer selection is quite diverse with several different methods of organization in the menu. For example, a long list in alphabetical order and then three or four sections broken down into style, flavor, color or by brewery. I had witte lambic on draft (didn't realize I was ordering some Mort Subite swill) and a Heerenbier for dessert. This beer, I think, is made for this restaurant by Brouwerij Boelens. Quite good; woody, tart, and complex. The beer that never came was a De Graal blonde.
Not sure if I'll head back anytime soon because the service was so poor, but perhaps on a weekday when there is NO ONE else there it wouldn't be so bad. I mean, 3 hours to drink two beers and have dinner?!
05-03-2004 20:14:37 |
More by GreenCard
More User Reviews:
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Arriving on a chilly winter's evening, entering was like coming into a farmhouse kitchen to warm up. OK, it's a (small) town center, not the most evocative location, but offers a cheery interior of light woods, country-kitchen heart wreaths, and bands of hop flowers. And that was with with the big stone fireplace unlit. Clientele included tourists and Flemings out for a nice meal or just popping in for a few at the bar area. Four languages in close vicinity of my corner table. On seating, confronted immediately with a page-long seasonal (Christmas) beer list, a table placard thingy of a few drafts, and a 12-page list of vintage offerings, annotated to show the available stock. Already a career's worth of tasting, before the main list arrives along with the food menu. The five dishes for our party were all hits of hearty seasonal fare, built on slow cooking, complex sauces, but simple presentations. They included a carbonnade rich and glossy rather than greasy; a sort of tartiflette with Orval cheese (sorry, too much novelty on the drink menu to pair with its associated brew) going was beyond any Alpine refuge's ambition; and a generous cut of pork with mustard-Chimay sauce. Beer, of course, was at the center of all, making it fun to must of the pairing of food and beverage. Opened proceedings with an unusual De Troch lambic on tap -- only ever found it at the brewery, and it's a pity that they never let it out, because it's a very quaffable, soft lambic with banana and citric flavors, way better than the regrettable fruit-drink stuff they make for the grocery stories. Later tried both of the house brews -- solid, not transcendent, with a blonde ale and a somewhat thin and malty dark-amber ale. Also had a Smisje off the Christmas list, another nice find considering I don't often see it in Brussels, less than a half hour away. Service was multilingual, personable, helpful and offered specific recommendations and explanations (despite being a bit understaffed). Expectations surpassed, I have a new favorite beer-specialist resto in Belgium.
02-17-2013 18:28:12 |
More by ManforallSaisons
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I spent 2 weeks in Europe and I did not find anywhere that I want to return to more than DHVL. Absolutely outstanding in every way.
Simply put: I believe this is the bar we've all been searching for. Relatively quiet and homey, where all the locals congregate after work to have a glass or two (or four for the group next to us), but which also awes us with the beer selection. I spied numerous people come in and give each other a familial greeting before they pretty much pointed at the servers with their standard order. I couldn't help but long to be a regular at this place just because of the camaraderie. (Liedekerke seemed to be a very quiet town where most people take the train in to Brussels for work.)
And then there's the beer lists. I came in with a game plan because I didn't realize how absolutely expansive and reasonably priced the bottle list was. It took me 20 minute before I could order. And I was happily blown away when I found out that I could purchase a Rodenbach Alexander which has been my #1 want for a long time. (Ended up being 28.50 Euro, an admittedly pricey amount, but which I thought was completely fair for a 1998 vintage of a beer never to brewed again.)
But even the tap list is unique and worthy. My wife and I tried both the house beers (Heerenbier and Sodalitas), and I was torn between the lambics sent to them from Cantillon, Girardin, Boon, etc. How awesome is it that they constantly have special kegs of straight lambic?
And then there's the food. I cannot say enough about it. We did not have a better meal in Europe, and I have not had anything to match in the United States. The Coq-a-la-bier was divine. Bacon and beer will make any menu amazing, but the chef took his ingredients above and beyond. The kicker is that a large portion was around 14 Euro. Reasonable, really. It was also excellent to have the recommended beer pairing listed on the (newly-printed) English menu.
Our server was helpful and patient, and I found that we received more prompt service when we waved down our servers with our order. (The locals did it as such, so why shouldn't we?) I spent a few minutes talking to Joost, but with how busy they were, I didn't want to take up too much of his time.
This is a pretty gushy review, but for good reason. We spent 5 hours here, spent far too much money, but had an experience to last a lifetime. Worth every penny and the standard by which I will judge all other bars/pubs/restaurants.
10-20-2011 16:25:17 |
More by writerLJBerg
British Columbia (Canada)
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
De Heeren has one of the more epic cellar lists i've seen. A good selection of aged trappists and wild ales. The service is a bit slower than typical in Belgium. And once you order you may not be likely to get your beer soon. But everyone there was quite nice and the selection can't be beat. The food is more high end but there are less expensive options that are still quite good. Beers off of the vintage list are served at cellar temperature.
They played some amazingly cheesy/bad restaurant music (the titanic theme song comes to mind).
As a side note, after our first visit my friend and I started asking for our geuze in the brewer/blender's wine glass rather than the typical geuze glass, which they readily accommodated. I know the regular one is historical, but it is illogical and if I am going to drop $50-100 on one bottle of beer i want it in the glass that best allows me to taste/smell it. Places like 3 fonteinen have already made this glass switch with their vintage geuzes/the Armand 4 series. This might be a good idea if you are going to order something like the J&J beers or Millennium geuze (they are already doing it with Crianza).
06-27-2011 07:48:41 |
More by DaveJanssen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
While in Brussels for a few days, my wife and I took the train out to visit De Heeren Van Liederkercke which exceeded our expectations.
The atmosphere was amazing, we sat in the beer garden out back. It was mostly locals (and outside was very family friendly, with a playground for children) but there were also some (other) American tourists there and potentially others. It did help that we had a perfect spring evening in which to enjoy the experience.
The beer list was excellent, we enjoyed a tasting of Orvals with various amounts of aging which was nice. The menu was very extensive and many of the beers were available from the cellar as well as the fridge. Trappist breweries were fully represented.
The highlight of our experience was the service. Everybody was proficient in English and made us feel right at home in their family establishment. Our server, wife of the chef, was highly hospitable and during our meal we were offered an amazing paella compliments of the chef, and several of our beers were accompanied with complimentary cheese. I enjoyed the Stoofvlees which came with an awesome apple side made with fruit grown on site. The food was solid and a great value. We enjoyed beer ice cream to end the meal.
As other reviewers have stated, the whole experience did proceed at a very leisurely pace, though the service was excellent. If you are planning on taking the train out (we walked from Iddergem station, about 10-15 minutes away on foot) be sure to be conservative as to which train you might take back.
Overall, our evening at De Heeren Van Liederkercke turned out to be a highlight of our trip to Belgium and I highly recommend checking it out if in the area.
06-05-2011 22:28:08 |
More by bceagles39
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Outstanding beer-restaurant and pub. Great beerlist of over 300 Belgian beers and lots of great aged beer, Trappists and Gueuzes. The interior is warm and cosy, and the restaurant is brasserie like. The food is from a very high level and the diches are inovating and always with a wink to beer. Joost and his brother are running the place and the staff is very friendly and professional. If your looking for a great beery place with a gastronomical touch "de Heeren van Liedekercke" is the right address.
05-03-2011 12:02:07 |
More by beerpirates
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by for lunch with The Big Dooper last weekend. We'd heard about this place as being a beer "Mecca," so it was high on our list.
This is pretty much exactly how I want a beer bar to be. It was "cosy and homely," for lack of a better expression. There were families quietly enjoying their lunch, as well as a few patrons around the bar. Doops and I sat at the barrels near the front window, and a couple guys sat down just before we left and made small talk. Needed a touch of well chosen brewery swag perhaps, but it was well decorated and very relaxing. Even had a playground out back for the kiddies.
Jessie was there serving us that afternoon. A very friendly woman who really enjoys her craft. She had lots to tell us about her retaurant and her beer list, and even smelt my cellared Rochefort 10 before she served it. A nice touch.
The beer list is fantastic. There are a few things on tap that rotate regularly and lots of Belgian bottles on the list. There are the well known gueuze that were brewed specifically for the restaurant, as well as an extensive cellar list. Perhaps the best I've seen outside of De Kulminator in Antwerpen. We also appreciated that De Heeren only offered cellared beers they'd cellared themselves. You never know where the beer has been when you buy it from a third party.
De Heeren serves the best sandwich in Belgium. This creation has won an award on several occasions I think, so Doopie and I were quick to order. It was a really interesting idea. A longer piece of bread was split into three compartments: tuna and pesto, ham and cheese, and salmon and mayonaise. Jessie instructed us to eat it from right to left, so we'd go through the three stages of culinary delight in the right order. I can't say whether or not it's the best sandwich in Belgium, but it was certainly delicious and very original. I may have to make up a copy of my own.
Price is right here, for both the food and beers, and the atmosphere and service is first class. Definitely worth a stop if you're in Belgium, and I hope to get back again sometime for a second round. Maybe I'll get my game on and dominate that playground in the back next time too.
03-09-2011 16:38:02 |
More by Jeffo
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
One of those legendary places. Stopped in for lunch together with Jeffo March 5 2011.
Located on a very normal street. Was able to park right in front of the door. We were welcomed right away by Jessie who offered us a menu, beer list and vintage beer list in English.
Recently de Heeren was all over the news in Belgium becuase they serve the best sandwich in Belgium. Guess what we had?
Before the sanwich we were offered a rather fancy appetizer. The sandwich it self was awesome. Had to eat it from left to right. I found on my sandwich Tuna with pesto and olives, next to that Smoked hame with melted Camenbert and next to that Salmon with a mayonaise of goose liver. Don't know if it was the best sandwich in Belgium because I haven't had them all but this was pretty good.
Since I was driving I couldn't drink. Jeffo picked a 10 year old Rochefort 10. Served with the dust on the bottle and poured by Jessie who was kind enough to smell if the beer before bringing it to the table. She was clearly passionate about the beers they serve and took pride in the quality of their products and beers.
Oh yeah, they also sell th J&J blauw, Crianze Helena and Roos to take away. There is a bottle limit and a good price tag on these bottles.
Overall a great place to stop. Food was excellent and the beer selection is amazing. Staff is friendly and seem to enjoy running this great restaurant. Wherever you are in Belgium this place well worth the detour. If you are into sour beers this is your Mecca.
03-06-2011 07:52:18 |
More by doopiedoopiedoo
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Went here with Yapi who was kind enough to drive us all the way from Bruge to here.
Had an absolutely amazing time here. They had one bottle of 1998 Cantillon Loerik and we had that and a Fou Foune. The food was amazing as well having the special pasta which is bacon egg and a cheese type sauce.
The Cellar list here is just amazing. They have Sour's and Trappists back to the 80's and especially when compared to Brussels at very very reasonable prices. They have the Millenium Gueze for 60 euro.
They also sell the Blauw and Roos as well as Crianza Helena. Would strongly recommend going as the service, food and beer were all world class.
02-14-2011 13:01:41 |
More by psiweaver
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Enough time has passed, the wounds have healed, I can fairly rate DHVL...Located about 20kms from downtown Brussels its a quick ride in the car. Located in a small charming town, you come across it on a random street, looks like a restaurant. Easy street parking, we walk right in. Inside is small and charming. Typical small town restaurant feel with plenty of beer decor throughout. We arrived around lunch time, this is a total local place. We were clearly the only American's there...After all the wonderful reviews this place had I was expecting to greeted with world class service by Joost or Jesse. Sadly, Joost stood in the corner chatting to locals and ignored us the whole time we were there. We had planned in advance to come and stay at the inn and I had emailed with Joost several times how excited I was to come and drink their beer. We sat for 45 minutes waiting for our room to be ready with no one talking to us. When Jesse finally came she was nice. After settling in we sat down for lunch. The menu looks awesome, at least as awesome as a menu in all French can look. I guess I should say the food smelled awesome as my mouth was watering basically the whole time we were there. As we sat for lunch we asked for suggestions the server didn't really give us many suggestions... The beer list is pretty awesome. They have about 20 standard Belgian beers, then the special list that included Blauw, Roos and Crianza. I knew this beers were going to be here, heck I wouldn't have come otherwise. I begin to order my Roos when the server interrupts me and begins to explain a five minute story as to why I could only order the regular beers. Apparently over three weeks ago, well before I booked my reservation and emailed Joost several times about all the beer I was going to have, DHVL flooded. The server told me all those beers were off premises and we could have none. I basically was in shock. I understand accidents happen but Joost should have told me advance, and he should have come and told me himself, instead of sending the nervous server. Needless to say I was beyond pissed off and decide to spend my vacation elsewhere. I realize my experience is once in a life time but I can fairly score this establishment. The atmosphere, food, and rare beers (when there) are awesome. However, the world class person and service I heard Joost to be was false.
I personally would never venture to this place again. However, as much as I would like to say skip it, if you're in the area its a place you need to check out.
01-16-2011 02:46:22 |
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