Stopped by here just on a whim after hitting the brewery. Waiter was friendly and joking about the fact that he didn't have any English menus available. We knew a few key menu items in Dutch but he was more than happy to help us out and describe the dishes (in very good English). Nice atmosphere, both inside and out - it began to ran about half way through our outdoor meal so they moved us inside. When we asked the bartender about the Mestreechs Aajts beer (local brew sold in Gulpen only) he took us into the their brew room for a look. Very interesting look at the Lambic/Belgian style brewing in a very small setup. We sampled some and it's a bit strong - thus some previous reviews about the beer being "sour," "bitter," and "spoiled." If you're not used to Lambic type brewing, then it is most definitely a kick in the taste buds. As for how it compares to other Lambics? Not too shabby, though I didn't bother to order a second one, I'll stick to dubbels. In my limited beer touring experience, the Gulpener menu has many beers much more suited to whatever you decide to order along with your main course. Give this one a go if you're curious or like Lambics, but I'd say start with it and drink something else with dinner.
As for food, I had the Holland steak with herb sauce (Hollandse biefstuk met kruiden-pepersaus) and it was very good - especially for a "pub."
Around the table we also had the beef stew cooked in a beer/apples sauce (Stoofpotje van rundvlees, bereid met Gulpener speciaalbier ) - very good;
A pork knuckle marinated in their Mestreechs Aajt beer (Spaakhammetje, gemarineerd in Gulpener "Mestreechs Aajt", met stroopsaus) - better than just the beer by itself;
finally, a mixed green salad with two brie coquettes (Maaltijdsalade met gegratineerde Val-Dieu kaasjes) - very good.
By the end of it, all four plates were clean and no complaints. Top that off with several good local beers (all Gulpener, of course) and it was quite good. Never did make it to dessert!
I recommend this place to anyone coming through Gulpener, especially if you had the fortune of getting a tour of the brewery. Short walk around the corner. Again, if you don't like VERY sour Lambic beer, then probably best to stick with the Dort, Pilsners, or Dubbel; all very good small craft beers.
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