The Kwak is an amber color with malty flavors accompanied by wild yeast-like tartness. The Brigand is a clear dark amber with light esters, a tangy mouthfeel, and a nice complex fruity/malty flavor combination that does not "wear out its welcome." The Karmeliert Triple is a hazy amber with fruity and malty flavors combining for a very pleasant flavor experience. The unlabeled Westvletern 8 is opaque in appearance with a thick mouthfeel and evenly balanced rich, creamy, chocolately flavor.
Although the crowd was mostly male, smokers were not in the majority. The reasonable hours, Sunday through Thursday 4 pm to 1 am, and Friday and Saturday 4 pm to 3 am, make it easy to relax and enjoy the all Dutch Rock & Roll music while sampling the beer selection. Even the kitchen is open until 2:30 am. Just don't try to stretch the weekday hours. At 1 am the police, called " beer facists ", come by to enforce " no service " rules.
The menu shows some interesting specialties such Moules a la bierre (mussels in beer) but it is the beer portion of the menu that will impress: 14 Trappist, 35 Abbey, 48 regional, 9 Pils, 1 Wit (Brugse tarwe), 14 Gueze/Kriek, and 1 Old Beer (Deugniet '92). Most beers cost around $3 for the 33 cl (12 ounce) size and averaged around 8% alcohol by volume. When in Amsterdam this is one of the best places sample Belgian beers and food. You'll find the 1 am closing time comes all too fast.
Proeflokaal De Zotte
1012 RP Amsterdam
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - March, 1998
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