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Rue de la Fourche 45
phone: +32 484 95 53 50
(Place added by: BeerPlanet on 05-11-2008)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
If you're looking to get away from other tourists, consider Beer Planet. The interior isn't quite as decorated as de Bier Tempel, however Beer Planet does offer a great selection at fair prices, and you won't have to fight the crowds to get a look at a beer which catches your eye.
The selection is a little more varied by nationality, offers a few more Dutch beers to go with the large selection of Belgians. I saw some Mikkeller here too. Even more surprised when I saw Old Guardian on sale, but at a very high price.
Just a short walk from the Grote Markt and with much less tourist traffic. If judging by beer, I would probably give Beer Planet the nod over Bier Tempel, although here they don't wrap your bottles for your journey back home.
05-24-2013 19:11:25 |
More by DoubleJ
quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
Surprisingly my first review of this store. The location can't be beat, just 1 minute from the Grote Markt, exactly where a tourist is likely to be while in Brussels. The prices are somewhat high, at least by my estimation, compared with non-tourist areas, but not high enough to discourage some purchases.
Great selection, many beers that I saw no where else. The guy running the shop (maybe the owner?) was kind of pushy with his help, but I guess he gets a lot of tourists browsing with no idea what to get. Still, I thought I gave him enough nuggets of knowledge that he'd leave me alone but he still insisted on pimping beers that I know I can already get in the USA. No worries, I can study the selection on my own.
Definitely worth a stop, maybe the best place in the city (that I know of) to get de Struise, also some good lambics and gueuze.
11-02-2010 10:44:19 |
More by TurdFurgison
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Stumbled into this place to find directions. There were two guys working behind the counter, and they both were very friendly, engaging us from the time we entered the store without ever becoming smothering. They were definitely knowledgeable and there to help.
Their beer was almost exclusively high-quality Belgian artisanal beer, and their selection was fantastic. It was all organized by similar style, which made shopping a joy. They also prominently featured some very rare items such as Rodenbach Vintage 2007, that I did not see in any other bottle shops in Belgium.
They also seem to have this deal where you spend 100 Euros in the store and they'll give you a free bottle of Westvleteren 12. I think this is a fabulous idea that still seems to respect the wishes of Sint Sixtus (they are not reselling the Westvleteren).
The prices were a little steep compared to other bottle shops in Belgium, but against other shops in Brussels, they were on-par with price. Definitely worth going here to seek out some of those rare gems.
03-23-2010 14:48:30 |
More by jgasparine
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Not far from Le Grand Place and relatively easy to find the Beer Planet is well worth the time for a visit. They basically only sell beer and have one of the widest selections I found in Brussels.
The displays are organized in a reasonable fashion, with beers grouped by style. I found a few things here that I didn't see anywhere else and so was able to find a few things that don't make it across the Atlantic (or at least don't get into PA).
Each of the times I visited the manager asked if he might be of help. On only one of those occasions did I feel he was being a bit pushy but it turned out he was also just trying to call my attention to a hard to find beer from a brewery about which I'd asked a question. On another occasion I made a specific request for a beer I didn't see and he spent about 5-10 minutes locating it in one of his cases of unshelved stock.
The prices were about what I expected in an area of shops targeted for tourists, but nothing seemed way out of line and I even spotted a few things that were less expensive that one or two other places.
Basically if you want to shop for quality Belgian beers this is one of the places you should not miss. Indeed if you have the time to only visit one place this is definitely one to consider.
04-22-2011 20:35:31 |
More by drtth
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I have been to Brussels several times and have always gone to Bier Tempel to buy some bottles to bring home with me. Last time I went, I sought out this shop as well, based on the recommendation of the "Good Beer Guide to Belgium" book. The shop is a short walk from the Grand Place, but a bit harder to find than Bier Tempel, especially at night.
The shop is clean and modern and feels more open than Bier Tempel, but it is also smaller. This shop consists of only one long room with bottles on the walls. The selection is smaller than Bier Tempel, but I'd say it's a notch above in quality. The emphasis here is on a good sampling of very high quality, special Belgian beers, where Bier Tempel seems to stock a bigger variety of mostly average, everyday brands. Here there were not too many truly rare special editions, but an impressive number of fairly esoteric beers from the more renowned brewers, and few everyday beers to get in the way.
The night I went in there was only one staff member, and he may have been the owner. He was friendly and knowledgeable. When I asked about any beer he was able to immediately point to its exact spot on the shelves. I didn't ask for much help, but I saw him assist an American couple and he was very good at helping them choose new beers based on what they liked. The shop apparently does a lot of shipping to the US, which is what this couple arranged for the case that they picked out. The shopkeeper told me their website has a mail order service available.
Prices were reasonable, considering they are located smack in the middle of Brussels. The bottles they had available were well worth the prices they asked.
Overall a great shop that I'm glad I checked out. If I ever go back to Brussels, I'll browse this one along with Bier Tempel to make sure I see the best of both worlds.
03-02-2013 22:05:54 |
More by Radome
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stoped there on my trip in Brussels
small shop filled with bottles from the ground to the top.
The guy was making some renovation, but take time to give us some advices about the products he sells.
He sells the basics belgium., the classics and some more less known beer.
selection is alright
and the value is alright I guess.
cool little place,
Im not to difficult about reviewing beer shop in Brussels, cause they have a lot of nice beers and breweries so, every place I went was pretty good for me. I had the chance to go there, by myself and see, taste, drink the belgium beer
so if you got the chance to go, you wont regret it, theres a lots to drink
01-12-2010 03:01:35 |
More by Otterburn
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I went here today for the first time. It is just outside the main tourist area, which one can notice immediately because the shop is much less crowded than the bier tempel. The shop is a bit narrow, with large cupboards full of beers on both sides of the shop. The selection covers almost all Belgium beers available, more than in the bier tempel. They have definitively some rare beauties here (limited brews), very local brews and also some very new struise brews. I also noticed there are a few vintage bottles, but not a whole selection like in beermania. Service is friendly, although at first sight the person didn't look very interested in helping out. But after some questions he became more and more helpful. No wesrvleteren here, although they have an action if one spends 100 euro (150 dollars), you get a bottle for free....well, for the westvleteren, one can just go to bier tempel! I noticed this shop is quite a bit cheaper than the bier tempel. Highly recommendable!
09-27-2009 21:19:54 |
More by rvdoorn
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$$
Went to this place on a recent trip to Brussels. They sold me westvleteren 12 even though they say on their website they won't. They have a very good selection of belgian beers, most of which I had not seen in the other 2 shops in and around the grand market in brussels. The owner is nice and helpful. he made some decent recommendations from the list that he has. I would probably buy from them again if i had the chance. This place is right around the corner from the delirium cafe in brussels as well. I would definitely check them out if I visited brussels again.
08-01-2011 20:04:38 |
More by Squelch
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I just stumbled upon this place one day while showing some friends around the center of town.
It's pretty impressive upon entrance. There are supposedly 600 beers stocked, though I didn't bother to count. The beers range in quality from some pretty hard to find stuff down to Corona. Nothing vintage, sadly.
I found a few interesting brews, but the guy at the counter wasn't much help. I asked if they stocked anything from De la Senne. He hadn't heard of it. De Dolle? Same thing. He did TRY to be helpful and looked around with me; I eventually found that they did indeed stock beers from both places. He was nice guy, just not very acquainted with the stock I guess.
Prices are reasonable. Most beers are 2EUR, with a few of the higher-end ones at 2.50. They do have a couple of cases of Westvleteren, but the only way you can get it is buy buying 100EUR worth of beer.
Pretty nice selection of glassware also. Probably ~100 different glasses from various breweries.
Overall a nice place. I'll go back if I happen to be down that way, but I think I'll stick to Beer Mania and Bier Tempel for most of my purchases.
07-10-2008 17:43:18 |
More by philipquarles
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
As long as you're heading to Delirium Cafe, you might as well pop in to the Beer Planet which is very close by on a parallel street. My friend and I showed up 10 minutes before their posted closing time, but they didn't seem to mind. The manager Aram is a very helpful and friendly guy who speaks English.
He kept his store open half an hour later making recommendations and talking about all things beer. Beer Planet didn't have any vintage beers but there is a nice selection of more obscure regional brewers. The feel is more of a neighborhood store than a beer superstore. The selection is smaller than other more noteworthy shops in Brussels, but there is a charm to this place.
They do have Westvleteren but since that brand is not supposed to be sold they offer a free bottle only if you spend one hundred euros in the store. I guess Aram felt that we were worthy beer fans since he was willing to part with a couple of bottles even though we spent substantially less than that. He did tell us not to advertise this so if you go to Beer Planet don't expect this deal! The only problem was that we were schlepping around bags of bottled beer all night throughout the old section of Brussels.
07-24-2008 16:05:42 |
More by tubaguy
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