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Taps: - / Bottles: 400
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Store ]
Chaussée de Wavre 174
phone: +32 (0)2 512 17 88
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Reviews by xychromosome:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
As mentioned in other postings, this place has a great selection, plus it's nice to sit and sample beers in the small bar and coutyard at the back of the store. My only complaints were that some of his beers were very pricey, eg. westvletern 6 and 8 were priced the same as the 12, i.e. 12 euros. At Bier Temple, these beers were 6, 8 and 12 euros respectively. Plus even though Nassir's knowledge of belgian beers is impressive, his knowledge of the brewing process and of lagers is lacking. In casual conversation he tried telling us that drinking lagers make you fat because they are made in only 3 days and contain more residual sugars than belgian ales. I hope he doesn't offend any german visitors! :)
But i guess if you are going to a belgian beer store, you should expect a bias towards belgian beer.
07-30-2007 19:15:20 |
More by xychromosome
More User Reviews:
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The walk was much longer than I anticipated, but I did get to see a part of the city which I wouldn't have thought that existed; its African neighborhood full of African restaurants and business. Eventually I did make it to Beer Mania with my recently purchased duffle bag to fill up on beer to bring home.
Two major aisles bring you through the high shelves stocked with beer. Across the checkout is an amazing display of Belgian glassware, including a special "teardrop" glass made specially for the store. All the beer is kept on the shelf (nothing refrigerated), but nothing dusty. There's a bar hidden behind a dog leg of a wall if you're curious to taste some beers while you shop. A few tables are layed in the that area just for that reason. There's even a small display of aged beer.
I got into a small conversation with the owner at checkout, and it showed me that he really loves beer. He's a homebrewer and even sells his beer in store. He's the third owner of this store, of what he said is the world's original beer specialty store, back in the early 80s. He's responsible for building the tasting bar. And he ships beer to the US, roughly €100 for up to 48 standard bottles, good to know should I have a major Belgian craving.
Quality store and worth the look.
05-23-2013 22:37:24 |
More by DoubleJ
District of Columbia
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I wandered in here from the nearby Delirium Café, looking for a few beers. I found, of course, one each of the Westvleteren. I bought them, got some local cheese, and some fresh bread, and headed back to my flat. Expensive, but also once-in-a-lifetime.
02-24-2013 23:53:49 |
More by Beerstorian
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
It might be a bit difficult to find, but it's worth it. Real spacious interior with a good selection of brews. Yes, they have "those" as noted previously. They also have the glasses if you so desire. I wouldn't say that I was completely floored by the selection here. They do have a good variety and several aged brews that you might be interested in. I think that having seen so many beers in so many beer stores, I've just become spoiled. But anyways. This was a nice visit. Nassir is very hospitable and an easy going dude.
08-30-2012 16:59:23 |
More by RblWthACoz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Visited Beer Mania today. I was one of only three customers in there, which was nice. The shop sits in a very busy area of town and some describe it as a sketchy neighborhood in Ixelles, but I think it's fine for a shopping trip.
A very relaxed atmosphere with some mood music playing softly...this time was jazz.
Beer-wise, the selection was solid, but some of the spaces were empty and I was hoping to find some other goodies (3F and Cantillon) to no avail. Many beer gift sets...some stuff I've never seen before. They had plenty of Westy. All 3. Quite expensive though. 30€ for 1 of each...and 60€ for a 6-pack (2 of each). I passed on the beer and bought 2 Westy wooden crates for 15€/each.
The shop contained a LOT of Belgian glassware (which I'd say is their best feature)...some harder-to-find stuff too, like Orval's clay goblet. Fair prices in the end.
In the back of the shop, there's a tasting bar...it looked very nice, but I didn't have time to sample any brews. If there again, I'd like to try their house brew - Mea Culpa, in its really cool custom glass.
The gentleman who cashed me out was very straight-forward, but extremely polite (about 30-35 years old with thinning black hair). I'm not sure if it was Nasser, but if it was, he packed all my stuff, asked me to bring my car around (from 3 blocks away) and he even carried the purchase out to my car for me. Very cool guy - to me. Nothing bad to say about my experience. Probably best of all there were no crowds, unlike the other bottle shops downtown.
Overall and based on my above comments, I'd rank this place "Very Good", but given that it's a Belgian bottle shop, it could have a larger selection and stocked shelves. If you want more of a ridiculous selection and have a bit more time, go to BVS Drinkcenter or Dranken Geers. Having said all this, I'd definitely go back.
09-03-2011 16:35:26 |
More by LambicKing
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | $$
Not far from the home of the European Union, Beer Mania is located in the Ixelles district of Brussels. Some reviewers have noted that it's in a sketchy part of town, but I found it a nice change of pace from the flashier parts of the city and never once felt unsafe.
As the name would imply, Beer Mania has an incredible selection of Belgian beers, and nothing but Belgians. Westvleteren 8, 10 and 12 were all in abundance, which is the main reason why we stopped in. Prices for Westy were higher than if you went directly to the Abbey, but I'm guessing most people coming to Belgium (like myself) don't have the time to do so and this is their best chance to acquire a few bottles.
Before you head out, take a look around the room at the international beer bottles resting on top of the shelves. It was fun seeing things from home that found their way over here. If I had known about this, I would've brought something with me from Seattle!
Customer service was not fantastic when we stopped in. I actually was ignored by the shop owner as he let two other people (who spent more than myself) cut in front of me to make their purchases. Even with that said, Beer Mania is worth visiting while in Brussels.
07-01-2011 02:12:13 |
More by distantmantra
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This shop is a little out of the way from other beer destinations in Brussels but looks worth the short diversion. A very good selection of bottles, and you can drink your purchases at the bar in back if you want.
The guy at the register was helpful but honestly I think I have deeper knowledge of Belgian beer than he does. He never heard of de Struise...
Excellent browsing for 15+ minutes. Prices looked on par with other shops. The most notable thing I found was Fantome Ete, 10 euros. I'd looked each time in Belgium and never found it before this day, so this was a good day. Afterwards I didn't see it anywhere else either.
Definitely worth a stop if only to window shop in comparison with Bier Tempel or Beer Planet.
11-02-2010 10:27:56 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$$
The previous reviewer makes the location of this store, Ixelles, sound very dangerous. That claim is totally ridiculous. I'm a veteran traveler who knows Brussels well. I've spent over three months there on eight visits since 1998. Ixelles is not a "ghetto", although parts of it have many African immigrants. The area is full of young professional Belgians and is definitely multicultural, but not at all dangerous even at night. There are great cafes and restaurants throughout Ixelles. Don't hesitate to go there and spend the day exploring. Check out The Ultime Atome, one of my favorite Brussels cafes. It's just a few minutes walk from Beer Mania.
08-03-2010 10:02:49 |
More by Tut
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Came in here looking for a Westy Blonde, and I found it so I can't complain too much. They had 8-10 of each of the three westy beers so this is a good place to go if that's what you're looking for, the only other westy beer I found in Brussels was the 8 at De Bier Tempel.
They had all your standard Trappist and Belgian beers including vintages of Chimay Blue back to 1998 which is pretty impressive, although you'll pay around 23 Euro for a small bottle from '98. Speaking of price, the westys are all 16 euro which is much cheaper than buying them online in the US but considering how cheap they are at the brewery it's a really huge markup. I paid it because I didn't know when I'd be able to get another westy blonde. I'd say look at De Bier Tempel first because their 8 was only 8 or 9 euro.
The location of this shop is horrible and nobody else has mentioned it. I traveled all over Europe for a month by myself, I'd be out walking the streets alone at 3 or 4 am, but the only time I was at all scared was walking to this store. It's in the ghetto and there are tons of sketchy people in the area so I'd say drive or bike if you can, otherwise just book it through the area.
06-17-2010 12:31:50 |
More by kingcrowing
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
A- Didn't go here to drink on premesis (although we did consume a Mea Culpa while there). Rather, we came to purchase "souveniers". For this purpose, the atmosphere was adequate.
Q- Quality was top-notch. Nothing but artisanal beer here. Just wonderful. The glassware, particularly the signature Mea Culpa glass, was top quality as well.
Service- If you approach an attendant here, you will get decent service, but they don't seem to go out of their way to say 'hello' or see if you need assistance.
Selection- I was very tempted to give this a '5' in the Selection department because some very rare gems were available for sale here:
Goudenband from the ORIGINAL brewery
Jan van Gent
All varieties of Wesvleteren
Despite these very rare beers, the selection was otherwise small compared to other bottleshops in Brussels. Furthermore, the beer was quite expensive. 8Euro for a 750ml of Goudenband and 16Euro for a bottle of Westy 12!!!!
Definitely worth going back for treasure hunting.
03-23-2010 02:11:12 |
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Beer Mania in Brussels, Belgium