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Taps: 15 / Bottles: 2400
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
Impasse de la Fidélité 4
phone: +32 2 514 44 34
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Probably one of the best bars in the world. It offers a la carte over 2500 beers, which is the world record. Of course, beyond this "record", it must be admitted that half the beers on offer are just trivial and, moreover, quite expensive. However, speaking of classic Belgian beers, but prices are still moderate and it is far from a mere 7 euros for 33 cl Leffe you can see on the Grand Place in Brussels, only a hundred yards away.
The choice for beer is also nice although for some countries a little further away, unfortunately we do not propose that the local lager, often of poor quality. Let us avoid, however, be choosy because the beers offered from countries like the United States, Denmark, Italy and Scotland are present in large quantities. The choice is even greater than the floor, Hoppy Loft, over thirty American brewers are worthily represented. This is despite the sometimes expensive price.
The area is atypical. Limit hidden in Brussels, at an intersection of the Rue des Bouchers must deploy treasures to find, but once done, it's a pleasure to go there to discover every time many beers. Because the card is changed regularly and with a little knowledge, you can find small treasures.
10-04-2011 10:36:13 |
More by ThaCreep
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Delirium was easily my favorite beer bar in touristy Brussels, even though it may not be the 'nicest' place to sit underground while enjoying 2006 vintage Cantillon. The prices are moderate, maybe even a little high for some bottles, considering their massive list of Belgians doesn't need to be shipped very far. The food (charcuterie) is actually quite good, with many trappist cheeses available to complement your trappist ales. As many have said before, you won't find a longer list of rare and special ales anywhere else in Europe, or possibly the world, so by all means stop by for at least one drink... or six like I did. This truly is a beer enthusiast's beer bar.
09-17-2011 19:36:17 |
More by OfficerBarbier
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
So i met up with some flemish now friends of mine at another bar in Brussels. I told them that yeah, Delirium is a touristy bar, but we should go. The flemish are nice people so they agreed. We stayed for one beer. the atmosphere here is as if you were in the US, younger Americans everywhere getting drunk off their ass off of 1 Duvel. I loved being in the compnay of the Flemish because we really good just have a good chuckle about the rowdiness of the American crowd. the prices here for a touristy place IMO are pretty cheap. You can get 750s for under 4 euros and they are good beers too. Of course they also serve the shit liek Campus and they really don't ahve 2000 beers. It is an okay bar but all of thier good stuff on thier menu can be found at other places.
08-03-2011 08:09:37 |
More by crossovert
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
How can you not give this place a 5 across the board. The selection of beers is tremendous. The staff is very friendly with great recommendations. Don't try to go out and select alone unless you've done prior research! Our first selection of beers was random and not good, but after asking (based upon beers we like) we were keyed into some obscure beers that met our expectations and then some. The place is dark and tucked away in a basement which adds to the charm. I will say the bathroom needs some work but who cares. 2004 beers?!?!?
08-01-2011 20:11:52 |
More by Squelch
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Was easily my favorite bar in all of Europe. I of course ordered a Delirium Tremens along with plenty of other unique brews, all of which were delicious. The prices were reasonable and the selection is the best in the world. The decor and style of the bar are excellent and the other patrons were very friendly. I spent all night there chatting with people from various countries and backgrounds. This is a great place to visit after dinner with friends. Go with an open mind and the willingness to spend a little cash if you want to make the most of your experience.
07-18-2011 20:04:48 |
More by BEERME528
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
Foremost, this is for Delirium Cafe (downstairs only) of the Delirium complex.
Atmosphere is that of a well known, highly trafficked, tourist place. The place is always packed, the air is always smokey, the pace is always fast, the closing time is always late. Coming here, despite the great bottle list, if you really want to appropriately review a beer, buy it, then head up to the hop lounge to drink in peace. But this is exactly what they purport it to be: a busy and energetic venue.
Quality: well, this is debatable for a craft beer enthusiast. I think the selection is obviously quality. High quality and high diversity. Every beer is poured into the appropriate and when available, branded glass and is served quickly. Some might bitch because of the smoke - welcome to Europe.
Service: I was always met with quick, courteous and helpful service. It's self-serve (go to bar, no table service). No problems, nothing exceptional. Nobody had time to assist with particular questions about the beers, but I can't blame the anything but the popularity of the establishment.
Selection: If you don't know, you need to know.
Food: I don't believe food is available.
Value: The place is actually really reasonable for the area. Beers are priced accordingly for their age and/or rarity in the area. For example: Cantillon Iris 375ml was 7 Euro ($9 USD) really inexpensive US standards, but about right for the area.
06-27-2011 07:27:29 |
More by harrymel
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$$
The famous Delirium Cafe, with it's massive list of beers, was looking forward to visiting this place.
Located down an alley just off of a tourist trap restaurant filled street off of the Grand Place. The main floor had around 30 taps, the lower floor had right 10, and the upper floor was focused on American craft beer. While the beer list is massive, a large majority of it is dedicated to macro lagers, and much of the beers are definitely not so very fresh. Plus, several of the beers on their list that I would have liked to try were not even in stock.
I stopped by in the middle of the day with a couple of friends, and it was very busy, and very smokey. The crowd was mostly younger tourists, reminding me of a overly packed college bar. It was smokey to the point that I only had one beer because I could barely taste it, and the smoke was giving me a headache.
The Delirium Cafe was a huge disappointment for me. The atmosphere made it hard to enjoy the beer, it was overly smokey, and not all that clean. It just came off as one giant tourist trap to me. When I make it make back to Brussels I will not even consider going here again.
06-13-2011 14:35:29 |
More by RedHaze
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I visited Delirium in September of 2010. Everyone knows about the selection. Its great. The international selection is vast but is actually a bad representation of most of those countries. But who really goes to Belgium to drink imports. The bar its self is not impressive and as the craftsmanship leaves something to be desired. Other than that the atmosphere is more or less your average beer cafe in Brussels. The thing that blew me away though was the service. The bartenders were very friendly and knowledgeable. My friends and I never had an empty glass and we had many of the bartenders recommendations, most of which were great. They even gave us a few rounds on the house and sent us home with some free schwag (the menu, a boot glass, and a couple mugs).
All things considered, its definitely shouldn't be the only place you grab a beer in Brussels, but its worth spending a few hours there.
03-15-2011 01:01:09 |
More by NJIPA
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was at the DC in June and it was a great place to go. Me and some buddies were on a beer trip extravaganza and wanted to try as many beers as possible. We found a very helpful bar man who we told to just keep bringing us different beers with 4 glasses and for two nights we slammed about 30 different beers.
The selection is huge with around 2000 beers and barman are very knowledable.
The biggest downside is the atmosphere which was almost like being a 30 year old at a high school. 16 year old drunk belgians are not a cool crown to hang with.
If you just care about the beer selection you should go here.
My first review was filled with enthusiam of a new craft beer drinker not going to many bars. After going to this place again, my review is much lower. Yes they do have 2000 beers, but nothing especially rare. It is really smokey, way too busy, and loud. Its not a place for craft beer drinkers, more of a stop for the young crowd and a huge tourist trap. I can't tell you how many 20 person Asian tour groups walked through in a hour.
They do have a new area, the hoppy room that has American beers. I was quite impressed with their selection of beers, great for non-Americans.
11-27-2010 20:03:25 |
More by jrallen34
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
What can I say? Purported to be one of the best bars in the world and definitely in the upper echelon of beer bars. My experience reflected part of that unique reputation.
It's a loud and rowdy place and it's maybe a bit hard to get served, but really no worse than any other packed bar. Maybe a few more staff would be a good idea. The barmen are tossing glasses around and breaking the flawed ones in a box under the bar. One guy cut his hand after slamming a glass down on the bar. It's good showmanship when it works. These guys have a pretty crazy job - finding, serving, and negotiating prices for a packed house with the largest selection in the world.
Upstairs it's a bit different - taps only and a bit more orderly. They had a pretty impressive tap list of about 40 different beers, but the bartenders weren't very knowledgeable about the tap list. Emphasis seems to be on efficiency and getting to every customer.
The music is lous and the noise of the crowd constant. It's an energetic atmosphere, but not one that is really condusive to a beer tasting - more a party atmosphere. That's ok - there are a few quiet corners. On the top floor there is a very quiet area with almost no crowd. If you can get a seat at any of the bars rather than a table, that's million dollar property haha. I was lucky enough to grab one as it opened. Best decision of the night.
A lot of the patrons focused on pretty broad and boring beers and only a few people that I saw really took advantage of the depth of the beer selection, from what I saw. The most ordered beers were Chimay Blue and Kasteels Brune.
It's a bit hard to carry a conversation. A lot of big groups and students were here, and after about 6:30pm they started filtering out, and it was pretty tame after that, until around 8:30 or so when it picked up again.
Overall a cool place and a must visit, just don't expect to so a whole lot of reflection. Have fun and enjoy the largest selection in the world. Come at a quieter hour or go to the Hoppy Loft upstairs and it's a different story.
11-05-2010 05:02:20 |
More by BucBasil
Delirium Café in Brussels, Belgium
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