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[ Bar, Eatery ]
Impasse de la Fidélité 4
phone: +32 2 514 44 34
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5
I stopped by twice to this place of "2004 Beers" (I almost bought the T-Shirt, then realized they would add one more beer in a few months and make it obsolete!), and overall liked it, and was glad I stopped, but there were other places in Brussels I liked better.
Lots of Pink Elephants around, and other typical Belgian Beer decorations. The downstairs area was hot and smoky. The beer list literalll looked like a Big City Phone Book- it was huge. And a glass door shows off the cooler for their 2004 beers (they cheat a bit in counting- the Chimay Tripel 33 cl is one beer, the 750 cl is another beer, but what's the harm!). Delerium Tremens on tap was a nice treat, but to be honest, I like it out of the bottle better.
I was so lucky- I was one of the first tasters on the newest Hughye offering- Florisgararden Cactus (an awful concoction that can't really be beer, can it?), as it was introduced at Delerium Cafe the day I was there. An unforgettable memory, but I won't hold it against the cafe!
10-11-2004 23:12:15 |
More by Dukeofearl
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5
I didn't even want to go down this alley, my girfriend wanted to see the Janneken pis. I'm glad we did, because I would have passed by probably the best bar selection-wise I've ever been to. The place boasts a selection of 2004 Beers, and even has a letter from a lawyer or whatever in the menu to prove it. I didn't see any proof of the contrary, everything I ordered I received. A nice change of pace from other bars that seem to pad their Beer list with brews that are "unfortunately unavaible at this time". If I could give this place a 6 for selection I would.
The atmosphere was allright, but sort of sub-par compared to the many historic bars and estaminets the city has to offer. We were there on a monday afternoon, so maybe the place wasn't exactly jumpin' either. That's why service was so poor, only one bartender and I had to go to the bar to get the menu and back again to get served. Nevertheless, the elephants hanging from the ceiling, the Mannekin pis fountain, the display case with the glasses and all that storage space for the Beer still makes Delirium café a great spot to hang out. "A good party place, perfect to get nice and hammered" as my girfriend put so succinctly.
10-05-2004 01:43:13 |
More by Goldorak
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
With a beer list that is well over a thousand and boasts that it is of 2004 beers it is the best selection of beers I have seen yet. Pretty much every Belgian beer out there, hundreds of German brews and a sprinkling of beers from other countries. An awesome list of "Collector Beers" range from 20-250 Euro, not all of the glassware from correct but the beer was served correctly and at a nice cool temp. The downstairs can get very hot and smoky but there is an outside area which was very comfortable and far away from the friggin beer spotters. The decorations are cheesy but are fitting for this place, the service was fine ... your typical Belgian speed.
The selection says it all, you could easily spend the better half of a day going through the phone book sized menu and enjoying some really good beer. The only problem I had was keg were kept warm while being served through a cold line. The have a great selection of cheese and pate which also comes with a quarter loaf of bread with each order ...
Lastly the 25 year old Westvleteren Blonde was in awesome shape, which goes to show DC does take care of their bottles beers.
09-16-2004 16:16:30 |
More by Jason
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I have never seen a bar with this much selection. Absolutely mindblowing. The service was also excellent. A really cool Irish guy named Neil was working at the bar both nights I came to this cafe and he was incredibly knowledgable. The atmosphere was nice, a little dingy but still very comfortable (hanging pink elephants duly noted). The prices varied, a Popperings Hommelbier was 2 euros while an Anchor Steam beer was 8 euros and a red dog lager was 10 euros! (you dont go to Belgium to drink American swill) There was also a First batch Westvleteren Blonde (6?) for 250 euros in the collectors section. The cellar is behind glass and its absolutely massive, with rows and rows of beers. There were hundreds of different glasses and vessels (including a ceramic pot on a stand and a wooden gourd for the Mongozo African beer). I didnt get a chance to go to Bier Circus, but compared to the places I have been, this place is the best.
08-17-2004 02:56:51 |
More by CAMRAhardliner
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5
A very dark bar with candle light and lots of "stars" white christmas lights and pink elephants hanging from the "the sky". Unreal beer selection. Cheese and other light snacks available but we did not partake. Awesome sounding jukebox with a good selection of songs. My only complaint was that there was only one person staffing the entire bar. Very cool big barrel tables. A must stop for the selection alone. The location is killer as well.. it is right across the street from the female manneken pis.
03-31-2004 04:00:53 |
More by frank4sail
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
Ah, the Delirium Cafe. As my last trip to Belgium was headquartered in Brussels, this became our loca, nightcap spot. The bar is located down a small alley, that also has the Janekin Pis in it. In fact the artist that made the Janekin Pis quite likes the Delirium Cafe, and apparantly drinks here quite often. So, a few nice pink elephant sings are outside this place, and than there are two big doors. As you open the doors there is a seating area (all tables) that may serve as a private room, or some extra space when the place gets too crowded. Of all of the times I was here (5+) there was nobody up in these seats. Some old steps lead down into the cellar, which is the main part of the cafe. There are quite a few tables which are actually converted old oak casks, and quite a few seats (20?) at the bar. The decor is neat, with some pink elephants hanging from the ceilings, various old clocks and neon signs, original trays, and many reproduction posters from several now closed Belgian breweries. At the bar there is the lists for beer, water, and genever. The genevr list is 500 strong, and the water list is 100 strong. The beer list, is 2004+, as you should well know by now. The list is well layed out and seperated by region and country. The prices on main Belgian beers, and popular imports is pricey, but understandable for the area (think of the rent this place probably pays!), but the vintage beer prices, and prices of obscure imports is crazy! 50euros plus for many of the aged beers, and like 10 euros for a Red Dog! No thanks!!! The selection, being 2004+ is all encompassing, and the tap selection (all Huyghe brewery) is a nice line up of Floris beers, both Deliriums, Radar, Campus, and a few others...
The quality of all of the beers I purchased was excellent, with all of them being poured properly. However, the tap beer was served a bit on the cold side. The service was awesome. Francois and KALLEY both speak excellent English and are nice to talk to. They are quick to grab you a beer, light up your ciagarette, find a rare genever, and so on. The clientele is a good mix of locals and tourists, with the owner hanging out most days, and some drunken irishmen, and germans completing the line-up. The food available is only cheese and pate plates, mainly...but the Bruxells cheese was good, albeit salty, and the bread that it came with was also awesome. I also had some Westvleteren 12 pate that was nice, the owner even ran out to a night shop to get me some bread to go with it, since they were out of bread (it was like 3 am too!)...There are many food shops near-by as well, if you are in the need of a more substantial meal to fill you up before a big session of Belgian beers!
The restrooms are clean, and their is a cigarette machine, and some pinball machines by the bar as well. Oh yeah, the jukebox they have cranking out music, is it a good volume level (not too loud!) and I heard a lot of good tunes when I was there (old cure, madness, u2, coldplay, blur, Jacques brel, frank sinatra, etc....)
So in the end, does it live up to the hype? Well, yes and no.
The layout of the bar is awesome, if a bit contrived, and the clientele, while touristy, remian very interesting. The service and bartenders are excellent and friendly, and many of the Belgian classic beers are not too pricey for a bar right off of the Grand Palace! The vintage beers are insanely priced, and some imports are too, but just stay away from them...come here for a nice night cap and some good conversation with interesting people. and don't forget to have a Cactus genever while you are here. It is a damn good local liquer that a lot of the delirium cafe regulars and workers seem to love....
Hi Pierre, Francois, and Cale...we hope to see you again soon!
If I were living in Brussels, this would be my local....and if you are planning a trip to Belgium/Brussels I think that you may like having this new cafe as your local too! Do not miss!
03-30-2004 22:31:38 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3
Finally got over to this much-talked-about new beer bar. Quite spacious for a Brussels bar and still cozy. Indeed, as everyone has said, lots of pink elephants. Little cut-outs hanging by strings from the cieling, to be exact. The walls are adorned with quite a collection of antique beeraphenalia. The atmosphere is warm and cozy with somewhat somber lighting. There are seats around the spacious bar, big barrel-tables with chairs on the lower level seating area and "standard" tables & chairs on a raised seating area. There is a window into one of their beer coolers which is just awe-inspiring to gaze upon. Makes you wish you had something like it in your house!
Their selection is mind-boggling. Separate menus for water, jenever, and beer. There are beers on offer from practically every beer-making country that you can think of and from some you wouldn't have thought of (like Rwanda?!). Of course, the selection of Belgian beers is exhaustive, but they also have an enormous collection of German and French beer. All of the beer from outside Europe was a bit pricey. Quite hilariously, a bottle of Red Dog for 8 euros! That would be a big disappointment! I went for a Kerelsbier (one of Belgium's "hoppy" beers that I had just recently heard about) and followed it with a steinbier from Germany (the name escapes me for the moment). The Kerelsbier was quite good, though a bit warm.
Not really any food to be had aside from a pretty extensive list of cheeses made with beer. You can order a plate with cheese or sausage, bread and butter. Tried the saucisson d'orval and the Passendale plates. Really good bread and quality meat and cheese. However, it was a slab of cheese and a length of sausage which had to be cut at the table with some inadequate cutlery. Not outrageously expensive, but not super cheap either.
Service can be friendly and speedy on a sleepy Saturday afternoon, but if there is more than 4 or 5 tables, expect to wait a LONG time to be served. Your beer will have run out long before they come for another visit. All of the servers/bartenders are multi-lingual which is good. I heard them speak English, French, and Flemmish.
This place is certainly a big competition for the famed Bier Circus, even though they don't serve food-food. And this place is much more conveniently located for "tourism" on a little alley of that Rue de Bouchers (that street with all the seafood restaurants squashed together). May be hard to find at first, but the search is worthwhile and I shall return.
The biggest negative is the pricing. They've certainly set it at the "tourism" level (i.e.- coming close to "rip off"). And depending on what you order from the bottled selection, it may come out on the warm side. To compensate for this, they bring the bottle out in a champagne bucket filled with ice water. Kind of helps, I guess...
02-22-2004 11:52:22 |
More by GreenCard
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Delirium Cafe Visited on Feb 05 2004
Open Every Day from 10am-4am, Sundays 10am-1am !
Feature: 2004 different beers.
The location of this fantastic beer destination is smack in the middle of the worst of the Grand Place dining traps, but it is well worth the effort to seek it out. It is situated on a tiny dead-end called the Impasse de la Fidelite just off of the Rue de la Bouches among all of the tightly packed cafes and bistros.
True to expectation, the outside is adorned with many pink elephants. Entering, you are confronted with a motif of beer posters and steps leading down into a windowless beer room. Half of the seating area is comprised of simple tables and chairs, and the other half is made up of stools with upturned beer barrels for tables (nice), and there is room at the bar for at least 15 stools. Maybe seating for about 75ish. The music is muted..70s and 80s pop tunes. The decor is almost exclusively made up of beer posters and there are several hundred little pink elephants hanging from the ceiling. There are also many pieces of beer paraphenalia from around the world. The Delirium people have supplied nifty little coaster towels and electronic signs. Some of the walls have a dark, catacomb look to them...it's obviously a very old room...and every spare space is taken up by beer storage. The ambiance may not be to everyone's liking, but it is easily overlooked once you're presented with the beer tomes.
The proprietor, whose nickname is Cale (pronounced caw-LEY), is very friendly and knowledgable. Alas, with over 2,000 beers, he did not have my first choice (but he had heard of it), so instead I enjoyed a Straffe Hendick Brun for starters.
There is no food available yet (should be by April, 2004). Until then you are welcome to bring in a sandwich from one of the many vendors out on the street.
There are about 12 taps, and he rotates various beers through the seasons, but there is always Delirium Tremens on the centre tap and usually Delirium Nocturnum.
Despite the name, this bar is not officially affiliated with the brewers of Delirium, but they do have an agreement which allows for the use of the names and marques.
But the Beers!
There are 2 beer menus. The first one shows only the most popular 160 beers. The Big One (NOT for the faint of heart!) lists all of the 2004 beers (from all over the world). In fact, the number keeps rising. Just today, Cale had sourced a few more brews from Korea and Surinam. Vintages are available as well. You can also purchase beer to take away, as I understood it. Obviously heavy on all Belgian and many German brews.
I visited at noon on a thursday, so it was very quiet. Looks like it could be pretty busy at night, but I will check it out maybe this saturday night.
Any beer lover on a pilgrimage to Belgium must include this place in their itinerary. Oh, and if you've never enjoyed Delirium Tremens from the tap, it is also a must.
---OK I have now been there on Saturday. Atmosphere was reasonable. I think they may be prone to getting more tourists and curiosity visitors than beer advocates, so late a night could get a bit louder. It wasn´t too smoky and I could still converse with my friends in normal tones.
--REVISITED 3 YEARS LATER
I went back to the DC on Jan 19 2007. I was disappointed to find that all of the pink elephants were gone, and replaced by serving trays nailed to the ceiling. Also full of cigarette smoke, despite the new public smoking ban in Brussels as of Jan 1st. As I expected, this place remains a magnet for both local college kids and old beer farts like me. Best to visit in the afternoon or early evening, as the night time crush really detracts from getting good service and the atmosphere becomes much less cozy, and did I mention it is smoky? (and I am a smoker, go figure.)
The beers remain the centrepiece. Awesome selection, although the books were few and far between. Also, they were missing some of the required beer glasses and tried their best with blank facsimilies. Too bad that some patrons try to lift these items as souveniers.
The food seemed to be fine...I ordered the Orval sausage which came with bread and mustard, and we nummed it up.
All in all, I think I preferred this place back when it was new, but I shall ALWAYS visit here when in Brussels, just to enjoy the Nocturnum from the tap and to browse the book.
02-08-2004 14:47:14 |
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Delirium Café in Brussels, Belgium
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