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Taps: 15 / Bottles: 2400
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
Impasse de la Fidélité 4
phone: +32 2 514 44 34
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$$
The famous delirium café. THE holder of the "Guinness book of records" record beers for sale. I expected a lot of course. Because my girlfriend lives in Brussels and I'm there almost every week, I decided to pay it a visit. It is located very close to the big market square, which means it is very very touristic.
We went there during the day, the place was half full with people, so quite ok. The book containing the beers available is impressive. We selected three beers and ordered them. Two beers however, were out of stock. Ok, can happen, we selected two other ones, again, out of stock. And again and again. Finally we ended with two standard Belgium beers that I can also buy in the Netherlands, or in a regular pub. Very disappointing. Next, for the third beer, the girl behind the bar asked me if she could help me to recommend something. So she asked which beers I like (the type of beers), I told her Stuise Pannepot, Chimay Blue, Westvleteren 12, Rochefort 10, the dark sweet quad beers. The recommendation she gave me after hearing this was shocking; she recommended me a tripel, a completely different style! And her reasoning was "it always makes me drunk so easy". This for me indicated, besides she doesn't know anything about beer, the majority of people coming there, don't drink beer to enjoy, but to get drunk (the notorious English tourists....). I don't take this pub serious anymore (especially not since I went to Kulminator the day before). It is just mass production, no ambiance, no stock of the more special beers, unskilled service and way too touristic! Maybe it can impress people that don't have easy (and cheap) access to Belgium beers, but for Northern European people I advise, AVOID!!! If you want to enjoy pubs in Brussels, visit a local one outside the city center or travel to Antwerpen for the best pub ever, de Kulminator!
09-25-2009 11:55:20 |
More by rvdoorn
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$$
The famous Delirium Cafe, with it's massive list of beers, was looking forward to visiting this place.
Located down an alley just off of a tourist trap restaurant filled street off of the Grand Place. The main floor had around 30 taps, the lower floor had right 10, and the upper floor was focused on American craft beer. While the beer list is massive, a large majority of it is dedicated to macro lagers, and much of the beers are definitely not so very fresh. Plus, several of the beers on their list that I would have liked to try were not even in stock.
I stopped by in the middle of the day with a couple of friends, and it was very busy, and very smokey. The crowd was mostly younger tourists, reminding me of a overly packed college bar. It was smokey to the point that I only had one beer because I could barely taste it, and the smoke was giving me a headache.
The Delirium Cafe was a huge disappointment for me. The atmosphere made it hard to enjoy the beer, it was overly smokey, and not all that clean. It just came off as one giant tourist trap to me. When I make it make back to Brussels I will not even consider going here again.
06-13-2011 14:35:29 |
More by RedHaze
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've been to this place five times now. The first time I absolutely loved it. the following few times I generally had a good time, but had a couple hit or miss issues. My last visit on Sunday really crystallized a lot of what I had experienced in the past into what this place really is. I don't want to waste too much of my time or yours, so please read the review right after mine as that writer who seems to have more experience overall in Brussels, really hits the nail on the head. In a nutshell, I am nearly 50 and frankly I am tired of drunk frat boys and all their ilk entails.
One of my pet peeves is smoking and this is another place where it is so obtrusive to the point of being sickening. Unfortunately this can be said of nearly every bar in Belgium, good or bad. Try Aux Bon Vieux Temps, a tiny but quality bar in Brussels and you'll get my drift. But hopefully those days are numbered.
The service in this place is terrible. It is less than euro-aloof, as every time I ordered a beer I felt like I was causing a terrible inconvenience to the bar hack who happened to be chatting up some hottie.
There is now a tap room upstairs. At first I thought this would be a good alternative, as they had, get this, a non-smoking area. My wife and I moved into this spot all by ourselves and thought we had it made. Shortly thereafter a group moved in to the non-smoking area and started smoking. When I went to the bar to complain about this I was told that the bar had to post non-smoking areas, but because they paid some govt fee to get a sticker on their window so that they were exempt from having to enforce them. What the??
Across the alley is the Floris Bar and the new Floris Garden. The latter is a pirate themed rum bar. YO HO YO HO a pirate's life for me. So if you ever wanted to get wasted at Disneyworld, this is the place for you.
01-28-2009 05:22:00 |
More by wkimmerly
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
At Delirium Cafe, every beer becomes a rauchbier. The cigarette smoke is that bad. On the plus side, you don't have to worry about gnats.
They hold a Guinness World Record for the magnitude of their bottle list. I ordered J&J Blauw, Roos, Cantillon Crianza Helena, and Girardin White but they were out of them all. In the time it takes for the bartender to take your order, confirm that the bottles are not in the cellar, then take your revised order, you start to wonder why you're in this three tiered tourist trap to begin with.
The service was friendly but hurried. As an example, the guy clearing our table asked what we were drinking.
"Rodenbach Vin de Cereale, Boon Mariage Parfait, and De Cam Oude Kriek," I coughed.
"I don't give a shit what you're drinking," he said, "I want to know which glasses I can take away."
If I had to work eight hours a day under perpetual fumigation I'd be cranky too.
05-30-2010 21:18:46 |
More by alfrantzell
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $
Had to make the visit to Delirium Cafe while in Brussels. Got there in the late afternoon and wasn't overly busy. A lot of people outside and in the cellar but no one in the main part of the bar. Tap list was pretty boring. Also, no descriptions or organization of the beer. Found a sticky menu on the bar that had color pages for each beer on tap, but seemed more like an advertisement than a description of the beer.
Downstairs in the cellar, they had a lot of bottled beer, but it didn't seem like they had as much as they advertised.
Service was non-existent. You order a beer from the bar and that's it. Seemed like they were just slinging beers even though they weren't even remarkably busy. Didn't seem like anyone actually wanted to talk about beer.
I just went with a Tremens for a remarkably cheap 3.30 euro.
Bottom line: glad I went but I probably won't return.
06-06-2013 08:02:14 |
More by BeerTampa
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This is probably the most famous beer bar in Brussels. This comes with it's disadvantages. I wouldn't call it a 'tourist trap' directly, but it has some features of it.
Let's start on the positive side. The menu here is pretty good. All the (Belgian) beers you expect are on there. The first downside, however, is the list of prices behind the beers. Yes, this place is overpriced.
Another problem is the atmosphere. Not of the bar itself, but rather of the usual clientele, which exists of tourists and (foreign) students. Especially when the night, and the beer consumption, progresses, the atmosphere might get somewhat grim, with drunken students and tourists harassing girls or picking fights with other guys in or in front of this bar.
Some staff here is capable of informing you about your choices, but of others you expect they haven't been hired for their knowledge of beer. Finally, the service is comparable to that of most bars and restaurants in this tourist district: unfriendly, inconsiderate, and clearly not hoping for recurring visitors. If you're a tourist and want to see and taste the best Brussels has to offer, there are other beer bars to consider.
07-13-2012 15:57:11 |
More by sndrspk
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Delirium Café, excellent if you like a wide range of draft (and bottled) beers. The place is usually crowed (most patrons are young and international) so you will always find somebody to share some beerstories and exchange some hidden gems in beerland.
So far, so good, ... The quality and service of the staff is ... less ! Draft beers are in 'pint' glasses not in the original glas, which is a big turn down for me. Also service could improve, I guess some of the staff is there only for getting their wage. In short, if you like a wide range of beers : GO ! If you want to enjoy your beer, there are better places in Brussels.
10-04-2012 11:27:30 |
More by BelgianBeerPope
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Yes, they have 2000 beers here. They also have two floors, a patio, and no table service. Although they probably have any beer you can think of that doesn't end in "estvleteren", you'll either be drinking it in a smoky pit or hiking down and upstairs to get it. And the patio, by the way, is the tiny alley on the way to Jeanneken Pis, where a constant stream of tourists will march past your table.
Yes, the menu looks like a dictionary. If you're like me, though, once you get past that novelty you'll probably go somewhere else. I'd take the Map Room over this place any day of the week.
06-25-2007 20:39:33 |
More by tsmo
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | $$$
There is a large upstairs area with numerous taps on interesting craft beers, no bottles. The downstairs has the bottle list of biblical proportions. But for such an incredible beer list this place reminds me of a college bar. The music is too loud, there is no table service, the bar service is slow, and the crowd is more drunk kids then people that truly appreciate beer. Next time we will go earlier in the day to sample some of the aged beers but this is not a place we will ever spend a lot of time. While the beer list is truly impressive there are numerous other places in Benelux that are far more enjoyable.
02-22-2009 20:47:05 |
More by KevyKev
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | $$$
Out of all the bars I'd read about in Brussels, this is the one I wanted to visit most. This is also the one that had the biggest difference between my expectation and the reality it left on me; in other words it was the biggest disappointment.
This place is across the alley from the Janneken Pis (a little girl peeing statue; sort of a parody of the Mannekin Pis) just off the main tourist drag in Brussels. The signage out front indicates 2004 beers. Inside, the upstairs had draft beer, and the downstairs had bottled beer. It reminded me of the dive bar that everyone hung out at in college...you know the one with $1 pitcher night and smelled like pee? There were lots of brewery tackers on the wall, but the place had a very collegiate feel which was not very sophisticated. I've remarked that other establishments lack "beer culture" and that is the case here also.
The beer list is extensive, but hard to navigate. It is a binder and each beer has its own page, which makes it very difficult to get a feel for what's there in total.
The bartendress didn't speak any English (which is OK, this is a foreign country with 3 official languages of its own after all) but even with the language barrier it was pretty clear to me she didn't know an awful lot about beer. I got the wrong beer, but I didn't mind too much.
Visit, but save your repeat business for other places.
10-24-2008 15:17:55 |
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