fly (247) austin, Tejas, Texas | September 15, 2009
Was it that I came in upon rising after a long night of beer, or was the selection actually somewhat lacking? Not that they didn’t have some amazing beers, but it seemed the selection had a lot of "holes" in it. (and the help the day I was there was close to nasty)
Located in the heart of the most touristic area in all of Brussels, this place is short on ambiance. But what it lacks in that area, it makes up for with a stellar beer selection....the best I found within the city. The glassware collection was also extensive and impressive, loaded with rarities such as the Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass and novelties like the Mogonzo coconut bowl. Cantillon was well represented, and Westy 8 was on hand for a very reasonable price (the best I found during my Be/Ne/Lux trip). One problem I ran into is that the place is so loaded with tourists buying pre-packaged "Belgian beer samplers", complete with free gift-wrapping, that it was difficult to get service and/or ask questions. Cut through the crowds and the touristic hassles, however, and you’re left with a dam fine beer store with a very nice selection of Belgian brews.
Quite touristy bottle shop with one half of the store dedicated to beer and one half to all sorts of stuff, glassware, openers, boxes, shirts, etc. The beer range is entirely Belgian, which is acceptable, but I didn’t really anything relatively rare. Okay place.
I bought a bottle of the limited Horal Mega Blend here. Nice cosy shop with a limited selection, but all the good brands in big bottles and proper glassware can be bought. Not a "wow" effect, but it does the trick, I guess.
Ha, I’ve been here. Nice little store. The walls are lined with shelves holding a vast menagerie of Belgian brews. When I visited this shop I was a beer novice and didn’t really know what I was looking at. I would like to return...
A nice atmosphere and good location. It was thronging with tourists due to the location, so it was a nice selection considering. However, the service was pretty bad. The woman working there wasn’t interested in helping her customers and she seemed pissed that I asked for bubble wrap.
Prices seemed decent however.
Right in the busy street. Store is packed with tourists, don’t expect any kind of service.
Plenty of glasses to choose from.
Store was recently doubled in size which is nicer than in the past.
Good beer selection, only rare beer I got there was 2004 Rodenbach Vin de Céréales for 5€50.
Worth checking out. I like Beer Planet’s choice better. All prices are along the same line, though this place seemed a little pricier due to its location. They do have a huge amount of beer glasses to chose from, some are overpriced but can be hard to get if just visiting Belgium.
Want to support a good location, go to Délices et Caprices and buy from Pierre. If he doesn’t have it come back to Bier Tempel or Beer Planet.