So it was geocoded incorrectly here on RateBeer (now fixed) - it’s actually just west of Delerium and south of Mort Subite. Small shop with wooden shelves, limited selection, but quality offerings. They had unlabeled (old) bottles of Lindemans Oude Lambik (not the loerek, just straight unbelended) as well as a respectable selection of other lambic. Owner is a nice fellow who speaks English well so there is less confusion when asking specific questions than is common as other places in Belgium. Worth visiting, you may find a rare gem.
A solid spot. It’s a bottle shop but they’ve got seating for around 15 people and you can drink beer in; many beers they have in the fridge or cellar, but you can always drink one right off the shelf. The selection is very good, though perhaps not world class. The staff is extremely attentive and friendly. I would say this place is a must-visit in Brussels.
Great little place close to Moeder Lambic Fontainas and Delirium, with a decent but thoughtful selection of Belgian beers. Personnel are immensely friendly as helpful. Prices are good. Definitely worth a stop either for take-out bottles or for chilling in house.
Definitey a nice place to check out. Delices is a small place located east of the Grand Place. There’s probably only 100 beers to choose from, but the owner has put good care into the selection. There’s a decent amount of sours and other Belgian brews available at prices that are much more reasonable than somewhere like Bier Tempel. You’re welcome to drink beer in the shop, a nice feature. The service was very good, and the owner really seemed passionate about his selection. Overall, worth a visit.
Just a few minutes walk East of Bier Tempel, Delices et Caprices is far less touristy and more attaching, its owners giving the greatest care to customer service and feeling extremely passionate. Their selection is hand-picked throughout the country. It’s smaller than nearby Beer Planet and Bier Tempel, but contains plenty that the other two won’t have, the owners travelling to breweries to buy the rare and unusual. Extremely friendly and you can try anything on the small terrace they’ve established on the street.
My wife and I decided to find this place after reading about it on Beer Advocate: really pleased we did. Its opening times could be kinder, but it suits the owner I suppose. The owner is in fact a Swiss chap who has also lived in the UK before settling in Brussels, so multi-tongued and interested in fine beers.
It is firstly a beer shop, secondly a tasting room with a couple of other tables outside (only three inside): no beers on tap. We burst in and stared at the shelves of beers and glasses on show, some are also in the fridges for drinking there and then: the choices in the fridges change as and when they feel like doing so. They have a lot of the larger 75 cl bottles and cover all Belgian beer styles. I asked for a Rulles Christmas to be chilled while we had a couple of other 75 cl beers already in his fridge.
Had a good chat in-between customers with both the owner and his wife, very knowledgeable and keen, been there 15 years and happy. Brussels city centre was heaving during our stay; the Christmas Market being on this was an oasis of calm. Carried out 6 big bottles and had a lovely 2 hours of drinking and selecting my bottles for home consumption.
We were given some white and black pudding as we drank, a Christmas treat, we were told: nice touch. Cheap it isn’t, good it is!
Close to the main stuff in Brussels, it was recommended to me by the waiter at Poechenellekelder. Decent selection with nice offerings from the main breweries, and a number of less knowns. Selection is not that extensive though. Highlights for me were an Abbaye De Rocs Blonde and some obscurities. Owner is friendly and fairly knowledgeable, tolerated me rhyming off a long list of stuff he didn’t have and helped me find the stuff he did. I think I disagree with his faith in the way he packed up my box though. After a few clinks of glass on glass I repacked it later. Not spectacular, but well worth a visit to check it out, and the storage is not quite as warm as the Brussels Bier Tempel.
Nice little store just a short walk up the street from Delirium. Small but nice selection with the possibilty of drinking in, sitting by one of the small tables. Very friendly and personal service with great knowledge of the beers they sell had a talk with the owner about beers, the shop etc. Good prices. Would happy return another time
There are three main beer stores in the heart of the touristy Brussels. The more popular Bier Tempel, this less busy Beer Planet and the more beer-geek-friendly Délices et Caprices. Bier Tempel has the less interesting beer selection and is aimed more at regular tourists because of its nice selection of gift boxes, glasswares and such. Beer Planet and Délices et Caprices both have a good selection. You can score some decent items (limited Struise, etc.). Beer Planet fun to shop at with its nice display with lots of wood. I was surprised to find some cool stuff there, even by my beer-geek standards. Some hard to find Fantômes (like Saint-Roch), all the current Struise Black Damnations variations and some obscure Saisons for me to tick. Etc. I did buy some stuff that appeared to be past their prime at Beer Planet so beware. Délices et Caprices appeared to have a smaller selection but more focussed on interesting stuff. The staff seem to be more knowledgeable and is probably the place to go if you want someone to guide you through you purchase. But I didn’t find anything interesting there that I hadn’t already bought at Beer Planet. The prices are typical downtown Brussels. If you cannot go shopping at cheaper good beerstores outside the city (Alvinne, etc.) then Beer Planet + Délices et Caprices are there for you. They are very close to each other and both are worth visiting.