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Beer Available At Delirium Café (arranged by most recent)
Brasseurs du Monde L’Interdite 90-Minutes IPA 77, Brasseurs du Monde L’Exploité 88, Delirium Nocturnum 94, Struise Aardmonnik / Earthmonk 100, Florisgaarden Fraise 17, La Rulles Blonde 90, Brunehaut Abbaye de Saint-Martin Blonde 53, Abbaye des Rocs La Nounnette (Blonde) 87, Abbaye Cistercienne Paix-Dieu 45, Brogne Blonde , Du Lac Saint-Jean Gros Mollet 68, La Rulles Triple 97, Oud Beersel Jonge Lambik 77, St. Bernardus Christmas Ale 99, Christmas Leroy 62, Mort Subite Blanche 53, Fleurac Triple Brune IPA Lychee , Non Peut-Etre! 85, Pietra Rosso , Pietra 25
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Travlr (1255) Washington, Washington DC | November 28, 2008
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
An incredible experience. Arrive early and sit at the downstairs bar - there’s no table service. Then prepare to be assaulted. Patrons from all over the world, including friendly and generous locals. 2500 beers on the menu, ad most that we wanted were available. But, only 3 menus, so grab one quick and memorize it - you’ll never see it again. Gets smokier and more packed as the night progresses. Amazing cheeses.
3fourths (1175) Boulder, Oregon | June 20, 2006| Updated July 28, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Pretty much a given that you’re going to visit the Delerium Cafe while in Brussels. It offers a lot for the amatuer and for the beer geek as well, but at times when these two things mix it can be a headache. The first time I visited, the downstairs bar area was absolutely packed, was about 15 degrees F hotter than upstairs, and was filled with smoke and loud chatter. It was extremely difficult to order a beer at the bar, but after about 10 minutes of standing around while making eye contact I was able to get a bottle of 1998 Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze (€20 yikes!), which I promptly took back upstairs to enjoy in solitude. Two days later we came back, because it was our last day in Belgium and I wanted the Westvleteren Blonde, which I overpayed for (€7 yikes again!), but pretty much everything is overpriced at this place. You can’t let that be a problem though, especially when you’re on vacation. The second time was rather chill, we sat downstairs, it wasn’t crowded or loud or smoky, it was quite comfortable. Had some good conversation with the bartender, she definitely knew her beer, and chatted with fellow beer tourists as well. My impressions are mixed, could be a 2 or a 4 for ambiance, depending on when you visit. If it sucks, do like I did and go back another day off-peak.
t0rin0 (960) Riverslime, California | October 5, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited October 2012 with chinoskillzian, womencantsail, and 77ships.
This is an interesting place for sure. Three floors, a different tap list on each one, a different décor on each one, and all completely packed (except maybe the upstairs bar). Eugene (77ships) wanted to be upstairs because they have the most imports (ie ticks for him, being a Belgian). The rest of us started on the ground floor and got to work. I chose wisely and ordered the Floris Cactus. Down in the basement was a scene resembling a concert. You have to push your way down the stairs into the general admission / mosh pit area and fight your way to the bar. Here I ordered a glass of the TIlquin faro which was excellent in my opinion. I tried to be slick about it and pronounced it the best I could but then the bartender told me the price in Dutch. I had to admit my American-ness and ask for an English number. Upstairs is some interesting décor with lots of signs from old non-existent breweries. Not sure if he could be considered part of the decoration but there was a guy that appeared to selling something wearing a clearly (well at least to those among us that are concerned with fashion, ie not me) bootlegged shirt that was missing some letters from the name. Good times and several ticks were had by all.
Beershine (681) The Sunshine State, Florida | August 25, 2007| Updated June 11, 2009
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
I have mixed feelings about this place. It’s got a great selection on the menu but they are often out of stuff. On closer inspection the selection is geared for people who are more into style than substance. If already drunk, I think it’s a great fun place with lots of 20-something drunks, and loud, and easy to meet people. Otherwise it can be a horrible bar with an encyclopedic beer menu: what to do? Brussels has much better beer bars. The selection at the Delerium might be large, but it’s not necessarily top notch. Lots of mediocrity is on the list to boost stats and sales. It’s a place to get drunk. It’s not the most thoughtful selection and for better or worse is like a campus watering hole. Can be fun or annoying depending on the mood. Other, more genuine beer bars have selections that are much better in terms of sheer quality and more chill. That about sums up the Delirium Cafe: quantity, not quality. Note, the upstairs and downstairs are different. Even when asked I could not order off of the upstairs (big) beer menu when downstairs. Also it’s in a good location near Grand Place so if only in town for a few hours not a bad place to tank up.
Rastacouere (651) Montreal, Quebec | September 10, 2007
78 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Trendy, loud place that is much larger than I had expected with its terrace and 2 floors. The menu is indeed remarkable. We may blame the large number of macros, but there are still plenty of rarities and I doubt not that anyone on this website would have no idea what are or where come from several of those brews. So, I would not want to spend a whole evening there, but I was still very satisfied with the few very rare Belgians I got to try here. Where else can you get beers from Brabant and Vervifontaine.. and in the very center of Brussels. Direct, non-nonsense service. I come here as a businessman, a beer-hunter and once I’m done with business, I go and relax in other bars. It sure serves its purpose, though it does not go out of the way to promote craft brews.
Dogbrick (637) Columbus, Ohio | June 17, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
(Visited 12/2011): Delirium Café is located north of the Grote Mark on one of the narrow streets off Rue de l’Ecuyer.
The place is multiple levels with the cafe upstairs and bar downstairs.The bar was absolutely overflowing with people, most of whom seemed to be smoking so it was hard to take in the scenery aside from the impressive collection of beer trays on the walls and ceiling. The bar itself is toward the rear, with table seating across the rest of the floor.
The beer selection includes around 15 draughts and a staggering amount of bottles (2000+ according to them, but who is counting?).
Service was about as could be expected given the mass of people. I snagged a seat at the bar and the bartender was friendly despite being harried.
I did not have any food on this visit.
Overall this would be the perfect spot if it were possible to visit at a slow time if that is even possible. Still I was glad for the chance to check it out.
brokensail (619) Orange County, California | October 8, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
This place is HUGE. The downstairs and main levels are both large and seem to be pretty much packed at all times. Large and interesting draft selection and plenty of bottles to choose from as well. Service is sort of no nonsense due to how busy it is, but it works. Sort of a must stop in the city.
Oakes (614) Vancouver, British Columbia | June 11, 2009
58 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Big and loud. Huge beer list, but availability is spotty. Wasn’t too impressed, probably because it’s not very relaxing and for the size of the beer list isn’t really a beer bar.
nate2g (530) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | March 22, 2011
54 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 6/20
Don’t think I could ever enjoy my time here. Way too big and touristy, full of stag-dos, smoky, noisy. Perhaps the other locations are slightly more relaxed.
Boudicca (524) London, England | January 4, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Delirium now seems to have taken over the whole of the alleyway (off a main tourist street where the waiters stand outside and try to drag you into their restaurants), with several bars. The café downstairs below the Delirium Hoppy Loft is, I think, the original. Personally I’ve never been a big fan – it’s usually very crowded and noisy and the seats around the high top barrel tables are rather uncomfortable (although there are normal tables and chairs on a raised area opposite the bar). However, when we last visited, on a Wednesday lunchtime, it was pleasantly quiet. Not deserted, by any means, but there was plenty of space at the bar and the service (which can sometimes be a bit dippy) was swift and friendly.
There are two beer lists – one on an A4 sheet and the other the size of a telephone directory. If you order from the latter it’s not unusual for the bar person to disappear into a back room before reappearing some time later to say that your choice of bottle isn’t available.
(Last visited 3 October 2012).
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