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Beer Available At Delirium Café (arranged by most recent)
De Ranke Guldenberg 96, Brunehaut Abbaye de Saint-Martin Triple 75, Viven Imperial IPA 98, Witkap Pater Tripel 86, Struise Pannepot Reserva 100, Alvinne Mano Negra 93, Troubadour Magma 97, Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel 99, La Rulles Saison XIII , De Dolle Extra Export Stout 98, Delirium Nocturnum 94, Lefebvre Floreffe Triple 90, Campus Premium 9, De Ryck Steenuilke 56, La Hervoise 49, CREW Republic X 2.0 Barley Wine 84, Dead Man’s Hand (wine barrel aged) 95, Viven Porter 97, Troubadour Westkust 97, To Øl Panzer Grenadier Chateau d’ Yquem Barrel Aged 95
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BeerBelcher (134) Columbus, Ohio | October 24, 2008
66 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 12/20
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.
mabel (211) Toronto, Ontario | September 27, 2008
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited late on a Thursday evening in February, this super smoky joint was hugely packed both upstairs and down with a crazed, disorganized mob of young’uns everywhere. Loud live music was blasting from the bowels which added to the melee. Beer selection is also a crazy disorganized list (or should I say tome) of over 2000 different bottles in the basement, which they may or may not be able to find for you. Tap selection was similarly fantastic, but pleasantly easier to procure. Definitely a college bar atmosphere this night, which should scare you away if you’re looking to rate things... Get there early.
PetervanderArend (14) Amsterdam, Netherlands | September 26, 2008| Updated February 4, 2010
54 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 1/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
They say they have the most beer of the world!
Answer YES but the beers are not fresh. A lot of beer is far over the date (old beer café I will say).
It is a nice place but you don’t get what they say! IF you say you have more than 2000 beers than I don’t want a old beer but fresh!
xpimptastikx (3) Austin, Texas | September 22, 2008| Updated September 29, 2008
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
Sorry to everyone else... But make friends with a bartender!!!
I had an amazing time trying beers I will never find in the states, and not just gauze!!!
First off, get there early, 1pm! Come with a knowledge, and ability to discuss different beers.
I made friends with a bartender within an hour, and one beer. After three beers total, I was awarded TWO BEERS FOR FREE! After my bartender was off, he sat there for another hour discussing different styles of beer and what makes his job exciting. I’ve never had this service in the states, much less Europe...
Don’t come here looking for Westvletteren, and don’t come here with your American attitude and, you will be stunned by the service you get.
Drop your expectations, come early, and really enjoy beer culture!!
Scauca (35) Lovere, Italy | September 5, 2008
54 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Thou they got the biggest list the selection is not the best and prices are quite high, even for an Italian, accustomed with crazy beer prices. Among many tapped only few deserve a taste, and so bad i’ve found them unrecognizably spoiled. Food is very poor. The ambiance should be nice if not hot, loud, smoky and very crowded.
ogivlado (297) Zagreb, Croatia | September 3, 2008
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Located in the small something (you can’t call it street or passage), quite difficult to find. Up is tap house, and in the basement are bottles, many bottles. Loud music, slow and sloppy service. First of all I waited for a beer more than ten minutes, and when he finally brought it, he brought wrong one. If you order the beers from some exotic countries watch up for BBE. There’s much more than 10 beers on tap approximately 40.
Fin (543) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | September 3, 2008
76 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited here late July 2008. The place was quite busy on both occasions that I dropped by. There is no denying that the list is incredible but its a little frustrating in that there are only 3-4 beer directories in the whole place. Food was simple but pretty decent in a slab of cheese and bread type way. The staff I spoke to whilst very busy were actually really friendly and helpful, though we did go up to the bar as i think if not we’d have waited for a while. Surprised to see Pannepot GR and for only 4 euros 50 cents, which I thought was very reasonable. On the negative side its a bit dark and dingy, on the second occasion we chose to sit outside in the alley area. It was better than I expected.
pushkinwow (123) Ottawa, Ontario | July 7, 2008
56 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Made me think of a tacky game show set with their decorations however the selection was extensive (unfortunately some of the more rare bottles listed on the menu were sold out) and in the early afternoon it was relatively quiet.
Service was fine (just remember to go up to the bar yourself).
A good place to sit and have a beer or two that you have not yet had but not a place I would want to spend a night or more than an hour.
No idea about the food as we didn’t have any.
bhensonb (474) Woodland, California | May 29, 2008
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
In the basement in the Delirium Pub. Got spots at a huge hogshead. There’s a non-smoking section. Uninhabited. Bit of a language/dialect issue. Probably depends on who is on first. If you like a mulithundred beer list and a wine cellar atmosphere, this is the place. Worked for me. Really good WC.
beastiefan2k (177) Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington | May 26, 2008
68 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
eh I was not that impressed. As everyone said its full of tourists, loud people, smoke, and crap. While it would be a cool looking bar if it was empty. Tap selection was not impressive, only one good beer and one decent beer. Only food was cheese and salami but I could not even get that. Service was bad at the bar. Its worth a visit just so you can see it and know you don’t really want to come back.
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