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Beer Available At Délirium Hoppy Loft (arranged by most recent)
High Water Aphotic Imperial Porter 98, Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA 99, Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter 92, Boulevard Smokestack Series - Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale 99, Guinness Foreign Extra Stout 96, Mikkeller Hop Series Saaz 70, La Rulles Triple 97, Pardubický Porter (Boom) 19° 87, De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis (Hell & Damnation) 100, St Feuillien Saison 94, Ellezelloise Hercule Stout 98, Struise Tsjeeses 98, Troubadour Magma 97, Viven Imperial IPA 98, Rooie Dop The Daily Grind 75, De Molen Winterhop (2014-) 91, Laugar Aizkolari Crowbeer 85, NovaBirra Big Nose Triple 96, Brewfist / Freigeist Heimdall 91, Brewfist Low Gravity Saison 82
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Douberd (77) Arnhem, Netherlands | October 6, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited after borefts ’14. There was a board saying it’s quieter than below, but it was still quite noisy. Nicely decorated, much more space than below. I think 10 taps, most of the beers were available. Lots of choices on bottled beers, but difficult to find one that was available, especially since the bartender didn’t know what exactly was still available. He was apologetic about that but after asking for four-five different bottles and nothing was available while you hear the same excuses, it becomes tiring and annoying. I found some of the beers I wanted in the basement though. Prices were decent.
PMgep (27) Lund, Sweden | September 29, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Not as loud as the basement but still quite noisy. They actually had the beers that we asked for here. If you are in the centre you could visit but I don’t think it’s worth a detour.
Alengrin (76) , Belgium | September 28, 2014| Updated May 17, 2015
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
After wading through the hordes of drunken tourists and students filling the alley, I finally made it to Delirium’s famed Hoppy Loft. As in the other reviews here, this place stands in sharp contrast with the tumultuous cellar below. Brown café kind of atmosphere, nicely decorated with old beer paraphernalia. Service was a bit standoffish and it took some determination to persuade the guy behind the bar to go downstairs to get me a Sam Adams Triple Bock, which was on the list. Beer list was extensive and very interesting, though I failed to find some of my favorite American micro breweries on it. Still, a pleasant experience, relatively quiet and therefore a lot better suited for rating beers than the infamous Delirium Café. Only real downside here is that it can become overly crowded and in combination with the masses below, this sometimes results in an almost unbearably damp, hot and hypoxic atmosphere.
JonMoore (32) Loughborough, England | September 26, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
I like the Hoppy Loft, quieter than the rest of the Cafe, which is sometimes welcome, with a pretty good selection available.
CraftBeerNick (35) London Town, England | September 23, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Date of visit, 8th September 14. A bit dull up there, so I got the beers and took them outside and also checked the lower floor of Cafe, which was more of a buzz. The choice was more my style, mainly Hornbeer, IPAs and imperial stouts,all good. If was a Monday, so quiet up there, but still heaving outside !
WingmanWillis (428) , England | September 22, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Situated up the stairs from the main Cafe bar this large, one roomed bar had a little more space. It was still warm with no real air flow to cool it down.
Beer range was a little more interesting with Danish, Japanese and Belgian beer on tap and a load of bottles from around the world. It was a little quieter than downstairs and a nicer atmosphere.
Worth a look as will pick up some interesting beers here.
Mathieu87 (202) Ganshoren, Belgium | September 13, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Service depends hugely on the bartender. Don’t go on tuesdays (and wednesdays), because then you get an incompetent bartender. However, if you on on thursd/frid/sat, it will be a bit more crowded, but the service will be lots better. The female bartender then has a great knowledge of the beers served and is always very friendly.
Selection is quite nice, always some new foreign beers on tap.
It’s a lot more quiet in there then the downstairs delirium cafe.
Prices are high (9,9 euro for a Hel en Verdoemnis), but when you drink on tap, it’s ok. 3 tasters for 6 euro.
Beer geeks should for sure go over there and have a look ;)
TO EVERYONE VISITING BRUSSELS, give me a heads up, I’d love to trade/share some bottles!
bartlebier (110) Belchium im Biersgau, Germany | September 6, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited on several occasions 2013-14. Many times the near-deserted 2nd story connaisseur’s option when the adolescent inferno outside & below just isn’t funny anymore, 19 year old from Mexico and Korea sipping Westmalle from a 1,5 liter chalice. Quickly rotating taps from small, never heard of, or hard to otherwise get in BE breweries. Service ranges from knowledgeable and cool to just passing by - tattooed French aupair - just doing service at the bar until a spot at an Irish pub opens up. Above average prices especially for bottles which are then sold off once past exp. date. Varying health on taps... Basically: Infinite potential curated at a semi-dank level, like much in surrealist/jem’enfoutist Brussels.
JulienHuxley (344) Trois-Rivičres, Quebec | August 24, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
This place is marginally better than the total chaos death and destruction that reign below. The air is a bit more breathable, the selection has a few more interesting choices on it, the service doesn’t seem quite as impatient. Still the fact that it’s in the same building is a bit too much for me, it’s cramped and dirty and just generally not very enjoyable. You can have some good beer here though.
PietS (32) Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands | August 17, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
The whole place (including the Café and cellar) is very touristy. In the Loft you have to be lucky: with regular guests it’s a nice place, but when a group of tourists enters it’s a whole other story (and since it’s mentioned on tourist maps, I think this happens quite often).
Aside the ambiance and the clientele, the place is quite good. The beer selection isn’t as extensive as downstairs (you can also get your beer there and take it up though), but they have some good Belgian beers and surprising micro-brews, even on tap. Service was a little less: I think the bartender knew a lot about beer, but he was reluctant to share his knowledge or give some good advice. Luckily, they have a great deal: you can order three taster glasses (10cl) of the beers on tap for 6 euro. We ordered six different beers and were happily surprised.
So, all in all, we had a great time and I would come back, but it’s not the ideal place to taste and enjoy your beers in peace.
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