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.
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.
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 !
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.
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!
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.
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 (65) Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands | August 17, 2014
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.
Lele (50) Padova, Italy | August 15, 2014| Updated August 27, 2016
Non si può andare a Bruxelles senza visitare questo locale storico. A due piani. Quello superiore ha una grandissima scelta di birre alla spina, a rotazione. Nel piano di sotto, invece, si possono trovare moltissime birre in bottiglia (letteralmente migliaia). Si possono trovare anche i formaggi delle grandi abazie trappiste, da degustare insieme alle birre. E’ molto rumoroso (sicuramente non dovete andarci se cercate un po’ di quiete) e il servizio non è dei migliori. Il personale è molto veloce, ma non sta lì a spiegarti le caratteristiche delle birre. Nel listino trovi solo i nomi delle birre e la graduazione, ma niente di più. Contando che da lì passano moltissime birre e che non si possono conoscerle tutte, almeno potevano scrivere qualche informazione di più sul listino. In ogni caso, è sempre un ottimo bar.