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Délices et Caprices

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Délices et CapricesDélices et Caprices
BA SCORE
100
world-class

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: 6.4%
Taps: --
Bottles: 250
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

Beenhouwersstraat 68
Brussels, 1000
Belgium
phone: +32 2 512 14 51

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
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(Place added by: CaptainPiret on 07-07-2011)
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Photo of davistabuff
4.9/5  rDev +4.5%

Easily the best bottle shop in the area, primarily due to the owner. Pierre was very friendly and informative, and took the time to discuss a lot of the Belgian scene and what I might like based on some of my preferences. Pricing was very good as well--bottles were routinely 20-30% cheaper than what I found in the area. He neatly bubble wrapped all of my purchases there and gave me extra bubble wrap to wrap the other beers I bought during my trip. Selection at a couple other shops I visited was a bit better, but they lacked the customer service. I felt heart and soul Delices while other bottle shops clearly were just trying to make a huge profit off tourists (many of whom I assume don't know how much they should be spending on the beers).

Photo of cmrillo
4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Slatetank
4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of drtth
4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Maximus_Prime
4.93/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Was lucky enough to stop in on my last day in brussels. Location was a 2 minute walk from hotel and right in the center of town. The atmosphere was small but very welcoming almost as if you were visiting a relative in another country. Initially I thought it was just a bottle shop but when the owner Pierre greeted me I noticed other patrons drinking. The VIP service I got from Pierre was top notch and not only was he knowlegeable about every beer on the shelf, but poured me a beer on the house. The selection was different from other shops around in the aspect he had bottles from up andcoming local brewers that I did not see at other establisments. The selection on the shelves were small but just ask and Pierre will check in his cellar for something special. If you knew what you were looking for Pierre would do his best to find the perfect beer for you or recommended his top picks in each style of beer. Overall a great family run business that takes service to the next level and a passion for beer on a BA level. Will definitely return to this establishment again and hopefully have more time to enjoy another beer!

Photo of hooliganlife
4.88/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Upon arriving to Brussels i had a list of places i wanted to visit, and this place was closed the first 2 days but i kept walking by just in case. finally on my final day, it was open. Pierre was beyond friendly, very informative, and very helpful. his selection was pretty much spot on. not as big as some of the other shops but the value was untouchable. prices that were far cheaper so easily the best value in grand palace. has seating for sampling, is located on a quiet side street. if you visit brussels and grand palace, this is a must go to. do what i did, window shop first and note the prices and i bet you return here and right fully so. best shop in brussels. i cannot wait to return.

one note - beer only, no glassware for sale.

Photo of jlisuk
4.94/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is the best! I went there based on the BA reviews and was not disappointed. It is a small shop, but they cram in a ton of awesome beer. There are stores with wider selections in Brussels, but I did not come across one with better quality beers. Pierre is extremely knowledgeable and very helpful in choosing beers to meet your needs. i was looking for beers I would not be able to find in the states, and Pierre helped me pick out some rare/unusual stuff from smaller producers. Also, this was the only place in Belgium I found the Rodenbach Caractere Rouge. Prices are very reasonable for what they are selling. I tried to organize a tasting session for my wife and I, but unfortunately they only offer those for larger groups.

Photo of spoony
4.35/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

A-Delices is located quite close to the Grand Place in the heart of Brussels, but the store is really a small, hole-in-the-wall-type joint on a side alley. It feels like they are taking inventory (or lessens from the Kulminator) with boxes and crates lying around, some half full of empty bottles. There are three or four tables tucked in among the boxes. While this ain't fancy, I enjoyed the vibe in here, which is anti-tourist trap.

Q-Most of the brews sit on shelves up front, but the temperature in the store when we visited was quite chilly, so I'm not terribly concerned about heat. The spread of beer options was pretty good, with a nice selection of good Belgian bottles, including some good gueuze from the area.

Ser-We were helped by what I assume to be a husband-and-wife team who were both friendly. They offered us suggestions and poured our beer with skill. The store was pretty busy, so we did not chat them up and we did not eat anything, so I cannot comment on their table service.

Sel-The shop has a pretty good selection of bottles up front and a few more in a small fridge in back. There are a few unique brews sitting on the shelves, but nothing terribly rare or crazy. For a shop in the heart of the tourist zone, the options were good.

V-The prices are a bit high, but less than the true tourist trap shops located nearby.

Photo of snuffy
4.69/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

The type of beer shop that Brussels has been waiting years for. Pierre is enthusastic, supremely knowledgable and a charming host. The beer selection is specialised, in that there are never any commercialised lightweights in stock. Constantly imaginative and invariably a first point of call for rarer stock from smaller micros.

Drop Pierre a line before your visit and he will happily offer to try and source specific stock for you. D&C is now one of my highlights of any trip Brussels.

Photo of SammyJ
4.86/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I strolled in here after reading the reviews here. It's a small place on a non-descript street literally steps away from the Grand Place. It feels a little off the beaten path though. It's a place where you can buy beer to go, but also enjoy a pour in the shop. I was greeted by Pierre, the owner, who was incredibly knowledgeable and couldn't have been nicer and more patient. His passion for both his products and customer service really shown through. I ended up spending about 50 EUR (which was much less than I anticipated, considering the selection). He ended up throwing in a bottle that he thought I'd like. If I ever go back to Brussels, I will DEFINITELY visit again.

This place is worth your business.

Photo of Oli
4.88/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This place can absolutely not be recommended enough! If you're in Brussels and have a free afternoon/evening book yourself and a small group in for one of Pierre's guided beer tasting sessions and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Myself and a group of friends recently booked one in while on a long weekend away and I can honestly say it was the best 3+ hours of our entire trip, Pierre took us through 5 specially selected and unique beers, each accompanied by food to suit, and his obvious passion and extensive knowledge of Belgian ales really made for a fun and fascinating evening. We all left feeling a lot more knowledgeable in the ways of Belgian beer and a little more tipsy too!

We returned the next day to stock up on bottles to bring home and once again he was on hand to recommend us more beers based on our personal tastes and preferences and I was shocked by just how cheap my rather large bag of beers came to (even after the one he threw in for free!). Seriously if you have even a passing interest in the subject or have friends who need some educating :) you can do no better than get yourself to this shop for a session!

Photo of rube1023
5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I had a great experience here today. As other reviewers have mentioned, Pierre is very friendly and knowledgeable. My wife and I walked in looking for lambics, and ended up sitting down and having a Girardin Kriek. We ended up talking with Pierre about lambics, Belgian beer generally, and even Monk's Cafe (we mentioned we were from Philly) for about half an hour or so. He also told us about some places to check out in Ghent and Brugges, which we will be visiting in the next week. We left with six bottles and were given the beer we drank there on the house. Probably the best experience I have ever had in a beer store.

Photo of getlonely
4.44/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I echo the reviews below--I came away with an immensely positive experience.

Atmosphere: small, ecletic shop off a quiet, non-tourist flooded street in central Brussels. Pierre (really interesting and friendly guy) makes you feel right at home when you walk in the door. I dragged my girlfriend there with me, and she came away saying "what a worthwhile visit".

Quality: top marks for the quality of the beers I sampled/ bought from Pierre. He brought us a true Belgian lambic (and explained the uniqueness of Brussels yeast strains), and it was intriguing. He steered me toward some quality Saisons too.

Service: again, cant beat the service. Pierre literally talked with us for thirty min while we sampled (for free). Also enjoyed his humility and patience--rare among Belgian aficionados.

Selection: small but astute selection that captures the ever-changing state of Belgian beer. Left with the sense that beer in Belgium is not a lost art but an ever-changing dialogue between tradition and innovation.

Master brewer or casual drinker, all are welcome here.

Photo of beerpirates
4.25/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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 ,
I've your looking for a good spot , without tourists , then this is the place to be !

Photo of BeerInHeadlights
4.68/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

As some of the other reviewers also indicate, I made sure to stop by Delices Et Caprices based on the reviews posted previously. I am in Brussels for a few days on business (May 2012), so I don't have a lot of free time to spare strolling around. BTW, I always, always use the BA Directory when I travel, for business or otherwise.

If you'll be staying in central Brussels near the Grand Place, this is definitely a must-see. This being my first trip to Belgium, I still have quite a bit to learn as it comes to breweries and specific beers that should be sought after. Not to worry - Pierre was über helpful and pointed me towards many suggestions based on my style preferences.

I was the only person in there for about an hour or so (midweek, midday) and Pierre took his time to share with me info on the different offerings, providing detailed flavor profiles, his preferences, and highlighted many trending/new beers. I felt the prices were very reasonable considering how close it was to such a highly trafficked, touristy area. When it was all said and done, Pierre packed up my purchases in a box for my return to the States; honestly this was one of my biggest concerns before leaving for Brussels - "How would I get all the beer back?" Problem solved! (Note: bring a 2nd bag in your luggage to toss the cloths/items that will be displaced by the box of beer coming back in your checked bag) Now I can bring back a few treasures to share with my friends back home.

In short, I would recommend this spot to any beer traveler, especially if you are looking to enjoy a friendly, knowledgeable conversation. When (not if) I return to Brussels for my next trip, I'll definitely be stopping in.

You should too!

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

After reading the previous 3 reviews I felt I really had to make it to this shop. Turns out it's really nice, with hands down the most helpful and friendly bottle shop owner I've met in Belgium. And very close the the Grote Markt so even more unexpected.

Relatively small place, with reasonable prices over all (cheaper than other places in the tourist zone, more expensive than in the boonies). Good selection too.

I had a great chat with the owner about the recent craze over gueuze and lambic, both in Belgium and in the USA. He was kind enough to pull out a small cask of Girardin Kriekenlambic, a very nice rare treat with a great pour.

Highly recommended, I'll make a point of stopping here when in town.

Photo of BlackHaddock
5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My wife and I decided to find this place purely on the first review on BA, 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: I almost didn’t review it (wanting it to stay a mini secret ensuring there will always be a seat for me whenever I return). 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.

Photo of origais
4.83/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Maybe not the biggest shop for beers, but the only one to shop AND taste. The must: they have the right glasses for each beers! Just incredible.
More over Pierre or Ann are helping you choosing what you need / want.
Tasting session on request (booking needed), with cheeses and other specialities to go with beers.
Unfortunatly, as most of the beers are coming from very small brouweries, it is difficult to have them anywhen... or even sometime to have one (even when ordering it...)
For me one of the best place for beers.

Photo of CaptainPiret
4.85/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Hard to believe there's such an excellent, off-the-beaten-path beer store literally minutes away by foot from the Grand'Place. The store is small with only a couple tasting tables (plus a few more outside, weather permitting), but the selection is in the hundreds, from staples to micro-brews.

The owner, who speaks perfect English, is all too happy to offer his expertise, something I find lacking at other Brussels beer shops.

The prices are reasonable for the location, especially compared to other stores in the city center, but the harder the beer is to find, the more it costs (but that's common sense anyway).

This shop must be on your Brussels itinerary. It's so close to all the major tourist attractions that you can be in and out in no time.

Délices et Caprices in Brussels, Belgium
100 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.