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De Biertempel

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De BiertempelDe Biertempel
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80 Ratings
Ratings: 80
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: n/a
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Rue du Marché aux Herbes 56
Brussels, 1000
Belgium
phone: +32 2 502 19 06

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Photo of Cwrw
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%

Wandering round the Grand Place, I finally asked someone where the Beer Temple was, and they kindly told me the way. This is maybe 1 or 2 streets off the Grand Place, a smallish store, long and narrow, with a raised floor with steps in the back. Beside the glasses, gift packs, shirts, and any number of beer-tools, lies the core of the store: the beer shelves. Single rows of each beer on wooden shelves, simple and utilitarian; easy. There seemed to be a general, if somewhat strange order to their placement. Fruits beers in one place, Lambics in another, some Trappists here, some over there, etc. Over 200, and all Belgian. I asked about some French biere de garde, and the lady said nothing but Belgian here. No problem. I bought about 22 bottles of various sizes, and all had good dates on them, so the quality is good. A lady helped me, and though she was not overly versed in beer knowledge, she knew enough to answer my questions. An older gentleman, the entire time I was there, simply went back and forth from the storage room in the back, to the shelves, back and forth, replacing beers as they disappeared. Indeed, the place was busy when I was there, which was about 5 or 6 pm, and the clientele seemed, for gender, equally split; just as many women as men. Extremely good selection, obviously one of the best in Brussels. They carry a good deal of rare beers, some aged, some special edition, none of which I could afford at the time. I did buy one beer about which I am still trying to find information: a convent beer, brewed by a nun brewmaster. The lady told me it was extremely rare, and that the convent sells it only every couple years. I still have yet to drink it. They packed the heavenly nectar very professionally, using a small web-like styrofoam slip-over for the smaller beers, putting them all in boxes, and hermetically sealing them as though they were to be dropped from the plane to my house. The man gave me nearly 50 different Belgian beer coasters as well, since I told him I had a collection at home. A visit to Brussels without visiting the Beer Temple is tantamount to heresy.

More User Reviews:
Photo of kermis
4/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Mumbles720
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of simoen
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of BILF
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of edgarius7777
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Great personnel, good variety of beers. I like the packing of every bottle not to clink in the bag.

Photo of Homebrew
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Was hopin to send home a couple cases of beer and this was one of the places on my list. Well no stores in Belgium ship to the states anymore, so had to pick bottles wisely. Store was empty and the woman behind the counter was very nice and helpful. Only store in town that had cantillon and 3f, also Fantome. Very impressive selection crammed into a small space. They also had glasses to go with almost every beer they sell. I would go here again if in brussels in the future.

Photo of AdamNowek
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of srletend
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Incredible selection. Westy 12 at a reasonable 12 euro.

Photo of R3ason
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Excellent shop for beer and their corresponding glasses, even if they aren't as cheap as the supermarkets. I'd definitely recommend this place, especially if you're short on time and want to buy a selection of bottles to go, including the Westvleteren blonde / 8/ 12 (assuming they haven't run out...though, it's quite pricey: ~15 euro). They must be used to people traveling with their purchases, as they individually wrap each bottle and glass, which was much appreciated.

Photo of cmrillo
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of RedDon
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of haykido
3/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of dwagner003
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of the_encinitan
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Sam-VW
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of boddhitree
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Enjoyed shopping here. The selection was great. I think almost all beers from Belgium were represented, even ones I'd not heard of before. I didn't ask for help, and the reason was that it was so busy and packed with tourist. The staff simply stayed behind the counter, which was ok for me. The hard part was deciding how much money I could afford to spend. I knew about the other stores around town, but this place was so central and easy to reach, that the few hours I had in the tourist area had to spent well.
They really could do with one of two sales people roaming the aisle and dispensing info, but for someone not into exotic beers and looking for a simple present from the mass produced beers, they leave all that up near the front by the cashiers.

What impressed me most was how careful they were in packing each bottle, testing the plastic bag repeatedly to make sure none of the glass of a bottle was touching or clinking. They packed every bottle separately in it's plastic wrap, and made sure the glassware I bought was equally safely stored before they let me leave their presence. Such an eye for detail made my day.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Sparky44
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Anatole
3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of Sirre
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of seyton
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Was there the first week of July 2013, and they had a wonderful selection. Stopped by at least three times during the week. Service depended on who was working that day.

I stayed at the Amigo hotel so it was an easy walk. Among all the beers I bought to sample or bring home I was able to buy 8 of each westvleteren - blond, 8, 12. Brought half of it all home to the states. They were out of the westies by the third of July.

Photo of Dreizhen
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

It's in the touristy part of Brussels, so expect everything that comes with that (or at least part of it).

Not a huge store, but they have a wide variety of and glassware. They were well stocked on all three of the Westies when I went there (priced at 12, 9, and 8 eruro) and had relatively good prices on a other Belgian beer (Chimay Grande Reserve 75 cl for 7.50 euro). All the glassware you'd expect.

I stayed away from her because it looked incredibly touristy, especially being as close to the Grand Platz as it is. However, it was actually cheaper than or equivalent to the local beer (au-Nom-de-la-Bière) store I visited with my friend who lives in Belgium . The guy at the counter was polite and gave me a few extra bottles protectors when I asked, but he was mainly too busy with all the tourists gawking at all the "foreign beer" to be of much help. Can't fault him, though, and if you know what you're looking for you will find it.

If you're in Brussels and you read reviews on beeradvocate like you clearly are, you owe it to yourself to go. You'll feel a little dirty, perhaps, but in the end it's worth it. Shop around, though. You can find all the Rocheforts and a number of other good beers for less at a local grocery store like Delhaize a couple blocks away.

The more I think about my visit here, the more I'm associating it with a high-priced call girl. You get what you want, it's fantastic, but at the end of the day, you feel a little icky.

Go anyway.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Another conveniently located beer store in Brussels, the Bier Tempel is arguably one of the best ones in downtown. Through its windown from the street you can see beer bottles, gift packs, fun glassware, and beer signs, setting the tone for the store. Needless to say, there'sa lot of beer bottles in the store, mostly of Belgian origin. The shelves are organized by style of beer and corresponding pricetags to given to each variety of beer sold. With the exception of one fridge which houses cold beers, the inventory sits at room temperature. Lots of glassware is for sale too. At checkout, my bottles were wrapped seperately for my journey home, which shows that De Bier Tempel understands the harsh travel that bottles must go through before reaching home a continent away. Definately worth checkout out if you're looking to buy bottles.

Photo of Radome
4.23/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I've been to Brussels several times on business and have visited this shop every time because of its convenient location near the Grand Place and other tourist destinations. The shop has expanded since my last visit and now seems to have grown to include twice the floor space. Despite this, it was fairly crowded when I visited on a Monday afternoon. The aisles are pretty narrow if more than one person is browsing in a given area, but that was done to squeeze in a bigger beer selection, so I can't complain too much. The shop is well lit, modern and clean.

The selection is pretty good. I'd estimate it has several hundred types, but most are fairly common in Belgium. It's not the place for truly rare or special edition beers. Still, with a little browsing a Belgian beer lover like me can easily find a few things to make them happy. I have seen Westvleteren 8 and 12 in stock, but they go fast. I once passed over the 12 because I had a lot of walking to do that day. When I came back to buy it, it was sold out--buy it if you see it! Their selection of beer glassware is truly impressive and they also have a few gift packs, gift baskets, etc.

The prices are average for Brussels, which is to say a little on the expensive side, but not if you consider the location and cost-of-living for the center of a major European city like that. When you consider how rare it is outside of Belgium to find a bottle selection like this, you won't mind the prices.

The staff is pretty helpful, especially after they realize you are not an average beer-clueless American tourist. They wrap the bottles and glassware very well for carrying or traveling. They can be a little overwhelmed by the numbers of customers at some times.

Overall, I'm happy with this shop. The location is great. The beer selection is very good even for Belgium and the prices are average. The staff is good and overall the experience is very good.

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De Biertempel in Brussels, Belgium
96 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.