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Reviews by Cwrw:
4.65/5 rDev +7.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
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.
01-09-2005 09:30:46 | More by Cwrw
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4.35/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Was there the first week of July 2013, and they had a wonderful selection. Stopped by at least three times during the week. Service depended on who was working that day.
I stayed at the Amigo hotel so it was an easy walk. Among all the beers I bought to sample or bring home I was able to buy 8 of each westvleteren - blond, 8, 12. Brought half of it all home to the states. They were out of the westies by the third of July.
08-05-2013 01:33:29 | More by seyton
4.41/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
06-06-2013 18:29:38 | More by Dreizhen
4.35/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Another conveniently located beer store in Brussels, the Bier Tempel is arguably one of the best ones in downtown. Through its windown from the street you can see beer bottles, gift packs, fun glassware, and beer signs, setting the tone for the store. Needless to say, there'sa lot of beer bottles in the store, mostly of Belgian origin. The shelves are organized by style of beer and corresponding pricetags to given to each variety of beer sold. With the exception of one fridge which houses cold beers, the inventory sits at room temperature. Lots of glassware is for sale too. At checkout, my bottles were wrapped seperately for my journey home, which shows that De Bier Tempel understands the harsh travel that bottles must go through before reaching home a continent away. Definately worth checkout out if you're looking to buy bottles.
05-24-2013 19:03:24 | More by DoubleJ
4.23/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
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.
01-27-2013 22:33:21 | More by Radome
2.39/5 rDev -44.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$$$
The real tourist grabs. Nothing more, nothing less. So yes, there is the choice, be it beer (Belgium only if I do not talk nonsense) or goodies but beyond that, wow, as overly expensive. The last time I go, I found a set of 4 with glass Orval ad hoc proposed more than 30 euros. So you can find it in a simple Delhaize and Carrefour for less than 10 euros. It's just outrageous marketing.
Okay, when you're a Japanese tourist or even a Yankee redneck on vacation in Belgium and want a souvenir of Brussels, with Marcolini chocolates or Newhaus, why not after all. But if you're some kind of geek, so forget this scam on legs and proceed to a random store, you will have a choice may not be as great but still a result and especially you will have decent prices.
In addition, in many cases, the beers lying around in this shop are rarely updated and often they get that beer with outdated expiration dates are still sold. After all, stupid tourists will not see it. In short, all that to say that the Bier Tempel is clearly a catch-jerk for foreign tourists. In short, you will not see a belgian fan of beers to put his feets.
10-04-2011 10:45:43 | More by ThaCreep
3.86/5 rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Went there yesterday for my third time. Picked up all three westies (8,9 and 11 euros each), a Cantillion, a 3 brouwerig fonteinen Oude Geuze, as well as a Saison 1900. They have several hundred beers, but after my third time being there, the selection hasn't really changed and they're lacking many things I'm looking for. They do have tons of beers from breweries I've never heard of. Prices are pretty good, especially for the location, but for the common trappists, a grocery store would be about half these prices. Lots of gimmicky large bottles with ridiculous prices as sold everywhere in Belgium. Glassware, gift packs, Delirium Tremens stuffed pink elephants... They also have these foam protectors for the bottles that you sometimes see on apples for all the beers you buy. Staff is generally friendly.
08-23-2011 18:34:47 | More by sfprint
De Biertempel in Brussels, Belgium
95 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.