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De Biertempel

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De BiertempelDe Biertempel
BA SCORE
96
world-class

64 Reviews
Reviews: 64
Visits: 86
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

Rue du Marché aux Herbes 56
Brussels, 1000
Belgium
phone: +32 2 502 19 06

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Reviews: 64 | Visits: 86
Reviews by Cwrw:
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. (2,117 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sergio_Pereira
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SFCraft
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Great shop with an amazing selection of beer, glassware and everything else related. Friendly and helpful staff. It was another typical "kid in a candy store" type of experience in Brussels! (190 characters)

Photo of Sixpoint
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of RickyS
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BenBreeg
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Rather expensive, but the absolutely packed shelves certainly leave an impression. I also saw monks. (100 characters)

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. (99 characters)

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. (480 characters)

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. (55 characters)

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. (476 characters)

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. (1,135 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Sparky44
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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De Biertempel in Brussels, Belgium
96 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.