De Biertempel

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.36
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Rue du Marché aux Herbes 56
Brussels, 1000
Belgium
phone: +32 2 502 19 06

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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 66
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Photo of sfprint
3.86/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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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.

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 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 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 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.

Photo of ThaCreep
2.39/5  rDev -45.2%
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.

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.55/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Not a bad little shop, right in the heart of the tourist downtown. They have a great selection of Belgian beers, but not too many from outside the country. I was happy to pick up a Cantillon Grand Cru Bruocsella Lambic Bio, and a Westy blond, as well.

They have an entire wall dedicated to glassware, which is great.

One problem with this place is that it is filled with dingbot tourists that don't buy anything, making it a bit frustrating to navigate around. Also, the woman that worked the counter, was a complete joke. When asked about vintage Cantillon, she laughed as if such a thing did not exist. She was generally unhelpful, was extremely rude, and didn't seem to know a damn thing about beer.

Overall, this was a good place to scope, but Beer Planet was where the good stuff was tucked away.

Photo of crossovert
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Really nice place with lots of glassware and a nice selection of beers. They had every thing form Trappist beers to fruit lambics, to pale lagers, to gueze. They also have a lot of other souvenirs. I t was useful for me in that case, and they also take credit card.

I only got 3 beers, a Decca bier (forget the name), Bockor Geuze, and a Westy Blonde. It is a bit pricey, but it is convenient and a nice shop.

I drank my geuze in front of the cathedral which is close by, it was sick.

The service is also really friendly though the hours reflect that it seems like only 1 person ever works there and owns it.
Overall a nice stop for beer near the city center.

Photo of Squelch
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

My family and I visited this place on a recent trip to Brussels. They have a good selection of rare Belgian beers and an awesome selection of beer glasses. They had Westvleteren blonde and 8 for sale as well but no glasses. The staff was very friendly and helped with selection. Packaging was very good compared to the other shops in the area. This was my favorite of the 3 main stores in brussels. I would definitely go back if I were to visit again, mainly for the availability of Westy's in the store.

Photo of drtth
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Thee store is in a convenient location not far from Le Grand Place. Everything is clean and well kept and it is sometimes quite busy.

The beers available here include many of the best that Belgium has to offer. I'd gone because of that reputation and because prior reviews had indicated that you might be able to find a Westvleteren beer in stock. Thus I was pleasntly surprised to discvoer that on the shelf they had an ample supply of the Westvleteren 12, the 8, and the Blond. So naturally one of each went into my shopping basket first.

The clerk at checkout carefully packaged each of the 6 beers I selected on my first visit with a protective web of foam so that the bottles did not bump against each other. This was very helpful as I was on foot and had a good 20-25 min. walk back to the hotel.

I thought the prices were about what I expected from a bottle shop in a major tourist area but did see a few prices that were lower than some I'd spotted in other shops.

The selection of beers on offer was very very good and on each of my 3 visits I was easily able to find some things that either don't make it across the Atlantic or that are relatively hard to find in PA. They also had a very large selection of glassware in stock so if you want to buy a special glass this might be the place to find it.

If you are able to visit only one place during your visit, this is one of the ones to put on your short list to pick from. Its relatively easy to find and as I indicated above, the staff take good care to be sure your bottles are well protected from each other so they can travel safely. (Which also means that if you want to take a few bottles back on the plane in your checked bag you won't need bubble wrap because they provide you with a wrapping that is pretty much just as good.)

Photo of ef88
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited the store 3 times during my trip to Europe (September-December, 2010).

A: Nice looking store, from the inviting sign out front to the warm showroom. Located about a block or so from the Grand Place, the store is in the middle of a major tourist street, which lends to a typically bustling environment in the store (the one problem with this is that it can get a little cramped inside).

Q: Like I said, warm and inviting.

S: During my three visits to the store, I was offered help only once. Any sort of language barrier was not noticable. Also, when I asked about Westvletern once, the employee took much more interest in me...

S: Good selection of beers in a variety of sizes, some of which you can only get in Europe. Nice looking glassware behind the counter with some designs I've never seen. Also, if you ask about Westys, they may or may not show you if they do or do not carry them...

F: Can't remember if there was any food, but my gut (no pun intended) says there wasn't.

V: Prices weren't too outrageous for what you can get.

Photo of Bradthoc
3.85/5  rDev -11.7%

Renovated in late 2009, early 2010, this is a popular destination for beer lovers visiting Brussels, and locals alike, who are looking for a unique variety of some Belgium's popular and hard to find favorites.

The selection is displayed on wooden shelves by region, by type, and by packaging. Unsure of how the owners acquire their stock, but every once in awhile you will find older bottles with labels no longer seen in current production.

At the counter, you can also purchase the specific glass for a majority of the beers, serving trays, shirts, lanyards, multi-packs with glasses, etc.

Beers are reasonably priced for individual bottle purchasing, packs and variable sizes. Buying a lot?... they'll find a box for you in the back!

Photo of jrallen34
3.85/5  rDev -11.7%

Walking out of the Grote Market I had to stop by this place, even after being slightly disappointed by the one in Brugge. This place offered basically the same selection of beer, however it was a little bigger and more friendly inside. Again, I did not see anything remotely close to being rare, surprised to see that someone found Westy here. The person working was friendly and helpful, but had a lot of people grabbing his attention. The prices are pretty high for most of these beers that you can get for a similar price in the US.

If you see it while out and about worth stopping by, but not a place you should seek out.

Photo of calir1
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

This is only one of two places I found that sold Westy, and I walked out with Westy 8 in hand. They were all out of the 12, but I found that somewhere else, so I was not too dissapointed. Perfect location for the tourist in Belgium, and a little fridge for walk out beers. Nothing like popping a cold Chimay or Westmalle to wonder the streets of Brussels with. Tons and tons of beer, but no De Strusse like what was ample at beer planet. Beer planet had no Westy for individual sale, so this place was better for that. Everyone should check this place out. Well worth it.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.7/5  rDev -15.1%

I've been here many times, weirdly no reviews, so after this week's visit I'm rectifying:

Very convenient location, close to the Grote Markt. A tourist stop for sure, with prices a little higher than the Bier Tempel in Brugge for some of the beers. Also some good deals to be had too, so maybe a wash overall.

I think the selection suffers a bit compared with the location in Brugge, at least for the things I want to get. But still I'll always stop here while in town to look for something extraordinary, just in case.

Photo of scubazook
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

I stopped by this place on the way to Delirium Cafe. The place was smaller than my expectation yet quite selections. Especially I could fortunately purchased a couple of Westvleteren 8. Not only do they have great Belgian beer selections but also they have some fun "Beer Gear" such as t-shirts, aprons, Belgian beer bags, beer glasses and beer goggles. Prices are reasonable. Customer service was decent, and the staff working there speaks fluent English so there's no problems if you don't speak any French. I didn't know that it's legal to drink beer on the street in Brussels so some customers asked them to open the cap and cover the bottle with wraps to drink when they left which is a very nice service. Westvleteren Blond was not on the shelf, it was in the cabinet behind the casher, and 8 was kind of hidden so if you'll visit the place, I highly recommend to ask the staff just in case.

Definitely a great place to visit if you visit Brussels.

Photo of Finkel
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%

As others have noted, this store is in a very touristy area and quickly will catch your eye. Everything is organized very well - glasses all over the wall behind the counter, beer books in the corner, and beer everywhere else. The woman behind the counter was extremely sweet and was happy to answer all the random questions I had. Decent selection (wished I could have brought back the cool Trappist packs they created) and reasonably priced. Definitely go and check this place out, might find some gems too ;)

Photo of SevaTse
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Stopped by on the way to the Delirium Cafe. Got help verifying directions, as well as stuffed my backpack to have some night caps. The selection is simply stunning and the main thing I remember is the that there was one separate section just for lambics/fruit infused stuff. i mean this is belgium, and many supermarkets/ corner stores will have a selection that some connoisseur stores in other parts of the globe will drool over, but this store still stood out. There was also a good selection of tin signs of all sizes, t-shirts, glass ware, and other stuff of that nature. Really no excuse to miss this place- it is near major tourist attractions/Delirium cafe, so you would not have to make a special trip.

Photo of dirtylou
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%

easy to spot from the street (see picture) and conveniently located to pull in tons of tourists. there are a lot of novelty beer stores in the area, and this one is like the superstation

the de struise selection was very nice (lots of vintages, barrel aged black alberts, etc) and there was a fair amount of cantillon (grabbed the fou foune). tons and tons of other belgian offerings, huge walls of glassware, and huge amounts of schwag.

stopped in here like 3 times - filled with non-beer geeks all the time, but this place stands tall despite all of that

service isnt there to offer help, but on my 2nd visit i was recognized and was given a euro discount on a 8 euro purchase - so that was cool

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De Biertempel in Brussels, Belgium
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