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Reviews by tomthumbsblues:
4.15/5 rDev -3.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
De Bier Tempel is not too far off the Grand Place. It's really just down one of the little streets off the square and then up Rue Marche Aux Herbes. Very strange outside decoration. Doesn't really look like a temple so much as if you ate a leopard and then threw up on the building. But I wasn't there to critique the architecture, I was there for the beer. Inside there are rows of beers lined up in singles. There are sets of "meter" beers where you can buy a meter of Belgian beer, all different ones of course. There are shot glasses, beer chalices, and all sorts of other beer paraphenalia. Because of this, there is not much room to move around in the store. When we went there the first time it was too crowded so we just walked in and walked back out vowing to come back another day. I picked up a bottle of the St. Bernadus Witbier and the little woman got a bottle of Orval. The prices seemed reasonable, but we later discovered we could've gotten a four pack of the latter beer in the supermarket for about as much as we paid for a single. So, only go to De Bier Tempel as long as you know you can't find that beer anywhere else. Other than that, a neat little store I'd visit again should I ever be fortunate enough to return to Brussels.
06-14-2005 01:30:14 | More by tomthumbsblues
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4.64/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
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.
05-05-2014 21:16:20 | More by boddhitree
De Biertempel in Brussels, Belgium
95 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.