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Beer Mania

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

32 Ratings
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.97%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 400
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Store ]

Chaussée de Wavre 174
Brussels, 1050
Belgium
phone: +32 2 512 17 88

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

cbnz, Oct 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

brandoman63, Jun 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Sparky44, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%

The walk was much longer than I anticipated, but I did get to see a part of the city which I wouldn't have thought that existed; its African neighborhood full of African restaurants and business. Eventually I did make it to Beer Mania with my recently purchased duffle bag to fill up on beer to bring home.

Two major aisles bring you through the high shelves stocked with beer. Across the checkout is an amazing display of Belgian glassware, including a special "teardrop" glass made specially for the store. All the beer is kept on the shelf (nothing refrigerated), but nothing dusty. There's a bar hidden behind a dog leg of a wall if you're curious to taste some beers while you shop. A few tables are layed in the that area just for that reason. There's even a small display of aged beer.

I got into a small conversation with the owner at checkout, and it showed me that he really loves beer. He's a homebrewer and even sells his beer in store. He's the third owner of this store, of what he said is the world's original beer specialty store, back in the early 80s. He's responsible for building the tasting bar. And he ships beer to the US, roughly €100 for up to 48 standard bottles, good to know should I have a major Belgian craving.

Quality store and worth the look.

DoubleJ, May 23, 2013
Photo of Beerstorian
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%

I wandered in here from the nearby Delirium Café, looking for a few beers. I found, of course, one each of the Westvleteren. I bought them, got some local cheese, and some fresh bread, and headed back to my flat. Expensive, but also once-in-a-lifetime.

Beerstorian, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%

It might be a bit difficult to find, but it's worth it. Real spacious interior with a good selection of brews. Yes, they have "those" as noted previously. They also have the glasses if you so desire. I wouldn't say that I was completely floored by the selection here. They do have a good variety and several aged brews that you might be interested in. I think that having seen so many beers in so many beer stores, I've just become spoiled. But anyways. This was a nice visit. Nassir is very hospitable and an easy going dude.

RblWthACoz, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of distantmantra
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%

Not far from the home of the European Union, Beer Mania is located in the Ixelles district of Brussels. Some reviewers have noted that it's in a sketchy part of town, but I found it a nice change of pace from the flashier parts of the city and never once felt unsafe.

As the name would imply, Beer Mania has an incredible selection of Belgian beers, and nothing but Belgians. Westvleteren 8, 10 and 12 were all in abundance, which is the main reason why we stopped in. Prices for Westy were higher than if you went directly to the Abbey, but I'm guessing most people coming to Belgium (like myself) don't have the time to do so and this is their best chance to acquire a few bottles.

Before you head out, take a look around the room at the international beer bottles resting on top of the shelves. It was fun seeing things from home that found their way over here. If I had known about this, I would've brought something with me from Seattle!

Customer service was not fantastic when we stopped in. I actually was ignored by the shop owner as he let two other people (who spent more than myself) cut in front of me to make their purchases. Even with that said, Beer Mania is worth visiting while in Brussels.

distantmantra, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%

This shop is a little out of the way from other beer destinations in Brussels but looks worth the short diversion. A very good selection of bottles, and you can drink your purchases at the bar in back if you want.

The guy at the register was helpful but honestly I think I have deeper knowledge of Belgian beer than he does. He never heard of de Struise...

Excellent browsing for 15+ minutes. Prices looked on par with other shops. The most notable thing I found was Fantome Ete, 10 euros. I'd looked each time in Belgium and never found it before this day, so this was a good day. Afterwards I didn't see it anywhere else either.

Definitely worth a stop if only to window shop in comparison with Bier Tempel or Beer Planet.

TurdFurgison, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of Tut
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%

The previous reviewer makes the location of this store, Ixelles, sound very dangerous. That claim is totally ridiculous. I'm a veteran traveler who knows Brussels well. I've spent over three months there on eight visits since 1998. Ixelles is not a "ghetto", although parts of it have many African immigrants. The area is full of young professional Belgians and is definitely multicultural, but not at all dangerous even at night. There are great cafes and restaurants throughout Ixelles. Don't hesitate to go there and spend the day exploring. Check out The Ultime Atome, one of my favorite Brussels cafes. It's just a few minutes walk from Beer Mania.

Tut, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
3.86/5  rDev -11.3%

Came in here looking for a Westy Blonde, and I found it so I can't complain too much. They had 8-10 of each of the three westy beers so this is a good place to go if that's what you're looking for, the only other westy beer I found in Brussels was the 8 at De Bier Tempel.

They had all your standard Trappist and Belgian beers including vintages of Chimay Blue back to 1998 which is pretty impressive, although you'll pay around 23 Euro for a small bottle from '98. Speaking of price, the westys are all 16 euro which is much cheaper than buying them online in the US but considering how cheap they are at the brewery it's a really huge markup. I paid it because I didn't know when I'd be able to get another westy blonde. I'd say look at De Bier Tempel first because their 8 was only 8 or 9 euro.

The location of this shop is horrible and nobody else has mentioned it. I traveled all over Europe for a month by myself, I'd be out walking the streets alone at 3 or 4 am, but the only time I was at all scared was walking to this store. It's in the ghetto and there are tons of sketchy people in the area so I'd say drive or bike if you can, otherwise just book it through the area.

kingcrowing, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of jgasparine
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%

A- Didn't go here to drink on premesis (although we did consume a Mea Culpa while there). Rather, we came to purchase "souveniers". For this purpose, the atmosphere was adequate.

Q- Quality was top-notch. Nothing but artisanal beer here. Just wonderful. The glassware, particularly the signature Mea Culpa glass, was top quality as well.

Service- If you approach an attendant here, you will get decent service, but they don't seem to go out of their way to say 'hello' or see if you need assistance.

Selection- I was very tempted to give this a '5' in the Selection department because some very rare gems were available for sale here:

Goudenband from the ORIGINAL brewery
Jan van Gent
Various Fantomes
All varieties of Wesvleteren

Despite these very rare beers, the selection was otherwise small compared to other bottleshops in Brussels. Furthermore, the beer was quite expensive. 8Euro for a 750ml of Goudenband and 16Euro for a bottle of Westy 12!!!!

Definitely worth going back for treasure hunting.

jgasparine, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of rvdoorn
3.31/5  rDev -23.9%

Was in the Beermania shop some time ago. The shop looks nice, spacey and clean. Not as crowded as the shops in Brussels center. The selection is nothing special for a Dutch guy. Almost everything that he has, we can also buy in the Dutch liquor shops. There were a few exceptions which make this shop worth visiting; the have a brilliant home made brew (mea cupla), almost always Westvleteren (blonde, 8 and 12) and some very interesting vintage beers (mainly Chimay). The drawback is that this is all very expensive. All westvleteren beers are 12 euro (approx 18 dollars), in the city center one can find them cheaper. The vintage beers are also overpriced. The regular beers are still two (sometimes even 3) times more expensive than any supermarket in Brussels (where they also sell all trappist beers, except westvleteren....) or any Dutch liquor shop. Service is good, if you are around, why not pay it a visit...

rvdoorn, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%

I was at Beer Mania in June as a group of us ventured there after a guide books recommendation that they shipped beer.

Immediatley we were disappointed they charged 200 Euro to just ship the beer, in addition to the 30 we must purchase to qualify. Right away we decided we were't buying $500 worth of beer. With the purchses we did get they were packed to put in our bags and we easlily got 6-10 beers each into the US.

The selection is great, pretty much anything you could want to find. They even had plenty of Westvletern. Additionally, they had Westvletern crates which we purchases for 12 euro and took back to the US which was pretty cool as well.

The biggest downside to price was the service. The only guy working spoke no English at all and was not very helpful in his recommendations, or lack there of.

If you are looking to bring some stuff back to the US that you can't find elsewhere go here, but otherwise skip it. We found Westy 12 a couple places cheaper anyway.

jrallen34, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of garbercury
3.91/5  rDev -10.1%

This is a cool place. A little bit of a journey to find but luckily my better half is good with a map and we were able to get here after a long walk from the Cantillion brewery.

A--Fine, nice tasting area where you can try any beer they have available for take out.

Q--beers were fresh.

S--Nasser was neither grumpy or rude. In fact, he took a few minutes to discuss his Iranian roots and told the story of brewing beer in Iran during the time of the Revolution in 1979. I appreciated his candid talk and it was very interesting. We are lucky in America.

S--Selection was solid but not spectacular. The big, big plus which did the trick was aged Chimay that went as far back as 1992. Had the 95 and 97, tasty. Also had a 05 Orval which made me understand why the beer needs to age to be good, what a difference.

Cool place, worth a trip if you have the time.

garbercury, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of BeerBelcher
4/5  rDev -8%

This is the beer place in Brussels I kept coming back to. Here you could try beer in the back in a café setting, and buy beer you liked to go, so it was something of a one stop shop. Pricing on bottles and selection were quite good, perhaps due to being a bit off the typical tourist track (i.e. where Beer Planet is).

Passed thru "Little Congo" on the way to a clean, well-lit store with all the beers I expected, and a few I didn't (to include 1 house brew). It's a combo bottle shop and café; many beers are available for tasting @ tables in the back in a café setting...you can even get frites and other snacks. Nasser, the proprietor, is an Iranian-born Christian (which I found interesting). He was very pleasant, but his recommendations for never really turned out great...but I was the only one in my party with that opinion.

Prices on bottles to-go were pretty good (€3 for most bottles), but there was some gouging on other stuff. $199 plus the cost of beer to send a case home; €12 for a bottle of anything Westvleteren; and €69 for a bottle of the house beer (Mea Culpa), its signature glass, and a packet of chocolates. So while pricing on bottles was good, pricing on other stuff seemed out-of-whack.

I visited here a few times - I liked the shop, it was convenient to where I was staying, I liked the owner, and I liked the try-while-you-buy option.

BeerBelcher, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of Andreji
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%

I stumbled upon beer mania by accident, coming back from a visit to the EU buildings and the leopold park (we walked back through south east brussels).

This place is huge, and the selection is awe-making. it is amazing, the atmosphere is sublime, so dedicated to beer, so properly organised, spacey, dry, well arranged. it's beautiful.

however, we were immediately harassed by an employee who, while not being very gentle still chased us around a bit just keeping an eye, silent, very offensive if he thought we were gonna nick something.

The selection is beautiful, hundreds of beers and glasses, several presentations including those huge 3l bottles among others, it's just fantastic.

Pricey, though. deus was at 20euro.

Andreji, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of ManforallSaisons
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%

This is my local shop for stocking up on not-everyday beers, and every visit is a treat. For a time-constrained visitor to Brussels, you will do as well to hit Bier Temple near the Grand' Place. To have a real discussion and exploration, go see Nasser. Behind a direct manner and a penetrating stare, he really is a good guy, who takes pleasure in remembering even an infrequent visitor (like myself). The selection is not the widest and he carries in my mind, a few too many of the Leffes and Chimays and Rocheforts and whatnot you can get in any grocery in the neighborhood -- don't pay his specialty prices for those. But there are some real finds, and if you say what you like, Nasser will point you in an interesting direction. The cafe was a great addition, but think of it as an extension of the shop; there's not a dedicated server so you will wait at times. It will be worth it.

ManforallSaisons, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%

Located just SW of the outer ring in the Ixelles neighboorhood. Nice selection with the bonus ability to taste beers on premises in cafe area at rear of store. Excellent atmosphere for a place that is primarily a bottle shop. Cheese and sausage plates also available which is greatly appreciated if you are tasting a bunch of beers.

Owner was a bit taciturn at first but he warmed up a little... It appears we were there around the same time as Dr. Seamus, but got nothing near that level of welcome!

I rated the selection as 4.5 -- although I would think this is the best bottle shop in Brussels, we can get about half of the beers he stocks in Chicago. (not his fault, just explaining my rating).

We had DoubleBie (nicely sweet and roasty, but confirmed that the recipe of Bie beers has been dumbed down since our last visit), Saison de Mai, Ambiorix Dubbel (local, dry dark with a little spice, Eleziose Saison 2000, Abbaye du Rocs Altitude (which had AdR signature sweetness -- I am hopeful might make it to Chicago soon!), Urchon (exceptional malty brown belgian -- not often you get this much malt profile in a belgian, bought one to bring back), Kerst Pater (dark, strong, candy in a glass) and his own Mea Culpa spiced blond, served in a cantelever/offset goblet. Very cool design and a nice beer in its own right.

4thoseabout2bock, Aug 18, 2007
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4/5  rDev -8%

As mentioned in other postings, this place has a great selection, plus it's nice to sit and sample beers in the small bar and coutyard at the back of the store. My only complaints were that some of his beers were very pricey, eg. westvletern 6 and 8 were priced the same as the 12, i.e. 12 euros. At Bier Temple, these beers were 6, 8 and 12 euros respectively. Plus even though Nassir's knowledge of belgian beers is impressive, his knowledge of the brewing process and of lagers is lacking. In casual conversation he tried telling us that drinking lagers make you fat because they are made in only 3 days and contain more residual sugars than belgian ales. I hope he doesn't offend any german visitors! :)
But i guess if you are going to a belgian beer store, you should expect a bias towards belgian beer.

xychromosome, Jul 30, 2007
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4.15/5  rDev -4.6%

It is in a worse part of town but inside is quite nice. When I went in no one else was in there and atmosphere was very bleak. They have a area where you can sit and have a beer and they also sell them. I found the legendary Westy’s here but they were quite expensive (about double the price to Bier Temple). They also had old bottles of some Fantomes and Chimay blue going back to I think 99? The guy was very friendly and they also have a great selection of glasses (including a Westy’s glass). I would recommend coming to this place if you have extra time on yours hands but I wouldn't go to far out of your way to make it here.

BlindPig, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of drseamus
4.94/5  rDev +13.6%

According to the website, they are only open until 9 PM. I called at 9:30 and the owner Nasser answered the phone and told me they’d be open for another hour or so. I showed up about 30 minutes later and was greeted by Nassir and he helped me find some of the beers on my list. Their selection is the most impressive I have found in Belgium for a beer store. He has some very rare beers there although they are a bit expensive which is understandable. He also offers overnight shipping to the US (VERY expensive).

He has a bar in the back of the shop and we asked if we had time for a beer. He said we could have one beer before he closed. My girlfriend and I ordered some Mea Culpa, a beer that Nassir has been brewing for about two years. It was a pretty good beer and we talked to him for a while about many things and when were finally done, he said “we have time for one more if you like” which we gladly took him up on. We ended up leaving at about midnight. All together a good time.

drseamus, Jul 11, 2007
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4.78/5  rDev +9.9%

Certainly one of the highlights of my trip to Brussels, if not my entire March trip to Europe. I really wish Half Time was able to do what Nasser does at 400 Bieres. To have your entire stock of beers also serve as a menu for your bar is quite something and a thing I would much like to enjoy on a consistent basis here in the States. Obviously I don't need to describe much more than that to explain what makes this place so fantastic. Put on top that the owner is super cool and really friendly, the selection is out of this world, there is a proper glass for almost every beer he has in stock and there is a 17 year old dog that lounges around in the back. What more could you want. Maybe some Westy 12... oh wait they had that too and I drank some. Yeah pretty much perfect.

GreatPondBrewer, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of buggaloffs
4.94/5  rDev +13.6%

This was the best place I went to during my brief stay in Brussels. I spent a long time just looking at the selection of bottles in the front of the store before I sat down for a few in back.

Nassar was super nice, perfectly happy to answer all my dumb questions and offer suggestions for what to try when it became apparent how overwhelmed I was by the size and variety of the selection. As an added plus, he brews his own stuff! Check out his blonde, Mea Culpa. Not only does it taste great, it comes in an awesomely complicated glass.

If you're not not going to be in Belgium any time soon (even though it's a trip any beer enthusiasts with the means should take), you can order from the site beermania.be (I hope that little plug isn't against the rules).

buggaloffs, Mar 09, 2007
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4.58/5  rDev +5.3%

Rough street, but step inside and discover a wonderful selection of beer and glasses. Don't know how old this place is, but it seemed fairly new, well laid out and very clean. To the rear is a tasting area, with a small bar, fridges (don't think there was any draught beer, but didn't ask) and a few tables and chairs.

My friend and I wandered around a while and had a chat with the young chap fronting the joint, the young lady (wife, partner?) also joined in, as we chatted about the selections we wanted to try.

There was one other couple in the tasting area (mid-afternoon on an October Thursday), after we sat down a young couple with a small child in a pushchair also came and sat for a beer or two. All very civilised indeed.

We tried three bottles each (and had a little of each others also), all were in date and served in the correct glasses.

If you are in this part of town (our hotel was), you should pop in and see for yourself what a great place this is!

Visited 19th Oct 2006

BlackHaddock, Oct 24, 2006
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4.55/5  rDev +4.6%

i give the 1.5 food rating for his extremely addicting bar mix that i munched on and asked for seconds.

beer mania was my girlfriend's favorite place to drink beer in belgium. atmosphere-wise, there is something that i can't put into words about drinking beer in the back of a beer store.. it's very non-american and something special. the music was the best i'd heard in any bar or cafe, nasser's own favorite loungey-techno. since this is very much a part of their house, the family environment is cozy and pleasant.

before drinking, i selected two crates of beers to bring home.. rare stuff not available here like delirium xmas, westvleteren, triple karmeliet, kriekedebie, and lindeman's faro. complete glass selection too. while he was taking his time tallying my order, he served us beers based on what we liked but had not yet tried. he is a beer genius..

in thanks for his wonderful service, i promised i'd post his beer cafe menu on here, so here goes:

all 25cl bottles served in cafe: 2.50 euro
all 33cl bottles served in cafe: 3.00 euro
except
quintine (3 varieties): 3.50 euro
arabier, boskeun, oerbier & stille nacht: 3.50 euro
rochefort 10: 3.50 euro
westvleteren 6,8,10: 6.00 euro

all 37.5cl bottles served in cafe: 4.50 euro
except
maraige parfait, oud beersel kriek: 6
oud kriek boon: 7
oud beersel and 3 fountains gueuze: 5
3 fountains kriek: 8

all 75cl bottles served in cafe: 7 euro
deus: 20 euro
cuvee van de keizer: 13 euro

whew! go visit and drink! oh, and shop too.

goodbyeohio, Nov 01, 2004
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Beer Mania in Brussels, Belgium
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