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Delirium Café

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Delirium CaféDelirium Café

142 Reviews
Reviews: 142
Visits: 226
Avg: 4.14
pDev: n/a
Taps: 15
Bottles: 2,400
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

Impasse de la Fidélité 4
Brussels, 1000
phone: +32 2 514 44 34

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Reviews: 142 | Visits: 226
Photo of Domingo
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

The D.C. is definitely a love/hate place. It's essentially a dark basement that tends to be crowded with tourists pounding sub-par Belgian beers. The waitstaff also tends to be a bit on the surly side. On the surface, that doesn't sound very appealing does it?

On the other hand, they offer more than 3,000 beers including some borderline white whale items for prices that will make you re-think paying import prices ever again. The waitstaff is also extremely knowledgeable and are very happy to accommodate specific requests with their own recommendations. They'll even bust out some crazy beers not listed on any menus. Did I mention the prices are extremely affordable, too? We're talking 5-15 year old rare lambics for under 10 Euros. Just ask for a bottle menu and if they don't have what you want - ask for something similar. You might be surprised what they DO have instead.

IMO, it is what you make of it. My wife and I went back several times and always had a good time. While I wasn't a huge fan of the crowded nature, it's not much different than my local multi-tap spots. Once the staff figures out that you aren't ordering a dozen bottles of strawberry Floris, they also become quite cordial and helpful.

I like the place a lot in spite of its flaws. It very much reminds me of the Falling Rock in Denver even down to the aesthetics.

FYI - it's worth noting that there are numerous Delirium bars in this general area. Make sure you go down the stairs to the basement area if you're looking for the "real" one with thousands of bottles. The others tend to be focused on a specific niche (like Abbey ales upstairs) or are just random pubs. I think some of the reviews complaining about selection were either at the wrong location or they didn't get a copy of the bottle menu.

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Photo of tduecen
5/5  rDev +20.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

went in several times, bartenders were nice and friendly even though there was a crowd. They helped me find some off the beat path beers I would not have tried otherwise.

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Photo of sjccmd
2.76/5  rDev -33.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75

I have to say I really didn't like this place. When visiting Brussels the first time, I avoided it, hearing that it was kind of a tourist trap. This last time, I thought I'd decide for myself.

This place feels crowded even when it isn't. Lots of tables and chairs strewn about and an unpleasant stench in the air. Somewhat claustrophobic feeling.

Service is perfectly fine. No complaints.

I thought the selection was supposed to be massive. I really didn't find too much that I couldn't elsewhere. The lambic selection was only Oud Beersel straight lambic, which was nice, but that was the only lambic. Seemed odd.

This place is probably more appealing for people drinking a lot of different Belgian for novelty's sake, which is fine, of course, just not for me.

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Photo of PJASchultz
2.19/5  rDev -47.1%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.75 | food: 1

This is not a beer bar, it's a frat party. It was hot, crowded, and more effort than it's worth. (Might be different experience during day, midweek.) They may have a lot of beers, but it's not a curated selection. It's just a lot of mediocre (or worse) beers, served large for novelty, with a few gems in they middle. So not worth the hype at all. No food.

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Photo of mjstern70
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.25 | selection: 5

Ok, Delirium is good beer and their place is awesome. The only negative is it's always packed. This is probably THE tourist bar in Belgium for those semi-familiar with Belgians. Perhaps on Chirstmas Eve this place might be thinned out a little, but any other time, don't count on it. Hey it's no Hard Rock at least.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Loud and cavernous. Despite it's size, it was packed on the Monday night I was there, with what looked to be college students/young professionals. While the tap selection was better than most of the places I was at in the area, the noise and crowds would keep me away.

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Photo of innominat
2.58/5  rDev -37.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

I had high hopes on visiting here but was very dissapointed. The 1st 3 beers I asked for where not in stock and many of the 2000 beers claimed are just generic macro lager from different countries. I also drank in the hoppy loft upstairs and while some of the beers i asked for where in stock all 3 where out of date, one by 5 years. There are better beer bars in Brussels Moeder Lambic for example.

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Photo of LeDirtyPanda
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

With a great selection of beer, people from all around the world gather in this awesome cafe. Great atmosphere, great great beer. I cannot recommend this place more!

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Photo of Kwak
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

great place to explore belgium beers, good recommendations from the bartender was their on a Saturday night was too loud and crowded wish i had time to come back another day.

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Photo of daryk77
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Fairly well known, touristy spot but a fun place to visit. Obviously they have their famed 2000+ beer bottle list but might as well drink some DT or DN on draft or wait forever for a bottle. It can get pretty packed so maybe not a place to hang out all night.

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Photo of outoffocus
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Spent one evening here, as the last stop after a very long day. I think we got lucky and got a seat at the downstairs bar where we had no trouble getting quick service. The menu is extremely long, and though it doesn't go into the rarer lambics that other bars in Brussels serve, there is still plenty of interest. It is a loud and high energy place though, not the type I would go to enjoy a drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of boddhitree
3.6/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5

Stay a few hours during a national holiday in the late afternoon. It was already packed downstairs and all tables were taken on the ground floor. Had to wait 15 minutes just to order from the bar, for it's all self-order, no service, and even then, it was packed. Next time I go, I will go upstairs where it's quieter, no music, fewer people and more unusual beers. The beer selection was outstanding, though, and that's why I'd go there, and only that reason.

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Photo of janwagnerhki
4.47/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

They offer an astonishing selection of beers downstairs from around the globle, with an impressive number of belgian draught beers (24 taps?) at the ground level including Delirium Tremens and others. Knowledgeable folks. Very crowdy and located right next to the touristic city center. An excellent place to visit, infinitely better than the nearby "beer museum"!

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Photo of GJ40
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Fantastic atmosphere (though the average age of the crowd made me feel my years) and a great selection! I know this is one of the more popular and touristy beer bars in the area and has a reputation for being like a frat house at times, but I love it and think it's an essential stop in Brussels.

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Photo of mdidonat
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Good prices for the quality of the beer. They had lots of lots of interesting Belgian beers, many of which you can't get in the states. Mostly a younger crowd. The service is at the bar only and is a little slow even when the bar isn't crowded. We were there on a Thursday afternoon and it wasn't necessarily busy, but was busier than we would have expected. Overall a good experience and we would go back.

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Photo of hayesjw
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

I highly recomend chosing DTcafe for your beer venue in Brussells. My favorite location to date in Europe. Please revisit it. In four days I enjoyed it seven times. The staff accomodates all visitors with a profound expression of Belgian hospitality. I suggest three days of draft ale upstairs with four nights of bottle service down stairs. Respectfully yours. Repeat frequently. Buy a catalog for 6 euro to remind you what should be a life quest of ale.

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Photo of jls_gator
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

A little tucked away, but upon discovery, plenty of room to move about, mingle and sample the vast selection, with multiple floors and completely different vibes depending on your current mood. Bartenders a extremely knowledgeable, and the patrons were diverse and very hospitable.

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Photo of BeerTampa
2.86/5  rDev -30.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

Had to make the visit to Delirium Cafe while in Brussels. Got there in the late afternoon and wasn't overly busy. A lot of people outside and in the cellar but no one in the main part of the bar. Tap list was pretty boring. Also, no descriptions or organization of the beer. Found a sticky menu on the bar that had color pages for each beer on tap, but seemed more like an advertisement than a description of the beer.

Downstairs in the cellar, they had a lot of bottled beer, but it didn't seem like they had as much as they advertised.

Service was non-existent. You order a beer from the bar and that's it. Seemed like they were just slinging beers even though they weren't even remarkably busy. Didn't seem like anyone actually wanted to talk about beer.

I just went with a Tremens for a remarkably cheap 3.30 euro.

Bottom line: glad I went but I probably won't return.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.14/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

The most famous aspect of the Delirum Village, is its Delirium Cafe. At the address is also the seperate Delirium Taphouse which is located at street level. No no, that's not it. Look down. That's the Delirium Cafe. Just as you enter down the steps there's a large collection of Delirium bottles to the left. Already there was a large crowd in the early evening, but fortunately there weere still a few seats in the house. Being located below street level, I had the impressio that I was drinking in a cave, so it did a somewhat of a coziness despite its large size and large crowd.

About 14 taps pouring from the L-shaped bar, including beer from Tilquin and Rulles. However, the Delirium Cafe is famous for its stupid large bottle collection and novel-thick menu. There are several menus hanging around the bar, however you may likely to run into a "condensed" paper menu with a smaller bottle selection. Don't fear. Looking through, I wanted to drink some beers I hadn't heard of. Houten Kop was selection, and they have it. The second beer was Ploquette, and they have that too. By now I was joined by a Spainiard at the bar, looking for some dark Belgians to try. I suggested the Gulden Draak, one that he seemed to enjoy a lot. So, my final round I joined him with a more common but delicious Westmalle Dubbel. Sometimes a bar will list a bunch of bottles and be out of half the list, but at Delirium Cafe they had the beers which I requested.

Despite the large crows, multiple bartenders man the bar and are constantly keeping up with requests, opening bottles and pouring into glassware. Don't expect a bunch of brewery branded glassware here, but they have the essential tulips and chalices for starters. Two of my three beers were fresh, my Ploquette tasted like it had seen a better time.

Don't expect much in the way of food besides small snack plates. A bunch of cheese with beer, sure I'll have one. And despite the fame of Delirium Cafe, its prices are in line with the rest of Brussels.

If you're looking for a beer you've never heard before, a trip to Delirium Cafe is obligatory.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Sort of large pub, lot's of stuff on the wall, diverse crowd, great atmosphere, and most importantly amazing selection of beer (pretty sure it's biggest in the world). They had 2,004 when I went. Went on a Thursday night, very packed, mostly people in mid 20's low 30's, but a lot of older people as well surprisingly. It get's very packed, met some people from Norway and South Africa, and we each shared respective beers from our home countries, twas awesome. Beer drinkers from other parts of the world love American Craft Beer! Pretty much every type of beer you could imagine, didn't really bother looking at any imports from the USA so I couldn't tell you what they stocked over there, but why the hell would you want to drink that in Brussels anyways? Had some sort of coconut beer served in a wonderful coconut shell (that you can keep), not sure on the name as me and my friend pulled the complete idiot card and asked the bartenders for the "coconut beer" as we saw it was quite popular.

If you ever go here, be sure to try their signature Tremens on tap. If you've ever had this out of a bottle, having it on tap makes it one of my favorite all time beers. Amazing. Try not to drink too many though, they sneak up on you.

Price isn't off the wall, but for being so close to Grand Place, it's about what you would expect to pay for a place this popular in that location. If you have time to stop and admire the square, you have time to pop over and give this big pub a minute.

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Photo of Beerstorian
5/5  rDev +20.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Wonderful! We were in Brussels in February of 2012, doing the tourist thing. I sent the family to a nearby restaurant while I ran in here to have a few beers. It was practically empty. I told the bartender to bring me what he thought best, and I had three of the best beers I've ever had. Great service, wonderful beer.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.6/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited in June 2012:

I must say, I was supremely disappointed with my stop here. My wife and I visited one rainy evening in Brussels and the first thing that you notice is how big the place is. The next thing that comes to mind is how much it looks like a college bar. Now, while I was in college, I loved those places, but not now.

We find a place to sit and a menu and start to look through it, we pick a couple beers and I head to the bar. I tell the man what I would like; he draws them from the tap and tells me how much they are. I had to ask him twice, which beer was which. I guess he expected me to know the difference, even though both looked relatively similar. The beers were not served in proper glassware. As others have noted, the menu is huge and frankly, I didn't find it all that useful. The service could have been a lot better, and the place was just too loud. Overall, I am glad that I went for the experience, but given my choice, I would go to any of the pubs that we stopped at in Brussels before I would go back here.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I finally made it to the actual Delirium Cafe after four attempts. And now I'm a bit disappointed compared to the hype. The beer is served well and I'm enjoying the destination, but it's Saturday night, the music is loud, and the youngsters are starting to tie one on. I sit quietly with ear plugs in to survive. Lots of energy in the place, but not the beer geek mecca of legend. The upstairs Hoppy Loft lives up to that reputation better than the Cafe.

To start, I get a draft of Buffalo Belgian Stout by Br. van den Bosche. As advertised in the giant book of beer, it's a smooth Belgian interpretation of a stout: dark with a light brown head in a soft, elegant glass, chocolate nose with near black malt, but the Belgian yeast spice clearly influences the final beer to create something that's stout-ish though something else. Nice beer and a great example of how culture and beer can cross to create new tastes.

Sitting at the bar, the range of bottles going out is incredible. All served well, poured and presented with the empty bottle, seemingly whole or decanted by style. Standard in Belgium, but such knowledge and service is an amazing sight to see and transplanting it to the US would push us to a whole new level of beer consumption. If only.

Next, I ordered a St. Idesbald Tripel; it's the first beer I've had that's not in it's own glass--just a plain chalice. Guessing it's a small brewery. A light bodied tripel with a serious funk in it--it's adequate. Looked in the book later and it's Brouwerij Huyghe of Delirium Tremens fame (pronounced her-ga according to Elke and Sven, locals I met earlier on the trip).

For a snack I ordered a Cheese Portion Gouda Jeune. A lot of words for a bowl of gouda cheese chunks that seems to be meant for a group, but I'm happily eating some excellent Dutch kaas that's not changed by American rules. Odd thing, to me anyway, is that it came with a shaker of celery salt, which is surprisingly good sprinkled lightly.

Decided to get off the taps and landed on a bottle of Kasteel Donker; it's an 11%, nearly opaque ale with a light brown head. Heady nose of alcohol, fig and chocolate. The alcohol overpowers the smooth maltiness and dark fruit of the beer. Adequate but not up to other Kasteel brews I've had in the past.

I looked through the entire list and it feels a bit like channel surfing. 200 choices and nothing to drink. Not nothing, but not as much of a selection as imagined. Delirium Cafe is a very fun stop for a vacation, but if I lived nearby and could delve into the list, I would enjoy it more. Too my surprise, this visit is increasing my motivation to drink my home state more--appreciate great local beer rather than longing for beer far a field.

I might return to the Hoppy Loft later, but my guess is that this is the end of Delirium Village for me. Off to find Mannekin Pis to finish of my day.

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Photo of BelgianBeerPope
3.24/5  rDev -21.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

Delirium Café, excellent if you like a wide range of draft (and bottled) beers. The place is usually crowed (most patrons are young and international) so you will always find somebody to share some beerstories and exchange some hidden gems in beerland.
So far, so good, ... The quality and service of the staff is ... less ! Draft beers are in 'pint' glasses not in the original glas, which is a big turn down for me. Also service could improve, I guess some of the staff is there only for getting their wage. In short, if you like a wide range of beers : GO ! If you want to enjoy your beer, there are better places in Brussels.

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Photo of Timmckee03
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Went to Delirium during first trip to Brussels with my wife. We first arrived early afternoon and had the place to ourselves. The bartender was very good and suggested a St. Bernardus tripel, which I tried and enjoyed. My wife had a delirium tremens. We went back at night to the Hoppy Loft after eating dinner. It happened to be National IPA day so I enjoyed a sampler of three IIPA's they had on tap from Anderson Valley, Mikkeller and one other I can't remember. They have a fantastic selection of American Micros as well as beers from all over the world. The beer list comes in two thick binders for US and rest of the world, each over an inch thick. The bar itself covers the entire block with separate tequila, rum, vodka and absinthe bars, in addition to beer bars focusing on Abbey beers (over 100), Belgians and micros. Over 2400 beers in total, very impressive!

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Delirium Café in Brussels, Belgium
92 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.