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Delirium Café

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203 Ratings
Ratings: 203
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: n/a
Taps: 15
Bottles: 2,400
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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3.95/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Finally got over to this much-talked-about new beer bar. Quite spacious for a Brussels bar and still cozy. Indeed, as everyone has said, lots of pink elephants. Little cut-outs hanging by strings from the cieling, to be exact. The walls are adorned with quite a collection of antique beeraphenalia. The atmosphere is warm and cozy with somewhat somber lighting. There are seats around the spacious bar, big barrel-tables with chairs on the lower level seating area and "standard" tables & chairs on a raised seating area. There is a window into one of their beer coolers which is just awe-inspiring to gaze upon. Makes you wish you had something like it in your house!

Their selection is mind-boggling. Separate menus for water, jenever, and beer. There are beers on offer from practically every beer-making country that you can think of and from some you wouldn't have thought of (like Rwanda?!). Of course, the selection of Belgian beers is exhaustive, but they also have an enormous collection of German and French beer. All of the beer from outside Europe was a bit pricey. Quite hilariously, a bottle of Red Dog for 8 euros! That would be a big disappointment! I went for a Kerelsbier (one of Belgium's "hoppy" beers that I had just recently heard about) and followed it with a steinbier from Germany (the name escapes me for the moment). The Kerelsbier was quite good, though a bit warm.

Not really any food to be had aside from a pretty extensive list of cheeses made with beer. You can order a plate with cheese or sausage, bread and butter. Tried the saucisson d'orval and the Passendale plates. Really good bread and quality meat and cheese. However, it was a slab of cheese and a length of sausage which had to be cut at the table with some inadequate cutlery. Not outrageously expensive, but not super cheap either.

Service can be friendly and speedy on a sleepy Saturday afternoon, but if there is more than 4 or 5 tables, expect to wait a LONG time to be served. Your beer will have run out long before they come for another visit. All of the servers/bartenders are multi-lingual which is good. I heard them speak English, French, and Flemmish.

This place is certainly a big competition for the famed Bier Circus, even though they don't serve food-food. And this place is much more conveniently located for "tourism" on a little alley of that Rue de Bouchers (that street with all the seafood restaurants squashed together). May be hard to find at first, but the search is worthwhile and I shall return.

The biggest negative is the pricing. They've certainly set it at the "tourism" level (i.e.- coming close to "rip off"). And depending on what you order from the bottled selection, it may come out on the warm side. To compensate for this, they bring the bottle out in a champagne bucket filled with ice water. Kind of helps, I guess...

More User Reviews:
Photo of Grogsky
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 2.75

A must visit. Nothing else.

Photo of BeerOps
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of innominat
2.58/5  rDev -38.6%
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.

Photo of parris
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of rodzm14
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.25

Photo of gholmes
4.94/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of simoen
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Photo of almostjay
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

It was weird being in such a landmark place, and feeling as though I was crashing a Euro frat party. Very young vibe.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of heymikew
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of LeDirtyPanda
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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!

Photo of newbeeraday
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Honeybourne
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of mr-jj
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Been here a few times. It's definitely touristy, but they have a great selection of beer. Worth a visit just to say you've been here.

Photo of Kwak
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

Photo of TOOSE
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Fantastic selection of mostly Belgian style beers. It's basically self order at the bar and it can be busy and a bit loud, but highly recommended.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.72/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.76/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of daryk77
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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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Delirium Café in Brussels, Belgium
93 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.