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Delirium Café

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

148 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
92
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
239
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.6%
 
 
Taps:
15
Bottles/Cans:
2,400
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
Delirium CaféDelirium Café
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

Impasse de la Fidélité 4
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

+32 2 514 44 34 | map
www.deliriumcafe.be

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Reviews: 148 | Ratings: 239
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Photo of GreenCard
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Kevin67
2.6/5  rDev -37.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4

I have been here a couple of times, but never again. The selection is good, but you can find most of the beers fairly easily around town. The service was abhorrent and the place is completely overrun with horribly behaved tourists. I have gotten a headache both times I been here, and it wasn't due to the beer.

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Photo of jprivott
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Shanex
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of mothman
2.18/5  rDev -47.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 1

Two of the beers I ordered weren't in stock. Bad odds?

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

If this doesn't get a 5 for selection I don't know where to begin. Multiple floors of different scenes and selections including IPAs on the top floor. This is the Guinness world record holder with a several hundred page book of beers available. Worth going just to buy the book for 5 euro.

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Photo of esktime
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of DanielCseklye
4.48/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of dougbreathe
3.37/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Jow
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

They have a lot of choice I can assure you that! But... there ARE TO MUCH PEOPLE IN THIS PLACE!

It is a meeting place for foreigners and it is not quite at all... I was looking for a calmer place to enjoy my beer but that's individual off course.

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Photo of jonj
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of MatthewWalters
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3

I wasn't impressed with Delirium. In honor of full disclosure I did visit in the afternoon, and not during the busy hours later in the evening which may have affected the vibe rating. Anyways, it's got a great location that's not hard to find, especially with the help of my city maps app. Speaking of, their free Wi-Fi was great, being the first time in three days I had it. I was not impressed by their selection at all. I would've liked to see some of the big name Belgium beers available. I interacted with three waitresses/servers and not one of them seemed to care at all about their job. I couldn't even get a smile out of them after being overly-kind and attempting to speak French (I heard it helps? haha). As opposed to Moeder Lambic I would not consider this a must-visit in Brussels.

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Photo of Ajlvt
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of byronic
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

An interesting spot with a nice tap selection and a good bottle list. The service was fantastic, but possibly a bit better than usual considering we spoke in Flemish. Tried a few of their offers on tap. Went on a weekday just after lunch and the place was nice and quiet.

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Photo of barleywin
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.86/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Domingo
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Tinyoyo
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Photo of halo3one
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Barracudas
4/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of tduecen
5/5  rDev +20.5%
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 BelgianBeerMe
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Photo of sjccmd
2.76/5  rDev -33.5%
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 Howlader
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of stevoj
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Nice place with a beer hall vibe, awesome selection. Easy access from Central Brussels and all the restaurants. A short walk from Grand Place and near the brewers museum. Although there's too much to choose from in Brussels, this place is definitely worth a stop.

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Delirium Café in Brussels, Belgium
92 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.