Delirium Café

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Delirium CaféDelirium Café
BA SCORE
92
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141 Reviews
Reviews: 141
Visits: 220
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: n/a
Taps: 15
Bottles: 2,400
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 141 | Visits: 220
Reviews by harrymel:
Photo of harrymel
4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Foremost, this is for Delirium Cafe (downstairs only) of the Delirium complex.

Atmosphere is that of a well known, highly trafficked, tourist place. The place is always packed, the air is always smokey, the pace is always fast, the closing time is always late. Coming here, despite the great bottle list, if you really want to appropriately review a beer, buy it, then head up to the hop lounge to drink in peace. But this is exactly what they purport it to be: a busy and energetic venue.

Quality: well, this is debatable for a craft beer enthusiast. I think the selection is obviously quality. High quality and high diversity. Every beer is poured into the appropriate and when available, branded glass and is served quickly. Some might bitch because of the smoke - welcome to Europe.

Service: I was always met with quick, courteous and helpful service. It's self-serve (go to bar, no table service). No problems, nothing exceptional. Nobody had time to assist with particular questions about the beers, but I can't blame the anything but the popularity of the establishment.

Selection: If you don't know, you need to know.

Food: I don't believe food is available.

Value: The place is actually really reasonable for the area. Beers are priced accordingly for their age and/or rarity in the area. For example: Cantillon Iris 375ml was 7 Euro ($9 USD) really inexpensive US standards, but about right for the area. (1,422 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of tduecen
5/5  rDev +21.4%
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. (170 characters)

Photo of BelgianBeerMe
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Photo of sjccmd
2.76/5  rDev -33%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of Howlader
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of stevoj
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (111 characters)

Photo of Sixpoint
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.5

Photo of PJASchultz
2.19/5  rDev -46.8%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of djhowell
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BenBreeg
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Photo of Randyarchy
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

It was awesome, easy to find and full. (38 characters)

Photo of mjstern70
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of 31Sam13
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of dabone
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Place is packed with younger crowd but still worth checking out (63 characters)

Photo of desint
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 2.5

Photo of ColSanders123
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Grogsky
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 2.75

A must visit. Nothing else. (27 characters)

Photo of BeerOps
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of innominat
2.58/5  rDev -37.4%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of parris
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of rodzm14
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.25

Photo of gholmes
4.94/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of simoen
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

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Delirium Café in Brussels, Belgium
92 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.