Delirium Café

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Delirium CaféDelirium Café
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

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 moderndrunkard:
Photo of moderndrunkard
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Oh good god! This place is like heaven. We went here everynight of our brussels adventure and were never disappointed. You'll be sure to meet a slew of characters if you hang around this place even for a bit. I don't even know where to start...

You walk down a set of stairs to get to the bar. A small bar. Maybe 15 bar stools or so. Gigantic area of tables. Lots of huge oak barrels for crowds to belly up to. Beer memorablilia from all over the world. I even found an Ahhrrrn City tray! Reminds me a lot of some other bar in the states with a huge selection, lots beeraphernalia, and tiny bathrooms that I used to spend a lot of time in...

But anyway, the selection is ginormous. A plaque hanging behind the bar boasts the Guinness World record for biggest beer selection with AT LEAST 2004 beers available. Good luck finding the menu, though. They're about ten-pound stacks of lists of beer after beer. And there's only two or three of them.

the crowd is pretty touristy, but not without some locals (the waiter from Spinnekopke said he hangs out here), and some honest afficianados (just be careful when ordering a Westvleteren. You might get a lecture from that English beer writer sitting next to you). Everynight we managed to run into some awesome people to help us pass the time (Mike from Milly's, I'm looking at you).

The service I found to be excellent for a place of this stature (i.e. selection and crowd). I do advise you to sit at the bar, though, as it will be much easier to get a beer. Pierre was our bartender. He was great. He made some great recommendations (Guldenberg for de Ranke) and greatly succeeded in entertaining us during our four night stint. Whenever someone would order some average beer or one he had to go get from somewhere, he would just kinda look at them, sigh, and lightly shake his head before heading off.

The other bartender we had was great, too. I asked her to pick something out for me, anything. She came back with an Urthel Quad, and when i told her I was familiar with it, she looked genuinely disappointed and offered to get me something else. Show them you care a little about beer, and they won't forget it. Of course, tipping well helps, too.

we went back every night, but even after the first night, this place felt like my home. (2,307 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.