De Biertempel

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De BiertempelDe Biertempel
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Type: Store

Rue du Marché aux Herbes 56
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

+32 2 502 19 06 | map

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PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
91
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
8.92%
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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 91
Reviews by belgianjunkie:
Photo of belgianjunkie
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%

De Bier Tempel is THE place in downtown Brussels for beer paraphernalia. Only one block away from Grote Markt (Grand Place) on Marche-aux-Herbes, but unfortunately for the pricing it's on one of the more touristy streets, so prices are higher than usual for some of their selection. The trick is to be selective in your purchases, buying only the paraphernalia and beers you can't find in local markets, bars, or night shops to get the most for your buck.

It's the ideal place for a beer paraphernalia collector like myself to get those harder-to-find goblets, beer mats, etc. Want some Leffe Brune and a goblet? Go to a local GB (Belgian supermarket) to get a six-pack and goblet for a fraction of what Bier Tempel sells them for. BUT... you want the Trappist Westvleteren gift box with goblet, or a Delirium beer towel, or a Lindeman's Renee Cuvee mirror-style display plate (all three of which I bought there on my last trip)? THIS is the place to go. I'm guessing they have more than one hundred different beer mats and goblets/glasses/mugs that you can't find collected all in one place elsewhere. Magnum bottles, t-shirts, posters, magnets, etc. Tough-to-find beers like Faro, Cantillion Lou Pepe, Caves, Das, all Trappists including every Westvleteren variation (which are notoriously hard to get in Belgium alone, nevermind worldwide), and so many other fine but rarely-seen beers that your eyes boggle trying to take it all in. I'm having trouble just picking others to name under the weight of everything they carry, so suffice it to say that if it's Belgian and you want it, there's a 90% chance it's there. But again, you do have to pay for this centralized (and touristy) convenience.

It might surprise you, after reading about their massive selection, to hear it's a small place- basically a wide hallway with a circular path at the end around display stands. But they pack every inch of the place with stuff they're selling. It's the kind of place that a 30-something who was a hyper kid gets a bit nervous walking into. Just don't make any sudden moves and if possible, don't carry any backpacks or large bags through the place to be safe. It's further cramped by all the people coming in and out. I've never been in there alone- there've been from two to maybe fifteen other customers in there every time I visited, and more are English-speaking tourists (like me) than not.

This is a major contribution to the five points I gave to their service: they speak almost every major language. If you don't speak Flemish or French, you don't have to sweat it. And they're not at all shy about sizing you up as an American (as Belgians are good at doing) and greeting you with an I-know-English-so-don't-worry "Hello". Obviously they're also fluent in Flemish and French, and I've also heard at least one of them speak Spanish and Italian when necessary. They're forthcoming if you're looking for help with the goblets (most of which are behind the counter), and happy to offer suggestions to novices looking for beer suggestions, but not pushy.

Continuing with service, they've carefully wrapped every single goblet/glass I've ever purchased there in bubble-wrap to ensure no breakage. I've packed them (very securely) in my luggage as Bier Tempel had wrapped them for the long trip back to the states and none have broken so far. They also "wrap" individual beer bottles in a flexible styrofoam-like mesh if you have more than one in the same bag for protection as well.

I gave them four points for quality mainly because the first Rene Cuvee display plate I selected was pretty scratched up and I had to search for another. I've also had them put back more than one goblet they handed me for minor chips or scratched paint. But this is par for the course in a store that sells so many glass items. And other items, like some of their magnets or t-shirts that you can get in most tourist shops in Brussels aren't high quality to begin with.

All in all, the Bier Tempel is a little pricey, but the best one-stop-shop I know of in downtown Brussels for all of the beer-stuffs you need and plenty of others you DIDN'T know you needed 'til you saw them. If you're in Belgium for weeks, shop around first and hit Bier Tempel at the end for your couldn't-find-it-elsewhere cleanup purchases. If you're only in Belgium for a day or four, go there for a quick and convenient splurge. Bonus: They're the only business I know of that give out a beer mat as their business card. Pick one up for free while making your purchase (though I won't actually put a beer bottle on mine)...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of amano_h
3.3/5  rDev -24.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I'll hand it to them, they do have quite an extensive selection of both beers and paraphernalia, but it's honestly not worth shopping here, when you can find most of the popular beers sold here for about 2-3x cheaper in either local supermarkets like Delhaize or Carrefour Express, or in bottle shops that are outside of the 25km tourist-overcharging radius of the Greater Brussels area.

This does make a solid last minute beer shopping stop if you've exhausted all your options and don't care about a measly 1-2 EUR for something you can probably already get in the states, but be warned that some of the rarer bottles come with a hefty premium, somewhere in the neighborhood of 1.5x - 4x the original sticker price (e.g. 18 EUR bottle of De Struise Black Damnation going for ~60 EUR)

That being said, they do sometimes will carry beer that is available nowhere else due to the sheer fact that no one is willing to pay outlandish prices for said beers, so if you're looking for something that's not available anywhere, it's worth a shot taking a peep here.

For those of you looking for Cantillon: just go to the brewery.

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Photo of dougbreathe
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of MatthewWalters
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This place was the best bottle shop I found in Brussels, and I walked into every single place I saw selling beer. They had all the big hitters; two Cantillons, three or four Fantomes, all three Westvleterens, 3F, and many many more. They also sell a ton of glasses, shirts, posters, and tin signs. Magnums and all sizes of certain beers are available too. It's a great location too, right by the Gran Plaza. A must-visit in Brussels.

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Photo of mattmarka1
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Ajlvt
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Sergio_Pereira
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SFCraft
4.85/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Great shop with an incredible selection of beer, glassware and everything else related. Large format Belgian beers, sets, lambic... you name it. Friendly, helpful staff and a little pricey. It was another typical "kid in a candy store" type of experience in Brussels!

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of RickyS
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BenBreeg
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Rather expensive, but the absolutely packed shelves certainly leave an impression. I also saw monks.

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Photo of kermis
4/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Mumbles720
5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of simoen
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of BILF
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of edgarius7777
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Great personnel, good variety of beers. I like the packing of every bottle not to clink in the bag.

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Photo of Homebrew
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Was hopin to send home a couple cases of beer and this was one of the places on my list. Well no stores in Belgium ship to the states anymore, so had to pick bottles wisely. Store was empty and the woman behind the counter was very nice and helpful. Only store in town that had cantillon and 3f, also Fantome. Very impressive selection crammed into a small space. They also had glasses to go with almost every beer they sell. I would go here again if in brussels in the future.

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Photo of AdamNowek
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of srletend
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Incredible selection. Westy 12 at a reasonable 12 euro.

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Photo of R3ason
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Excellent shop for beer and their corresponding glasses, even if they aren't as cheap as the supermarkets. I'd definitely recommend this place, especially if you're short on time and want to buy a selection of bottles to go, including the Westvleteren blonde / 8/ 12 (assuming they haven't run out...though, it's quite pricey: ~15 euro). They must be used to people traveling with their purchases, as they individually wrap each bottle and glass, which was much appreciated.

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Photo of cmrillo
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of RedDon
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of haykido
3/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of dwagner003
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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De Biertempel in Brussels, Belgium
96 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.
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