Delirium Café

BA SCORE
92
outstanding

153 Reviews
Delirium CaféDelirium Café
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

Impasse de la Fidélité 4
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

+32 2 514 44 34 | map
deliriumcafe.be

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PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Reviews:
153
Ratings:
255
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
Taps:
15
Bottles/Cans:
2,400
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 153 | Ratings: 255
Reviews by dauss:
Photo of dauss
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

So I was at the long closed Lop Lop. Its turned into an american style sports bar, and the bartender was quite a beer enthusiast himself. Being English, he provided clear directions on how to get here. The dead end street that Delerium Cafe is connected to is some touristy road. Dozens of restaurants are lined on both sides with hecklers trying to get you in. I missed the street twice, before I asked one of the hostesses to point it out.

So here it was, the famed Delirium Cafe. A few tables and benches are up on the street, but I don't expect any of the bartenders to come up there and serve you. After walking down the stairs, it was a dimly lighted bar, mainy from small Xmas tree style lights all over the ceiling, dotted with pink elephants. Beer trays with logos of beers I have never heard of are all over the ceiling. A showcase of glasses sits away from the bar, and the bar is just loaded with glasses all over the place. A 10 tap draught sits at the head of the bar.

I had sat down, and the menu came. This thing was like a phone book. There must have been at least 75 pages. When I went it was still quiet. Only about 6 people in the entire bar while I was there. The menu was extremely expensive. I couldn't believe how much they were charging for some of the "cellared" beers, where they kept them temp and light controlled. The menu didn't even print the age of the beers, and they were wanting exorbiant amounts. I could have gotten some of those "cellared" beers for 1/3 of the price at the Kulminator. The food menu consisted of meats and cheese. A small 200 gram plate of trappist cheese is about 10 euro. They also sold glassware and t-shirts. The glasses were all at least 5 euro each. A large assortment of whiskey and liquors were available.

After digging through the menu, I picked out a Fantome Chocolat, at a whopping 10 Euro. The other thing it was warm, room temp. The bartender asked me if I wanted a bucket of ice, but I declined. I asked myself, "I wonder how much of their beer they keep warm?".

The funniest thing was the beers around the world. They didn't have many from the US, but they did have a large selection of Anchor, and the shittiest of the shitty beers. 10 Euro for a Red Dog or a Lone Star! This must be a joke. At the very end, they claim to have at least 2004 different beers at all times. The service was good and the skills of the bartender were impressive.

As for the taps, it looked impressive, but half of them weren't respectible. There were a lot of Florisgaarden, and even some Pink Killer, some pink colored grapefruit flavored beer.

Would I come back, maybe. This place is just way too expensive for me. The beer selection was impressive, and would come by for a hard to come by beer. Atmosphere is really nice, and so is the decoration, I wouldn't mind coming back for that.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of South2NW
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Hydroventures
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Have visited several times.. HUGE selection..Lots of tourists but ignore that and drink something you have been wanting to try, or pick at random. If you are needing munchies, good selection of meats and cheeses. Cheers!

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Photo of Kmadnesss
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Great selection,,,must see!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Downstairs from the fratty madhouse of Delirium Taphouse is Delirium Cafe, probably where the whole Delirium brand thing started. Tons of bartenders serving tons of young people, dirty bathrooms.

15 taps: Delirium, Floris, Bush, Viven IIPA, Oud Beersel… and tons of bottles, unlike at the taphouse or loft. I bought a 2001 Cuvee Keyzer for only 10 euros to take home.

Wish I had more time and the place was less packed so that I could have perused the bottle menu.

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Photo of Sergio_Nesmachnow
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

A must visit place, went there this winter and atmosphere was great.
A huge selection of beers and many draft choices. Three floors, with different options, Invited beers in the second floor.

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Photo of MisledTitan
4.43/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I know it is a touristy but it is also a must stop. We went fairly early at 6 p.m. and it was already slammed.

Getting a beer can be problematic as you line up at the long bar and hope the bartender finally notices you in the sea of other people trying to get their attention. My friend and I were waiting to order four beers. I finally gave up and went downstairs. I was able to get beers and back to our table before he was finally served and they had to change my keg on one of the beers I ordered. My bartender was a nice guy they could just use like four more at each bar…

Speaking of beers, huge selection but I stuck with the draft choices. I had no problem finding plenty of beers I had been wanting try.

Delirium is decorated with a ton of cool old beer signs and even an old copper kettle that has been made into a booth. Numerous rooms and two floors to wander through.

Bonus, right outside the second door is the female answer to the Mannekin Pis statue. Had to search a bit but there it is.

Go early and have a few before moving on to more civilized options : )

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Photo of poskok
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Too much people. To much tourists. to crowdy. noisy. great selection of beers.

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Photo of MattMorin
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of epyon396
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of beergorrilla
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jophish17
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Photo of parpalapelix
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Kevin67
2.6/5  rDev -37.2%
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 -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of JakeScully
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Worth visiting, fairly good selection of beer, great service and a good staff overall. Giving this one a good rating, which seem deserved... I've had a delirium there btw

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Photo of mothman
2.18/5  rDev -47.3%
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 +15.9%
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 +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of DanielCseklye
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of dougbreathe
3.37/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

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Delirium Café in Brussels, Belgium
4.14 out of 5 based on 255 ratings.
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