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Café Delirium

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Brasserie d'Achouffe - Cherry Chouffe Rouge Excellent1
De Ranke - Hop Harvest 2016 Excellent1
Brasserie Friart - St Feuillien Saison Excellent1
Brasserie d'Achouffe - Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Triple Excellent1
Brouwerij Walrave - Tovershekske Excellent1
Brouwerij Huyghe - Delirium NocternumExcellent1
Les 3 Fourquets - Lupulus Organicus Excellent1
Saint-Feuillien - Belgian Costal IPAExcellent1
Brasserie Des Géants - GoliathExcellent1
Millevertus - La Bella MereGood1
Silly - Cauwe TripelGood1
Brasserie La Barbiot - La Barbiot Ambree Good1
Brasserie Artisanale la Frasnoise - Givree Good1
Val-Dieu - Cuveé 800 Good1
Sainte Helene - Simcoe LagerGood1
Musketeers - Jack’s Precious IPA Good1
Café-Brouwerij Nieuwhuys - Cuvée van de Generaal Good1
Belgo Sapiens - PolariusAcceptable1
Rulles - 13th Anniversary AleAcceptable1
Picture 1. Café Delirium, Brussels, Belgium
Picture 2. Café Delirium, Brussels, Belgium

Visits Details

26 Sep 2017 (Stephen Harris)
A day of meetings in Brussels finishes in time for a couple of beers here ahead of the last Eurostar homeward bound of the evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Val-Dieu - Cuveé 800 6.00GoodA special beer to celebrate the Abbey’s 800th anniversary. It is pale gold in colour with a little spiciness.
Musketeers - Jack’s Precious IPA 5.90GoodHazy gold in colour. Smooth, with big fruity hop flavours.
18 Jul 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Late–afternoon. I stay in the Tap Room which is slightly less busy than the downstairs bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Saint-Feuillien - Belgian Costal IPA6.00Excellent2017 edition of this beer. A big, golden, bitter, US-style IPA that still tastes distinctly Belgian.
Brasserie d'Achouffe - Cherry Chouffe Rouge 8.00ExcellentA deep red-coloured beer with pink foam. Very strongly flavoured with cherry. Lovely.
Belgo Sapiens - Polarius5.00AcceptablePale, golden and dry. A clean, pretty straightforward lager.
28 Jun 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Late-afternoon visit. The various bars all seem crowded today.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brouwerij Huyghe - Delirium Nocternum8.50ExcellentBlack with a creamy head. Rich and strong.
Sainte Helene - Simcoe Lager3.50GoodPale hazy gold. Definitely a Lager, with very bitter hopping.
25 Apr 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Time for a swift one between meetings and train home.
BeerABVScoreNotes
De Ranke - Hop Harvest 2016 5.50ExcellentHazy gold in colour. Some fresh hop flavours and more than a hint of spiciness in a very Belgian kind of way.
18 Jul 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Time for one in here en route to the Eurostar terminal.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Millevertus - La Bella Mere6.50GoodA hazy, golden beer.
13 Apr 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Late afternoon, breaking down time before an 8pm Eurostar departure. Pub quiet. All of Brussels is quiet actually.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Les 3 Fourquets - Lupulus Organicus 8.50ExcellentA cloudy pale gold colour. Very tasty and refreshing. In the Abbey Triple style.
Brasserie Des Géants - Goliath9.00ExcellentA cloudy, pale gold colour. A spicy Triple.
24 Sep 2015 (Stephen Harris)
I’m back in Brussels on business for a couple of days, but again my agenda only allows for a very quick visit here. It is rammed in the mid-evening, but I get served quickly in the ground floor bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brasserie d'Achouffe - Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Triple 9.00ExcellentOn keg dispense. Luscious, strong, hoppy beer with distinctive Belgian yeast background flavour.
14 Sep 2015 (Stephen Harris)
A three day business trip to Brussels, but this is my only pub visit. And it’s just a quick one before meeting some colleagues at a nearby restaurant. I give up queueing to be served in the Tap Room and descend to the basement for a large bottle of Saison all to myself.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brasserie Friart - St Feuillien Saison 6.50ExcellentA very nice, authentic Belgian Saison with good hop flavours. This bottle is a ‘dry-hopped’ version of the beer. Interestingly, I don’t think it as good as some Saisons from, say, Brew by Numbers or One Mile End breweries in London. Perhaps English brewers will redefine Saisons in the way that US brewers redefined IPAs.
16 Mar 2015 (HSB)
16:00 My first visit since the complex of bars has developed from the original cellar bar. The ground floor draught only bar is now badged as the Delirium Tremens Pub. The place was reasonably quiet. Got talking to a fellow beer enthusiast from Oregon.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Silly - Cauwe Tripel8.00Good
Rulles - 13th Anniversary Ale5.00AcceptableBit lack lustre
17 Feb 2013 (Stephen Harris)
A noon arrival meant the pub was not too busy and we had the pick of the seating areas in the upper section of the basement bar. Robert spend most of the time trawling the telephone directory-sized beer menu for obscurities, occasionally going to the bar to make a triumphant new order. I just had ‘one of the same’.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brouwerij Walrave - Tovershekske 5.90ExcellentA fantastically rare bottled beer apparently, from a tiny, traditional, village brewer. It is a bit odd. A Flemish Brown Ale, I guess. Filtered to clarity, it is spicy and tastes of orange peel. I liked it a lot.
Brasserie La Barbiot - La Barbiot Ambree 9.00GoodAn orange-coloured beer, served from a 75cl bottle. Very foamy in the bottle and the beer has a lot of brett sourness, suggesting a strong secondary fermentation with wild yeast?. Not sure if it is meant to be like that, but we found it rather pleasant – somewhere between a geueze and an amber beer.
Brasserie Artisanale la Frasnoise - Givree 6.30GoodA cloudy, amber-coloured, bottled beer. Smooth and caramely.
Café-Brouwerij Nieuwhuys - Cuvée van de Generaal 8.50GoodAnother rarity and a good, bottled, blonde beer.

About the Café Delirium

The pub sign. Café Delirium, Brussels, Belgium

Summary of Beer Scores

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Excellent9
Good8
Acceptable2
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The pub is found in Brussels, Belgium, 1000.

Probably the best-known beer speciality pub in Brussels. It is situated a short walk from the Grand Place, in the miniscule Impasse Fidelite. Actually, the pub now forms part of the Delirium Village, which occupies the entire alleyway and has six or seven separate bars, with varying opening hours. At its heart is the original Café, which has a ground floor "Tap Room" featuring keg beers and the large basement bar which has up to 2,000 bottled beers in stock at any time. It is just the place to look for that obscure brewery bottle you have been seeking. The beer is supplemented by excellent cheese or cold meat platters. Often very busy.

We have visited this pub 10 times, seen 19 different beers and tried them all.

Map location

Postcode: 1000