The answer is you don’t choose. You go to the same bar 3 days in a row with all your friends and try as many as possible. This is what we did at Delirium Cafe.
Delirium Cafe in Brussels is THE place to drink beer year-round in Europe. This place easily tops our list of all-time favorite places to drink, and it’s a must if you’re in the area. Delirium has locations scattered throughout Europe, but its Brussels location is world famous. It holds the Guinness World Record for largest beer selection, at one point offering over 2,000 beers on its menu. I’m only half joking when I tell my friends, “bury me here.” We visited Delirium Cafe all three days we were in Brussels because there is so much to take in. The bar is three stories, offering a slightly different selection and vibe on each floor.
The basement floor is the best of the three, but it’s also the locals’ favorite, so finding a spot can be tough, even during the day. On this level, it has an extensive list of bottled options, all broken down by country, style, and age. We stuck to Belgian breweries because it only seemed right, and we tasted more than a couple beers that we fell in love with.
St. Bernardus beer is expensive and hard-to-find in the States (at least in Kansas), so we took the opportunity to get the Abt 12 and the Prior 8—both spicy abbey ales with deep flavor. None of us typically love abbey ales, but the St. Bernardus selection of abbeys is different—in the best way possible. The Lost in Spice by Brouwerij de Koninck stood out, too, as an herby, light brew. From Delirium’s “Vintage Beer” list, I ordered an Ignis & Flamma, a Belgian IPA brewed by De Struise Brouwers. Hoppy in a discrete sense and extremely oakey in flavor and aroma, this beer had the most interesting and complex flavor profile.
Other notable beers were the Troubadour Magma by Brouwerij The Musketeers and the Tripel Hop Citra by Duvel. While our favorites all came from the basement floor of Delirium, both the street level and the hoppy loft offer great selections, as well, and it’s true that there’s not a bad seat in the house when it comes to this beer bar. It was on the main street level that we got to taste some of Delirium’s own brews. Both the Tremens, a Belgian strong golden ale, and the Nocturnum, a Belgian strong dark ale, are known across the globe—for good reason. These beers and, more importantly, this bar were main attractions in Brussels for us, and we highly recommend a visit.
Delirium is connected to Floris Bar. Floris is broken up into a tequila bar, a whisky bar, and an absinthe bar and has an incredible selection of the three plus mezcal, rum, and other liqueurs. Excellent for spirit enthusiasts, not so great for cocktail enthusiasts. The cocktails are basic and sweet with Long Island Icetea’s on every menu. Use your time here to find an interesting spirit and avoid the cocktails.
Have you tried one of Delirium’s thousands of beers? Which was your favorites. Let us know in the comments or contact us directly!