In de Vrede
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4.1/5 rDev -1.9%
It is very difficult to separate my perceptions of the In de Vrede café from the great beers I had there and the nice sunny day on the patio during which I enjoyed them. I had a terrific visit here, although the place itself was not what I expected.
The Garmin Nuvi led us down some country roads to the abbey after our visit to Ieper. The café sits directly in front of the abbey, and was far larger, newer, more modern, and more secular than I expected. I thought it would be a small hole-in-the-wall filled with foreign beer-geeks, like myself. Instead, it was a huge dining room/gift shop with lots of outdoor patio seating, attended to by a staff of young servers in logoed polo shirts and jeans.
Clientele was mostly local folks. I visited on a Sunday, and the place was packed with a post-church crowd. Families, older people, and a lot of couples (Europeans make out a lot in public).
We sat outside (it was a beautiful day). All 3 Westvleteren beers on the menu with some food. I had a croque monsieur made with abbey produced ham and cheese, and my ham was pretty gristly - it was far from the best croque I had in Belgium. But the service was quick, the beers spectacular, and the sky was sunny.
They had a delicious bar snack of pickles and pearl onions. The only disappointment was that they didn't sell beer-to-go on weekends. A terrific spot.
10-24-2008 17:19:19 | More by BeerBelcher
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4.25/5 rDev +1.7%
When it comes down to it, a trip to Belgium isn't complete until you've had a taste of the forever-mythical-status Westvleteren beers. Part of the charm of achieving this is that there is really only one way to do it. To head deep into West Flanders, cross the Popenringe hop fields, through the barley fields and stop at one Sint-Sixtus Abbey is really a magical journey in itself. I don't know what was more memorable to me; Actually being vis-à-vis with “the” abbey that I, as a beer lover had seen so many times mentioned in literature and conversations or that just at a stone's throw a modest beer garden was sizzling with dozens of people casually enjoying their favourite Westie.
What I hope to convey with this short preambule, is that this isn't as simple as looking at prices and offerings in the pubs carte. It's hard to not let intangibles get to you. You're about to drink Westvleteren, in the Mecca-country of the beer world, within a proverbial arms-reach of immense golden grain fields. Yes, it is the only place officially serving Westvleteren. Yes, it is also remarkably cheap (especially if you're conditioned to expect a lot more, because you've paid too much attention to black-market prices over the years) and yes the food is actually quite decent. However, where this place excels is at giving you the authentic feeling that you're about to drink the best beer in the world, in the best most adequate possible setting.
07-26-2014 16:18:09 | More by endovelico
3.3/5 rDev -21.1%
Definitely worth a visit! If you want to try all three beers on offer this is the place to be.
All three brews are available on the menu although they are all served from the bottle. The rest of the menu is uninspired and comparable to most cafés in Belgium. I found the atmosphere to be non-existent.
The shop that makes up part of this establishment will sell 12, 8 and blonde when available in six packs. They also have glasses available in four packs.
Compared to visiting the other Trappist abbeys/establishments this one is a very dull experience outside of the beer itself.
07-03-2014 14:18:45 | More by byronic
In de Vrede in Westvleteren, Belgium
93 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.