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In de Vrede

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In de VredeIn de Vrede
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

90 Ratings
Ratings: 90
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Taps: --
Bottles: 3
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

Donkerstraat 13
Westvleteren, 8640
Belgium
phone: +32 57 40 03 77

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Notes:
Legally, the only retail vendor for the famous Westvleteren Trappist beers. Blonde, 8, and 12 are available, plus a selection of cheese and meats.

(Place added by: TheLongBeachBum)
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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

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.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Located about 45 minutes by foot from Poperinge which provides the best connections via train to the rest of Belgium. The walk is incredibly scenic as you walk amongst the very hop fields that are used to cultivate the ingredients that go into Westvleteren's beer. The pub pops up seemingly in the middle of nowhere along with the monastery right next door. The back porch offers a picturesque view of the countryside as you sample what is considered by some to be the best beer in the world. An amazing experience to say the least

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Typical slow European service. Sometimes has beer for sale, sometimes not. Worth sitting around and drinking a the 3 Westvleteren beers. The Trappist Ice Cream is amazing, especially paired with the Blonde.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of endovelico
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of byronic
3.3/5  rDev -21.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

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.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

We arrived at the restaurant fairly early and they were still selling some 6 packs of Westy 8, so I got in line immediately and got one before having lunch. Prices were reasonable, and these same beers would sell for three times as much elsewhere in Belgium and up to 10 times as much in America.

We were seated quickly and our group promptly ordered beers and continued to work on some lunch orders. I ended up with a tasty pate made from mystery meat and Westy beer. One of our traveling companions ended up with a texturally disturbing head cheese of some kind, but he was a trooper and ran with it. It was a beautiful sight looking at all those Westvleteren beers lined up in front of us. But how were they? Did they stand up to the hype? In a word: yes!

The Westy blonde beer was lighter, crisp and dry. There was a definite hop bitterness and flavor to the beer, but noble floral hops, not citrus hops. This was refreshing and slightly fruity. I would drink this any day and every day if I could.

The Westy 8 is a brown ale, more in line with a Belgian Dubbel. There is some carmelized sugar character and some fruity aroma and flavor from the Belgian yeasts. Very dry and easy to drink, with hints of dark fruit on the finish.

The Westy 12 is the big gun of the batch. Higher in alcohol, and darker in color, this one has a depth of character that belies its simple recipe. The combination of esters, dark sugar and alcohol warming seems to work in amazing harmony in this excellent beer. I would love to try an aged version of this, since I can only imagine that the dark fruit flavors would intensify with some time.

A great visit, but the feel of the place is a little too modern. I would have liked it more if they used some imitation medieval architecture or had it a little darker.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of shigg85
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Just visited 12/28/13. Bring a Flemish-English dictionary as there is no English menu for food items. Westvleteren 6 and 12 available in bottle pours, not from a tap. 8 is available in 6-packs for sale at 17 euro (an awesome price). Really busy at lunch time with lots of locals, and the servers are a little understaffed. You better like bread, meat, cheese, and salad -- that's about it for Flemish food (I personally loved it and thought the quality was great, but my wife had a hard time). About 90 minute drive from Brussels. Really a great place, and the only (legal) outlet for Westvleteren beers.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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In de Vrede in Westvleteren, Belgium
94 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.