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In de Vrede

Not Rated.
In de VredeIn de Vrede
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

84 Ratings
Ratings: 84
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Taps: 0
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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Reviews by HardTarget:
Photo of HardTarget
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%

It's hard to put numbers on this place, it holds a special status in the beer world, so objectivity is pretty much out of the question, much like the with the beer they serve. I took the train to Poperinge, rented a bike, and took Sintsixusstraat through the hop fields. My personal pilgrimage.

Atmosphere: Clean, modern, vaguely Scandinavian. Big central room with wooden tables and chairs. A nice big back patio with umbrellas as well. There is a little back area that has a little about the monk's life, and a tiny little shop up by the door that sells souvenirs and small doses of the holy Westy.

Quality: Well, the source is just across the street on the beers, so everything is fresh and well cared for and presented. I didn't have much food, just the ice cream made with the yellow cap; highly recommended.

Service: Just the vaguest feeling that they would rather be waiting on some higher life form than I. Curt, business like, not very attentive, just a little cool and detached, but nothing to seriously complain about.

Selection: Only 3 beers to choose from, but they are among the best beers on the planet.

Food: Like I said, just had the ice cream, but it was really good.

Take the time to walk out the front door, down the path past the bikes, hang a left, cross the street and walk down the long wooded path to the Grotto. Take a moment to thank God for all he's done for you, like letting you go to Westvleteren.

HardTarget, Aug 29, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of WynnO
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

WynnO, Friday at 01:47 PM
Photo of SStein
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

SStein, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of aoampm
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

aoampm, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of endovelico
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.

endovelico, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of RobertH50
5/5  rDev +19.6%

RobertH50, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of dwagner003
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

dwagner003, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of Paccamacca
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Paccamacca, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of spointon
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

spointon, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of byronic
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.

byronic, Jul 03, 2014
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In de Vrede in Westvleteren, Belgium
93 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.