In de Vrede
Taps: / Bottles: 3
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 68 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Thorpe429:
4.6/5 rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This is one of the places that I most anticipated going when we went to Belgium. While I had previously had all three of the Westvleteren offerings, I was beyond excited to be able to try them at the source.
The atmosphere wasnt quite what I was expecting. The cafe has very modern decor and appears to be a bit of a tourist trap. That aspect of this place is not terribly appealing. However, that has to be balanced again the fact that this is the Westvleteren cafe and there is indeed something magical about having the abbey's beers at one of the cafe's tables.
The selection is exactly as you would expect -- you have a choice between all three Westvleteren beers. I started with the Blonde and Amy had a 12. We later each had an 8, of course taking sips from each other's choices along the way.
The service was quite good. The server was attentive and had no problem communicating with us in English.
I only had the Westy-infused ice cream and a small sandwich, so I can't comment too much on the food, but the ice cream was quite enjoyable. The menu is fairly limited.
All in all, this is a great place to visit. Aside from the cafe, there is also the small shop where you can by glassware ad up to six bottles to go, mixing and matching among whichever of the three beers are available to go at the time.
02-27-2012 12:40:44 | More by Thorpe429
More User Reviews:
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.
07-26-2014 16:18:09 | More by endovelico
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.
07-03-2014 14:18:45 | More by byronic
In de Vrede in Westvleteren, Belgium
93 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.