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In de Vrede

In de VredeIn de Vrede

Taps: - / Bottles: 3
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

72 Ratings
Ratings: 72
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.1%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

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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adamette

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $

I flew specifically to this place from the United States. I simply had to see for myself about this place. My wife's family had proposed a trip to Italy and so I found out how tough it might be to fly into Brussels before the trip and ....walla.... off we went. I arrived with great anticipation on June 9th, 2009. Review from minor notes and memory that will not soon fade.

Atmosphere: Simply great. In de Vrede is located across the street from Westvletern really in the middle of several farms and the whole area is so pleasant and serene. The Cafe itself reflects this serenity IMO as it is clean, spacious, large and inviting. Cut glass doors framed by wood welcome the visitor and inside there are plenty of cyclists and beer enthusiasts filling the place. There are many Westy beer signs (and some discontinued labels and such) which sweeten the deal.

Quality: The highest as each beer is presented in a silver rimmed Westy glass (just like the one that I own!) after the bottle is opened within your site.

Service: Just fine as our waiter's language was not English primarily and he was very patient with us.

Selection: I give it the highest marks for offering all three current Westvleteren beers and Fanta, Coke and Coke light. I really like how they offer no other beers!

Food: There was a very "European" menu and we were quite hungry (having just landed in Brussels hours before). We sought help and were recommended a Chicken and pork in Gelatin dish that was very bland and unsatisfying. The bread was divine and another person in my party got a hot apple tart with ice cream that tasted fantastic (I tried a bite). Overall average for my tastes but we are not here for the food!!!

Value: I found it to be inexpensive for what you get (I am talking about the beer...I do not care about the food). I seem to recall something like 6 Euro for the 12, 5 for the 8 and 4.5 Euro for the 6 but I could be mistaken. I maintain that the value is quite good indeed. Going to In de Vrede was the closest thing to a pilgramage that I will likely go on and I recommend that anyone reading this consider a visit.

06-30-2009 17:44:24 | More by adamette
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3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
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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dirtylou

Washington

4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $

Cool experience to visit the monastery in between visits at St Bernardus and De Struise, talk about an unforgettable day.

The pub is obscenely modern, almost shockingly so. Pretty stupid to complain since the service was frantically attentive and all 3 Westy beers were available at about 4 euros a piece. All were fantastic too - the blonde was a nice surprise and the 12 was as delightful as imaginable.

Not really sure how to rate the selection - they had the 3 beers. Didnt expect anything more and would have been upset with less. Perfect?

I would typically be supportive of the comments arguing Rochefort 10 or St B 12 are superior beers (i love them both), but this visit cleared those doubts and proved all the counter arguments to just be flat wrong. Westy 12 wins.

It seems a little odd to plan a visit to this region just to stop here, but its a must-stop when bouncing around Flanders - Saturday would be a good day as you can hit De Struise as well.

08-31-2013 20:20:10 | More by dirtylou
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In de Vrede in Westvleteren, Belgium
93 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.