In de Vrede
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Reviews by adamette:
4.25/5 rDev +1.7%
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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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.