In de Vrede
Taps: / Bottles: 3
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 67 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by azorie:
4.75/5 rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I hate scores but one has to live within the guidelines.
Look folks you know coming here they only got 3 beers, ITS a TRAPPIST brewery, and its not a USA bar. be thankful this place is here, otherwise you NEVER get this beer, unless you in country long enough to pick up a case.
Service: your in Europe now. I think you can only compare this place to other like it, and there are NOT any I know to compare it to.
So IF you want more than these 3 beers please stay away.
I have visited this place every time I been in Belgium which is 14 times now. Last visit Late March 2008, we drove as we always do, we lease a car for a month or more while here. I usually always stay in Brugge rental house and drive through Gent on the freeway to Leper and then the back roads to the cafe. the best beers in the world, as your coming here to visit the only legal place to buy the beer except via the phone line, or if for some crazy reason they have some to sale in cafe, which I not seen since 2005. Anyway cheese is great and the beer is the best (though some say its better beer if aged). They only have their 3 but unless you get lucky your not likely to find them for sale anywhere else, thought I have seen a few in Amsterdam and Antwerpen. the Ice cream is nice also. Service is great for almost being in France, its like that anywhere in Belgium and Europe they don't bug yea, just be smart like we do and order at least 6 beers right off the bat, saves time, there not going to be on the table long enough for me to wait for them to get back to yea and it can be packed on a Tuesday an opening time, trust me.
02-27-2008 19:54:08 | More by azorie
More User Reviews:
3.3/5 rDev -21.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
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
3.99/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
05-22-2014 17:11:09 | More by Jackofallbrews
In de Vrede in Westvleteren, Belgium
93 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.