In de Vrede
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Reviews by drewbage:
4.3/5 rDev +2.9%
Visited in March 2006 on the Beechum Whirlwind Belgium Trip.
The whole point of coming out to the tippy point of Flanders was to make it here. After a long train trip from Brugge, I walked into the town square of Poperinge to rent a bike and ride out to the brewery.
After a few missed turns and getting completely lost more than once, I finally stumbled upon the target.
Inside is a surprisingly modern cafe with large accomodations for everyone. Passed my time with a charming French couple who were surprised that an American would manage to find his way out here for the beer.
Service was a bit aloof at first and my Flemish left a lot to be desired, but nevertheless I got to try all three of the Abbey's beers and some of their sausage and cheese.
The little store to the side is the place to be if you're getting a small quantity (a few six packs) of beer to journey home.
Yep, it's a pain to get here, but man.. the monks are smart, everyone wants to get here.
01-01-2007 10:39:44 | More by drewbage
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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.