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In de Vrede

Not Rated.
In de VredeIn de Vrede

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

78 Ratings
Ratings: 78
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
$$ - 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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dstc

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$

I spent a couple of hours here while waiting to pick up my cases of Westy. Nice little gift shop on the left as you walk in where you can buy assorted items including cheese, t-shirts and a nice mix pack of Westy with a glass.

Got a table near a window and started drinking fine Westy brews. The place was fairly empty at 1:00 in the afternoon but started to fill in the next couple of hours (closer to pick-up time which starts at 3:00). Only food we ate was a cheese plate and bread but it was delicious and of course the beer was awesome. The have a small play area out front that kept my 5yo busy, nice touch.

Definitely worth spending some time here if you can make it. Was an awesome experience.

12-11-2009 15:39:42 | More by dstc
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Paccamacca

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

07-11-2014 18:47:34 | More by Paccamacca
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spointon

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-10-2014 22:14:30 | More by spointon
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byronic

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
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
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patre_tim

China

5/5  rDev +19.9%

06-24-2014 02:12:55 | More by patre_tim
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briang01

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

06-17-2014 14:57:46 | More by briang01
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Jackofallbrews

Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
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
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Sparky44

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-03-2014 00:38:46 | More by Sparky44
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Beer-Ed

Netherlands

3/5  rDev -28.1%

02-11-2014 11:30:23 | More by Beer-Ed
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mtbdonn

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-02-2014 01:47:55 | More by mtbdonn
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In de Vrede in Westvleteren, Belgium
93 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.