In de Vrede
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Reviews by lawrence76:
4.22/5 rDev +1%
I too was turned away at the abbey. I didn't even bother calling first to see what they were selling as I was only in Belgium for a week and I would be damned if I was going to spend my birthday anywhere else than here, so we drove out -and were saddened to find all the beer sold out.
The cafe experience, on the other hand, was great! The place is very large, very new and clean. The demand had been so great that the cafe would not even sell us a 6 pack to go(which we had be advised to ask for). Of course we had 2 each of all 3 brews for the table (3 of us) and it was perfect (even if we knew that we couldnt take any home!)
the food was great. We enjoyed some excellent homemade (somewhere) bread & cheeses (possibly the best croque monsieur I had in Belgium). The service was good, especially considering that there were only 2 waitresses working the whole huge room...and the fact that a group of about 40 people in a motorcyle club pulled up all at once and ordered beers & food...the staff was really hustling!
The grounds are very tranquil and we had a bit of a walk around while we were there. The overall feel of the place is that you just don't want to leave! The sun was shining brightly and the cool morning had given way to a gentle afternoon....it was a glorious way to spend one's 30th birthday.
03-22-2006 21:49:06 | More by lawrence76
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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.