In de Vrede
Taps: - / Bottles: 3
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 65 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by portlandjeff:
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I made my first trip to In De Vrede this past week. My wife and I had to attend a wedding in Paris, and since poperinge is only about 2 hours away by train, and because I've been listening to the hype about the westvleteren beers for years; making the side trip was a no brainer.
To get to Poperinge, I took high speed rail from Paris to Lille, then two short trains, the first to Kortrijk, and the second to Poperinge, to get there. It should be noted that if you try to book tickets to poperinge from paris, it doesn't come up on the booking computers. Even in Lille, the closest they can get you is Kortrijk. Know the route you want to take, and expect to buy tickets for each leg of the trip as you go. We found that trains ran so often that it was easy, and there was never much of a wait.
Once in Poperinge, we checked in at our hotel, and then trekked out immediately to In De Vrede on foot.
It was a beautiful walk, and took about an hour. On the way out, we were surrounded by hop farms and beautiful belgian country side.
So now onto the cafe itself. The first thing I did was go to the store immediately to the left as you enter the front door. I had hoped to buy one of the gift packs to go that includes each of their beers and a chalice. NO DICE! We came on a busy warm early summer day, and they were completely sold out of all beer to-go. I should have made the reservation to pick up a case, but since I was backpacking everywhere, I didn't. No matter, I could still have all their beers on tap.
We sat outside, which was truly beautiful, and I believe we were lucky to have come on such a gorgeous day.
Service was a bit slow, but our server was very accommodating with speaking english, and taking the time to translate the food options on the menu to us.
The beers, of course, were fantastic. We also had a ham and cheese grilled sandwich, which was average, and a delicious hommelpaptart; a wedge of decadence, served with whipped cream and ice cream, served hot. Highly recommended!
While the store was out of bottles, I did go back and buy two chalices to take home as souvenirs. It seemed like the most popular selling item was the Westvleteren cheese, which I regret not trying. It was stinky and musty and looked delicious.
After we had out fill, we walked back to Poperinge, very content.
Overall, the visit was definitely worth it for the beer. Still, I found the overall experience at some of the other bars in the area way more satisfactory.
06-26-2009 14:52:44 | More by portlandjeff
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3.78/5 rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Just visited 12/28/13. Bring a Flemish-English dictionary as there is no English menu for food items. Westvleteren 6 and 12 available in bottle pours, not from a tap. 8 is available in 6-packs for sale at 17 euro (an awesome price). Really busy at lunch time with lots of locals, and the servers are a little understaffed. You better like bread, meat, cheese, and salad -- that's about it for Flemish food (I personally loved it and thought the quality was great, but my wife had a hard time). About 90 minute drive from Brussels. Really a great place, and the only (legal) outlet for Westvleteren beers.
01-02-2014 11:17:11 | More by shigg85
4.57/5 rDev +9.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Cool experience to visit the monastery in between visits at St Bernardus and De Struise, talk about an unforgettable day.
The pub is obscenely modern, almost shockingly so. Pretty stupid to complain since the service was frantically attentive and all 3 Westy beers were available at about 4 euros a piece. All were fantastic too - the blonde was a nice surprise and the 12 was as delightful as imaginable.
Not really sure how to rate the selection - they had the 3 beers. Didnt expect anything more and would have been upset with less. Perfect?
I would typically be supportive of the comments arguing Rochefort 10 or St B 12 are superior beers (i love them both), but this visit cleared those doubts and proved all the counter arguments to just be flat wrong. Westy 12 wins.
It seems a little odd to plan a visit to this region just to stop here, but its a must-stop when bouncing around Flanders - Saturday would be a good day as you can hit De Struise as well.
08-31-2013 20:20:10 | More by dirtylou
In de Vrede in Westvleteren, Belgium
93 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.