In de Vrede
Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 69 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by roblowther:
3.78/5 rDev -9.6%
Very hard to rate this place. Very small selection (3 beers, to be exact) but they are among the handful of beers to which all others aspire. For that reason alone, I can't ding it. Large, clean, attractive place with a handy gift shop which is your only option for takeaway if you don't have the means to pick up an entire case (and if you don't, I weep for you!). The service was pleasant enough but a bit detached and bored. Didn't try the food. The prices are phenomenal if you compare to either flying/driving to remote rural Belgium or buying off the internet. If you go here, make sure to visit the abbey drive-through (call the beer line to see what's available and show up in the morning if you're buying) and make a stop by Bruges on your way out. Makes a fantastic day.
12-18-2006 01:33:47 | More by roblowther
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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.