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In de Vrede

Not Rated.
In de VredeIn de Vrede
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

84 Ratings
Ratings: 84
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 3
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

Donkerstraat 13
Westvleteren, 8640
Belgium
phone: +32 57 40 03 77

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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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Reviews by spoony:
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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%

A-In de Vrede is located in a lovely, large, modern building in (pretty much) the middle of nowhere. We arrived pretty early in the day (11 am) and the big space was mostly quiet and empty with the exception of a few other tourist groups of various sizes. Unlike many places in Belgian, this place reminded me of a commercially-oriented U.S. winery. It isn't cold or clinical feeling, but it does not have the warmth you might expect from an abbey. The small gift shop is located near the front of the large bar.

Q-The choices are limited, but what choices they are! Westy Blonde, VIII, or XII is all you get, but it might be all you need.

Ser-The servers are friendly and knowledgeable about the beer they are selling. We didn't order food, so I cannot comment on that aspect, but our beers were delivered promptly after ordering them and poured with skill.

Sel-The very limited selection is what it is....

V-The prices are higher than other bars/restaurants, but they were not eye-popping. The high prices here are merely a reflection that beer prices in Belgian are so good elsewhere and I did not feel like I was being gauged here.

spoony, Jun 09, 2013
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

WynnO, Friday at 01:47 PM
Photo of SStein
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Typical slow European service. Sometimes has beer for sale, sometimes not. Worth sitting around and drinking a the 3 Westvleteren beers. The Trappist Ice Cream is amazing, especially paired with the Blonde.

SStein, Aug 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

aoampm, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of endovelico
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.

endovelico, Jul 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

RobertH50, Jul 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

dwagner003, Jul 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Paccamacca, Jul 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

spointon, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of byronic
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.

byronic, Jul 03, 2014
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In de Vrede in Westvleteren, Belgium
93 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.