In de Vrede

In de VredeIn de Vrede
BA SCORE
4.2/5
116 Ratings
In de VredeIn de Vrede
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

Donkerstraat 13
Westvleteren, 8640
Belgium

+32 57 40 03 77 | map
indevrede.be

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.

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
116
pDev:
9.76%
 
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Reviews by Thorpe429:
Photo of Thorpe429
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This is one of the places that I most anticipated going when we went to Belgium. While I had previously had all three of the Westvleteren offerings, I was beyond excited to be able to try them at the source.

The atmosphere wasnt quite what I was expecting. The cafe has very modern decor and appears to be a bit of a tourist trap. That aspect of this place is not terribly appealing. However, that has to be balanced again the fact that this is the Westvleteren cafe and there is indeed something magical about having the abbey's beers at one of the cafe's tables.

The selection is exactly as you would expect -- you have a choice between all three Westvleteren beers. I started with the Blonde and Amy had a 12. We later each had an 8, of course taking sips from each other's choices along the way.

The service was quite good. The server was attentive and had no problem communicating with us in English.

I only had the Westy-infused ice cream and a small sandwich, so I can't comment too much on the food, but the ice cream was quite enjoyable. The menu is fairly limited.

All in all, this is a great place to visit. Aside from the cafe, there is also the small shop where you can by glassware ad up to six bottles to go, mixing and matching among whichever of the three beers are available to go at the time.

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Photo of bryst00
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of mollykats
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of DucksFan16
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

06/25/2017

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Photo of YvesB
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Voss
3.51/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Been there four times during last 11 years.
For a belgian beer lover, like me, it is a must. Bug it has its lackings.
You can taste the wonderful 3 westvleteren with a piece of the Abbey cheese or even a croc messieur on the outside in the beautiful belgian country, buy beers, glasses and other trappist products in the corner shop, the atmosphere is a mix of familiar (many locals on bike) and tourist, but metimes is very busy.
So far so good?
No
On their website you can find that westvletern 8 and 12 must not be refrigerated, but served at cellar temperature. Only the blond can be refrigerated and served cold.
So why in THE place (ideally the only place) were you could find westvleteren beers they serve them all cold? This is a no sense. So you can enjoy the blond but 8 and 12 are completely ruined. You can wait, try to warm the glass with your hands, but then carbonation is gone and the experience is totally ruined.
On a visit in 2013 I saw with my eyes they poured the beer with the bottle neck in the beer, killing taste and carbonation. It seems they have no respect for their own product.
So, nice place, nice surroundings, good (simple) food but awful service.
If you go to in de vrede order a beer but ask to have the bottle and pour it yourself: you will not have a 8 or 12 at the tight temperature, but at least you can pour it as it deserves.

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Photo of CraigTravor
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

It is tough to fairly rate this place objectively. For selection, technically they don't have much.... But the 3 they have are phenomenal. The place is serene and new. The snack food is quite perfect. I am glad to finally visit.

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Photo of aRedLetterLife
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 1

Photo of beerdeer
4.2/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of jrfehon33
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of mattmarka1
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of jkhara12
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of tjaleks
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Photo of Domingo
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

There isn't a lot to say about In De Vrede, but that's a good thing.
You want to drink the 3 Westvleteren beers and get some nice snack food? This is the place to do it. It's near Poperinge which is roughly a 2-hour drive from Brussels and hour drive from Brugge. In the grand scheme of things, that's not that far to drink 3 world-class beers.
As expected, it's isolated and located at the end of a winding series of country roads. The Abbey is just up the street, too. It's a beautiful area...even on a rainy day.
The menu is straightforward enough. They offer the 3 Westvleteren beers (Blonde, 8/Dubbel, and 12/Quad) and small sandwiches and snacks. I highly recommend the local cheese that is also made by the monks. It's delicious and approachable. The cake made with hops is also tasty and unique.
Service is fine. Typical for Belgium. Prices are extremely low considering the typical cost for Westvleteren bottles elsewhere.
Want beer to go? That can be a little trickier, but it IS available. When we arrived at noon on a Tuesday and there was a sign specifically stating (in English no less) that beer was currently unavailable. Pretty disheartening, huh? That said, at 1PM the sign mysteriously disappeared and a line formed by the gift shop. In other words, don't give up if you see the sign. 6-packs were 20 Euros each and they had all 3 varieties in branded boxes. Each person could buy up to 12 bottles. They appeared to have 40-50 visible boxes of each type, but I have no idea if there is more out of sight.
Westvleteren typically sells for 11-20 Euros per bottle in Brussels and the setting is beautiful, so I highly recommend making the trek if you can. I'll definitely be heading back when I go back to Belgium.

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Photo of McMegaRad
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.25 | selection: 5 | food: 2.75

Photo of desint
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Sixpoint
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Rifugium
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

This is the touristy portion of your Westvleteren trip. You visit the monastery and witness the serenity within, then get the contrasting atmosphere of this more commercialized restaurant. In de Vrede could easily be any basic family-focused eatery in the world, but when you make the trip to Westvleteren, you obviously should be going here.

Across the way from the brewery/abbey, a verdant walkway leads you to the In de Vrede. Inside is quite spacious with a lot of seating, and even early in the day, the place is packed. There is no bar, just table service. Beer selection is limited to the three abbey beers, as you would expect (bottle pours). You can purchase Westvleteren bottles many places in Belgium, but you'll probably never find them at the prices offered at the source. And if you're lucky--as I was--there may be 6-pack sales in the gift shop...look for a line to form suddenly, and you'll know that's what it's for. Twenty euros for 6 bottles of Westy12? Sure, I'll go for that. Plenty of other merch and dry goods available as well. Lining up for cases/crates at the brewery is not something I've personally experienced, so I have no real advice to give on that.

Service was spotty and somewhat hectic, but understandably so, as there were only a few servers tending a very large crowd. Food options were limited to snacky items and meat-and-cheese-plate style sandwiches; everything we had was tasty.

Westvleteren and In de Vrede makes for a good outing during a trip to Belgium. The restaurant isn't a place I'd normally go to if it were in a city (just not my preferred atmosphere when I'm enjoying a beer), but it's definitely a destination that's worth the trip. Make sure you visit De Struise as well, as it's only about 10 minutes away.

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Photo of stevoj
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

As this is the only place to get Westvleteren, the selection can’t be beat. Had the 12 with dinner, the 8 with dessert and finished with the blonde. Truly a day to be remembered...

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Photo of BenBreeg
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of dabone
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Enjoyable place that serves Westys. Good atmosphere, good luck buying a six pack of 12's.

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Photo of HookemHoos
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of ninkasibrew
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Highbury09
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of GJ40
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

We finally made the pilgrimage and it was well worth it. Unfortunately they weren't selling any beer in the shop. So we sat down and sampled the 6, 8 and 12 along with a cheese and bread plate. It was fantastic! The crowd seemed a mix of beer travelers, religious travelers and locals.

We came back the next day and they had all three beers for sale in the shop. Unfortunately, we were running low on space so we bought only a six of 8 and another of 12. I think we could have gotten double that.

The experience is somewhat limited but still well worth a visit.

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In de Vrede in Westvleteren, Belgium
Place rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 116 ratings
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