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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

76 Reviews
In de VredeIn de Vrede
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Store

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.

Added by TheLongBeachBum

PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
111
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
8.13%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
3
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 111
Reviews by adamette:
Photo of adamette
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I flew specifically to this place from the United States. I simply had to see for myself about this place. My wife's family had proposed a trip to Italy and so I found out how tough it might be to fly into Brussels before the trip and ....walla.... off we went. I arrived with great anticipation on June 9th, 2009. Review from minor notes and memory that will not soon fade.

Atmosphere: Simply great. In de Vrede is located across the street from Westvletern really in the middle of several farms and the whole area is so pleasant and serene. The Cafe itself reflects this serenity IMO as it is clean, spacious, large and inviting. Cut glass doors framed by wood welcome the visitor and inside there are plenty of cyclists and beer enthusiasts filling the place. There are many Westy beer signs (and some discontinued labels and such) which sweeten the deal.

Quality: The highest as each beer is presented in a silver rimmed Westy glass (just like the one that I own!) after the bottle is opened within your site.

Service: Just fine as our waiter's language was not English primarily and he was very patient with us.

Selection: I give it the highest marks for offering all three current Westvleteren beers and Fanta, Coke and Coke light. I really like how they offer no other beers!

Food: There was a very "European" menu and we were quite hungry (having just landed in Brussels hours before). We sought help and were recommended a Chicken and pork in Gelatin dish that was very bland and unsatisfying. The bread was divine and another person in my party got a hot apple tart with ice cream that tasted fantastic (I tried a bite). Overall average for my tastes but we are not here for the food!!!

Value: I found it to be inexpensive for what you get (I am talking about the beer...I do not care about the food). I seem to recall something like 6 Euro for the 12, 5 for the 8 and 4.5 Euro for the 6 but I could be mistaken. I maintain that the value is quite good indeed. Going to In de Vrede was the closest thing to a pilgramage that I will likely go on and I recommend that anyone reading this consider a visit.

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Photo of CraigTravor
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 1

Photo of beerdeer
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of jrfehon33
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of mattmarka1
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of jkhara12
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

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

Photo of Domingo
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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 -5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.25 | selection: 5 | food: 2.75

Photo of desint
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Sixpoint
4.18/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Rifugium
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
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 +12.7%
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 -10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of dabone
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 +5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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

Photo of Highbury09
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of GJ40
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Photo of simoen
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 2.75

Photo of almostjay
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place feels pretty "antiseptic", but if you're in search of the XII (which I think people might not be anymore?) you should feel pretty grateful that this place exists. I think I had a ham and cheese sandwich while I was there as well, it was pretty good. Also, watch out for grain harvesters on the little rural roads as you head back to civilization.

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Photo of Amehring
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of rodzm14
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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In de Vrede in Westvleteren, Belgium
4.18 out of 5 based on 111 ratings.
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