Belgium Trying to score a crate or two of Westvleteren 12

Discussion in 'Europe' started by SammyJ, Mar 14, 2013.

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  1. drummermattie02

    drummermattie02 May 10, 2009 Texas
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    Ah, I'm visiting Belgium 14 June-20 June with my girlfriend and reading this thread, and planning the final details, put a smile on my face. Thanks for the info guys!
     
  2. belvedere86

    belvedere86 Apr 1, 2013 Belgium
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    Are you looking to score a crate or just a sixpack?
     
  3. shuckit

    shuckit Aug 8, 2012 British Columbia (Canada)

    Thanks for all the info, I'm going to be visiting In de Vrede sometime during the week of June 8-14th. I'll probably be renting a car and won't know the license plate number until that day. I wonder if this will be a problem.
     
  4. Brabander

    Brabander Oct 10, 2009 Netherlands

    No problem at all. Biggest concern is to get trough...

    Good luck,

    Thijs
     
  5. shuckit

    shuckit Aug 8, 2012 British Columbia (Canada)

    Great. Now I'll just need to stay up late or get up early and dial away.
     
  6. drummermattie02

    drummermattie02 May 10, 2009 Texas
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    It looks like you are in luck - they have listed pickups for Westvleteren 12 on June 8. It appears that you can call tomorrow between 0830-1030.

    Now, if only they will have pickups sometime between June 17-19... :)
     
  7. Erzengel

    Erzengel Sep 8, 2008 Germany
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    I got through today after 13 min!! I hope you were lucky as well! :)
     
  8. shuckit

    shuckit Aug 8, 2012 British Columbia (Canada)

    I held off on calling last night as picking up on June 8th is almost impossible and I will try next week for the next allotment.
     
  9. shuckit

    shuckit Aug 8, 2012 British Columbia (Canada)

    It took two hours this morning but I got thru for pickup next week. Woot!
     
  10. belvedere86

    belvedere86 Apr 1, 2013 Belgium
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    not bad 2h. I once had to call an entire day :p I wondering when they will sell the Blonde again.
     
  11. GoodOmens

    GoodOmens Feb 18, 2011 Virginia

    Don't forget to tape the top of the bottles shut. I had 2/24 go during transit on my trip home this past Feb because I did not do this. A third one went when I was setting the bottles on the counter when I got home and accidentally tapped the top of the bottle. Fortunately I was able to savour 9/10th of that one :oops:
     
  12. jimpdx

    jimpdx Jan 10, 2012 Oregon

    Great tip, thanks. I brought over 18/12oz bottles for someone with no trouble. Taping the caps makes sense, I will try that. I am doing a trade today for Westy 12 but have 4 days of sampling and shopping ahead of me. We might try to ship some styrofoam cases back over the next week of our vacation :) There is WAY too much her ein Belgium that I can't pass up!
     
  13. sidbream

    sidbream Mar 19, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Does anyone know what the pickup times generally are? Also the hours for the shop? If I strike out trying to reserve a time I would like to at least grab a 3 pack from the shop.

    Thanks
     
  14. F2brewers

    F2brewers Mar 12, 2005 Massachusetts
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  15. Stevenwings

    Stevenwings Jan 15, 2014 Belgium
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    Last monday there where six packs in the shop for 20 € when we picked up our crates (24 bottles) for € 52 each (crate included) ...

    So the cellar is filled again for the year 2018 :cool:
     
  16. sidbream

    sidbream Mar 19, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Does anyone know if they allow you to schedule a pick up any earlier than the times listed on the website (13:30-16:30)?
     
  17. digita7693

    digita7693 Jan 19, 2010 Germany
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    nope, the monks run a tight ship and have a busy schedule.
     
  18. sidbream

    sidbream Mar 19, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Thanks for the response. I am assuming there is a limit to one 6-pack per person at In De Vrede. If I can't get a pickup time I'll just grab one of those and see if I can snag some more 12's in Brussels.
     
  19. Brabander

    Brabander Oct 10, 2009 Netherlands

    If you play the game right you will be able to buy more packs....when you come in you buy one and when the lady behind the counter changes with another collegue you buy one then, and so on....and so on....
     
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  20. Stevenwings

    Stevenwings Jan 15, 2014 Belgium
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    Last time you could buy 2 six packs and follow the advice of Brabander
     
  21. jazzyjeff13

    jazzyjeff13 Nov 6, 2010 United Kingdom (England)

    It's almost as if you have done this before......
     
  22. Brabander

    Brabander Oct 10, 2009 Netherlands

    To be honest not that much. I normally get my crates at the abbey so there is no need for me to do it this way.....
     
  23. Stevenwings

    Stevenwings Jan 15, 2014 Belgium
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    Patience is the name of the game
     
  24. J0hnBeer

    J0hnBeer May 21, 2014

    If the whole abbey procedure is not working for you, feel free to contact me. I can get you some bottles of the 12 if you are in Brussels or Ghent. My mail: trappism@gmail.com . Cheers, john.
     
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  25. sidbream

    sidbream Mar 19, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Was at In de Vrede this past Monday. I picked up two sixers of the 12 then sat in the cafe and had lunch. The lady working the shop never left but I figured if at least try again and at the very least get a sixer of the blonde (8 was not available). She surely recognized but there was no issue at all getting a third sixer of the 12. Part of me wishes I'd have gotten one more 12 instead of the blonde but I'd never tried the blonde so I won't agonize too much.

    Surely if I get some again I won't bother calling for a reservation, it was easy enough at the shop.
     
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  26. mlew

    mlew Jul 1, 2014 California

    My wife and I just arrived in Brussels, and it doesn't look like we'll be able to pickup a case before leaving Belgium. Does In de Verde always have 6 packs available, or does is it just getting lucky when they have stock? I'm debating renting a car to drive out there while my wife and I are here in Belgium.

    Also, does anyone have recommendations on shipping back to the USA? I keep reading conflicting information. I read somewhere that it is recommended to ship from Netherlands instead because it's a lot cheaper? We head to the Netherlands next, so that might be an option. Unfortunately, we are traveling around Europe for the next two months, so we can't just pack it in to a checkin bag. Any advice would be appreciated.
     
  27. Brabander

    Brabander Oct 10, 2009 Netherlands

    I would go for a visit to the abbey and the cafe. Normally they have sixpacks when they are open but this is not a guarantee..... They cost twenty euro for the six twelve. If they don't have them i am more than willing to get you some when you are in the Netherlands, just picked up two crates.

    Shipping six bottles is cheaper in Belgium...about 34 euro. More than six bottles is cheaper in Germany, a twelvepack costs 45 euro shipmencosts there.

    If you go to the abbey you must send me a mail cause i can tell you how you get inside the abbey and see the monks pray!

    Thijs
     
  28. mlew

    mlew Jul 1, 2014 California

    Thijs, has anyone told you you're awesome lately? Because you are. Thanks for the info.
     
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  29. Brabander

    Brabander Oct 10, 2009 Netherlands

    You can actually go inside the abbey and see the monks in pray in the chapel. You don't have to pray with them but it is very special to see how this goes. You can walk trough the abbey to the chapel and after that you can walk back.

    The best time to go there is the 'noon' at 14.15 hours.
    What you must do is go to the entrance about ten minutes before the prayers start.
    Just ring the bell there and tell the monk who opens the door you want to go to the prayers. They will ask you to put out all cellphones. It is not allowed to make film or photo's.
    It is not possible to visit the brewery.
     
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  30. time4beer

    time4beer Aug 13, 2014 California

    I'd like to call upon your knowledge Brabander. I'm going to be in Belgium in about a month (Sept 22-24) and like many before me, I'd like to try and get some Westvleteren 12. I have unfortunately found that In de Vrede is closed during that time. I believe the abbey beer sales is also closed that week, but I am not sure. Do you know for sure whether or not the abbey will be closed during that week? I saw on the website that the "beer shop" is closed the week after the third Sunday of September, and I am not sure if "beer shop" refers to abbey beer sales.
     
  31. Brabander

    Brabander Oct 10, 2009 Netherlands

    What i heard from brother Michael is that the abbey itself will be open.....but check the site of the monks cause you never know. If they are open you will have to call the abbey phone...
     
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  32. time4beer

    time4beer Aug 13, 2014 California

    Thank you for your help!
     
  33. Maria_Franceschi

    Maria_Franceschi Nov 11, 2014 United Kingdom (England)

    Hi people slight issue with the info from the abbey
    How do I know which beer will be available?it seems they are colour coded?
    Also on some of the days on column A it doesn't have a time just x x x
    But column B has a pick up date and time.
    This is confusing.
    I'm a newbie :p
    Thanks
     
  34. Stevenwings

    Stevenwings Jan 15, 2014 Belgium
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    yellow is number 12, blue is 8, green is 6
     
  35. Maria_Franceschi

    Maria_Franceschi Nov 11, 2014 United Kingdom (England)

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