Belgium > Westmalle
Beer Available At De Trappisten (arranged by most recent)
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | November 7, 2011
50 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 11/20
The Westmalle café is another surprisingly large place with something like 200 seats inside and as many outside with a large a children play area. Personally, I found the place cold and modern, like an American Italian restaurant, huge and in complete contrast to what you would expect when visiting an institution. The girlfriend disagreed. What really helped is that we were served extremely well by competent and friendly staff. The varied menu was reasonably priced (though perhaps more expensive than at Wallonian Trappists) and the food we had was tasty and pleasantly included the house ham and cheese. The brewery, located behind the fields and trees on the other side of the street, is unfortunately not accessible to the public. There is always a strong psychological component when visiting a place like this, but I found the Westmalle Tripel drank here to be the best one I’ve ever had, with the hops bursting forward, a delicate tartness that refreshed the palate and the bubbles fine like that of a Champagne. I’ve never found Westmall Tripel to be such a refreshing, gently tart and delicate drink elsewhere. The draught dubbel could not hold a candle to it. No Westmalle Extra.
RB1 (5) Gilbert, Arizona | September 11, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
The Cafe’ Trappisten is a very upscale eatery and tap house that is located directly across the road from the peaceful grounds of the abbey, and just down the road from the brewery. The place is large, with indoor and outdoor seating, and parking for cars and bicycles. Only Westmalle ales are available, with Dubbel on tap and Tripel in the bottle. Occasionally the Extra is available in bottles. A Dubbel/Tripel half & half mix, and Dubbel with grenadine added are also available. Both are worth a try. The food is good. I had a cheese plate and shrimp croquettes. Both were delicious. A very nice place for lunch, and definitely worth a visit.
Travlr (1521) Washington, Washington DC | July 15, 2011| Updated August 25, 2011
46 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
Huge modern pub, pretty average food. Large patio. Room to park your bus. Decent food. Charges you for the restroom, even if you have a meal and beers. Shocking.
BriSava (77) , Japan | April 19, 2011
54 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
I recommend Westmalle Dubbel on tap. It is very smooth and drinkable.
Attention: There was no Westmalle Extra.
77ships (109) Antwerpen, Belgium | April 4, 2011
44 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 8/20
The place itself has a Lunch Garden (non-Belgians, think of Olive Garden)/ Sunday family trip-type of atmosphere & layout, nothing café or even remotely religious about it. Looks about as religious as McDonalds. Big parking next to it, bicycle stalls & a playground for kids. The food list is much bigger than the beer list but doesn’t seem to offer much, most of the dishes are very simple & seem to be a bit overpriced. Some of the dishes are made with Westmalle cheese and/or beer, didn’t eat there. The beer list is very small, maybe 10 beers available or so. They have Westmalle Dubbel on tap (which is good, liked it more than the bottled version but you can find it elsewhere these days), Wesmalle Tripel (only in bottles) & the option to get a half Dubbel & half Tripel mixed. They don’t have the Extra. Service fits the atmosphere, not much to say about it. Westmalle Dubbel on tap is pretty much the only semi-rare thing here, everything else you can find pretty much anywhere here. Overall even if you are a big Westmalle enthusiast, this place is still not really worth visiting.
beernoevil (51) Suwanee, Georgia | March 21, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 15/20
3 beers available on draft - Tripel, Dubbel and Half & Half (blend of the Tripel and Dubbel). Large modern Euro pub with plenty of indoor and outdoor patio seating. Enough bike racks for a few hundred locals to ride in. Large playground out back for the kids. Only had the cheese plate but it was great. Not a huge beer selection but possibly the only place in the world to drink a Westmalle Half & Half...?
pivnizub (468) Bochum, Porúří, Germany | July 28, 2010
40 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 8/20
Large, modern antiseptic belgian "cafe" with an extremely modest selection of beers; their Triple is only available in the bottled version; absolutely not worth a detour!
BelgBeerGeek (34) Antwerp, Belgium | April 11, 2010
56 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
small choise , way crowded in summer !
big terras tough , all the abbaye beers , even the traditional mixed ( dubbel + trippel westmalle ) an fine selection of belgian foods and cheeses
easy to get too , much parkingplace , and many busses pass by directly from central station in antwerp
negative is i think it’s dressed up way to modern , i would like an abbaye feel better , like i said way to crowded escpeially in summer , also not too many beerlovers more people who wanna say ’ i’ve been to the trappist brewery’s ’ ...
so people who wanna be relaxed with an abbaye or trappist beer can better go to another abbayebar i think ...
madthom8 (126) South Devon , | January 21, 2010| Updated January 31, 2010
12 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 1/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 2/20
Visited October 2009. From the outside it sort of looked like an American chain steakhouse and upon entering you find the place has all the charm of a high school cafeteria. Hideous, soulless place having about as much to do with a monastery as lap dancing joint would. If you find Westvleteren’s In de Vrede cafe lacks character, wait until you get a load of this place. Piece of advice: if you want to sample Westmalle beers, just go to any decent cafe in Belgium and try ’em out. Don’t bother with this plastic place in the middle of nowhere. When we managed to flag down one of the uniformed waiters, we ordered food and draught Dubbels. The food was acceptable but the beer candy-sweet. The bottled Tripel was good. There was no Extra.
Bloekie (12) , Belgium | August 8, 2009
42 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 7/20
Very modern because it just got renovated. They have Westmalle Dubbel on tap, Tripel only from bottle. You can order "Half and half", which is half dubbel and half tripel. They DO NOT have Westmalle Extra, which was a big disappointment.
The food is very very expensive for what you get. The croque trappist is just a croque monsieur, or rather just a toasted sandwich.
The service was absolutely lousy. We had been waiting 1,5 hours before we got the food we ordered.
Nothing special, and actually a really bad image-making place for the Westmalle abbey.
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