Belgium > Westvleteren
mindlesspaul (3) , Netherlands | February 20, 2010
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Had lunch here right before I had my first experience with picking up Westvleteren beer from the abbey. The place is meant moslty to give customers a chance to taste the holy Westvleteren beer. You can drink it at the site. The food is quite allright. We had a sandwich with pate from the abbey which is very tasty. The selection is a little poor. Its either a croque monsieur (toasted sandwich) or a sandwich with pate. But most of the customers make it here because of the beer. Service was a little slow, but then the place was packed during Saturday lunch time.
tdtm82 (82) , England | February 2, 2010| Updated October 17, 2012
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
A romantic venue where you can acquire three of perhaps the most famous beers known to Ratebeerians. The classic Westvleteren.
You get serverd in authentic trappist glasses and can actually pick up a six pack from the adjacent Westvleteren store.
I loved the pate when I was here last. A terrific Flemish dish oozing quality. I had a little struggle working out the menu and feel that English menus should be displayed.
It is a great place but the selection of beer is rather limited. The beers were bottled and kept in fridges. Having a blonde first is a must.
BigMomma (11) Leuven, Belgium | January 20, 2010
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
When I first saw In the Vrede I couldnít believe my eyes. What a big and modern bar is this. This first impression was nothing compared to a first look in the bar itself. If was full of people and waiters walking around with liquid gold. It was around 16:00 so luckely I found a place to sit. I ordered the 8 and it was serverd rather quickly. Some time later I came back and it was around 14:00 and it was very calm so that was a real relief. Unfortunately there was a longer waiting time then. The inside is large with good chairs and a little shop where you can buy some Trappist products. You can also buy some beer, but this is very limited. On the outside there is a large terrace where you can sit in all peace and enjoy of the weather and your beer. Between some hours you can choose to take a look at the Claustrum. This a kind of museum where you can learn more about the Trappist order. The selection is rather limited, but I donít see any other reason why you should come here if you will not drink a Westvleteren. The food is good and especially the icecream based on the 12.
bieroloog (2) , Belgium | January 17, 2010
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
In the middle of the Flemish fields you find In de Vrede. The only bar which may serve the Westvleteren Trappist beers. The only reason why you should come here is to taste the Westvleteren. There are no other beers so there isnít a large selection.
There are a lot of waiters but on a hot summer day you can wait for some time before you will get your order. The prices for the Westvleteren are ok, but still to high considering that the brewery is just on the other side of the street.
If you want to enjoy of a nice Westvleteren in a peacefull surrounding you should come to this place.
jnelson_22 (10) Heerlen, Netherlands | December 23, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Stopped here directly after picking up some 12ís from the Abbey. This place was more modern than what i was expecting, and very large. the service was good, and the staff even helped us find our way to de Struise! The selection is obviously only comprised of three beers, but thatís what people come here for... the pricing was good to, and we got some Westvleteren Goblets to take home.
rosenbergh (494) Tampere, Finland | September 16, 2009
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
This is strange place. Very busy place, even a.m. Mostly elderly people but everyoneís getting what they want: Westvleteren brews. Selection is quite hard to rate. Quality of selection: 100%. Variety of selection: 3%. The food was OK.
KyotoLefty (492) Kyoto, Japan | September 15, 2009
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Itís hard to say anything bad about this place. Sure, the food is limited and they only have three beers...got a six pack to go at ridiculously low prices, and had 2 of each beer in the hall, plus a last blonde as a night cap. Honestly, I felt I could have sat there forever. Hard as hell to get to, but hey, itís a fairytale environment. The 12 seemed to need a little more age.
vanderputten (11) , Belgium | July 26, 2009
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
nice terrace with panoramic view !
beerlist covers only the 3 Westvleteren beers, foodlist is not extensive but quality is good, sometimes very busy and noisy
MagnumPI (11) , England | July 15, 2009
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
You drive into the absolute middle of nowhere and then you turn a corner to find a carpark full of cars, and a bar full of tourists. The beer was lovely, and managed to get some to go (albeit the blonde) but you felt like you were in a museum to be fair. Very close to Calais for those lunchtimes before evening ferries so idea for that but share the Westvletern 12 or youíll be well over the legal drink limit..
Cheese also is superb !
Fin (608) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | June 23, 2009
54 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Have been here a couple of times now and both via pleasant cycle rides through the West Flanders countryside form Ypres (Ieper) a couple of years ago and most recently 10-06-09 from Kemmel. The cafe I once amusingly heard descibed by a fellow UK rater as being like a Ski Chalet, he was right, ironic that then that it is in such a flat area. Itís rather clinical and lacking in atmosphere unfortunately but the beers are what youíre here for and at prices ranging between 3-4 Euroís as I recall quite reasonable for such top class beverages. Itís worth popping by here just to try the beers but then nip off to a proper beer cafe somewhere after for a real Belgian Cafe and beer experience.
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