Belgium > Westvleteren
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 (446) 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 (478) 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 (545) 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.
mabel (211) Toronto, Ontario | March 22, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
The abbey bells were ringing when we arrived here late on a Sunday night last March. A huge building, IDV has a big airy modern cottage flow with a book shop in the corner (that offered us free bottle caps when we purchased some glassware) and the bar running through the middle side and what seems like hundreds of tables. Nearly full to capacity of locals, they seemed to be staring at our notebooks and gleeful faces -- that is, until they turned murderous when our neighbours started SMOKING. Service was friendly but very busy. We shared a cheese platter and the three beers they have, bottled of course. The beer truly is amazing here, itís a shame we couldnít stay longer.
Bontus (17) Flanders, Belgium | March 16, 2009
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Ambiance: Lots of beertourists, not very special. Possibility to write in the guestbook and stuff. Service is rather quick and friendly. Selection is not very wide but as you come for the Westies there is no complaining here. The food is good, try the icecream with Westy on a hot summer day!
Overall worth visiting, but not that special after all.
Gualthiero (6) Antwerp, Belgium | February 1, 2009
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Two kinds of people: local elderly and beerhunters. Nothing really special, but thereís only one real season to go there: to taste all West-Vleteren varieties at once. No other reason required, wouldnít you agree.
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