In de Vrede

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo  (33) Bergen, Norway | August 29, 2010
What can I say. For a lover of strong Belgian abbey ales, this place is the equivalent of Jerusalem, Mecca or Shangri-La. Not so much for the beer, which can be purchased otherwise in the so-called "grey market", but for the sheer symbolism - similar to the great religious sites in the world. For next to the actual religious site - the St. Sixtus Abbey - lies the ONLY place in the world where one can 100% legally purchase one of the finest beers on the planet. Thereís something about that fact which creates a unique atmosphere and mood about the place. Moreover, when finding and reaching the cafe itself becomes something akin to a small quest itself, thereís no wonder why you get the feeling of raising the very Grail itself to your lips when you toast in Westvleteren 12! :-) (Short summary: rural Belgium is not for the car-less...) Anyway, In De Vrede was packed with all kinds of people: kids on rollerblades, olí folks having an afternoon beer, beer geeks, tourists and regular couples enjoying the alcoholic perks of Flanders. A cheerful and peaceful atmosphere envelops the place, and despite the bustling activity and rapid-walking waiters we were both relaxed and exhilarated at the same time, knowing weíd reached our destination. Service was friendly and forthcoming, and even helped us making local calls regarding our (complicated) means of transportation. Of course they only serve three beers, but those three is really all you need for an evening, and the food was good too. Particularly the Trappist cheese platter; highly recommended with the Westvleteren 6. Needless to say, the 8 and 12 are both of epic proportions, and served in proper glassware this is the pinnacle of classic beer tourism. Well worth the trip and all the efforts, in my opinion.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 1/10
  • SELECTION 3/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 4/20
rhhm  (10) British Columbia | August 27, 2010
We had anticipated our trip here for the fabled Westvleteren 12 for months, and were not disappointed with the beer. However, our waiter refused to bring me a second beer for absolutely no reason. He probably mentioned to another server not to serve us either since they did not reappear after asking for service. We wanted change for our bill since I was not prepared to leave any kind of a tip, so we decided to pay inside. On the way out, we stopped at the gift shop to pick up a couple of gift packs, and our first waiter ran up to the lady in the shop accusing us of not paying our bill! Unfortunately, one has to put up with this BS when the place has a monopoly on selling Westvleteren beer! A friend who lived near there mentioned the Northern Belgians are very nationalistic and want to separate from the largely French southern part. Perhaps this fellow was offended by my attempt to speak French with him when we first arrived, not realizing how some might feel about the French. Whatever the case, it remains a mystery to me how someone with such a terrible attitude can work in a service industry. For my money from now on, Iíll take a Rochefort 10 anytime and avoid this place at all costs.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal  (45) Montreal, Quebec | August 23, 2010
In de Vrede is rather large and modern. The food is good, but the menu is limited. Of course, the main attraction here is the Westvleteren beers available in bottles, a lunch is always better if accompanied by a Westy 12! The gift shop has a lot of souvenirs including the Westvleteren gift pack that contains 2 Blondes, 1 8, 1 12 and a glass. This place of course doesnít really compare the the great beer bars of Belgium, but itís still a must.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
tabamatu  (1) Fleet, England | August 13, 2010
Having spent the week in Belgium touring round a number of breweries, we (supposedly) saved the best til last. Weíd managed to get through on the beerphone to reserve a case of 8 which was a bonus! In de Vrede was a disappointment to be honest. The beers were, as expected, absolutely world class and perfectly served. However, the cafe lacked soul and overall service was pretty poor. Iíll get flamed for this but the tap at Westmalle was much nicer in my view.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje  (358) Enghien, Belgium | June 30, 2010| Updated September 2, 2013
Updated rating: Still nice place to visit although many of the beers are now hard to buy on premise, even the regular versions. Service is still very solid, and the food nice, but still nothing to rave about. Itís a great spot to have a beer, go for a walk around the fields, then move on. Atmosphere is still very sterile, and only the nice countryside surroundings push it to a 4. I stopped driving there for the beer, most of the time nothing is availbale to go, this makes for a very expensive beer or 6pack. ----------------- Nice peaceful location right across from the abbey, little modern but with style in the middle of fields. Had lunch there with Travlr and BigMomma, along with Urbain of Struise and Owen of Struise assistant. Food was nice, well presented and tasty, Croque Monsieur - In de Vrede, along with a nice glass of Westie6. Westie12 ice cream to finish the day. This is the kind of place that is just more than about the beer. Itís just a nice feeling to sit there and really take the time to enjoy and realize why beer and good company are just a perfect combo. The prices are more than fair and go to the good cause across the street.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
DeanF  (71) Northwest Territories | June 24, 2010
Oh yeah, I went there. Drove 4 hours from Paris to go there. Beautiful sunny day, quiet monastery and cafť amongst the farmlands..... this place is okay as a cafť, more importantly itís the only place where you can sample Westvleteren beers unless you go through the arduous process of buying whole flat of them. The Trappist cheeses are excellent, the sandwiches not so much. In general, though, this place could be a shack and still bring beer pilgrims to its doors. But nonetheless itís a decent modern structure, extremely busy with mostly locals as well as space for tour buses. If youíre a real beer fanatic, itís a necessary stop in your life.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
jkwood04  (65) Connecticut | June 11, 2010
Ok maybe they only have 3 different, expensive bottles of beer here, but itís Westvleteren 12 and 8. Worth every penny and every second it takes to get there.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
Abio  (51) Waasland, Belgium | June 5, 2010| Updated August 23, 2014
When I was there like 8 months ago, the place was closed. But at 05 june 2010, we got in. I pretty much loved how it looked inside. Ofcourse, with our luck, we were just to late to visite the "Claustrum", and there was no possibility to get a 6-pack of the Westy back home with us... That was (both) a pretty big disappointment. So when we founded a table, we ordered some drinks. I got myself a Westvleteren blond and a "coupe In de vrede", wich was icecream with the beer inside. Prices was ok for me, can always be lower ofcourse, but I expected this place even some more expensive. Edit: Way to overcrowded, icecream that looked like a milkshake, way to slow service... Hope next time itís better again. Edit: Had to add some points after visiting multiple times. Yes, it can be better, but I had way worse for sure.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 3/15
  • FOOD 4/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
eManu  (41) Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, Belgium | June 2, 2010| Updated June 14, 2010
I did not know if I wanted to cry or to laugh at this place, then I just donít care. To go there, all the hipe about it, and then they donít sell it. Thereís a joke of a shop that has a A4 paper that says "we dont sell beer" Then they sell that so called gift box to share one bottle for 20 Euros. They have cheese that is claimed to be made with Trappist beer, but not Westy, but it does not taste beer at all. Then you can only drink the Westy in the cafe for 4,50 Euros. What a joke. I sometimes wonder if it is not all a tease. Youíve heard of the beer, you can taste the beer, but you cannot buy it. Donít waste your time here, just go to De Dolle or De Struise.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
caesar  (346) Bunnik/Utrecht, Netherlands | May 16, 2010
Quiet place in rural belgium. Visited on a nice sunny afternoon. Good times :-)

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