Belgium > Westvleteren
beerbuzzmontreal (45) Montreal, Quebec | August 23, 2010
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
tabamatu (1) Fleet, England | August 13, 2010
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
sebletitje (355) Enghien, Belgium | June 30, 2010| Updated September 2, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
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.
DeanF (64) Northwest Territories | June 24, 2010
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
jkwood04 (65) Connecticut | June 11, 2010
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 19/20
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.
Abio (51) Waasland, Belgium | June 5, 2010| Updated August 23, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
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.
eManu (41) Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, Belgium | June 2, 2010| Updated June 14, 2010
40 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
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.
caesar (334) Bunnik/Utrecht, Netherlands | May 16, 2010
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Quiet place in rural belgium. Visited on a nice sunny afternoon. Good times :-)
oldrtybastrd (58) Fort Walton Beach, Florida | April 10, 2010
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Stopped in here to kill some time waiting on the beer line to open. All 3 beers are available. Didnít eat but the food looked great and service was good. Had a Westvleteren Blonde and picked up a six pack to go, then went across the street and picked up my 2 cases of "12".
shuribear (20) Washington DC | March 27, 2010
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Well worth the journey for the beer alone. Cafe is ok, but youíre there to drink the beer.
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