Belgium > Westvleteren
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 everyone’s 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 (457) Kyoto, Japan | September 15, 2009
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
It’s 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, it’s 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 you’ll be well over the legal drink limit..
Cheese also is superb !
Fin (543) 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. It’s rather clinical and lacking in atmosphere unfortunately but the beers are what you’re here for and at prices ranging between 3-4 Euro’s as I recall quite reasonable for such top class beverages. It’s 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, it’s a shame we couldn’t 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 there’s only one real season to go there: to taste all West-Vleteren varieties at once. No other reason required, wouldn’t you agree.
Marsiblursi (10) Göteborg, Sweden | January 11, 2009
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 12/20
Small but nice beer selection and very crowded with one million German tourists.
BeerBelcher (134) Columbus, Ohio | October 24, 2008
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 12/20
It is very difficult to separate my perceptions of the In de Vrede café from the great beers I had there and the nice sunny day on the patio during which I enjoyed them. I had a terrific visit here, although the place itself was not what I expected.
The Garmin Nuvi led us down some country roads to the abbey after our visit to Ieper. The café sits directly in front of the abbey, and was far larger, newer, more modern, and more secular than I expected. I thought it would be a small hole-in-the-wall filled with foreign beer-geeks, like myself. Instead, it was a huge dining room/gift shop with lots of outdoor patio seating, attended to by a staff of young servers in logoed polo shirts and jeans.
Clientele was mostly local folks. I visited on a Sunday, and the place was packed with a post-church crowd. Families, older people, and a lot of couples (Europeans make out a lot in public).
We sat outside (it was a beautiful day). All 3 Westvleteren beers on the menu with some food. I had a croque monsieur made with abbey produced ham and cheese, and my ham was pretty gristly – it was far from the best croque I had in Belgium. But the service was quick, the beers spectacular, and the sky was sunny.
They had a delicious bar snack of pickles and pearl onions. The only disappointment was that they didn’t sell beer-to-go on weekends. A terrific spot.
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