Belgium > Westvleteren
3fourths (1271) Boulder, Colorado | June 4, 2008| Updated January 22, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Read my thoughts on In de Vrede at http://mjames.hoppress.com/2009/03/10/one-day-in-belgium/
chriso (356) London, England | April 29, 2008| Updated May 4, 2008
66 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
If youíre expecting an atmospheric shrine to beer in comtemplative monastic surroundings, forget it. This is a big modern barn of a place with the ambiance of a cafeteria and crowds of visitors. But youíre only here for one thing and getting the three Westy beers fresh from the brewery is pretty much all you need (although we had to wait a fair while for service - admittedly we were a group of 30 plus so perhaps a bit daunting for the serving staff). Except, of course, the ability to buy some beers to take away. Sadly, the gift pack with two blondes, one 8 and one 12, and a glass is about all youíll get these days. Still, not bad for 14 euro. But be prepared for a lengthy queue for that at busy times. Cheese and other nibblesd available but we had just had lunch so didnít eat.
bhops (37) Dallas, Texas | April 17, 2008| Updated August 13, 2008
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting place, not what I expected at all. Very clean, modern, barnlike. And full of people. I too was struck by the fact that it was mostly old folks. But it was fun to hang out and drink some of the finest beers in the world. Service was pay as you go, which was somehow kind of nice. We drank inside, but there is a nice patio out back that leads directly to furrowed fields. Very nice. Food was good too.
Dedollewaitor (335) Odense, Denmark | April 3, 2008
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
What can I say. You can get the 3 westvleteren here! Need I say more?? A lot of old people - locals on a early weekday. friendly people, the sun was shining (october) and my brothers and I had the trunk full of 8ís (they were out of 12ís)! Top notch!
shrubber85 (204) Greenville, Indiana | March 30, 2008
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
First visited here in 2005 - a great secret as they would basically sell you as much beer as you wanted (I just got 12 of each but the guy in front of me bought 6 six packs of blonde and 8s plus 12 six packs of 12s). Unfortunately this greed has ruined this so now the most you can get is one six pack (I had to settle for a gift box with two blondes, one 8 and one 12 - still better than nothing). Still, if you just want to try the beers in the cafe, this is the one place you will be guaranteed that all three will be available. Cafe is modern without much character (except for some old equipment and some old (empty) bottles of 12 and 6). Nice regional food selection and can get a nice slice of the monkís cheese (yes, they make cheese as well and you can buy as much as youíd like). A must stop just to enjoy pretty much the freshest Westie any of us will ever have.
Bragesnak (92) Aarhus, Denmark | March 25, 2008
56 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Nice cheese to the Blue Wonder
Crowded and a rather cold atmosphere
jercraigs (259) Toronto, Ontario | March 14, 2008
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
I arrived with low expectations - all I wanted was to see the monastery from the outside, and sample the beers. Anything beyond that was going to be bonus. With that in mind I was not disappointed. The atmosphere is sort of nice in a grand touristy sort of way. It has the feel of a ski resort lunch hall, with some breweriana thrown in for good measure. It is jam packed on a Sunday night in March so I can only imagine what it is like in tourist season. Left with the impression that most are locals on this visit though so I am not sure how that affects the dynamic. The guy at the next table over has the audacity to light up a cigarette, though I am pretty sure it is a non-smoking environment. We sample each of the beers, pick up a glass at the gift shop and depart. A bit loud and not super cozy, but thatís not really why you are there anyway is it? If you just want to try the beer there are other more comfortable places to do it. I am very glad we went, but I doubt I would return without a special reason.
eaglefan538 (92) Wilmington, Delaware | January 17, 2008
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Well, what can I say? I wasnít look much for a selection, service, or value here, just some of the beer. So, given the fact that they had all three Westvleteren beers and we were served all three, you canít knock them too much for such a limited (3) selection. The food menu was decent, although we didnít have any of it. The brewery information was pretty cool, as stuff was posted all around the cafe to read and look at. The greatest knock on the place was that the flies were EVERYWHERE. Some didnít look so sober and would let you touch them (if I were ever made a fly, this was quite the place to reside with all the puddles of world class beer on the table tops to sip). This place is a must stop, just for the experience.
waldowalters (11) Texas | October 13, 2007
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Great little spot, a little out of the way, but worth the trip. Try to arrive a little early if you want to pick up a six pack. They go fast. There is not much in the way of food, but no one is there for the food anyway.
NickVega (29) Eugene, Oregon | August 17, 2007
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
(1997) Day 1 - Rent car in Brussels in AM, drive through Brugge as fast as possible, stop for lunch in Popperinge and enjoy a Hummel Ale, rush to Westvleteren for many afternoon goblets. This is a humble place to enjoy a great beer. Next to Kulminator this is my fondest memory in Belgium.
If you want to see a monastery and Monks on forklifts - go to Orval.
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