Belgium > Westvleteren
marcus (175) Sacramento, California | August 30, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 15/20
I have visited this place three times and just realized that I never rated it. It’s out in the country and difficult to get to if you are not driving. Located at the abbey gate, it dispenses all Westvleteren products that are available (they run out sometimes). Other than that, this is a fairly inauspicious cafe that also serves light fare such as cheese plates. However it is the least expensive place to procure a relatively undistributed outstanding beer. It’s a tourist spot, not a geek place.
AdamJackson (200) Enfield, New Hampshire | November 17, 2014
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 13/20
This is a cafe across the road from the abbey. My understanding is it is owned separately. The ’cafeteria’ style area has a decent food menu but it’s expensive. Ice cream w/ beer was good. You can sometimes buy beer to go.
I would return maybe if I was there with a tourist friend but it is a very long drive from cities to visit.
Joop (21) , Netherlands | November 2, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Modern café type of building next to the abbey. Crowded, noisy. Not always very fiendly staff. Good quality food - basic but tasty and of course enjoy your Westvleteren with it. They serve it too cold though. Little tourist shop in the corner. Nice place to visit and grab some beers to take home if you don’t have the oppertunity to collect them at the abbey.
Leighton (638) London, England | October 5, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
If you don’t have a reservation at Westvleteren, this is a good alternative. The beer range is what it is but the value is decent and you can get the Westies to take away. The food is pretty basic. The ambiance is something like a gift shop mixed with a tourist information centre that also serves world class beer and average food. Certainly worth visiting, though.
DavidBe (1) , Belgium | September 14, 2014
64 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Met deze ’ontmoetingsruimte’ hadden ze gerust meer kunnen doen. Het personeel in de zaak kan gerust en stuk vriendelijker haar klandizie te woord staan en de inrichting laat stevig te wensen over.
Ook het feit dat alle bieren (dus ook de 12 en 8) uit de koelkast komen in hun zaak, heeft mij al meermaals de wenkbrauwen doen fronsen.
hackobock (40) Stockholm, Sweden | September 1, 2014| Updated September 2, 2014
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Went a saturday at noon, very crowded both inside and outside. Very lucky to find a table on the outside since the inside resembles a visitor centre (as previous raters have pointed out). Food was nothing special, bread and cheese. Service was alright, staff was very busy since the place was full.
Pipi (27) , | August 21, 2014
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Camons (288) Hasselager, Denmark | August 20, 2014| Updated August 25, 2014
56 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
Modern looking cafelike type of bar, something that easily would fit into your local mall. Hordes of tourist, a low estimate would say 300 cars in the parking lot and the connecting streets. A long line inside for the gift shop. We where lucky and got hold of a table outside. Service on the slow side, but not surprising with the huge crowd there. On the upside you will get a Westy 12 for a little less than 5 € . Only the Blond for takeway at our visit, but sold at 2€. Prices on beer was cheap, but more expensive on the food. If in the area again ill proberly pop by to see if im lucky and can buy some Westy 12 to take home, but its not a place i really want to sit down and drink a beer again.
olsvammel (137) Örebro, Sweden | August 16, 2014
66 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited in 2011. The café feels very touristy and more like a visitors center with a small gift shop. We tried their three beers and had a sandwhich. Unfortunately we where never able to buy any beers from the brewery, they had some for sale at the gift shop but it was quite expensive. It’s worth a trip though.
StueyD (16) Heacham, England | August 5, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
Visited on 9th July 2014
Made the "pilgrimage" the Westvleteren whilst staying in the area watching the Tour de France.
An immaculate, almost clinical restaurant with a small gift shop at the entrance. The shop was full and there was a queue waiting to get in there. We walked straight into the vast restaurant, which was packed, and had the fortune of a table becoming free as we walked passed! We grabbed it and made ourselves comfortable. We were seen to fairly quickly by a young lad, who was very happy to speak English, we asked for the three beers, a meat platter and a cheese platter. Considering the volume of customers, and previous reviews I was pleasantly surprised with the speed in which, firstly the beers and then the food was served. As for the beers, what can I say that hasn’t already been said! The food, that was fine, the cheese from the monastery was very good. After we had sampled the beers and the food. We popped into the shop. The "8" was the only beer available at the time, so I took a case and a large slab of the cheese, plus a cracking pâté washed in "12"! As a restaurant, so-so, as a beer destination, a must on everyone’s list!
Bamsen78 (137) Sřnderborg, Denmark | July 23, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 14/20
Well, finally I have made my way here, and I am happy, but the experience of the place leaves me with mixed feelings, to be honest. The ambiance is nothing to write home about. The place resembles a large, spartan, immaculately clean visitor centre in a museum of international importance, which is rather strange since in this case the museum (the monastery) cannot be visited. The staff are busy and slow, and, well, not impolite as such, but certainly very far from friendly. I waited forty minutes for my beer and my hommelpap cake, both of which were excellent, though. The selection is obvious and needs no comment here. What offsets the less than splendid and heartwarming welcome you are given is the price of the beer. The magnificent, unforgettable W12 costs less than 5 euro per bottle here. You would be an utter fool to leave the place without the two sixpacks you are allowed to buy in the souvenir shop. And that is why I will gladly come here whenever I am ever here again, right in the middle of the rural nowhere of Flanders.
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