Visited the abbey shop in 2004 to pick up a bottle of Achelse Zomer, a precursor of Achel Extra Blonde made only once. Got a few other beers rarely seen outside of the Limburg province even today, and a few local beer glasses (a part of Belgian beer folklore I gave up on a long time ago). The cantina of the abbey itself was sober but nice, if only to sample the ’refter’ beers from tap and have a glimpse at the brewing equipment - something you won’t be able to see in any other Belgian trappist brewery, but nothing extraordinary as such. You appreciation of visiting this ’sacred’ location depends on nothing but your intentions: by itself a pleasant environment to visit as a part of Belgian beer culture in the midst of the green Limburg countryside, but certainly not your typical Ratebeerian’s destination to collect a large number of ticks. In that sense difficult to rate in the context of this website...
Revisited last week, have to update my last rating, service friendly, prices are good.
Restaurant are > good, selection meh since its only achel.
Store > selection is good with the italian and american trappist for cheap(er) prices.
Visited in summer of 2015. Very big outside terrace, very touristic. Small shop on the entrance fo the site where I could by some beers I didn’t find in my region. And of course yes you can drink the 2 lower alcohol Achels, and buy the 2 higher alcohol ones which are very nice but that’s about it. Food choice was not great.
Only Achel beers, the both 5% on tap and the both 8% on bottle. Food was decent, service little bit cranky. But beside that an wonderful location in a nice surrounding.
Total score 54 for the bar-restaurant.
In the shop many beers mostly the abbey- and trappist beers. Decent choise here nevertheless. Also other alcoholic drinks and food for sell here.
Total score 70 for the shop.
This is a combined review, for the self service restaurant and the shop. Restaurant is OK, self-service, the local 5’s on draught. Prices are OK. Not much to be said here. The shop isn’t really connected to the monastery I think. Decent selection of some Belgians and Trappists. Bought some glassware. Not really recommended.
I love this place. A school-like cafeteria and a bottle shop that also sells all manner of groceries and plastic horrors. The antidote to pretentious hipsterism and snobbish pub culture. Service is friendly and English is spoken.