(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.
We were very hungover from attending the Zythos Bier Festival the night before but I had to give this place high marks. Ambiance was typical boring modern Europub. Service was great. I gave the beer selection the full score because where else in the world can you drink all 3 Westys without taking out a second mortgage on your house? We had the Carrot soup and a cheese plate and it was incredible. It’s a long way out of the way from anywhere else but so worth the trip if you enjoy the mystique of their beers.
You were allowed to buy 1 sixer to go and they only had the 8 available for sale when we were there. In addition to the 1 sixer you could also buy a gift pack w/ 1-12, 1-8 , 2 blonds and a glass. So between the 2 of us we left w/ a total of 2-12’s, 14-8’s and 4 blonds.
Has the 3 wonderful beers and a good, limited food menu. The attached gift shop sells bottles of the 3 beers for take away. The prices aren’t quite as cheap as buying cases from the abbey, but the abbey doesn’t usually have the beers on sale all the time. Bottles of the 12 in the shop are €10.50 for 6.
Lothore (75) California | June 4, 2014| Updated August 3, 2015
Beautiful country setting next to the monastery. I came on a picturesque day and had lunch, each of the three westvleteren beers offered and beer ice cream. Must have been lucky because when I came, it was half full and the staff was extremely attentive. The lunch (croque monsieur) was unremarkable but the beer and especially the ice cream were spectacular. Perhaps the best ice cream i’ve ever eaten. If I can make one recommendation, it is that you go here, get each of the delicious beers and stuff your face with remarkable ice cream made with westlvetern blonde. Life doesn’t get much better. The gift shop is awesome. Got some cheap westy 12 and westvleteren glasses.
I had to give the maximum points to selection because they have all 3 Wesvleterens all the time, as much as you want ;)
Service is good, ambiance is chill and easy, people are there to enjoy their afternoon and their beer.
The food is really nice and goes really well with the beers.
Overall a 18/20, mostly because it’s thé Westvleteren pub, but also because it’s a nice place to be :)