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.
Visited with Shack and Muggins. A curious venue really, eplecially given the mystique about Westie beers. After a winding drive through the fields, you find yourself at a rather underwhelming modern brick building, very much fit for purpose but hardly romantic. Local radio on the stereo was playing Metallica! Full of older local people on our visit, men grinning as they escaped with their boxes of trappist ale The beers are available to drink in the cafe, and you can (probably) buy something to take away although exactly what depends on what they have that day. Food is simple but tasty. A curious experience...
I did the pilgrimage. From poperinge rentrd a bike and in about 20 mins across fields and hops crops i reached the place, the location ia beautiful and quite packed for a Thursday afternoon but there was some sort of festival today. Queued at the entrance, 2€ caution foe the glass and had all 3 of them with bread&cheese which was good. Staff is super fast and beers are top notch, nice biergarden atmosphere outside, all locals as far asi can tell. Lovely.
This is the bar from the St. Sixtus Abbey in Westvleteren.
In summer you can find a lot of cycling tourists here, which makes the ambiance level go up. Been there two times around may and two times the places was totally sold out. This makes is probably difficult for the staff (I think consisting of a lot volunteers, or guestworkers) to deliver the quality in service. They are not always as friendly as they should. And the way of pouring the beers is sometimes disrespectful for their (or any) beer.
Selection of beers is limited (ofcourse) but you can get the more exclusive Westvleteren beers. The food menu is not the largest, but some snacks that perfectly go with the beer and biking trip. Prices are really acceptable for the portions and the beers.
Well yeah, as a true beer lover, you have to do it once. But dont stop by several times if youre not a local. There are more nice places to discover.
The cafe where you can purchase beer from the St. Sixtus abbey in Wesvleteren. It’s a beer pilgrimage that everyone needs to make. You have the options of the three beers, some would say the best Trappist beers in the world. Service is good, helpful and attentive, don’t really need to know much about beer. They also sell the cheese the abbey makes here as well, and some other products, but the cheese is very nice. The amount of beer you can buy varies based on how many people are coming there in a given week.
strap (30) Sindelfingen, Germany | February 18, 2017
the one place to drink Westvleteren beers. we had an appetizer and dessert along with a #12 and #8. worth the stop if you happen to be visiting Ypres or get lucky enough to get through on the phone line for a couple cases of the "best beer in the world"
the place is like an highway bar, not so fascinating...is better to sit down outside: you are in the middle of the nature.
you can drink all the three westvleteren, food is quite good...only fromage, jambon and patè, but quite good.