Stopped here directly after picking up some 12’s from the Abbey. This place was more modern than what i was expecting, and very large. the service was good, and the staff even helped us find our way to de Struise! The selection is obviously only comprised of three beers, but that’s what people come here for... the pricing was good to, and we got some Westvleteren Goblets to take home.
The staff was really nice except the woman at the shop. She refused me to buy some bottles because 'I was to young'. I was 16 at that time and legally buy beer in Belgium (legal drinking age is 16 in BE).
Besides that the food was basic but really delicious and their selection was good but not that huge.
Moet je natuurlijk eens bezocht hebben, maar verder van het goede bier, is het natuurlijk veel te hoog geprijsd. Leeft op de reputatie van het bier, maar is eerder een toeristische attractie dan een gezellige café. Te druk ook om te genieten van je bier. Beter naar een locaal café in de buurt te gaan en genieten van de West-Vlaamse sfeer in een bruine kroeg. Het bier is hetzelfde, maar de rest duizend keer beter.
If not for the scarsity of St. Sixtus abbey's stuff, it won't be worth a visit. Place itself reminds more of highway cafeteria, than sometinh associated with information center of official abbey, service is horrid - guys are arrogant without a cause. Food? Snacks and hot sandwich, which is just so overpriced. But here comes the beer... Except for that, least amusing place connected to any of belgium trappist abbey.
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"