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.
Cafe next to Westvleteren where they sell the monastery products and serve some food. The Cafe has a nice outdoor terrace and a regular a bit boring interior that is crowded by seniors the are brought there by buses in large quantities. It is only worth it if you are really into Westvleteren and you are somewhere nearby. And make sure to have enough space in your luggage to bring a sixpack to impress your beer buddies ;-).
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.