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In de Vrede
Taps: - / Bottles: 3
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]
phone: +32 57 40 03 77
Legally, the only retail vendor for the famous Westvleteren Trappist beers. Blonde, 8, and 12 are available, plus a selection of cheese and meats.
(Place added by: TheLongBeachBum)
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Reviews by dauss:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
So we had drive out to Westvleteren, but was running late. I never called the brewery and just had hoped to pick up beer from the abbey window like I've heard in stories. It was closed and no beer was available. Right across the street is the café.
It looks really new, with lots of foliage and other plants. It overlooks endless fields of grass and crops, its a very beautiful cafe. First when you walk in, on the left is a gift shop where they sold westvleteren beer, pate, t-shirts, and other items. Its almost like a small grocery store, but this is in the middle of nowhere.
I sat down and it took a while for the waitress to come, but after that, the service was good. She had limited english skills, but we were able to order food without much difficulty. I had the blonde and the 12, while my dad had the 8. They were all really fresh bottles and they were served in Westvleteren glassware, and at cellar temperature. The interios is really roomy. Lots of wood framwork is visible. Only complaint is that you can smoke inside. There was a good amount of smoking going on and really took away from the beer.
The food is no frills. Nothing special of exciting, but really fresh. I guess I ordered the equivalent of grilled cheese with ham. It came with a small salad of lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. It was undressed and came with pickles, pickled pearl onions, and either pickled gherkins, or cornichons. Only condiment they provided was a single packet of heinze ketchup. My dad had ordered what looked like head cheese. Chopped up bits of pork in what I assume is aspic jelly, on toast. It was actually really good. Flavorful and delicately spiced.
Overall, it was an incredible experience. I had picked up a shirt, a couple glasses, 2 6-packs of 8, and 2 6-packs of 12. I love this place, I would come back in a heartbeat.
09-12-2005 16:43:28 |
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vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Cool experience to visit the monastery in between visits at St Bernardus and De Struise, talk about an unforgettable day.
The pub is obscenely modern, almost shockingly so. Pretty stupid to complain since the service was frantically attentive and all 3 Westy beers were available at about 4 euros a piece. All were fantastic too - the blonde was a nice surprise and the 12 was as delightful as imaginable.
Not really sure how to rate the selection - they had the 3 beers. Didnt expect anything more and would have been upset with less. Perfect?
I would typically be supportive of the comments arguing Rochefort 10 or St B 12 are superior beers (i love them both), but this visit cleared those doubts and proved all the counter arguments to just be flat wrong. Westy 12 wins.
It seems a little odd to plan a visit to this region just to stop here, but its a must-stop when bouncing around Flanders - Saturday would be a good day as you can hit De Struise as well.
08-31-2013 20:20:10 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
This is one of my favorite places. In the middle of the Belgium farm fields next to the monastry and the brewery where they serve you the best beer in the world accompanied by fantastic. Cheeses and paté's. I visit them a few times per month and always return home with a smile on my face.
08-18-2013 14:11:16 |
More by corneliusfontaine
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Be sure to check to make sure the place is open before you make the trip. The first time I went the place was closed from December 23rd to January 15th. That was January 15th and my hotel was in Brussels.
Anyhoo, the drive to the abbey is wonderfully atmospheric. Through fields and on dirt roads, it has a distinct country mood and charm. The grounds of the abbey are fun to walk through and spend some time after a few brews at the cafe.
The cafe is much larger than I expected. It has a family atmosphere, while the average age was probably 60. It was completely full and almost everyone I met and spoke to were Belgian, and many were locals. This gave it a small town pub feel.
This was also the first chance I had to try "the other two" beers. Even though the place was super busy the servers there were quick to spot an empty glass and refill it with some of the best beers in the world. When I went in November of 2012 the Blond was €3.70, the Bruin 8 was €4.20, and the Bruin 12 was €4.70. All doable considering I bought the gift-pack six-pack for €90 at a retail location in Germany. We also had desert that was delicious and went well with the beers.
Overall, it was one of the greatest beer experiences I've ever had. If you're considering it, do it!
07-29-2013 14:26:12 |
More by RobertRedmoon
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
Went in 2011 and at the time I was just getting into beer, so the only beer I really knew or cared about was the infamous Westvleteren. The food was not good, and not really representative of the food from the area. I wasn't told this but I think it was based on the minimalist food that the monks live on. I remember getting a slab of ham and bread, with the ham being an inch thick and I couldn't make a sandwich out of it. Just weird. But lets be honest here, I did not go for the food. Im just wondering what other reviewers are thinking with their "the food was good". Maybe if your a monk.. Was able to get a twelve pack, three of each ale, 8 and 12 to go. Still have two of each.
The beer is excellent. As with my experiences with other beers and brewerys, the beer will never taste as good as it does fresh out of the tap at the brewery. Westy 12 really does deserve to be in the top ten. (I actually think Rochefort 10 is better, but thats my opinion).
Overall well worth the 2 hr drive to the middle of nowhere, for the beer mostly, and for the experience.
07-13-2013 03:14:55 |
More by NJMikeNords
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Well, who doesn't want to go here. The beer alone is worth the travel. But the food is pretty decent, too. I scored it high because the beer is so doggone good. The only issue I had was the crowd. It was full of tourists and always crowded. Although the service was excellent, there were other workers there who weren't so friendly, particularly in the gift shop.
07-09-2013 01:18:50 |
More by IchLiebeBier
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
A-In de Vrede is located in a lovely, large, modern building in (pretty much) the middle of nowhere. We arrived pretty early in the day (11 am) and the big space was mostly quiet and empty with the exception of a few other tourist groups of various sizes. Unlike many places in Belgian, this place reminded me of a commercially-oriented U.S. winery. It isn't cold or clinical feeling, but it does not have the warmth you might expect from an abbey. The small gift shop is located near the front of the large bar.
Q-The choices are limited, but what choices they are! Westy Blonde, VIII, or XII is all you get, but it might be all you need.
Ser-The servers are friendly and knowledgeable about the beer they are selling. We didn't order food, so I cannot comment on that aspect, but our beers were delivered promptly after ordering them and poured with skill.
Sel-The very limited selection is what it is....
V-The prices are higher than other bars/restaurants, but they were not eye-popping. The high prices here are merely a reflection that beer prices in Belgian are so good elsewhere and I did not feel like I was being gauged here.
06-09-2013 22:47:04 |
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