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In de Vrede
Taps: - / Bottles: 3
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]
phone: +32 57 40 03 77
Legally, the only retail vendor for the famous Westvleteren Trappist beers. Blonde, 8, and 12 are available, plus a selection of cheese and meats.
(Place added by: TheLongBeachBum)
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Reviews by lawrence76:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I too was turned away at the abbey. I didn't even bother calling first to see what they were selling as I was only in Belgium for a week and I would be damned if I was going to spend my birthday anywhere else than here, so we drove out -and were saddened to find all the beer sold out.
The cafe experience, on the other hand, was great! The place is very large, very new and clean. The demand had been so great that the cafe would not even sell us a 6 pack to go(which we had be advised to ask for). Of course we had 2 each of all 3 brews for the table (3 of us) and it was perfect (even if we knew that we couldnt take any home!)
the food was great. We enjoyed some excellent homemade (somewhere) bread & cheeses (possibly the best croque monsieur I had in Belgium). The service was good, especially considering that there were only 2 waitresses working the whole huge room...and the fact that a group of about 40 people in a motorcyle club pulled up all at once and ordered beers & food...the staff was really hustling!
The grounds are very tranquil and we had a bit of a walk around while we were there. The overall feel of the place is that you just don't want to leave! The sun was shining brightly and the cool morning had given way to a gentle afternoon....it was a glorious way to spend one's 30th birthday.
03-22-2006 21:49:06 |
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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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