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“Nice little restaurant, worth the drive for the beer.”

The Abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren
Reviewed 14 January 2012

Out of the way from anywhere. You are not allowed in the Abbey, but there is a small restaurant across the street with a gift shop that will sell you a six pack and if your lucky two of their world famous beer. Great place to eat lunch I would suggest the smoked ham and cheese sandwiches, they make their own cheese too. If you are in Ieper it is only a short drive and well worth it.

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Reviewed 1 June 2011

So don't be fooled, it is a long trip for good beer, but my husband and I really enjoyed it. We didn't rent a car, so we took the train from Bruges (2 hours with 1 switch) to Poperinge and then rented bikes and rode out to the Abbey (about 20 minutes bike ride). You cannot go in the Abbey, but you can look around and of course try the beer in the Cafe. My husband and I ate lunch there, and had a Westvleteren 8 and 12 each. The beer was very very good. We also purchased beer and cheese in the gift shop - you're allowed to purchase 6 bottles per person. They had plenty of everything, so we got 6 Westvleteren 8 and 6 Westvleteren 12. We made our way back to Poperinge (with very heavy packs) and took the train to Ieper where we got off and went to the Flanders Fields Museum. It was a neat museum, but our bags were a little to heavy to enjoy it thoroughly. After that we headed back to Bruges.

So all in all, not worth it if that's the only sight you're seeing, but if you're willing to make a whole day of it there's a lot of neat WWI stuff to see in that area of Flanders.

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Reviewed 24 October 2010

We have been here a few times while staying in the Netherlands. We drove to their restaurant (In De Vrede) across the street from the Abbey for lunch on the way to other destinations and to pick up 3 crates of their "8" beer. It's a great opportunity to try all 3 of their brews and grab a soup & sandwich. There is also a walking path to take a stroll around their property. The restaurant has a tiny gift shop to purchase cheese, a speciality beer glass or T-shirt and a few other items. It is sad that you need reservations and an appointment to buy a crate of their beer.
WARNING: make sure you check on the days and hours they are open on their web site. We drove in one Saturday when they should have been open...us and several others were a little annoyed to discover that they were closed.

5  Thank beermanTIM
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Reviewed 8 September 2009

OK... so here goes. Anyone who is a beer enthusiast will have been to this trappist beer producers website and noted the convoluted booking and collecting procedures to obtain some of their beers. This almost put me off visiting the abbey to try their beers. To be frank the idea of booking a few beers over the internet, driving to the middle of nowhere at a specific time on a specific day only to be directed in to a bland drive through on the side of the abbey is just nonsense. So I didnt do this. I did drive to he abbey to sample the beers at the cafe across the road. Was I in heaven? No. Is the beer so awesome in comparison to other trappist beers? No. The 'dubbel' and 'trippel' beers were nice but to me no better than the stronger Chimays or Rocheforts. The 'blonde' however was a nice surprise and I would definately rate this as my favourite and does definately differ from the lighter Orval etc trappist 'blondes'. I enjoyed sitting in the cafe sipping some nice beers. But when you are in the 'shop' and they say they have run out of beer to take with you then I get annoyed. When you dont even get a beermat at the cafe I get annoyed. When you are told you can buy a beer mat in the shop I get more annoyed. This exclusivity and pomposity is ridiculous. My preference is visit Abbey D'Orval (5 EURO ENTRANCE and one euro twenty for a bottle of beer) and buy Rochefort/Chimay/Orval and the other trappists in the shops and go to Westvleteren Abbey Sixtus if you happen to be passing through the area for a pit stop. Blatant clever 'exclusivity' marketing for beer is a concept that doesnt make sense to someone accustomed to some of the best beer in the world right on my doorstep.

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