Westvleteren Travel Guide
a heavenly combination of Trappist beer...
have a peek in the abbey
The best cargo we ever had...
Entrance of the St-Sixtus Abbey
Drink beer here with the monks.
This is a monastery in Belgium where they, the monks, make beer. I was here and I tatses all the beers they had for sale. It was very good beer they sold here and they have a little musuem there. The guy who worked ther was not a monk, but he told a lot of information for me...
The second of the courtyards is right next to the Church, and it is also very nice but it does not have any chairs to relax and read.
There are several countyards in the monastery, but this one was without a doubt my favorite. It has several chairs under a large tree where you can relax and read a book.
Monastery Prayers & Mass
While staying at the monastery guesthouse, you will be asked to participate during the Liturgy of the Hours. These are prayers that take place through out the day from 0400hrs to late in the evening.
Monastery Guesthouse Reception
Upon arrival to the Monastery, you will be taken to the guesthouse reception area where the Father in charge of the guesthouse will welcome you. We waited several hours for the rooms to be cleanned, and then we were allowed to drop our backpacks in the room.
The abbay of Saint Sixtus
Buy Westvleteren beer from the Trappist monks. This is the least known of the Trappist monks. I'll heistate before saying it's the best, because it goes against the monks' ethos of not competing. But ratebeer.com thinks its the best in the whole world.The monastery is not...
Walk off the calories
After the beer you might need some excercise to work away the calories. There is a nice walk around the abbey. It is 7.1 km in lenght, and it shows you the area. It brings you through fields and woods. Maybe it is better to do it before you sit down for the beer :-)
Posterie: a perfect homey pub for a dreary day
This is in Ieper and is a homey country style pub, the kind of place warm and welcoming on a cold, damp dreary day. It is set back from the street by a narrow alleyway that opens into a nice size courtyard that makes you feel as if you really are out in the country. The...
In de Vrede: Trappist beer and cheese
Here they do not serve full meals, but only snacks. These mainly consist of local products, often from the abbey. One should at least have bread with abbey cheese or one of their specialty croques.
Zalm: just a little late for the capper
This is a very modern pub that would not normally grab my attention and in fact was the location of an old pub that went by the same name but had been long since closed. Roeselare is not exactly a big tourist stop and only the intrepid beer enthusiast is likely to make his...
In De Vrede: a heavenly stop
This is not the most atmospheric of monastic restaurants and in fact looks a bit like a German Autobahn rest stop but it is quite large and serviceable. Surely, they get their fair share of buses and it’s probably well thought out in that respect. With high ceilings and...
"In de Vedre" Restaurant
In de Vedre is a great cafe located right accross the street from the Monastery. Here you can sit down and eat while you drink some of the Westvleteren three types of beer; the Blond (5.8 %), the Bruin 8 (8%) or the Bruin 12 (10.8%). There is a small museum called the...
better take your own car
How to get to the abbey?
First and most convenient, go with your car so you can load 5 crates.
Second option is by belbus. This is public transport, but you have to call at least 2 hours before you want to travel. More about this bus on the website of de Lijn, the public bus.
(all in dutch tough)
The downside of the bus is ofcourse the space, how to take your beer with you?
There are also organised tours, when we were there we saw three different busses.
Updated Mar 14, 2005
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- Beer Tasting
St Sixtus Abbey: buy beer ;-)
The abbey sells beer only to private persons. You come with your car, drive up to the loading dock and load a max of 5 crates.
10-12 h and 14-17 h
closed on fridays and sundays
What to buy: They sell three sorts of beer:
- blond (5.8%)
- 8% (dark)
- 12% (dark)
Only sold in crates of 24.
Due to a limited production they don't always have all three sorts. You can get inquiries upfront by dialing the beerphone: 057-401057
What to pay: Current prices can be found on the abbeys website.
It is around 25-30 Euro a crate including deposit money for the crate and the bottles.
Updated Mar 14, 2005
Address: Donkerstraat, Westvleteren
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First call to ask if there is beer....
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