Peter and Norm, local Haligonans from Canada, paid a visit to the Westvleteren Brewery in Belgium, during a cycle tour where they circumnavigate the English Channel through England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. They shared their experience with us in this Westvleteren Brewery Guest Review.
About the Westvleteren Brewery
Location: Trappist Abbey of Saint Sixtus in Vleteren, Belgium
Address: Donkerstraat 12, Westvleteren, 8640, West Flanders, Belgium
Opening Hours: The brewery is not opened to the public, but there is a restaurant and beer garden, called “In de Vrede” just across a small country road from the brewery. This restaurant serves Westvleteren beer. Check the opening times on their website as they change seasonally.
Facilities/ Services: The claustrum at the visitors’ center and restaurant have an exhibition set up that will give you an insight towards life as a Trappist monk at the monastery. The restaurant has a shop, wifi, bathrooms, beer garden and some info about the brewery.
- Westvleteren Blonde (5.8% ABV)
- Westvleteren 8 (8% ABV)
- Westvleteren 12 (10.2% ABV)
Interesting fact: The brewery was founded in 1838 and is the only remaining brewery where Trappist monks still do the brewing of the beer.
Westvleteren Brewery Guest Review: Norm’s thoughts of the Westvleteren brewery, restaurant and beers.
How did you discover this brewery?
My brother (Peter) heard about Westvleteren I think from a “Brewnoser” (local home brewing club) colleague.
What makes it cycle friendly?
The brewery and restaurant is in the country side. There are no cycle paths that I can recall. We simply navigated our way there along the quaint and not so busy country roads. The restaurant is cyclist friendly only by the large number of bicycle racks in the parking lot.
- The quality of the beer. It is simply renowned worldwide – according to some, the best in the world. We can certainly say that it is well up there.
- Plenty of bicycle parking.
- Restaurant with beer garden.
- It’s a bit on the expensive side.
Do you recommend the place to other cyclists/ cycle tourists?
Yes. As you can see from the photos it was a lovely day and we were totally relaxed after a 70km cycle. If one is cycling in western Belgium and enjoy a brew Westvleteren is a must. It’s not quite Mecca but pretty close.
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