Have you ever had Trappist beer? There’s only 14 monasteries in the world that brew it and you’re looking at one
Trappist beer is brewed by Trappist monks. The Trappist monks started in France in the 1600s. They get their names from their belief that monasteries should be self-sufficient. Westmalle is pretty self-sufficient. They make their own beer, cheese, and milk.
- The brewery uses barley malt, sugar and yeats from the abbey's own culture and has done for 180 years
- Westmalle Brewery is known for their tripel. The monks were the first to create the tripel beer in the 1930s. Other monasteries have created their own, but there’s always something good about the original don’t you think?
- Note these beers are STRONG! Westmalle’s Abbey Tripel is 9.5% ABV. They also do a Dubbel (7%, dry finish)
- They also make the Westmalle Extra (4.8%) but it’s only brewed for the monks and their guests twice a year
- The brewery is closed to visitors to keep things quiet for the monks, but you can take a 50min walk around the abbey
- There's lots of sign posts to learn more about the abbey & its beer. You can get a leaflet from the Cafe or see it online
- You'll find their beer at the nearby Café Trappisten too. It’s right across the street and has a playground for kids