What about the beer?
As I said, the Tongerlo beer is not made in the abbey. It's a product of the Haacht brewery that uses a recipe that blongs to the abbey. You can buy the beer at the abbey to support it, but it's for sale in beershops in much, if not all, of Belgium. To be frank I can't say what the beers taste like, it's too long ago, but I do know I liked them.
De Oude Linden (The Old Lime Trees): Abbey Book Shop
The old Coach House dates from the 17th century, and is completely restored and used since 1999 as a bookshop.
De Oude Linden (name of the shop) is now the Abbey book shop and the Centre for priesthood and liturgy.
What to buy: Books for Children and Adults (fiction, non-fiction, art, culture, history, comics, travel, . . )
Religious books (Bibles for children and adults)
Religious objects (Crucifixes, Maria statues, religious medals, candles,
Gifts (handicraft, glass, ceramics)
Cards and Posters
- Road Trip
De Oude Hoeve (the old farm): The Abbey Shop
The Abbey farm in the Abbey of Tongerlo dates from 1640 (under Abbot D. Verbraeken). The former sheep-shed and the cow stables are now used as the abbey shop.
They named it - De Oude Hoeve - (the old farm). It was used as a farm till 1974; nowadays it is a shop and a bakery.
What to buy: In this Abbey shop you can buy different Abbey prodducts like Abbey bread, Abbey cheese, Abbey beer and speculaas (spiced biscuit)
- Road Trip
- Beer Tasting
De Oude Linden
De Oude Linden is a very nice bookstore. Not just books about religious subjects but also children's books, history, comics etc.. Also gifts. The shop is housed in the former cart house.
The picture shows the two shops of the abbey; the bookstore on the left, and the other shop in the background.
De Oude Hoeve
De Oude Hoeve is housed in the old farm of the abbey. Which is what the name means, the old farm. We missed this shop, or it was closed. Here you can buy homemade bread, dairy-products and the Tongerlo beers which are made for, but not by, the abbey.