Mightbe the best café in the neigbourhood of the Abbey/Brewery itself to taste the world famous trappist called "double" or "triple". Nice terrace if the weather is fine - good service - and the bistro restaurant offers various plates of meal, prepared with the local beer.
I intended to taste a "Croque Trappist" - but finally had some bread with abbey cheese, abbey ham and a sandwich with "huuftflacke"
The Trappist abbey in Westmalle (officially called Abdij Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van het Heilig Hart van Jezus) was founded 6 June 1794, but the community was not elevated to the rank of Trappist abbey until April 22, 1836. Martinus Dom, the first abbot decided to brew their own beer, and the first beer was brewn on 1 August 1836 and their first beer was drunk on 10 December 1836. The pioneer brewers were father Bonaventura Hermans and Albericus Kemps
Entrance to the Westmalle Monastery is rather difficult. The woods surrounding the Monastery are full with trails that allow you to go hiking and enjoy the tranquility of the country side. Specially helpful if you just had lunch and want to walk it off.
Directly in front of the abbey, that's most probably were you would end up tasting the local production
Quite dangerous though (depending on the state you get out of there): you have to cross a main road and there is not even a pedestrian crossing.
Except this is the first place where I've found a trappist beer directly from the tap, nothing really exciting here.
When we visited the pub, the sunny terrasse was crowded with older people and the waiter were not particularly friendly.
Not far from there, we also passed in front of a smaller pub (a stop on a the "trappist cycling route"), next time, I'd rather try that one! I'd be more than happy if someone could remind me the name of this place...
Walking around the abbey, you can discover at the back of it the modern brewery.
You will need a good zoom, the nearby perimeter is forbidden and the walking path is quite far from it...
I'm still wondering what were doing all these crates outside...
Close to Antwerp, this cistercian trappist abbey has been founded in 1794 and started brewing beers in 1836.