Westmalle Travel Guide

  • Empty pints of Westmalle beer
    Empty pints of Westmalle beer
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Westmalle Things to Do

  • Café Trappisten

    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...

  • The Brewery

    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...

  • Walk around the Monastery Grounds

    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.

  • Cafe Trappisten

    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...

  • The brewery

    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...

  • The abbey of Our Lady of the Sacred...

    Close to Antwerp, this cistercian trappist abbey has been founded in 1794 and started brewing beers in 1836.


Westmalle Restaurants

  • Bistro Tip

    The interior of the café didn't change for years but is well equipped to receive the many cycle tourist touring in the area and looking for a final local beer in this caféThe local food like cheese and ham sandwiches is good. I intended to have a "Croque Trappist" - maybe next time I only had sandwiches, but good ones

  • Cafe Trappisten

    The staff here was very friendly and helpful as the menu is in Dutch. The food selection is limited, but then again, I didn't really come here for the food. The beer selection, of course, is all Westmalle Brew. You can have the Double is several ways, including one with grenadine. They also offer the Tripple. For food, I had a sample of their...

  • Cafe Trappisten (General Information)

    Cafe Trappisten is located right across the street from the Westmalle Monastery. Many locals & Dutch come to have lunch at this great Cafe. It situated north of Brussels, between Antwerpen and Breda (Highway E19), take the Exit towards Westmalle and make a right on N 12. The Cafe will be on your left hand side. You can't miss it !!


Westmalle Tourist Traps

  • New sign - "no *** in this basket"

    I saw this sign for the first time at the occassion of a "pension celebrate" of a good friend of mine.It was a joke, but a good one Go to the official toilet in the café and pay € 0,30

  • No visit possible!!

    It is not possible to visit either the abbey or the brewery.We had cycled so many kilometers before discovering this fact, so disappointing!!Apparently lots of people are being trapped like us... Enjoy the nice view from outside.Walk around the abbey Have a beer in the nearby pub...

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    Taste the beers!!

    by Djinn76 Written Jul 27, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Two kinds of beers are available :
    - a dark one : the Dubbel (6.5)
    - a golden one : the Tripel (9.0)
    You can find the first one from the tap while I have only seen the Tripel in bottle.

    There is also a third one, called Extra, brewed at 4 per cent, it is barely possible to find that one, it is brewed for the monks' own consumption!

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