Flanders has numerous brews that seem almost supernatural. However, without a doubt, Trappist is the beer that comes closest to divine status. These glorious beers are traditionally brewed by the Trappist monks. To date, this title remains is a quality label that meets the strictest criteria. Only 14 breweries worldwide are allowed to use the Trappist name. Six of them are in Belgium.
Half of those in Flanders: Westvleteren, Achel and Westmalle. The monks of this last order have been brewing for over 200 years in the Abbey of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart of Westmalle, in the Antwerp Kempen. This region is a true gem, where you are sure to have a wonderful time. Get a taste – literally and figuratively – of all the advantages on the Trappist route. It takes you past abbeys and castles, over the vast landscape of the Brecht heath, near the fairytale castle de Renesse and in the fresh forest air of ’s Herenbos reserve. You can finish – how else! – with a fresh glass of Dobbel, Trippel or Extra on the terrace of Café Trappisten. Cheers!