On this website you will find information about our beers and about the webshop where you can purchase Trappist Westvleteren.
If you want more information about the life of our community, take a look at the website of the Abbey.
We brew to live. We do not live to brew.THE MONKS OF SAINT-SIXTUS ABBEY
In May 1839 the abbey received a brewer’s licence signed by king Leopold I. Most likely a first test brew was produced the same month.
The Brewing Process
Our beer is brewed with the utmost care using natural ingredients
Three types of beer are produced in the Saint-Sixtus Abbey
The beer sales are only intended to private consumers. The webshop is only accessible to them.
The reason why we only want to sell to private consumers is that we want to give everyone as much as possible a fair chance to buy our beers at the correct price.
Authentic Trappist Product
The "Trappist beer" trademark is legally protected and may only be used if the production of the beer takes place within the monastery walls under the supervision of the monks. The proceeds are intended for the livelihood of the monks and for the maintenance of the monastery. The remainder is spent on development projects and works of charity.
Only six Belgian beers can use the name Trappist: Achel, Chimay, Orval, Rochefort, Westmalle and Westvleteren.
About the Abbey
The Westvleteren abbey is a Cistercian abbey, commonly called "Trappist abbey".
The monks devote their lives to prayer, reading and labour. They live together as brothers according to the Rule of Saint Benedict. Like everyone else, they want to provide for their own livelihood and share it with those who need it. They receive guests who want to live with them for a while.