The Abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren, Westvleteren

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Saint-Sixtus Abbey of Westvleteren, which belongs to the Cistercians of Strict Observance, or Trappists, is a Roman Catholic abbey located in Westvleteren, in the Belgian Province of West Flanders. The abbey is famous for its spiritual life, characterised by prayer, reading, and manual work, the three basic elements of Trappist life. It has also a reputation for its brewery, one of the several breweries of Trappist beer in Belgium.History9th to 18th centuriesThe earliest traces of a monastic presence at the location of the present day abbey date back to 1260, although the '', which is mentioned in a deed of 806 (from the abbey of Saint-Omer), was probably located in the same area (known at that time as Fletrinio''). From 1260 to 1355 there was a small community of nuns on the side of the Catsberg. That site was abandoned, but between 1610 and 1784 a monastery of the Bridgettines (the Order of the Most Holy Saviour) was located on what is called "Fathers' Corner".19th centuryIn 1831 the hermit Jan-Baptist Victoor was joined by a prior and a few monks in the woods of Saint Sixtus, and this group developed into the later Trappist abbey of Saint Sixtus in Westvleteren. In 1838 the Westvleteren Brewery was founded inside the abbey precinct. In 1839 a primary school was established and in 1840 the old church of the priory was built. In 1850, a group of monks from Westvleteren founded Scourmont Abbey on the barren plateau of Scourmont near Chimay. In 1871 the priory was granted the status of abbey by Pope Pius IX. Between 1875 and 1878 a model farm was developed as an example for the region.
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  • We were back for our 3rd visit to In De Vrede and our 2nd time to pick up reserved cases of Westvleteren 12 at the St. Sixtus Abbey. (It took us over 1100 calls this time to get through to the "beer h...  more »
  • I have been here with my father on three occasions...and only on one of those occasions did we manage to go into the café, buy our allotted number of beers, drank some of said beer, and have a general...  more »
  • Define beer more good in the world; the wise marketing implemented by the friars made this place and his beer a much sought after by several tourists visiting Belgium. Surrounded by nature it offers a basic service and a small service area for selling local products many of which are produced by the nearby monastery. If you're lucky, as we were, it is possible to buy the famous beer, rarely manages to buy the 12TH, the most coveted of the beers. At worst you can enjoy it at the table. To try the cheese. Recommended destination.
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  • Theres not much to say. Food it's ok. Beer Goooood! Even though this beer is good for my taste I like St. Bernard more.
  • The place where the best beer of the world is made.
  • Absolutely amazing experience and amazing beer. Lucky for me they were selling six packs which I snapped up! I definitely recommend a visit here it's quite special.
  • They say it is the best beer in the world. It definitely is a great one😀
  • Best beer i ever drink!