Seventeen monks came from Flanders, from Westvleteren Abbey, where they already made a Trappist beer, to found a Cistercian abbey in the midst of a lost, marshy and inhospitable region. No problem! In 12 years, they built a monastery and a brewery producing a divine nectar: Chimay beer, known throughout the world.
Visitors are free to stroll around the gardens of Scourmont Abbey, but the brewery is not open to the public. Three hundred metres away, the ‘Auberge de Poteaupré’ organises tasting sessions for Chimay cheeses and beers, including the ‘Spéciale Poteaupré’, a pure malt beer served from the barrel, brewed exclusively for the inn.