Abdij van de Trappisten van Westmalle

The full name of the abbey is the Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Heart of Westmalle. The community was founded in 1794 by monks of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance and was granted abbey status in 1836. The monks of this order are commonly known as Trappists, after the Abbey of La Trappe in France. Since the end of the 18th century the monks of Westmalle Abbey have dedicated themselves to a communal life of prayer and work.

Covid-19 measures

Dear visitors and customers,

To counter the spread of the Covid-19 virus, we have taken certain measures:

Guest house - CLOSED

Due to the increasing risk of infection, the guesthouse will be closed from Monday October 19 to Sunday November 15. We also see the shutdown as a form of solidarity with the many people in the hospitality industry who are affected by the corona measures.


Our liturgical offices are once again open to the public. Consider the following scheme:

Monday to Saturday

  • Tierce and Eucharist

Accessible daily

  • Sext
  • None
  • Vespers
  • Compline

Security measures during the offices

  • Wearing a mask is compulsory.
  • No songbook is available.
  • If there are too many people, we reserve the right to refuse access to the latest arrivals.


The sacrament of confession can be received again on Saturdays. For this, go to the porter doorman of the abbey.

  • prayer services are no longer accessible until further notice;
  • The sacrament of confession cannot be received at this time;


Our cheese is still for sale in the abbey shop. The brewery shop opens weekly on Fridays only. The opening hours of both shops can be found on the contact page. Wearing a mask is compulsory.

Monks celebrating the Eucharist.


Westmalle Abbey belongs to the community of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance. There are close links between Cistercian communities. The Christian teaching of loving thy neighbour is at the heart of their lives, and houses support each other in this spirit. The ideal is solidarity with humankind.

Cloisters of Westmalle with several monks walking around.

Life as a monk

The Trappists of Westmalle lead quiet, secluded lives of work, rest and contemplation within the abbey. Nevertheless, they do not isolate themselves from people or from the concerns and needs of people. They divide their time between prayer, contemplation and labour following a strict daily roster.

becoming a monk

“Listen carefully, my child,to your master's precepts, and incline the ear of your heart.” is the opening line of Saint Benedicts Rule. Those who want to become a monk follow the voice of their heart.

Westmalle Abbey library with its many ancient manuscripts.


A community of Trappist monks has been living at Westmalle Abbey since the 18th century. Their lives are governed by prayer and labour.

Waiter carrying glasses of Westmalle Dubbel and Tripel

Our Trappist beers

Discover our three Trappist beers: Extra, Dubbel and Tripel. Quality beers brewed only with the purest ingredients.

A brewer adds hop cones to the boiling kettle


The monks of Westmalle brew beer to fund the costs of their life in the abbey, where a modern brewery is at their disposal.

Trappist cheeses in the ripening chamber

Cheese making

In the abbey’s cheese dairy the monks make their own Trappist cheeses. These are served at the monks’ table and can also be purchased at the abbey gate and from cheese shops and butchers.

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