Westmalle Brewery

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    Single
    330ml
    $8.50
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    4 x 330ml
    $33.00
    Case
    24 x 330ml
    $179.00
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    Single
    330ml
    $11.00
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    4 x 330ml
    $43.00
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    24 x 330ml
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    330ml
    $25.00

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On the 6th of June, 1794, 10 French monks took up residence in the wooded moors between Antwerp and Turnhout and started making plans to construct an abbey. Their plans to transform the uncultivated uplands into a flourishing abbey worked, that is, until the French Revolution. The Trappist had to flee but fortunately, that wasn’t the end for the abbey as they were able to return in 1802.

Although many of the abbey’s buildings were in ruins, Westmalle was able to pick itself up and it eventually started to flourish. Later in 1836, Abbot Martinus Dom started building a small brewery and in that same year, the monks served their first homebrewed Trappist beer with their lunch.
For years, the abbey has only brewed for its own use. It was only from 1856 that the monks started to occasionally sell their brews at the gate. In fact, this side-hustle was so successful that the brewery had to expand in 1865 - and later again in 1897 - to keep up with the demand. Unfortunately, the world wars were not kind to the abbey; Westmalle’s brewing hall was completely destroyed during the First World War and it had to halt beer production for a few years.

However, upon resuming its beer-making activities, Westmalle was able to get back into the market with the production of 2 types of beers: “extra gersten” (extra barley) and “dubbel bruin” (double brown). In 1921, the monks decided to sell their beers through beer merchants, which only further skyrocketed sales. To keep up, the abbey installed a new brewing room, fermentation room, and a workshop in the early 1930s.

Westmalle Brewery’s beers

Shortly after the new brewing hall was inaugurated, Westmalle released an iconic beer - The Westmalle Tripel - that allowed the brewery’s name to be forever engraved in the hearts of many beer lovers. The legendary tripel is not only recognised as the “Mother of all Tripels”, but it was also the first tripel of the world. The Westmalle Tripel starts off by luring you in with its sweet banana aromas and entraps you with its hoppy bitterness and its herbal and earthy flavours.
In 1926, the monks adjusted one of the traditional beer recipes of the past to become somewhat heavier, and the revised recipe served as the basis for Westmalle’s current Dubbel. The brewery’s dubbel tasted so good that it became the benchmark of this newly invented beer style - which was named after the word “double”. Yup, this meant that the beer had twice of everything. The Westmalle Dubbel starts off sweet with notes of caramel malt and fruity esters and ends off with a slight bitterness from the earthy hops.
Westmalle is and continues to be a legend, with its delicious beers as the paradigms of certain styles, as well as its commitment to maintaining the high quality of its beers. Sure, Westmalle respects its traditions and continues to only opt for the purest ingredients, but it also utilises state-of-the-art brewing equipment and integrates modern techniques into its brewing process. In 1991, Westmalle invested in a computer-controlled brewing hall while in 2000, the brewery modernised its bottling plant and also built a maturation cellar to let the beers ferment in almost ideal conditions.

Westmalle Brewery’s ethos

Like the other Trappist breweries, Westmalle Brewery uses the Authentic Trappist Product (ATP) logo on their beers. In order to use this certification, the brewery must fulfil the following requirements:

1) The product(s) must be made within the walls of a Trappist abbey
2) The product(s) must be made by or under the supervision of the monastery community
3) Most of the profit must be spent on social work
With that, Westmalle Brewery’s dedication to producing delicious and high-quality beers while serving its community not only impressed its consumers, but also the judges at several beer competitions. With several awards under its belt, it’s safe to say that Westmalle produces some of the finest Belgian beers in the world!
 

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