Chimay Brewery - Scourmont Abbey

Brewed by monks inside the walls of the Scourmont Abbey since 1862, Chimay has served as the inspiration for Belgian ales all over the world.
A devout commitment to the use of the highest quality raw materials and an innovative brewing process allowed this historic brewery to not only survive two World Wars, but to be considered one of the most influential brewers in the world.
Chimay is also the producer of fine cheeses, including  A La Premiére Cheese, which is washed with Chimay Red beer.



The monks of the Abbey of Scourmont at Chimay belong to the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, known generally as Trappists. These monks, who follow the Rule of Saint Benoit (going back to the 6th century) take the name of “Cistercians” from the monastery of Citeaux, founded in Burgundy in the 12th century. The monks, who have devoted their lives to God, make a living through their manual labour and are thus able to help the poorest of people. In the old days the monks were dedicated to working the fields, but in these modern times their work has developed to include small industries, mostly in the food and agricultural sectors. This is how, in the countries of northern Europe, they have been brewing beer for several centuries.It was during the summer of 1850 that a small group of monks established themselves on the rugged plateau of Scourmont close to Chimay, Belgium. It was with very hard work that they built a Cistercian abbey at this location and gradually worked to transform the barren soil of this region into fertile farmland. Around the monastery, which was of great beauty and simplicity, a farm was developed, followed by a cheese making plant and a brewery.