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Westmalle, Belgium

Brouwerij Westmalle

A few years before the turn of the 18th century, a group of refugee monks from the French abbey of La Trappe found themselves fleeing the French Revolution. They turned to the local bishop for shelter, who in turn gave them a bit of land. The monks got to work building an impressive abbey and in 1836 they added a brewery on site. The first brew was pretty easy-going and low in strength but on the brewery’s 20th anniversary, a second brew was born. A heavy, malt forward, brown beer. The Westmalle monks delivered the original ‘double’ in 1856. Legends.

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