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In order to meet their needs and those of their foundations as well as to sustain employment in their region, since 1862 the Cistercian Trappist monks of Chimay have been developing the production of Trappist beers and cheeses which, owing to their character and qualities are well known and enjoy great success.
Beers:  Chimay Blue
Chimay Gold
Chimay Grand Reserve 2001
Chimay Grande Reserve 2008
Chimay Grande Reserve 2010
Chimay Rouge
Chimay Speciale Cent Cinquante
Chimay Triple
Chimay 33cl Chimay 33cl
Address:  Europe» Belgium» BAILEUX
6464 Route Charlemagne 8
Province:  Hainaut
Founded in:  1862
In business:  1862
Phone:  + 32 60 21 03 11
Fax:  +32 60 21 34 22
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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 Cistercian monasteries are divided into two great Orders, of which one is historically attached to the Abbey of La Grande Trappe, in Normandy. From here originates the popular name of "Trappists".
The monks dedicate their life to the worship of God in prayer and meditation. Making a vow of celibacy, they live in a community, under the direction of an abbot and renounce all personal possessions.
The heart of their life is their work and they try hard by these means to secure aid for the poorest people.
The work of the monks has for a long time essentially been the cultivation of crops in the field, but recently this has extended to light industry, in particular food and agricultural activities. This is how, in the northern part of the country, they have brewed beer for many centuries.
Since the monks carry out their work with the same concern for perfection that they strive for in their life of prayer and study, brewing has become a true art over the course of time in the abbeys and has been perfected at the Abbey of Scourmont through the most modern scientific methods.
It was during the summer of 1850 that a small group of monks established themselves on the wild Tplateau of Scourmont close to Chimay.
They had to do a lot of work to transform the barren soil of this region into fertile farmland.
Around the monastery that they had built, which was of great beauty and simplicity, a farm was developed, followed by a cheese making plant and a brewery.
The Abbey of Scourmont gave birth to various industries which made it the principal provider of employment in the region and into which it injected a powerful dynamism.
Their role of initiators no longer being necessary, the monks gradually withdrew from the direct administration of all these companies in order to continue their life seeking God, shared between prayer, study and manual work.
The production and distribution of Chimay Trappist beers is performed by S.A. Bières de Chimay.
Chimay is always brewed on site at the abbey, which guarantees its authenticity and quality. It is bottled at Baileux, a few kilometres from the Abbey.

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