Brouwerij De Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren
History tells us that the monks of the Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren brew some of the world's best beers, with their most famous being the legendary Trappist Westvleteren 12. For a long time, the only way to acquire their bottles was to queue up in front of the monastery gates, and if you were lucky, you might be able to get your hands on a few. Today, these beers have become more widely available, but they are still some of the highest-rated brews in the world
In 1814, Jan-Baptist Victoor became a hermit in the woods of Westvleteren, where monastic communities had already been living for a long time. The history of the Saint-Sixtus Abbey began when some monks from the French abbey Mont-des-Cats joined the hermit in 1831.
In addition to their monastic activities, the monks also cultivated the fields around the abbey and produced cheese in order to be self-sufficient. Beer was brewed in small quantities from the early days, not for sale but for their own consumption. According to the Saint-Sixtus Abbey's archive, the first expenses for a brewery were made in June 1838.