Westmalle Abbey, called Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van het Heilig Hart, belongs to the Cistercian Order, which was founded in the eleventh century. This order is commonly referred to as the Trappists. Westmalle Abbey, founded in 1794, belongs to the Cistercians of Strict Observance, but is generally known as the Trappist Abbey of Westmalle.
A monks life is primarily a life of prayer. Work is also an important component of their monastic order. Monks also have to be responsible for their own livelihood. In order to be able to do that, there is at the Westmalle Abbey a farm, a chees making area and - undoubtedly the most well known - a brewery.
Westmalle abbey has a cheese-making facility since 1860. The monks make semi-hard, mature cheese. This Trappist cheese is prepared in a traditional way with unprocessed, unpasteurised milk, from their own cows. It is lightly salted with a homogenous structure.
Serve the Westmalle abbey cheese with a Westmalle Tripel or Dubbel.