Achel Brewery is the newest, and least known of the Trappist breweries in Belgium. Achel is brewed by the monks at the Sint Benedictus Abdij in Achel, Belgium, just over the border from the Netherlands. The monastary has a history at the site dating back to the 1600’s, and a beer brewing history back to the 1850’s, but this was initially halted during WWI when the copper brewing works were commandeered by the German war effort. The brewery was rebuilt in 1998, and the first Achel Trappist beers hit the market in 2001.
Achel’s beers can be found around the world (even here in Taiwan!), but one of the best ways to enjoy this beer is at the brewery itself! The Achelse Kluise, as the monastary is known, is located along the well laid out bike trails in Noord-Brabant, and is just a short drive out of Valkenswaard and Eindhoven in the Netherlands. A visit to the monastary can be topped off with a stop in the cafe, where you can have a quick bite to eat and try the local brewed Trappist beer. The 5° Bruin and Blond beers (5% ABV) can only be tasted here on draft in the cafeteria. The normal product you see in bottles in stores is the 8° which is 8% ABV. You can enjoy your beer and snack in the beer garden, surrounded by the walls of the monastary.
During High Season from May to September, the cafe is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11-5:30PM (bar closes at 5PM). Closed Mondays. The gallery and book store are open Tuesday through Friday from 11-5PM, Saturday 10:30-4:30PM, and Sunday from 11-5PM. Closed Mondays.
St. Benedictusabdij De Achelse Kluis
De Kluis 1
Phone: +32 011.800760
http://www.achelsekluis.org/english/frame_en.htm however much of the information is only available on the Dutch pages.