Maredsous Abbey is a Benedictine monastery at Denée near Namur in Belgium. It is a member of the Annunciation Congregation of the Benedictine Confederation.
It was founded on 15 November 1872 by Beuron Abbey in Germany, the founder of many religious houses, at the instigation of Hildebrand de Hemptinne, a Belgian monk at Beuron and later abbot of Maredsous.
Maredsous Abbey is also known for the production of Maredsous cheese. It is a loaf-shaped cheese made from cow's milk. The cheese is lightly pressed, then washed in brine to create the firm, orange crust and pungent aroma.
The abbey currently makes five varieties: Maredsous Tradition, Mi-Vieux (half old), Fumé (smoked), Fondu (fondue), Frais (the fresh cheese), Light, and Fagotin. This semi-soft cheese is very popular throughout continental Europe. Served in tubs and individually packaged triangles in cardboard wheels, it has been imitated in the United States by Laughing Cow, a French branded cheese called La Vache Qui Rit.
The abbey also licenses its name to Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat, the makers of Maredsous beer.
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