Chimay - Klaas
Abbey of Notre-Dame de Scourmont
It was during the summer of 1850 that a small group of monks established themselves on the wild plateau 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.