Strong in our beliefs

for more than 170 years

3 Trappist principles

As producers of Trappist beers and cheeses, we continue to adhere strictly to three key principles.

1.

Our products are made in the abbey itself or its immediate environment.

Chimay

2.

Production is supervised by the abbey’s monks.

3.

The bulk of the income goes to support charitable works.

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Youth capacity development
Creation of sustainable and regional jobs
Local development

The Chimay-Wartoise
foundation

This charitable foundation was established in 1996 on the initiative of the monastic community of Scourmont Abbey.

Wishing to separate their monastic vocation from the financial preoccupations associated with the development of the businesses they had established (brewing, cheese making, hotel, etc.), the Monastic Community of Scourmont transferred the shares in its companies to the Foundation.

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Respect for our history and the people

Our history began in 1850 when the priest of Virelles, Father Jean-Baptiste Jourdain, and the Prince of Chimay, Joseph de Riquet de Caraman, entrusted a mission to small group of monks from Westvleteren: to take up residence on the high plateau of Scoutmont with the aim, then as now, of “supporting the Chimay region”.

In order to do so, they decided to make beer from the water available in abundance on the marshy plateau. Later, they also began to produce cheese...

We also owe our history to the men and women who worked and still work in passing on this knowledge handed down through the generations and ensuring that the principles of Chimay are upheld. 

A true commitment
to sustainability

We believe in leaving the world in the best possible state for future generations.

Which is why we are making significant investments in reducing our ecological footprint as far as possible:  photovoltaic panels, wind power, recovery of the energy produced during the brewing process, a more energy-efficient bottling line, local milk collection, etc.

The examples are numerous.

We owe our existence to what nature gives us. We have a duty to reciprocate.

The finest natural ingredients

The main ingredient of our beer is the water drawn from the abbey’s wells.

The main ingredient of our cheese is the milk collected from the farmers of the Chimay region.

And the same principle applies to the choice of all our natural ingredients.

Milk

Water

Hop

Yeast

Quality

Quality, our number one priority.
We use all the means at our disposal to create products of the highest quality.

Our production
combines tradition and innovation

We make every effort to brew our beers and make our cheeses by taking the best from both the knowledge we have inherited and what today’s world has to offer in terms of innovations. As well as meeting high standards of product quality and energy performances.

Key dates

  • Construction of the Abbey of Scourmont.

    1850

  • The monks of Chimay produce their first beer according to the monastic traditions of natural brewing.

    1862

  • Brother Benedict goes to France to learn how to make a semi-soft cheese. Trappist cheese is born!

    1876

  • Father Théodore isolates the unique yeast cells that still form the basis for brewing Chimay Trappist beers today.

    1948

  • The monastic community develops a Christmas beer that is now known as Chimay Blue Cap.

    1956

  • Creation of the White Cap beer, also known as Chimay Triple.

    1966

  • The new cheese dairy is established at the Baileux bottling plant. It makes just one cheese: Chimay ‘Grand Classique’ in 1 kg rounds.

    1982

  • Chimay Gold is marketed for the first time

    2013

A history which has flourished over many years, based on strong societal and environmental values that are more relevant than ever today.

Tasty. Meaningful. Authentic.