First it should be noted that there is no Chimay stuff sold on the abbey, only religious icons, books etc. So this is the place where you should look for the beer related stuff. The place is actually 2 connected places: shop and restaurant. Since I was hurrying to the airpport I didn’t have time to visit the restaurant. Hence the rating is for the shop only. The shop had the usual Chimay beers for a nice price and also seem to have new version of oak aged Chimay for ~17 euros (not yet in ratebeer nor their webpage, unfortuantley I couldn’t pick it up). Addition to the beers, the shop had nice selection of Chimay groceries (including cheese and patte of course) and a lot of memorabilia with Chimay logos (including pens, t-shirts, bottle openers etc.). Service was friendly and the guy behind the counter spoke enough English that the transaction went smoothly. Overall: decent shop, but not worth the special trip unless you happen to be in the area or are a really big fan of Chimay.
visite din the afternoon, ok selection isnt large ofcourse since they only serve their own beer, or i must have missed something, Food was delecious had the steak in beer sause and it was superb. service was friendly only downside where the flies in the restaurant but well with all doors and windows open that tends to happen.
Overall a nice place to visit and dont forge to visit the monastery itself
Stopped by on the way back from France to the airport in Brussels as it was not to far out of the way. Split a taster and had a Doree. Tried a cheese sampler that came with bread, not too generous with the servings, and the bread after almost three weeks of traveling in France and Belgium was a huge disappointment. Nice gift shop with the opportunity to spend a lot of Euros! The place was packed on a Monday afternoon, so the monks are doing something right.
Well, it’s been on my todo list for a while, finally made the trip. The Tripel on tap couldn’t really please me. Probably way too fresh. The food was a joke. I had the cheese croquettes. I could tell they were home made, but it’s not because something is home made, that is necessarily is good. Tasted a bit dull and the outside was greasy and soggy instead of crunchy crispy. The salad on each plate was the same uninspirational composition of lettuce, a piece of tomato, slice of cucumber, grated carrots from a jar, grated celeriac and something else. With a plastic cup of dressing. It felt like a school cafeteria. The grilled cheese ham sandwich was ok, but just one small one, instead of the regular two in Belgium. That’s a bit cheap. I guess the only reason you want to come here is for the Chimay Dorée, but as they will start selling bottles from now on, you might as well go after that. Come to think of it, they didn’t even have any Chimay Cent Cinquante (150) on the menu. Tsss....
Oh yeah, the nicest thing was actually the shop, where they have a really nice cheese selection. Took home a couple of pieces, they were delicious.
Quite a nice place to visit, though a bit secluded. Nice atmosphere, better decorated, less simple, than the places of Westmalle or Westvleteren. The beers (Chimay, naturally) are nice, though not my favourite Trappist beers. And obviously there is the Spéciale du Poteaupré (formerly Doreé).
The food is quite good and inexpensive, except for the soup of the day, which was in a rather small cup and quite bland. The soft specialty cheeses (Poteaupré and Mont de Secours) are really nice, and the stars of the visit for me.
Marked down only because selection is limited to Chimay, but that’s pretty good, right? Food is very good and service top notch. Plus it’s the only place you can get the Chimay A Poteaupre, a Belgian blonde ale.
It is a nice place to visit, nice terrace and good green view. You can drink the monk light beer that the monks drink in there abbey and that is not for sale in any shop. The Poteaupré is from the monks. It is a small wake thou the abbey if you want thou visit it.
By Belgian distances standards, the Chimay represents quite a detour unless you’re spending a few days touring Wallonian breweries. Pairing this fact with some of the least inspiring Trappist ales around, there are many places that would be a wiser visit. The draught Chimay Dorée is an attraction, but really just a drinkable, simplistic Belgian ale like there are legions. When we visited this countryside location on a Friday afternoon, the place was almost empty despite being very large and with a nice park outside. Particularly slow service nevertheless. We still had a good time though as the food was filling and relatively inexpensive at 10 euros for a Chimay tartiflette, a good though unexceptional 5-cheese plate. The store allows you to buy the house cheeses, but don’t expect spectacular memorabilia. What makes this abbey particularly interesting if anything is the extremely peaceful abbey, a kilometer or so around the block, that can be visited freely. A very photogenic and resourcing abbey with beautiful vegetation. Even the Church can be peeked at as long as you remain respectfully silent.