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.
RB1 (5) Gilbert, Arizona | September 10, 2011| Updated September 12, 2011
After a serene walk on the grounds of the Abbaye Notre Dame de Scourmont (Chimay), one is compelled to taste the ale. The place to do that is just down the lane at L’Auberge de Poteaupre. Very quaint and warm, this is the official Abbaye tap house. All four chimay ales are available; the Cinq Cents and Doree’ on tap, the Grande Reserve and Premiere in bottles. I have been told the Premiere with also soon be available on tap. The food and Chimay cheeses are excellent. The Auberge is full of breweriana from Chimay, which is of great interest to collectors. There is an outdoor area in back to sit and enjoy the wonderful ales while pondering the pastoral grandeur of the Belgian Ardenne. This is truly a joyous place to spend a leisurely afternoon. There is also a gift shop and small deli (mostly cheese) counter.
Very nice place to enjoy the Chimay beers and cheeses. I had a quadruple dégustation, both beer and cheese. It was a real nice experience! The marketing strategy of the monks is amazing ;) Downside: in the shop you pay like 3,8euro for a bottle of Chimay Bleue, when you can find it for like 3euro in a Colruyt... Bit weird...
Soul-less modernised interior as seems to be the way with trappist taps. Ok service and good food. Beer resticted to the three regular Chimay beers plus the mediocre Doree (Speciale Poteaupre). Not really worth going out of your way for.
A nice place just down the street from the Abbey de Scourmont. Great view of the Belgian countryside and the food is pretty goo too. Beer is only Chimay, as you would expect, but they do have the Chimay Doree (or "Special Poteaupre) that is only available there. Also, they have all of the cheeses try the vieux.
Stopped at Poteaupre to taste Doree, which they had on tap only. Love their sample "trays", but was driving... Had some bread and cheese as well and was pleasantly surprised by their cheese. Nice atmosphere and service was good. Definitely worth stopping for.
shrubber85 (364) Greenville, Indiana | October 13, 2009| Updated October 16, 2009
Visited around noon on a foggy October day. GPS wouldn’t accept the address but luckily there are numerous signs to direct you once you get in the area because this place is way out in the middle of no-where. Restaurant was packed (including a bus-load of retirees/pensioners that, to their credit, were almost to a person drinking beer). Went to the shop first, the young lady behind the counter was very nice with quick service - however they did not have Doree in the bottle so we went ahead and had a light lunch. Despite the crowd and my extremely poor French, we had their home-made bread on the table within seconds of sitting down. Service wasn’t extremely fast but perfect for a lazy day enjoying the view out the back window and relaxing. My 6-year old daughter saw their large playground in the back and despite the mist, went outside to play. Nice patio in the back that would be pure bliss on a nice sunny summer day. If you’re rushing to taste all the Belgian beers you can find, you’ll probably just want to order a Doree and then leave. However, I was quite pleased with the service and atmosphere - would stop by again if in the area.
Great place to unwind on the patio when the weather is good and to drink the fantastically good draft Chimay beers. The Chimay Doree was on tap here and nowhere else, although I was very disappointed not to be able to get a take-home bottle as souvenir. The cheese is excellent, although the service was slow and never anybody in the shop. Nice part of Belgium though.
Way out of the way, but in a very nice area. Visited with my wife in summer ’07. Just inside the entrance they have Chimay artifacts in a showcase, leading into a small bar and gift shop. We made the mistake of speaking english first, and when we were seated, we ordered our first beers, and were subsequently ignored for 45 minutes while everyone around us were attended to. My impression is that our waiter was not comfortable trying to communicate with us. Nonetheless, we managed to order food and more beer. I had some meatballs, while my wife had a wonderful quiche made from all four cheeses.
Last weekend. This place is heaven for Chimay lovers !Chimay Doreé available. Very nice for a lunch. We take first the taste 3 different beers and 4 Chimay cheeses: delicous !
Good. Whe are sleeping here one night.