Monasteries | Sint-Benedictusabdij De Achelse Kluis (B)
Beer was last brewed here in 1914. Since 1998 it has however once more been possible to taste an authentic Trappist beer in Achel, brewed in the brewery of the Achel Abbey. The Brother Master Brewer, who also works at preparing the produce with Brother Thomas, ensures the now renowned quality of the beer, which contains barley, hops, yeast and water.
Achel Trappist beer is served on tap. Achel "8" has also been available in bottled form since the summer of 2001. The brewery is not open to the public, but the pleasant inn offers a view of the wort boilers, and now and then it is possible to observe some of the work in the brewery. The Hermitage inn offers the perfect opportunity to relax, being also a pleasant place to while away time with friends and family. You might choose to round off your visit to the Achel Abbey there after, for example, attending High Mass, shopping in Brother Martinus's grocery or a visit to the gallery bookshop.
The inn offers a place to have a break when cycling or having a walk in the area. A network of cycle paths, the Leenderhei, the woodland of Hamont-Achel and the tourist car route are within easy reach. The inn is situated in the converted former stables. There are now spacious rooms and an extended sun terrace linked to the entrances to the shop, the gallery bookshop, the museum and the Art Gallery. There is also the special feature that the room in the inn offers a view of the brewery's boilers. At certain times, you can follow the brewing process from here.