Belgium: Orval Trappist Ale
Orval Abbey is a Cistercian monastery founded in 1132 in the Gaume region of Belgium. The abbey is well-known for its history and spiritual life but also for its production of Trappist ale beer and cheese. There is evidence that there was already a chapel on the site in the 10th century. In the 12th century a group of Cistercian monks from Trois-Fontaines Abbey in Champagne arrived, and joined with the Canons Regular who had preceded them to form a single community within the Cistercian Order under the first abbot, Constantin.