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On the flank of the Catsberg, just beyond the 'Schreve', rises the Vleterbeek, which waters Westvleteren. But in 1831 another brooklet found its way to Westvleteren: the prior of the just founded Catsberg monastery and a few of his monks moved to the woods of Saint Sixtus to settle with Jan-Baptist Victoor, a recluse. A new Cistercian monastery was born: the Trappist Abbey of Saint Sixtus in Westvleteren.
Unless otherwise specified (see our page with Up-to-date Information http://www.sintsixtus.be/eng/brouwerijactueel.htm), the empty bottles and crates can be returned to the sales desk any afternoon between 14:00 and 17:00. When there is no beer for sale, it might be that the sales desk is only open between 15:00 and 16:30. Our beer shop is closed on Fridays, Sundays and national holidays as well as January 1-14 and the week following the third Sunday of September.
Our beer can also be enjoyed in the welcome center 'In De Vrede', across the street from the abbey. Here you can also visit the Claustrum , an exhibition room with a presentation of life in the abbey as well as information about the brewery and the brewing process.