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Postel Abbey

This is a praise to the Norbertine Abbeys in Flandres (Belgium). I have been living in a small village sitting near a canal. I use to go walking in three Abbeys, which were close by. Those are the most relaxing evening I remember from those three years. There are six Norbertine abbeys in Belgium: Averbode, Grimbergen, Leffe, Park (Heverlee), Postel, and Tongerlo. The Norbertinian order is born in 1121 in France thanks to St Norbert. "Live together in harmony, and be of one mind and one heart on the way to God" is one of the religious roles. 

The Postel Abbey was close by my house. We used to go walking on Sunday afternoon. There is a botanical garden, where monks grow herbs and flowers, and a laboratory. The monks use the herbs to produce liquor, medical syrup, and body creams. The abbey was born in 1135 as a residence for the pilgrims of the Floreffe abbey. During the 17th century, the abbey was closed. In 1797, g the french revolution, some of the buildings were destroyed and heavily damaged. To cope with the economic problems, the monks moved to the Limbug. In 1847 The monks moved back to Postel and started a small production of beer. The cheese production started in 1947 under the supervision of Padre Norbertus. In 1997 the artisanal production of cheese was moved to a small factory scale, which is placed within the abbey walls. Starting 6000/12000 of pasteurized milk, the factory can produce up to 600/1200 kg of cheese.The aging rooms can host up to 90000 kg of cheese. The cheese of the abbey has the IGP trademark, which secures the production to the specific region of Postel. Today, the head of the production is Padre Danny Caekebeke. 

There is a small shop at the entrance of the abbey. The people working there are lovely. Our favorite cheeses are the Komijn kaas, a fresh cheese aromatised with cumin; the Brokkel kaas, a two years old cheese; and the Oud kaas, a 9 years old cheese. Nowadays, the beer is produced in Opwijk. They have three types: a Postel blond, a belgian strong pale ale; a Postel double and a Postel triple.

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We would like to thank talequale for the pictures and Maria for the graphic.


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