Westmalle monastery, which is located in the town of Westmalle, Belgium, became a Trappist abbey in 1836. That same year, abbot Martinus Dom started construction of a small brewery. Later that year, the first Westmalle Trappist beer was served! Not bad to be a monk, dedicate your life to everything that involves, and get to drink wonderful beer brewed where you live! Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong place at the wrong time. Actually, I feel like that a lot of the time. There is so much cool history out there that would have been right up my alley.