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Des de Moor
Best beer and travel writing award 2015, 2011 -- British Guild of Beer Writers Awards
Accredited Beer Sommelier
Writer of "Probably the best book about beer in London" - Londonist
"A necessity if you're a beer geek travelling to London town" - Beer Advocate
"A joy to read" - Roger Protz
"Very authoritative" - Tim Webb.
"One of the top beer writers in the UK" - Mark Dredge.
"A beer guru" - Popbitch.
Des de Moor

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From the cellar: Prignon Fantôme

Prignon Fantôme Saison

ABV: 8% Origin: Soy, Luxembourg, Wallonie Website: www.fantome.be Date: 8 September 2000

Another review from the archive written for the pioneering Oxford Bottled Beer Database (OBBD). I’ve left it uncorrected — so please read it in that historical spirit.

Dany Prignon is still brewing his eccentric beers today: indeed it appears […]

From the cellar: Boon Winter

Your fanmail to Frank Boon arrives here.

ABV: 5% Origin: Lembeek, Vlaams-Brabant, Vlaanderen Website: www.boon.be Date: 7 September 2000

Another review from the archive written for the pioneering Oxford Bottled Beer Database (OBBD). I’ve left it uncorrected — so please read it in that historical spirit. This particular beer is something of a mystery […]

Rodenbach Grand Cru

Rodenbach Grand Cru

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 6% Origin: Roeselare, Oost-Vlaanderen Website: www.palm.be

Beer writers and experts tend to have different drinking habits from ordinary beer drinkers. To keep ourselves well informed and authoritative, we’re usually tasting beers we haven’t tried before, and find ourselves passing on the popular and familiar by. In contrast, […]

Mikkeller/Proef Big Worse Barley Wine

Mikkeller Big Worse Barley Wine (Proef)

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 12% Origin: Lochristi, Oost-Vlaanderen Website: mikkeller.dk

Highly creative and prolific Danish cuckoo brewer Mikkel Borg Bjergsø will need no introduction to craft beer connoisseurs. His preconception-challenging products have cut a swathe through the world of beer appreciation since his kitchen home brews first went […]

Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black label)

Gueuze Girardin 1882 (Zwart etiket)

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 5% Origin: Sint-Ulriks-Kapelle, Vlaams-Brabant, Vlaanderen Website: www.brouwerijgirardin.com

Girardin is arguably the most consistently and rootedly traditional of all the lambic breweries. The others were either founded since the self conscious revivalism of the 1970s or, like Cantillon, heavily influenced by it – or at the […]

Roman/Antwerps Seef Bier

Zythos Bierfestival 2012

ABV: 6.5% Origin: Oudenaarde, Oost-Vlaanderen, Vlaanderen Website: www.seef.be

Roman / Antwerpse Brouw Compagnie Seef Bier

The consolidation and transformation of the brewing industry and the beer market in the 20th century swept away numerous local and regional beer styles, with beers once ubiquitous in their own territories rapidly declining and almost […]

Dochter van de Korenaar Peated Oak Aged Embrasse

Zythos Bierfestival 2012

ABV: 9% Origin: Baarle-Hertog, Antwerpen, Vlaanderen Website: www.dedochtervandekorenaar.be

De Dochter van de Korenaar Peated Oak Aged Embrasse, Zythos Bierfestival, Leuven 2012

De Dochter van de Korenaar (‘the ear of corn’s daughter’, a poetic expression for beer) is a Belgian brewery, but only just. It was founded by a former home brewer, […]

3 Fonteinen Faro

Zythos Bierfestival 2012

ABV: 5.5% Origin: Beersel, Vlaams-Brabant, Vlaanderen Website: www.3fonteinen.be

Brouwerij en stekerij 3 Fonteinen, Beersel, Vlaams-Brabant, België

The simplest way to make an acidic young lambic palatable is to bung sugar in it, and in the past this was probably the most common way of drinking lambic in its heartland in and […]

Proef/Craig Allan Agent Provocateur and Cuvée d’Oscar

Top Tastings 2011 (bottled Cuvée d’Oscar), Beer sellers: Abbaye des Saveurs

ABV: 6.5% and 7.5% Origin: Lochristi, Oost-Vlaanderen, Vlaanderen Website: craigallan.fr, www.proefbrouwerij.com

Craig Allan Cuvée d'Oscar (brewed at Proef)

These beers are produced in Belgian Flanders by a Scottish brewer based in Picardy, northern France, and are decidedly international at heart. Craig Allan […]

Saint-Monon Brune

From the archive: first published in the Oxford Bottled Beer Database February 2001 Beer sellers: mi orge mi houblon

ABV: 7.5% Origin: Nassogne, Luxembourg, Wallonie Website: www.saintmonon.be

Saint-Monon Brune

I know little about this brewery except that it’s in wooded country in the Ardennes, in the Belgian province of Luxembourg [in the village of […]