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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.
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From the cellar: Regenboog ‘t Smisje Honingbier

De Regenboog ‘t Smisje Honingbier

ABV: 6% Origin: Assebroek (Brugge), West-Vlaanderen, Flanders Website: www.smisje.belgianbeerboard.com Date: 23 October 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.

De Regenboog (The Rainbow) was originally a printing business […]

From the cellar: Louwaege Hapkin

Louweage Hapkin

ABV: 8.5% Origin: Kortemark, West-Vlaanderen, Flanders Date: 23 October 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.

The Louwaege brewery, founded in 1877, closed in 2002 when the founding family sold it […]

From the cellar: Palm Aerts 1900

Palm Aerts 1900

ABV: 7.5% Origin: Steenhuffel (Londerzeel), Vlaams-Brabant, Flanders Website: http://palm.be Date: 25 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. Palm is still very much around as one of Belgium’s national […]

From the cellar: Cantillon Iris 1996

Cantillon Iris

ABV: 5% Origin: Anderlecht, Brussel Website: www.cantillon.be Date: 18 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. Iris has since become a relatively regular part of Cantillon’s range: it’s very highly regarded, […]

From the cellar: Girardin Gueuze Etiquette Noir

Gueuze Girardin 1882 (Zwart etiket)

ABV: 5% Origin: Sint-Ulriks-Kapelle, Vlaams-Brabant, Vlaanderen Website: www.brouwerijgirardin.com 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. Thankfully this world classic is still very much around, and […]

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 […]