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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: Gayant La bière du Démon

Gayant La Démon

ABV: 12% Origin: Douai, Nord, France First published: 5 February 2001

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.

Founded by a merger of several breweries in the Douai area in 1919, […]

From the cellar: Castelain Ch’ti Ambrée

Castelain Ch’ti Ambrée

ABV: 5.9% Origin: Bénifontaine, Pas-de-Calais, Hauts-de-France Website: brasseriecastelain.com Date: 6 November 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. Oh for those halcyon days when Safeway UK (since taken over by […]

From the cellar: Duyck Jenlain No. 6 (Bière Blonde Spéciale)

Jenlain, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France

ABV: 6% Origin: Jenlain, Nord, Hauts-de-France, France Website: www.jenlain.fr Date: 14 August 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. Another beer and brewery that are still very much around, although […]

From the cellar: Saint-Sylvestre Le Gavroche

ABV: 8.5% Origin: Saint-Sylvestre-Cappel, Nord, Hauts-de-France, France Website: http://www.brasserie-st-sylvestre.com/ Date: 14 August 2000

Another review from the archive written for the Oxford Bottled Beer Database (OBBD), a pioneering crowd-sourced beer review website founded in 1992, and predating the likes of Ratebeer and Beer Advocate. I’ve left it uncorrected — so please read it in that […]

Le Brewery Odo

Le Brewery Odo

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 6.6% Origin: Joué du Bois, Orne, France Website: www.le-brewery.com

I know of several expatriate Brits involved with small breweries in France – an interesting country for beer at the moment as a new international craft brewing sensibility is supplementing and reinventing established regional styles. Steve Skews is […]

Artésienne St Glinglin Édition Limitée Amarillo

Beer sellers: Abbaye des Saveurs

ABV: 6% Origin: Auchy-les Mines, Pas de Calais, France Website: http://biereartisanale.fr/

Artésienne St Glinglin Limited Edition Single Hop Amarillo

You’ll look in vain for the delightfully assonant St Glinglin (pronounced like ‘san-glan-glan’ but with French nasalised vowels) in the Dictionary of Saints. When a French speaker says something will […]

Thiriez Blonde d’Esquelbecq

Beer sellers: Abbaye des Saveurs

ABV: 6.5% Origin: Esquelbecq, Nord, France Website: www.brasseriethiriez.com

Thiriez Blonde d'Esquelbecq

Daniel Thiriez began reinventing Northern French beer as far back as 1996. He ploughed a lonely furrow for some years – only from the mid-2000s have other startup breweries in the region dared to brew beyond established traditions. […]

Theillier Bavaisienne Ambrée and Blonde

Top Tastings 2011 (Ambrée), Beer sellers: Abbaye des Saveurs

ABV: 6.5% Origin: Bavay, Nord, France

Theillier La Bavaisienne (Ambrée)

Northern French bières de garde are generally assumed to have deep historic roots in the local tradition of farmhouse brewing, though today’s best known and best selling brands are of more recent origin than […]

Pays Flamand Anosteké Brune Imperial Smout

Top Tastings 2011, Beer sellers: Abbaye des Saveurs

ABV: 8.5% Origin: Blaringhem, Nord, France Website: www.bracine.com

Brasserie du Pays Flamand Anosteké Brune Imperial Smout

In November 2011 I was in Lille for a few days, checking out among other things the excellent beer range at the Abbaye des Saveurs shop in Vieux-Lille which […]

Bailleux Cuvée des Jonquilles

From the archive: First published in the Oxford Bottled Beer Database May 2002. Beer sellers: Cave à bulles

ABV: 7% Origin: Gussignies, Nord, France

Bailleux Cuvée des Jonquilles

‘Daffodil harvest’, a bottle-conditioned blond ale with a suitably floral label full of the cheer of spring, comes from an artisanal brewery at the Baron brewpub […]