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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: Swale Whitstable Oyster Stout / Schelde Oesterstout

Whitstable oysters.

ABV: 4.5% / 8.5% Origin: Newham, Kent, England / Bergen op Zoom, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands Website: www.scheldebrouwerij.com / http://whitstablebrewery.co.uk Date: 9 October 2000

Two more reviews from the archive written for the pioneering Oxford Bottled Beer Database (OBBD). This was my first attempt at a comparative tasting, but to fit the OBBD format […]

From the cellar: Schelde Lamme Goedzak

Former label for Scheldebrouwerij Lamme Goedzak.

ABV: 6.5% Origin: Bergen op Zoom, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands Website: www.scheldebrouwerij.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.

Scheldebrouwerij, founded in 1994 and named after […]

From the cellar: ‘t IJ Paasij

ABV: 7% Origin: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands Website: www.brouwerijhetij.nl Date: 7 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 historical […]

Maximus Stout 6

Maximus Stout 6

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 6% Origin: Utrecht, Netherlands Website: www.brouwerijmaximus.nl

My first visit to the Borefts Bierfestival at De Molen brewery in Bodegraven in September afforded me a chance to hang out in Utrecht for the first time in a few years – and unsurprisingly I kept bumping into beer bloggers […]

Texels Bock

Top Tastings 2011

ABV: 7% Origin: Ouderschild, Texel (Noord-Holland), Netherlands Website: www.speciaalbier.com

Texels Bock

With my slightly sweet beer tooth, I’ve got a soft spot for the Dutch interpretation of bo(c)kbier, which has become an institution in its own right in the Netherlands, a seasonal focus for drinkers and a rallying point for the […]

Molen Hot & Spicy

Great British Beer Festival 2011

ABV: 10.2% Origin: Bodegraven, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Website: http://www.brouwerijdemolen.nl/

De Molen Hot & Spicy in its Bordeaux cask at the Great British Beer Festival, Earls Court, London August 2011

The big wooden barrels full of weird and wonderful beers that De Molen’s Menno Olivier brings to the Belgian/Dutch/Italian bar at […]

Schelde Schoenlappertje

Beer sellers: De Bierkoning

ABV: 5% Origin: ’s-Gravenpolder, Zeeland, Netherlands (now at Meer, Antwerpen, Vlaanderen) Website: www.scheldebrouwerij.nl

Scheldebrouwerij 't Schoenlappertje

Scheldebrouwerij is that rare thing, a microbrewery that moved countries. Founded by home brewers Kees van Loenhout and Peter van der Eijnden in 1994, it was originally in Zeeuwse-Vlaanderen, a detached southern exclave […]

Molen 1914 Porter

Beer sellers: De Bierkoning

ABV: 5.8% Origin: Bodegraven, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Website: www.brouwerijdemolen.nl

De Molen 1914 Porter

Another of the impressive range of porters and stouts to have emerged from under the “ark dove” windmill in Bodegraven, this limited edition beer was produced in 2008 by brewer Menno Olivier and beer historian Ron Pattinson, based […]

IJ Speciale Vlo Amsterdams Biobier

Beer sellers: De Bierkoning

ABV: 7% Origin: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands Website: www.brouwerijhetij.nl

't IJ Speciale Vlo Amsterdams Biobier

From one of the Netherlands’ best established and most consistently good micros, this is a decidedly local beer, commissioned from ’t IJ on Amsterdam’s Funenkade by the Bierkoning beer shop by the Dam, not more than […]

Molen Hel en Verdoemenis 666

Top Tastings 2010

ABV: 10% Origin: Bodegraven, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Website: www.brouwerijdemolen.nl

De Molen Hel en Verdoemenis 666

World renowned Dutch craft brewer Menno Olivier brews phenomenal beers in numerous styles, but perhaps his strongest suit is his imperial stouts, of which there are several, as well as variants within variants. ‘Hell and Damnation’ is […]