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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: Van Eecke Het Kapittel Pater and Prior

Van Eecke Kapittel Pater

ABV: 6% and 9% Origin: Watou, West-Vlaanderen, Flanders Website: www.leroybreweries.be First published: 12 and19 February 2001

Two more reviews from the archive written for the pioneering Oxford Bottled Beer Database (OBBD). I’ve left them uncorrected — so please read them in that historical spirit.

The Van Eecke brewery in Watou […]

Cool runnings: beer serving temperature and flavour

Taking beer’s temperature: warm or cool?

The piece below was first published in Beers of the World magazine issue 13, July 2007, and was my first proper feature piece to appear in a ‘newsstand’ title. It’s subsequently been reprinted with my permission in a couple of other places. Although I’d probably write it slightly […]

From the cellar: Hanssens Oudbeitje

Hanssens Oudbeitje

ABV: 6% Origin: Dworp (Beersel), Vlaams-Brabant, Flanders 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.

Hanssens, established in 1871, remains — just — as the last of the […]

From the cellar: Caledonian Burns Ale

Caledonian Burns Ale

ABV: 4.7% Origin: Edinburgh, Scotland Website: www.caledonianbeer.com 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. Caledonian is no longer “proudly independent”: Scottish Courage became involved in 2004 […]

From the cellar: Williams Brothers (Heather Ales) Kelpie

Williams Brothers Brewery

ABV: 4.4% Origin: Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland Website: www.williamsbrosbrew.com 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.

At the time of writing, the beer was brewed at the […]

From the cellar: Van Steenberge Augustijn (St Stefanus) Grand Cru

Van Steenberge Augustijn Grand Cru

ABV: 9% Origin: Ertvelde, Oost-Vlaanderen, Flanders Website: www.vansteenberge.com 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.

Augustijn Grand Cru is still available from Van Steenberge, […]

From the cellar: Sailerbräu Altenmünster Brauer Bier urig würzig

Allgäuer Altenmünster Brauer Bier urig würzig

ABV: 5.3% Origin: Altenmünster, Bayern, Germany Website: www.altenmuenster-brauerbier.de 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, especially as in this case I guessed horribly […]

From the cellar: Herold Czech Black Lager / Tmavé speciální pivo

Herold Tmavé speciální pivo

ABV: 5.3% Origin: Březnice, Středočeský kraj, Czech Republic Website: www.pivovar-herold.cz 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.

Herold, likely one of the world’s oldest breweries, […]

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: Lefebvre Abbaye de Bonne-Espérance (Ambrée)

Abbaye de Bonne Espérance Ambrée

ABV: 7.8% Origin: Quenast, Brabant-Wallonie, Wallonia Website: www.bonneesperance.be/fr/la-biere 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.

This beer is now an officially recognised Belgian abbey […]