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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: 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 […]

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: Lefebvre Barbãr Bok

Lefebvre Barbãr (Winter) Bok

ABV: 8% Origin: Quenast, Brabant-Wallonie, Wallonia Website: www.brasserielefebvre.be 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 the beer was was 8% ABV, and […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2005

Top Tastings 2010

ABV: 11.5% Origin: Esen, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium Website: www.dedollebrouwers.be

De Dolle Brouwers Stille Nacht Reserva 2005

An extreme development of the cult classic ‘Silent Night’ strong, sweet Christmas ale from the eccentric Dolle Brouwers, this wood aged version takes a slighty stronger implementation of the same recipe, generously hopped with Nugget and […]

Ole Slewfoot Red Wing and Friend of the Devil

An extended review of a beer featured as a new real ale in a bottle on the bottled beer review page in the February 2011 issue of BEER magazine, sent free every quarter to CAMRA members, who can also view it online. The magazine is additionally available in selected newsagents.

ABV: 5.1% and 7.7% Origin: […]

Russian River Damnation Golden Ale

Beer Sellers: City Beer Store, San Francisco

ABV: 7.7% Origin: Santa Rosa, California, USA Website: www.russianriverbrewing.com

Russian River Damnation Golden Ale

This was the first Belgian-inspired bottle conditioned beer I tried from one of California’s leading micros, a strong golden ale broadly in the style of Duvel that’s claimed three GABF medals so far. […]