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Best beer and travel writing award 2015, 2011 -- British Guild of Beer Writers Awards
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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sources Saint-Amand Germinal Ambrée

First published in BEER July 2007 as part of a piece on French beer. For more French beers see previous post.

NOTE: This brewery may since have closed.

ABV: 6.5 per cent Origin: Saint-Amand-les-Eaux, Nord, France

Sources St-Amand Germinal Ambrée

The village of Saint-Amand, in a regional park southeast of Lille, was the […]

St-Sylvestre 3 Monts

First published in BEER July 2007 as part of a piece on French beer.

ABV: 8.5 per cent Origin: St-Sylvestre-Cappel, Nord, France Website www.brasserie-st-sylvestre.com

Saint-Sylvestre 3 Monts

Think of French booze and you first think of wine. But pride in fine regional food and drink is deeply embedded in French culture, and extends to […]

Rabourdin Bière de Brie Ambrée

ABV: 7.5% Origin: Courpalay, Seine-et-Marne, France Website: www.biere-de-brie.com

Rabourdin Bière de Brie Ambrée

1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die

Beer sellers: Cave à bulles. An alternative version of this piece appears in the book 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die.

Rarely can beer claim a goût de terroir of […]

Saint-Sylvestre Bière Nouvelle

Originally published in What’s Brewing June 2004

Origin: Saint Sylvestre Cappel, Nord, France ABV: 8 per cent Buy from Specialist shops, beer festivals

Saint-Sylvestre Bière Nouvelle

The low-lying countryside of northern France is dotted with farmhouse breweries. Much of this area was formerly Flanders: Dutch personal and place names are everywhere and the language […]