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Des de Moor
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From the cellar: Prignon Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Blond)

Prignon Fantôme La Dalmatienne

ABV: 8% Origin: Soy (Erezée), Luxembourg, Wallonie Website: First published: 26 March 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. Like all products from this brewery, availability and consistency […]

From the cellar: Prignon Fantôme

Prignon Fantôme Saison

ABV: 8% Origin: Soy, Luxembourg, Wallonie Website: 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.

Dany Prignon is still brewing his eccentric beers today: indeed it appears […]

Ilkley Mary Jane and Siberia

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2012 Top Tastings 2012 (Siberia)

ABV: 3.5% and 5.9% Origin: Ilkley, Bradford, England Website:

Ilkley Mary Jane

It’s a generational thing, not a Yorkshire thing. When I heard that the Ilkley brewery’s flagship cask ale goes by the name of Mary Jane, it made perfect sense. The name […]

ThirstyBear Golden Vanilla, Meyer ESB and Ryeison

ABV: 4.5, 6.4 and 7.2% Origin: San Francisco, California, USA Website:

ThirstBear Brewing Company and Spanish Cuisine, San Francisco

Northern California’s Bay Area is indisputably the birthplace of the modern US craft brewing movement, whether you date it from Fritz Maytag buying and reviving San Francisco’s historic Anchor brewery in 1965 or Jack […]

Logsdon Seizoen

Beer sellers: Beermongers

ABV: 7.5% Origin: Hood River, Oregon, USA Website:

Logsdon Organic Farmhouse Brewery

Dave Logsdon has more than an average brewer’s interest in yeast – he was a founder of renowned yeast culture supplier Wyeast, as well as being the original brewer at what’s now one of Oregon’s most successful craft […]

Bruery Saison Rue

Top Tastings 2011

ABV: 8.5% Origin: Placentia, California, USA Website:

The Bruery Saison Rue

The Bruery gets its name from a pun on the family name of founder Patrick Rue, and was first employed to designate his home brewing kit during his days as a law student. It was ported over when, having […]

Blaugies La Moneuse

Beer sellers: Beermania

ABV: 8% Origin: Blaugies-Dour, Hainaut, Wallonie

Blaugies La Moneuse

Though the centre of gravity of Belgian speciality brewing is skewed towards the Dutch-speaking north, some of the most interesting and rustic Belgian beers come from small rural breweries in the French-speaking south of the country. Consider Blaugies, a brewery in a […]

Boulevard Saison-Brett

Great American Beer Festival 2010

ABV: 8.5% Origin: Kansas City, Missouri, USA Website:

Boulevard Smokestack Series Saison Brett

Boulevard, founded by John Macdonald on Kansas City’s historic Southwest Boulevard in 1989, now claims to be the biggest speciality brewer in the Mid-West and the second largest brewer of any type in Missouri. Impressively, […]

Port Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale

Beer sellers: City Beer Store, San Francisco

ABV: 6.7% Origin: San Marcos, California, USA Website:

Port The Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale

This is one of Port’s Lost Abbey range of Belgian-style ales, though it began life as a plain Port beer, SPF45. Red Barn pays tribute to a rustic saison, though with […]

Southampton Cuvée des fleurs

Top Tastings 2008. A shorter version was published on facebook January 2009. Beer sellers: Bierkraft

ABV: 7.7% Origin: Southampton, New York, USA Website:

Southampton Cuvée des Fleurs

The Southampton Publick House, Don and Charlie Sullivan’s acclaimed brewpub in the town of the same name at the eastern end of Long Island, has […]