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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


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: […]

Bavik Petrus Aged Pale

Top Tastings 2008. A shorter version was first published on facebook January 2009.

ABV: 7.3% Origin: Bavikhove, West-Vlaanderen Website:

Bavik Petrus Aged Pale

Established in 1894 and now a sizeable family-owned independent, Bavik (sometimes known as De Brandenbere after the owning family) made its name with sour brown ales, some of which were […]

Ducato Viæmilia, Verdi Imperial Stout, Black Jack and La Luna Rossa

Top Tastings 2010 (Verdi Black Jack)

ABV: 5%, 8.2% and 8% Origin: Roncole Verdi, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Website:

Italy, as I’ve mentioned here before, is currently one of the beer world’s innovation hotspots, with an emerging craft brewing movement fusing native respect for fine food and drink with a creative energy partly inspired by US […]

Van Steenberge Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale

ABV: 5.5% Origin: Ertvelde, Oost-Vlaanderen Website:

Van Steenberge Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Ale

1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die

Formerly known as Bios Vlaamse Bourgogne.

A full review of this beer is featured in the book 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die, published May 2010 by Cassell Illustrated.


Deca / Struise Aardmonnik

Pré-ZBF Festival 2010

ABV: 8% Origin: Woesten-Vleteren, West-Vlaanderen Website:

De Struise Aardmonnik

De Struise Brouwers, a beer firm that work mainly on the plant of the Deca brewery, are the enfants terribles of Belgian brewing, more appreciated by the international “extreme beer” crowd than within Belgium itself for their eccentric, often strong and […]

Thiriez Vieille Brune

Top Tastings 2009

ABV: 5.8% Origin: Esquelbec, Nord, France Website:

Brasserie Thiriez

Daniel Thiriez seems incapable of making uninteresting beer: everything I’ve tasted from his self-named brewery has had something to say for itself as well as being consistently of high quality. The brewery is in the historic beer country of French Flanders, […]

Russian River Temptation

Top Tastings 2009

ABV: 7.3% Origin: Santa Rosa, California, USA Website:

Russian River Temptation Barrel Aged Ale

My first encounter with a US brewpub was a fortuitous one. When I first crossed the Atlantic some years back, it was to San Francisco, but rather than head straight for the city we first went […]

Rodenbach Vin de Céréale

Top Tastings 2009

ABV: 10% Origin: Roeselare, Oost Vlaanderen Website:

Rodenbach Vin de Céréale

Rodenbach of Roeselare is a Belgian beer icon, one of the key breweries celebrated by Michael Jackson back in the 1980s when he first introduced the country’s remarkable beer culture to the wider world. It’s renowned then as now […]