Do not try this at home (or anywhere else): Mongozo coconut beer

When we set up this blog, one of our unwrit­ten rules was that we would not be over­ly neg­a­tive about beers. If we didn’t like some­thing, we would move on and blog about some­thing we did like.

I’m going to break this rule now to warn to fel­low beer lovers, par­tic­u­lar­ly you exper­i­men­tal types. Do not try Mon­go­zo coconut beer. It is pos­si­bly the nas­ti­est thing I have ever tast­ed (yes, that means worse than the polio vac­cine). I’m not the only one to be dis­gust­ed – see reviews on Rate­Beer. coconut-beer.jpg

One of my locals has been stock­ing this stuff for years, with increas­ing­ly des­per­ate signs (“Have a refresh­ing, unique coconut beer!”). I should have heed­ed the warn­ing, but I was in an exper­i­men­tal mood. Oh dear. Hav­ing had a cou­ple of sips and vis­i­bly reeled from the shock, I tried my usu­al tac­tic in these cir­cum­stances of pre­tend­ing it wasn’t beer. That didn’t work either.

The sad thing is that I like the idea in prin­ci­ple. The Mon­go­zo beers are brewed by Brouw­er­ij Huyghe and use fair­trade coconuts. I’ve noth­ing against coconuts in beer, and think they could work quite well. Lew Bryson (“Seen through a glass”) has a review of a Coconut Porter here which sounds right up my street.

The prob­lem with this one is the sug­ar. It is just so sweet, you can feel your teeth rot­ting as you drink it. I can for­give many flavours in a beer, but excess sweet­ness is not one of them.

Sor­ry Mon­go­zo. I want­ed to like you, I real­ly did. If it makes you feel bet­ter, The Beer Nut has had some oth­er Mon­go­zo prod­ucts and is cau­tious­ly polite about them.


3 thoughts on “Do not try this at home (or anywhere else): Mongozo coconut beer”

  1. Afraid I must beg to dif­fer on this one; admit­ted­ly it is rather on the sweet side, but this is a light, exot­ic fruit beer we’re talk­ing about here, not some­thing like, say, the Lief­mans Kriek which is based on more savoury brown ale. It’s a total­ly dif­fer­ent style of fruit beer and not attempt­ing to com­pare with the more “serious”-styled ones on offer.

    Hav­ing said that, everyone’s palates do have their own detec­tion thresh­olds for sweet­ness, acid­i­ty etc, and mine is fun­da­men­tal­ly immune to sweetness…maybe it DOES actu­al­ly taste like it could liq­uidise your den­tures with the sweet­ness, or per­haps you’re over­sen­si­tive to sweet­ness your­self? Either way it’s actu­al­ly a very tasty beer, and a good alter­na­tive to oth­er sweet­er fruit beers (yes,I’m one of those peo­ple who can drink pints and pints of Fruli with­out bat­ting an eye­lid).

  2. I’m also going to have to dis­agree with this one… I gen­er­al­ly loathe sweet drinks, even Belgium’s fruity beers were too much for me. How­ev­er, I didn’t find this one ter­ri­bly sweet. I was sim­ply curi­ous when order­ing it at the Delir­i­um cafe in Brus­sels, pos­si­bly the taste is dif­fer­ent from the tap. I also ordered a small glass, pre­dict­ing I wouldn’t love it or that a whole glass would just be over­whelm­ing. My descrip­tion of it would be a bub­bly pina cola­da.
    The ide­al sit­u­a­tion to drink this would be a hot day, prefer­ably a beach bon­fire in the back­ground.
    I can guar­an­tee this isn’t for every­one, but I was thor­ough­ly sur­prised that I enjoyed drink­ing it. It was com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent than any­thing I’ve tried before. Overindulging would be ter­ri­ble I pre­dict, though.

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