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Mongozo (Palmnut) - Mongozo B.V.

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Mongozo (Palmnut)Mongozo (Palmnut)

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mongozo B.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jdhilt on 10-31-2002)
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

02-18-2013 20:13:59 | More by safaricook
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Photo of MarkoNm


2.38/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear amber color. The head is quite generous, sligtly off-shite with nice retention. The aroma is quite complex, surprisingly. There are the typical lager qualities of malt aroma, and also some nuts, slightly woody and grassy aroma, as well as some more yeast. The taste is a bit sweet and slightly sour, followed by a minimal bitterness. There’s some nuttiness in the back present. It has a dry feel, but otherwise drinkable and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 17:44:30 | More by MarkoNm
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

11-20-2012 17:27:15 | More by nico_freespirit
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2/5  rDev -45.1%

01-14-2012 22:06:40 | More by Stoutsman
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -17.6%

11-25-2011 15:18:57 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of eric5bellies


4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my De Struise Tulip

A - Pours a hazey brown colour with an off white head that retains and laces well.

S - Quite sweet on the nose with candy sugar.

T - Tastes a bit like a flanders oud bruin in that its got plenty of sweet dark fruits.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

D - I like this beer a lot even though it wasn't what OI expected.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 15:14:42 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of janubio


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper to brown colour, pours a big head and there's akways some foam on it. Smells is toasted, hints of chocolate, prunes and tropical fruits. A bit light feeling on the tongue, sweet (but not too sweet) flavor, tastes of chocolate, cinnamon, a hint of vanilla,caramel, prunes and tropical fruits are present as well. Two different mongozos in two days that really surprised me.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 21:26:38 | More by janubio
Photo of GRG1313


3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Supposedly "brewed in strict accordance to a centuries old African recipe based on the African palmnut."

Pours a murkey brown with a very thin white head. Not particularly good looking in all candor.

Nose is sweet chocolate and big carmel and with more and more spice as it opens up in the glass. The most carmel nose I've ever smelled; not unattractive-different.

Mouthfeel is thin but the flavors are so bold and layered that mouthfeel is not significant.

Flavors of sweet and sour sauce. Tones of sweet cooked fruit, toffee and carmel and green peppers and mixed spices. There is a bit of a sour character to this beer. It is unique in flavor and worth a try. Not sure what food I would eat with this one but it's interesting on its own.

Finish is light coffee and pleasant malt.

Worth the experience; tastes good and, as I recall, was very inexpensive. Pretty unique.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 01:25:41 | More by GRG1313
Photo of ABOWMan


3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured an easy three fingers of light tan dense foam. Lacing is minimal. Clarity??? There isn't any. This light tan beer looks more like unfiltered apple cider.

The aroma is reminiscent of over ripe bananas and pineapple.

The flavor is like a peach fruit compote. Not a lot of beer flavor. Hard cider might be a better description for this beverage.

Mouthfeel is rich and full. Drinkability is limited to acquiring a taste for this unique beverage.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 21:56:02 | More by ABOWMan
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2.53/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reddish color. It has a lot of floating bodies in it.
He foam is white, quite compact. Not bad after all.
In the smell fruity notes, tropical-like. Sweet and sugary. It could be the palmnut.
For sure, peculiar.
Not too exciting. Well, there is a lot worse, of course.
Essentially an experiment. Stramge.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 20:08:15 | More by stcules
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$2.79 for 11.2 ounce bottle at Wine Expo in Santa Monica, CA, March 2007. Tasted in June 2007.

Pours a pretty golden with a nice creamy head of medium sized bubbles. Aroma of rich honey and sweetbreads. Flavor follows through- generally mellow in flavor, a nice, non-complicated Belgan Golden Ale. Solid Belgian yeast traits make this tasty. As I have no idea what Palmnut is, or what flavor it brings to the party, I can't comment on its contribution to this brew. But it is enjoyable and I like it.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 02:09:46 | More by Dukeofearl
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2.35/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a small tulip it forms an easily managed fizzy white head that falls to a solid cover. No lace. Body is copper with a slight haze.

smell like I was dropped off at a prune factory, except the prunes are in liquid form mixed with some medicine. Quite medicinal to me and the drinkability and taste factor suffers. Suggestions of chocolate deep in the backdrop never really become a factor. Tart at times, more so in the smell but it creeps in when its cold and fades as it warmed. It shows some Belgian Strong Dark ale characteristics but it has a near golden body? Whatever, I'm not going to trip on mouse turds here its just not all that good no matter where we put it.

Notes: The taste was the best part of this offering which gives it a big boost but its just an ok brew at best.

12oz bottle picked up for curiosity and a chance at finding a gem. This is no gem, this is not a belgian strong dark ale and finally this is not worth another sampling.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 02:36:55 | More by DogFood11
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4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK, I just bought this because the label looked interesting and it was an African beer made in Belgium. Too unusual to pass up...

Poured a very hazy brown [thick apple cider] with a nice fluffy light brown head that had good lasting power. Decent lacing. Interesting to look at.

The aroma was sweet, fruity and some brandy backbone. Also some light spices and a sweetness that was sort of a honey/butterscotch. Certainly a lot going on in the aroma.

The taste was sweet, malts and sort of a light nuttiness. Some honey and mango in the background. Dark fruits were also present. Very nicely melded together.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, cleansing and creamy.

Overall, I found this beer to be very interesting, very intriging. Quite unique and delicious. Amazing ABV since I never noticed the alcohol. I would definitely like another.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 02:06:55 | More by atigerlife
Photo of BEERchitect


3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I passed on this beer on several occasions because it looked more like a novelty beer and did not take it seriously. After reading it's description, I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did. Good stuff. Did not expect the belgian fruitiness, spiciness, candiness, or yeastiness. Very rich with dates and figs with background notes of raisons, prunes, peaches, pears, and papayas. Well rounded and complex. It has a sesame seed flavor and oily texture that I can only assume is from the addition of palmnuts. Though not as good as the many outstanding Belgian beers, it's certainly gained respect in my book.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 17:28:13 | More by BEERchitect
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3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely murky light copper color. Nice frothy head rests atop. Moderate lacing. Yeast chunks are apparent.

Aroma is leaning on the sweet side with caramel and butterscotch. There's also some strong yeasty bready notes and some Belgian funk. An earthy element and spices round out the aroma.

Taste is strong on the bready notes. There's also a slickness to it, an oilyness really. I think this is from the palmnuts, maybe. I do in fact notice a nutty flavor in the body but I don't know if that's the palmnuts or not. Less sweet than the aroma suggests. Light fruits like banana and orange. Finish is spicy from the yeasties but also has a moderate sweetness to it with a bit of a plum/chocolate combo.

Alcohol was not noticeable. I'm really surprised its that high. Mouthfeel is slick as I said before but still has enough of a bready precense to give this beer a substantial feel. Drinkability is good for the bottle but I still would only want a few of these at one sitting. This was a nice offering and an intriguing beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 00:34:32 | More by granger10
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

7/28/05- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a stamped code on the front label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Butterscotch colored pour with many a yestie floating around. 1/4 inch evaporative head and poor lacing. I gave it a better rating because it had a cool ass volcano effect from the stream of carbonation coming up in the center of the glass. This shit was pumping some hardcore fizz.

Smell- Smells like a wit-belgian dark combo. Decent amount of orange peel and corriander, with some dark fruit as well.

Taste- Tropical fruit tastes? Oranges, mango, papaya??? Plus some maybe prunes? Corriander and pepper as well.

Mouthfeel- Very compact carbonation. A bit slick...the palmnut?

Drinkability- Has pretty good flavor, strange mouthfeel and a cool carbonation that should be on display next to the cool onion volcano's the chefs make at Benihana's. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2005 01:00:45 | More by GClarkage
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3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cool bottle, nice pour. Very hazy dull amber color with an excellent champagne head.

Very potent smell of sour fruit and alcohol. Lots of fruit--dates and raisins. Very complex, but perhaps a bit too strong for it's own good.

The incredibly fizzy body serves to dull a bit of the flavor's zip. Sour fruits upfront, club soda fizz in the middle, and then a very harsh rush of flavor in the back. Tastes like the aftertaste of a good triple--if that makes any sense. The lingering hint of alcohol and spice, only it's not lingering--it's right there. Odd. Not bad, but not great.

Decent body, but it's too damn fizzy to drink more than one of. It's a good beer, especially at a $1.50 a bottle, but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 04:46:20 | More by mynie
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Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange brown with a thick off-white head. Poured in a whole bunch of sediment, probably should have held off for a bit, but I didn't think of it until too late.

Smell is belgian in many ways. Citrus and candy sugar, with a yeasty base.

Taste is pretty good, sweet up front and a bit tart in the finish. Flavours of orange peel and candy sugar, with something I can't identify(I assume from the palm nut). It may be a little bit cola flavoured.

Mouthfeel is good, but it seems that the carbonation burns out a little early. I've been sipping, and the last third is a bit flat.

Not a bad beer at all, I didn't know what to expect, but was pleased in the end.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 04:09:02 | More by elricorico
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3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Little brown 11.2 oz'er.

Cloudy hazy orangey brown with tons of sticky off white head cap.

Pungent hutty syrupy nose.

Fisrt swigs: Maltiness abounds. Buttery, maple syrup, candy and dark fruit of plum.

Last swigs: Honey malty medium body. Special thanks to Shapudding for sharing and for the chance to try this rare brew. Interesting. Not worth going crazy for, but interesting.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2005 04:16:26 | More by blitheringidiot
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Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml brown bottle, blue foil on neck. Best before 2006 date notched into back label. "so fair so good" on front label indicating their fair trade compliance. Matches Banana bottle. Pours dark brown with orange highlites, with a large off-white head. Foamy bubbles, with lacing that looks nice. Thick sediment (yeast?) on the bottom, but not like the thin suspended sediment in a wit beer.
Has the aroma of a belgian strong - yeast, sweet dried fruit, hint of bitter hops. The taste is strong alcoholic, with some nuttiness, and malt. Finish is kind of sour. Not sure what a palm nut tastes like, so not sure if I was tasting any or not. Was expecting a real "wow" after the very unique Mongozo Banana, but was not particularly outstanding in any characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2005 23:34:17 | More by BigBry
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3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fizzy on the pour, with a quickly dissipating beige head atop a very cloudy dull orange -amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, bread, lemon, date, somewhat nut-like perhaps compares to a stale Belgian Wit?. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, plum, some chocolate, light orange. Watery light-medium body, no sign of the moderately high alcohol. Flavor is also somewhat like a Belgian Wit-bock mix, now that I think about it, except the brew is darker. Not bad, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2005 00:53:34 | More by stoutman
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3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one is worth trying because of its Angolan heritage, which lends a palmnut experience. Served into a tulip glass, the pour appears a hazed, burnished orange body with a two finger beige head that lasts several minutes before fading to collar and sparse patch lace.
Aroma is candy sugar, burnt caramel, spicy hops, and an odd vegetal aroma that seems like squash.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with Belgianesque carbonation, and some satin feel.
Taste is overly malty. Caramel and toffee lend a prevailing sweetness, while a vegetal/nutty note is provided by the palm nut. The finish exhibits some spicy hops bitterness, atop a malt character that finished similar to candied squash. There is a nice earthines, from the yeast, that helps it all fall into place.
This Belgian, via Angola, is decent, overall, but not one I would look for again.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2005 23:40:58 | More by merlin48
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4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Turbid and murky looking deep golden. A thin frothy white head recedes to a thick froth of a collar. And it leaves some decent lace behind. Aroma is a blend of sawdust and "well aged" caramel sugar cubes. Interesting anyway. The flavor is interesting as well. Got some of that sugary caramel cube flavor to it. Some biscuity malt tones. And a drying effect from the hops. Unique but good. The body is about medium-full, though it seems a little more viscous and medicinal at times.

Glad I had a chance to try this. Thanks LongBeachBum.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2005 06:06:03 | More by Bighuge
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3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More than cloudy, more even than murky, this is what results when one disturbs the bottom of a farm pond (to be fair, I had the bottle stored on its side). Dark butterscotch with orange accents beneath an ecru colored cap that is airily insubstantial and possesses not a hint of creaminess or stickiness. Given the texture of the head, lace has no chance.

The nose is slightly sour and is significantly earthy, but in a good way. There's no question that despite the 'centuries old African recipe', this beer was brewed in Belgium. It smells a bit like spiced apple or pear butter to me.

I don't like the flavor quite as much as the nose even though it's suitably complex. The beer is all of the following: sour, funky, yeasty, earthy, spicy and fermented fruity. I have no idea what palm nuts are supposed to taste like, but I don't appreciate any nuttiness whatsoever.

The sweetness is kept in check by an overarching sourness whose origin I can only guess at. To my mind, this is a fair-good BSDA that is reasonably deep and has an agreeable flavor, although I'm not tempted to use more praiseworthy adjectives than that. The medium body/mouthfeel is arrived at because the mild oiliness is leavened by a somewhat feisty amount of carbonation.

Mongozo Palmnut doesn't taste all that distinctive to me. I had expected something original, even offbeat, given the whole African theme and the addition of palm nuts. It's still decent beer and warrants a purchase if you run across a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2004 16:23:54 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of BIF 13 (from hell throught drewbage) collection, the unusual artwork, and the authentic beer recipe from Africa made with palmnuts made me quite reluctant to try this one at first. The beer poured orange brown, with very lively carbonation. There was a lot of brown chunky sediment floating around. The head was beige, and stuck around long after the initial onrush died down. The aroma was sweet and oily with very little hoppyness. The beer was crisp and sharp on the palette reminiscent of a Belgian Tripel. The taste was sweet and earthy with an oily aftertaste. Pretty enjoyable for its uniqueness, so worth a try despite the initial apprehension.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2004 04:06:03 | More by rajendra82
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Mongozo (Palmnut) from Mongozo B.V.
83 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.