Mongozo (Coconut) | Mongozo B.V.

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Mongozo (Coconut)Mongozo (Coconut)

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Mongozo B.V.

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Sammy on 08-17-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Ivanhoes_Backpack:
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2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

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Photo of StephenRich
3.92/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot of old men at the bar give me flack anytime I order this beer - but why should I care? And more importantly, why are they living in a world of stereotypes and preconceptions of beer. They may as well be drinking Bud Light as far as I am concerned. Why can't beer be sweet? Or Fruity? Or low in alcohol? Or anything for that matter? Beer can be whatever you want it to be. And every once in a while I want it to be a cool coconut on a hot beach. And that it what the Mongozo Coconut delivers!

I first tried the Mongozo about 4 years ago at the Beer Bistro with some friends, and it instantly won me over. I love real flavors, and I love coconut. Why shouldn't I love this beer - it is undeniably unique, and extremely delicious. But since then it had vanished off the menu. I had heard rumors that it would never come back, and others that it has been on order for years. The beer menu for so long has exclaimed that it is "coming soon", but by now, I had no idea when soon would be. Finally, I was in the Bistro yesterday and decided to ask about the Mongozo, just in case. "Oh yeah, we've got it" said Greg, in a non nonchalant manner. I slammed the menu closed in excitement, and waited for one to appear in front of me!

The Mongozo comes in a 330ml bottle and is just 3.5% abv. It is a Belgian style ale brewed to taste like coconut, and that is what comes through. I do think that you could incorporate coconut into a bigger beer, not even a porter or stout, but a Belgian Strong Golden, Tripel, Weisse, or so many more. But that is not what the Mongozo is; it is light, refreshing, and coconut sweet. It is also served to you in half a coconut...

Greg, my bartender, brought out the half shell coconut, set it on its woven stand, popped the bottle, and politely requested that I enjoy the beer. I plan on it. It poured very smoothly into the coconut, which is unfortunately not the best medium to taste a beer in. You cannot see what it looks like, it lets all the aroma out quickly, and its wide mouth makes it a bit difficult to drink from. But, you feel like you are on the beach in Jamaica.

The beer pouring from the bottle was an opaque pale yellow with white foamy streaks gushing though it. A fluffy and airy pure white head build up on the beer showing a creamy and dense composition. It fit the bill so far, no question about that.

The nose is, well, all coconut. It is soft and gentle but plainly brings the scents of smooth milky coconut, sweet sugar, tropical beaches, and hints of coconut lotion to your scenes. No alcohol, hops, bitter, malt or real beer sensations are present. The coconut takes over here, and if you can get beyond what you think beer should be, then this beer is very appetizing.

The first sip revealed all the aromas is a larger fashion. Creamy and sugary coconut glides effortlessly over your palate and fills your cheeks with that coconut on the beach sensation. It is a bit lotion like, but not medicinal, or artificial. But that is what the lotion smells like - coconut. As I ease into the beer and my mouth becomes accustomed to the sweetness I began to pull out smooth nutty flavors, a touch of roast and wider coconut oil flavors. It is madly soothing, and also very sweet.

The finish is sweet and soft, leaving the coconut in your mouth to linger. This would marry with coconut cream pie way to well, but really I think is meant to be enjoyed on the beach on its own - perhaps shared with a beautiful woman in a tiny bikini... The Mongozo would get better recognition from beer geeks if they made an imperial version - something around 6 or 7%, with more roast and nut flavors that are all characteristic of a coconut. For not though, I'm happy the way it is. And the beer geeks can get over it.

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Photo of Mar02x
2.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - looks of a pale ale, hazy and yellowish. No real head more a white later.

S - coconut sweetness with mais

T - like he smell gave away, he taste isn't in anyway complex.

M - Lo carbonation andere no bitterness.

O - not my kind of beer, ho weet andere I miss a real beer taste.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprisngly tasty Mongozo and I don't care for coconut. Small head. Special order by Smokeless Joe's. Definite coconut extract and taste. Nice fruity body and medium though slightly oily mouthfeel. Drinkable and not overly sweet.I have had much worse fruit beers.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Says it is retired on this site but I bought it yesterday so somebody just put out old stock or it just pulled an MJ.

Poured from a bottle...

A: Hazy orange juice fills the glass with just a small topper of white head, no lace

S: Volumes of sweet coconut milk hit the nose, that and banana boat sunscreen

T: WTF, it taste like somebody took a pina colada and just dumped it in a weak wheat beer. Cloying, like 10 packets of Splenda

M: Creamy, and sticky, medium to thick bodied, with vibrant carbonation

This beer would be competative with a lot of other fruit beers except for one small thing, it tastes terrible. Perhaps it should stay retired. NONREC.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Pelicanrocks
1/5  rDev -65.4%

Photo of ThaCreep
2.57/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The recipient, made with half a coconut is quite eye-l'oeil, not to say more. Otherwise the drink is whitish, very milky and assertive flavors of coconut. If the entry is first on the palate silky and light coconut milk arrives soon and it looks so real you can smell the walnut pieces. Not really bad but still coarse mixture between coconut and a free beer or milk taste inevitably takes the advantage, but it may be interesting, at least on a small scale, for fans of the fruit.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
2.46/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

33 cl bottle poured into a branded coconut half. Cool presentation.  Brewed at Huyghe i suppose for another company. Aroma pretty close to coconut, too sweet though. Part of the odor reminds me of a clean bathroom and I'm not sure if that's a good thing or bad thing. Taste slightly sickening sweet and just not good to me. 

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Photo of warpedrevolution
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of FreshHawk
2.61/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazy pineapple juice color with an average sized bubbly, foamy white head. Reduces pretty fast with spots of lacing and a ring of lace around the edge of the glass.

S - A piña colada and coconut mix. Sugary sweet smell that smells somewhat artificial, although it isn't the most artificial smell I've encountered. Strong pineapple juice too.

T - Similar to the nose. Upfront has a piña colada taste with a sweet, creamy coconut and pineapple cocktail taste. Mid sip, it becomes more juicy and less like a cocktal. Pretty heavy on the pineapple juice. It finishes with a touch of grainy bread and wheat like taste. Predominately juicy, smoothie, cocktail taste with a touch of typical beer taste at the end.

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and juicy.

D - Well it's pretty easy to drink in the way juice and smoothies are. It's a little too sweet and fruity without enough beer/yeast taste to balance it out.

Notes: ABV = 3.6%. Best befor Mar. 12. Very fruity beer with a mix of coconut and pineapple. Interesting beer, but not a lot of beer taste except for the wheat/grain finish. It's not a bad beer per se, and it would be fine if you want a juicy/smoothie taste. If that sounds like something you want to try, give it a shot. If not, don't worry you aren't missing anything important but an interesting beer experience.

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Photo of semanka
4.5/5  rDev +55.7%

Photo of qrazvan
3.79/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great presentation when drunk from the original "cup" (half coconut with white Mongozo writting)! A really nice white foam, a lot of carbonation.
The smell and taste are dominated, as expected, by the coconut, with some nice sweet-sour notes.
A refreshing and really nice experience.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Creamy whitish yellow, solidly cloudy, topped with a finger of white head. Nice snow like lacing. No visible carbonation.

S: Coconut, sort of more like fermented coconut. Smells like some sun tan lotion that’s tropical or coconut in scent. There’s a sort of acidic lemony sourness. “Put the lime in the coconut and shake it all up” comes clearly to mind.

T: Coconut, light sweetness, light acidic lemony quality as well. Reminiscent of a Belgian witbier in the base. Also there's a sort of artificial note that reminds me of melted clear freezies.

M: Light but biscuity, with a medium amount of fine bubbled carbonation. Balance of acidity and sweetness.

O: A unique and delicious brew. Not really like beer in some ways, but again, reminds me of Belgian style fruit beers. Bought and drank in Kunming, March 14th, 2015.

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Photo of Absumaster
2.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer is produced for the Fair trade organization which supports the farmers in third world countries.

A white yellow beer with a very thin head. The beer is murky, but I don't think it is yeast, rather some protein haze.

Smell is mostly coconut, reminds me of a bounty island. A bit artificial, although the label mentions the use of real coconut. Nothing else but coconut really.

Taste is sweet and coconutty, no bitterness. It is slightly sticky and drinkability is not great, because of the too upfront coconut and full body. There is not much else going on but the coconut, which is a bit too much for me.

Too bad, but I feel lucky supporting the poor farmers.

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Photo of safaricook
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Sigmund
2.18/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330 ml bottle. This is obviously a different beer from the 7% ABV Mongozo Coconut. This one is probably brewed for the Swedish market (Sweden has a 3.5% limit for beers sold in grocery stores), but it is now also available in Norway (ULTRA stores a.o.). Gushes out of the bottle, opaque straw colored, decent white head. INTENSE sweet aroma of coconut suntan oil, which is a smell I like, but not necessarily in beer! More unpleasant "chemical" notes come through later on. Flavour is very sweet and reminds me of the coconut & sugar filling in Bounty chocolates. Pretty bad beer, but not quite as disgusting as Mongozo Banana.

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Photo of byronic
3.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of weissbierdrinker
2.54/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a watery milk color.
Smell is dominated by coconuts reminds me of the coco butter sun tan lotion
Has a hint of coconuts which then changes to a coconut like flavor and is followed by even more coconuts.
All of these mongozo beers are over done some coconut flavoring in a wit beer maybe nice but this whole beer is focused on coconut flavoring. It's just to much.

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Photo of Choooobee
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a half pint glass in the Oslo pub in Salthill, Ireland. Reviewed from notes. Exorbitant cost, especially by Irish standards.

A: Cloudy light yellow colour. Three finger head of decent thickness, fair retention, and little if any cream.

Sm: Heavy coconut, but fairly restrained strength of scent. Pina colada certainly comes through.

T: Coconut. That's it. It's amazingly simple, and not too strong or too weak. In that respect, it's balanced. A very strange beer, but a welcome refreshing one as well. I question its style classification on beeradvocate.

Mf: Creamy smack-your-lips feel. Smooth and wet, which is perfect for the style and the flavours it's accentuating.

Dr: Expensive, but unique. Coconut milk but fermented and stronger. Worth a go just to experience how unique it is.

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Photo of MattMorin
1.75/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Suds
2.24/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Okay, this one gets some points for uniqueness, but it's not a very good beer. I've never had a coconut beer before, and this one gives you exactly what it promises. It pours a milky white, slightly straw colored liquid. Not much of a head. The aroma, though, is all about the coconut. It's so intense, that you can smell the coconut a if you're anywhere near the glass. It smells somewhat like a pina colada. There's very little beer quality anywhere in the drink. Maybe a little malt in the mid-taste, and also a pale malt quality in the distant background of the aroma. Very sweet taste, of course, full of coconut. Lingering sweet and fruity finish. It's not at all balanced, which makes the beer a less than enjoyable. This is a boat drink, not a beer.

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Photo of janubio
1.92/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours the most (dirty) white colour I've ever seen in a beer. Hazy pale yellow, with a good head that holds for a while. Smell is artificial, kind of a cheap essence. Coconut, sugar and a bit spicy. Taste is the same, with a touch of citrus. Oddly, I found it pleasant at first, even with the artificial thing but after a while it's not surprising anymore and rather disgusting. Too sugary and unnatural flavouring.

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Photo of crwills
3.72/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I almost never like flavoured beers. Very rarely have I found a spiced ale or fruit beer (real or imitation fruit) that I enjoyed for very long. This, then, came as a nice surprise. Caveat: I do like pina coladas, at least on a beach in Mexico.

Appearance didn't denote anything unusual, but I could smell the coconut as soon as the bottle was open. The nice thing is, however, it wasn't a fakey, artificial coconut aroma (or flavour, for that matter), but reminded me of the real thing. I wouldn't want to drink this all day, but in a small dose it was very nice and a nice refreshing buffer between the other beers of the evening.

One negative I'd offer up is that the coconut flavours are so surprising that they pretty much overwhelm anything else the beer has to offer (or, at least, I can't remember anything else).

Nevertheless, of the two Mongozo-line beers I tried this evening, this was by FAR the better.

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