Mongozo Premium Pilsener – Brouwerij Huyghe (Melle, Belgium)

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  • My Rating: C

Mongozo Premium Pilsener – Brouwerij Huyghe, 5.0% ABV – 33cl, (Melle, Belgium)

  • Fairtrade (as is the case with their fruit beers) – Organic – Gluten Free

Ingredients: water, barley malt, rice, yeast, hops.

  • Style: (specialty grain) Pilsener
  • Taste: crisp creamy barley malt lager
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $3 (after 10% off) – 33cl., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours clear glowing golden orange-yellow, small lasting ultra foamy head, lots and lots of fast activity, a good layer of retention.

Nose: barley malts, with a touch of metallic apple. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: creamy crisp

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-barley sweetness, (MAIN) grassy off-dry barley malts, bread-grainy, metallic

Finish: residual barley sweetness, super light hopped mild bitter finish.

Summary: Crisp and creamy smooth for a lager. But as with most of the limited lagers I’ve tried, this is a straightforward barley malt beverage without much depth or complexity.

Floris Mango – Brouwerij Huyghe (Melle, Belgium)

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  • My Rating: D+

Floris Mango – Brouwerij Huyghe, 3.6% ABV – 330ml, (Melle, Belgium)

Ingredients: water, barley malt, wheat, 30% mango juice, hops, yeast, aroma.

  • Style: (Mango) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: sugary sweetness -> candied mango/wheat/barley -> mango exhale/half-sweet cloying finish.
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke (EDM)
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off) – 330ml., June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not quite

Visual: Sealed with a glued-on foil and cap. Pours translucent hazy golden orange with almost no head , very thin retention, some slow steady streams.

Nose: sour-tangy wheaty candied mango juice. Seems artificial but aromatic nonetheless. (9)-aromatic strength.

Attack: cloying-super (10)-sweetness

Mid-palate: tangy-sourness, (MAIN) mango candy (HINT) wheat, barley malt

Finish: fruity real-mango exhale, partially (5)-cloying sweet sugary finish.

Summary:  This drinks like a COOLER, not really like a fruit beer or lambic. The sweetness is way too aggressive from the start and persists until some of the fruit flavour shines through but only momentarily at the finish. Casual beer drinkers may like it. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)

Delirium Tremens – Huyghe Brewing (Belgium)

Delirium Tremens – Huyghe (family brewery since 1654), 8.7% ABV, (Melle, Belgium)

On the back label:

“Delirium is triple fermented to give you a beautiful strong, golden blond Belgium beer with a creamy white head.”

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like it: crisp rich sweetness and chamomile brightness, also love the bottle
  • Where I got it: Liquor Depot Strathcona
  • How much: $5, June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes
Tasting notes: pours pale golden yellow with a  decent foamy head, microish CO2. Bright chamomile on the nose. Drinks creamy-fizzy, alcohol mixed with chamomile, honey, lemon, heaviness in the form of alcohol and sweetness(8/10), finishes alcoholic and mildly hoppy bitter (4/10). Medium complexity, medium-high depth, good transitions, good carry, okay drinkability. Too aggressive alcohol and sweetness make it hard for me to love.