Mongozo African BeerMarch 1, 2002 Entvelde, Belgium
Brouwerij van Steenberge
Imported by: Global Beer Network
Santa Barbara, CA
This beer is a marriage of two ancient beer traditions, the African Lunda heritage and the Belgian heritage. It is brewed with roasted malts and African palm nuts, based on an authnetic recipe from Angola, in south West Africa.
The beer forms a huge head, close packed, with a vague and quiet clicking sound. Moreover, the spicy aromatics provide an interesting invitation to an exceedingly complex palate. Hints of tartness and more spicy undertones lead the way to a quietly satisfying finish with the Palm Brewery’s yeast strain dominating the final episode in a very pleasant way.
- Fred Eckhardt
African beer from Belgium? Okay. This beer is a hazy, deep honey color and raises a loose-knit cream-colored head. The aroma is heady and sweet with orange and honey notes. The palate seems sweet at first, but then the hops and acidity take over, driving through a light-bodied center to a spirituous dry finish. The bitterness clashes a bit with the acidity. Only a faint oiliness points to the palm-nuts noted on the label. Original versions of this beer style were probably brewed from palm-nuts and millet or sorghum, spontaneously fermented and drunk within days.
- Garrett Oliver
Rocky, well-retained head. Fine bead. Distinctive deep orange-sheen color. Appetizingly fruity aroma. Skins of dessert apples? Appetizingly dry, slightly lipstick-like, waxy, oily, creamy, texture and flavor. Tropical fruits (paw-paw?). I would never have guessed it had 7.0 per cent alcohol by volume. The Belgians can brew well even when they are producing a gimmicky beer (in this instance for a Californian company, “in strict accordance with a centuries-old African recipe”).
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Michael Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.