I saw this beer – Matso’s Mango Beer – a while ago in a Beer & Brewer magazine and had been trying to find it for some time.
After all, I love beer and I love mangoes. Putting the two of them together seems like it should work….
I’m normally quite reticent when it comes to buying fruit-based beers, because a lot of them can be overly sweet and taste like soft drink.
ProTip #4542: This is not what you want.
The Matso’s website – the brewery itself is in Broome for those interested – describes the beer as such: “Based on a classic Belgium Blonde recipe in the fruit variation. Using a 100% natural mango blend the brewers have developed an easy drinking beer style with excellent fruit aroma and balancing sweet dryness.”
Apparently, the beer was also a “2008 Equal Class Winner, Fruit Beer Draught, Small Brewery Section”. There you have it. Not just a fruit beer, but an award-winning fruit beer.
*Your honour, I rest my case*
The brew – quite unsurprisingly – has a strong mango aroma to it, but not much else. Why let anything beery seep through?
Taste-wise, it starts off with a fairly typical blond-lager feel – although it’s very light in the mouth – with a decent hit of mango sweetness coming through and continuing in the aftertaste.
Like many fruit-beers it was quite sweet, and normally that’d be a problem. But, I do love mangoes, so I was willing to overlook it. I don’t think I could drink too many of them though.
Overall, an interesting concept and quite well-made. It also has a cool label. Big bonus points right there.