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Floris Mango 
Posted: 18 August 2015  Beer Republic 5.0 
Floris Mango from Belgium The mango in Floris Mango doesn't have a completely natural taste. It tastes overly sweet, though not too sweet, and one sign of doctored up fruit in a beverage is when the fruit taste is too pronounced, almost like a caricature of itself. Floris Mango is refreshing. I'd drink it again -- as a soda substitute.
Avg price/liter: USD 9.70   ABV %: 3.6  Type: Lambic-Fruit  Belgium 
       


Fruit beer is one of those areas in which I have very little experience. I decided to overcome that lack of fruit beer tasting by going out and ordering a tremendously huge boxful of the stuff, aided by a 15% discount on all fruit beers an online beer shop was offering.  My wife was none-too-pleased.  In her past experience trying fruit beers, they'd always been too sweet.  I knew this wasn't a requirement of fruit beers.  Fruit beers can be brewed with the fruit added before fermentation, in which all the fruit's sugar is consumed by the yeast.  A fruit beer could be such that it would have a nice background fruit flavor.        

The Floris brand, manufactured by Huyghe Brewery in Belgium, was among the first fruit beers I tried. Léon Huyghe bought the present brewery in 1906.  The brewery's web site is vague what the brewery produced between 1906 and 1945 until Huyghe introduced its Golden Kenia lager. The brewery soon shifted into water and soft drink production, but this business started declining by 1970.  1989 saw the brewery devising its most famous beer, the Delirium Tremens, voted "best beer in the world" (whatever the hell that means) in 1997.        

The Floris fruit beer range showed up in 1993.  In 1995, these were revamped to be wheat beer bases flavored with fruit.  I should clarify.  Wheat beers flavored with fresh fruit and/or fruit juices.  That last sentence is very important.  Fruit juices need not be made with fresh fruit.  Commercial fruit juice, despite saying "no sugar added", have all their inherent flavor removed when the oxygen is sucked out -- lack of oxygen prevents the juice from oxidizing/spoiling -- after which "flavor" is added back in.  This is why fresh squeezed fruit juice tastes nothing like the juice you buy in the carton.          

I'm well familiar with the taste of fresh mango.  During mango season in Thailand, you can buy a kilogram for under $1, and mango smoothies become an enjoyable beverage on a hot day.  The mango in Floris Mango doesn't have a completely natural taste.  It tastes overly sweet, though not too sweet, and one sign of doctored up fruit in a beverage is when the fruit taste is too pronounced, almost like a caricature of itself.       

Don't believe me? Squeeze some fresh oranges and then add them to soda water. Does it taste anything remotely like Fanta Orange? Is the resultant 'orange soda' even sweet?

Floris Mango is refreshing. I'd drink it again -- as a soda substitute. Do I think it revolutionizes fruit beer-making and brings out deliciously fresh mango in a natural wheat beer? About as much as I think the next U.S. President will be honest.

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