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Mysterium - DuClaw Brewing Company

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79
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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Imstillthegman on 08-17-2008)
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1/5  rDev -71%

texaswhiplash, Aug 22, 2014
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1.78/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I see...I see a drainpour in my future.

I don't get what the goal was here. Wads of spices, and that would be my diagnosis for the beer as a whole. Nose is soapy and floral with the ton of spices. Ick. It's just too much. Definitely no balance. Definitely nothing interesting or worth visiting. This is the type of Belgian ale that American breweries put out that don't know what they're doing. And on that note: this brewery is starting to move towards the bottom of my list.

RblWthACoz, Mar 23, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

ejimhof, Nov 17, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Cstromberg57, Dec 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Rhettroactive, May 11, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Mattyb79, Oct 03, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

SaarSalim, Apr 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

The1WineGuy, Jun 29, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

yourefragile, Jan 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Jay82, Aug 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13%

mpalestino, Mar 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13%

dugly2ugly, Nov 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13%

greyghost86, May 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13%

malfunxion, Aug 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13%

dunix, Dec 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13%

Dweedlebug, Aug 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13%

JakeDebus, Mar 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13%

NYR_Rob, Jan 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13%

ZEB89, May 16, 2013
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at BWI, the glass arrived with a hazy amber colored brew and a thin head. The beer is spiced--and I mean spiced in every sense of the word--with cardamon. It so dominated the aroma that nothing else could get through.

A little chewy on the palate. Just like the nose, cardamon is everywhere. I am having trouble distinguishing this beer from a Scandinavian dessert. A touch of caramel lends some sweet balance.

This beer has no apparent relation to a "Belgian Style Ale" which is how it was advertised. A heavy hand of cardamon makes this beer feel contrived--lest I say gimmicky.

BeardedBoffin, Jul 04, 2010
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3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Duclaw variety pack bought at Bryn Mawr beverage a few weeks ago, finally tried this one.

I'm not gonna lie, I'm an IPA guy so this is not my genre of beer at all, but I figured I'd give it a taste and see what it's all about.

Poured into a nonic. Amber/orange color, like a typical belgian beer would look.

Wow, the spices take over the scent immediately. We've got ginger, chamomile, citrus, lemon, maybe some mint, clove, wow....a lot going on.

The taste carries over from the scent, big time. It's like drinking an herbal tea.
As i said, this isn't my type of beer, so for what it is, it's probably not bad, but I almost fee like this is a summer tea drink masked in a beer bottle.

It's a light mouthfeel which is appropriate for this beer.

So overall, the redeeming qualities in my rating is it seems like Duclaw accomplished exactly what they were attempting with this brew. But I am not a fan, personally.
If you like the spiced beer and like ginger/chamomile, this will be right up your alley.

GiantMidget, Feb 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

SPRichard, Jun 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

mendvicdog, Jan 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

ChipMurray, Nov 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

BobsledTM, Apr 13, 2013
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Mysterium from DuClaw Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.