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Mysterium - DuClaw Brewing Company

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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 12.97%


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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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a golden color with a white head. The nose brings forward some floral character and a bit of light spicing. The taste is pretty generic with some floral character and a bit of pepper and spice. The feel is a bit of spice as well. Not overspiced, but nothing really come together in the end.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2010 02:28:18 | More by Thorpe429
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a clear looking golden yellow color with a fizzy white head on top. The head retention and lacing were very minimal. The smell of the beer was really interesting, it had a very nice herbal spice aroma to it that also came off as floral in some ways. The taste of the beer has some depth to it, the flavors are sweet then spicy then more mellow and then bitter in the far distance. The mouthfeel of the beer is a little too light in my opinion, it could use a little more body. Overall this beer was good I thought! I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 03:25:36 | More by Knapp85
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

1.78/5  rDev -48.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 09:13:21 | More by RblWthACoz
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Once more, my local, in-person trader, tone77 has provided me with a beer that I might have otherwise glossed over. Cool!

From the bottle: "A mystical blend of chamomile, grains of Paradise, cardamom, and fruit flavors from Belgian yeast, this Belgian-style spiced ale is a mystery, and a bottle, you'll never want to get to the bottom of. Have a sip and ... transcend ordinary."; "Respect the Fluid"; "Belgian-style spiced ale"; "Ale brewed with spices".

My pour initially resulted in a fizzy finger of tawny head, but with limited retention. Color was a beautiful deep-amber with NE-plus quality clarity, allowing me to see into the future. It looks like rain, darn it! The nose reminded me of potpourri, a bit too much like perfume. It was certainly spicy, but there just seemed to be too many things going on in it. Mouthfeel was medium and the initial taste was honey-like, followed by a melange of spices, but my palate was not refined enough to discern one from another. Finish was dry, thanks to all of the spices as well as their interaction with the yeast. It was interesting, but just not my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 05:22:15 | More by woodychandler
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of foamy white head. This maintains some richness on the edges with a decent ½ finger flare-up that leaves back some patchy lacing on the sides. The chamomile stands right out in the aroma, backed by flowery notes, sticky smelling fruit and malt character, and some underlying spiciness. This overall has a ripe and zesty feel to it in the nose.

The taste is fruity and spicy with a flowery character from that chamomile. Underlying malts have more of a crisp sweetness (feels like a wheat base) to them that lead into a dry finish with more lingering spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lively carbonation on the tongue and then more of a crisp creaminess that fills out the corners of the mouth. Decent, drinkable feel here.

This wasn’t bad and the flavors definitely came together more as this warmed but I just wish that DuClaw would steer away a bit from some of these gimmicky beers that they put out and brew some more standard styles that stand on their own two feet. Unfortunately, this one didn’t leave a whole lot of an impression on me.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 14:16:33 | More by Kegatron
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bel Air location the other day.

The beer pours a honey amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is sweet and spicey, focusing on clove and brown sugar in abundance. Given the fairly intense aroma profile, I was a bit surprised and disappointed by the modest amount of flavor I got on this moderately (at most) sweet frame. I thought it was still pretty nice beer, but given how it smelled, I just expected more. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth (almost all the beers I sampled at DuClaw were a bit under carbonated, which I'm sure affected the mouthfeel), and drinkability is pretty decent.

Nothing mind blowing here, but this was a decent enough beer, especially considering the low abv. I wouldn't mind seeing a bit more spice and hoppiness on the palate, but other than that, this wasn't bad at all.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2010 21:43:54 | More by johnmichaelsen
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin head on a clear, equal parts crimson and gold body. Aroma is very medicinal with candied fruit and grapes mostly. A little tart. Flavor follows this at first then moves to a gingerbread and caramel flavor finishing with a variety of herbal and spicy notes. Light carbonation and oily body. Tastes better than it smells. Not sure if this is a regular beer but worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2012 02:04:28 | More by kylehay2004
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not sure why it's listed as 4.8% mine is labeled "5%"

A - Looks like a Belgium ale a touch light with a clear amber body and a thin white head.

S - Smell is kind of underwhelming since I don't get any spices just herbal teas, mild hops and some caramel malts.

T - Well it's in no way terrible like the toffee nut brown ale, but pretty disappointing. Lackluster fruity yeasts and a mild hop presence keeps me drinking even beyond it warming to see if it gets any sort of spice. As others stated if I had to reach it would be for a mild bit of pepper in the taste.

M - Light to medium easy to put back but boring.

Overall just another creative name attached to a lackluster beer. Man I can't believe I paid 3 bucks for some of these singles...

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 01:18:10 | More by DrDemento456
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some spices. Taste is quite spicy, ginger coming through the most, a touch of fruits. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 21:15:34 | More by tone77
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nickfl

Florida

3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A a small head of white foam on a clear golden body, low retention and little lace.

S grainy malt, some cider and a hint of sulphur.

T a light, grainy pilsner malt flavor with some pepper and a touch of spicy hops in the finish.

M medium light body, moderate carbination, and a dry finish.

D meh, the aroma is kind of unpleasant, but the flavor redeems it to a degree. Still, not my favorite from their lineup.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2012 02:10:29 | More by nickfl
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, reddish brown with nominal head that died quick with minor lace. Spicy is first word that comes to mind as I sniff; peppery and heavy spices along with floral but not grassy hops and touches of fruit and more dry than sweet malt. Taste and mouthfeel remind me of a triple, as the spices are noticeable and balanced with mild, fruity hops (sorta like orange and clove) and there is a touch of sweetness in the beer as it finishes dry and crisp, although passes the tongue smooth (think the yeast strains in a Belgian as well as the candi sugar put in). A decent beer that's worth a shot, but everything just seemed not to click together and I can't say that this is a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2012 13:40:05 | More by clayrock81
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a clear bright copper hue with fine eggshell white head of 1 cm that fades to a thin edge layer after the pour.
Aroma is sweet and spicy with pear and white grapes mixing with some clove maybe and other general sweetness. Sort of like an herbal tea, echinacea blend anyone?
The first sip reveals an average to light body with fine and spacious carbonation. Very smooth easy to drink beer.
Flavor is sweet and spicy with a bit of toasted malt note and some light fruit, pear again for me.
This is followed by some more herbal notes mostly sweet, like clove or vanilla but not quite those flavors I cant place it but again sweet herbal tea comes to mind. The label says chamomile, maybe that is it.
I get no hops or booze on this one and it goes down easy and is a curious beer. I dont love it but it isnt flawed and I can drink it. I probably wouldnt chase it down again, but if you are into Belgian style brews that are interesting yet not overly robust or crazy this is up your alley.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 04:43:52 | More by sulldaddy
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a thin layering of white head resting on top. Fades out completely into a collar of film with a few spots and patches of lacing on the glass.

Touches of apple and spice in the nose with a faint Belgian yeasty hints. Cardamom and herbal tones with grainy malts and light sweetness.

Herbal and spicy up front with touches of cracked pepper and cardamom. Hints of apple and pear with assorted fruit sweetness. Belgian yeast creates a soft funk, followed by a milder malt backbone. Finishes with some fruity esters and juicy sweetness.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, bubbly and dry on the tongue. Overall, a pretty tasty Belgian pale with a fruity accent, although this could easily get caught in the shuffle with other similar beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 03:24:57 | More by xnicknj
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two plus finger's worth of moderately chunky active and fizzy off white colored head that quickly recedes by half before displaying moderate retention before giving way to a full slightly frothy head... Loaded with medium bubbled quickly paced carbonation rising throughout with a couple of sluggish bubbles mixed within... The color is a slightly pale amber...

S - The spice components are at the forefront... The predominant spice is chamomile... The Belgian yeast lies a bit beneath the surface... Perhaps a bit of honey... Some light fruity notes as well... Quite pleasant, mellow and somewhat soothing...

T - A mirror image of the nose... The only difference is that some additional spice components emerge... The Belgian yeast, honey and light fruit notes compliment one another rather well... There may be a bit of orange zest mixed in as well... Not too shabby...

M - Medium bodied... Sharp carbonation on the tongue and a brisk carbonated presence throughout... Finishes with just a touch of dryness... A bit too fizzy...

D - An interesting offering from DuClaw... There is plenty going on here to keep a BA interested, but not necessarily something that I would seek out nor recommend, though I wouldn't shy away from in the future...

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 02:44:09 | More by philbe311
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like a christmas beer with the tons of cinnimon used.
Darker amber color and a small head.
Aroma is lots of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg and that sort of thing.
Taste is bascially the same. loads of spice that more for Christmas then June.
Maybe around the holidays I might feel different but today ... I don't like it.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 19:48:19 | More by micromaniac129
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a orange color with a thumb sized off white head that doesn't last long.

Aroma is honey malts with loads of spice lots of ginger and Belgian yeast notes.

Taste is like the aroma malt is light not as sweet as the smell. But spice is there and big can say its true to style as lots of spice. taste is eh kind of not my cup of tea not that it is bad.

Mouthfeel is light side of medium with nice peppy or say more tingle like carbonation.

Overall say a good spice beer just not something I would enjoy regularly.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 02:14:20 | More by mntlover
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-amber with a thin white head

S-honey, tea leaves, vanilla. Amateur malty smelling. 

T-comes in with an odd mix of tea leaves, light honey, vanilla. All a bit aged. It has a black peppery spice to it. It's not terrible, just unusual. The after-taste is okay but just off with a slight bitterness.

M-dry medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-it's just an okay beer. It is fun to drink though in a way. The tastes are okay but maybe this would be better if they were bolder with a creamier mouthfeel. Actually it's not bad to have a bottle of, but I'm not about to go buy a case.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 00:56:49 | More by AdamBear
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle says 5%. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours golden amber color with a nice haze to it. The head is a one finger offwhite color that retains itself poorly, leaving only a collar around the rim of the glass.

S: Holy fuck, that's a shitload of ginger. There seems to be a little bit of spruce and chamomile, as well. Sadly, the spices overpower everything else, basically - but it kind of suits the Christmas spirit with the way it smells.

T: The opening flavors are, again, loaded with ginger, chamomile, and slight spruce - even a little pumpkin, seemingly. It turns into a decent but generic Belgian pale after the midtaste. I don't really pick up much Belgian yeast, however. The finish is pleasantly earthy. It's a bit one note, but nonetheless pleasant.

M: Well carbonated with a semi coarse texture. Not nearly as astringent as I'd expect it to be, but very clean on the finish - clean, but not fully dry.

O: Hardly my favorite beer of all time; however it's manages to carve out a niche for itself with its uniqueness. Good for fans of ginger.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 22:39:20 | More by ThisWangsChung
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ckollias

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this brew on tap at Duclaw in Bowie out pint glass.

A: Pours an amber hue with absolutely no head (like almost every brew at Duclaw).

S: Spicy fruit and honey aroma.

T: Spicy flavor with a great caramel flavor and hints of ginger and cinnamon in the backgroud.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: I like this beer al lot – great flavors and aromas.

1/20/13 Had this out of the bottle - just as good.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2013 02:42:47 | More by ckollias
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2010 19:41:59 | More by BeardedBoffin
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a clear gold color, minor head, absent lacing.
S - Huge belgian yeast smell that is coated in spices, cinnamon is really pronounced, some banana scents as well.
T - Sweet bready malt with a flowery finish, the cinnamon smell you get you dont really taste but its there, some other spices I cant bother to pick out right now.
M - Bland and thin feel, minor sweetness lingering.
O - Its alright, I love the aroma, but taste and feel fall wayyy short on this beer. I really wish you tasted that good cinnamon flavor that you smell. Might just have to create a take on this style myself.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 01:46:31 | More by Omnium
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium amber body with a thin bubbly tan head. No lacing with a lot of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom.

S- Has aromas of dried tea, grains, a light malt presence and fresh grass.

T- The tea features come through a lot, with dried grass and grains coming through. Finishes with a slight hop and malt note.

M- Pretty drinkable with high carbonation and a medium body.

O- Nice change of pace beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2012 20:07:35 | More by stephenjmoore
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Bel Air location. They list it as a "Belgian Spiced Ale" which seems to be a good description of it. I added it as a Spiced beer because it seemed a better fit than a BPA or a BSPA. Anyway, on to the review...

It was a slightly cloudy golden color. Thin off white head. Light lacing. The aroma was complex...fruity, floral, with chamomile and grains of paradise easily detectable. Nice kick of yeast in there, too. The flavor was along those same lines, with the fruity, funky yeast blending with the floral hop, candied sugar, chamomile, and a bit of spice (cardamom?). My wife even liked this one. Good mouthfeel, nicely carbonated. Easy, enjoyable drinker. The florals and spices grew as it warmed. Not bad at all.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2008 17:17:18 | More by Imstillthegman
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hdofu

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A different beer, nothing like I expected from the beligian description. Color was a dirty blond color with a thin white head. Smell was a bit like flowers. Taste was a blend of spices, nutmeg prominent and the chamomile was strong as the finish. It was a very lite mouth feel. Overall it isn't my favorite spiced beer but it wasn't terrible.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2009 23:58:32 | More by hdofu
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GiantMidget

Pennsylvania

3.04/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 01:48:20 | More by GiantMidget
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Mysterium from DuClaw Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.