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Mysterium - DuClaw Brewing Company

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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:
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(Beer added by: Imstillthegman on 08-17-2008)
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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +15.9%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

kylehay2004, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Knapp85, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
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
Photo of nickfl
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

nickfl, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Kegatron, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

mendvicdog, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

oriolesfan4, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
3.38/5  rDev -2%
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.

woodychandler, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

yourefragile, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of orangesol
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

orangesol, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

duceswild, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

ejimhof, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +15.9%

wrightst, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

BillRoth, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of John_M
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

John_M, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of Rhettroactive
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Rhettroactive, May 11, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

xnicknj, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

atrocity, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

tone77, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
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...

DrDemento456, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Boone757, May 07, 2013
Photo of ROGUE16
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

ROGUE16, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

IPAchris, Nov 12, 2012
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Mysterium from DuClaw Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.