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Mysterium - DuClaw Brewing Company

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79
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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 12.97%
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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corneliustoad

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

05-27-2013 17:34:33 | More by corneliustoad
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -13.5%

05-16-2013 04:43:20 | More by ZEB89
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

05-12-2013 19:13:13 | More by whallgren
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

05-10-2013 23:46:52 | More by Rhettroactive
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

05-07-2013 21:53:48 | More by Boone757
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

04-19-2013 18:57:40 | More by ROGUE16
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Oneironautalis

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

04-18-2013 21:26:19 | More by Oneironautalis
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SaarSalim

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

04-14-2013 12:29:47 | More by SaarSalim
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BobsledTM

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

04-13-2013 22:40:22 | More by BobsledTM
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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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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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JakeDebus

Maryland

3/5  rDev -13.5%

03-11-2013 12:30:33 | More by JakeDebus
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

03-07-2013 19:37:02 | More by orangesol
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BMan33

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +15.3%

02-23-2013 17:07:59 | More by BMan33
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MemphisANiD

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-17-2013 23:39:05 | More by MemphisANiD
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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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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

01-26-2013 02:34:30 | More by mendvicdog
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

01-23-2013 01:04:07 | More by yourefragile
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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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cliff1066

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

01-20-2013 05:39:17 | More by cliff1066
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mikehillman

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

01-17-2013 01:00:53 | More by mikehillman
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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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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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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

01-04-2013 22:33:11 | More by MarvinSnyder
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sammy806

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

01-04-2013 00:50:50 | More by sammy806
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