DuClaw Brewing Company

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Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #222
Ranked #44,136
3.5 | pDev: 14.29%
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
Notes: A refreshing ale spiced with cardamom & chamomile"; "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
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Photo of EMV
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Crystal clear golden amber pour with thin fizzy white head. Falls fast... modest ring of lacing.

S: Spicy. Loads of spice... ginger, chamomile, and cardamom. Not unpleasant.

T.F: Sweet and bready up front. Herbal tea and a bit musty. Spice was more on the aroma than in the flavor which isn't a terrible thing. The chamomile certainly comes though. Some light citrus/lemon. Light bodied and thin. Undercarbonated.

O: Smells good... taste is kind of a week herbal tea and very thin. Interesting beer but not one I'd snag again.

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Photo of goodbeergoodfood
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Lookers of a musty light Amber with little to no head.
Smell is pretty much as ever tized you can definitely pick you up the cardamom and the chamomile.
Taste is pretty flat in generic slightly sour a little bit of lemon or citrus some Essences a spice and of chamomile.
You feel is very weak very watery not even a lot of carbonation flat Cola.
Overall I've had this group previously and thought it was much better the first time maybe this one has a little too much age or just isn't as good for some reason it's an interesting concept and I would recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of puck1225
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Brown color with a beige head and great lacing. Very herbal smell, sort of floral. The taste is of sweet spice and herbs, a bit earthy. Not something for everyday, but not bad.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An interesting pairing of chamomile and cardamon that sorta works...

Another very appealing drink to the eyes from DuClaw with thick head but no staying power. The smell was a very nice balance of the advertised spices and hops - light to the nose but definitely there. The drink was medium-bodied and a bit astringent - not a good combination. I found the beer to be relatively well-balanced with the chamomile and cardamon, though I could pull out the chamomile more than anything else. It was a decent beer, I was hoping for something a bit more unique and outstanding, but this was still good as it was.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.34/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mysterium Belgian-style Spiced Ale brewed by DuClaw Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.00% This brew pours out a deep golden amber color with a small white head. There is also a slight haze to the look of this brew. Spotty lacing to this spiced brew, it sticks. The smell is rich with spices and sweetness. You pick up on cinnamon, Ginger, and nutmeg. Reminds me of spiced tea, not saying that is a bad thing. You also pick up on earthy grains and malts, hops. There is a lot going on in Mysterium Belgian-style Spiced Ale. Now for the taste, it is bold with spiced malt flavors. I really like how this brew is different from most brews on the market. The body of Mysterium Belgian-style Spiced Ale is a soild medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it a has a nice spicy balance to it. If you are not into cinnamon, ginger, or nutmeg you possibly will not enjoy this brew. This is a nice spicy drinking brew. The mouth feel of Mysterium Belgian-style Spiced Ale is Spicy, Clean, Bold, And Refreshing. If you are into a spicy brew you should look this brew up. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.25 out of 5. I would look this brew up again​. I would get this to change it up from the other brews on the market. DuClaw Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this brew.

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Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, tan in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is big chamomile, cardamom, ginger, and Earl Grey tea. Light bodied, dry, moderate carbonation and slightly sweet. Reminds me of a very tasty Scottish Gruit. Interesting, light, and complex. Probably a one a night but shoulda picked up a six of this. Worth a try.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BOD 12/23/16. Clear copper pour with a heavy dash of amber. Below average head volume. Poor retention and no lacing.

Outstanding nose with a burst of cardamom over a sweet base with hints of chamomile. The Belgian yeast contribute a blended substrate of banana, light phenolic clove and a touch of pear/apple.

Medium body that is smooth and has hints of creaminess at the finish. The carbonation / body balance is outstanding. The middle subtly provides just enough effervescence to open the flavors up. The finish is more powerful and delivers a nice prickly burst to close the show.

The flavor profile is quite good. It delivers with the cardamom spice but is a bit too intense, hence balance is out of kilter a bit. Dial the cardamom back slightly and this one can become outstanding. It begins with a light chamomile touch that cardamom quickly overtakes. The sweetness of the nose never really materializes and consequently the contrast to allow the pear and apple notes to appear fails to occur. Roughly three quarters through, phenolic clove is evident. Clove and cardamom linger after the finish with clove being the last man standing.

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Photo of classixIII
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly murkey deep copper. Very faint head that disappeared quickly. Nicely spiced aroma. Cinnamon way out there. Great feel, light and fresh. Taste is mild, very herbal. Works for me.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- amber with copper overtones. Clear and minimal head and lacing.

S- grapes, chamomile, clove and maybe pear.

F- this is an awkward flavor...weird herbal spice with white grape and sour floral notes.

M- light bodied but the floral and herbal notes dominate and not well.

O- hmm its definitely interesting but the floral notes taste sour and the white grape doesnt go well with it.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.14/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mysterium | DuClaw Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's got a two finger thick head, webbed lacing, and a clear deep golden body.

I smell a pleasing, not-overpowering use of the spices and slightly zesty Belgian-style yeast.

Here, the spices meld somewhat awkwardly with the traditional Belgian ale components. Which is kind of confusing considering how nice the smell of this beer is. Not terrible, but certainly could be improved upon.

Medium-light mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I'll choose to give Mysterium | DuClaw Brewing Company an overall rating of a 4. Again, the taste is just wonky. This was bottled on December 28th, 2016, so its still relatively fresh. I strongly doubt I will buy this brew again.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
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". From the current bottle: "A refreshing ale spiced with cardamom & chamomile"; "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".

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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
1.81/5  rDev -48.3%
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.

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Photo of GiantMidget
3.02/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of ckollias
4.23/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

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Photo of mntlover
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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...

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.43/5  rDev -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...

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Mysterium from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 123 ratings