Mysterium Belgian-style Spiced Ale | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Mysterium Belgian-style Spiced AleMysterium Belgian-style Spiced Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
duclaw.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Imstillthegman on 08-17-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
116
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
14.45%
 
 
Wants:
2
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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 33
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Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
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 ryser2k
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of SPRichard
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of tdm168
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Kegatron
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.34/5  rDev +22.9%
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 DaveCash
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hdofu
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of mikerems
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
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 darkstar12
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, but also had previously on draft at DuClaw's in Arundel Mills, MD

A: strong golden color, very little head to speak of it, lacing goes away quickly
S: spices - cardamom, cloves - are definitely present but not overwhelming. Very nice overall.
T: a lot of things going on that work together well - honey, hint of orange, cardamom, spices, some floral and hops scents. Very refreshing.
M: good body, not cloying at all, carbonation very good for the type of beer
O: Excellent summer/fall beer - worth having again for sure.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.14/5  rDev +17.3%
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 Dodo2step
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
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 nbaradel443
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of sludgy
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of ChelseaD
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of sammy806
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ChipMurray
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of mntlover
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
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 DrDemento456
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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 mpalestino
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
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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Mysterium Belgian-style Spiced Ale from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.53 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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