Mysterium Belgian-style Spiced Ale | DuClaw Brewing Company

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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:
114
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
14.49%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 32
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1/5  rDev -71.6%

Photo of RblWthACoz
1.81/5  rDev -48.6%
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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2.23/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of GiantMidget
3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
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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3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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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Mysterium Belgian-style Spiced Ale from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.52 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
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