Mysterium Belgian-style Spiced Ale | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Mysterium Belgian-style Spiced AleMysterium Belgian-style Spiced Ale

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

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

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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of Slatetank
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of goodbeergoodfood
3.4/5  rDev -2%
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 +3.5%
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 tuowl74a
4.09/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Urk1127
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
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 BeerSexLove
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a nice ale with a myriad of flavors. It's a beer I'd drink if I wanted to drink just one with a meal or as a refresher.

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Photo of alexsergio
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlueShepard19
2.23/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DaveCash
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nicholas2121
4.34/5  rDev +25.1%
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 +19.6%
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 +3.2%
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 +2.9%
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 tdm168
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dodo2step
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
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 +19.3%
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 jaketaz
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brauseboof
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madelf66
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kaunshelly
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lettsgo3
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lillitnn92
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -13.5%

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Mysterium Belgian-style Spiced Ale from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 121 ratings