Mysterium Belgian-style Spiced Ale | DuClaw Brewing Company

Mysterium Belgian-style Spiced AleMysterium Belgian-style Spiced Ale
BA SCORE
3.47/5
117 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#39,928
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
117
pDev:
14.41%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of kylehay2004
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin head on a clear, equal parts crimson and gold body. Aroma is very medicinal with candied fruit and grapes mostly. A little tart. Flavor follows this at first then moves to a gingerbread and caramel flavor finishing with a variety of herbal and spicy notes. Light carbonation and oily body. Tastes better than it smells. Not sure if this is a regular beer but worth trying.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.04/5  rDev +16.4%
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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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a golden color with a white head. The nose brings forward some floral character and a bit of light spicing. The taste is pretty generic with some floral character and a bit of pepper and spice. The feel is a bit of spice as well. Not overspiced, but nothing really come together in the end.

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Photo of nickfl
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A a small head of white foam on a clear golden body, low retention and little lace.

S grainy malt, some cider and a hint of sulphur.

T a light, grainy pilsner malt flavor with some pepper and a touch of spicy hops in the finish.

M medium light body, moderate carbination, and a dry finish.

D meh, the aroma is kind of unpleasant, but the flavor redeems it to a degree. Still, not my favorite from their lineup.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.4/5  rDev -2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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 woodychandler
3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
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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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of tdm168
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.5/5  rDev -28%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
1.81/5  rDev -47.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of lupercmda
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Mysterium Belgian-style Spiced Ale from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 117 ratings
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