Mysterian | Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

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Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Truh on 05-15-2005

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the Fenway location a couple months back, forgot to write down the date though, finally got motivated enough to transfer this over. From my limited notes.

Pours a hazy amber orange color with a small white cap, fades and leaves hardly any lacing on the glass.

Smell has a decent citrus presence with a light fruity ester, picking up some copious amounts of ginger which is a welcome surprise for a beer, ginger isn't used too often.

Taste follows up on the aroma with a good showing of ginger, melds well with the citrus and malt backing, appropriate carbonation gives a crispness and finishes dry.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Back on tap at BBW Fenway as part of their Belgian celebration in January. Served in a tulip glass. Hazy orange body with not much head. Smell was a bit musty and yeasty. This beer was brewed with ginger and apricot, but all I could taste was the ginger. I found it to be flavorful, but a bit overwhelming. Would have been better if was balanced a bit more with some of the apricot sweetness that was missing. Mouthfeel was dry and left a slight bready flavor on the palate. A different kind of beer that I didn't mind trying but did not love. My wife took a sip and said she would not have ordered that. (Bartender said abv was 7.5%)

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fenway Beer Works on 8/4/07.

A: Pours a hazy, dark amber with no head or lacing.

S: Hints of fruit, yeast, bread, and sweet malts. Pretty enticing for a Belgian style.

T: This is a really enjoyable example of the style. The flavors come through with hints of fruit,a nice kick of yeast, and some good warming with the alcohol.

M: Smooth and velvety, nice carbonation, pretty good. Goes down nicely.

D: This is a nice sipping beer. Very enjoyable with some food. Quite tasty.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery on 07.04.2007.

Poured a full copper in color beneath a creamy, white head. Intact lacing with decent hold throughout the tulip. Aromas of semi-sweet vanilla with a waft of mustiness. A distinct, thin cherry tartness also is present. Flavors begin with a semi-sweet malt base that is nearly creamy. This is quickly broken up by a dry, yet sharply acidic brett sourness; cherry, peach. The finish is dry with an aftertaste of sour cherry and mustiness. Medium in body; almost creamy with an underlying dryness. Not a bad Belgain style Pale. The musty dryness retracts a bit from the ale's natural, tart flavors.

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Photo of rousee
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours burnt apricot/orange--somewhat murky with no head and no lace to speak of. It has a floral and vinous smell- slight candy essence to the aroma too. Taste is floral and malty like barleysugar. Some hops are present to balance it out. A little too flat and chalky in the mouthfeel. If its a belgian style trippel, one thing it should not be is flat. Not especially drinkable either. Too bad cuz this one has potential. I hope they try it again and are able to tweak it properly.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented from the tap in a tulip glass the beer was a hazy orange color with about a half-finger of pure white head. Some carbonation bubbles ran up the sides of the glass and a good amount of lacing was left throughout the sample.

The smell was a fresh citrus scent of oranges and corriander. Slight spice and clove as well as malt were also in the nose.

The tatse has an immidiate fruit character with ripe cirtrus flavors of orange and tangerine. A firm malty base to the beer with hints of spices, banana, cloves, and corriander. Very smooth to the finish with its malt character dominating. Little to no hop presence and no bitterness to speak of. Alcohol is well masked but becomes more apparent as the beer slightly warms.

Medium body, smooth, and crisp with a high degree of carbonation.

This was quite a drinkable beer. Similiar in taste and smell to Allagash triple. Full bodied enough to indicate its maltiness, yet well balanced with a lovely fruity presence on the palate. Very enjoyable, and to date, one of my favorites from beer works.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at the Salem brewpub.

This beer poured a hazy, golden amber color with white foam that settled and clung to the glass in clumps. The smell was of Belgian malt with a hint of sweetness and with a hint of Brettanomyces. The aroma was nicely "ethereal". The taste was Belgian pale malt with a light tanginess and a touch of sourness from the Brettanomyces but balanced by a light malt sweetness. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and low carrbonation. There was a touch of wildness in the finish. This was a nice, easy to drink beer with a twist, and I had a couple.

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Photo of Todd
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap @ Salem Beer Works during a recent beer crawl.

Brewed at the Salem Beer Works, Mysterian is a Belgian Pale Ale that's been aged and inoculated with Brettanomyces, and in my opinion ... this is one of the most flavorful and balanced Brett beers that I've had to date.

Poured from the tap into a tulip glass as a cloudy rich pale colored beer with a massive white foam head and nice retaining lace throughout the experience. Aroma was a bit sharp, but not overpowering, with a very distinct fruity apple and pear character. Smooth bodied, with a tight and funky sharp bite on the palate and a dose of hop leaf beneath. It's not as funky as other Brett beers, which makes it very approachable for the uninitiated, highly drinkable, flavorful and keeps you interested from beginning to end. An outstanding offering, and one of Beer Works best creations to date.

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Photo of Truh
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pulled off the mask and discovered it was the care-taker with this one on 5/15/2005. 14-oz. goblet pour at the Fenway location.

Told by the bartender that this was a Belgian style ale. Nice slurry of covering, very tight foam with pronounced lace and stick all the way down. Golden amber hue fully hazed though action is discernible. Fruit, like Granny Smith apples, jump out initially on the nose along with just a hint of white pepper and candy corn. Some mild earthiness jumps out initially to taste, followed by a cooling malt and a very appealing hop presence, all of which is finished with some light tart lemon presence.

Refreshing pour, would gladly have another.

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Mysterian from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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