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Mischief - The Bruery


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rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%

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The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
formerly known at Mischief #3

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 10-05-2009)
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Photo of DovaliHops


4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh growler I got at The Bruery yesterday. Pours a clear, bright golden color with a large white head that disappears quickly. Scent is nice Belgian yeast with some profound hoppiness. A bit earthy with some citrus aromas as well. Taste is initially bright fruit flavors with a hint of floral notes. The slightest bit tart with some lovely Belgian yeast and spicy characteristics. This has a lot of the same characteristics as Snicklefritz does, just a lot less buttery. Finishes with lightly bittered hops for a crisp closing. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is an awesome Belgian strong pale ale. Glad I chose this to fill the growler.

Serving type: growler

09-18-2011 07:19:57 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of ehammond1

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


The Bruery
Placentia, CA

Clear, golden yellow with a big white foaming head that lasts and lasts, though there isn't much lacing left.

Belgian, tart, somewhat musty, yeast plays the largest role in this beer's aroma along with a huge amount of citrus hops and bready malt. A full and simple aroma, though done exceptionally well. I like when a beer knows what it is, does it simply, perfectly, and appropriately, and this beer does all those things--just terrific per the style.

The flavor follows the nose nearly identically: the Belgian yeast and strong citrus and floral hops are the dominant flavors, along with bready malts. Incredibly well balanced; this beer is not overly bitter, overly hoppy, or overly yeasty, just a terrific, simple, balanced, effortlessly enjoyable beer.

Medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation (meaning: a lot).

A flawless American version of the style. Thank you, The Bruery.

Serving type: growler

08-23-2011 00:44:01 | More by ehammond1
Photo of drseamus

New York

3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal-clear straw colored body with a thick white foamy head. Super hoppy aroma. Some sweet malt aroma witj some light fruitiness. Surprisingly sweet light flavor finishes with a touch of bitterness. Very light bodied. Aftertaste a strange combination of sweet and bitter where both are distinct.

Serving type: growler

01-05-2010 00:31:14 | More by drseamus
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 12/6/2009. Growler from Big Z Beverage. Pours a cloudy light orange with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, light fruitd (melon in particular), and even some spicy hops. Flavor of plenty of citrus and melon notes as well as Belgian yeast. Very drinkable and tasty! Nice flavor profile too.

Serving type: growler

12-19-2009 05:05:51 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mini growler fill from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours light golden, with some moderate cloudyness, off white head, that leaves nice light sheeting and well developed low lacing. Fruity nose overlaying some citric hoppyness. This one comes over like a hopped up Belgian IPA, pineapple, grapefruit, crisp hoppyness quite bold and evident. Dry, citric and tasty, with Belgian yeastyness floating in and out and all around. Enjoyable Americanized version of classic Belgain beer, one of my favorite things.

Serving type: growler

12-07-2009 00:10:02 | More by Billolick
Photo of cassanoj


4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet - Golden. Very little head retention, not much lacing.

First thing I smell is the hops, butterscotch. Also a lot of citrus, banana, apples, very fruity, some mango, pineapple, grapefruit.

Taste surprised me, not nearly as powerful as the smell. I don't taste so much of the hops, but I get a lot of the fruit. Again, mango, citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, apple. Nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp. Medium bodied, kind of mellow.

I thought the 8.5 was really well hidden. The beer was crisp, refreshing, felt like a session beer, really drinkable.

Serving type: growler

12-06-2009 16:43:10 | More by cassanoj
Photo of corby112


4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at Hawthorne's Cafe on their opening day.

Pours a pale golden yellow/orange-peach color with hazy pale golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a one finger foam white head that very quickly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing are left throughout.

Crisp citrus hop aroma with hints of grapefruit, mango and lemon peel as well as some bready yeast, ripe banana and subtle malt backbone. Slightly earthy/grassy with subtle pine presence balanced by subtle estery light fruit notes. These characteristics kind of balance each other leaving kind of a bland aroma.

Hop forward medium body with a ton of dry earthy bitterness balanced by a prominent citrus sweetness. Dank oily resinous hops with a lot of lemon peel, grapefruit and mango, countered by a very subtle graham cracker/biscuit malt presence. Lots of earthy pine notes provides a nice dryness that lasts throughout, providing balance to the sweet notes. Slight alcohol presence comes through mid-palate and lingers into the finish. There's also a bit of estery Belgian yeast that provide some light fruit notes, especially apple, pear and grape. Pretty complex with a nice combination of west coast IPA and Belgian Pale Ale characteristics. The 8.5% ABV is decently masked, making this beer relatively drinkable. Very good!

Serving type: growler

11-25-2009 09:46:00 | More by corby112
Photo of BingCrosby7


3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

I had high hopes for this beer, as I heard this offering from The Bruery was supposed to be one of their best. I was very disappointed. At first, I thought I was hallucinating some of the smell and tastes, so I passed my glass around to three friends for peer review. Two of them agreed with me fully and one had reservations.

a - very bright yellow with a tint of lime green--very pretty
s - pepper, pickling agent/vinegar, wheat, piny hop, and cured meat
t - very similar to the smell, though less hoppy than peppery and acidic
m - perfectly carbonated--this was definitely the saving grace of this beer
o - i was not too impressed with this beer, aside from the perfect level of carbonation. There was a definite funk to my glass. I don't know if that was just a bad pour or if this is the true expression of the beer. Either way, I wasn't a huge fan.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2014 06:04:45 | More by BingCrosby7
Photo of fourstringer


3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Stamped Batch #136, 12/3/13.

A: Hazy, golden honey-colored body with 1 finger of off-white head. Good retention. Minimal lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, European/noble hops. Grass. Hay. Light fruit. Apple. Pepper. Candi sugar. Vanilla.

T: Spicy with black pepper essence and a surprising sweetness initially. A subdued hop bitterness slowly develops. Semi-dry finish. Mild tang develops mid-way and lingers in the aftertaste. Light alcohol for the 8.5% ABV.

M: Moderate carbonation with nice creaminess. Moderate body. Good feel.

O: Sweeter and heavier than I expected. I found the hops to be somewhat buried - especially on the palate. Not a bad brew, but definitely not their best offering.


Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 03:51:09 | More by fourstringer
Photo of bmwats


3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a teku.

A: Light golden hue. Pours a large, tight, foamy, white head. Settles very slowly. Pervasive lacing.

S: Hops, lemon peel, pepper.

T: Crisp hop make up the base, lemon peel, and some other non-distinct spice and fruit components.

M: Light, crisp, with a steely finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is good. Light hue, thick head, and dry sticky lacing. Nose is hoppy, with a little spice, and lemon citrus. Tastes like it smells...light hops, lemon, and spice. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 04:51:28 | More by bmwats
Photo of Franziskaner


4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a massive carbonation amount as evidenced by the inch thick tightly woven white head of foam. Rich golden colored with incredible clarity. Brussels lacing. I smell that very clean aroma of Belgian Strong ale yeast with that residual candy like sweetness. The mouth is very dry, crisp, carbonated, and it finishes with a gentle warmth due to the alcohol. There's a very dry sugary sweetness in the flavor. Despite the carbonation this is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 02:10:28 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bruery Mischief has an enormous, spongy, white head, a hazy, yellow-gold appearance, some ascending solo bubbles, and lots of heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is bold- sweetness, white bread, hop resin, and a touch of citrus. Taste is of sweet, sugary white bread, citrusy, somewhat piney, hop oil, and some low-to-moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and The Bruery Mischief finishes mostly dry, rich, sweet, and relatively easy drinking. To me, this is more of a California single IPA, rather than any sort of Belgian-like ale. Taking that into consideration, I still think it's very delicious.


Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 19:56:32 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of BierJager89


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow with a foamy white head.

S: Orange and apple, maybe some pear in the nose. Interesting.

T: Sweet and a touch lemony tart, but also nectary, a touch floral, some orange, grapefruit, citrus peels.

M: Medium bodied, with the carbonation of an IPA.

O: Could be smoother, at the very least it's interesting. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 02:05:51 | More by BierJager89
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this as a Christmas present from Florida. From notes.

A - Poured a cloudy burnt orange colour with a really fluffy three finger white head. Good carbonation and beautiful thick lacing and a finger of retention.

S - Interesting aromas of noble hops, orange and candy.

T - Lot's of candied fruit, oranges. Very odd flavours of sweet fruits with very little hop character. Not an overly pleasant flavour with a harsh yeast note and lot's of candy sweetness.

M - Yeasty finish, good carbonation, medium body.

O/D - Didn't enjoy it thoroughly. Didn't hate it though. Not at all what I was expecting for something described as a 'hoppy Belgian golden ale. ' Not my favourite example of the style. Didn't finish the bottle and I probably won't revisit it.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 18:37:41 | More by tbeckett
Photo of Nugganooch


3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split 2 ways – Chimay chalice for me
Notes from 01/19/14

A: Golden blonde body with a mild hazing throughout. Thick and course bubbles give way to some choppy suds rapidly. Some slippery splashes and loose stick cling to the glass.

S: Heavy yeast on the nose. This may be an older bottle. Hops are staled by the pungent yeast aromas. Light mix of grains, coriander, citrus zest, dried grass and golden fruits there with a gentle mineral note. Not a particularly bad aroma but definitely yeasty.

T: Fruity blonde malts evoke golden pear with some citric undertones. The beer has a light tartness over some dry saltine cracker. Lightly grainy with some dry grass. A moderate peppery bitterness combines with some yeasty esters that bring forth coriander spice and some subtle clove. Very light, crisp, and refreshing with the alcohol kept well in check.

M: Frothy and gushing. To the point of almost being over carbonated. But it works here delivering a very effervescent feel. Light and drying with a rather clean finish.

D: Very crushable with the light and super lush mouth feel. Tasty and well balanced in flavors of some moderate hops and signature Belgian yeast character. Quite refreshing. Makes for a good warm weather brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 22:55:26 | More by Nugganooch
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is golden and moderately hazy with a towering white head, even after a slow pour. The aroma offers Belgian yeast, pear, apple, grassy hops, floral notes. Really tasty and teeming with flavor. Diverse characteristics. Fruity and hoppy with a touch of tangy bitterness to round things out. Not on par with Duvel Tripel Hop and other authentic and outstanding examples of the style, but a tasty beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 03:51:04 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of CA_brewster


4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Golden and crystal clear if you manage to leave the yeast sediment behind in the bottle. This brew is highly carbonated and has a crazy frothy head. I tried pouring carefully and still ended up with a good three to four fingers of head. The nose on this beer has that distinct belgian yeastiness about it with a good malt presence. The brew has some nice resinous hop aromatics coming through which go nicely with the belgian characteristics. Terrific aroma! Taste is primarily sweet like a malty apple cider but with a pepper kick and some definite tartness to it as well. A little funky. Pretty typical Belgian characteristics with a hoppy west coast twist. Some bitterness from the hops coming through on the finish. Very crisp and dry mouthfeel. Over all this was a great beer that i rather enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 04:35:29 | More by CA_brewster
Photo of kris_n

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared and poured in small tasting glasses. LOT"s of head on this one. Pour slowly, glass tilt and all. Good lacing all the way down. Appearance is a little cloudy and a nice light golden color. Some nose, but not very prevalent. Taste is good for a style of beer I don't normally go for. Some sweetness and a little acidic bite at the end. Sits on the tongue a little. Overall I personally probably won't purchase this again, but glad to have tried and tasted.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 00:03:32 | More by kris_n
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North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

served in a small tasting glass. has a nice Belgian foggy appearance with tons of head. POUR SLOWLY. nose is not strong but the smell is good. no off flavors. taste is good but not as sweet as I would like. leaves little on the tongue but a mild sweetness and slight acidic bitterniss. lacing is very prevelant and carbonation is high. overall a decent beer. I would not buy it again at 12.99 but I also am not a big Belgian lover to begin with.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 23:28:45 | More by coriswrasse
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Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a sunny golden yellow that is hazy with yeast. It has a noticeably effervescent bright white head that pours huge (takes a few pours to fill my tulip) and settles down at about an inch. Great retention; nice, soapy lacing.

Really in-your-face American-style hop profile. Citrus, ripe peaches, dough, white pepper, funk. Smells both Belgian and West Coast American.

Slightly tart, chalky, hop-tinged, funky. Really caught me off guard with every drink. Quite tart with a strong medicinal hop bite that snaps you right out of the tartness. Gets dank and stanky in the middle but ends with a lingering yeasty sour taste and some tylenol-esque hop notes.

Crisp and bright. Light body with a lot going on, but it is quite drinkable. There is a lingering aftertaste that wears on you a touch but it is fairly good.

Pretty good one.
This is definitely a passable American take on a Belgian style. It has its weaknesses in my opinion, but is rather enjoyable on the whole. The beer pours looking beautiful like Belgians do and is quite nice smelling. There is lots going on aroma-wise, but it is all in harmony just enough to have a unified front. The taste is my main gripe with this beer. It is tasty and drinkable, but the differing flavors were all a little too abrasive both on their own and together to really tickle my fancy. It was both slightly too sour and slightly too medicinal. However, this seemed to mellow a bit as it warmed up (but that could be my imagination). Regardless, I was excited to try a beer by these guys and this one made me excited to try other ones.
Would probably have again; worth trying if you like American-style Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 05:26:25 | More by TheDoctor
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New York

3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy light golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: The smell has light aromas of peppery spices and yeast along with notes of fruits—pears and white grapes seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but each one of the flavors is a little stronger and all are balanced together. There is a slight amount of bitterness. Little, if any alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a very good representation of the style and is pleasant to sip and savor.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 02:22:43 | More by metter98
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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/9/2013. Pours slightly hazy bright golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, pear, apple, pepper, clove, floral, grass, wheat, bread, light honey, light pine, and floral/yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of yeast, hop, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, tangerine, pear, apple, pineapple, wheat, bread, floral, grass, pepper, clove, light pine, and floral/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, pear, apple, floral, grass, light pepper, wheat, bread, light pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth and moderately slick/crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong golden! All around great balance and complexity of malt, yeast ester, and hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 20:09:12 | More by superspak
Photo of Beer-A-Lot


4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy, dry, fair amount of bitterness. Yet lots of spicy and citrusy flavors. Reminds me a bit of Duvel and while not as good in my opinion, it still satisfies with good flavor and easy drinkability. Just right in a small snifter. Like most Bruery beers, this doesn't disappoint. Will have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2013 03:28:39 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle was poured into 2 tulip glasses at Stoddards in Boston.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange yellow with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready, honey, tart, spices, apple, yeast, and vanilla.

Taste: Vanilla, apple, spices, yeasty esters, tart, honey, a little alcohol, pale malts.

Mouthfeel: dry, crisp, refreshing, high carbonation, light to medium bodied, and a little chewy.

Overall: Pretty good take on the style. Delicious and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 02:07:40 | More by Flounder57
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3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Into a tulip:

A: somewhat golden orange slightly yellow yet there's a tinge of brown trying to darken the body, two finger white foamy head that dies at a good pace

S: holy Granny Smith Apples up front, ok, no worries, Granny Smith apples are good to me, there's a slight element of a grassy sort of lemony/bready/spicy sort of coriander-ish sort of thing goin' on that's kinda nice, I think I like it for the most part

T: somewhat tart, yet bitter yet slightly sweet, this is actually, hmmm... holy moley, hmmm...actually showing some hops to balance it out (hmm... why didn't this show up in the nose), I like it, however, I have to admit there's a wine-like aftertaste and finish

M: light to somewhat medium, ok - borderline closer to medium, sessionable - maybe perhaps (I think it could go pretty well with the recommended food, its paired with), carbonation seems to be somewhat smooth yet not too much - actually just enough to tell me its a BSPA

O: much better than the stuff I've had before by the bruery, all I ask if you're (The Bruery) gonna send brews North, might be better if you send fresher stuff up here, no strike on this one

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 06:49:42 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Mischief from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,231 ratings.