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Mischief - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,464
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.25%
Wants: 72
Gots: 168 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev 0%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of JustinMatthew
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a nice golden color with a very large white head. Smells of sweet hops and Belgian yeast. Taste is well balanced yeast and a good amount of hops that taste floral and almost tropical. Lingering hops and a taste of grape flavor between sips. Two top notch beers from these guys in one night, I'm very pleased with The Bruery so far.

"Belgian-style ale golden and hoppy"

JustinMatthew, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, pale golden color with over two fingers of voluminous white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very pale rustic grain, slight barnyard quality, with very dry grapefruit citrus hop qualities. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins fairly dry, with refined mild grain and bright citrus hop aromatics. Acidity is pronounced, accentuating other bright flavors with an added citric layer. The middle is very brief, becoming more dry. Bitterness is moderate in the finish, with a complex collection of slight citrus, green herbaceous, peppery phenolic, and spirituous qualities.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer shows up with hop qualities blazing, defying the Belgian standard which inspired it. It proves to be effortlessly drinkable, yet strong, and complex at the same time. As the label says, keep an eye on this one because it could sneak up on the drinker.

beagle75, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of bashiba
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice cloudy bright yellow with a huge thick bruery style fluffy white head that will not dissipate.

The smell is nicely fresh and hoppy with a light bit of belgian spice and a touch of sweetness.

The flavor has a nice levels of depth to it with a bright spicy and lemony hop flavor with underlying belgian spices, has some nice layers. Sweet malt comes through a bit as it warms and the lemon becomes more prominent.

The mouthfeel is light and dry with nice carbonation.

This is very good, I like that its a bit hoppier than most beers of this style.

bashiba, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

928th Review on BA
Draft to Taster

@Bruery Provisions

App- A very clear yellow with a ring of bubbles and a great bit of cling.

Smell- A huge belgian scent to open this beer with some yeast and earth. Moves to a dry hopped profile with some hops and citrus.

Taste- The dry hops are the first layers I get followed by some belgian yeast notes. This was a bit multi faceted with the hops, citrus, and bold flavors.

Mouth- A good bit of a medium body with some medium carbonation level. A little bit dry, earthy and grassy citrus on the finish.

Drink- This was a beer I had a long time ago and never got around to reviewing. This was very tasty beer. It had good layers and nice balance.

FosterJM, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of ikantspel
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into duvel tulip.

pours golden with the hugest head of any beer ive ever poured. borderline ridiculous. the head looks creamy

belgian yeast smell with some citrus. earthy smell creeps up

hmm pretty interesting. like some kind of mash up but it actually works pretty well. textbook belgian flavor with a side of hops. this is completely well balanced.

more carbonated than most BSPAs but it works. works pretty damn well

Gonna give this place a visit soon

ikantspel, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of aficionado
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel Tulip.

Violent carbonation, fluffy 5 finger white head, slightly hazy golden yellow body. Tons of sticky lacing.

Aroma is fruity, citrusy, and floral spice. Lemon, lemongrass, pineapple, quince, fresh hops, and clean/citrusy/spicy yeast.

Taste is more of the same from the aroma with great dry and crisp flavor and mouthfeel. This beer has the best attributes of Brooklyn Sorachi Ace and Duvel and tastes sort of like a combo of the two.

aficionado, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of OCBeerBaron
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First taste of a beer from The Bruery which is local for me. Belgians are my favorite so I was curious to taste this "hoppy" style. Loved it. It combines my favorite flavors into one beer. While it has the appearance, smell, and flavor of a belgian it also has a nice hoppy background which finishes nicely. I will definitely buy this one again, rolls right down my throat.

OCBeerBaron, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Zenos in State College, PA. Poured in to Founder's tulip glass.

A - Hazy yellow/orange colour with two fingers of bubbly white head.

S - Lemon, orange zest and spice. Light Belgian yeast and a honey aromas in the background. A good bitterness in the nose with a touch of sweetness.

T - Bitter citrus hops up front - lemon zest and orange peel. Some Belgian yeast, spice and honey round out the flavour profile. Some piney notes also come through form time to time. ABV is slightly noticeable and warming but is well hidden for the 8.5% ABV.

M - Medium body with a good chew. Moderate carbonation.

O - An excellent beer.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
2.75/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught at the Bruery provisions store in Orange, California as part of a taster. Serving volume was 2 oz. At the time, I thought the serving temperature was entirely too warm, but they're The Bruery, so this can't be attributed to barstaff error. Reviewed from notes.

A: No head. Colour is a clear light gold. I'm unimpressed.

Sm: Pear, citrus ester hops, distinct ammonia (I shit you not), and maybe cream. The aroma is just downright repugnant, but fortunately is only moderate in strength.

T: Pear emerges dominant atop the weak barley foundation. Slight ammonia-evocative esters destroy the climax. Terribly executed for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but not complementary of the flavour.

Dr: Decent drinkability, below average quality and above average ABV.

kojevergas, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hardy har-har!!! On cask at Max's today.

The beer pours the expected solid gold color with surprisingly good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is complex and just great, with clove, honey, orange citrus, light lemon and hay. Yowza!!! The flavor profile replicates the nose, except there's something of a cookie dough flavor that plays well with the honey. I also get some peppery hops on the finish in this soft, moderately sweet beer. Mouthfeel is soft and plush, with the low carbonation dominating here. The finish is long, with the peppery finish balancing the sweetness very nicely. Alcohol is so well integrated into the flavor profile... impressive.

Just an altogether lovely beer, and an absolute treat to see on cask.

John_M, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Mischief from The Bruery was a decent find and kudos to the supplier that recommended it. Not normally a Belgium style fan....but I think I am starting to come around. The Mischeif was a cloudy yellow in color, great carbonation and decent white head that reformed every time you swilled the glass. The smell included clove, banana, and hops (pine/citrus). The taste was surprisingly light and crisp....even though it was registering in the 8%+ ABV. This is a dangerous beer. The clove/spice and banana are present at the start and then the hops take over to clear the pallet. The mouthfeel is remarkedbly decent. If you see this....try it.

WoodBrew, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of shanblur
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased locally in Evansville, IN. No freshness date. Poured from 750ml bottle into a goblet.

A - Golden hue with a frothy white head which leaves moderate lacing.

S - Fruity and tart aromas with a belgian yeast component.

T - Similar to the smell which is fruity and somewhat tart. Perhaps a hint of hops but that is definitely not the key player.

M - Light bodied and crisp with a generous carbonation.

A great looking beer. Would definitely have again.

shanblur, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm. Funny that I should be drinking this out of a Duvel tulip because this beer reminded me strongly of Duvel - sure, they're both strong Belgian pale ales, but I'm not sure how to differentiate the two...

A: golden color, bubbly, big head

S: tart, astringent, herbal, hoppy

T: crisp, sharp, dry - there are some floral notes and some citrus notes, some bitter astringency

M: biting, carbonated and tingly; the high alcohol content is evident; some aftertaste - like you've been drinking in the bar on an empty stomach

O: this is a straightforward beer. If you like Duvel and similar strong pale Belgian ales, you will like this - I know I do - but I'm not sure what sets this beer apart from the others.

So, is it a good beer? Sure it is, it's like one notch heavier on the spectrum than a Duvel.

Mischief warms differently than a Duvel. As it sat out, it developed into a duller, more coarse finish. I found this rather satisfying however - it had a toughness that reminded me that I am drinking a good, strong "manly" brew. These California brewers have hit a most medieval note in this sound ale.

Greywulfken, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

DovaliHops, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased somewhere localish, probably Yankee/Sturbridge.

Poured into a Harpoon SE tulip, formed a 3 1/2" off-white head over the 1" of clear blonde brew. Head deflates as I watch, leaving heavy thick lacing. Aroma is floral and tart.

Taste starts sweet, a peach tartness in the middle, and smooths out with some alcohol at the close. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and drinkability is good and easy, especially for the abv. Not bad...

ppoitras, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Godlen pour, , medium head, looks fine for the style

S: Pepper, Lemonrind, Wet Dog, golden raisins, belgian yeast,.

T: Metallic hoppy Belgian style ale. Starts off a bit brittle and metallic, medium malty, then ends on a very dry bitter note. The hops don't linger, but neither does any malty sweetness.

M: Medium carbonation, a thick almost chalky mouthfeel. Rustic and bold Americanism.

O: Overall , I was a tad disappointed with this due to the bitterness at the close. To me it tasted like a Belgian style ale with the wrong style hops in it, a bit confused tasting stylistically. I wouldn't seek this out again.

Avantyawn, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of mikedrinksbeer2
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750mL poured into tulip.

A - Pours murky deep gold with bright thick head. Head dissapates to minimal lace.

S - Clean, Belgian esters. Hints of citrus. Grapefruit?

T - Very Belgian front with a nice hop push at the finish.

M - Very carbonated, light across the mouth.

O - A nice integration of hops into a strong golden.

mikedrinksbeer2, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of nhindian
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours an incredibly hazy, sunburst-colored body with aggressive streams of carbonation between the edge of the glass and the unfiltered depths. The head is a monstrous 3-fingered affair composed of thick, tightly-strung bubbles and a creamy top to it. Very nice retention, and you can't even really tell it's gone since it still leaves about a finger of cap after it's faded. Lacing is thick and clumpy, broken into continent-shaped landmasses around the glass.

S - The smell is an interesting take on a rather traditional style, being focused on the hops a lot more than I am used to. Give thanks to California brewers for not being afraid to hop up a beer style! Quite grassy and floral, with lemons, grapefruits, orange rind, and Belgian yeast. The hops almost give it a quasi-funk characteristic. Not as spicy or bubblegum-focused as other typical Belgian Strong Pales, but it's still nice.

T - The flavors start off rather traditional with a big bready component and drawing heavily from the Belgian yeast, but it quickly transitions into the hops again. Brings to mind a wet field of flowers, with a slight mustiness to it but balanced nicely with the fresh floral, grassy, and fruity components. Again, lots of lemon, grapefruit, slight pine, and a hint of alcohol at the end mixed with black pepper. Actually has a somewhat skunky note in the finish, like a traditional Belgian wild would have which is interesting for sure. The hops give way to a somewhat bitter finish and aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with high carbonation. The breadiness lends itself to a full-bodied feel and a slight heaviness that helps the flavors really develop over the entire palate. Not as dry as other BSPAs I've had before, but still semi-dry finish.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. The Bruery tries to infuse a new spin onto the style, and I think it works nicely. If you are looking for a strict obedience to the 'style', I'd look elsewhere, but since it's marketed as a hoppy Belgian, I am on board with it and really enjoyed it. If only I could find Bruery products local to me!

nhindian, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: massive 2" light cream coloured head in my Duvel tulip that left a nice lacing over perfectly clear amber coloured liquid.

S: Floral and citrus hops.

T: A bitter and yeasty concoction of citrus and floral hops.

M: Medium to thin viscosity with a high level of fine carbonation.

O: A good North American interpretation of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale that is more bitter and hoppy than its Belgian counterparts.

DaftCaskBC, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colour with a foamy white head. Fair head retention.

Citrussy hops combine with some spicy Belgian yeast to create a balance in this golden ale.

Fruity with just a touch of bitterness. Slightly spicy with clove. Interestingly, this is quite hoppy for a Belgian ale.

Medium light body with moderately high carbonation. Good.

A nice, fruity and easy to drink Belgian Strong Golden Ale. The hop character adds interest and the spice is well balanced.

dgilks, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

ehammond1, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 10 ounce footed glass at Brixx. From notes. Reviewed 11 July 2011.

A: Nice head. Fades and leaves no trace. Golden-cloudy, but clearish and translucent.

S: Strong, piney hops. Quite nice. A hint of citrus peel.

T: Interesting! Light fine with loads of grapefruit juice; very tart. Listed as an IPA which misled me. The aftertaste is citrusly, yeastily dry. Hops throughout make it unlike a BSPA either. Hard to describe.

M: A bit bitter, carbonated, soapy/bubbly. I like it.

O: Strange, but recommended. I'd have another, but only if I'm in a hoppy-sour mood.

AgentMunky, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of CarolinaKev
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first review ever. Opened this one at my neighbor's pool. Poured into a plastic cup out of a bottle. ( I know I should have had a good glass, but I was at my neighbor's pool).

A. Golden and shiny with very effervescent large head.

S. Citrusy, Grapefruit slight bread aroma. My wife says "it smells like bud light" I almost smacked her!

T. Refreshing, light and hoppy. Mildly spicy slightly peppery. Yeasty taste. Very good summer brew.

M. Carbonated. Medium mouthfeel.

My first Bruery beer and first review. Trying to do new beer Sunday. Very impressed, I would have again.

CarolinaKev, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-very bubbly dark gold with a sticky white head

S-very good! hops, corn, and grapefruit! strong scent. unique, but welcomed, for the style!

T-comes in smooth with a taste of tortilla and cornflower with some hops. matching after-taste with some grapefruit

M-creamy low carbonation with a creamy finish

O-very complex and unique. i really appreciate this and recommend this. i've had nothing like this before and am willing to spend the $$ for more bottles.

AdamBear, Aug 20, 2011
Mischief from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,464 ratings.