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Mischief - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,432
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.25%
Wants: 70
Gots: 160 | FT: 9
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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Photo of atsprings
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a crisp pale orange with a thin off white head that leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a hint of sweet fruits and mild spice. The taste is a nice amount of crisp sweet fruits and spices with an interesting bitter hop finish. The beer is medium bodied with mild carbonation and a nice dryness. This is an enjoyable draft Belgian style beer, these guys seem to pull that off better than anybody.

atsprings, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of 100floods
3.1/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at the Toronado. Super pale yellow hue. The pour yielded a thick white head that turned into some lacing. Strong, spiced, bubble come aroma. Man, you can smell that Belgian yeast good. Super smooth mouthfeel, kind of thick. Tastes of citrus and malt, almost a bit like lemon grass, which seems to dominate at times. This beer kind of confuses me. It's trying to achieve a few things all at once. It's got the Belgian aspect down, but then there's that citrus thing going on. Does this want the character of an American Pale Ale, too? Not even 1/4 of a way into it and I'm already wanting my next beer. It comes off a bit like a super thick saison.

100floods, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of smithdc33
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Leffe tulip glass.

Golden, hazy color with a thick bubbly head, that turns into foam that leaves decent lacing. A flowery smell with citrus notes and a familiar Belgian yeast, and some tartness as well. A crisp, full-flavored beer with a strong hop character, complimented by a tart spiciness. A dry beer with smooth champagne-like carbonation. The high ABV is well-hidden in this beer which suits any season or reason. Quite a few worthy candidates, but this is mostly likely my favorite offering from the Bruery. Cheers!

smithdc33, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of hardy008
2.13/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Hazy gold with a four finger white head with decent retention and lacing. The aroma has citrus, melon, and pear. Has a very hoppy aroma.

The taste has citrus, melon, pear, and some pepper. This is a very hoppy tasting beer. Some sweetness, and quite a bit of bitterness. Not sure I care much for this.

Medium bodied, heavy carbonation, finishes dry. Overall pretty disappointing. Nothing about it stands out as extraordinary. I will pass on this in the future.

hardy008, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of kwjd
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Father's Office in Santa Monica. Pours a straw-yellow colour with thick white head, nice lacing. Smells quite grassy, with lots of Belgian yeastiness. Well hidden alcohol in the flavour, mild bitterness, some sweetness. Good carbonation level, makes this quite smooth to drink. Really nice beer.

kwjd, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of taigor
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 8oz glass.

A - Poured clear straw color with almost no head and minimal lacing.

S - Smell is fruity and grassy, almost like saison like. Lots of fruits to start with. Pears, citrus and possibly apples.

T - Slightly sweet with a bitter resin hops finish. Unusual and complex.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation.

D - Very enjoyable beer. I would recommend it.

taigor, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of Cheesemoose
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Duvel tulip, which worked out perfect.

Hazy and golden with a bubbling head that wants to just jump out of the glass. A careful pour still leaves a good 5 fingers of head. Foamy as it rises, it clumps on the surface, with a decent amount of clinging.

A tart sweetness balanced against candied citrus notes. Belgian yeast rounds things off, with a healthy dose of biscuity malts.

Starts dry, though moves into the tartness that was smelled in the nose. Orange zest arises due to the heavy hop dose, though it makes it way into a crisp, spiced finish. Well balanced for being a "heavy-hopped" golden ale. The Golden Ale is prominent, though it is well hopped. Biscuit malts add to the dryness and the spice is well played. A bit surprising but I wasn't expecting what poured out. Turned out to be a great decision.

Alcohol is well hidden, and the mouthfeel is crisp, inviting, though not watery.

Cheesemoose, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a short head but some nice lacing. Smells somewhat sweet and a touch yeasty with some malt tanginess at the end. The taste is a good deal better, with a nice balance between spicy hops and some nice yeasty notes. Very dry, and quite crisp. Pleasant

Georgiabeer, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of CrellMoset
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA, and poured in to a (surprisingly) properly logoed Bruery tulip, courtesy of a great BA (vurt - thanks bro!) from a long ago trade.

Appearance: Pours a thoroughly hazed golden sunset orange, not the most attractive hue or level of clarity, but perhaps what one would expect from a highly-hopped Belgian golden ale. Infrequent but rather large bits of carbonation drift lazily upwards towards what knocks this beer in to 4.5 territory. The head of this beer is mammoth initially, with above-average retention for the style - no doubt due to the high hop addition. The ecru head does eventually fade, of course, though it leaves a nice persistent surface dusting, a soapy and foamy on the outside/dense and creamy on the inside collar, and a huge slew of sticky, rocky, crystalline side lacing. The side lacing is particularly impressive, frozen and staccato-like on the sides of the tulip. Very nice.

Aroma: Sweet, roasted, but with plenty of simply, dry, biscuity malt notes as well as tons of balancing Belgian and hop notes. The former suggest cloves and spicy grape-like medicine (a few tropical fruit notes intermingled within), and the latter suggest hay, grass, spicy leafy notes, and a slew of pithy, herbal citrus notes, very potpourri-like.

Taste: Almost a Belgian IPA, but not quite. What's missing is a slew of hop flavor notes. What's certainly present is a slew of hop bitterness, slightly astringent. There's definitely some hop flavor notes - mostly citrus in nature, suggestive of pithy, freshly squeezed orange juice and recently mowed hay - but the taste of this one is mostly traditional, straightforward, well made Belgian golden. Medicinal, spicy phenols are up front, clove- and pepper-like, balanced with a slew of well attnuated, simple golden malts, biscuity and crackery just behind. As it warms, the bitterness fades in prominence a little and is replaced by even more hop notes, mostly grassy. Even more Belgian IPA-like now. The hop flavors really meld well with the spiciness of the yeasty phenols.

Mouthfeel: Let this one smooth out a little before you dive in. Initially eruptive and excited, this one smooths out nicely to a slightly syrupy, slightly sticky, but somewhat creamy hot mess, with the appropriate level of effervescence to make for a smooth, even drink, if not a pillowy, perfect one.

Drinkability: Solid, but some distance from perfection. The high hopping adds some amazing attributes to the appearance, but there are slight imperfections with how it blends with the base beer. The 8.5% is nothing to sneeze at, but manageable if one drinks slowly (and not out of bounds for the style). I think this one could be tweaked slightly to either go full bore Belgian IPA (let's amp up the citrus and the herbal, minty notes) or the other way - either way would strike a really nice balance between the constituent parts of the base beer (which is expertly made, of course) and the hop components (which are nice, unsurprisingly).

CrellMoset, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of wedge
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

@ Raleigh Times

Cloudy golden yellow with a sticky, thick white head that leaves plenty of lace on the glass. Juicy orange and spicy Belgian yeast ester aromas. Juicy citrus hop, ripe fruit, peppery yeast. Sweet, bright, and dry. Medium bodied and very drinkable. I enjoyed this one!

wedge, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of craytonic
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8.50% BSPA? Wish the Bruery could learn to keep the ABV down for once...

Appearance: Hazy straw golden color, touch of amber, with a decent sized off-white head that leaves some good lacing.

Smell: Nice light, floral hoppiness; very dry

Taste: Also enjoyable, very light, dry and hoppy. Crisp and clean; simple - which is a nice change of pace for the Bruery.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated (perhaps aggressively so) and light

Drinkability: goes down really well, would not have guessed the hight ABV. Slightly reminiscent of a tripel.

craytonic, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of sitarist
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing, pale straw color...loose frothy white head falls to a ring and top coating that leaves rings of lacing.

I smell fruit salad...apples, banana, and citrus marinated in sweet syrup...there is some spice notes as well. I cant resist sticking by big nose in the glass and taking another whiff.

I taste the apples and other fruits from the nose with a slight bite of white pepper.

Thin and dry...the carbonation scrubs my tongue.

Dam fine beer...perfect size bottle for a sitting.

sitarist, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Piraat tulip.

Pour a light pale amber color with a pretty big white head. Nose is light but yeasty and hoppy.

Taste is sharp, hoppy and yeasty. Mouthfeel is quite full and smooth. Very tasty and easy drinking. It's a bit pricey but still tasty.

kingcrowing, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of boatshoes
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bottle from the local liquor store to give it a proper try after sampling it at last year's BBF.

Appearance- Pours a hazy amber golden out of the bottle with a nice two fingers of puffy head in the glass. Pretty decent head retention and some small amounts of lacing left as well.

Smell- Quite fruity on the nose with a lot of lemon scents and fruity esters. Also strong scents of yeast and a bit of breadiness as well.

Taste- Quite fruity on the palate as well, with the lemon citrus aspect of this beer striking me initially. Not really citrusy sour like a wild ale but fruity in the way a hefeweissen can be fruity. Citrus flavors followed again with some distinct notes of bread and yeast and a bit of musty hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is quite good with carbonation being a touch on the spritzy side. Went down quite easy as well.

Overall, a decent if interesting take on the style. This one wasn't bad but didn't hit it out of the park for me in a category with a lot of classic examples.

boatshoes, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of waldoiverson
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml into tulip

A: Golden and cloudy, beautiful fine clean white head that sat on top like icing on a cake, very good lacing

S: sour lemon with a really bright and acidic yeast overtone, no noticeable alcohol, orange blossoms but faintly

T: the lemon in the nose comes out more bready and desert-like, alcohol appeared a bit as it warmed, very robust and stays pretty consistent from sip to swallow

M: Medium body, not as much carbonation in the mouthfeel but it clearly is helping keep the taste buds locked into the core flavors,

D: I like this beer. It presents itself in the nose, riffs on the smell in the mouth without trying to play games. A confident beverage. It looks beautiful, too. Recommended.

waldoiverson, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of boss302
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Bruery Mischief Belgian Style Golden Ale, 750ml, bottle conditioned.

A Golden, not clear, big thick head, fine bubbles.

S Estery, fruity, a little sweetness, either from malt or yeast.

T Mostly a hop flavor and very dry and sharp. Tastes like some candi sugar may be present.

M Medium to light body, a little thin, carbonation is high, but it's also bottle conditioned.

D Pretty good beer, I would repeat.

boss302, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip-chalice with about two millimeters of scant white lacing. The body is a light gold color, almost and slightly yellow. Quite hazed over and translucent. Pretty aromatic with a nicely potent floral hop component alongside the obviously pale malt sweetness.

Fruity sweetness with a nice dry grain character, with a hint of flowering yet bitter herbs. The Bruery hits all the right notes both for style and for sheer pleasure. Eminently drinkable, so dry and the alcohol so restrained. The Belgians would consider this wildly hoppy, but in the American milieu, this is right down the middle. Very clean, perhaps lacking a little bit in personality. No-brainer: give this one a shot.

BretSikkink, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, Underground Kitchen in Madison

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a small chalice, hazy straw-yellow body, light white foam

smell: citrus, belgian yeast, grassy hops, apple, melon,

taste: good beligan IPA (not a belgian strong) - this one does lean more to the belgian side...yeast and belgian pale flavors outweigh the grapefruit citrus hops. zesty and a nice pair with a number of dishes

mouthfeel: good carbonation, crisp medium body

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of movingtrain
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a Duvel glass, drinking at room temperature.

Pours a hazy wheat color with a slowly descending, massive fluffy white head on top. The beer is pretty active, and contains some sediment.

There is a lot going on in the nose here. Hints of lilies, honey, pine, clove, and wet leaves settle in. There are some attractive earthy tones, as well as some good spice. A bit leathery, most of the aroma rests in floral notes and spice with some light alcohol notes lingering, as well.

Up front in the flavor are the hops. They are very present here, but do not seem overpower the other elements. Again, there are some great floral notes here, primarily reminiscent of lilies. There is a little honey flavor, as well as clove, candy sugar, and a bit of cinnamon. A bit funky, and a slight alcohol astringency, there is a well-balanced flavor here.

Overall, this beer is excellent. A good amount of hops give it a good kick to the traditional style, but the earthy, funky character keep it rooted quite well.

movingtrain, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice light golden color with a several-finger head and a good amount of lacing on the way down. The nose isn't terribly overwhelming, bringing some light citrus and floral hops. A bit of spice as well.

The taste consists of light floral and citrus hops. In addition, I get a bit of spice and light pear notes underneath. The mouthfeel is light to medium with a nice spicing to it. Drinks quite well overall and is fairly unique.

Thorpe429, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of avalon07
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a rich orange color and a cloudy consistency. There were two inches of creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A sweet aroma of light fruit, malt, phenols and yeast.

T: Tasted of citrus, malt, some other lighter fruits, yeast, esters, pepper and other spices. Nicely complex and very vibrant.

M: Lots of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: One of best American versions of BSPA. Drinkable in the extreme.

avalon07, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I believe I got this from errantknight..

Opens with a strong whoosh! Pours a very hazed honey color & 3 fingers of rocky cream colored head. Floaties in abundance, murky as most rough ciders I saw in Cornwall. Good head retention & lacing.. sooo murky...

S: Bready, yeasty phenols, figs, honey

T: Breadyness, pineapple, some grassy hops & dryness up front. Figgyness, grainy sweetbread, dryness, lemony hops, grapefruit, spicy peppery hops, & some boozey sharpness as this warms. Finishes dry with much grapefruit & honey, grainyness

MF: Medium bodied, grainy/chalky, dry, creamy carbonation once warm. Nice balance

Drinks easy, but some flaws hold it back from greatness. Reminds me of Boulevard tank#7 with some things I like more & less. I like it, don't love it...

russpowell, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of tdawgydog
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This style (Hoppy Belgian) has been my favorite for the summer of 2010. First beer I've had in my Russian River goblet.

A - Pours with a massive head which recedes to leave a nice coating over the top of the beer. A lovely smokey golden color.

S - A little strong almost liquor scent. Maybe the worst characteristic of this beer.

T - A pretty good Belgian, not as hoppy as the label would lead you to belive. I was hoping for a good smack of hops but it just wasn't to be with this beer. Still very good though.

D - Another great beer by The Bruery. I don't think I've had a bad one from these guys. Very easy going down. Enjoyable.

M - Great body, maybe a little gassy if I had any complaint but I would definitly seek this out again.

tdawgydog, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of JLeege
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a nice golden yellow, with a clumpy 2 finger head. Good lacing.

Smell- some light citrus hops, some light fruit (pear/apricot) grassy, some yeast as well

Taste- Follows the aroma pretty much to a T. A bit peppery as well, with a fairly dry finish. The flavors are pretty subtle, but it is nicely balanced. Alcohol is hid well.

Mouthfeel- medium carbonation/ smooth going down

Overall- This is a nice beer, IMO not as good as many of the ones from Belgium, but this is a good American version.

JLeege, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of khiasmus
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The white pillow-cloud of sleep, and the dreams drift you off into the rainbow's front yard, the huge white puffs that leave sheets and look as though you could bound about on them, atop a golden fiery sunset in this ether world, unseen by man until the last century, only dreamed of...
Flowery and light on the nose, a sunshine-dust with some light yeast-cracker crumbs and ozone, the green gold of airy hops and the classic notes of Duvel.
A flavour much the same, a sunshine-day in a flowery field flavour, white grapes and golden raisins, with a grassy herbal hop presence.
Fluffy on the tongue like so many clouds floating in the breeze, fills the mouth with a light, airy and enjoyable body, both lightly prickly and slick in the finish.

This is a well made BPA. It's above average though not drastically so, but is a great American interpretation of the style.

khiasmus, Oct 07, 2010
Mischief from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,432 ratings.