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Mischief - The Bruery

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1,418 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,418
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.25%
Wants: 70
Gots: 156 | FT: 8
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 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 25, 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
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Steven and I shared this one tonight.... picked up at Brewforia.

Poured into my Sierra Nevada XXX goblet... huge 3 finger head great lacing atop a slightly hazed golden brew.

Nose is strong and perfumy ... very fruit forward reminds of pear essence... white pepper... pretty nice... not as elegant as some of the continental cousins, but a bit of grassy hops add some good character.

Flavor mirrors the aromas with a touch of honey essence up front and a some cracker maltiness... again some grassy hops really make this a star.

Body is lite with a pretty abundant carbonation.

Better than my above review shows, but I am just enjoying the remnants of my glass. Glad we got this into Boise.


JohnGalt1, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Cresant
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a Duvel glass. No date. The white head was huge, just as expected. The body was a deep golden yellow. The head was pillowy and left sheets of lace sliding down the side of the glass after each sip.

The smell was peppery with a mild yeastiness. Fruity, maybe peaches?

The taste was also spicy. Crisp, organic, leafy hops. There was a nice bitter snap. Some dank basement notes. Oranges here too. Hops oils are left on the lips. Drying yumminess.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with zippy carbonation. Sort of a Belgian IPA/BSPA.

Cresant, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, split between a few buddies...served in a snifter

A - big, billowy fluffy head takes up over half the glass. the beer is clear through the first few pours, getting increasingly hazy as we near the bottom of the bottle. leaves behind a nice sticky thin veil of glass on the glass.

S - slightly sweet grainy and crackery malts, grassy wet hops, and belgian yeast. slight black peppery spiciness throughout.

T - begins with assertive and sharp grains, lightly sweet via pear and apple like fruitiness. hops are pretty assertive, coming through grassy and slightly earthy, bitter yet not overdone. spice hits near the end along with bottle yeast.

M - lightly bodied, with sharp and punchy carbonation...quickly settles. goes down slightly oily, finishes clean and just a touch dry.

D - good beer, hides its ABV well and easily drinkable with an attractive flavor and easy mouthfeel.

Stigs, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malt some fruit and peppery

T - Follows the nose starts off sweet then the peppery flavor come through with some light hops

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

D - This is a good enjoyable beer that has a good taste making it easy to drink a little too quickly worth getting sometime to try

armock, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of farrago
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Finger of bone white foam, mix of many bubble sizes, enough fluff that the retention is decent, forms sheets of lacing which slowly slide down the glass side. Light orange to deeper yellow in hue, not especially hazy but not transparent either, dispersed if steady bubbles. The nose has a certain tightness to it, led by wet grass, pepper, unsweetened multi-grain bread and a shock of sour white grapefruit pith, blends in whole cloves and green apple to pear fruit scents, again there's not a lot of give and what is there evacuates in a straight line. Medium-bodied, the carbonation also has a tight weave to it, hints at foaming up but then pulls back. More than in the nose the orange marmalade to white grapefruit citrus is in clear control, tart, sour and bitter, omnipresent. Momentary brush of banana before meager pear, apple, pineapple fruit come on. Pine resin, coal tar and damp hay anchor it further onto the tongue. Hard to find any clear malt elements, perhaps some chocolate near the finish. A very muscular beer which makes you break a sweat with each sip.

farrago, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a gorgeous hazy golden straw color with some nice orange hints. There is a nice dense, white 1 inch head with some medium sized bubbles tightly packed with other small ones. Almost perfect look. Some slight sediment can be seen.

S - Delicious sweet malt aroma with some nice light fruit hints. Some pears and peaches. Quite vinous aroma as well. Nice yeast aroma with some clove and good spices as well. Slight alcoholic sweetness as well.

T & M - Starts off with a nice grainy with some great sweet fruit hints that then quickly turns into some nice tart fruity flavors. Nice and fluffy with great carbonation. On the back end as the tartness fades there is a nice dry hop presence that is also intermingled by some good grain and bready malt backbone. Spices like pepper and some slight coriander are also present. The beer finishes nice and dry but leaves a good bready aftertaste with some slight clove.

D - I love BPAs and BSPA and this representation of the style is very good. I can see why The Bruery is hyped so much. The flavors are nice and present on their own but also work so well together. Very delicious and refreshing beer and the ABV although high not insane and slightly unnoticeable.

JoEBoBpr, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of misinformed
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured in to a snifter.
A- 1st glass poured with a nice billowy, white head that was pushing 5 fingers. Subsequent glasses were probably closer to 3 fingers before settling down to a solid coating across the top of the beer. Beautiful clear orange gold. Some spotty lacing.

S- Nice wallop of fruit when the bottle was opened. Both tropical and tart (apple) fruit. Some yeast. Mild alcohol at times.

T- Follows the smell. Tropical and tart fruit up front. Some floral and citrus hops as well. Light yeast. Fruity and tangy with a citrusy, sometimes spicy finish. Mellow, but still packs a punch.

M- Light and refreshing. Very faint, tiny bubbled carbonation. Crisp finish with just the faintest trace of alcohol.

D- This is a great beer. On the mellow side, but the flavor isn't bland at all. Lots of interesting notes keeps me reaching for the glass again and again. Great fruitiness that is balanced out by the crisp/bitter finish. Nicely balanced. My favorite Belgian Strong so far (Sorry Duvel!). I will definitely buy this again.

misinformed, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of brewandbbq
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

Pours hazy gold with a fluffy white head of three inches. A reluctant descent revealed a solid skim cap and plenty of soapy lacing for the duration.

Aromatics are laced with tropical fruits, Belgiany phenols, and yeasty bits. Pear, tangerine, apricot, mango, bubblegum, clove, bannana, and cut grass. Booya..Very nice! A hint of biscuity malt follows through but the blend of grassy undertones with tropical overtones is a knockout.

Medium bodied with a crisp, snappy mouthfeel. Zesty and lively enough to keep the palate from getting bored.

A solid, drying bitterness leads off the palate in tandem with tropical fruit and a spicy earthiness. Apricots, mango, and pear dusted with cut grass and white pepper.
Biscuity malt follows thorugh along with a slightly pressing alcohol bite, just to keep you interested.

Finishes with lingering citrus, a resiny bitterness, and a subtle kick of strength.

Great beer, and I can only imagine how good this would be freshly draught. I'd be very interested in trying the other variations of the beer also.

brewandbbq, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of Beaver13
2.35/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

750ml bottle. Pours clear yellow gold with a huge creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass. Becomes hazy as the end of the bottle approaches.

The aroma is funky yeast, rotten fruit and spicy hops. Weird.

The flavor is sweet malts with some melon and mint and soap that leads to a big spicy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, this just doesn't do it for me. I haven't liked any Belgian IPAs I've had. And this one adds some weird notes - rotten fruit, mint, soap and melon.

Beaver13, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of Chaney
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking forward to trying this one for a while, and I found it on tap over at Rustico in Alexandria, VA:

A: CRYSTAL clear appearance with a massive 1.5 inch head and very well below average carbonation. There was a mild bubble-like head retention throughout the session.

S: Mango juice with added pixie stick dust. Wowsers!! Mildly tart citrus (oranges and grapefruit) as well.

T: So balanced that I almost forgot it was a beer. Hoppy and tangy, with a very organic, almost fruit juice sort of quality that I found addicting.

M: Dangerous for a beer clocking in at 8.5% ABV. There is almost no carbonation to this at all. Thick and very flavorful, with a complex backbone that left me asking myself: "Damn...how did they do that?"

D: Yes! I love thick, complex, alcohol-infused, tropical smoothies!

Chaney, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You just know a beer like this is going to produce a massive head if it's made right and poured right, and it is. Three fingers! This thing is as firm as the biggest, boldest Duvel head, and just as snowy white. Gobs of lace. Color is a golden peach with lots of bubble action and a hell of an opaque haze. Just right.

Aroma is as crisp and simple as a water cracker, having a light biscuity note, along with a polite citrus smack and a nice earthy/mineral layer, which thankfully never overtakes the delicate fruit character. Lotsa lemon, lotsa lime.

Golly, I was having so much fun looking and smelling, I almost forgot to drink. Almost. My first impression, and second impression too, is that Mischief deftly balances on the line between delicate and aggressive. One one hand, the sweetness and yeast character both possess a comforting, earthy delicateness, as does the tame but tantalizing white-bread character of the malt; it's the carbonation, grapefruit tartness and almost-strained bitterness that are the mischief-makers here. All excellent balanced and working toward the whole. Lemon cake batter provides a bright light, and it's the prevailing characteristic of Mischief. How'd they get that in there? Magic, I guess. The alcohol--a not inconsiderable but not insane 8.5%--makes every flavor sit up and salute, yet it's totally in control of itself. If Mischief were spicier, it would drink a lot like a tripel.

The feel is, once again, something of a ceremony of opposites. There's a sticky feel, and that's made more prominent by the lingering green bitterness of the finish, yet it's also got an airiness to it, and certainly is finely balanced between not enough carbonation and too much. Just right, I'd say.

Simple yet complex...which of course makes no sense at all. The label totally gets it right: "not quite evil, yet not to be trusted." Definitely one of the best I've had from The Bruery so far. Hugely intriguing, hugely enjoyable. Glad it's a huge bottle.

Metalmonk, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of carpezytha
4.97/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into tulip at 44 F

A: Aggressive head even with sober pour. Ultra white lumpy head leaves nice lace, settling to one finger. As I drink and the level descends, I do appreciate the consistently clinging lace that follows me as I follow the brew down the glass. It leaves a rough mapping, a constellation of small isles, pasley plumes, arrayed about like sweet reminders of yesterhour.
S: Marmalade, sourdough dough. Hops out at you though.
T: Super snappy tang, dang! Followed by apple, okra, what the fuck is in this delicious brew? Takes a few sips to discern. There is some hefty hoppyness, where am I now? This is transformative, and I love the Bruery for their ability to transport. Grapefruit peels,
M: Jumpy jive juice, why 45 F degree juice? I need to let it warm to get everything. But I understand ....
D: Oh yeah. Can I have this every day? I would for a while like a heroin habit. But it would be wise to kick.

I wish all those IPA creators would listen to this brew, taste it and realize that there are more than 2 dimensions in the perceivable universe.

BeerAdvocate has a lame spell checker that does not allow loquat, transformative, pasley, yesterhour (hello? Yesteryear, ergo...) hoppyness or hoppiness. Nor does it allow Beeradvocate as a word. Shame, bros!

carpezytha, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of nickhiller
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: hazy apricot colored, one finger head with decent lacing

S: champagne, grapefruit, apples, cider

T: tartness, tropical fruit, tastes almost like a cider or a very mild sour. The finish is spicy and stays in the throat with the heat from the alcohol

M: frothy, sharp and crisp, a little too dry for my taste, like a sparkling wine or a champagne. Definitely feels like an 8.5% beer

D: Ok, an interesting (though perhaps in many ways failed) take on the Belgian. I liked the fruit. Not sure that I would get it again though

nickhiller, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of ectomorph
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml in sections into a tulip.

A - Cloudy golden body with huge carbonation and a 3 finger thick head that would hold up a roll of quarters...

S - Citrus, pineapple, pepper, are all mixed with a fruity sweetness. Slight tinge of alcohol noted.

T - Wow. Moderate upfront bitterness is noticed first, then a great bread maltiness comes in leading the way for the hop burst finish. The bitterness is clean and not harsh, the malt backbone is just short of a barleywine, the hops flavor is that of a west coast IPA. Citrus, green apple, pineapple, with an earthy aftertaste.

M - Moderate to full bodied, Belgian hyper-carbonation, crisp finisher.

D - Moderate to low. This is one complex brew, and a 750ml is my one night limit here...

ectomorph, Sep 04, 2010
Mischief from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,418 ratings.