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Mischief - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,556
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 76
Gots: 190 | FT: 8
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The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Halcyondays on 10-05-2009

formerly known at Mischief #3
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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.47/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of shanblur
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.33/5  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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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...

Photo of Avantyawn
3.23/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of mikedrinksbeer2
3.87/5  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.

Photo of nhindian
4.23/5  rDev +6%
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!

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of dgilks
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of CarolinaKev
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of AdamBear
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of impending
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow, dense pure white billowy head receded slowly, great lacing.

Aroma is vibrant with yeasty light skinned fruits, citrus, lemon grass, a pleasant subtle spiciness and major hop profile.

Taste is notable for the hops, this is a belgian ipa. Citrus and yeast with just a touch of fruit flavors. Ends slightly peppery and dry. A crisp bitter aftertaste trails off gently from the spicy hops. Thin to medium bodied lively mouthfeel. Refreshing

Photo of steelerguy
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy gold, tons of carbonation, huge head that doesn't budge when fueled by all that dissolved gas.

S - Sweet fruits, pineapple, lychee, a bit of spice and citrus.

T - Lots of hop character, the sweet fruit flavors are all there but there is now a bit of bite from the bitterness, nice and assertive without being overwhelming. Spicy finish along with some alcohol notes.

M - Very alive, can feel the bubbles dancing around in there, a bit acidic from the carbonation, the alcohol then provides a warming finish.

O - Very nice Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Heavy on the fruit aromas, they remain when tasting but balanced nicely with bitterness, and a touch of spice. Will certainly enjoy this one again and would be very interested in aging a bottle.

Photo of davey101
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Purchased fairly fresh.

A - Nice copper/amber body and an off white soapy head.

S - Lots of hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, orange, pine, bready yeast, and spice.

T - Very hoppy. Almost IPA like with some belgian notes. Spice and bready yeast. Lots of sweet citrus and some malt. Slightly bitter finish.

O - Pretty good. Reminded me a bit too much of an IPA. I would have liked for the spices to come out a bit more. Worth the price though.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy, golden wiesse body, white frothy head.

S - Lots of orange and orange peel. Tangy yeast and fresh, green hops. A floral bouquet.

T - Bitter and floral hops with dry orange peel. A medley of spices, clove and tangy yeast. The alcohol is soft and present but disguised well.

M - Clean and effervescent with a soft mouthfeel. Pretty smooth for an 8.5%.

O - Solid BSPA with a nice orange kick. If you like orange flavor in your beer this is a good pick.

Photo of merlin48
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden body with a delicate but substantial white head. Attractive sheet lacing.

Very inviting aroma has notes of fresh lemon and lime pulp, yeast, grassy and floral hops, and sweet bready malts.

Satiny medium body is nicely carbonated.

Taste has a subdued honey like malt base that struggles to balance the hops. Grassy, grapefruity, and lime zest notes provide a solid hop bitterness throughout. Yeasty esters and a hint of peppery alcohol add complexity.

Excellent rendition of a Belgian golden ale with a touch of American hopping.

Photo of mntlover
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a big fluffy white head that falls slowly with nice lace.

Aroma is nice sweet malts bready and pilsner like with lots of great fruity notes. With some nice underlying floral hops,very inviting aroma.

Taste is sweet malt that fades quick to fruits more tart like then sweet grapes, pears with a lime twist. Some tobacco like spicy and earthiness along with some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium until the carbonation kicks in and livens it up.

Overall its great wonderful nose taste is good even if not as sweet as the nose, very drinkable. Thanks merlin48 for sharing this one with me.

Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally seeing some Bruery bottles here in far Northern California. They are quite welcome here...

Pours a bright and hazy gold color with a huge rocky white head, nice lacing too.

Aromas are spicy, dusty, and floral. There are hints of lemon and cloves too.

Taste is bright, crisp, clean and dry up front. Some lemon citrus, mixed spices, slight caramel malty sweetness, and a snappy hoppy finish, that is dry, floral, and lightly tart.

Mouthfeel is quite good, full, but not heavy, with spot on carbonation.

Overall, this is a very nice Belgian Strong Pale Ale, reminds me a bit of Damnation from Russian River.

Photo of xnicknj
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a mostly clear straw yellow with some darker golden hues. A nice crop of white head rests on top, leaving some spots of lacing on the glass.

A decent floral hoppiness, coupled with fruit sweetness and faint malt tones. Light touch of alcohol, some citrus and tropical hints.

Hoppy and bright up front, floral with touches of citrus, orange and rind. Hit of sweetness, almost bubblegum-like notes with a touch of tropical fruit. Biscuit malt is smooth but present amidst the hoppiness. Finishes bitter and crisp, very little alcohol.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, fairly quick drinking despite the higher ABV. I've had this a couple times before and keep forgetting how much I actually enjoy it. The hop profile is a nice touch of the style, and I like how they were able to keep the alcohol under control.

Mischief from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 1,556 ratings.