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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 10-05-2009

formerly known at Mischief #3
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Photo of Cresant
4.23/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of Stigs
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Photo of farrago
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of misinformed
4.32/5  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.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.37/5  rDev -40.6%
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.

Photo of Chaney
4.32/5  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!

Photo of Metalmonk
4.23/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of carpezytha
4.97/5  rDev +24.6%
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!

Photo of nickhiller
3.17/5  rDev -20.6%
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

Photo of ectomorph
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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...

Photo of ccrida
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a large chalice, Mischief is a hazy dull gold with a white head leaving heavy lace.

Smell is very yeasty, lots of bread dough, and some firm hops as well, woody and herbal.

Taste is a kind of hot, phenolic, not overly hoppy flavor per se, just a big blonde lacking elegance for my taste, although it's got a nice sweetness from the booze.

Mouthfeel is drier, medium-heavy bodied, some creaminess.

Drinkability is ok, but not a great beer. It's mostly kind of hot, major cat tongue here, the biggest sweetness is the alcohol.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cider yellow, unfiltered, one-finger head that lasts.

S - Citrus hops and yeast esters. Not too complex.

T - Hops up front, red apples, and yeasty phenols. Finishes with wheat tones and apple sweetness.

M/D - Lots of carbonation, finishes semi-dry/sour, and very easy to drink. Alcohol feel does sneak up a bit but not so much to detract from the beer. Nice and refreshing.

For the price is it worth it? Eh, maybe.

Photo of Phelps
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Bruery tasting room.

Looks: pale sunshine gold, chill-hazed, with a bit of large-bubbled white foam and suds that leaves lines of horizontal lace as I sip.

Smells: incredible. Very floral, with rose petals and pine along with pears, white grapes and hints of banana. I want to make it into a candle and take it home with me.

Tastes: dry. The fruits that were so prevalent in the nose have been subdued here, but what I can pick out is sweet pear juice, more grapes, a hint of pink peppercorn and coriander along with cereal grain. A lager-like finish rounds out this sneak attack.

Feels: silky, light and crisp. Lightly carbonated with a medium-light body.

Drinks: light and summery, Mischief would be great on a hot day. I liked it better as an aromatic than a beer, however.

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

Bruery Review, we performed a comprehensive sampling of Bruery beers courtesy of CampusCrew and Troywittaker on 8/13/2010. Cheers this was a great sampling and evening guys!
I reviewed all brews we tasted in order of sampling, info, and some minor notes for my future homebrew reference. These reviews are to serve as a comprehensive review of the beers as purchased during 2010, sampled 8/13/2010 with about a group of 8 tasters.

This was the order of sampling...

Saison Rue, 8.5% abv

Mischief, 8.5% abv
Belgian Golden Pale Ale
Nice hoppy Belgian pale with a European/Belgian hop profile and subtle Belgian yeast character. Enjoyed by most of the group.

Tradewinds Tripel, 8.1%

Orchard White, 5.7% abv

Black Orchard, 5.7% abv

2 Turtle Doves, 12% abv

Coton (2010 Anniversary Beer) 14.5%

RUGBROD, 8% abv

Autumn Maple, 10% abv

Photo of urwithdave
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mr. Beerys. Reviewing from notes.

A- pours a cloudy golden yellow color. A fingers worth of white head sticks around for a bit before leaving a thin ring. The lacing is pretty nice but nothing crazy.

S- piney hops, earthy grass, and a bit of citrus. A hint of Belgian yeast.

T- the first thing I noticed was the hop profile. It's definitely up front and dominating, however it's not overly bitter. There is some lemon zest and Belgian yeasts that mellow out the bitterness of the hops. A slight hint of bananna and a bit of spice.

M- light bodied with a perfect level of carbonation. A dry slight spicy finish.

D- I could easily drink multiple glasses. The ABV could get a little dangerous due to the easy drinking.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I hosted a Bruery tasting and we had 9 of the bottles collected. we had 4-6 oz samples. I'm reviewing these on memory from a few nights ago.

Probably the winner of the night for me and most of the tasters. Very much like a more Belgian style IPA than Raging Bitch but tasted simialr. Awesome hop presence which I was suprised since I had no idea how old it was. Tons grassy earhty flavor from hop/belgian yeats combo. Paired with steak frites.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle $8. I picked this up because it was $2 off, why not? Hazy orange color, smells good, a little funky spice, oranges. The flavor is good and hoppy with a citrus flavor, spice, quite a nice beer indeed. In fact, this may be the best beer I have had from The Bruery so far.

Photo of charlzm
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed August 22, 2010 from a Bruery Tulip glass.

Beer pours a cloudy medium yellow. Three finger, meringue-like off-white head develops from a fairly gentle pour.

Aromas of soft powdery yeast, faint tropical citrus, very light sweet malt. Indistinct and not particularly appealing.

Flavor is slightly sweet; yeast tang on tongue. There's barely time to savor these relatively mild flavors before the hops boldly assert themselves as the strongest component of the flavor with a peppery, piney bitterness from the midtaste through to the end. Some fruitiness reemerges after the bitterness and resin die down.

Mouthfeel is dry, though not parching. Well carbonated.

Seems they hit the target they were aiming for with this one, but I'm not a fan. Drinkability for hopheads is great, however.

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

pours a semi-hazy orange with a large white fluffy head, and some lacing.

smell is of sweet fruits, banana, some spice, and farmhouse yeast.

taste is somewhat sour, malt, a little yeast, sweet fruits, and a touch of banana, ends a bit on the oily side with some bitterness.

Photo of perrymarcus
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a bright, cloudy yellow hue with a finger, finger and a half of fluffy white head. mediocre retention but decent lacing.

unique, zesty/hoppy nose with a touch of lemon, maybe grapefruit; yeast. however i feel the aroma is a little underwhelming in terms of strength.

taste is predominantely resiny/piney hops, but some citrus is definitely there, too, along with the yeast and some spices. has a nice balance to it.

crisp, medium-bodied mouthfeel. admittedly not one of my favorite styles but i'd easily have it again.

Photo of jera1350
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Bruery beer.

Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet glass, Mischief is golden orange in color with a massive off white head of fluffy suds. The glass is about half head and half beer. Lots of sticky lace.

Very fresh, zippy and zesty nose. Citrus and grass are prominent. Picking up some biscuity malt and lemon peel as well.

Much like the nose. Some belgian yeast and alcohol are also present. Really bright and has a tartness to it as well. Definitely well hopped, but is balanced by the bready malt. Pretty good dose of lemon zest present along with some peppery spice.

Mediumish body, extremely dry finishing. The carbonation is alright, but a little much maybe.

This is a nice crisp hopped up belgian that is pretty refreshing. It's enjoyable and drinks pretty good, but the alcohol is felt. Glad to have tried it.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very excited to see this one on tap at barleys, i had been dying to try this but just never did get around to it. served in a pint glass and consumed on 08/19/2010.

really just a wicked pour with a nice golden amber color that was very cloudy and hazy but also had a huge head of white peaking up and over the top. lots of lacing up an down the sides of the glass.

aroma is ultra hoppy with loads of pine and citrus bursting at the seems here, really nicely done with a light yeast that brings apples and pears right to the front here, again just what i needed. light, well carbonated an loaded with a pop that was just superb,. each sip starte with a quick hit of light citrus, an smooth mellow fruit notes that were accented by a lovely peppery finish. really just damn, damn good.

overall a perfect light ale for the summer, that 8.5 percent is nowhere to be found, i could have gone for more of this one.

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