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Mischief - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,589
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 77
Gots: 206 | 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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Ratings: 1,589 | Reviews: 482
Photo of oakbluff
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle sample- golden pour with excellent clarity and moderate head. Nose- grassy hops, apples, bready. Taste- pear, citrus and spice. Finish steers towards a boozy slightly astringent and metallic dryness. Body and mouthfeel is about right for style.

Photo of abrand
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

23 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass. Shared with brother in law.

The Mischief pours a golden straw color with a very big pillowy white head that lines the glass. Nose is dominated with fruits. Subtle notes of breads and hops. Taste is mostly pears and apricots. Musky soapy flavor lingers on the palate. Mouthfeel is crispy and medium bodied. Drinkability is pretty high. Not overpowering and pretty good tasting brew from a brewery that has never let me down.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear straw color with a small white head and a few bubbles

S: Plenty if lighter fruits: Apples, pears, grass, spice

T: I really thought this was a saison at first because the beer bar did not know whet the tap was. Apples, pears, bread, spice, belgian yeast.

M: Light body with a medium carbonation, crisp, tasty, dry

D: Good easy drinking beer

Photo of aasher
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky, muddy apricot in color with a billowing three finger white, soapy head. It actually looks very similar to the Upland Peach Lambic. It smells sweet and has almost a citrus accent to it. It tastes really good. It's citrusy with a nice, light hop finish. It drinks very smoothly and leaves the tongue tingling. This beer is stellar. We had it after a Damnation and prefer this. It's insanely drinkable. Awesome beer.

Photo of Chelsea1905
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow, a generous pour renders a lot of head that disipates to leave good cllogind mounds on the glass

Smelled a good hop presense when I opened the bottle, but in the glass it's far more estery/yeasty. Some light spices, biscuit malt and alittle hop

Taste is pretty non-descript. Mainly a slight acidic taste, biscuity malt, and that's about it

Nice and light on the mouthfeel

Drinks well

A decent offering, but better out there. Maybe I need a fresher one to get more hops?

Photo of mothman
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light layer of white head. Color is a hazed pale golden yellow.

Aroma: Spices and herbal hobs. Some yeast. Fairly hoppy for what I was expecting.

Taste: Herbal, floral hops. Spices, yeast, bready malts, and some coriander all show.

Mouthfeel: Dry and crisp. Light to medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and spiced.

Overall, a pretty easy drinking golden ale. Straight forward. A bit above average.

2.84/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

750mL bottle to tulip.

A: An airy bright white head of 3 1/2 fingers is created on the pour and lasts for a very long time. The head pulls away from the glass becoming lumpy on the surface but begins to level out as it slowly deflates. Spotty clumps of lace adorn the glass. The body is amber in color, cloudy on the first pour and increases in cloudiness on each subsequent pour.

S: The aroma is very transformative with respect to its current temperature. Lots of grain with a caramel and toasted straw componenet. Heavily hopped. Grass forward with supporting notes of resiny pine woodiness and just the right amount of lemon and orange citrus to freshen up the aroma. The yeast contributes earth and must and brings in some unwanted rubbery phenol notes, which are initially low but become extremely abrasive the longer the bottle sits. By the last glass (now at room temperature), the plasticky phenols are intolerable. As high as a 4 then as low as a 1.

T: Again, constantly changing as the degrees rise. Starts out great, then turns for the worse. As high as a 4.5 then as low as a 2.5.

M: Medium-full body with a thick, creamy texture. Minerally with an average amount of carbonation. The flavor duration is long, lightly sweet throughout and is semi-dry on the finish.

D: The first time I had this beer, I thought it was fantastic. It was served cold, split among four friends and the beer never had a chance to warm. My next few experiences were on draft. Completely different beer and unimpressive. I thought the taplines may have been dirty so I found another bar serving it. Still...quite forgetable. This is a review from the bottle, consumed slowly throughout the night, by myself. I strongly recommend that anyone so inclined to drink Mischief finds themself a bottle and a few friends. Serve it cold and drink it quick. In my experience, this is the only way to enjoy this beer.

Photo of atsprings
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of 100floods
3.14/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of smithdc33
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

Photo of hardy008
2.15/5  rDev -46.1%
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.

Photo of kwjd
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of taigor
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of Cheesemoose
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Photo of CrellMoset
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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).

Photo of wedge
4.42/5  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!

Photo of craytonic
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of sitarist
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of boatshoes
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of waldoiverson
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of boss302
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.07/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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