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Mischief - The Bruery


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rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%

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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:
formerly known at Mischief #3

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 10-05-2009)
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Photo of Braz


4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at BevMo in Tacoma. HUGE white head, four fingers. Color is a hazy rosy gold. Very tangy smell, tartness, yeast and dark fruit. Very dry, lightly hopped and extremely crisp. Quite refreshing. A light touch of vanilla. Very drinkable for 8.5% ABV. Starts to sneak up on you by the end of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 23:57:16 | More by Braz
Photo of rand


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from tap to tulip glass...reviewed from notes 06/05/2011

Pours a golden-orange, sudsy 2-inch head. Smells of spicy, raw leaf hops, lemongrass, alcohol. Backdrop of Brett-funk.

Lemon is first noticed on the palate, along with a touch of orange zest. Surprisingly citrusy. Horse-blanket meets musty, bready malts. Touch of alcohol, freshly crushed pepper. Crisp, earthy hops have a drying effect. Lemons carry through to finish with a touch of bitterness.

The brew is remarkably easy to drink, partly because of the light body. Given the powerful flavors I'd expect more weight on the palate, but it does add to the drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2013 10:09:12 | More by rand
Photo of Doc_Hops


3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Mischief pours a very cloudy orange/ yellow color with a huge, fluffy, white head.

S- A little bit of hop aroma mainly focusing on citrus notes. A little bit of orange with a big blast of yeast as well.

T- Very, very smooth initially. Almost no hop bitterness at all. As I chew a little more, this beer yields some interesting vanilla like flavors. Quite nice actually.

M- Quintessential medium bodied beer. Very evenly displaced mouthfeel with a balanced carbonation.

O- Really enjoyed this beer. Its pretty complex and yet highly drinkable. I suppose that's why they call it "Mischief" and why they say on the bottle to "keep an eye out." This beer is very drinkable, has a well balanced flavor profile, and packs a nice punch at 8.5%. This is my first beer from The Bruery and I will certainly be trying more.

Serving type- 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass, leaving the yeast behind (as instructed). Thanks for reading.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 04:16:48 | More by Doc_Hops
Photo of rlee1390


4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy bright yellow orange, three finger head, well carbonated.

S-Banana, yeast, clove, wheat and orange.

T-Lemon, grass, banana, clove and yeast. Solid balance.

M-Extremely light and highly carbonated.

O-Light, refreshing and crisp. An easy drinking Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 01:40:46 | More by rlee1390
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a Gouden Carolus chalice. Thanks Cheesemoose! White, fluffy head, high retention on a hazy coppery golden body. Aroma includes a caramel and fruity sweetness, some Belgian yeastiness and candi sugar. Some banana and some earthy hops. Taste follows closely with the aromas. Highly carbonated mouthfeel, cleansing on the tongue, really opening up the dynamic flavors of this one. Quite a tasty Belgian style interpretation.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 07:15:15 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 750ml, no bottled or drink by date, poured into a large wine glass

A – Pours an inch or more white rocky head, light lacing, champagne-like carbonation, straw colored and cloudy

S – Fruity, slight liter box

T- Light hops, low bitterness, dry, slight maltiness.

MF – Fizzy, but not champagne, a little astringent.

O – Attempts to imitate Duvel, but not as bright. A little maltier. A fine beer but many other Belgian golden pales I would rather drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 03:30:59 | More by Sludgeman
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

Pours a hazy bright orange golden color, cloudy. Huge billowy off of pour, white colored, lots of sticky lace as the head fades.

Phenolic spicy yeast, citrus hops, a bit of lemon, lemon grass, a bit of white grape. ripe crisp fruits.

Phenolic, spicey Belgian yeast, ripe citrus fruits, lemon, a bit of grapefruit, hint of pear juice. Finishes crisp with a spicey bitterness.

Medium body, ample carb.

Overall, pretty nice, similar to a Belgian iPa, Belgian pale.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 20:37:26 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of rdickey

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a cloudy gold into a Golden Monkey tulip. A huge fluffy white head spouts up notwithstanding a fairly gentle pour, but drops fairly quickly, leaving scattered lacing.

S: There's fruit (pears and perhaps some citrus) here, along with a big herbal blast, the promise of hops, some warming booziness and a hint of funk.

T: The taste pretty much matches the nose, although initially the herbs move to the fore and tend to dominate the other flavors. As it warms a bit, though, the other flavors resurface and right the ship: a relatively mild citrus hoppiness combines with pear notes and a slight dose of funk to make things interesting. It finishes very crisp.

M: Highly carbonated, and light in the mouth as a result. The relatively high ABV is not at all camouflaged, but isn't unwelcome and provides a nice warming sensation on a winter night.

D: High, particularly if you start off at the right temperature (which I did not). A nice, and interesting, American take on a Belgian classic.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 00:01:10 | More by rdickey
Photo of Profchaos20


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle poured into a tulip. Originally reviewed 11/30/12

A - Golden colored and hazy. Big fluffy white head that leaves lots of lacing behind.

S - Flowery, earthy, and herbal hops is the strongest aroma. There's also some citrus and spice, maybe a hint of clove.

T - Slight citrusy flavor in the front that gives way to a light malt character and spicyness. A bit of bitterness in the finish.

M - High carbonation and medium to light body. Surprisingly easy drinking given the ABV.

O - Very enjoyable easy drinking golden ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 03:34:54 | More by Profchaos20
Photo of Dommel

New York

2.65/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured a cloudy orange yellow with two fingers of head into a snifter. has a somewhat sour pineapple bready nose with that belgian funk to it

It tastes like it smells with a strong alcohol presence and big carbonation. Not a big fan and would not seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 18:36:17 | More by Dommel
Photo of Googs

New York

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Very nice golden orange, honey colored body with a froathy inch head. White in a color. Bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Great smells from this, spicy belgian yeast, sweet citrus fruits, refreshing floral hop aroma.

T: This strong golden ale has some saison characteristics. A bit of funk and lemon, very nice. Bready malts provide sweetness, but are balanced well with hops, and dryness.

M: Well carbonated, medium fullness. Crisp and refreshing, even for the ABV. Awesome drinkability, I taste the booze but it's well covered by the dryness and bitterness.

O: I'd love to drink it on tap, and I think I'd pay $12 for another bottle. Successful belgian style from The Bruery.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 04:21:51 | More by Googs
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into tulip at papago in Scottsdale. Pours a nice golden straw with a finger of white foamy head. The aroma is amazing...belgian yeast and hay but big pineapple. Its awesome.
Taste is supsr crisp belgian yeasty malts...great mild hop but big pineapple flavor with a bit of pear. Wow...this is great. Im not sure ive ever had such a big pineapple in a brew like this and its awesome. Super easy to drink. It just rolls down the tongue.
Great great brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2012 00:53:33 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9

3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bomber into a Sam Adams cup

A - A hazy, cloudy, bubbly, straw colored yellow, with a huge white head that wont go away

S - REEKS of Belgian yeast, sour, citrus, maybe some peach, pineapple? spice, bubblegum, phenol, slight alcohol, nothing mind blowing here, smells like any other belgian brew...

T - Tastes like it smells, only the flavors are all muddled together and I am unable to make a distinction between them. It's just so over powered by the yeast, I taste no malts, nor hops. Again, just tastes like any other belgian.

M - Overly carbonation, crisp, medium body, leaves a sour, numbing, coating on your tongue

O - I have been so tired of this style, that I have pretty much stayed clear of anything that says Belgian, on the label. I have tried SO many and still can't understand why ppl love it so much. The yeast is so overpowering, that you can't even make an assumptions of the type of malts/hops the brewer used. I've heard great things about The Bruery, and was hoping they would bring my love for belgian brews back to life. Sadly, Mischief did not do so... I also bought Saison Rue and Autumn Maple, I'm REALLY hoping they can make up for Mischiefs upset.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 21:29:42 | More by Chris_Cali_2o9
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 25.4 0z bottle

Appearance - Light pear/apple juice yellow with a monster 3+ inch fomay head, and tons of lacing.

Smell - Hops, loads of spices, lemon, corriander, banana, citric, yeasty, lots of sugars, honey, pear, farmhouse/saision funk.

Taste - First sip is what i expected, hoppy with loads of spices and belgium yeasts. Funky, citric and sweet, the yeasts add more sugars. Honey, banana and lemon are a main flavor. Has a nice sour finish. Very earthy, grainy, much like a saision. Grassy, herbel notes round this great beer out.

Mouthfeel - Lots of flavors, tounge gets the sugars, hops and grainy flavors. The palate gets more yeasts and a sour flavor. Alcohol warmth slighty creeps out. The aftertaste is dry, sour and yeasty.

Overall - Fantastic, really fun to drink, loads of flavor, and light enough to enjoy, not wreck your mouth. Love the funky belgium yeasts that add a sourness along with the sweet sugars and hops. Decent price, well made beer, for sure try it.
Overall -

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 22:13:14 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of magictacosinus


3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a goblet. No freshness date, unfortunately.

Produces a slightly cloudy, golden color with a generous head. Carbonation definitely became more plentiful with subsequent pours, as did yeastiness. Bubbles float around at the edges of the glass, as well as occasional floaty or two. It's a pretty good take on the appearance of BSPAs, yet a very simple one at that. I guess my only quarrel less carbonation than I would prefer.

Aromas resemble bananas, white grapes, toffee, and lots of different seasonal spices, such as coriander and rosemary. A really interesting and pleasant mix overall, as well as strong phenols produced by the yeast, which constantly change as temperature does in the glass. There's an alcoholic backdrop, as well as an inclusion of zesty hops all around. Pretty balanced overall.

Flavor is a bit different, yet as noted, varies depending on the temperature, as well as the amount of yeast in the glass. At a first taste, it's rather fruity, slightly sweetened, with some peppery spice and and alcohol burn towards the finish. When it comes to flavors grouped with its high amount of carbonation, it's definitely a BSPA on its road to a tripel. However, when combined with more yeastiness, it definitely remains a hybrid of the two, yet gets rather difficult to drink for me as it continues to warm up. Despite additions of fruity yeastiness, the alcohol reveals its ugly side eventually and throws things off for me a bit. Was happy to split this, as it went from mellow to slightly nauseating the quicker it warmed up.

Any issues aside, this is still a significantly balanced take on BSPA on the style, and definitely the best West Coast adaptation since I had Russian River's Damnation. It's definitely a good way to introduce newcomers to the style, and it pairs quite easily with most types of food as well as all seasons in the year. Glad to try this as my first beer by the Bruery, hope to try more soon!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 07:24:01 | More by magictacosinus
Photo of MagicJeff


4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-: Dark straw with a nice off white foamy head.

S- Great scent: yeast, slight banana, even some citrus and pepper.

T- Yum... Honey and slight grapefruit with your standard yeast and banana. Like how subtle the banana and yeast are compared to the honey citrusy flavors--all balances out really well.

MF- Light to slightly medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Very drinkable.

Like how the subtleties of this beer come together so well on this one. Highly recommend and definitely reasonably priced for $7.99 bomber.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 01:11:25 | More by MagicJeff
Photo of Danny1217


4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color, beautiful fluffy white head. Excellent retention and lacing. A beautiful beer.
A nice earthy citrus aroma. Those Belgian yeast aromas, lots of fruits. Banana, apple, pear, pineapple.
Taste is similar to the smell. Lots of good fruity flavors, a bit of honey and clove. A hop bite at the end is a nice surprise for a Belgian style ale. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

I am a big fan of BSPAs, and this is yet another one that I can add to my list of great examples of this style. The hoppiness is a good American twist on this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 20:37:50 | More by Danny1217
Photo of Blackwolf

4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 to an oversized wineglass.

A- Very beautiful, hazy straw-amber body with a frothy white head, lots of retention, TONS of sticky lacing and nice lively uniformed carbonation hidden in the haze of the body. The name is apt for this one... You know you are in for some mischief just based on looks alone!

S- This really opens up well. Nice belgian yeast aroma, banana, very light fruit/citrus, some sweet malt, so intoxicating, I really wasn't expecting this from an american style belgian.

T- Yum... Banana and clove, a sweet lightly roasted honey-malt, very subtle citrus hop with a sour lick on the finish. Complex, well balanced and solid. I am really digging into the taste.

MF- Light-medium body, almost creamy but not quite since there is a crisp feel tagged along in the finish. Sharp carbonation, lots of sweet malt/yeast flavor hangs around the palate.

O- Nothing is what expected from this american styled belgian, and I mean that in a good way. I really enjoyed each and every characteristic from this beer. I would have to say as far as it goes for the american style, this is a must in my book. Glad I live close to the Bruery, this on tap has to be 5x better. :)

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 06:11:59 | More by Blackwolf
Photo of Dope


3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale golden pour with a ridiculously huge fluffy white head. Gushes out of the bottle nicely as well. Head retention is excellent, it fades almost imperceptibly over a long period. Giant island of foam. Fluffy lacing all over the glass.

S: Crisp citrus with some orange and lemons. A touch of grass. Refreshing aroma.

T: Lots of orange, lemon and much stronger grass up front. Grainy bread in the middle. Earthy with more grass and a bit of herbal bitterness into the finish. Loaded with cloves throughout. Drying finish.

M: Carbonation quite high especially with the ridiculous head and gushing bottle.

O: A really dry and quite bitter BSPA. Lots of citrus, grass and herbal hops. Nothing amazing, just a different take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 04:15:59 | More by Dope
Photo of tronester


4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy golden with a HUGE, meringue like off-white head. Lacing sticks to the glass better than almost any other beer I've seen. Really amazing to see. Aromas of vinous vinegar, and a hint of hay. Taste begins with a a huge lemon blast up front, followed by some light grassyness, a hint of aspirin after that. Then herbal bitterness, intermingled with banana and a bit of clove. Finishes with a clean, dry bitterness. Mouthfeel is rich. Carbonation is super high, but that's not odd at all for this style. Overall a great BSPA. The extra hoppyness is nice, though its not so crazy that it overwhelms the rest of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 23:05:23 | More by tronester
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]

The pour was a cloudy golden yellow with a slight orange hue and a huge (3-4 finger) white fluffy head that reduced to a medium cap, which in turn produced excellent spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a funky Belgian yeast, pine hops and a light bread malt with notes of banana, pear, citrus (lemon and grapefruit) and a light caramel sweetness.

The taste was lightly bitter and a tad acidic with a nice fruity presence from the start, progressing into a bitter sour taste with a big dose of yeast and a mild hoppy ending. The flavor lasted a decent while, fading slowly as a mild alcohol warming sensation took hold.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a dry watery texture and a ticklish carbonation.

Overall this was an exceptionally tasty brew which was nice and yeasty, yet offset slightly by the light hop presence and a mild fruity sourness...


Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 00:15:05 | More by KajII
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Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy golden color ale with a huge white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light sweet Belgian malt with some notes of dry hops with light fruity undertones. Taste is also a mix between some lightly sweet Belgian malt with dry hops notes and light fruity undertones. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Good but I was expecting more of dry hops notes based on the description.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 19:09:56 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Mcculler


4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden beneath a soft whipped egg white head that refuses to dissipate, leaving chunky lacing on the glass.

Smells of papaya, under-ripe pineapple, green apple, lemon, pine, and yeast.

Taste follows smell, with yeast and sweetness big players. Bubblegum. Finish includes a green peppercorn spice note.

Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation to clean off sweetness.

Very fine beer from The Bruery. Wouldnt't mind some morebitterness or acidity to clean off the dominant tropical fruit.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 03:32:15 | More by Mcculler
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy orange amber with an aggressive white head, about 1/3 of the glass. Nice Belgian spice aroma, somewhat sour. Whoa. Like a modest IPA crossed with a saison, a sour wild ale component with a hop kick without any noticeable hop flavors. Lots of bitter citrus. Obviously made well, but a complete miss for me with my least favorite aspects of the two dominant components.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 22:49:51 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of PorterLambic


3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, a Bruery beer. Not any of the top beers but I grabbed up all three styles that Total Wine had like Gollum grabbing at the One Ring.

Pours with a huge, absolutely massive amount of head, a pint glass full of it. Finally got some actual liquid after a few minutes. Hazy dark yellow with some orange throughout. Head is off-white and chunky leaving decent lace. Big head production continued throughout the bomber.
Smell is malt, hops, spice and some banana. Good balance and decent complexity.
Taste is tangy, malty with spice, hops, alcohol, some citrus in hops form. Nicely balanced and complex.
Warming, medium-full body with a fairly upfront effervescence. Not an overpowering, in-your-face kind of carbonation but quite noticeable. Slightly drying finish. Malt & spice hang on in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 02:58:37 | More by PorterLambic
Mischief from The Bruery
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