Mischief - The Bruery

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89
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1,639 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,639
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 79
Gots: 231 | FT: 10
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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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Ratings: 1,639 | Reviews: 490
Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml poured into a 20 oz Firestone glass.Golden color with a 3 inch head.Very nice slight hoppy smell with a touch of grapefruit.Very mellow brew not overly harsh.I liked it.Nice kick to it at 8.5 ABV.Would have to say that it`s a good value at 8.99 a bottle compared to a lot of other Bruery products.I would get this again.Give it a try.

Photo of scotorum
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought this bottle over a year ago. Aged it for 14 months.

a: Translucent orange with a huge white head which required several additional pours. The head receded fairly quickly to patchy surface foam and patchy to dense lacing.

s: Intense light fruit bordering on vinegary.

t: Similar to the nose at first. Near the edge of unpleasant for awhile but still drinkable. Improves a lot as it is consumed, with the vinegary aspect muted in favor of intense light fruit.

m: Medium, lots of carbonation tingle.

o: Starts out a near drain-pour but gets a lot better as it goes. Perhaps I should not have aged this.

Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a hazy honey gold color into my Chimay goblet. Big frothy white head with good retention and some lacing. Aromas is fairly strong, mostly lemon zest, malts with a little bitterness. and peppery spices.

Taste is more complex, malty, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, some light fruit and a little hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth with some pepper and hoppiness to add another dimension. Very good!!!!

Photo of Tobes181
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a bright cloudy gold with a 1/2 inch think foamy white head, very appealing.

Smell - Citrus malty aroma with slight hop profile.

Taste - extremely smooth, malts and yeast upfront. Bitter on the end, with sweet carbonation finish. Orange and citrus linger. Orange overpowers.

Mouthfeel - Light - medium mouthfeel, dry on palate.

Overall - This is a great beer balanced perfectly. Very complex from start to finish.

Photo of KYGunner
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strange mixture meets the nose as it holds a spicy peppercorn and clove along side a perfume, floral, flowery hop. To top that off there's a fruity pineapple scent along with honeysuckle. The flavor is light, peppery, spicy and yeasty with some bubblegum-like sweetness. The feel is dry and cidery.

Photo of Dave1999
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale amber with a big foamy white head.

The smell is cloves and pepper. Sour fruits, apples and pears.

The taste is light malts, slightly sour, apples and pears.

The mouthfeel is high carbonation and light bodied.

Over a decent belgian pale ale, the flavours are very subdued but taste good. The carbonation is a bit too high. The abv is hidden very well.

Photo of JulioH
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a memorable beer. Great taste, I could drink this all day.

Pours a nice pale yellow. Has a bit of a hoppy smell, and a yeasty smell. May have some brett. Taste is pure and clean. I could definitively taste the yeast, it is not a sweet beer, or a bitter beer. It is a pilsener, it is light, yet it does have a flavor to it. Great beer. Very strong.

Photo of gabrielsyme
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle served in a tulip glass. This beer is a golden, hazy, color with medium-high carbonation and head. The aroma is light, slightly smelling of citrus and bread. The taste is of orange peel, a bit of tangerine sweetness and a very nice finish. There's definitely an abundance of characteristically Belgian yeast notes. The taste stays complex even after quite a few sips. I like this very much.

Photo of lochef81
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my first encounter with The Bruery and it was definitely a good one. This offering pours a very clear golden hue with an abundance of white foamy head and handsome lacing. The nose is overwhelmed by noble hops, belgian yeast, lemon, pepper, and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is a little skewed by the overly generous amount of carbonation but that's expected from a bottle conditioned beer. The flavor follows the nose but not quite as balanced the hops poke through a little too much and the malt is lacking. There are additional notes of west coast style hops that I'm not sure elevate the beer or just make it a little more interesting. This is a very good beer and one that I'll enjoy coming back to again. Great west coast take on a European style.

Photo of BingCrosby7
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

I had high hopes for this beer, as I heard this offering from The Bruery was supposed to be one of their best. I was very disappointed. At first, I thought I was hallucinating some of the smell and tastes, so I passed my glass around to three friends for peer review. Two of them agreed with me fully and one had reservations.

a - very bright yellow with a tint of lime green--very pretty
s - pepper, pickling agent/vinegar, wheat, piny hop, and cured meat
t - very similar to the smell, though less hoppy than peppery and acidic
m - perfectly carbonated--this was definitely the saving grace of this beer
o - i was not too impressed with this beer, aside from the perfect level of carbonation. There was a definite funk to my glass. I don't know if that was just a bad pour or if this is the true expression of the beer. Either way, I wasn't a huge fan.

Photo of fourstringer
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Stamped Batch #136, 12/3/13.

A: Hazy, golden honey-colored body with 1 finger of off-white head. Good retention. Minimal lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, European/noble hops. Grass. Hay. Light fruit. Apple. Pepper. Candi sugar. Vanilla.

T: Spicy with black pepper essence and a surprising sweetness initially. A subdued hop bitterness slowly develops. Semi-dry finish. Mild tang develops mid-way and lingers in the aftertaste. Light alcohol for the 8.5% ABV.

M: Moderate carbonation with nice creaminess. Moderate body. Good feel.

O: Sweeter and heavier than I expected. I found the hops to be somewhat buried - especially on the palate. Not a bad brew, but definitely not their best offering.

Prost!

Photo of bmwats
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a teku.

A: Light golden hue. Pours a large, tight, foamy, white head. Settles very slowly. Pervasive lacing.

S: Hops, lemon peel, pepper.

T: Crisp hop make up the base, lemon peel, and some other non-distinct spice and fruit components.

M: Light, crisp, with a steely finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is good. Light hue, thick head, and dry sticky lacing. Nose is hoppy, with a little spice, and lemon citrus. Tastes like it smells...light hops, lemon, and spice. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a massive carbonation amount as evidenced by the inch thick tightly woven white head of foam. Rich golden colored with incredible clarity. Brussels lacing. I smell that very clean aroma of Belgian Strong ale yeast with that residual candy like sweetness. The mouth is very dry, crisp, carbonated, and it finishes with a gentle warmth due to the alcohol. There's a very dry sugary sweetness in the flavor. Despite the carbonation this is very drinkable.

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

The Bruery Mischief has an enormous, spongy, white head, a hazy, yellow-gold appearance, some ascending solo bubbles, and lots of heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is bold- sweetness, white bread, hop resin, and a touch of citrus. Taste is of sweet, sugary white bread, citrusy, somewhat piney, hop oil, and some low-to-moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and The Bruery Mischief finishes mostly dry, rich, sweet, and relatively easy drinking. To me, this is more of a California single IPA, rather than any sort of Belgian-like ale. Taking that into consideration, I still think it's very delicious.

RJT

Photo of BierJager89
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow with a foamy white head.

S: Orange and apple, maybe some pear in the nose. Interesting.

T: Sweet and a touch lemony tart, but also nectary, a touch floral, some orange, grapefruit, citrus peels.

M: Medium bodied, with the carbonation of an IPA.

O: Could be smoother, at the very least it's interesting. Worth a try.

Photo of tbeckett
3.26/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this as a Christmas present from Florida. From notes.

A - Poured a cloudy burnt orange colour with a really fluffy three finger white head. Good carbonation and beautiful thick lacing and a finger of retention.

S - Interesting aromas of noble hops, orange and candy.

T - Lot's of candied fruit, oranges. Very odd flavours of sweet fruits with very little hop character. Not an overly pleasant flavour with a harsh yeast note and lot's of candy sweetness.

M - Yeasty finish, good carbonation, medium body.

O/D - Didn't enjoy it thoroughly. Didn't hate it though. Not at all what I was expecting for something described as a 'hoppy Belgian golden ale. ' Not my favourite example of the style. Didn't finish the bottle and I probably won't revisit it.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split 2 ways – Chimay chalice for me
Notes from 01/19/14

A: Golden blonde body with a mild hazing throughout. Thick and course bubbles give way to some choppy suds rapidly. Some slippery splashes and loose stick cling to the glass.

S: Heavy yeast on the nose. This may be an older bottle. Hops are staled by the pungent yeast aromas. Light mix of grains, coriander, citrus zest, dried grass and golden fruits there with a gentle mineral note. Not a particularly bad aroma but definitely yeasty.

T: Fruity blonde malts evoke golden pear with some citric undertones. The beer has a light tartness over some dry saltine cracker. Lightly grainy with some dry grass. A moderate peppery bitterness combines with some yeasty esters that bring forth coriander spice and some subtle clove. Very light, crisp, and refreshing with the alcohol kept well in check.

M: Frothy and gushing. To the point of almost being over carbonated. But it works here delivering a very effervescent feel. Light and drying with a rather clean finish.

D: Very crushable with the light and super lush mouth feel. Tasty and well balanced in flavors of some moderate hops and signature Belgian yeast character. Quite refreshing. Makes for a good warm weather brew.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is golden and moderately hazy with a towering white head, even after a slow pour. The aroma offers Belgian yeast, pear, apple, grassy hops, floral notes. Really tasty and teeming with flavor. Diverse characteristics. Fruity and hoppy with a touch of tangy bitterness to round things out. Not on par with Duvel Tripel Hop and other authentic and outstanding examples of the style, but a tasty beer nonetheless.

Photo of CA_brewster
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Golden and crystal clear if you manage to leave the yeast sediment behind in the bottle. This brew is highly carbonated and has a crazy frothy head. I tried pouring carefully and still ended up with a good three to four fingers of head. The nose on this beer has that distinct belgian yeastiness about it with a good malt presence. The brew has some nice resinous hop aromatics coming through which go nicely with the belgian characteristics. Terrific aroma! Taste is primarily sweet like a malty apple cider but with a pepper kick and some definite tartness to it as well. A little funky. Pretty typical Belgian characteristics with a hoppy west coast twist. Some bitterness from the hops coming through on the finish. Very crisp and dry mouthfeel. Over all this was a great beer that i rather enjoyed.

Photo of kris_n
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared and poured in small tasting glasses. LOT"s of head on this one. Pour slowly, glass tilt and all. Good lacing all the way down. Appearance is a little cloudy and a nice light golden color. Some nose, but not very prevalent. Taste is good for a style of beer I don't normally go for. Some sweetness and a little acidic bite at the end. Sits on the tongue a little. Overall I personally probably won't purchase this again, but glad to have tried and tasted.

Photo of coriswrasse
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

served in a small tasting glass. has a nice Belgian foggy appearance with tons of head. POUR SLOWLY. nose is not strong but the smell is good. no off flavors. taste is good but not as sweet as I would like. leaves little on the tongue but a mild sweetness and slight acidic bitterniss. lacing is very prevelant and carbonation is high. overall a decent beer. I would not buy it again at 12.99 but I also am not a big Belgian lover to begin with.

Photo of TheDoctor
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A:
Pours a sunny golden yellow that is hazy with yeast. It has a noticeably effervescent bright white head that pours huge (takes a few pours to fill my tulip) and settles down at about an inch. Great retention; nice, soapy lacing.

S:
Really in-your-face American-style hop profile. Citrus, ripe peaches, dough, white pepper, funk. Smells both Belgian and West Coast American.

T:
Slightly tart, chalky, hop-tinged, funky. Really caught me off guard with every drink. Quite tart with a strong medicinal hop bite that snaps you right out of the tartness. Gets dank and stanky in the middle but ends with a lingering yeasty sour taste and some tylenol-esque hop notes.

M:
Crisp and bright. Light body with a lot going on, but it is quite drinkable. There is a lingering aftertaste that wears on you a touch but it is fairly good.

O:
Pretty good one.
This is definitely a passable American take on a Belgian style. It has its weaknesses in my opinion, but is rather enjoyable on the whole. The beer pours looking beautiful like Belgians do and is quite nice smelling. There is lots going on aroma-wise, but it is all in harmony just enough to have a unified front. The taste is my main gripe with this beer. It is tasty and drinkable, but the differing flavors were all a little too abrasive both on their own and together to really tickle my fancy. It was both slightly too sour and slightly too medicinal. However, this seemed to mellow a bit as it warmed up (but that could be my imagination). Regardless, I was excited to try a beer by these guys and this one made me excited to try other ones.
Would probably have again; worth trying if you like American-style Belgians.

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy light golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: The smell has light aromas of peppery spices and yeast along with notes of fruits—pears and white grapes seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but each one of the flavors is a little stronger and all are balanced together. There is a slight amount of bitterness. Little, if any alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a very good representation of the style and is pleasant to sip and savor.

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/9/2013. Pours slightly hazy bright golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, pear, apple, pepper, clove, floral, grass, wheat, bread, light honey, light pine, and floral/yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of yeast, hop, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, tangerine, pear, apple, pineapple, wheat, bread, floral, grass, pepper, clove, light pine, and floral/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, pear, apple, floral, grass, light pepper, wheat, bread, light pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth and moderately slick/crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong golden! All around great balance and complexity of malt, yeast ester, and hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy, dry, fair amount of bitterness. Yet lots of spicy and citrusy flavors. Reminds me a bit of Duvel and while not as good in my opinion, it still satisfies with good flavor and easy drinkability. Just right in a small snifter. Like most Bruery beers, this doesn't disappoint. Will have this again.

Mischief from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 1,639 ratings.