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Mischief - The Bruery


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Ratings: 1233
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%

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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 gcamparone

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 25 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a pretty hazy, somewhat dull straw colored body with a fluffy white head that reduces slowly and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S- Pretty tropical and fruity, aromas of pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. There's definitely a bold hop zing in there too.. resinous and piney.

T- Hm.. pretty interesting. Starts off kind of sweet, with the caramel, light malts combining with the belgian fruit which were present in the aroma. The finish is very hoppy, leaving an astringent, resinous stickyness. There's a solvent-like ethanol aftertaste.

M- Somewhat watery. Medium-low carbonation.

I was moderately impressed with this beer. Definitely worth a try, though, as it is complex and unique.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 03:40:08 | More by gcamparone
Photo of schwemjw


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

A: Hazy light orange with a HUGE fluffy head that leaves beautiful lacing. Impressive looking beer.

S: Hmm. Citrus and juicy fruit right off the bat. A sweet hawaiin bread. Overly ripe orange and some pine. Good hop character. Then it changes. Funky yeast and spice begin to creep in. A blend of an ipa and a belgian ale. Interesting.

T: Right off the bat the belgian style takes hold. Funky bread, a dry yeast and more of that sweet hawaiian bread. Toffee begins to play with orange in the middle mouth before pine, earth and spice dominate. The finish is a very tart apple. The hop flavors are there but the bite is missing.

M: Great carbonation, very crisp and refreshing.

O: A good to great beer. Hides the ABV very well. I love the tart sour finish. /88

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 17:35:53 | More by schwemjw
Photo of LambicPentameter


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

Enjoyed out of a dark brown 750 mL bottle with no discernible freshness or bottling date. Poured into a small Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a golden amber color with yellow highlights. Atop rests a stark white head about a finger thick, soft and pillowy. Retention is solid, with moderate to light lacing.

Smell - Tropical fruits, with pineapple and mango, as well as some sweetness, like fresh-baked King's Hawaiian bread. Hops come through with some gentle floral notes as well. There are some citrus elements as well, but the tropical and sweetness seem to drown them out.

Taste - A blending of round, bready yeast and more fruity notes. The Bruery house yeast seems to be present here, as I'm reminded of aspects of Saison Rue and 5 Golden Rings. Now the citrus takes the lead and the tropical elements fade back to a complementary role. Finish brings in some pungent but fleeting bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a drying finish.

Overall, an excellent beer. Hits on all the notes you expect from a good Belgian Strong Pale Ale and provides that characteristic Bruery flavor profile. Were the opportunity to present itself, I would gladly drink this one again. As the Bruery is hard to get in Kansas City without an online purchase, I'm unlikely to go out of my way to get this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 03:55:35 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of tectactoe


3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Josh for this one. Mischief has a beaming glow, full of many different hues from yellow to gold to amber and even copper; it all depends on how you're holding it agains the light. It's volatile, producing a huge, sticky, cloudy, and chunky white head with even the most modest of pours. Some good, lumpy lacing sticks to the glass for the entirety of the brew.

Mischief is very hoppy on the aroma, much more hoppy than I was expecting going into it. It's quite pungent, with some blasting citrus and bitter grapefruit peels. Coupled with the heavy hoppage is a spicy, phenol character that is a bit frightening up front. It stings the nostrils and strips some of my nose hair away; peppery, spicy, piney.

Lots of orange and lemon fruitiness up front, just walking on the edge of the cliff of tartness but never slipping into sour territory. The phenol character, though stepped down a touch from the aroma, is still pungent in the flavor, and maybe a touch overboard at times. Walking through a citrusy forest with trees of spice and Lemon Pledge, baby.

Piney, woodsy, hoppy, and full of Belgian yeast, coriander, and white pepper spices. The finish contains a good deal of fruit as well, some grapefruit and orange that almost have a nice, juicy factor. The mouth feel is heavily effervescent; lots and lots of carbonation for a sharp mouth feel that cuts well with the heavy spice of the brew.

Strange and different, and Belgian Pales can be touchy, but I enjoyed Mischief. Hefty amount of spice as well as a hefty amount of fruits with a good hand in the hops as well. The borderline acetone-like alcohol can be a bit fatiguing over time, but the brew is good in small doses. I wish some of these Bruery beers came in smaller serving sizes.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 11:37:09 | More by tectactoe
Photo of jokemon


4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in the 750ml bottle typical of The Bruery beers.

Appearance is gold, very carbonated and bubble.

Smells sweet, yeasty, dry. You definitely get a hint of the Belgian style here.

Taste is extremely clean, a little sweet, crisp, carbonated. Not too yeast, but the presence is here.

Overall I have to say I really like this beer. It is extremely easy to drink and refreshing. These guys hit it spot on when they made this beet. It's a belgian IPA mix, but the hop presence is JUST noticeable which I like. Hop bombs usually are so gushing with hops you taste nothing else. This has a very nice balance.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 02:18:08 | More by jokemon
Photo of flayedandskinned


4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date
Poured into a standard tulip.

Appearance: (4)
Pours a very cloudy light orange with yellow highlights. A voluminous, 3 finger tall white head sprout out the beer as soon as it pours. The head has great retention and leaves plenty of lacing behind.

Aroma: (4)
Big, grassy and citrus-y hops upfront; predominately orange blossoms and lemon zest. There is quite a sizable, spicy Belgian yeast presence as to be expected for it's style. Notes of banana, pear and a slight pepperiness. Supporting the yeast and big hop presence(for it's style), is a soft, yet firm slightly sweet, cracker like malt backbone.

Taste: (4.25)
Big, juicy hops upfront akin to the nose; more orange, lemon zest and a distinct grassiness. The Belgian yeast comes into play almost simultaneously with the hops; banana, light green pear and white pepper. The yeast almost takes on a rustic, saison tone, but the slightly sweet, chewy biscuity malt backbone cuts those notes short. Finishes very dry and bitter, with lingering notes of orange blossoms, banana and sweet bread-y malt. The 8.5% alcohol is hidden extremely well.

Mouthfeel: (4)
Light to medium body, with high carbonation.

Overall: (4)
The Bruery takes on the Belgian Golden Strong Ale style and hops it up a bit. This beer is very similar to one of my personal favorites, the notorious Duvel. Mischief reminds me of Duvel with a slightly stronger malt presence married with the hoppiness of Russian River's Defenestration. Highly recommend to someone who whats to try a hopped up Duvel.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 23:07:06 | More by flayedandskinned
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Hot damn! Bruery beer available in Alberta! Whose soul had to be sacrificed for this to happen? Anyways, my ode to the ultimate patriotic American holiday carries on, only somewhat abated (my quarter-breed infant son has that way about him).

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow hue, with four fingers of lazily rising, loosely puffy, and silkily foamy off-white head, which leaves a broad array of patchy, sudsy lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of grainy, lightly wheaty pale malt, an apple and pear drupe fruitiness, a tame citrus note, lightly spicy yeast, a subtle uric funkiness, and earthy, grassy hops. The taste leads with the softly bready, grainy pale malt, followed by some edgy yeast, waning in its spiciness, equitable, if fairly indistinguishable orchard fruit, a bit of white pepper, and earthy, leafy, grassy hops.

The carbonation is a tad frizzante, but generally agreeable, the body a hefty medium weight for the style, and straight-ahead, no frills smooth. It finishes off-dry, the grainy malt, combined with a touch of evolving candi sugar ensuring a sweetness that neither yeast, nor fruit offset, nor hop can overcome.

One straight-up - pedantic, even - emulation of some of the best that the Flemish have to offer - all without the usual uptick in unpleasant, astringent booziness. So, yeah, I like this, and not just because I can place this on a mantle amongst the best that the whale society of BA-friendly producers can churn out.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 04:23:52 | More by biboergosum
Photo of mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: A nice even haze, apricot with bone white head . Big time carbonation. Looks great.

S: Doughy, spicy Belgian yeast character, cooked pears, soapy, apricots. Bright, complex, awesome.

T: Has a nice acidity right up front, sweet candied fruit, briskly hoppy with a long finish. Hoppy, estery, spicy, very drinkable.

M: Huge carbonation, efferverscent in the mouth. Medium to light bodied.

A very nice beer, not terribly expensive (for Canadians) for the quality. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 03:05:05 | More by mattsander
Photo of LarryV


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

For the money I was expecting a bit more. Fairly hoppy for a Belgian style ale, but I just couldn't get into this one. For less money I'd rather have a Brooklyn Local 2 which I think is a far superior take on a Belgian style ale. Some of the other Bruery products I saw were ridiculously expensive, based on this one I will pass on the others.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 02:51:51 | More by LarryV
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip 30/6/13

A hazy golden orange with a few bubbles feeding a large and loose 3 fingers of foam that falls rather fast leaving a couple thick partial rings

S some spicy yeast, pear, apples, some brown sugar, faint catty notes, canned pineapple, faint pine, and some more spice with citrus I can't quite place, a fair bit going on

T not quite the same level of fruit and more yeast almost funky, a little more spice then the nose, a small step back but still solid

M medium full, with more bubbles then I could see in the glass, a mild bitter bite with very faint booze, a little spice and lemon rind on the finish

O something I enjoyed and would recommend but its a little overpriced at 13$, the nose was great and not lacking in any area

I'm pretty happy to see The Bruery here in Alberta and can only wonder what else I may be able to get my hands on. Its not cheap beer but you gotta know I'll be buying all of them at least once.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 05:39:16 | More by wordemupg
Photo of SportsandJorts


3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: a yellow color, slightly orange, hazy and with two fingers of a off-white head that fades slowly

Smell: grass, fruit and funky yeast

Taste: Grassy qualities mixed with fruits, some citrus and maybe a few others. nice slightly funky yeast taste to it. well balanced and pleasant

Mouthfeel: medium body, slightly sticky

Overall: Nice first impression of The Bruery. The price was fairly low for what my expectations of the Bruery ($12 for a 750 at a bar) and the beer was well done. but amazing that i would kill to get my hands on again.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 21:24:37 | More by SportsandJorts
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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My first beer from The Bruery, going in as unbiased as possible. For lack of a tulip or a snifter, I'm pouring this into my Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields about four fingers of towering frothy white foamy head with excellent retention. The head hangs out pretty much the entire time. Leaves giant white sheets of lacing on the glass. Cloudy, murky, lemon colored body.

S - Smell is of fruity Belgian yeast and malts. Pineapple, lemon, light hops, some earthiness and some grassy qualities. Slightly underwhelming aroma, I had higher expectations.

T - Taste is sweet, fruity, and tart. Some earthy grassy hops, slight bit of funky yeast, and bready biscuit malts. Juicy tart pineapples comes through the strongest for me.

M - Feel ends dry, with a hint of tartness hanging on. Body is crisp and light.

Overall, it is a smooth, clean, and palatable beer, but just doesn't bring very much action to the table in my opinion. I'm enjoying the fruitiness and the hops, and while I'm not a big fan of Belgian style beers to begin with, this beer is highly drinkable. Not a beer I will try again, but I'm glad to have tried it.

The Bruery Mischief ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 19:55:36 | More by mfnmbvp
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4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Part of a nice haul from a store in Colorado Springs. My first offering from this brewery and one that I am excited about.

A- Poured from a 750 ml into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a dense hazy golden with a fluffy 3 finger head that seems to stick around forever. Wonderful lacing. Very appetizing look here.

S- Citrus hops, lemon grass hops, a little earthyness, belgium yeasts, with a touch of spice. Hops seem to be what I am getting myself into here.

T- Follows nose well. Hops throughout. Grapefruit, tangerine, lemon grass. Subtle tart flavor with pepper and a little musk of the belgium yeast character. Very tasty indeed. The hop profile takes the lead, but a balance remains.

M- Crisp, drinkable, smooth. Buttery. A perfect mid body feel. Dry finish.

O- I do enjoy this style of beer and this is a fantastic American hoppy version. A nice level of intense hops without sacrificing much of the Belgium aspects. Went really well with the Carolina Honey baby back ribs that I grilled up.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 20:04:13 | More by Bosoxfan20
Photo of Zorro


3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Slightly chill hazed amber with a puffy white head.

Smells strongly of flowers and apples with a slightly musty yeast aroma. Lemon marmalade malt scent. Hops are predominantly lemon.

Starts out mildly sweet with a yeasty bread flavor. Slight onion and apple flavors. Mild bitterness. Detectable presence of alcohol. This one tastes a little funky.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK beer but a little funky, that onion flavor throws it off a bit.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 01:06:39 | More by Zorro
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Ontario (Canada)

2.91/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Lots of yeast in the aroma with a bit of funk. Okay body, but the beer is a little bland. Funk aroma does stand out in the flavour. Not a whole lot of fruit or flower in the taste. Maybe it is old, but I expected more lighter notes of citrus fruit than the heavy funk that i do get.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 20:09:36 | More by Molson2000
Photo of MDDMD


4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-light yellow orange color with a huge white head and good lacing

S-yeasty funk, bready malt, lemongrass, orange, spices

T-lemon, oranges, bready malt, hint of bananas, yeasty funk, slight sour followed by a light bitter finish

F-medium body with nice craip carbonation, crisp and slightly astringent mouthfeel

O-I enjoyed this BPA, good flavors and easy drinking even with the higher ABV

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 14:31:53 | More by MDDMD
Photo of ADZA


4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed blonde with a creamy three finger head and clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is typical beligian with fruity esters,belgian doughy yeast,peaches,lemons and some spice,the mouthfeel is medium bodied,creamy and well carbonated and tastes are pretty much the exact as smell with peach predominant firstly followed by that Belgian bready yeast,boiled candy,lemon and limes and,candi sugar and finished with a dry herbal bitterness and overall its a nice take on a Belgian style and if not for the label it could pass as one cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 10:00:01 | More by ADZA
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Mischief from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,233 ratings.