Mischief Gone Wild - The Bruery

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 14
Gots: 53 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: t0rin0 on 03-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of wheat as well as some oranges, lemons, alcohol and graham crackers. Very interesting and very nice.

The flavor is just as good. I get a lot of brett and leather notes as well as some lemons, wheat, bread and orange citrus notes. The dryness from the brett and the juiciness from the citrus fruit meld very well together.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Clear, golden yellow with a big white foaming head that lasts and lasts, though there isn't much lacing left.

Belgian, tart, somewhat musty, yeast plays the largest role in this beer's aroma along with a huge amount of citrus hops and bready malt. A full and simple aroma, though done exceptionally well. It's perhaps a tad more funky and hay-like than the typical Mischief, but still remarkably similar.

The flavor follows the nose nearly identically: the wild yeast, strong citrus and floral hops are the dominant flavors, along with bready malts. Incredibly well balanced; this beer is not overly bitter, overly hoppy, or overly yeasty, just a terrific, simple, balanced, effortlessly enjoyable beer.

Medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation (meaning: a lot).

A near flawless (wild) BSPA.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really cool bright yellow appearance, big frothy tiny bubbled white head. Really, the perfect bpa appearance in my book. Aroma was largely muted, didn't get much brett funk sour aroma going, didn't pull out much in the way of hops, or even Belgian yeast. Mild citrus accompaniment.

Taste, mildly sour, less funky. Hid the alcohol amazingly well. Spritzy carbonation melded with the light bubblegummy yeast flavor that imparted no clove flavor. Decent hopping for a Belgo.

Mouthfeel stays dry and alcohol free. A relatively complex beer that doesn't hit you over the head with any particular component. Went great around the pool on a 84 degree day. Almost somewhere between a saison and a belgian pale. For those who want it more tart, stir in the yeast from the bottom, my last glass of this was far more pungent than the rest of the bottle.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Scalene for this one. By way of light whale BIF 2. Poured from a 750ml capped bottle into Lost Abbey stemware.

A: Standard pour yields a massive 4 finger frothy white head with great retention. Beer is a clear bright goldenrod. Lacing is thick and patchy with good stick. Appropriate for the style but the head is almost too much.

S: Nose is citrus, lemon, and big Brett notes as well as Belgian yeast and a sweet, subtle biscuitiness. Aromatic and even a bit soapy at times. Not like your typical BSPA but appetizing nonetheless.

T: Opens lemon rind, citrus fruit, pineapple, and a strong Brett funk undertone. Middle is cobwebs and a strange soapiness mixed with coriander and a typical spicy Belgian yeast taste. This beer acts like it wants to be a Saison. End is a floral and herbal bitterness mixed with more citrus fruit sweetness. Finish is citrus. Aftertaste is a slightly bitter yeastiness mixed with more citrus fruitiness. Decent, but strange.

M: Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Lively in the mouth but silky and warm with some rough edges going down. Finish is messy with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Not as crisp as I would like but not bad.

O: I haven't had the regular Mischief but if this beer is any indication, it has potential. Very strange and completely unlike your average BSPA but enjoyable and refreshing. Still though, a largely middle-of-the-road beer that no one is going to downright hate, but at the same time, won't blow your socks off.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really don't know why this is getting only a C+ at the moment. This beer is pretty tasty.

Poured into my Bruery Snifter. Pours a nice golden color with a head that formed a little too easy. Seems over carbed. It really foamed up but it settled down to a nice size head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is funky bret for sure. Nice hop aroma too. Little bit of Belgian maltiness. Smells great.

Taste is great. It's got a little bit of Bret funk but not as much as some other bret beers. It's nice and hoppy like regular Mischief and a nice maltiness. I like this version better than regular Mischief.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry. Not too carbed in the mouth as it looked coming out of the bottle.

Overall it's a great beer that deserves alot better than a C+. C+ on BA means a beer I don't even want to look at on the shelf. This beer is at least a B+ overall but for me it's pretty damn good.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a golden blonde with massive frothy white head. slow to dissipate and with iceberg chunks for retention.

very tropical and citrus fruit dominating. funky yeast and wheat.

bitter and fruity with a slightly funky backing. loads of hops through out this. picked up flavors of orange and tangerine.

tingle on the tongue and mild in the mouth.

overall, this is delicious! so easy to drink.

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.02/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2011 Vintage
Poured into a Duvel snifter

Appearance: (3.75)
Pours a slightly muted and hazy yellowish orange with a massive, meringue like white head. The head has great retention and leaves plenty of web like lacing as it recedes.

Aroma: (2.75)
Quite the muted aroma, despite being bottled conditioned with Brettanomyces for 2 years; slightly tart pear, pineapple, lightly cheesy hops and wet card board. There is some ever-so-faint mustiness tucked beneath the hops and light malt, but it is really hard to tell if that is Brettanomyces or just more signs of extreme oxidation.

Taste: (3)
Lightly citrus-y hops land on your palate first before becoming easily over powered by cheesiness and wet cardboard. Some faint banana, pear and spicy clove esters from the Belgian yeast help distract from the overwhelming signs of oxidation. The beer finishes slightly tart and dry with the lightly bready malt backbone coating your tongue. lingering notes of pineapple, tangy citrus, cheese and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: (3.5)
Despite being 8.5%, the body is quite light with fine, prickly carbonation.

Overall: (3)
This is the Bruery's Golden Strong Ale, Mischief, but bottled with Brettanomyces. I was super excited to try this beer because I love a robust, fully mature Brettanomyces character. Unfortunately, I found hardly any of that character in this beer. The rustic, pineapple-y funky goodness that I normally associate with some aged Brett strains is hardly even present. Very disappointed.

Photo of bashiba
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured cloudy orange with a giant bruery style white pillowy head that lingers for ever and sticks to the glass.

Has a light sour smell along with some nice light west coast hop notes and a bit of a coppery quality.

The flavor is quite different a very classic style belgian pale in flavors. Its lacking any brett sourness that I would expect, its more dominated by some nice spicy yeast notes and a big grapefruity hop flavor. Hops are very fresh tasting for a beer that is retired.

The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with a long dry finish.

Very nice Belgian Pale, could have used more brett, or maybe more time.

Photo of IKR
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Golden yellow color. Thick white head that occurred even with a careful pour. The head was persistent. Way to go.

Smell: Light Belgian funk. Slight bready aroma with some faint grapefruit aromas (hops perhaps). Smells like the standard Mischief.

Taste: Citrus fruits with the hops coming through fairly strong. I can't get any taste influence via the Brett addition. I'm sensitive to hops so I'm wondering if the hop presence is muting any Brett presence for me.

Mouth-feel: Medium body with a spritz-y carbonation.

Overall: Call this a Belgian Strong Pale Ale like the standard Mischief and my ratings would go up quite a bit (I like Mischief and have gotten multiple growler fills in the past). But it's labeled a Wild Ale so I'm anticipating a sour or funky ale which I don't get with this one. I loved the Wild 57 that was served at the RS Initiation Party and was hoping this would be along the same vein. I really would like to get some standard Mischief and compare it with this one.

Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this one with the Columbia crew on the bus this weekend! Served from bottle into a Brewvival sampler imperial pint. Poured golden yellow with a three finger pure white head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, banana, and slight funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, banana, and funk on the followthrough. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The Brett really wasn't too pronounced in this one as I would have hoped. However, I could see this getting better with time. As said by another reviewer, I like this one better than Mischief as the funk aspect really ties everything together. Glad I got to share this with an awesome group of people during an awesome trip to Charleston!

Photo of SpdKilz
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes. Consumed about a month ago. Picked up at the Bruery Provisions (I miss California!).

Appearance – Pours into a SA Perfect Pint with a hazy golden, straw colored yellow. About a finger of white head is achieved.

Smell – Lots of spices such as clove and coriander, floral hops, a hint of fruitiness (slight lemon and orange peel), and just a hint of brett. Not as much as I was hoping for.

Taste – Ehh…I saw this beer at the Provisions and was hoping it was going to be a funk bomb. Honestly, it tasted like normal Mischief, yet worse? There was a hint of brett at the beginning, but it faded to the more spicy and floral notes which did not mix that well. Belgian yeast (which to be honest I don’t particularly enjoy) at the end.

Mouthfeel – Lighter bodied, crisp, decent carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – Disappointed in this beer. Had higher hopes for it but it failed to deliver. I have one more of these and hope in time it may get better? We shall see.

Photo of n2185
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden-yellow with four fingers of white head. Even after half an hour, there is still a dense white cap with a solid sheet of lacing--beautiful.

S: Some spicy Belgian yeast notes at first followed by light aromas of bubblegum and candy sugar. Some light fruit and citrus notes follow along with a subtle musty funk and lightly tart aroma from the Brett.

T: Similar to the aroma, some spicy yeast flavors and sweet candy sugar at first. Light citrus flavors follow along with a slight bitterness and a distinctive musky flavor from the Brett that blends well for a dry, somewhat bitter finish.

M: Medium-light body with high carbonation, this beer is nicely attenuated with a carbonation bite that works well with the light bitterness and Brett funk.

O: I'm quite impressed with this beer. The Brett makes it unique and blends really well with the other flavors of the beer rather than making it odd for the sake of being odd.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pitasoup for broadening my horizons!

Pours a nice, hazy golden color, with a monstrous white head...fluffy, pillowy, and it won't go away. Seriously, it's sticking to the glass in huge chunks! The nose has a light Bretty note, slightly funky, with some hay. It's also nicely hoppy with bits of pine and citrus. The taste is funky, but it's light. Floral and citrus hops, slight tartness. Feels light...real light. Fairly crisp, but has a slick and creamy texture to it.

For someone like me, who is pretty much a noob at Brett/Sour beers, this was pretty great because it was relatively tame, equally hoppy as it was funky, and very easy drinking. I can definitely see this as being a completely lackluster experience for a seasoned sour fan though.

Photo of jsanford
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip.

A - Pours a clear gold with a fluffy 2-inch head that never fully dissipates and leaves some soapy lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Sweet aromas of candi sugar, lemon peel, Belgian yeast, coriander, bready malt, and funky Brett.
T - More initial sweet flavors of candi sugar and bready malt, followed by some crisp lemon and orange peel, finishing with earthy, bitter Brett. Crisp is definitely the operative word for this beer, makes for a wonderfully complex Summer brew!
M - Again, very crisp, with a medium body and sharp carbonation. Finish is pretty dry, again I'd attribute this to the Brett.
O - A very drinkable Summer sipper, and a nice take on an already fantastic beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a mikkellar flute,

amber with a nice amount of hazziness to it. An enormous head of white foam lifted up to a height of around three inches before settling down to a full inch of white and sticky foam that clung to the glass the rest of the session, nice carbonation streaking up from the inside.

The aroma was very solid. Nice light fruit notes, with a very well hidden Brett profile. Light grains and a touch of a fresh grass like hoppiness sneaking in as it warmed up. Light and delicate flavor with a crispness that was very nice. Clean with little in the way of funk showing up here. Light grains and some peach and pear/apple notes that were followed up nicely with the slightest amount of sour flavor, nice dry finish.

I think it needs some more time but is still quite nice

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, a lot of carbonation in this one. Pours with a huge, clinging, lasting white head. The body is a slightly hazy gold, more turbid toward the end of the bottle.

Interesting and very layered aroma. Aroma hops are still present, citrusy and herbal, but there's plenty of peppery spice from the yeast, pear, lemon and a moderate funk from the brett. A little leathery and earthy, with a dry malt backbone.

A very yeasty palate. Plenty of leathery barnyard funk, along with peppery phenols and citrusy/lemony hops. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but not harsh. Pretty dry, the brett has really eaten up all the residual sugars here, though there's still some heft to the body. Finishes moderately bitter, herbal and a bit earthy/funky.

Pleasantly surprised by this one. Heard it wasn't too great to begin with, but the brett appears to have come out more with age and turned it into something very enjoyable.

Photo of ShanePB
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle - courtesy of smarcoly - split between the girlfriend and I, served into two snifter glasses.

A: Even the gentlest of pours, as to not rouse the yeast bed at the bottom, produces an absolutely enormous and obnoxious billowy white, foamy head. The body is a cloudy golden honey with a constant stream of carbonation bubbles. Subsequent pours produce the same results - a bit annoying.

S: Brett funky notes are immediately evident up-front. Some ripe banana and white pepper come through and finishes with a certain barnyard hay-like quality. Not too bad, but nothing special here.

T: Carbonation is a major set back here - it's WAY too carbonated. Funky dry notes coat and soak up any moisture on the palate. This odd, soured twist on a relatively grain-centric profile is different. Initial grassy hops recede throughout the beer, losing a much needed dimension to flavor profile. A slight burn of alcohol heat is present after swallow in the chest, something worth mentioning.

Overall, this is a very weak profile and one that should definitely NOT be considered an American Wild Ale. This is basically a Belgian Pale Ale with funk, gone wrong. It's strange, odd and off. This definitely is not an A worthy beer, but to each his own. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it out! Good to try once and never again.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle.

A: Pours a hazy yellowish orange with a huge rocky white head which leaves a meringue-like lacing.

S: Horse blanket funky (how could anyone not like this?) yeast, herbal and floral, spicy, with mild citrus notes.

T: Slightly sour, biscuity yeast, lemon, and pepper.

M: Dry, tangy, slightly sour funk.

O: Really like this. The brett really shines through. Excited to see how this one cellars.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of RS membership. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a mostly-clear apricot color with a huge fluffy white head and quite a bit of lacing. Great retention. The nose brings forward some nice stone fruits and a bit of straw. Also there is a good amount of earthy funk. Very nice. Flavor adds in a bit of alcohol, but otherwise nice funk. Light body and very dry. Slight booze. Overall, I am very pleasantly surprised by this one.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a cloudy golden color with a rather large white head. Intensely floral on the nose and still decently hoppy. A lot of Brett and yeast with a moderate funkiness to it. Just a hint of fruit and a fair amount of bready malt. The flavor is quite bready with the same floral character, maybe a bit on the sweet side. Lightly fruity with a heavy dose of musty, funky, Brett flavor.

Photo of portia99
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Mildly hazed, pale golden color, big 4 fingers of fluffy, whipped creamy white head that dies slowly leaving tons of lacing all over the glass. Requires a multipe stage pour to fill the glass.

S - Spicy, coriander, oranges, lemony, brett - dry, bitter and spicy without much funk. Hoppy bitterness, citrusy, cloves, fruity - smells fresh. Vaguely Orval-ish in aroma.

T - Dry but with a medicinal?/aspartame-like artificial aftertaste. Coriander stands out, very biscuity malt, citrus-oranges and lemons, dry and crisp with a bretty bitter edge that is a bit subtle. Interesting but doesn't live up to the promise that the aroma had.

M - Dry, medium bodied, foamy full carbonation, fruity. The dry bretti-ness is not well integrated into the profile and seems a bit out of place.

O - I love brett beers and had high hopes for this, especially after getting my first whiff of the aroma here. The brett really dries this out totally...I like the brett character in this one, but a bit of residual sugar would round this one out nicely. I usually prefer to age brett beers a bit before drinking, but I think this one probably is better fresh before the brett really takes over with some age.

Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Dyan for the opportunity to try this beer. I'm a big fan of the regular mischief, and so could not wait to try this.

The beer pours a striking dark gold color with long lasting, extremely active head and good retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, but is not as complex as I was hoping for. Still, I get some nice honey, vanilla, light ginger and underlying spice. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this enjoyable beer, though I get a hint of light sour as well. The beer is no more than moderately sweet, with some hoppy bitterness to counter and dry out the sweetness. Mouthfeel is on the lean side, though there's plenty of flavor in this easy to appreciate beer. Alcohol is very well disguised... I would have guessed something in the 5% or 6% range, rather than the 8.5% listed on the label.

A nice beer, but really not all that different from the regular mischief. Also, the differences don't seem to really enhance the flavor profile, and I get at most some minimal sour funk from any brett that may have infected this beer. Was glad to be able to try it (this is an enjoyable beer), but can't see any reason to seek this one out.

Photo of roodie
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Bruery tulip

A: pours a clear sparkling gold with copious white foamy head. Lots of lacing

S: grassy with a citrusy peppery hop backbone. Very pleasant

T: mostly just grassy with a bit of peppery spice. Not much citrus

M: grass and slickness linger. Very smooth crisp mouthfeel and a bit dry like a white wine

O: a good brew, perfect for a hot day. Should compare it to Mischief to understand the difference Brett makes.

Photo of beagle75
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, dark golden color with over two fingers of persistent off-white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Pithy grapefruit suggests dryness, with a trace of garlic. Tartness is also hinted at. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins dry, with early hop aromatics that capture the quality of grapefruit peel reasonably well. Acidity is not intense overall, but it is intensely citric, adding to the grapefruit appeal. There are other aromatic flavors early that are lively and savory, but hard to pin down exactly. The middle is brief with a flash of bready pale malt, while the finish sees the arrival of some late brettanomyces character. The wild yeast here is very well-behaved, lending mustiness as well as a touch of savory umami. Bitterness is mild and alcohol is never detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, soft and slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Interesting, but not necessarily more interesting than regular Mischief. It has a collection of fairly lively citrus qualities, but surprisingly restrained brett that shouldn't be so surprising since a similar lack of aggressive yeast qualities have been encountered in other specially-prepared Bruery beers of the past.

Photo of Cavery
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle shared on July 18th with Klym and SundaySour. Purchased at the provisions that week.

Lost Abbey Tulip

A: Cloudy orange body with a creamy sea foam 3 finger head. A consistent fogginess within the rustic orange colors, and fairly strong retention with streaks of scrambled egg markings. This beer has a very creamsicle-like appearance between the foams and body color.

S: Slightly salty rustic breads up front. Some orange infused french bread crusts give a sweeter bread note. Sweet alcohols lend notes to tangelos and tangerines. Triple sec definitely comes to mind with repeat visits to the nose.

T: Orange tinged sourdough with mostly sweet brioche malts. A bittering hop note that really feigns citrus. The seasoning definitely is coriander on top of orange rinds -- orange on orange onslaught. However, every single note comes off much too mild. I really have to dig in here.

M: Mouth is actually solid with a medium fullness. Delicate sizzles on the tongue without interruptions to the delicate flavor. Light carbonation on a cooling silky feel. Lots of fine fur sensations on the tongue that elevates this beer a bit for me.

O: This is really just mischief gone mild. I think this might be one to sit on for a bit, as I think the carbonation would hold up. However, the bugs just came off much too tame in the current state. I'd consider grabbing one to store, but fresh it's very meh. Lots of orange flavor that's just pretty "been there done that"-- not the type of beer I've come to expect from the bruery, but in time this might just be a surprise.

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Mischief Gone Wild from The Bruery
83 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.