Mischief #1 | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Halcyondays on 09-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 7
Reviews by Floydster:
Photo of Floydster
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tried this and the #2 side by side back in August, reviewed from notes, have also had this one more recently again but it seems the second version has not been around at the brewery the last few times I have made it there, color is a light golden yellow, body is cloudy, big one inch soapy white head, decent retention and lacing, aroma consists of wheat, white pepper, hops, earthiness, and grassy accents, flavor starts off dry with earthy hops, finish is full of pepper and spices, finish is spicy but chewy at the same time, spicy, dry, and earthy mouthfeel, taste lingers, goes down pretty easy, ABV is hidden well, smooth somehow with all these huge peppery spice flavors coming out, not heavy, my guess is that this will be the version they end up bottling eventually because each person I have talked to has enjoyed this version more, recommended

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Photo of nickd717
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Bruery.

A - Mostly clear golden-yellow color with a medium-sized white head and great lacing.

S - Aroma is pale malt, wheat, citrusy hops, and some slight oxidative notes.

T - Wheaty and a little sweet with pale malt and grains as well as mild oxidation and fresh citrusy hops. This is almost like a wheat IPA and I can't believe it weighs in at 8.5% ABV. Belgian Strong Ale seems like an odd category for this, but I guess even The Bruery describes it as such.

M - Palate is medium-light and refreshing with soft carbonation.

D - Drinkability is dangerously high. I really can't believe this is 8.5%. It's no less easy to drink than your typical German hefeweizen.

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Photo of vacax
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at The Bruery. This is a wheat based Belgian Golden ale.

Pours golden orange with a thick white head, impressive retention, good lace. Smells of wheat, anise, some bubblegum like esters, and a touch of bologna. Tastes of spicy wheat, some citrus, esters, and slight grassy quality. Simple but not to my tastes. Appealing to a different audience. A bit strong on the carbonation, though it keeps it light on the palate to enhance the drinkability. Pretty decent brew, perhaps this is meant to be both approachable and a bit stronger in flavor than say the Orchard White.

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Photo of felipe2toes
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a growler into tulip glass.

Pours cloudy golden orange with a very thick, almost merigue-like head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Smells of white pepper, and a little anise. To me, the flavors seemed a bit muted on this beer. There is white pepper, some citrus, but not much else in terms of flavor for me. Mouthfeel was good, good carbonation led to a crisp finish.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours a hazy, cloudy yellow with a finger of white foam, solid retention and lace.

S: Spicy and hoppy, bitter smell, one-dimensional.

T: Huge notes of earthy hops and white pepper attack the palate immediately with no hold up. The malt stays in the background, but pokes its head through every once in a while, a yellow apple component is evident as well, but this beer is dominated by the spice and hop flavour.

M: Great mouthfeel. Strong, medium/full-bodied, one of the best structured beers in the mouth I've come across.

D: I remember getting tasters of this one and #2 a while back and liking #2 better, but having a full glass of this beer, maybe I was wrong. This is outstanding, I have to try the #2 again in the near future. The lower drinkability score is only due to the fact of the size and full mouthfeel, it was quite enjoyable to drink over a half and hour.

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Photo of jerz
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Mischief #1 from The Bruery
3.72 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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