The Bruery

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #25
Ranked #7,922
4 | pDev: 9.75%
The Bruery
California, United States
Very Good
Notes: formerly known at Mischief #3

Mischief is a hoppy Belgian-style golden ale. This wickedly good golden ale is fiendishly dry-hopped with American hops to add a layer of complexity and mystery to its fruity, dry Belgian-style character. Citrus and resin diabolically combine with ripe melon, pear and slight peppery spice in a precariously effervescent mixture. Enjoy it, but you’ll want to keep an eye out. Gold Medal – 2016 Great American Beer Festival, American-Belgo-Style Ale.
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blazerkor from Nevada

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It smells bright and fruity with the sweetness of malts in the background.

The bitterness bursts on your tongue and there's both fruity sweetness and a little funk from the yeast.

It's thin and has a lot of prickly carbonation. The finish is long and extremely bready.

This is such an interesting beer. It's a Belgian pale like an IPA and a trippel. I like it and give it a 4.7 out of 6.

Aug 18, 2021
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stevoj from Idaho

3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can as gift. Cloudy golden with one finger white head. Belgian-y, yeasty aroma. A bit of the yeast as the taste unfolds, then big, chewy malts, light fruity notes followed by a savory, spicy bite. Belgian pale with some wit character.

Aug 07, 2021
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Iamaskier from Idaho

3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy, glowing golden body. Very pretty.
S: Leans toward hoppy, but pronounced esters too. Bitter pine, fruit esters, rubber, hints of spice. Something dank in there as well.
T: Upfront, sweet hops that become quite citrusy. Lemon, pineapple, apple, with very floral notes. The esters aren’t as pronounced as they are on the nose, but they are there. Hints of coriander come and go. There’s a lot happening here, it seems like I get a different flavor every sip.
F: A bit chalky, finishes on the dry side.
O: There’s some variability in the flavor, which is good, but it doesn’t commit to anything quite enough. I’d describe it as a session strong ale. Good, but a little light.

Jul 31, 2021
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance -The brew pours a lightly hazed golden color with a one finger head of white colored foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of a sweet biscuit and bready malt smell with lots of yeast and a candied sugar. Along with these aromas comes a decently strong showing of a clove and coriander smell as well as some smells of a light grapefruit and herbal hop. Rounding it all out comes some smells of pear and apricot, producing a very inviting Belgium strong ale smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice crisp, cracker malt flavor that has a touch of doughiness as well as some sweetness of a light candied sugar and some peach and apricot. Right from the start there is a decent hit of a yeasty, clove, and coriander flavor, all of which grow stronger as the taste advances. At the same time there is a touch of hay, floral hops, and grapefruit, all of which are light to begin with, but which grow slightly stronger over time. Toward the end some there is just a touch of warming alcohol that comes to the tongue, combining with the rest of the flavors to leave a nice, crisp, lightly hopped and very enjoyable, Belgium strong ale taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is lighter and more crisp with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the mix of Belgium strong ale with slightly higher (for the style) hops, the feel is great and makes for a nice crisp and enjoyable sipper.
Overall – A very nice and tasty brew with a great flavor profile and a fantastic drinkability. Definitely one to search out if you have the opportunity.

Jun 24, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 8.5%. Golden colour, large white head. Pleasant spicy and slightly fruity aroma, hints of farmhouse kitchen. Crisp and fairly dry flavour, some spicy and woody notes, moderate hops.

May 14, 2021
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Mugman8 from New York

4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 16 oz. 4 pack at Total Wine on Long Island, NY. Canned on 10/16/20. Never had beers from this brewery before-- The Bruery of Placentia, CA. Pours cloudy gold with slight head and some lace. Aroma is pleasant -- sweet melon and citrus rind. Taste is wonderful blend of melon and citrus notes to begin, followed by a dry, peppery middle, with a crisp, fruity finish. 8.5% ABV is well-hidden. I like this beer a lot....it's a sipper, but very drinkable.

Jan 30, 2021
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- pours clear and golden in color with a one-finger foamy white head that has great retention, with bubble shooting up the glass

S- citrus rind and pine resin up front, followed by aromas of ripe melon, dandelion, pineapple, pear and cracked pepper

T- bright and fruity up front with an immediate pineapple note, followed by citrus peel, pear, grapefruit pith and a hint of grass. The finish gives some dry spicy/peppery yeast before lingering of more citrus and pineapple

M- medium-light body with bubble carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that has an almost effervescent finish

O- bright, fruity and highly drinkable

Dec 21, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

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

Pours pale yellow with a one inch white head. Moderate lacing. Slight haze.

Aroma of Belgian yeast, cloves, banana, citrus.

Taste follows nose: Belgian yeast, cloves, banana, citrus. Slight pepper.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Dry, yeasty finish.

Wow! This is a very good Belgian style ale.

Jul 26, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a splotchy cap; no lacing;

S: lemon, lime, musty, Belgian yeast, a hint of grapefruit;

T: pear, melon, Belgian yeast, and musty; finish is mild to moderately bitter with lingering pear in the aftertaste;

M: medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: interesting aroma and flavor;

Jul 06, 2020
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hoegaardenhero from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Straw body with little wisps of off-white head; nose is mature orange peel, grapefruit, a bit of grainy sweetness - it’s not too fragrant to be honest; taste is a little watered down, but it’s mostly the same — some grapefruit and tangerine, a bit of hoppy bitterness at the end and some candy sweetness in the middle. It ain’t bad, but it could definitely be more flavorful; the mouthfeel is good with light medium body, aggressive carbonation, and a little cloy; overall it’s a decent beer that has some nice light hoppy notes, but could use a little more oomph

Jun 16, 2020
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can - not totally fresh, but not super old and refrigerated constantly.
Pours a bright hazy golden orange with a finger of white head.
Aroma is deliciously fruity floral - orange, pear, and Belgian yeast with notes of juicy fruit,
Taste is fruity up front with pear, orange, a bit of spicy/peppery flavour with Belgian yeast, but with distinctly floral hops and spicy piney bitterness at the back.
Nicely carbonated - tingles the tongue giving a medium full mouthfeel - refreshing bittersweetness - easy drinking belying the 8.5% ABV.

May 01, 2020
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 9/6/19

Pours a slightly cloudy pale golf with 2 fingers of bubbly white hear that reduces to a cap, patchy lacing

The nose is slightly spiced, some Belgian yeast and American hops, mildly fruity

The taste is very similar with the hops coming thru more, slightly piney with a touch of orange rind, finishing with some more of that spice

Light effervescent carbonation and a pretty light body for the abv, this is downright refreshing. Very smooth and off dry on the finish

Overall this was really enjoyable, my first of the style. Absolutely solid

Apr 25, 2020
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a hazy light amber with three fingers of bubbly frothy white head.

Smell - belgian yeast, clove, pepper,orange, pear, spicy floral hops, and bready malts.

Taste - belgian yeast, clove, pepper, orange, and pear upfront. The spicy floral hops and bready malts finish the brew off.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes smooth and creamy with the yeast, pepper, clove, orange and pear lingering.

Overall - A bold and flavourful BPA that is dangerously sessionable considering the ABV. The ABV is well hidden in this one.

Dec 08, 2019
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L:. Pours a clear straw gold color with a small white head and so.e rings of lacing.

S:. Light pepper, strong Belgian yeast, some lemon, a medium to light toasted bread.

T:. Prickly Belgian yeast, pepper and spice. For a Belgian strong pale there is not a much depth here

F:. Light body, prickly carb.

O:. Not the most exciting Belgian strong pale.

Nov 23, 2019
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Barettes from Washington

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My can was 5 months old when consumed, so perhaps the hops had faded as it was more malt forward. Clear dark gold with a big fluffy white head, moderate lacing on the glass, aromatics and flavors of banana, pear, lemon, orange, and clove. The feel is crisp and light. I thought this was great, would buy again.

Nov 15, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 1/5/13: Pours a hazy deep gold with carbonation so aggressive as to make it difficult to pour. The pour produces a huge and lasting, dense, fluffy, white head that leaves thick, clumpy webs of lace. Aroma is sweet, pale malt, sourdough bread, peach, some pineapple, a little Belgian yeast mustiness and a hint of floral hops. As a whole the aroma strongly hints of peach cobbler. The taste is similar but the sweet promise of the nose is much diminished; there is a definite hop spiciness and bitterness, peppery throughout (carbonation, hops and alcohol?) and I believe I detect a hint of Brett. It finishes with a slight bite and bitter aftertaste. A phenolic (Brett?) presence is also noticeable in the finish. Alcohol prominence is low at the outset but becomes more noticeable as the brew warms.

Oct 23, 2019
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BigGold from Mississippi

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had poured from pint can, bottom stamped “PKG 05/10/19,” into chalice.

Basic Belgian Golden Ale in appearance, and huge, complex and enticing fruity Belgian yeast aroma. Classic melon, malt and peppery Belgian yeast flavors, but with a very dry, even crisp dry-hopped finish.

Oct 05, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can from Donald
Can dated 8/10/18
Poured into North Coast Nonic Pint

Hazy light gold with a fluffy head of 1/2 finger, slight retention, slight lace.

Some clove and peppery yeast faintly grace the aroma, but what stands out is the hop spoilage here in the form of floral onion.

The Belgian yeast comes out swinging in the flavor profile with clove and banana and slight pear, and then the hop spoilage takes over with onion, cotton candy, and caramel. Aftertaste is cotton candy with onions in it.

Feel is crisp and acidic, with a nice pepperiness and a good amount of alcohol heat but remains pleasant.

Overall, I understand my experience with this ancient can is not a reflection on the brewery itself, but I think it has potential.

Jun 21, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours an Amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has citrus, resin, fruit and spice hints
T-The taste follows the nose with citrus, resin, fruit and spice flavors
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Jun 09, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of apples, bananas, some yeast. Taste is is black pepper, light fruits, a touch of hops and alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but I was expecting more.

May 27, 2019
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 1.23.19 for $3.75. Canned on 9.20.18; consumed on 5.1.19. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head with the original pour.

Nose had a touch of horse blanket along with pear and apple.

Taste started with a touch of Brett, slightly sour with pear and apple. Hops were in the background; bitterness 2/10.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall an interesting beer, glad I tried.

May 02, 2019
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teromous from Virginia

2.65/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From the bottom of the can: "B651 PKG 08/28/18"

Appearance: The beer nearly explodes from the can so be careful. The body is difficult to see through with a beige opalescence that occludes light. There is a short but fluffy white head that retains nicely and has a spiderweb-like ring around the glass.

Aroma: There is a bit of vegetal cabbage and broccoli aroma to the beer. Somewhere, lingering in the loft, there is a hint of lime which is redeeming.

Taste: There is a tart sourness to the beer which is a bit like sweetarts. The beer has a bit of caramel and hop resin. It isn't a very appealing beer.

Mouthfeel: The body feels light but heavily textured like a coffee with far too much powdered creme. Carbonation seems fine. The beer as a whole just doesn't fit well with the textured mouthfeel. It's as if somebody gave you a Lamborghini with offroad tires.

Overall: The can portrays this as a "HOPPY BELGIAN-STYLE ALE" but it really doesn't live up to that promise. What you end up with is a hodge-podge of various styles and characteristics that add up to nothing. The beer is all over the place and feels more like an accident than anything else. I don't recommend it.

Apr 27, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good Belgian Pale Ale, but not my favorite

Look: semi-clear golden with a thick white head

Aroma: banana, other fruits, yeast

Taste: It's banana bread, cantaloupe, pear, yeast, smooth, pretty good.

Feel: light to medium body

Apr 01, 2019
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Packaged Nov 2018. Pours a very hazy golden color with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention is very good as is lacing. Definite Belgian yeast aroma with some orange peel, banana, and very slight clove. Very smooth taste. Heavy on the Belgian yeast with more banana than orange peel and a mild clove ending. Medium bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation. I do like this beer.

Mar 12, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bruery "Mischief"
1 Pint can, coded "B 6 5 1 PKG 08/28/18" and sampled on 02/22/2019
$5.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So I have no clue what to expect here except that the label reads "hoppy Belgian-style ale". It's poured a hazy golden body beneath a finger-thick head of white foam. It has an orange sheen to it when the full pint is sitting on the bar. ... The head has dropped since I wrote that but I stepped away for a moment. There is some nice lacing left behind. I don't see a lot of bubbles rising from within though. The aroma is very Belgian: woody, spicy, fruity (apricot, apple, melon, citrus). The flavor is quite similar but I'm also getting some banana, pear and cantaloupe in there as well, and some actual yeast flavor. The malt seems very wheaty, and it's sweetish but it doesn't come across as sweet. It doesn't seem that bitter but it still dries out in the finish with a little bit of yeasty spiciness helping, and a touch of acidity as well - I hadn't noticed that at first, but yeah, there's a touch of acidity to it. And I guess there's alcohol as well, which helps to dry it, although it doesn't really stand out. How strong is this? 8.5%? Yeah, that'll do it. In the mouth it's medium but headed towards medium-light. I wish there was a little bit more carbonation to it but it's OK as it is, probably at a standard level or close to it - 2.5 to 2.6 volumes. Overall it's pretty damned good.
Review# 6,486

Feb 22, 2019
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