The Bruery

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #26
Ranked #6,472
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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TooManyGlasses from Canada

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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KRug 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

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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The-Adjunct-Hippie 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 Arizona

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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StJamesGate from New York

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

Gold; flowers + bubblegum; croissant, slight apricot, some spice, banana chips + a bunch of herb and orange peel to end; dry.

4 x 5

Solid example of a Strong Belgian Golden Ale; nothing more, nothing less. Not seeing the dry hopping. GABF gold? Ok, then….

Feb 22, 2019
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The lightly hazed light golden yellow colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1 1/2” white head that recedes slowly to a cap and then a thin irregular island of foam on the surface of the liquid while leaving a web and patches of foam on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a few small patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas include green orchard fruit and some spicy character from the yeast along with some light grapefruit. In the background there’s also a light bit of resin.

The flavors are similar to what was expected from the nose with some grapefruit and pear, but there’s also some melon and some light bready malt sweetness. In the background the bitterness is both peppery and slightly resinous.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and prickly from the active moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the bready sweetness and fruity character begin to fade away, leaving the nicely dry ending to the peppery and slightly resinous bitterness.

This beer is a very interesting interpretation of the style but also using some American hops. It is both a drinkable beer and one to enjoy sipping and savoring. I could see having this one again as an occasional treat.

Feb 10, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Effervescent gold, soapy head and bouncy carbonation. Hops are pretty grassy on this one - I feel like many hopped Belgians have that quality, must be how it meshes with the Belgian yeast - though it feels a little watery & light.

Jan 15, 2019
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elNopalero from Texas

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden tan with a generous cap of white foam. There's a pleasant aroma on this, with a funky estery note. Lightly bitter, with some citrus and melon matching wits with the belgo-funk. Tasty.

Jan 04, 2019
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iguanodon from Utah

3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Buddy's Bites and Brews in Hayward CA. Pours clear gold with a medium white head. Aroma is sweet malt, black pepper, banana bread. Taste is the same. A solid Belgian style but not outstanding.

Dec 27, 2018
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This rather nice ale pours a lightly
hazed golden amber with a nice head of white foam that settles to a
thick ring, thin subtle swirling pool, and shows some subtle lacing.
Nose of melon, pear, pineapple, subtle spice, and candy malts akin to
Belgian style DIPA. Flavors exceed the nose with light candy malts over
a herbal hop layer with notes of melon, pear, apple, white pepper, subtle
coriander, and hints of mango and shards of floral hops. Nice mouth feel;
medium body, medium light carbonation that is soft and inviting, and a
lightly dry finish.

Overall, a SOLID brew from a great brewery----also the name of my first
cat who lived 20 years who was just a sweet kind soul.


Nov 30, 2018
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RaulMondesi from California

3.39/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Well slap me across the ass and call me Willie; I thought that I had reviewed this beer before. Anyway, like a Kardashian in 5 inch pumps, it starts off appealing... but what happens when Mischief opens its mouth? Yeah, not exactly brain dead, but an intelligent beer this is not. Taste is of typical Belgian yeasts, hoppy at that, but there is an overwhelming soapy taste that is offputting like Kanye with a microphone in his hand.


Nov 27, 2018
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Suds from Missouri

4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This brew comes from a huge, thick, Belgian-style bottle. The beer itself is a deep gold color, with a tall, thick, white and rocky head. The aroma is full of fruit and spice, a bit of malt, and some tartness. Funky. The taste is smooth, with a real earthiness. Wonderfully full in body. This is exceptionally flavorful.

Nov 19, 2018
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iheartmyTHO from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure why this beer appealing to me so much. It was hoppy, but without being a bitter bomb. Citrusy, but not tart. Sweet but not cloying. Maybe, it was perfectly balanced?

Nov 14, 2018
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

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

Had on tap at Whetstone Station in Brattleboro, VT. The beer had a clear, dark yellow appearance with a bubbly head. Great, rich smells, such as a vanilla, grass, and grapefruit. The beer was pretty sweet with a full floral flavor. Lightly creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation. Overall, excellent aromas.

Nov 13, 2018
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1941 ratings