Mischief | 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: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 543 | Ratings: 1,906
Photo of arizcards
3.83/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of teromous
2.65/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
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

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
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

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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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….

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Photo of drtth
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of iguanodon
3.19/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.


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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.39/5  rDev -15%
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.


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Photo of Suds
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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?

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Photo of fitzy84
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Lucular
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid, dry-hopped citrusy saison. Pours a translucent golden color with nice lively carbonation. Somewhat on the sweet side with a mild breadiness. Very nice.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can served in a pint glass. Packaged 08/28/18. Gift from @mr-jj.

Pours very slightly hazy golden with a medium sized head and lots of carbonation. Smell is mostly funky. Something slightly clovey about it.

Taste is slightly spicy, definitely funky, some straw or hay. Might have a little bit of a citrus background.

Mouthfeel is crisp. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of BB1313
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 8/15/18. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze along with some subtle clarity to it; fluffy eggshell white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have some hints of pear and green apple. Some banana and bubblegum. Some lemon and citrus. Some bread and crackers. Yeasts and malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. It's clean, crisp, sharp and refreshing although there's a touch of syrup in the finish. More pear and green apple. Some grapefruit in the mix. More hints of banana and bubblegum. Some soap. Some black pepper. Moderate bitterness. It's slightly sweet. The hops are noticeable without dominating. Yeasts and malts do their thing. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed for the most part. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with sharp active carbonation. It's smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice brew. It drinks like a "Belgian IPA" at times. It's basically what you would expect from "hoppy Belgian-style ale". The craftsmanship is on point. I like it.

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Photo of antonyliu
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a chalice


Pours a “liquid gold” color; four finger frothy head with very good retention; Pretty clear with lively bubbles coming up from bottom

Coriander and spice; grain, yeast, floral, fruit; esters

Sweet, floral, spicy; Tart, with some young grapes; finishes bitter, a little astringent/citrus

Coarsely carbonated and finishes dry; Medium-bodied


It’s a good beer with very original character and flavor but not my favorite—perhaps because of the balance; It finishes and lingers a little bit too peppery and spicy for me. I don’t think I’d get it again. For the same style (Belgian Pale Ale) I’d probably prefer Delirium, Duvel, and Pranqster. Purchased can for $3.99 in Southern California.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. What? I've never reviewed this before? How did I miss this one? Off we go, I will ignore you no longer.

Pale orange amber body color, slightly opaque, with a real impressive rocky and creamy classic top three finger head. Bright white top, with creamy touching puck and island clumpy settling.

Great aroma. Touches leafy green hops, and faint aromatics of citrus and florals. Light touches of bready malt, even some crusty pastry sweetness accents a little bit of sprinkled sugar. Real nice aroma, but doesn't quite insinuate this is Belgian character.

Palate is just a real solid impressive joy. Full bodied but with light character and real fruity quality. Mixed berry and notes of peach and soft orange, to a mix of light apricot skin and chewy pith with no bitterness. Quenching mid palate that has a lot of leafy hop character, almost a chamomile tea sensation and soft incredibly SOFT tannic chew on the finish. Touches a hair maybe of sucrose like sweetness but it's almost hop centric in accent.

Very impressive brew. Skipped this for so long, looks like I just had it at the perfect time.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Copper with very little haze and lots of fine bubbled carbonation. Topped with a finger of white head.

Smells of soursop, phenols, and tropical fruit.

The taste follows the nose with a bigger punch of phenols, a light sweetness, a mix of soursop, pineapple and jackfruit.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Very smooth and well rounded brew for the style. Drinking in Redding, Sept 27th, 2018.

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Photo of Ahypercube
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As with Share This Mole, poured from a 750 ml bottle, with simple but elegant decorations, into a goblet.

L: Even with a gentle pour, a thick layer of foamy bone-white rises to sit atop the surface of the hazy golden body. Through the liquid, blurry shapes and lights can be detected, but it is fairly opaque.

S: Unique and enticing. Typical Belgian yeast notes of spicy clove and white pepper covering an overripe banana, but following that, zesty hop character takes center stage, introducing juicy pear, quince, tart plum, mango, and honeydew, with a finish of dried sage.

T: It tastes much tarter than it smells, so if you're hoping for the syrupy texture and richness of a Belgian Tripel, you can stop here. This is more of a hybrid between a light Dubbel and a West Coast IPA.

Tasting notes start with tart quince, asian pear, and some plum, then a blast of warming clove and the associated astringent bitterness. After that, I don't taste much besides the clove and white pepper, almost completely dominating the sweetness from mango and banana. Finish is borderline eternal, and it's really boring, with just clove and sage lingering for over 15 seconds after a sip.

F: It has a satisfying medium bodied texture, but despite the tartness, there is almost no bite to speak of. Not what I'm looking for in a hoppy Belgian ale, personally.

O: Nice attempt. It would make an awesome candle, but I can't even think of a cheese to pair it with. Too perfumey and unbalanced on the palate. I give it a C+

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Golden pour into a Bruery tulip glass, reasonably creamy head.
Smell is herbal and malts.
Taste is a mixed herbal Belgian bouquet with pleasant hoppy undertones. Somewhat sour, and there’s a slight hint of honey. All in all that makes it seem a fairly complex beer.
Feel: medium body/ medium carbonation. Slightly sticky. Finishes with a zesty herbal zing.
Pretty tasty stuff. Somehow seems odd having come from a can, but then again, any beer is better off when it comes out of a can.

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Photo of Beejay
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A cloudy Albert on color with a white head. Fruity with apricot and Belgian character. Flavor is sweet with stove fruit, and a touch of tropical fruit flavor. Medium light body, with fairly high carbonation. Overall pretty tasty.

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Photo of fern22
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice golden opaque pour with a healthy amount of foam. Smell is sweet and slightly hoppy. Reminds me of honey almost. Taste is over lightly sweet and bitter. A bit bready and wheaty. There are some fruit notes as well as one would expect form the addition of hops, but they really don't add that much to the flavor profile. Goes down very smooth, but doesn't seem to have much body. Overall, nothing too impressive, but definitely a nice Belgian style and I would drink again.

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Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 1,906 ratings