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

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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.

Added by Halcyondays on 10-05-2009

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Ratings: 1,876 |  Reviews: 531
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 RichieRich1812
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of onewayboogie
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerDoc44
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerBeast
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 TheTinDoor
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 chiefz1
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of dafla67
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Cpmitchno1
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 B_B
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ahypercube
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 mchegash
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dpgoblejr
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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