The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States
Belgian Pale Strong Ale
Ranked #37
Ranked #11,370
3.99 | pDev: 9.77%
May 22, 2022
Oct 05, 2009
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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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The Brurey
Belgium Pale
ABV: 8.5%
Date: 08 Nov 21
The beer has a chance of it being past its prime. Using a goblet, I served the beer at around 48 degrees. The pour created a frothy and airy white one-fingered head. The head retention is decent and left bits of lacing on the glass. Charting the color, it is close to SRM 6, a deep golden yellow with amber hues. The clarity of the beer is clear, with carbonation bubbles visible. The appearance is above average with a lasting head.
The aromas are grapefruit, banana, floral, oranges, hints of cloves, and fruity esters. Nosing the glass a few times, I detect caramel, herbal, and a slight band-aid smell. I did not notice anything like cardboard or other aromas to convince me of something out of place.
Huge hoppy flavors of grapefruit, pine, orange and floral. Other flavors are cloves, bananas, herbal, caramel, and lightly toasted malts. The hoppiness in the beer has mellowed a bit, making it enjoyable. I would love to try it fresh.
The mouthfeel is sticky and tannic with a full finish. The body is medium and has medium-low carbonation.
I enjoyed this take on a Belgium Pale. Overall tasty stuff as usual from The Bruery.
May 22, 2022
Rated: 3.92 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Apr 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
can into glass
Quickly dissipating, creamy, white head. Translucent, medium gold with an orange tint. A slightly spiced, lemony malt aroma, with a touch of musty dankness. A bright lemon peel character, which includes a bite, dominates the taste and the finish. There is a touch of a floral and malt, in the back end of the taste, as well.
Feb 24, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by irishevans from California

Feb 17, 2022
Rated: 2.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Feb 03, 2022
Rated: 3.59 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 21, 2022
Rated: 4 by TallGuyCM from California

Jan 10, 2022
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Rated by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
Very good but a tad too hoppy for my preference.
Jan 07, 2022
Rated: 4.17 by MJSFS from Florida

Dec 12, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by pkalix from California

Nov 13, 2021
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Reviewed by harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a clear golden color with a tall persistent fluffy head and a lot of lacing.

Smells of yeast , bananas and cloves. Tastes of the same plus malt with a mildly hoppy bitterness and a slightly warm alcohol finish.

Medium light body with light fizzy carbonation. Light clean mouthfeel.

This is a nice twist to the typical Belgian strong ale.
Nov 08, 2021
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Reviewed by Viaduck from California

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Crystal clear golden body topped with a beautiful white head that quickly resolves to a long lasting ring. Aroma: hoppy , citrus & fruit. Taste: a nice blend of salty, bitter & sweet. Flavors: a fairly complex mixture of bread, crackers, yeast, pear, apricot, apple, sweet hops, tangerine, grapefruit & citrus flavors. Initially dry but then the mouth waters after sensing the wide variety of flavors. Perfect amount of carbonation. I’m not a fan of hoppy flavors but I like this.
Oct 16, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by Mikeking99 from Florida

Sep 05, 2021
Rated: 3.99 by TwoBeers from Washington

Aug 29, 2021
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Reviewed by blazerkor from Nevada

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.99/5  rDev 0%
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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Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
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
Rated: 3.53 by AGoodStout from Kansas

Jul 03, 2021
Rated: 4 by bdlusa from Texas

Jul 02, 2021
Rated: 4.03 by RBorsato from Virginia

Jun 30, 2021
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
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
Rated: 3.85 by deereless from Colorado

May 30, 2021
Rated: 3.64 by QuintusHorace from California

May 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
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
Rated: 3.97 by simonrgilbert57 from California

Apr 25, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by Lukass from Ohio

Apr 13, 2021
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Reviewed by Mugman8 from New York

4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
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
Rated: 4 by BEER88 from Washington

Dec 26, 2020
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +6%
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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Rated by GratefulFC from Arizona

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a golden straw color. Smell is hops and malt. Taste is belgian hops, oranges,and slight lemon. Has a slight pepper taste on the finish.
Oct 26, 2020
Rated: 4 by rfreed from Washington

Oct 20, 2020
Rated: 3.74 by MGibbons from Maryland

Oct 17, 2020
Rated: 3.68 by BlueSpader from Washington

Sep 05, 2020
Rated: 3.85 by Birdlegs from Washington

Aug 22, 2020
Rated: 4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Aug 09, 2020
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%
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
Rated: 4.06 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Jul 12, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Noelito76 from New York

Jul 11, 2020
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Reviewed by ghostfacekilla69 from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -5%
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
Mischief from The Bruery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1982 ratings