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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #26
Ranked #6,398
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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Reviews by Moopband:
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of jmhart
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a bomber from Hop City, Atlanta,GA.

Served in a tulip.

A- Full head with moderate pour, excellent structure and lasts the perfect amount of time leaving a mild ring around the glass. . Brew is a golden-amber, moderately cloudy.

S-Wonderful hints of citrus from aromatic hops, apricots but not overly sweet.

T- Mild hops that stimulate the nose more the tongue, mildly acid with subtle spice, and hints of white grape on the finish.

M- Crisp texture that produces a pleasant bite on the tongue.

D- Wonderful on a warm afternoon or holds up well with a mild dinner, perhaps a pasta or something else with tomatoes. A very smooth brew with mild but appropriate hops

Overall-Recommended to me in lieu of Stone Cali-Belgigue and it was a successful recommendation. I'll buy this again and recommend it as a great Belgian style IPA

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Photo of davidbowers13
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

A - Light, hazy yellow/orange in color. Ample white head of 3-4 fingers tall and I was taking care to pour the beer in the glass without causing further head. Seemed heavily carbonated.

S - Smells of apple with a little black pepper and bread.

T - Taste is light and refreshing, but the heavy carbonation ruined it for me.

M - Light and crisp, but the heavy carbonation was a problem. I just couldn't get past this.

O - I appreciate the attempt. I think I would actually like this beer a lot more if it wasn't carbonated so heavily.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a Duvel glass. No date. The white head was huge, just as expected. The body was a deep golden yellow. The head was pillowy and left sheets of lace sliding down the side of the glass after each sip.

The smell was peppery with a mild yeastiness. Fruity, maybe peaches?

The taste was also spicy. Crisp, organic, leafy hops. There was a nice bitter snap. Some dank basement notes. Oranges here too. Hops oils are left on the lips. Drying yumminess.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with zippy carbonation. Sort of a Belgian IPA/BSPA.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jsanford
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of an Epic Bruery tasting night, poured into a Unibroue tulip on 6/6/10.

A - Hazy golden straw with a big fluffy head and lively carbonation

S - Strong citrus hop smell, breadyl malt backbone. Pepper.

T - Grapefruit and orange hops, slight candied sugar. Grassy with a "bready" background.

M - Medium bodied, highly carbonated. Crisp!

D - Again, very crisp and refreshing. High drinkability. I was honestly shocked when I discovered the ABV on this one, could have easily killed a bottle by myself.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of Wizzle32
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of waldoiverson
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml into tulip

A: Golden and cloudy, beautiful fine clean white head that sat on top like icing on a cake, very good lacing

S: sour lemon with a really bright and acidic yeast overtone, no noticeable alcohol, orange blossoms but faintly

T: the lemon in the nose comes out more bready and desert-like, alcohol appeared a bit as it warmed, very robust and stays pretty consistent from sip to swallow

M: Medium body, not as much carbonation in the mouthfeel but it clearly is helping keep the taste buds locked into the core flavors,

D: I like this beer. It presents itself in the nose, riffs on the smell in the mouth without trying to play games. A confident beverage. It looks beautiful, too. Recommended.

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

Bruery Review, we performed a comprehensive sampling of Bruery beers courtesy of CampusCrew and Troywittaker on 8/13/2010. Cheers this was a great sampling and evening guys!
I reviewed all brews we tasted in order of sampling, info, and some minor notes for my future homebrew reference. These reviews are to serve as a comprehensive review of the beers as purchased during 2010, sampled 8/13/2010 with about a group of 8 tasters.

This was the order of sampling...

Saison Rue, 8.5% abv

Mischief, 8.5% abv
Belgian Golden Pale Ale
Nice hoppy Belgian pale with a European/Belgian hop profile and subtle Belgian yeast character. Enjoyed by most of the group.

Tradewinds Tripel, 8.1%

Orchard White, 5.7% abv

Black Orchard, 5.7% abv

2 Turtle Doves, 12% abv

Coton (2010 Anniversary Beer) 14.5%

RUGBROD, 8% abv

Autumn Maple, 10% abv

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle was poured into 2 tulip glasses at Stoddards in Boston.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange yellow with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready, honey, tart, spices, apple, yeast, and vanilla.

Taste: Vanilla, apple, spices, yeasty esters, tart, honey, a little alcohol, pale malts.

Mouthfeel: dry, crisp, refreshing, high carbonation, light to medium bodied, and a little chewy.

Overall: Pretty good take on the style. Delicious and drinkable.

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5/5  rDev +25%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BMoney575
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 6-30-10

Pours an extremely cloudy pale orange color, a little lighter yellow around the edges. Lots of yeasty floaters, with a chunky off white head that leaves a thick layer of lacing.

Smell is sweet, a little funky, lots of fermented fruit and Belgian yeast. Complex, with notes of banana, clove, and citrus. The sweet malt rounds things out at the end.

Taste is much more bitter than I expected. That, coupled with the almost farmhouse flavor masks any more subtle flavors that are in there. The finish is odd, almost medicinal, with a strong hoppy kick and lemon sourness. Not bad, but not as good as it could have been.

Mouthfeel is very fizzy, yet the feel is almost flat. It suits the heaviness and the sweetness though.

Drinkability is decent, but flavors and alcohol hit pretty hard.

Overall, the smell had so much potential that the taste didn't deliver. Still good, and well worth trying.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured in to a snifter.
A- 1st glass poured with a nice billowy, white head that was pushing 5 fingers. Subsequent glasses were probably closer to 3 fingers before settling down to a solid coating across the top of the beer. Beautiful clear orange gold. Some spotty lacing.

S- Nice wallop of fruit when the bottle was opened. Both tropical and tart (apple) fruit. Some yeast. Mild alcohol at times.

T- Follows the smell. Tropical and tart fruit up front. Some floral and citrus hops as well. Light yeast. Fruity and tangy with a citrusy, sometimes spicy finish. Mellow, but still packs a punch.

M- Light and refreshing. Very faint, tiny bubbled carbonation. Crisp finish with just the faintest trace of alcohol.

D- This is a great beer. On the mellow side, but the flavor isn't bland at all. Lots of interesting notes keeps me reaching for the glass again and again. Great fruitiness that is balanced out by the crisp/bitter finish. Nicely balanced. My favorite Belgian Strong so far (Sorry Duvel!). I will definitely buy this again.

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Mischief from The Bruery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1934 ratings