Mischief | The Bruery

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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

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Photo of josanguapo
3.09/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From Mikkeller Shop. In Teku glass. Playing The Last Door 2. Overrated.
Similar to a Troubadour Magma but much more expensive and with a stronger grassy bitterness that in the long run becomes tiresome. Body is on the watery side.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap at the always fabulous Ginger Man, NYC.
Pours a hazy straw color that later reveals an orange hue. A dense foamy white head-very Belgian Golden Ale like-retains fairly well and leaves lacing.
Nice, pleasant and subtle complexity in the aroma. Lots of fruity sweetness; peach, pear and especially melon. Cracker and honey malt sweetness is punctuated by spice.
On the tongue it first drinks chalky and dry, with a gentle sting in the carbonation. The body is medium and smooth. There is a nice and soft lemon tartness in the finish. As the brew warms, it yields greater complexity in the flavor. The cracker malt and honey sweetness becomes more evident, as does the Belgian spice, fruity esters from the yeast, and a kiss of hops.
This is one of the best American made Belgian Strong Golden Ales I have had. It is complex yet smooth and very easy to drink. I liked it a lot.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a tulip Duvel glass.

A: The budy is yellow crystalline with minimal white head and no lacing. Despite having a bad head, this beer's body is wonderful.
S: The aroma is wonderful as well since you can feel the near-Duvel hoppiness together with some brettonamyces. There's some fruity tones but not necessarily citrusy. This fruity touch brings some sweetness.
T: The taste is malty, citrusy and a bit of hops - you notice the freshness here is gone because the hoppy power is very mild but yet, the flavor is relentlessly good.
M: The body is unexpectedly medium high. For a "golden-hoppy" beer, I was expecting a very low density. Carbonation is medium although not visible. Bitterness is mild due to the lack of freshness.
O: I believe this is my first The Bruery beer, even though this is not fresh, I must admit I'm impressed.

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Photo of KCarr
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold from a bomber into a st bernardus glass. Nice hazy golden orange. Smells great with citrus, pear, apricot, hops. Love the combo. Real nice light hops taste mixed with the fruits. Not as effervescent as a lot of belgians I've had, but enough to know what im drinking. Dry on the finish. Smells a touch better than it tastes, but really tasty. As normal, really opens up as the temperature rises. Definitely going to buy this again.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one was tough, because everything about the "start" of this beer is great--but I am not a fan of the "finish." As you take your sip, you get a little light maltiness and some citrus, which is nice. The carbonation follows the sip all the way through--and is quite pleasant... (I read a review below of someone who doesn't like carbonation--but isn't that what you almost always get from a typical Belgian-styled Strong Ale or a Tripel-esque ale? That baffles me. If you don't like a nice fizz in your ale, stick to Guinness!). This ale finishes dry, which is typical for many beers of this style. And here is where I begin to compare Orval and its subtle bitterness with the hoppy and grassy nature of this ale. Its much less subtle (this the inspiration of the name of the ale? Methinks so). While this is very potable, the hoppier bitterness isn't something I'd seek out, as it takes it just over the edge of delicious and into "pretty good" territory.

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Photo of puck1225
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A really nice beer. Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Clear golden yellow with a wonderfully thick white head and great lacing. The smell fruity and fragrant. The taste is of sweet apples, pears and lemons. Enjoyed it very much!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright yellow, hazy pour, big 1.25" white head. Aroma had some complexities, hoppy, yes, but also a good amount of citrus and mild spice rack feels.

One of my favorites, this is elite tier BSPA stuff. More than customary in terms of hoppiness and citrus. Dry body. Pale malt. The yeast contributes a solid amount of fruity-ness to the beer. I really should drink more of this stuff in the summertime. Extremely underrated.

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's a lightly cloudy medium-dark gold with an initial fizzy white head that quickly melts away. There are individual spots on lacing. The aroma is light, sweet from lightly toasted grains and just a hint of hops. The taste is much the same. The body is moderately thick, mostly smooth with just a hint of carbonation.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a bottle of this for $8.99 at Vintage Estate. Not too many cheap The Bruery Beers!

A - Bubbly and champagne like with a hazy orange amber color makes for two inches of foam that settles somewhat quickly.
S - Apricot, pears, fruity yeasts with very little alcohol esters. Quite nice.
T - Wow huge disappointment! The fruits in the nose are in no way present in the taste! Grassy cereal grains make me think its old but the reviews suggest its suppose to taste like this. What the heck? Why is this rated so highly!?!?!
M - Bubbly carbonation makes this a chore to finish along with the grassy dry cereal taste in every sip makes me regret this purchase.

Wow I don't think I want to pick up anything from this brewery for a while everything I try is rated so high and I am always disappointed. Just glad I didn't pay 20-25 dollars a bottle of this!

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Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Grainy malts, stone fruits on the line of pear, apricots and the like. The carbonation, just like most of the style, is a little to sharp for my tastes. One of the more... 'tame' beers I've had from them. That being said, more breweries can't produce this good of a Strong Belgian Pale as a special release, let alone year-round. Kudos! Not a fan of the style, but this was pretty damn tasty.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really nice aroma. Nice citrus and fruit with a very fresh and efferevescent quality. Soft phenols and spice play in the background.
Rather cloudy and more orange than golden. One inch white cap settles out slowly.
The flavor is less pleasing than the aroma much enjoyable in it's own way. Very dry with more malt character. The fruits so evident in the aroma really pretty much don't exist here, except a little orange that I pick up that becomes more of a bittern orange. Some phenols. More hop character, particularly grassy, but I wouldn't call it a hoppy beer.
Lighter than moderate body with ample carbonation.
Good beer and I like the hop additions. The aroma makes this but I find it fading through the drink. Too bad as it was a great way to start each sip.
Many thanks my best younger brother. Much appreciated.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy darker yellow golden color with fizzy white head. Citrus, light fruits, doughy bready, and cereal on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied, the yeast gives it a wine cooler like mouthfeel. Finishes with more fruit, and a little white wine-like note.

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Photo of stephens101
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright reddish orange and plenty of phenol goodness emmanating. The off-white froth diminishes in due time, leaving

Cotton candy, peach, orange and faint hop aroma-wise.

An array of subtle light fruits precede a very slight herbal hop bitterness on the tongue. Other notes of spice and farmhouse funk are also found. All low-key but quite satisfying.

Dry and gets drier as it goes. Light to medium in body with little to no noticeable alcohol heat.

Absolutely love finding Belgian-inspired beers with touches of America in them. Winner.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden yellow with a fluffy white head.

The aroma is mostly faint fruitiness and Belgian yeast.

Taste is peach and banana, Belgian wheat and yeast, bright hoppiness, and spices.

Mouth feel is medium with nice carbonation.

I don't care too much for Belgian pale ales or golden ales, but this was surprisingly pleasant!

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look (4): A big hazy golden colored hue. A white frothy head that can get a little out of hand, as in it pours like a witbier.

Smell (3.75): Wait for it to warm up to around 50 degrees. There are big bready, lemony, and wheat aromas eroding from this brew. Some bitter tones as well (quite a bit of hops) but still very inviting.

Taste (4): So this was pretty complex. Big bready and lemony peel flavors with a hint of other tropical citrus fruit at first. You can get a lot of wheat in there. There's some bitterness at the end but also some spice. The lemon peel and citrus flavors kind of linger on the palate for a while.

Mouthfeel (3.5): A lot of carbonation. A little too much. If you wait for it to escape from the brew it gets a bit better. Creamy and medium to full bodied.

Overall (3.75): Reminds me of Weihenstephaner Vitus, the lemony flavored Weizenbock that's had some hops added to it. Maybe it's closer to the American Trippel Exit 4 by Flying Fish? Either way it's pretty unique and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

A: Clear gold. Poured 3 fingers high of foam, medium long retention.
S: Medium lemon aroma. Somewhat grainy. Some herbal spicy.
T: Lemon and pineapple. Quite fruity. Moderate grassy. Some spices but I can't tell what. Dry. Low bitterness. fruity and bitter finish.
M: Medium body. High carbonation.
O: Authentic and excellent quality.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, straw yellow with a huge, foamy, white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of yeasty fruit, pineapple/banana. A very crisp taste. Defiinite yeast and slight hop taste with a funk sneaking in the finish. I do not taste much of the fruit that I smelled. A very crisp and refreshing beer. the mouthfeel is wonderful.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very bright gold color. But funky/winey smell. Tastes similar with a strong yeasty flavor. Overall. Duvel is why you got into craft. This is was a nice reminder of that time.

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Photo of dd43
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is an interesting beer to review. It's very reminiscent of a Duvel but with the volume turned up to 11. I might like a little more restraint in the ABV department, this seems overly boozy for a dry pale ale that bears some resemblance to a saison.

Grassy in the early going on the nose. Some hop resin but this is quite muted. Pepper notes come through more as you acclimate to the beer and it opens up temperature wise. Belgian candied sugar in the mid palate. Seems to me like a beer that is having a hard time deciding what it wants to be. Nothing bad of course, quite the opposite. But it does seem to have a little bit of identity confusion.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 750ml (25.4 oz.) botle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary tulip glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $7.99
Purchased: Nov. 19, 2015
Consumed: Nov. 19, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a yellow, golden, clear color with three fingers of fluffy, white head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Very good sporadic, spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Excellent amount of thick retention all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled candied Belgian spices, pear, green grapes, green apple, kiwi, grassy hops, honey, herbal hops, cleaning supplies (ammonia?), faint tropical notes (passion fruit?) and slight dry apricot. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the nose. Got spicy Belgian notes, green apple, pear, honey, grassy hops, boozy candied sugar, peppery Citra rind and boozy, dry ammonia. (Taste - 3.50)

Light-to-medium body. Oily texture. Lively-to-fizzy carbonation. Dry, boozy finish. (Feel - 3.50)

Was a bit disappointed in this one, but glad I finally tried it. Probably overrated it a tad. just an OK Belgian Strong Pale Ale. (Overall - 3.75)

3.72 | 84 | B

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4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A pillow like three finger rocky head is almost white in color. Body is a hazy straw colored gold that shines like the sun. The dark bottle and label doesn't represent this beer well. Tis beer is yeasty, wheat infused and hoppy all together on the nose. With first sip I quickly see that this is a wonderful example of a Belgian golden ale. It is crisp, fruity, a bit yeasty and nicely balanced by the hops. The hops add quite a bit of fruit character and a nice bitterness to really smooth out the flavor profile of this beer. This is definitely dry while being very complex for the style. Finishes with a dry and slightly bitter mouthfeel. Very nicely drinkable brew with well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of smcolw
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Green-hued, golden color. Cloudy. Slow poured by the bartender, leaving a modest and solid head. Blotches of lace on the glass.

I smell spent grains with dry orange. Mild Belgian yeast in the background.

Starts sour and grainy. It tastes "blonde". I detect a bit of Italian spices like oregano and thyme. Full bodied with a bit of carbonation. The aftertaste lasts a moderate period of time with a lingering sourness and a yeast bite.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Bright golden orange/yellow, hazy, big frothy, creamy head, lots of head retention, lots of tiny bubbles streaming up the side, looks pretty good.

A: Grainy, earthy aromas, lemon, grass, slight Belgian yeast characteristics, alcohol is noticeable.

T: Belgian yeast characteristics, bread, some spice, some lemongrass bitterness, finishes dry and with bread, biscuit malt characteristics, very pleasant.

M: Medium mouthfeel, nice balanced carbonation, dry finish, creamy as well.

O: Very nice, Belgian yeast, bread/biscuit notes, spice, lemongrass, hoppy bitterness balances with other flavors, complex, depth, great creamy mouthfeel with a nice touch of carbonation, very good.

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Photo of BWood
3.14/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer. As I was drinking it I was wishing it was a Tripel. I like to try new beers so I can see all there is to offer but this was a little on the hoppy side to me. I know that's what it is supposed to be .Does had a nice crisp taste to it .

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, opaque, honey-copper coloring with a gushing head that settles out into a low profile, bubbly, fluffy white surface coat. Aromas of tangy honey, tropical fruit, a bready backbone, subtle peppery notes, and a dry hops bitterness. Flavors are tangy sweet forward, with a blend of honey, caramel, and tropical fruit notes, including pineapple and melon. Some subtle spice highlights, including grains of paradise, all spice, and clove, as well as a subtle hops bitterness, all serving to cut the sweet notes. Full bodied and smooth, with a fruity and subtly spiced aftertaste lingering on past the smooth, slightly effervesced finish. Deceptively easy to drink, and the 8.5% ABV stealthily remains hidden as you drink. Nice.

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