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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

Added by Halcyondays on 10-05-2009

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Ratings: 1,836 |  Reviews: 518
Photo of Jacobus79
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MGoeltz
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle.My special 39th birthday evening beer! Review : 7/21/2017

Poured into the classic Duvel glass.

Straw golden color with orange highlights. Hazy, bubbly. ..very jazzy. A thick but lively white foam top.

The aroma has a rather impressive, authentic, Belgian yeast-forward funk. Sweet, yet sour, fruity, earthy, tangy...if you can smell effervescent. ...this is it. Very bold, with wet earth, dry wheat field, sour grapes and herbs with pepper. Oh, slightly spicy in the nose as well. As the liquid warms in the heat of the late afternoon, dense and sweet fruity aroma's take shape from the hops.

The feel and flavor is surrounded by an outstanding golden effervescence. Big Earthy flavor's, dry, golden wheat, black pepper, spicy tones coupled with a very unique and Funky yeast complexity that is very high. Bonus points for an American brewer coming close to the authentic, complex funk from the yeast strain or strains. Slight hints of olives....like a dirty martini!! 8.5 % abv heat is a slight buzz, adds further depth and interest. The earthy, spicy and Funky sour fruits combo is very impressive. The hops also burst out with a very old world effect, earthy, herbal and spicy.

For the mouthfeel...man, it's as complex as the flavor. Effervescent is the key word. Bright, crisp, earhy - dry and snappy. Just awesome.

The yeast is very complex with multiple layers of earthy-sour funk. The malt is very light, bright and crisp, the hops bring a unique old world, earthy and tart edge to the party. All in all, just excellent execution in balance and chance. Big flavor's just jamming together effortlessly.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up from BevMo in Woodland Hills. Poured into a Goblet glass.

Look: pours a beautiful golden yellow, about an inch and a half of white foam. Heavy lacing.
Smell: A lot of floral qualities, hints of lemongrass, coriander, and wheat. A really nice sweetness to accompany the funk.
Taste: Much more of the bitter, yeasty notes. More prominent coriander and wheat, with finishing bitter notes and an evident hoppiness.
Feel: Nice sharp carbonation, pretty light body but very crisp.

A really nice beer overall! Strong wheat and bitter notes, everything you want in a Belgian golden ale but with a great hoppiness to finish this one up. Another good one from the Bruery.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Light golden with a touch of haze and a weak soda fizzy head. A bit muddy towards the bottom of the bottle. Mossy funk and wet straw on the nose. Taste is of creamy wheat, warm coriander, and subtlety sweet Meyer lemon on the finish with a light dry vine vegetation. Rich and complex with sunflower seeds, blood orange, dry rice crackers, pears, honey and a salty finish. Superbly balanced. Big bold sweetness perfectly balanced with fruit and acidity just leaves you wanting more. Well done. I killed that 750ml easily. Not necessarily true to the Belgian style, but it's Californian, so don't expect Belgian.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a nice looking light copper color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Sliding messy lace.
The aroma had a super nice blend of grassy sweet features rolling over some swift sweet Belgian sugars, light bready/yeastiness, sly funk/maybe somewhat basement-like. Ended with a touch of alcohol tickle.
The flavor was moderately sweet pouncing on somewhat nicely grassy to funky to earthy quaint booziness. Light coriander just before the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt good, perhaps a touch under but not burdensome. ABV felt fine despite smelling and even tasting some of it. This one actually felt right as projected.
Overall, really nice Belgian Strong Pale Ale that I would have again.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

POUR: Bomber bottle into a goblet. APPEARANCE: Starts out with a nice and thick white head which reduces to a thin film after settling. Moderate glass lacing present. Hazy and golden in color. Lots of sediment present and suspended due to the unfiltered bottle conditioning. AROMA: Nice bready malt mix with Belgian yeasts. Some pear and white grape notes. Herbal and spicy. TASTE: Surprisingly lemony citrus. Light and acidic. Some honey and grassy elements as well. Dry body with pale malt. AFTERTASTE: More dry with white grape flavors. Some lingering spicy kick is present as well. NOTES: Well crafted and complex with a bunch of surprising flavor combinations throughout. REVIEW/RATING: Very Good/ 4.6 out of 5.

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Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of txx675rx
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nunya
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Can_has_beer
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BdM
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marvicsin
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Allurex
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of josanguapo
3.09/5  rDev -22.6%
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 +7.3%
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 8BaconBits
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RobertJBeer
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of xXkolsch_throwerXx
4.79/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
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 +7.8%
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 Wheels2532
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mischief from The Bruery
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