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

Billed as a hoppy Belgian golden ale I'm pretty excited about this one; purchased from a local Whole Foods in Orange County. I didn't see any best-before date on it.

A - pale golden in color with a slight haze and lots of obvious effervescense. Even a careful pour leaves a fluffy three finger head that slowly dissipates to a single finger lingering head. Lacing is thick and solid.

S - nose gives some sour fruit and a bit of funk; it's fairly intense. Very slight floral character.

T - slight grassy hops attack over tart fruit, light bodied with a dry finish. Some lingering tartness and bitterness in the finish.

M - carbonation is smooth, and even somewhat creamy; less intense than the head initially suggested. Finishes clean and dry,

Overall is this a tasty Belgian Strong Pale. Less boozy and more fruit/tart flavors than others I've had (it's almost like a wild ale). Definitely one worth a try; I'd have it again!

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a great cloudy golden straw. There is a huge amount of head that takes quite awhile to settle. Huge lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is yeast, spice, banana, lemon, honey, and basil. It's a really great mix. it's sweet and spicy, but it has a solid base and good mix of fruit.

T: Starts out sweet and yeasty. As the yeast settles, I get a bunch of banana and spice. Tons of basil, lemon, and honey shine through. I'm really diggin' this beer.

M: Medium bodied beer. Tons of Belgian qualities right off the bat, with some fun fruits in the middle. The finish is tart and yeasty. It lingers for a bit, but nothing excessive.

O: I'm sincerely enjoying this beer. It's a wacky mix of old world and new school. Big Belgian yeast and lots of citrusy hop profiles. It's pretty darn good. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of baybum
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of beerhorn12
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Cornish_Heat
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of captainbearcat
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Swervine44
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of rogerthegill
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of vonnegut21
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very large white frothy head with nice lacing on a slightly hazy deep golden body.

S: banana and lemon citrus, light corriander and herbs, light yeast as well. Not getting much in the way of hops but this bottle is 4 months old unfortunately.

T: sweet citrus with a subtle tanginess in the background. Very nice yeast content. Hops are herbal which compliments the mild corriander. The hops also add a little bitterness and earthiness.

M: lighter side of medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: very drinkable with just the right amount of hops on a well made belgian base beer.

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Photo of quirkzoo
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of ehammond1, thank you sir.

Pours golden yellow with a seemingly infinite amount of white head that keeps cascading out of the Bruery tulip.

Smell is straight up Belgian Pale. Good balance of Belgian yeast spices and nice aromatic hops. Some definite citrus notes, with spicy cloves behind, some vegetal hop notes (grassy, fresh greens) pretty light malt character with some light pilsner flavor.

Taste is nicely balanced, the hops are a bit stronger on the palate.

Mouthfeel is dry and refreshing, very easy to drink. I had no idea it was 8.5% when drinking it, feels much lighter than that.

Overall this is a solid American made Belgian style pale ale, definitely worth checking out if you like the style.

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Photo of sbanacho
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden, semi-transparent body with a huge frothy white head.

S- Belgian yeast, citrus, fresh grass, a hint of hops.

T- Hops come through more in the taste than the nose. Belgian yeast dominates the taste, with an alcohol presence at the end.

M- Medium body, good carbonation, somewhat of al alcohol "burn."

O- Something is off for me. I can taste way too much alcohol for a 8.5% beer.

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Photo of hickmancase
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of cvm4
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a golden yellow with a slight haze. Big billowing eggshell head (I even poured lightly).

S - Hops are floral and slightly lemon citrus, some clove spices are shining through. Bready malts.

T - Not overly hoppy or overly malty. There's a good balance with them both. Hops aren't as pronounced as some BPA's I've had.

M - High carbonation, light and effervescent mouthfeel. Finishes dry on the palette.

O - It's such an easy drinking beer and satisfies you in almost every way. Just a bit more hoppier and it would have been perfect with everything else that's going on in this beer.

* I read other reviews and this may be an older bottle. I'll never know. *

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Photo of denver10
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hay like yellow with a hefty, foamy white head and nice lacing. A smooth funky, mildly fruity tart, and sweet aroma. Flavor follows suit; incredibly smooth and balanced. A nice active, maybe medium bodied mouthfeel with a dry finish. Overall, a really nice Begian (strong) Pale Ale. Wonderfully put together.

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Photo of Lucasperea
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Stockfan42
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of drjman
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Philousa
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light straw color, somewhat opaque. Big frothy head, as a Belgian Pale should be. Very active carbonation seen underneath the surface. Aroma is light. Citrus (lemon) and light spices, such as coriander. Complex for how light it is. A bit earthy - a little funky like my basketball tank top when I was young. Same spices as aroma are observed in the taste, acidic lemon and allspice is palpable. Wow, super dry. Would be good on a hot day with some water. Earthiness comes out in taste, mostly hops, which are great in flavor. Nectary/flowery (Hallertau?), but doesn't stick around in the finish, as it's too dry to be very bitter.

Complex, light, effervescent. This is about as good as an American Belgian Pale gets. Go buy one.

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Photo of astebelton
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Mischief from The Bruery
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