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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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of psuKinger
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into my Bruery tulip. The top comes off with a loud "pfffft". Plenty of pressure still in this bottle.

A: Pours with a huge thick 3-fingers worth of foamy white head on top of a lovely pale but deceptively hazy/opaque brew.

When you look at this beer you can't believe it's not translucent. Then you try to look through it and you can barely make out your fingers on the other side of the glass.

Lots of carbonation rising from the bottom of the tulip.

S: Lemon zest, bread, yeast, and citrus hops. I've always found the lemon and the citrus to be so pleasant with this brew.

T: Taste follows the nose. Light and lively, with lots of lemon zest up front and bitter/sour/citrus hops on the back end. Somewhere in between notes of bread and yeast arrive and remain throughout the taste.

If I had to describe this beer in one word, I would choose "bright".

This is a very "light" beer, but yet has so much flavor in it that the word "thin" would be entirely inappropriate.

M: Light and lively, with lots of carbonation and lots of sour-lemon left on the finish.

D/O: An enjoyable, tasty brew, but one that after 12-ouncers or so, I'd personally prefer to switch off to something else. Certainly repeatable, but preferably not in one sitting.

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4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle.
A: clear, amber color with amazing rocky head
S: full with cloves, yeast, spritzy, with pronounced malt backbone
T: good balance between malt and hops, very true to type, a bit more on malt side
M: well-balanced and highly drinkable

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into an oversized wine-glass.

A: Poured a beautiful hazy golden orange with a fantastic one and a half finger head even in this large glass. There is very good retention (there still being a film of foam covering the entirety of the surface) and a little bit of lacing.

S: Smells mostly of Belgian yeast but hops also come through well.

T: Definitely got the funky yeast taste. Tastes almost like an American Wild Ale; after a few sips the tartness gives way to some golden malty sweetness and a hint of citrusy hops.

M: Light bodied and well carbonated with that tart acidity on the front of the tongue.

If you're a fan of Belgian Strong Pale Ales and you can handle tartness then this is a good one to try.

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

Appearance: Incredible Head, at least 4 fingers when poured onto the side of the tulip glass. Very golden with carbonation from the bottom.

Smell: Very clean, Belgian yeast, subtle hop profile with a very nice wheat background.

Taste: A very nice hop profile comes out first. Some tart grapefruit and wheat notes. Very clean. Evolves over time pleasantly

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation as it is moved across my palate. Thin but right on for style.

Overall: A really nice beer. Very nice hop profile with a great Belgian yeast it appears. I would certainly get this beer again.

Serving type: Bottle poured into Tripel Karmeliet oversized snifter.

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3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice dark golden look, you kinda know what you are in for just by looking at the beer. Head was extreme. The girl pouring my beer blew up bubbles that filled 2/3 of the glass.

S- Not as much going on here as I would have hoped. Some floral notes, and nothing out of the ordinary for a Belgin PA.

T- Originally, I thought there was nothing that really pushed the taste buds with this brew and I actually didn't like the first half of a glass, I thought it was a bit sour (which I go for if it's a sour). I was ready to put it in the failure category, but as I got on with it, the taste became really appealing and I kept going back for more. Think the slightly bitter notes began to mellow out.

M- This part of the beer was balanced out, and I really liked drinking the beer.

O-Overall- Tasty, but I need to drink it again. I think I grew to like it because it was slightly unfamiliar. Have to pinpoint what it was. By the end of the large bottle, I was a partial fan.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Chimay chalice from corked bottle

A: Very hazy golden straw color with minimal frothy white head. Some lacing left.

S: Some yeast, grassy hops, sweet fruit: apples, pears, peaches.

T: Same as nose, with an addition of lemongrass, grainy and slightly funky yeast flavors. Grassy hop bite makes this nice and crisp in the finish.

M: Very crisp, high carbonation, gets a little dry but not too much. Very drinkable. A little on the syrupy side.

O: This was extremely enjoyable. I had sort of written of The Bruery because their beers are so expensive, but this one is worth the money.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Orange\amber with a slight foam head. Small bubbles of carbonation visible. Lacing is decent.

S - Smells of tropical fruit are present. Pineapple is the most obviousl but other are there. Also a yeasty component; like fresh bread.

T - Sweet and sugary. Plenty of notes of fruit and a tangyness of belgian yeast.

M - Drinkable, smooth, and lighter than the ABV.

O - A decent belgian strong and although a bit more towards the sweeter side of the style it is a tasty beer.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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