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

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.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 546 | Ratings: 1,911
Photo of TBoneJones
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Golden pour into a Bruery tulip glass, reasonably creamy head.
Smell is herbal and malts.
Taste is a mixed herbal Belgian bouquet with pleasant hoppy undertones. Somewhat sour, and there’s a slight hint of honey. All in all that makes it seem a fairly complex beer.
Feel: medium body/ medium carbonation. Slightly sticky. Finishes with a zesty herbal zing.
Pretty tasty stuff. Somehow seems odd having come from a can, but then again, any beer is better off when it comes out of a can.

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Photo of Beejay
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A cloudy Albert on color with a white head. Fruity with apricot and Belgian character. Flavor is sweet with stove fruit, and a touch of tropical fruit flavor. Medium light body, with fairly high carbonation. Overall pretty tasty.

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Photo of fern22
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice golden opaque pour with a healthy amount of foam. Smell is sweet and slightly hoppy. Reminds me of honey almost. Taste is over lightly sweet and bitter. A bit bready and wheaty. There are some fruit notes as well as one would expect form the addition of hops, but they really don't add that much to the flavor profile. Goes down very smooth, but doesn't seem to have much body. Overall, nothing too impressive, but definitely a nice Belgian style and I would drink again.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. This one is 2017 release with Citra and Motueka hops.

Hazy bright golden yellow in color, the pour builds up very thick fluffy white head that stands with very good retention before slowly subsiding to a long-lasting bubble film atop and leaving lots of lacing patch and spot here and there.

Tropical and fruity hops lead through a nose with notes of citrus, passion fruit, lime, kiwi, grape, resin, and grass while there is an evidence of Belgian yeast with its ester of ripe pear, apple, and peach along with some peppery spice, just a little bit funk, and dryness.

The taste has some real bitterness from the hop profile while hop also provides its tropical and fruity flavors of citrus, passion fruit, lime, kiwi, grape, resin, and grass just like the aroma. Ripe and fresh pear, apple, peach, spiciness, slight funk, and dryness from yeast follow up closely. The end and aftertaste is left with some residual fruitiness and sweetness.

Medium body with super smooth mouthfeel and very soft effervescence from its active and quite lively carbonation, the feeling is crisp and refreshing from all the fruity characters while the finish is very dry that will quickly lead to the next sip.

Great Belgian Blonde Ale with a twist of American hop, it is quite hoppy with all those tropical and resin characters while Belgian yeast provides its unique blend. Alcohol is perfectly concealed.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

10oz snifter on tap at THG.

A: Golden color, lightly hazy, with a thin cap of foam that faded into a fuzzy collar. Sheets of lace were left down the glass.
S: Sweet golden fruits, apple juice, and golden pear skins stand out. Earthy hop bitterness, kiss of citrus. Hints of crisp grains and doughy yeast poke through as well.
T: Follows the nose with sweet golden fruits followed by peppery Belgian yeast and earthy spice, light, earthy, and floral hop in the finish, with slight mint in the aftertaste. Bitter finish full of spice, woody almost spruce tip flavor, bitterness is slightly medical. Fruity throughout, sweet.
M: Fluffy and frothy ample carbonation that has a tingly bite to it but is overall fluffy and smooth. Smooth mouthfeel, spicy and sweet.
O: Not as dry as my favorite beers of the style, but very spicy, smooth and flavorful. Fruity throughout; easy to drink.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.59/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle.My special 39th birthday evening beer! Review : 7/21/2017 *updated notes from a 20 oz. Can dated: 8/28/18. Opened on 10/2/18.

Poured into the classic Duvel glass.

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

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 bold. 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 in a major way.

For the mouthfeel...man, it's as complex as the flavor. Effervescent is the key word. Bright, crisp, earhy - dry and snappy, smooth finish... 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 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 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 Pundit_of_Potability
4.19/5  rDev +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 +4.8%
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 +0.3%
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%
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 -3.8%
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 -7.3%
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 -1.3%
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 -12.3%
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 +4.8%
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 Beginner2
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've Had Mischief several times, but let's say this review is the 4th.
Relative to the Belgians (on either side of the Pond) that I really like, there is not a lot of reason for me to have Had Mischief four times. So to explain my irrational behavior, I'll say that the yeast is great.... in fact The Bruery may have the best Belgian-like yeast west of Montreal and Cooperstown.

That said, Mischief has too much hops to be a great Belgian. Belgians understand that it is the non-hops spicing that is important. That spicing goes with food. (Hops are merely supposed to balanced the malt in Belgian brewing, but hops are rarely found in food. Too bitter to eat, right?) The American palate needs to get back to understanding the subtleties of how spicing in beer complements food. (But of course, hops are, well, the favored spice of the American beer palate.)

This revelation came as I Had Mischief side-by-side with a Belgian Had for the first-time, San Sebastian from Sterkens (basically an average Belgian Strong Pale.) San Sebastiaan let the food work and I could enjoy both. On the other side, Mischief tried to steal the show and still is dominating my palate 30 minutes after I ate.

Belgians should complement food and not be top billing. That's my stand.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Mischief from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 1,911 ratings