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

Added by Halcyondays on 10-05-2009

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Photo of jimverbose
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Plenty of accurate descriptions already posted, so I'll cut to the chase. I first encountered Duvel in some bar with 500 beers in Georgetown in the late 1980s when I was in college, and I fell in love. Now, there's no substitute for one of the world's benchmark beers. But Mischief truly is a kissing cousin of Duvel. A bit less dry, a shade less heat, but it's in the little ring around the bullseye. Here in SoCal it's going for $6.99 at Trader Joe's, $3-4 less than Duvel. At that price, it's a steal.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revisit: 29 Jan 17
Bottled Conditioned
Bottled On: 10/06/15

Over a year on this one!

Poured into a chalice a very nice slightly hazing dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice foamy/thick one-finger plus white head, leaves a nice pretty big oil slick, and leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, some sweetness, kinda floral/fruity, kinda hoppy, coriander. The taste is very nice, malty, very nice yeast note, with some nice sweetness, fruity/floral, slightly hoppy. Medium body, nice sweet/bitter/dry finish. Overall a very nice brew, definitely worth seeking out.

Bottled Conditioned

Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice foamy/thick one-finger plus white head, leaves a nice big island in the glass, and lots of sticky lacing. The nose is malty, yeasty, sweet, kinda floral. The taste is very nice, malty, very nice yeast note, with some nice sweetness, fruity note. Medium body, nice sweet/bitter/dry finish. Overall a very nice brew, it's been quite awhile since I've last had anything from this brewery, always liked what they had to offer, now I only live a couple of blocks away from CL, hopefully they will carry other offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of Jjski
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good golden Belgian pale ale. Citrus, yeast, effervescent, supreme drink ability. A Bruery beer for$9.59 for 750 ml.

Worth it. We get a couple each year during summer

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some citrus, some spice and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel along with a touch of spice. Then a strong breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is significant but seems quite subdued especially since the bottle reads “Golden & Hoppy” but it still creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid and flavorful beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured from 750ml bottle into a wine glass (unfortunately no sniffer, have that on my shopping list), pours a solid tangerine color with a nice thick two-finger head, patches of lacing on the glass occur as consumed

Smell: Very aromatic and inviting, malty notes mixed with caramel and biscuit, as well as citrus such as lemon from the hops

Taste: Sweet and slightly hoppy on the nose, fades into a nice tartness as it lingers, some notes of the Belgian style pop their head

Feel: Medium with an initial light mouthfeel, due to its sweetness, I wish it was a bit thicker and chewier

Overall: a great first impression from a brewery I've heard some polarized things about, it's a crisp and refreshing beer that's definitely a steal at $8.99

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Photo of do_ob
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big bottle into a snifter. Pours a murky tangerine color with a beautiful 2 finger head of fluffy white foam. Very aromatic, one of those that you can smell as you pour it. Sour dough, caramel, lemon, and citrus on the nose. Medium-light weight and quite crisp and clean on the mouthfeel. Sour notes and strong spices up front, followed by a subtle sweetness. Finishes very crisp, almost like a white wine. There's a big, but short-lived sweetness on the aftertaste that is quickly replaced by a dry tartness.

Overall, very enjoyable. This is the first offering I've had from The Bruery, and it seems like people either love them or hate them (their beers, that is). So, I was a bit reluctant to take the plunge, but at $8.99 for a 750 ml bottle, this was cheaper than most bombers. This is a pretty unique beer, but nothing like I thought it would be. I was expecting a giant flavor-bomb that I'd need help finishing, but this was quite the opposite. It's got plenty of flavor, but by no means is it a heavy or unmanagble beer.

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Photo of bnes09
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge white head on the pour. Sticks to the glass like soap suds and remains as a caldera of foam throughout the entire drink. Good clarify.

Bright citric, detergent, clove-like hop aroma. Fresh yeast. Grassy and super dank.

Rich malt flavor of sour dough bread with live yeast quality. Buttery. Cloves and lemon peel. Fresh and bright hop character. Very well balanced.

Full bodied. Crisp feel. Snappy carbonation. Semi-dry from the hops. Highly refreshing.

Solid Belgian-style ale. Love the complexity and balance.

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

A - Pours bright gold in color with a two fingered white frothy head, mild carbonation, and very sticky cotton candy-like lacing.

S - Funk, grass, earthy, tart lemon peel, peppery spice.

T - Lots of lemon grass, pepper, slight earthiness, and a huge amount of that "Belgian barnyard funk". At 8.5%, the alcohol is compete hidden. Bright lemon citrus with a hefty amount of lemon tartness.

M - Gentle carbonation with extremely dry finish that sucks the spit off your tongue.

O - Very well done.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh 750 bottle served in a pint glass

Appearance: very pale yellow with a slight haze from the yeast. Great initial head and retention.

Nose: Classic belgian yeast, honey, low hop aroma

Taste: saison-like freshness especially for the high alcohol content. Nice floral taste from the hops and specialty malts. Very true to style.

Overall: great first impression from the Bruery. I'm looking forward to more of their beers; especially the Brett spiked and sour ones.

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

Effervescent and a little peppery. Slight citrus. Nice esters. Smooth mouthfeel. Great color and clarity. Head is foamy and effervescent with great lacing.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fruity nose, cider, and malt. Pours clear straw under a 3: finely bubbled moussey white foam cap. A very creamy palate with fresh fruit evoking a cider over light malts in the background. Fairly dry with a hop accent on the finish. Its effervescence gives it a light and refreshing feel.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Bruery’s tasting room poured into taster. Hazy yellow with white head that settles to a cap that remains for the duration. Aroma is grapefruit, bread, spices, some pine. Taste is early light grainy sweetness shifting to moderate hop bitterness that mixes with the peppery spice and lingers. Light to medium bodied, thin texture, active carbonation, dry bitter finish.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.67/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle into a tulip. From notes.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with lots of carbonation. The head is three fingers high, and white in shade. I'm pretty impressed with both the retention and the lacing left on my glass. (3.75)

Smell: The first thing I notice is Belgian yeast - unfortunately, this yeast characteristic seems rudimentary yet overpowering. In particular, I pick up notes of phenols, bubblegum, and bread. Some of the advertised hoppiness appears pretty well - it's grassy, and even a bit citrusy. Having said that, the nose seems rather insipid despite everything else going on. (3)

Taste: This opens up with some generic Belgian yeast notes - it doesn't seem to integrate within the rest of the beer, either. Having said that, I do pick up notes of apple, pear, bubblegum, and candi sugar. The finish is gently grassy, displaying a hoppy touch (which happens to be my favorite feature). Hinting to what I said earlier, this beer seems really out of balance, which is sad considering how light (dinky?) the general flavor is. It's one of those beers I don't like, yet I can't truly explain why. Basically, it's sorely lacking in cohesion, refinement, and finesse. (2.5)

Mouthfeel: It wants to be crisp and dry, though it really isn't. The gentle hoppiness and strong carbonation creates that illusion, but at the end of the day, it's heavy and downright syrupy. A hoppy BSDA, syrupy and bulky? What the hell, guys! (2.25)

Overall: Well...the intentions are good. It wants to be a crisp, light, hoppy golden ale with a Belgian twist. And yet, it isn't such a thing. Not at all. It feels heavy, but tastes light - that's pretty much the worst of both worlds. Come to think of it, this isn't the first time I've been letdown by The Bruery... (2.5)

2.64/5: Go be mischievous somewhere else

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Photo of Budinetz
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from a 750 ml bottle into a teku glass. Bottled on 3/11/14.

Pours a golden, straw color with a white frothy head that dissipates very slowly. Great lacing around the glass and nice head retention.

Smells of sweet malt and old hops.

Tastes of bitter hops and sweet malt. Tastes like the hops has deteriorated significantky due to oxidation and the beer bot being fresh. However he flavor is actually quite delectable as it is reminiscent of pear cider. Yes. Really.

Mouthfeel is quite prickly on the tongue due to the high carbonation but very apropeiate for the style.

Overall, a pretty awesome brew despite the fact that it's almost 9 Months old. I would get this again in a heartbeat. Especially if I can get it fresh.


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Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Smell of orange, sourness, spiced yeast and citrus.
Taste is sour orange, banana peels, hop, cloves and herbs. Crisp and fresh. High carbonation.
Short but fruity bitterness.
Very closed to a Belgian tripel. I'd even say it's an American tripel.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Got a 750mL bottle and drank it over the course of three days.

Appearance: Just slightly turbid gold with a long-lasting white head and plenty of lacing. It looks really pretty. More turbid on the second and third pours. There is a LOT of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Big time Belgian yeast. That spicy-banana-raw-peanut smell.

Taste: Belgian yeast still dominates. Some herbal spice. Moderate hop bitterness towards the end and a bit of ethanol peaking through, but less than I would expect at 8.5%. Tastes just as good on the second and third pours.

Mouthfeel: Thin and crisp.

Overall: A good balanced pale ale that puts the yeast on full display, without being overpowering.

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Photo of NSXAG
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

The Bruery - Mischief [Belgian-Style Ale | Golden & Hoppy] (750ml ---> Stemless wine glass : 8.5% ABV)

With every beer I plan to review, I open it roughly 10 minutes before pouring the first sampling of it... Many reasons for this; but my main purposes are to let it breathe, or aerate slightly, as well as giving it a moment to sit out and gain a few degrees in temperature... I wouldn't usually make note of this step, but when I opened this beer it popped louder than I've ever heard any beer pop in my existence, it was startling to say the least... Shortly after, a pointy cap of foam has since grown and fallen to the side resembling a "santa-hat" atop its' 750ml throne... It's a beautifully clear hazy beer, (if that makes sense) with far less carbonation present than it had me anticipating... Laughing to myself as I realize 20 minutes have passed and I've merely popped the cap - I grabbed the beer and "gently" poured it (via instructions on the label...) It poured light, dispensing a golden-yellow, but the head is so incredibly large I could hardly pour, what I consider to be, my rough "standard" amount!! It grew quickly to a rocky four inches and dissipated at a nice slow pace with a little spotty lacing left in it's wake... On the nose is a beautiful wheaty lemon aroma, with a very slight funk amongst some bread and oranges also... At first it tastes much like it smells and is extremely light on the palate... Midway through, more fruitiness arises in the form of possibly mango(?) as well as bananas(?) - regardless a mildly "tropical" element is presented... The finish is crisp and contains some more bread, leaving just a touch of bitterness from the hops... The mouthfeel is light at first, but the effervescence builds as it fills this beer out... Somewhat classic in style, it's an almost "chic" brew the way it's elements are fairly "delicate," even in the bitterness of the hops - not to take away from the beer's complexity, flavor or craftsmanship... An easy drinker, probably best enjoyed on a sunny day, this represents a well crafted Belgian that should be enjoy by many... Another good brew - Cheers!!

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

A - Light gold color, clear but just a hint of milkiness. Huge, fluffy white head piles 3-4 inches high and then fades slowly. Sheets of lace on the glass.

S - Clean and fresh aromas. Crisp, grainy pilsner; earthy, spicy hops; strong honey note.

T - Spicy hops mix with spicy, grainy pilsner malt. Black pepper spice and lemon-like tartness. Medium to high hops bitterness. Saison-like Belgian yeast notes.

M - Medium to thick body. Strong alcohol presence. High carbonation gives a sharp carbonic bite. Dry finish with little aftertaste.

O - A crisp, clean beer with a mix of saison and Belgian golden ale characteristics. Surprisingly refreshing, given its high alcohol.

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Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Summer 2013. From 275 Fl oz bottle at Rattle N Hum, NYC. Well done brew. A pleasantly dry finish.

06/20/12 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Although it's "hoppy" according to the bottle's label, I find it more citrusy. Could be a great beer for a nice dinner. Complimentary yet substantial.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml poured into a 20 oz Firestone glass.Golden color with a 3 inch head.Very nice slight hoppy smell with a touch of grapefruit.Very mellow brew not overly harsh.I liked it.Nice kick to it at 8.5 ABV.Would have to say that it`s a good value at 8.99 a bottle compared to a lot of other Bruery products.I would get this again.Give it a try.

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Photo of scotorum
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought this bottle over a year ago. Aged it for 14 months.

a: Translucent orange with a huge white head which required several additional pours. The head receded fairly quickly to patchy surface foam and patchy to dense lacing.

s: Intense light fruit bordering on vinegary.

t: Similar to the nose at first. Near the edge of unpleasant for awhile but still drinkable. Improves a lot as it is consumed, with the vinegary aspect muted in favor of intense light fruit.

m: Medium, lots of carbonation tingle.

o: Starts out a near drain-pour but gets a lot better as it goes. Perhaps I should not have aged this.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a hazy honey gold color into my Chimay goblet. Big frothy white head with good retention and some lacing. Aromas is fairly strong, mostly lemon zest, malts with a little bitterness. and peppery spices.

Taste is more complex, malty, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, some light fruit and a little hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth with some pepper and hoppiness to add another dimension. Very good!!!!

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Photo of Tobes181
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a bright cloudy gold with a 1/2 inch think foamy white head, very appealing.

Smell - Citrus malty aroma with slight hop profile.

Taste - extremely smooth, malts and yeast upfront. Bitter on the end, with sweet carbonation finish. Orange and citrus linger. Orange overpowers.

Mouthfeel - Light - medium mouthfeel, dry on palate.

Overall - This is a great beer balanced perfectly. Very complex from start to finish.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strange mixture meets the nose as it holds a spicy peppercorn and clove along side a perfume, floral, flowery hop. To top that off there's a fruity pineapple scent along with honeysuckle. The flavor is light, peppery, spicy and yeasty with some bubblegum-like sweetness. The feel is dry and cidery.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale amber with a big foamy white head.

The smell is cloves and pepper. Sour fruits, apples and pears.

The taste is light malts, slightly sour, apples and pears.

The mouthfeel is high carbonation and light bodied.

Over a decent belgian pale ale, the flavours are very subdued but taste good. The carbonation is a bit too high. The abv is hidden very well.

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