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 ivehadthatbrew
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look (4): A big hazy golden colored hue. A white frothy head that can get a little out of hand, as in it pours like a witbier.

Smell (3.75): Wait for it to warm up to around 50 degrees. There are big bready, lemony, and wheat aromas eroding from this brew. Some bitter tones as well (quite a bit of hops) but still very inviting.

Taste (4): So this was pretty complex. Big bready and lemony peel flavors with a hint of other tropical citrus fruit at first. You can get a lot of wheat in there. There's some bitterness at the end but also some spice. The lemon peel and citrus flavors kind of linger on the palate for a while.

Mouthfeel (3.5): A lot of carbonation. A little too much. If you wait for it to escape from the brew it gets a bit better. Creamy and medium to full bodied.

Overall (3.75): Reminds me of Weihenstephaner Vitus, the lemony flavored Weizenbock that's had some hops added to it. Maybe it's closer to the American Trippel Exit 4 by Flying Fish? Either way it's pretty unique and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

A: Clear gold. Poured 3 fingers high of foam, medium long retention.
S: Medium lemon aroma. Somewhat grainy. Some herbal spicy.
T: Lemon and pineapple. Quite fruity. Moderate grassy. Some spices but I can't tell what. Dry. Low bitterness. fruity and bitter finish.
M: Medium body. High carbonation.
O: Authentic and excellent quality.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, straw yellow with a huge, foamy, white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of yeasty fruit, pineapple/banana. A very crisp taste. Defiinite yeast and slight hop taste with a funk sneaking in the finish. I do not taste much of the fruit that I smelled. A very crisp and refreshing beer. the mouthfeel is wonderful.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very bright gold color. But funky/winey smell. Tastes similar with a strong yeasty flavor. Overall. Duvel is why you got into craft. This is was a nice reminder of that time.

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Photo of dd43
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is an interesting beer to review. It's very reminiscent of a Duvel but with the volume turned up to 11. I might like a little more restraint in the ABV department, this seems overly boozy for a dry pale ale that bears some resemblance to a saison.

Grassy in the early going on the nose. Some hop resin but this is quite muted. Pepper notes come through more as you acclimate to the beer and it opens up temperature wise. Belgian candied sugar in the mid palate. Seems to me like a beer that is having a hard time deciding what it wants to be. Nothing bad of course, quite the opposite. But it does seem to have a little bit of identity confusion.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 750ml (25.4 oz.) botle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary tulip glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $7.99
Purchased: Nov. 19, 2015
Consumed: Nov. 19, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a yellow, golden, clear color with three fingers of fluffy, white head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Very good sporadic, spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Excellent amount of thick retention all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled candied Belgian spices, pear, green grapes, green apple, kiwi, grassy hops, honey, herbal hops, cleaning supplies (ammonia?), faint tropical notes (passion fruit?) and slight dry apricot. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the nose. Got spicy Belgian notes, green apple, pear, honey, grassy hops, boozy candied sugar, peppery Citra rind and boozy, dry ammonia. (Taste - 3.50)

Light-to-medium body. Oily texture. Lively-to-fizzy carbonation. Dry, boozy finish. (Feel - 3.50)

Was a bit disappointed in this one, but glad I finally tried it. Probably overrated it a tad. just an OK Belgian Strong Pale Ale. (Overall - 3.75)

3.72 | 84 | B

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4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A pillow like three finger rocky head is almost white in color. Body is a hazy straw colored gold that shines like the sun. The dark bottle and label doesn't represent this beer well. Tis beer is yeasty, wheat infused and hoppy all together on the nose. With first sip I quickly see that this is a wonderful example of a Belgian golden ale. It is crisp, fruity, a bit yeasty and nicely balanced by the hops. The hops add quite a bit of fruit character and a nice bitterness to really smooth out the flavor profile of this beer. This is definitely dry while being very complex for the style. Finishes with a dry and slightly bitter mouthfeel. Very nicely drinkable brew with well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of smcolw
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Green-hued, golden color. Cloudy. Slow poured by the bartender, leaving a modest and solid head. Blotches of lace on the glass.

I smell spent grains with dry orange. Mild Belgian yeast in the background.

Starts sour and grainy. It tastes "blonde". I detect a bit of Italian spices like oregano and thyme. Full bodied with a bit of carbonation. The aftertaste lasts a moderate period of time with a lingering sourness and a yeast bite.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Bright golden orange/yellow, hazy, big frothy, creamy head, lots of head retention, lots of tiny bubbles streaming up the side, looks pretty good.

A: Grainy, earthy aromas, lemon, grass, slight Belgian yeast characteristics, alcohol is noticeable.

T: Belgian yeast characteristics, bread, some spice, some lemongrass bitterness, finishes dry and with bread, biscuit malt characteristics, very pleasant.

M: Medium mouthfeel, nice balanced carbonation, dry finish, creamy as well.

O: Very nice, Belgian yeast, bread/biscuit notes, spice, lemongrass, hoppy bitterness balances with other flavors, complex, depth, great creamy mouthfeel with a nice touch of carbonation, very good.

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Photo of BWood
3.14/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer. As I was drinking it I was wishing it was a Tripel. I like to try new beers so I can see all there is to offer but this was a little on the hoppy side to me. I know that's what it is supposed to be .Does had a nice crisp taste to it .

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, opaque, honey-copper coloring with a gushing head that settles out into a low profile, bubbly, fluffy white surface coat. Aromas of tangy honey, tropical fruit, a bready backbone, subtle peppery notes, and a dry hops bitterness. Flavors are tangy sweet forward, with a blend of honey, caramel, and tropical fruit notes, including pineapple and melon. Some subtle spice highlights, including grains of paradise, all spice, and clove, as well as a subtle hops bitterness, all serving to cut the sweet notes. Full bodied and smooth, with a fruity and subtly spiced aftertaste lingering on past the smooth, slightly effervesced finish. Deceptively easy to drink, and the 8.5% ABV stealthily remains hidden as you drink. Nice.

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Photo of jimverbose
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
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 +9.5%
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 +8.5%
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 -0.5%
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 +13%
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 +6.3%
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 +7.8%
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 +5.5%
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%
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 +13.5%
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 +12.8%
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%
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 -33.1%
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.

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.

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.

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 Duvel clone that's syrupy and bulky? What the hell, guys!

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...

2.67/5: Go be mischievous somewhere else

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Photo of Budinetz
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Mischief from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 1,911 ratings