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Mischief | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

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 CA_brewster
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Golden and crystal clear if you manage to leave the yeast sediment behind in the bottle. This brew is highly carbonated and has a crazy frothy head. I tried pouring carefully and still ended up with a good three to four fingers of head. The nose on this beer has that distinct belgian yeastiness about it with a good malt presence. The brew has some nice resinous hop aromatics coming through which go nicely with the belgian characteristics. Terrific aroma! Taste is primarily sweet like a malty apple cider but with a pepper kick and some definite tartness to it as well. A little funky. Pretty typical Belgian characteristics with a hoppy west coast twist. Some bitterness from the hops coming through on the finish. Very crisp and dry mouthfeel. Over all this was a great beer that i rather enjoyed.

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Photo of kris_n
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared and poured in small tasting glasses. LOT"s of head on this one. Pour slowly, glass tilt and all. Good lacing all the way down. Appearance is a little cloudy and a nice light golden color. Some nose, but not very prevalent. Taste is good for a style of beer I don't normally go for. Some sweetness and a little acidic bite at the end. Sits on the tongue a little. Overall I personally probably won't purchase this again, but glad to have tried and tasted.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

served in a small tasting glass. has a nice Belgian foggy appearance with tons of head. POUR SLOWLY. nose is not strong but the smell is good. no off flavors. taste is good but not as sweet as I would like. leaves little on the tongue but a mild sweetness and slight acidic bitterniss. lacing is very prevelant and carbonation is high. overall a decent beer. I would not buy it again at 12.99 but I also am not a big Belgian lover to begin with.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a sunny golden yellow that is hazy with yeast. It has a noticeably effervescent bright white head that pours huge (takes a few pours to fill my tulip) and settles down at about an inch. Great retention; nice, soapy lacing.

Really in-your-face American-style hop profile. Citrus, ripe peaches, dough, white pepper, funk. Smells both Belgian and West Coast American.

Slightly tart, chalky, hop-tinged, funky. Really caught me off guard with every drink. Quite tart with a strong medicinal hop bite that snaps you right out of the tartness. Gets dank and stanky in the middle but ends with a lingering yeasty sour taste and some tylenol-esque hop notes.

Crisp and bright. Light body with a lot going on, but it is quite drinkable. There is a lingering aftertaste that wears on you a touch but it is fairly good.

Pretty good one.
This is definitely a passable American take on a Belgian style. It has its weaknesses in my opinion, but is rather enjoyable on the whole. The beer pours looking beautiful like Belgians do and is quite nice smelling. There is lots going on aroma-wise, but it is all in harmony just enough to have a unified front. The taste is my main gripe with this beer. It is tasty and drinkable, but the differing flavors were all a little too abrasive both on their own and together to really tickle my fancy. It was both slightly too sour and slightly too medicinal. However, this seemed to mellow a bit as it warmed up (but that could be my imagination). Regardless, I was excited to try a beer by these guys and this one made me excited to try other ones.
Would probably have again; worth trying if you like American-style Belgians.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy light golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: The smell has light aromas of peppery spices and yeast along with notes of fruits—pears and white grapes seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but each one of the flavors is a little stronger and all are balanced together. There is a slight amount of bitterness. Little, if any alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a very good representation of the style and is pleasant to sip and savor.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/9/2013. Pours slightly hazy bright golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, pear, apple, pepper, clove, floral, grass, wheat, bread, light honey, light pine, and floral/yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of yeast, hop, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, tangerine, pear, apple, pineapple, wheat, bread, floral, grass, pepper, clove, light pine, and floral/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, pear, apple, floral, grass, light pepper, wheat, bread, light pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth and moderately slick/crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong golden! All around great balance and complexity of malt, yeast ester, and hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy, dry, fair amount of bitterness. Yet lots of spicy and citrusy flavors. Reminds me a bit of Duvel and while not as good in my opinion, it still satisfies with good flavor and easy drinkability. Just right in a small snifter. Like most Bruery beers, this doesn't disappoint. Will have this again.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle was poured into 2 tulip glasses at Stoddards in Boston.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange yellow with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready, honey, tart, spices, apple, yeast, and vanilla.

Taste: Vanilla, apple, spices, yeasty esters, tart, honey, a little alcohol, pale malts.

Mouthfeel: dry, crisp, refreshing, high carbonation, light to medium bodied, and a little chewy.

Overall: Pretty good take on the style. Delicious and drinkable.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: hazy light yellow. Big fat billowy head.
Smell: pungent yeast. Nice balanced spice. Not especially complex but very nice.
Taste: much like the nose. As advertised, crisp and dry. Balanced hop and spice.
Overall: nice effort. Not mind blowing but a good beer.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: golden honey almost yellow; opaque
S: intense sharp mandarin, fruit cocktail, cardamom, sweet yeast,
T: massive full taste! But it's very tight with a narrow sour flavour range. Turns bitter, sour and alcoholic at the end. Not very pleasant.
M: lots of carbonation; medium full bodied
O: I respect the style but I'm not a fan of how aggressive and over the top this beer is. I waited till it warmed to the recommended 7C and that certainly helped but big is necessarily better. IMO.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours just slightly hazy blonde. Wonderful citrus, flowery aroma. Good level of carbonation. Cirtrus and various fruit flavors, a bit of bubblegum sweetness. A bit tart. Pear, a touch of peach, a touch of pineapple maybe. Flavors change as it warms up. Very enjoyable. Nice and dry. Too many U.S. brewers don't get their Belgian-style beers dry enough.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I used a tulip and drank at cellar temperature.

An awesome three-finger head of pure white froth. The foam is incredibly tight-knit and looks soft as a pillow. One of the prettiest, most delicate heads I've seen, and it has great retention. Beauty DOES last in this case. A pretty clear golden honey body.

This has a terrific aroma of lemon, green apples, tart grapes, and white bread. Smells a little of spices too... I'm not exactly sure what... maybe coriander, cloves, or mace? There's a hint of vanilla, too.

The taste is of tart green apples and hops, with a lingering breadiness in the finish. Not too complex, but still really tasty. I would say it's bitter for the style... much more hoppy and not as sweet as other Belgian strong pale ales.

Carbonation is high, as it should be in a Belgian ale, but not out of control.

The main "mischief" this ale is up to is teasing me with indescribable spiciness. Overall, a very "American" (meaning hoppy) take on a Belgian style.

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Photo of Randyfultz
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a big fan of Belgian Pale Ales but this one wasn't bad. Had it at The Bruery while in Cali for vacation. Overall everything about it was slightly above average. Not my favorite beer from The Bruery but not my least favorite either. Hard to accurately review after a month has gone by.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Clear, lemon yellow. An off-white half-fnger head that stays. Frothy lacing

S: Belgian yeast comes on strong with great citrus notes (lemony).

T: Smooth, tart. Follows nose with a dry finish.

M: Medium with medium, frothy carbonation.

O: Great stuff. They folks at the tasting compared it to Duvel.

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Photo of spicelab
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden pear with a hint of haze. Below average for style but still respectable near-white head, quite porous, falls over a few minutes to a stubborn collar and film.

Plenty of doughy yeast with prominent muscovado and honeycomb sweetness combining with fruity esters, yielding solid aromas of pear, apple turnover and apricot danish. Mild booze presence and some band-aidy phenolics lurking.

Similar, but without any hint of the phenolic nasties. The liberal sweet malt bill is very evident, but the yeast stands up well and dries it out enough to bring some earthy marmalade and spicy floral notes into the mix.

Medium, slightly syrupy initially, until the silky carbonation spreads it around the palate and the dryness kicks in.

A sharply executed Belgian and one of the best off-the-shelf offerings from the Bruery. Well done.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an extremely cloudy medium golden yellow in color with some moderate amounts of visible white sediment towards the bottom of the glass, very significant amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass, and some faint hints of lemon yellow + peach highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy off-white head that very slowly reduces to a two finger tall medium sized cap in the center of the glass, a finger thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale and bready malts with light to moderate aromas of citrus/lemon and hints of light fruit (melon).

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of pale and bready malts with light amounts of light fruit (melon) sweetness. There are moderate flavors of citrus/lemon hops and some light to moderate flavors of spices + Belgian yeast.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: I found this beer to be pretty interesting - a bit of a hybrid between a Belgian Strong Pale Ale and a Belgian IPA (there is a hoppy presence but it still has that golden Belgian flavor). The alcohol is pretty well hidden and it is relatively easy to drink.

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Photo of spoony
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml bottle into a wine glass. Reviewed from notes dated August 31, 2013.

A-A normal pour produces over two fingers of dense, white head with good retention. The brew is light-honey/golden in color with a little bit of murky haze. A nice looking brew that is pretty much spot-on for the style.

S-The smell is a nicely balanced mixture of sweet, doughy malt flavors, fruity alcohol, and earthy, lightly-bitter hop flavors. I get suggestions of musty white grape, apricot, and a bit of grapefruit.

T-The taste is a little bit sweeter than the smell, with the sharpness of the hops moving towards the background. I get white grape, apricot, and a bit of white pepper, as well as bready, doughy, pale malts. A nice mixture, but nothing spectacular.

M-The feel is a little thinner than I would expect and there is a watery wetness that doesn't fit entirely with the flavors. Carbonation is moderate.

O-This is a perfectly good, but not great, Belgian style beer. It is good-looking and I like the mixture of fruits on the palate, but I found myself thinking that something about this beer was just sort of, I don't know, blah. Maybe it is the lackluster mouthfeel. Hmmm...Anyway, just because this brew is a little boring doesn't make it a bad beer. In fact, I would readily drink this again, but it is not one that I would go searching after in the future.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled April 30, 2013

Beer is golden in colour, and the pour resukts in a large, thick-looking white head. Very good retention.

Nose contains Belgian yeast and lots of light fruits. The fruit scent is interesting, it seems to come from both the yeast and the hops, which are quite apparent. Fruits are primarily tropical in scent, but other smells come through as well. Pineapple, passionfruit, orange and mango. A slight bit of dry yeast. The smell is much more fruit focused than most BSPAs, without many of the other expected scents, but the fruit scent is really nice.

Flavour wise, the fruit is still there, but the yeast comes out a bit more, and there is a bit of a bubblegum flavour, Lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, passionfruit. Some hoppy bitterness. The yeast provides a bit of a dry spicy flavour, but it is fairly subdued. Good, but the fruit flavours could blend better with the yeast- there is a bit of clash. Alcohol is slightly noticeable in the finish.

Full bodied, super high carbonation level. Too much for me, feels fizzy.

Overall, pretty good, but with some faults. I like the fruit flavours a lot, but the yeast and mat components of an expected BSPA are too subdued, and they don't blend well with the fruits. Still, fairly tasty.

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Photo of ElSid
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Freshness Date: None

A: Orange golden with a thick haziness and a pillowy head of small bubbles.

S: Bright and fruity with strong citrus character with a hint of pineapple and banana. There is also flowers and springtime. The yeast comes through on a base of crackers and bread.

T: So bright and full of sunshine. Again there is flowers and leaves paired with citrus zest. Some pineapple and banana esters and plain-o yeastiness bring interest to the palate. The malt base is grainy with a cracker lightness with a hint of caramel.

M: Light with a good amount of carbonation. A refreshing beer.

O: A solid American style Belgian ale. The Bruery excels here with a refreshingly hoppy ale with strong yeastiness that adds fruity ester complexity.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 25 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a pretty hazy, somewhat dull straw colored body with a fluffy white head that reduces slowly and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S- Pretty tropical and fruity, aromas of pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. There's definitely a bold hop zing in there too.. resinous and piney.

T- Hm.. pretty interesting. Starts off kind of sweet, with the caramel, light malts combining with the belgian fruit which were present in the aroma. The finish is very hoppy, leaving an astringent, resinous stickyness. There's a solvent-like ethanol aftertaste.

M- Somewhat watery. Medium-low carbonation.

I was moderately impressed with this beer. Definitely worth a try, though, as it is complex and unique.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy light orange with a HUGE fluffy head that leaves beautiful lacing. Impressive looking beer.

S: Hmm. Citrus and juicy fruit right off the bat. A sweet hawaiin bread. Overly ripe orange and some pine. Good hop character. Then it changes. Funky yeast and spice begin to creep in. A blend of an ipa and a belgian ale. Interesting.

T: Right off the bat the belgian style takes hold. Funky bread, a dry yeast and more of that sweet hawaiian bread. Toffee begins to play with orange in the middle mouth before pine, earth and spice dominate. The finish is a very tart apple. The hop flavors are there but the bite is missing.

M: Great carbonation, very crisp and refreshing.

O: A good to great beer. Hides the ABV very well. I love the tart sour finish. /88

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a dark brown 750 mL bottle with no discernible freshness or bottling date. Poured into a small Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a golden amber color with yellow highlights. Atop rests a stark white head about a finger thick, soft and pillowy. Retention is solid, with moderate to light lacing.

Smell - Tropical fruits, with pineapple and mango, as well as some sweetness, like fresh-baked King's Hawaiian bread. Hops come through with some gentle floral notes as well. There are some citrus elements as well, but the tropical and sweetness seem to drown them out.

Taste - A blending of round, bready yeast and more fruity notes. The Bruery house yeast seems to be present here, as I'm reminded of aspects of Saison Rue and 5 Golden Rings. Now the citrus takes the lead and the tropical elements fade back to a complementary role. Finish brings in some pungent but fleeting bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a drying finish.

Overall, an excellent beer. Hits on all the notes you expect from a good Belgian Strong Pale Ale and provides that characteristic Bruery flavor profile. Were the opportunity to present itself, I would gladly drink this one again. As the Bruery is hard to get in Kansas City without an online purchase, I'm unlikely to go out of my way to get this one.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Josh for this one. Mischief has a beaming glow, full of many different hues from yellow to gold to amber and even copper; it all depends on how you're holding it agains the light. It's volatile, producing a huge, sticky, cloudy, and chunky white head with even the most modest of pours. Some good, lumpy lacing sticks to the glass for the entirety of the brew.

Mischief is very hoppy on the aroma, much more hoppy than I was expecting going into it. It's quite pungent, with some blasting citrus and bitter grapefruit peels. Coupled with the heavy hoppage is a spicy, phenol character that is a bit frightening up front. It stings the nostrils and strips some of my nose hair away; peppery, spicy, piney.

Lots of orange and lemon fruitiness up front, just walking on the edge of the cliff of tartness but never slipping into sour territory. The phenol character, though stepped down a touch from the aroma, is still pungent in the flavor, and maybe a touch overboard at times. Walking through a citrusy forest with trees of spice and Lemon Pledge, baby.

Piney, woodsy, hoppy, and full of Belgian yeast, coriander, and white pepper spices. The finish contains a good deal of fruit as well, some grapefruit and orange that almost have a nice, juicy factor. The mouth feel is heavily effervescent; lots and lots of carbonation for a sharp mouth feel that cuts well with the heavy spice of the brew.

Strange and different, and Belgian Pales can be touchy, but I enjoyed Mischief. Hefty amount of spice as well as a hefty amount of fruits with a good hand in the hops as well. The borderline acetone-like alcohol can be a bit fatiguing over time, but the brew is good in small doses. I wish some of these Bruery beers came in smaller serving sizes.

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

Served in the 750ml bottle typical of The Bruery beers.

Appearance is gold, very carbonated and bubble.

Smells sweet, yeasty, dry. You definitely get a hint of the Belgian style here.

Taste is extremely clean, a little sweet, crisp, carbonated. Not too yeast, but the presence is here.

Overall I have to say I really like this beer. It is extremely easy to drink and refreshing. These guys hit it spot on when they made this beet. It's a belgian IPA mix, but the hop presence is JUST noticeable which I like. Hop bombs usually are so gushing with hops you taste nothing else. This has a very nice balance.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date
Poured into a standard tulip.

Appearance: (4)
Pours a very cloudy light orange with yellow highlights. A voluminous, 3 finger tall white head sprout out the beer as soon as it pours. The head has great retention and leaves plenty of lacing behind.

Aroma: (4)
Big, grassy and citrus-y hops upfront; predominately orange blossoms and lemon zest. There is quite a sizable, spicy Belgian yeast presence as to be expected for it's style. Notes of banana, pear and a slight pepperiness. Supporting the yeast and big hop presence(for it's style), is a soft, yet firm slightly sweet, cracker like malt backbone.

Taste: (4.25)
Big, juicy hops upfront akin to the nose; more orange, lemon zest and a distinct grassiness. The Belgian yeast comes into play almost simultaneously with the hops; banana, light green pear and white pepper. The yeast almost takes on a rustic, saison tone, but the slightly sweet, chewy biscuity malt backbone cuts those notes short. Finishes very dry and bitter, with lingering notes of orange blossoms, banana and sweet bread-y malt. The 8.5% alcohol is hidden extremely well.

Mouthfeel: (4)
Light to medium body, with high carbonation.

Overall: (4)
The Bruery takes on the Belgian Golden Strong Ale style and hops it up a bit. This beer is very similar to one of my personal favorites, the notorious Duvel. Mischief reminds me of Duvel with a slightly stronger malt presence married with the hoppiness of Russian River's Defenestration. Highly recommend to someone who whats to try a hopped up Duvel.

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Mischief from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.
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