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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

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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4.01
pDev:
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Photo of fourstringer
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Stamped Batch #136, 12/3/13.

A: Hazy, golden honey-colored body with 1 finger of off-white head. Good retention. Minimal lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, European/noble hops. Grass. Hay. Light fruit. Apple. Pepper. Candi sugar. Vanilla.

T: Spicy with black pepper essence and a surprising sweetness initially. A subdued hop bitterness slowly develops. Semi-dry finish. Mild tang develops mid-way and lingers in the aftertaste. Light alcohol for the 8.5% ABV.

M: Moderate carbonation with nice creaminess. Moderate body. Good feel.

O: Sweeter and heavier than I expected. I found the hops to be somewhat buried - especially on the palate. Not a bad brew, but definitely not their best offering.

Prost!

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Photo of bmwats
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a teku.

A: Light golden hue. Pours a large, tight, foamy, white head. Settles very slowly. Pervasive lacing.

S: Hops, lemon peel, pepper.

T: Crisp hop make up the base, lemon peel, and some other non-distinct spice and fruit components.

M: Light, crisp, with a steely finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is good. Light hue, thick head, and dry sticky lacing. Nose is hoppy, with a little spice, and lemon citrus. Tastes like it smells...light hops, lemon, and spice. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a massive carbonation amount as evidenced by the inch thick tightly woven white head of foam. Rich golden colored with incredible clarity. Brussels lacing. I smell that very clean aroma of Belgian Strong ale yeast with that residual candy like sweetness. The mouth is very dry, crisp, carbonated, and it finishes with a gentle warmth due to the alcohol. There's a very dry sugary sweetness in the flavor. Despite the carbonation this is very drinkable.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bruery Mischief has an enormous, spongy, white head, a hazy, yellow-gold appearance, some ascending solo bubbles, and lots of heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is bold- sweetness, white bread, hop resin, and a touch of citrus. Taste is of sweet, sugary white bread, citrusy, somewhat piney, hop oil, and some low-to-moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and The Bruery Mischief finishes mostly dry, rich, sweet, and relatively easy drinking. To me, this is more of a California single IPA, rather than any sort of Belgian-like ale. Taking that into consideration, I still think it's very delicious.

RJT

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Photo of BierJager89
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow with a foamy white head.

S: Orange and apple, maybe some pear in the nose. Interesting.

T: Sweet and a touch lemony tart, but also nectary, a touch floral, some orange, grapefruit, citrus peels.

M: Medium bodied, with the carbonation of an IPA.

O: Could be smoother, at the very least it's interesting. Worth a try.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.26/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this as a Christmas present from Florida. From notes.

A - Poured a cloudy burnt orange colour with a really fluffy three finger white head. Good carbonation and beautiful thick lacing and a finger of retention.

S - Interesting aromas of noble hops, orange and candy.

T - Lot's of candied fruit, oranges. Very odd flavours of sweet fruits with very little hop character. Not an overly pleasant flavour with a harsh yeast note and lot's of candy sweetness.

M - Yeasty finish, good carbonation, medium body.

O/D - Didn't enjoy it thoroughly. Didn't hate it though. Not at all what I was expecting for something described as a 'hoppy Belgian golden ale. ' Not my favourite example of the style. Didn't finish the bottle and I probably won't revisit it.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split 2 ways – Chimay chalice for me
Notes from 01/19/14

A: Golden blonde body with a mild hazing throughout. Thick and course bubbles give way to some choppy suds rapidly. Some slippery splashes and loose stick cling to the glass.

S: Heavy yeast on the nose. This may be an older bottle. Hops are staled by the pungent yeast aromas. Light mix of grains, coriander, citrus zest, dried grass and golden fruits there with a gentle mineral note. Not a particularly bad aroma but definitely yeasty.

T: Fruity blonde malts evoke golden pear with some citric undertones. The beer has a light tartness over some dry saltine cracker. Lightly grainy with some dry grass. A moderate peppery bitterness combines with some yeasty esters that bring forth coriander spice and some subtle clove. Very light, crisp, and refreshing with the alcohol kept well in check.

M: Frothy and gushing. To the point of almost being over carbonated. But it works here delivering a very effervescent feel. Light and drying with a rather clean finish.

D: Very crushable with the light and super lush mouth feel. Tasty and well balanced in flavors of some moderate hops and signature Belgian yeast character. Quite refreshing. Makes for a good warm weather brew.

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

The beer is golden and moderately hazy with a towering white head, even after a slow pour. The aroma offers Belgian yeast, pear, apple, grassy hops, floral notes. Really tasty and teeming with flavor. Diverse characteristics. Fruity and hoppy with a touch of tangy bitterness to round things out. Not on par with Duvel Tripel Hop and other authentic and outstanding examples of the style, but a tasty beer nonetheless.

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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

A:
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.

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

T:
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.

M:
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.

O:
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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