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

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formerly known at Mischief #3

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

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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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Mischief from The Bruery
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