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

Added by Halcyondays on 10-05-2009

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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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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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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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