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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of biboergosum
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Hot damn! Bruery beer available in Alberta! Whose soul had to be sacrificed for this to happen? Anyways, my ode to the ultimate patriotic American holiday carries on, only somewhat abated (my quarter-breed infant son has that way about him).

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow hue, with four fingers of lazily rising, loosely puffy, and silkily foamy off-white head, which leaves a broad array of patchy, sudsy lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of grainy, lightly wheaty pale malt, an apple and pear drupe fruitiness, a tame citrus note, lightly spicy yeast, a subtle uric funkiness, and earthy, grassy hops. The taste leads with the softly bready, grainy pale malt, followed by some edgy yeast, waning in its spiciness, equitable, if fairly indistinguishable orchard fruit, a bit of white pepper, and earthy, leafy, grassy hops.

The carbonation is a tad frizzante, but generally agreeable, the body a hefty medium weight for the style, and straight-ahead, no frills smooth. It finishes off-dry, the grainy malt, combined with a touch of evolving candi sugar ensuring a sweetness that neither yeast, nor fruit offset, nor hop can overcome.

One straight-up - pedantic, even - emulation of some of the best that the Flemish have to offer - all without the usual uptick in unpleasant, astringent booziness. So, yeah, I like this, and not just because I can place this on a mantle amongst the best that the whale society of BA-friendly producers can churn out.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of mattsander
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: A nice even haze, apricot with bone white head . Big time carbonation. Looks great.

S: Doughy, spicy Belgian yeast character, cooked pears, soapy, apricots. Bright, complex, awesome.

T: Has a nice acidity right up front, sweet candied fruit, briskly hoppy with a long finish. Hoppy, estery, spicy, very drinkable.

M: Huge carbonation, efferverscent in the mouth. Medium to light bodied.

A very nice beer, not terribly expensive (for Canadians) for the quality. Recommended.

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Photo of LarryV
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For the money I was expecting a bit more. Fairly hoppy for a Belgian style ale, but I just couldn't get into this one. For less money I'd rather have a Brooklyn Local 2 which I think is a far superior take on a Belgian style ale. Some of the other Bruery products I saw were ridiculously expensive, based on this one I will pass on the others.

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4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip 30/6/13

A hazy golden orange with a few bubbles feeding a large and loose 3 fingers of foam that falls rather fast leaving a couple thick partial rings

S some spicy yeast, pear, apples, some brown sugar, faint catty notes, canned pineapple, faint pine, and some more spice with citrus I can't quite place, a fair bit going on

T not quite the same level of fruit and more yeast almost funky, a little more spice then the nose, a small step back but still solid

M medium full, with more bubbles then I could see in the glass, a mild bitter bite with very faint booze, a little spice and lemon rind on the finish

O something I enjoyed and would recommend but its a little overpriced at 13$, the nose was great and not lacking in any area

I'm pretty happy to see The Bruery here in Alberta and can only wonder what else I may be able to get my hands on. Its not cheap beer but you gotta know I'll be buying all of them at least once.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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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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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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Mischief from The Bruery
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