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Mischief | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

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 ThisWangsChung
2.67/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle into a tulip. From notes.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with lots of carbonation. The head is three fingers high, and white in shade. I'm pretty impressed with both the retention and the lacing left on my glass. (3.75)

Smell: The first thing I notice is Belgian yeast - unfortunately, this yeast characteristic seems rudimentary yet overpowering. In particular, I pick up notes of phenols, bubblegum, and bread. Some of the advertised hoppiness appears pretty well - it's grassy, and even a bit citrusy. Having said that, the nose seems rather insipid despite everything else going on. (3)

Taste: This opens up with some generic Belgian yeast notes - it doesn't seem to integrate within the rest of the beer, either. Having said that, I do pick up notes of apple, pear, bubblegum, and candi sugar. The finish is gently grassy, displaying a hoppy touch (which happens to be my favorite feature). Hinting to what I said earlier, this beer seems really out of balance, which is sad considering how light (dinky?) the general flavor is. It's one of those beers I don't like, yet I can't truly explain why. Basically, it's sorely lacking in cohesion, refinement, and finesse. (2.5)

Mouthfeel: It wants to be crisp and dry, though it really isn't. The gentle hoppiness and strong carbonation creates that illusion, but at the end of the day, it's heavy and downright syrupy. A hoppy BSDA, syrupy and bulky? What the hell, guys! (2.25)

Overall: Well...the intentions are good. It wants to be a crisp, light, hoppy golden ale with a Belgian twist. And yet, it isn't such a thing. Not at all. It feels heavy, but tastes light - that's pretty much the worst of both worlds. Come to think of it, this isn't the first time I've been letdown by The Bruery... (2.5)

2.64/5: Go be mischievous somewhere else

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Photo of Budinetz
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from a 750 ml bottle into a teku glass. Bottled on 3/11/14.

Pours a golden, straw color with a white frothy head that dissipates very slowly. Great lacing around the glass and nice head retention.

Smells of sweet malt and old hops.

Tastes of bitter hops and sweet malt. Tastes like the hops has deteriorated significantky due to oxidation and the beer bot being fresh. However he flavor is actually quite delectable as it is reminiscent of pear cider. Yes. Really.

Mouthfeel is quite prickly on the tongue due to the high carbonation but very apropeiate for the style.

Overall, a pretty awesome brew despite the fact that it's almost 9 Months old. I would get this again in a heartbeat. Especially if I can get it fresh.

Cheers!

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Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Smell of orange, sourness, spiced yeast and citrus.
Taste is sour orange, banana peels, hop, cloves and herbs. Crisp and fresh. High carbonation.
Short but fruity bitterness.
Very closed to a Belgian tripel. I'd even say it's an American tripel.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Got a 750mL bottle and drank it over the course of three days.

Appearance: Just slightly turbid gold with a long-lasting white head and plenty of lacing. It looks really pretty. More turbid on the second and third pours. There is a LOT of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Big time Belgian yeast. That spicy-banana-raw-peanut smell.

Taste: Belgian yeast still dominates. Some herbal spice. Moderate hop bitterness towards the end and a bit of ethanol peaking through, but less than I would expect at 8.5%. Tastes just as good on the second and third pours.

Mouthfeel: Thin and crisp.

Overall: A good balanced pale ale that puts the yeast on full display, without being overpowering.

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Photo of NSXAG
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

The Bruery - Mischief [Belgian-Style Ale | Golden & Hoppy] (750ml ---> Stemless wine glass : 8.5% ABV)

With every beer I plan to review, I open it roughly 10 minutes before pouring the first sampling of it... Many reasons for this; but my main purposes are to let it breathe, or aerate slightly, as well as giving it a moment to sit out and gain a few degrees in temperature... I wouldn't usually make note of this step, but when I opened this beer it popped louder than I've ever heard any beer pop in my existence, it was startling to say the least... Shortly after, a pointy cap of foam has since grown and fallen to the side resembling a "santa-hat" atop its' 750ml throne... It's a beautifully clear hazy beer, (if that makes sense) with far less carbonation present than it had me anticipating... Laughing to myself as I realize 20 minutes have passed and I've merely popped the cap - I grabbed the beer and "gently" poured it (via instructions on the label...) It poured light, dispensing a golden-yellow, but the head is so incredibly large I could hardly pour, what I consider to be, my rough "standard" amount!! It grew quickly to a rocky four inches and dissipated at a nice slow pace with a little spotty lacing left in it's wake... On the nose is a beautiful wheaty lemon aroma, with a very slight funk amongst some bread and oranges also... At first it tastes much like it smells and is extremely light on the palate... Midway through, more fruitiness arises in the form of possibly mango(?) as well as bananas(?) - regardless a mildly "tropical" element is presented... The finish is crisp and contains some more bread, leaving just a touch of bitterness from the hops... The mouthfeel is light at first, but the effervescence builds as it fills this beer out... Somewhat classic in style, it's an almost "chic" brew the way it's elements are fairly "delicate," even in the bitterness of the hops - not to take away from the beer's complexity, flavor or craftsmanship... An easy drinker, probably best enjoyed on a sunny day, this represents a well crafted Belgian that should be enjoy by many... Another good brew - Cheers!!

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Photo of Radome
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

A - Light gold color, clear but just a hint of milkiness. Huge, fluffy white head piles 3-4 inches high and then fades slowly. Sheets of lace on the glass.

S - Clean and fresh aromas. Crisp, grainy pilsner; earthy, spicy hops; strong honey note.

T - Spicy hops mix with spicy, grainy pilsner malt. Black pepper spice and lemon-like tartness. Medium to high hops bitterness. Saison-like Belgian yeast notes.

M - Medium to thick body. Strong alcohol presence. High carbonation gives a sharp carbonic bite. Dry finish with little aftertaste.

O - A crisp, clean beer with a mix of saison and Belgian golden ale characteristics. Surprisingly refreshing, given its high alcohol.

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Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Summer 2013. From 275 Fl oz bottle at Rattle N Hum, NYC. Well done brew. A pleasantly dry finish.

06/20/12 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Although it's "hoppy" according to the bottle's label, I find it more citrusy. Could be a great beer for a nice dinner. Complimentary yet substantial.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml poured into a 20 oz Firestone glass.Golden color with a 3 inch head.Very nice slight hoppy smell with a touch of grapefruit.Very mellow brew not overly harsh.I liked it.Nice kick to it at 8.5 ABV.Would have to say that it`s a good value at 8.99 a bottle compared to a lot of other Bruery products.I would get this again.Give it a try.

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Photo of scotorum
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought this bottle over a year ago. Aged it for 14 months.

a: Translucent orange with a huge white head which required several additional pours. The head receded fairly quickly to patchy surface foam and patchy to dense lacing.

s: Intense light fruit bordering on vinegary.

t: Similar to the nose at first. Near the edge of unpleasant for awhile but still drinkable. Improves a lot as it is consumed, with the vinegary aspect muted in favor of intense light fruit.

m: Medium, lots of carbonation tingle.

o: Starts out a near drain-pour but gets a lot better as it goes. Perhaps I should not have aged this.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a hazy honey gold color into my Chimay goblet. Big frothy white head with good retention and some lacing. Aromas is fairly strong, mostly lemon zest, malts with a little bitterness. and peppery spices.

Taste is more complex, malty, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, some light fruit and a little hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth with some pepper and hoppiness to add another dimension. Very good!!!!

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Photo of Tobes181
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a bright cloudy gold with a 1/2 inch think foamy white head, very appealing.

Smell - Citrus malty aroma with slight hop profile.

Taste - extremely smooth, malts and yeast upfront. Bitter on the end, with sweet carbonation finish. Orange and citrus linger. Orange overpowers.

Mouthfeel - Light - medium mouthfeel, dry on palate.

Overall - This is a great beer balanced perfectly. Very complex from start to finish.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strange mixture meets the nose as it holds a spicy peppercorn and clove along side a perfume, floral, flowery hop. To top that off there's a fruity pineapple scent along with honeysuckle. The flavor is light, peppery, spicy and yeasty with some bubblegum-like sweetness. The feel is dry and cidery.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale amber with a big foamy white head.

The smell is cloves and pepper. Sour fruits, apples and pears.

The taste is light malts, slightly sour, apples and pears.

The mouthfeel is high carbonation and light bodied.

Over a decent belgian pale ale, the flavours are very subdued but taste good. The carbonation is a bit too high. The abv is hidden very well.

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Photo of JulioH
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a memorable beer. Great taste, I could drink this all day.

Pours a nice pale yellow. Has a bit of a hoppy smell, and a yeasty smell. May have some brett. Taste is pure and clean. I could definitively taste the yeast, it is not a sweet beer, or a bitter beer. It is a pilsener, it is light, yet it does have a flavor to it. Great beer. Very strong.

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Photo of gabrielsyme
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle served in a tulip glass. This beer is a golden, hazy, color with medium-high carbonation and head. The aroma is light, slightly smelling of citrus and bread. The taste is of orange peel, a bit of tangerine sweetness and a very nice finish. There's definitely an abundance of characteristically Belgian yeast notes. The taste stays complex even after quite a few sips. I like this very much.

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Photo of lochef81
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my first encounter with The Bruery and it was definitely a good one. This offering pours a very clear golden hue with an abundance of white foamy head and handsome lacing. The nose is overwhelmed by noble hops, belgian yeast, lemon, pepper, and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is a little skewed by the overly generous amount of carbonation but that's expected from a bottle conditioned beer. The flavor follows the nose but not quite as balanced the hops poke through a little too much and the malt is lacking. There are additional notes of west coast style hops that I'm not sure elevate the beer or just make it a little more interesting. This is a very good beer and one that I'll enjoy coming back to again. Great west coast take on a European style.

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Photo of BingCrosby7
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

I had high hopes for this beer, as I heard this offering from The Bruery was supposed to be one of their best. I was very disappointed. At first, I thought I was hallucinating some of the smell and tastes, so I passed my glass around to three friends for peer review. Two of them agreed with me fully and one had reservations.

a - very bright yellow with a tint of lime green--very pretty
s - pepper, pickling agent/vinegar, wheat, piny hop, and cured meat
t - very similar to the smell, though less hoppy than peppery and acidic
m - perfectly carbonated--this was definitely the saving grace of this beer
o - i was not too impressed with this beer, aside from the perfect level of carbonation. There was a definite funk to my glass. I don't know if that was just a bad pour or if this is the true expression of the beer. Either way, I wasn't a huge fan.

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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 tbeckett
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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Mischief from The Bruery
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