Mischief Gone Wild | The Bruery

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Mischief Gone WildMischief Gone Wild

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by t0rin0 on 03-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of n2185
4.53/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden-yellow with four fingers of white head. Even after half an hour, there is still a dense white cap with a solid sheet of lacing--beautiful.

S: Some spicy Belgian yeast notes at first followed by light aromas of bubblegum and candy sugar. Some light fruit and citrus notes follow along with a subtle musty funk and lightly tart aroma from the Brett.

T: Similar to the aroma, some spicy yeast flavors and sweet candy sugar at first. Light citrus flavors follow along with a slight bitterness and a distinctive musky flavor from the Brett that blends well for a dry, somewhat bitter finish.

M: Medium-light body with high carbonation, this beer is nicely attenuated with a carbonation bite that works well with the light bitterness and Brett funk.

O: I'm quite impressed with this beer. The Brett makes it unique and blends really well with the other flavors of the beer rather than making it odd for the sake of being odd.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Clear, golden yellow with a big white foaming head that lasts and lasts, though there isn't much lacing left.

Belgian, tart, somewhat musty, yeast plays the largest role in this beer's aroma along with a huge amount of citrus hops and bready malt. A full and simple aroma, though done exceptionally well. It's perhaps a tad more funky and hay-like than the typical Mischief, but still remarkably similar.

The flavor follows the nose nearly identically: the wild yeast, strong citrus and floral hops are the dominant flavors, along with bready malts. Incredibly well balanced; this beer is not overly bitter, overly hoppy, or overly yeasty, just a terrific, simple, balanced, effortlessly enjoyable beer.

Medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation (meaning: a lot).

A near flawless (wild) BSPA.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of wheat as well as some oranges, lemons, alcohol and graham crackers. Very interesting and very nice.

The flavor is just as good. I get a lot of brett and leather notes as well as some lemons, wheat, bread and orange citrus notes. The dryness from the brett and the juiciness from the citrus fruit meld very well together.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear golden-yellow color with a big finger of frothy white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some thick lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of some funk and brett, Belgian yeast, citrus hops, some floral smells, and a bit of spice.

T - Starts off with some funkiness, Brett, and Belgian yeast with some citrus hops and lemon peel. Through the middle, some spices come through with some floral hops and just a hint of bitterness. The finish is a mix of funky Brett, citrus hop, lemon peel, spice, and a bit of tartness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart and lightly dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. The Brett adds a nice dimension to the base beer and does not take oer too much. The tartness is really nice.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really don't know why this is getting only a C+ at the moment. This beer is pretty tasty.

Poured into my Bruery Snifter. Pours a nice golden color with a head that formed a little too easy. Seems over carbed. It really foamed up but it settled down to a nice size head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is funky bret for sure. Nice hop aroma too. Little bit of Belgian maltiness. Smells great.

Taste is great. It's got a little bit of Bret funk but not as much as some other bret beers. It's nice and hoppy like regular Mischief and a nice maltiness. I like this version better than regular Mischief.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry. Not too carbed in the mouth as it looked coming out of the bottle.

Overall it's a great beer that deserves alot better than a C+. C+ on BA means a beer I don't even want to look at on the shelf. This beer is at least a B+ overall but for me it's pretty damn good.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pitasoup for broadening my horizons!

Pours a nice, hazy golden color, with a monstrous white head...fluffy, pillowy, and it won't go away. Seriously, it's sticking to the glass in huge chunks! The nose has a light Bretty note, slightly funky, with some hay. It's also nicely hoppy with bits of pine and citrus. The taste is funky, but it's light. Floral and citrus hops, slight tartness. Feels light...real light. Fairly crisp, but has a slick and creamy texture to it.

For someone like me, who is pretty much a noob at Brett/Sour beers, this was pretty great because it was relatively tame, equally hoppy as it was funky, and very easy drinking. I can definitely see this as being a completely lackluster experience for a seasoned sour fan though.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle.

A: Pours a hazy yellowish orange with a huge rocky white head which leaves a meringue-like lacing.

S: Horse blanket funky (how could anyone not like this?) yeast, herbal and floral, spicy, with mild citrus notes.

T: Slightly sour, biscuity yeast, lemon, and pepper.

M: Dry, tangy, slightly sour funk.

O: Really like this. The brett really shines through. Excited to see how this one cellars.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with...GOOD LORD! Huge white head that doesn't appear to be going anywhere soon. I poured this one fairly gentle too. Scent is nice Brett with a hint of mustiness. Some Belgian yeast and lovely spicy notes. Nice funk to it. Scent sorta reminds me of fresh Orval. Taste is not as similar however. Initially quite hoppy with typical Belgian yeast characteristics. There is distinct Brett flavor blended nicely with the spiciness you would expect from a well crafted saison. Finishes with some bready notes and slight hop bitterness with some tart funk. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp finish. Drinkability is high. Overall, I love the original Mischief...and this version is awesome too. I love the Bruery using wild yeast in more and more of their beers.

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Photo of jsanford
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip.

A - Pours a clear gold with a fluffy 2-inch head that never fully dissipates and leaves some soapy lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Sweet aromas of candi sugar, lemon peel, Belgian yeast, coriander, bready malt, and funky Brett.
T - More initial sweet flavors of candi sugar and bready malt, followed by some crisp lemon and orange peel, finishing with earthy, bitter Brett. Crisp is definitely the operative word for this beer, makes for a wonderfully complex Summer brew!
M - Again, very crisp, with a medium body and sharp carbonation. Finish is pretty dry, again I'd attribute this to the Brett.
O - A very drinkable Summer sipper, and a nice take on an already fantastic beer.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this one with the Columbia crew on the bus this weekend! Served from bottle into a Brewvival sampler imperial pint. Poured golden yellow with a three finger pure white head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, banana, and slight funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, banana, and funk on the followthrough. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The Brett really wasn't too pronounced in this one as I would have hoped. However, I could see this getting better with time. As said by another reviewer, I like this one better than Mischief as the funk aspect really ties everything together. Glad I got to share this with an awesome group of people during an awesome trip to Charleston!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a mikkellar flute,

amber with a nice amount of hazziness to it. An enormous head of white foam lifted up to a height of around three inches before settling down to a full inch of white and sticky foam that clung to the glass the rest of the session, nice carbonation streaking up from the inside.

The aroma was very solid. Nice light fruit notes, with a very well hidden Brett profile. Light grains and a touch of a fresh grass like hoppiness sneaking in as it warmed up. Light and delicate flavor with a crispness that was very nice. Clean with little in the way of funk showing up here. Light grains and some peach and pear/apple notes that were followed up nicely with the slightest amount of sour flavor, nice dry finish.

I think it needs some more time but is still quite nice

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle that I received thanks to Andrew. Thank you, man!

A light yellow orange with a dense, frothy off-white head, about 2 fingers thick, further capped by a thin, creamy layer. The nose is refreshing on this summer evening. Light, spicy, delicate and fruity with a blend of citrus, grass, clove and white pepper. I guess I lucked out, there's both hop and Brett here. The Brett is heavy on the clove and moderate on the leather, and it works with the citrus, keeping this bright and refreshing. Moderately herbal, there's a touch of a bay leaf and lemongrass as well.

The palate opens crisply carbonated with a sharp, citrus bitterness, mildly resiny, along with a medium-light grainy sweetness that's moderately bready. Not much of a sugary sweetness, though a little alcohol is perceptible on the finish. Moderately spicy with a blend of clove and white pepper on the mid-palate, the Brett influence isn't as noticeable. Drying and mildly alcoholic on the finish, this beer is on the lighter end of the spectrum and crisply carbonated but still creamy with just a touch of citrus resin on the finish. Quite excellent IMO.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, a lot of carbonation in this one. Pours with a huge, clinging, lasting white head. The body is a slightly hazy gold, more turbid toward the end of the bottle.

Interesting and very layered aroma. Aroma hops are still present, citrusy and herbal, but there's plenty of peppery spice from the yeast, pear, lemon and a moderate funk from the brett. A little leathery and earthy, with a dry malt backbone.

A very yeasty palate. Plenty of leathery barnyard funk, along with peppery phenols and citrusy/lemony hops. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but not harsh. Pretty dry, the brett has really eaten up all the residual sugars here, though there's still some heft to the body. Finishes moderately bitter, herbal and a bit earthy/funky.

Pleasantly surprised by this one. Heard it wasn't too great to begin with, but the brett appears to have come out more with age and turned it into something very enjoyable.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4



A: Hazy gold with a three finger soapy white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: Grassy and herbal with a bit of lemon. Nice hop profile with restrained breadiness. Faint leather.

T: Lemon with grassy and herbal notes accompanied by a moderate bitterness. Malt is restrained and bready. A little leather in the finish.

M: Upper light body with very high carbonation that really needs to be swirled out. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp.

Overall: Refreshing and damn drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Par of the epic tasting at jackie o's with brad and crew

A-very hazy yellow, almost pee yellow with a lacy head
S-very faint sweet, tart smell
T-alot li,e it smells. Nice lemony yeast taste
m-light bodied and very smooth
O-decent brew and glad I got to try it

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle generously shared by jale at a small tasting at Jackie O's (thanks Jim!). I love the standard Mischief, very interested to try the wild version.

This poured a clear deep golden color, 3 fingers of foam. Only the lightest hints of bret in the aroma, really this doesn't smell all that different from the base beer. Some light funk comes through in taste though, along with the esters and sweetness that defines the standard version.

Excellent beer, I might prefer a little more funky character but still very good.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant yellow, massive tiny bubbled 1"+ pristine white head, such an amazing appearance especially for a bretted beer. Aroma depends on the age of the bottle, these took some time to really brett up, not barnyard-y at any point, just more earthy, humid, hay kind of situation, outdoors.

Taste had a minor earth tart again, very mild, alcohol hidden amazingly well underneath the lightly toasted pale and maybe vienna malts. Very dry finish, moreso than the base beer. No spice rack. Some yeasty phenols, but tame along with the hopping and brett notes.

Can't wait to drink my last one this summer.

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Photo of pitasoup
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours clear yellow, slightly golden, tons of billowing white head that is very slow to subside, significant lacing.

S: lemons, citrus, wheat, faint floral notes, dandelion, grass, hints of pine and juniper. brett is present but not overwhelming, other delicate notes are more interesting.

T: belgian yeasts, lemon, citrus, wheat, a little bit of brett and a nice clean hoppiness, saaz and stryian perhaps.

M: medium-light to medium body. slightly minerally and chalky but that disappears quickly. slightly metallic on the finish but otherwise very clean drinking. a bit warm after a few sips, abv shows up.

O: Has improved greatly since the release. six months has treated this well, hops have faded and the brett has added fantastic floral smells. I wish I had another bottle to save for a year or two down the line.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a golden blonde with massive frothy white head. slow to dissipate and with iceberg chunks for retention.

very tropical and citrus fruit dominating. funky yeast and wheat.

bitter and fruity with a slightly funky backing. loads of hops through out this. picked up flavors of orange and tangerine.

tingle on the tongue and mild in the mouth.

overall, this is delicious! so easy to drink.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really cool bright yellow appearance, big frothy tiny bubbled white head. Really, the perfect bpa appearance in my book. Aroma was largely muted, didn't get much brett funk sour aroma going, didn't pull out much in the way of hops, or even Belgian yeast. Mild citrus accompaniment.

Taste, mildly sour, less funky. Hid the alcohol amazingly well. Spritzy carbonation melded with the light bubblegummy yeast flavor that imparted no clove flavor. Decent hopping for a Belgo.

Mouthfeel stays dry and alcohol free. A relatively complex beer that doesn't hit you over the head with any particular component. Went great around the pool on a 84 degree day. Almost somewhere between a saison and a belgian pale. For those who want it more tart, stir in the yeast from the bottom, my last glass of this was far more pungent than the rest of the bottle.

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Photo of Anaz
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color, if a bit hazy, with a massive, moussey head that dissolves into faint sticky lacing

S- Surprisingly subtle aroma. Tart, spicy funk, with floral undertones.

T- Faint honey malt sweetness, floral and spicy hop flavors are very much in the front. Slightly tart, earthy funk from the brett, with alcohol spiciness, and a bit of a burn. A bit hot, but not too much. Nicely complex.

M- Highly carbonated as you would expect, full mouthfeel, but still fairly dry finish.

O- I like this a lot, the use of Brett complements an already great beer.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice pale straw golden color with some slight orange hints abound. Quite hazy. There is a nice billowing dense white head with some creaminess to it. The retention is quite nice. It last forever and the head is pretty sticky.

Juicy notes up front with some vinous notes and some nice pear and apple. Very citrusy and tropical as well. Orange and slight grapefruit notes as well as a very nice herbal and grassy hop notes. There is definitely some barnyard funk in there on the back end. Nice malty grain notes as well. There is some nice hops to this beer.

Taste is nice and hoppy with nice grassy and herbal notes. Slightly funky and Bretty. Some awesome juicy notes as well some orange and pear/apple. The hops give it a nice citrus note. Very yummy and easy to drink with a nice crisp dry finish. There is a slight piney resinous finish to the beer as well as some nice dry bitterness. As the beer warms the hoppy notes really begin to shine some more with nice citrusy notes shinning through.

Good offering from The Bruery which is one of my favorite breweries out there. Nice and hoppy with some nice funk in there and some nice crisp carbonation.

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Dyan for the opportunity to try this beer. I'm a big fan of the regular mischief, and so could not wait to try this.

The beer pours a striking dark gold color with long lasting, extremely active head and good retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, but is not as complex as I was hoping for. Still, I get some nice honey, vanilla, light ginger and underlying spice. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this enjoyable beer, though I get a hint of light sour as well. The beer is no more than moderately sweet, with some hoppy bitterness to counter and dry out the sweetness. Mouthfeel is on the lean side, though there's plenty of flavor in this easy to appreciate beer. Alcohol is very well disguised... I would have guessed something in the 5% or 6% range, rather than the 8.5% listed on the label.

A nice beer, but really not all that different from the regular mischief. Also, the differences don't seem to really enhance the flavor profile, and I get at most some minimal sour funk from any brett that may have infected this beer. Was glad to be able to try it (this is an enjoyable beer), but can't see any reason to seek this one out.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 07/07/11 notes. Brought this one to a small get together at Thorpes. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Fantome tulip.

a - Pours a hazy straw yellow color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Leaves some spotty lacing on the glass, looks pretty good.

s - Smells of brett, Belgian style yeast, light fruit, light citrus and lemon, earthy notes, and bready notes. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of Belgian style yeast, bready malts, light sugar and sweet fruits, citrus/lemon, bananas, and brett. Some earthy notes again as well. Not as much brett as I was hoping for, but good.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Very easy to drink.

o - Interesting reading recent reviews as they don't look favorable, but I liked this one. Some definite brett in the nose, and pretty easy to drink. Would have it again.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- I let the beer warm out of the fridge for 15 minutes or so, and it was 99% foam after a gentle pour. The foam quickly transformed into beer though, with a half-finger cap that stuck around for awhile, leaving patches of lacing behind. Golden color with some orange hues. First pour is clear, and it gets cloudy after that.

N- Wheaty malt and sweet grain with cracker-like notes. Juicy tropical fruits, melon, soft citrus, and a touch of honey. Just a hint of funk and ephemeral wisps of peppery alcohol.

T- Clean, honey-kissed malt backbone with tons of juicy citrus, light tropical fruit, and a mild herbal hoppy bitterness. Full of tannins. Not harsh in any way, it just makes your tongue feel like a desert that soaks up rain without getting wet. There's a light tart quality, some woodiness, and moderate spice as well. The funkiness is very minimal, but it does add a subtle layer of complexity.

M- Oddly thick (from tannins?), on the full side of medium-bodied, chalky, with fizzy carbonation and a dry astringent (not harsh) finish. The beer tastes best if you give it a hard pour to drive out some of the carbonation.

O- Overall, a really interesting beer. Thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking. You can definitely tell it's from the Bruery, which is a compliment.

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