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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by t0rin0 on 03-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
2.59/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my Darkness snifter.

A very nice golden color. Giant, mountainous off white head. Probably need to get the tape measure out to judge this one. Lots of sour, tart and funky spice like notes. This beer is very carbonated. Based on the amount of head, one could figure that. There is some slight fruit tones in my mouth somewhere but they get pushed aside. This beer tastes pretty damn medicinal to me and finishes very dry. This beer was flat out gross. No idea why they would let this leave the brewery.

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Photo of cosmicevan
2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Dusted off the old bottle from the corner of my cellar, popped it and filled my bruery luau glass from 2013.

A - brew pours a crisp, transparent yellow with a creamy cap of a zillion little bubbles holding hands. Lots of visible carbonation raced to the surface of the brew.

s - nose is not very bretty or belgian paley for that matter. Big burst of melon tartness. More sweet than sharp. Alcohol phenols.

t/m/o - a bit of a mess. Boozy melon crossed with tangy zesty fruit. It isn't awful but this isnt the kind of beer you want a 750 of to the dome and that is my situation so I can assure you I won't be finishing it. A bit syrupy, super rich in flavors but the booziness kind of kills it for me. Brett is not funky. Pretty meh offering and it seems like time didn't help this out much.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
3.02/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2011 Vintage
Poured into a Duvel snifter

Appearance: (3.75)
Pours a slightly muted and hazy yellowish orange with a massive, meringue like white head. The head has great retention and leaves plenty of web like lacing as it recedes.

Aroma: (2.75)
Quite the muted aroma, despite being bottled conditioned with Brettanomyces for 2 years; slightly tart pear, pineapple, lightly cheesy hops and wet card board. There is some ever-so-faint mustiness tucked beneath the hops and light malt, but it is really hard to tell if that is Brettanomyces or just more signs of extreme oxidation.

Taste: (3)
Lightly citrus-y hops land on your palate first before becoming easily over powered by cheesiness and wet cardboard. Some faint banana, pear and spicy clove esters from the Belgian yeast help distract from the overwhelming signs of oxidation. The beer finishes slightly tart and dry with the lightly bready malt backbone coating your tongue. lingering notes of pineapple, tangy citrus, cheese and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: (3.5)
Despite being 8.5%, the body is quite light with fine, prickly carbonation.

Overall: (3)
This is the Bruery's Golden Strong Ale, Mischief, but bottled with Brettanomyces. I was super excited to try this beer because I love a robust, fully mature Brettanomyces character. Unfortunately, I found hardly any of that character in this beer. The rustic, pineapple-y funky goodness that I normally associate with some aged Brett strains is hardly even present. Very disappointed.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.07/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle - courtesy of smarcoly - split between the girlfriend and I, served into two snifter glasses.

A: Even the gentlest of pours, as to not rouse the yeast bed at the bottom, produces an absolutely enormous and obnoxious billowy white, foamy head. The body is a cloudy golden honey with a constant stream of carbonation bubbles. Subsequent pours produce the same results - a bit annoying.

S: Brett funky notes are immediately evident up-front. Some ripe banana and white pepper come through and finishes with a certain barnyard hay-like quality. Not too bad, but nothing special here.

T: Carbonation is a major set back here - it's WAY too carbonated. Funky dry notes coat and soak up any moisture on the palate. This odd, soured twist on a relatively grain-centric profile is different. Initial grassy hops recede throughout the beer, losing a much needed dimension to flavor profile. A slight burn of alcohol heat is present after swallow in the chest, something worth mentioning.

Overall, this is a very weak profile and one that should definitely NOT be considered an American Wild Ale. This is basically a Belgian Pale Ale with funk, gone wrong. It's strange, odd and off. This definitely is not an A worthy beer, but to each his own. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it out! Good to try once and never again.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was pulled out of a box that was sent to me, as a total surprise, by neorunner. Huge thanks Nate!

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

It looks like they used Jolly Pumpkin's strain of Brett for this beer. The head is pretty much uncontrollable, even in this Duvel glass. It stands up above the rim and slowly recedes to a manageable height. There's still a huge, rocky pillow in the middle, surrounded with lace and froth. The beer is a pretty hazy, pale yellow.

If I remember correctly, I really liked Mischief and thought that it smelled great. This one also smells really nice. I was afraid that it was going to be a big, nasty brett bomb and that the beer would just be ruined. Not so, thus far. The aroma is very juicy and fruity. Peach, pear and apple run the show. A dry bretty funk pairs up with a clovey Belgian yeast.

Ok, here's where the brettanomyces starts to muck things up. I can't wait until brewers realize that dumping brett into a beer is only a good thing a small fraction of the time. I enjoy the taste of this beer until the finish or from mid-palate back. The goodness of the actual beer is there, but its held back by musty brett. This beer is also quite bitter at the finish, which is something that any good Belgian Strong Pale should not have. The hops do give this beer a nice peach and pear fruitiness, but the yeasts are too overbearing.

Just like most heavily bretted beers, this one's carbonation is out of control. The finish is nice and dry though. Alcohol is highly perceivable, especially for the ABV. It can be picked up in the taste, but only just. Instead, the beer just *feels* very alcoholic.

This one starts out nicely, but things really do go wild. Worth a try, I suppose. I'm certainly really happy to have gotten it. I think fans of brettanomyces will really enjoy this one.

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Photo of IKR
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Golden yellow color. Thick white head that occurred even with a careful pour. The head was persistent. Way to go.

Smell: Light Belgian funk. Slight bready aroma with some faint grapefruit aromas (hops perhaps). Smells like the standard Mischief.

Taste: Citrus fruits with the hops coming through fairly strong. I can't get any taste influence via the Brett addition. I'm sensitive to hops so I'm wondering if the hop presence is muting any Brett presence for me.

Mouth-feel: Medium body with a spritz-y carbonation.

Overall: Call this a Belgian Strong Pale Ale like the standard Mischief and my ratings would go up quite a bit (I like Mischief and have gotten multiple growler fills in the past). But it's labeled a Wild Ale so I'm anticipating a sour or funky ale which I don't get with this one. I loved the Wild 57 that was served at the RS Initiation Party and was hoping this would be along the same vein. I really would like to get some standard Mischief and compare it with this one.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I popped this last night, one of four bottles from my RS allocation, though they are also on the shelves at the Provisions store, not sure on distribution or bottle count though, anyhow, on to the review.

A: Golden yellow, light oak amber hue, clear. Generous 3 inch head! Took a while to settle too, leaving tons of lace.

S: Mild Herbal hops, very light funk (much less than I was expecting) slight sweet malt in the background.

T: Pretty much the same as nose, light citrus hop notes, a bit of a light bread or wheat note in the middle, mild hints of sweet malt in the middle. Funky notes are very mild to me, a bit disapointing to be honest from what I was expecting.

M: Meduim body and mouthfeel, but high carbonation, like champagne.

O: Not that much of a difference from the regular Mischief to me, and I'm a bit underwhelmed frankly. Good, but not great. (I love so much from the Bruery, so my expectations are generally pretty high for them) Maybe the wild ale funk will get much stronger with some time, but it says to drink fresh on the bottle, so probably not. I'm starting to get a better palate for wild ales, or beers with that funky flavor profile, and for me, I can honestly say it is not funky enough for me, though as was pointed out to me, it was only innoculated, not 100% fermented with Brett (also no lacto or pedio)

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Scalene for this one. By way of light whale BIF 2. Poured from a 750ml capped bottle into Lost Abbey stemware.

A: Standard pour yields a massive 4 finger frothy white head with great retention. Beer is a clear bright goldenrod. Lacing is thick and patchy with good stick. Appropriate for the style but the head is almost too much.

S: Nose is citrus, lemon, and big Brett notes as well as Belgian yeast and a sweet, subtle biscuitiness. Aromatic and even a bit soapy at times. Not like your typical BSPA but appetizing nonetheless.

T: Opens lemon rind, citrus fruit, pineapple, and a strong Brett funk undertone. Middle is cobwebs and a strange soapiness mixed with coriander and a typical spicy Belgian yeast taste. This beer acts like it wants to be a Saison. End is a floral and herbal bitterness mixed with more citrus fruit sweetness. Finish is citrus. Aftertaste is a slightly bitter yeastiness mixed with more citrus fruitiness. Decent, but strange.

M: Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Lively in the mouth but silky and warm with some rough edges going down. Finish is messy with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Not as crisp as I would like but not bad.

O: I haven't had the regular Mischief but if this beer is any indication, it has potential. Very strange and completely unlike your average BSPA but enjoyable and refreshing. Still though, a largely middle-of-the-road beer that no one is going to downright hate, but at the same time, won't blow your socks off.

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Photo of Cavery
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle shared on July 18th with Klym and SundaySour. Purchased at the provisions that week.

Lost Abbey Tulip

A: Cloudy orange body with a creamy sea foam 3 finger head. A consistent fogginess within the rustic orange colors, and fairly strong retention with streaks of scrambled egg markings. This beer has a very creamsicle-like appearance between the foams and body color.

S: Slightly salty rustic breads up front. Some orange infused french bread crusts give a sweeter bread note. Sweet alcohols lend notes to tangelos and tangerines. Triple sec definitely comes to mind with repeat visits to the nose.

T: Orange tinged sourdough with mostly sweet brioche malts. A bittering hop note that really feigns citrus. The seasoning definitely is coriander on top of orange rinds -- orange on orange onslaught. However, every single note comes off much too mild. I really have to dig in here.

M: Mouth is actually solid with a medium fullness. Delicate sizzles on the tongue without interruptions to the delicate flavor. Light carbonation on a cooling silky feel. Lots of fine fur sensations on the tongue that elevates this beer a bit for me.

O: This is really just mischief gone mild. I think this might be one to sit on for a bit, as I think the carbonation would hold up. However, the bugs just came off much too tame in the current state. I'd consider grabbing one to store, but fresh it's very meh. Lots of orange flavor that's just pretty "been there done that"-- not the type of beer I've come to expect from the bruery, but in time this might just be a surprise.

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Photo of roodie
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Bruery tulip

A: pours a clear sparkling gold with copious white foamy head. Lots of lacing

S: grassy with a citrusy peppery hop backbone. Very pleasant

T: mostly just grassy with a bit of peppery spice. Not much citrus

M: grass and slickness linger. Very smooth crisp mouthfeel and a bit dry like a white wine

O: a good brew, perfect for a hot day. Should compare it to Mischief to understand the difference Brett makes.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Epic Bruery sour/wild tasting, 3/4/2012

Lots of carbonation, nice head formed. Lots of classic Belgian esters in the nose. Taste is earthy and malty with spicy hop accents. High carbonation. Not terrible wild, but you can definitely pick out a bit of brett in the earthy aspects.

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Photo of birchstick
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a clear yellow color without much of a head

S - smells of herbs (like the marijuana of the Andes used to cook ginue pigs) with a weird funk to it

T - starts of with minty wheat and some lemon and citrus tones intertwined. The funk from the nose makes itself present on the backend. Interesting flavor profile.

M - medium bodied and goes down rather smoothly

D - this a decent one. Based on the nose I was expecting more funk on the palate, but that's not to say it wasn't present. Worth a shot.

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Photo of maximum12
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to mrbubbler for dropping this into a recent trade, & bringing a lot of California's best into my fridge.

Poured into two snifters, & the big glasses can barely contain the beer & huge risers of foam that result; an ounce or two is left in the bomber to avoid yeast overload. A light, hazy yellow beer results. Smell is like a cool Cali breeze with a little wild, nice citrus tang, upland grasslands. Nice.

Mischief Gone Wild would be a good beer for 101 degree heat - unfortunately, it's only 78 right now. Belgian yeast thrusts itself into the limelight, strong enough to be distracting, even with the bottom-coating left in the bottle. Good twinge of bitter citrusy hops, spices, & gentle mid-notes of brett. But the check mate is still that heavy-hand of spicy yeast that dominates the other, pleasant characteristics for no apparent reason. I'd ask the same question if I saw Heidi Klum decked out in plate armor head-to-toe: dear God, why? WHY?

This could have been a killer warm-weather beer, but the yeast is racing out of control, & it dents the drinkability, mouthfeel, & taste to varying degrees. Good beer, but I'm left to contemplate how it might have been better.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an overflowing massively white head. Such a strong head that I actually overflowed on the second pour, not the first.

Aroma of slightly bretty and very sweet noble hop belgian strong ale. Pilsner malts.

Taste is slightly underwhelming. I know from experience that overhopping a wild ale will greatly diminish the strength of brett. This is what I suspect happened in this episode although it tastes very nice, refreshing and extremely drinkable. I would compare it to a Saison Like BSPA. It has hints of brett, but most of the Brett presence is in the aroma. Hops and belgian candy sugar flavors dominate in the base of the beer.

Overall pretty good stuff. Definitely a great beer for summer!

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Photo of mothman
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a white head. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Floral and earthy hops. Some brett and funk. Dry spices. Some fruit notes. Pretty clean.

Taste: Brett funk up front followed by herbal and floral flavors. Fruity citrus with some spices. Yeasty and some Belgian flavors.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and funky. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, an easy drinking golden ale, as it should be. The brett adds a nice layer. Good stuff. Nothing crazy, but solid.

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Photo of GrandCruDrew
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle on 4/23/11

A- A dark golden, orange-y, hazy with a 3 finger head that was thick and pillow-y. like thick clouds that had great lacing.

S- A little hoppy, belgian yeast, floral. Dry and zesty.

T- Dry, sharp, floral hops, a little light on the body. the finish is a little light and short. A little tart and funk, hops come through more as it warms. Pleasant, but would prefer Lucerniega or ES Bam.

M- Sharp and lively. A little to short on the finish.

Overall- Good, not great. I do enjoy the beer, I wouldn't seek it out again. It falls a little short of my expectations. It would be better with fod, ha!

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Photo of Sideswipe
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

The beer pours a deep, hazy golden color. Dense white foam climbs rapidly up the glass and overflows onto the counter. The head recedes a bit, but looks like the majority of it will stick around for a while. Aroma of Belgian yeast. Brett is largely absent from the nose. Tastes of pale malt, Belgian yeast and mild hops. Slight Brett presence lurks in the background, but adds little in the way of sourness. Feel is medium with a prickly level of carbonation. Like almost all of the Bruery beers ABV is well masked. This brew is easy drinking and pretty tasty. Although I don't think I like it more than the base beer by itself.

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Photo of mltobin
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle share.

Appearance is golden tone with some cloudiness and a hefty head. The smell has yeast, pineapple, pepper and other spices, not too much funk. Its` taste has oranges, more pineapple, some brett, alcohol. Mouth finishes fairly dry, but crisp. All in all, a pretty good beer; however I prefer the regular Mischief.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge pssst reveals a burnt yellow beer with a monstrous cloudy head.

Smells like an enigma, at first I thought it was a wit, then a belgian. Lemon lime, apple.

Tiny spike of brett mixed with some muted lemon notes.

Dry, light.

Good beer, thought I'd like the brett to take over - we'll see what happens...

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Photo of xnicknj
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks to gcphilli

Pours a clear golden color with a humongous white head that threatens to overflow onto the counter. Clumpy lacing on the glass with ridiculous retention - it takes forever before you can actually drink the beer.

Funky and yeasty in the nose with hints of fruit. Floral hops and citrus peel with softer tones of spice. Slight hint of warmth.

Soft floral hoppiness up front with hints of orange peel. Tropical notes with pineapple and sweet fruit. Funky yeast with faint tart tones which lingers on the tongue. Mild malt backbone with some biscuit tones and honey sweetness. Finishes with some lingering funk, warmth, and bitterness.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, somewhat creamy and smooth on the tongue. Pretty drinkable and tasty beer, although I think I might prefer the regular version.

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Photo of bashiba
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured cloudy orange with a giant bruery style white pillowy head that lingers for ever and sticks to the glass.

Has a light sour smell along with some nice light west coast hop notes and a bit of a coppery quality.

The flavor is quite different a very classic style belgian pale in flavors. Its lacking any brett sourness that I would expect, its more dominated by some nice spicy yeast notes and a big grapefruity hop flavor. Hops are very fresh tasting for a beer that is retired.

The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with a long dry finish.

Very nice Belgian Pale, could have used more brett, or maybe more time.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes. Consumed about a month ago. Picked up at the Bruery Provisions (I miss California!).

Appearance – Pours into a SA Perfect Pint with a hazy golden, straw colored yellow. About a finger of white head is achieved.

Smell – Lots of spices such as clove and coriander, floral hops, a hint of fruitiness (slight lemon and orange peel), and just a hint of brett. Not as much as I was hoping for.

Taste – Ehh…I saw this beer at the Provisions and was hoping it was going to be a funk bomb. Honestly, it tasted like normal Mischief, yet worse? There was a hint of brett at the beginning, but it faded to the more spicy and floral notes which did not mix that well. Belgian yeast (which to be honest I don’t particularly enjoy) at the end.

Mouthfeel – Lighter bodied, crisp, decent carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – Disappointed in this beer. Had higher hopes for it but it failed to deliver. I have one more of these and hope in time it may get better? We shall see.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour for New Brew Thursday's 3rd Anniversary event held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruits, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but I am not getting any sort of wild aromas and flavors.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy golden color with a huge head that rises in the glass for a long time after the pour.

S: Brett, wet horse blanket, white grapes and a slight hint of vinegar.

T: Chalky pale malt, a drawn out earthy hop flavor and a biscuity malt finish. Glad I got to try this one, but I wouldn't say it's one of my favorites from The Bruery.

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Photo of mrbubbler
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- cloudy yellow
S- just like regular mischief with a little less hop aroma
T-lemony, Belgian yeast notes, like regular mischief?
m-light body, crisp carbonation

Overall i was very disappointed with this one. Smell was pretty much spot on for regular mischief. Taste was very close to regular mischief but seemed a tad bit less hoppy. Where is the wild? I was expecting some brett...

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Mischief Gone Wild from The Bruery
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