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 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 brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Even a soft pour produces a massive head, with clumps of foam sticking to the tulip; the liquid was golden and hazy

Smell: Delivers a shortbread malt character, a perfumed sweetness, some lemony hops and just a hint of cheesy funk

Taste: Lemony hops, stone fruit and funky phenols, up front, with the malt detected on the nose taking a back seat through mid-palate; white pepper and coriander drive into the profile, after the swallow, with a moderate funky character lingering into the rather dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a flabbier than expected level of carbonation; slight warmth in the gullet

Overall: Interesting, but the flavors dance together in an awkward fashion, marking this as one the Bruery's less successful one-offs

Thanks, Madirish76, for the opportunity

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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 Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of RS membership. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a mostly-clear apricot color with a huge fluffy white head and quite a bit of lacing. Great retention. The nose brings forward some nice stone fruits and a bit of straw. Also there is a good amount of earthy funk. Very nice. Flavor adds in a bit of alcohol, but otherwise nice funk. Light body and very dry. Slight booze. Overall, I am very pleasantly surprised by this one.

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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 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 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 womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a cloudy golden color with a rather large white head. Intensely floral on the nose and still decently hoppy. A lot of Brett and yeast with a moderate funkiness to it. Just a hint of fruit and a fair amount of bready malt. The flavor is quite bready with the same floral character, maybe a bit on the sweet side. Lightly fruity with a heavy dose of musty, funky, Brett flavor.

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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 johnnnniee
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a huge bone white head that persists forever and leaves much stickage on the way down. Smells of bready pilsner malt with a fair amount of tart and sweet pomme fruit. Sweet honey like malt aroma are countered quite lovingly with light tart and funk. The flavor is sweet and malty up front with a fair amount of tart and sweet fruit offset by a solid hit of spice and peeper along with a hint of funk. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet tart bubbly fruited mouthfeel. This one is interesting, but it wasn't my favorite offering from the Bruery.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a Bruery tulip because I can. Beer is yellow with a mild haze, a big head, heavy carbonation, a little lacing, looks good.

Aroma is mildly sweet and lactic, smells fine.

Beer is thin on the palate, burns with carbonation, finishes a little dry, overall a decent beer but way way way way way overcarbonated. The head on this thing is out of control, whenever I return to it it seems like there is even more. Oh well, it was good enough to drink 750 mls of it and I'll likely drink more.

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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 Gobzilla
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a bright orange in color with pale yellow highlights and a nice 2 finger fluffy head leaving plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: like the original version the hops were pretty dominate in the aroma with some spice, honey, sweet maltiness, but not really any funky bretty character.

T: didn't really get any funky bretty character like the nose but the citrusy piney hops came through for sure with a good malty base and sweet honey spice accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation had a sweet, citrusy, hoppy, spice, and very subtle funky prickly finish.

D: it drank very well like the base version but to me was not really wild whatsoever; oh well.

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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 Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled August 2011
A soft pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass produces a glass filling four-finger thick, pale tanned, off-white colored head; the head slowly subsides with a textured, rocky surface and lots of dense lacing that clings to the sides of my glass. The beer is a pale amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich gold hue when held up to the light. The nose smells nice an hoppy with lots of tropical fruit and citrus note; lychee, super ripe / floral tangelo zest, orange blossom notes, sweet Meyer lemon. There is also a solid, cracker like malt character with a touch of dried hay like graininess to it in the finish; it rivals the up front hops if you stick with the nose for a bit. I actually don’t get much sense of the Brettanomyces here in the nose at first, but there is a touch of pineapple that might be from this and there is a touch of phenolic and earthiness towards the finish.

Quite carbonated and prickly as it rolls across the tongue, the beer is also quite dry, which subdues the hop character substantially. The finish has a fair amount of bitterness to it, but also has some sharp phenolic character to it. After my palate adjusts a bit more of the hop character starts to become noticeable; it is quite floral, a fair amount of lychee, some tart tangelo, Meyer lemon zest, and some slightly moldy citrus zest (this moldiness is more medicinal phenolics than anything). The Brettanomyces is more noticeable in the flavor, though it is still a supporting character to the hops at this point; some medicinal and plastic notes linger in the finish as well as just a general a phenolic character. The vibrant malt character from the nose isn’t nearly as present in the flavor, though there is a soft, somewhat hay like, pale malt suggestion as well as some cracker like maltiness in the finish that is more noticeable if you are looking for it. The grain / malt character gets more noticeable as the beer warms up

This is quite nice, it isn’t the most complex beer in the world, but the ample hoppiness and kiss of Brett character make this an enjoyable experience; I really like how much fruit character the hops contribute to this beer. This is a big improvement over the base beer, as the Brett adds an extra complexity that was really lacking.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my Bruery Tulip glass.

A - Pours a light, cloudy orange with a huge cream-colored head. Good retention and some nice lacing left on the glass. Some yeast residue is visable on the crown and the bottle opening.

S - Hoppy pine and some light Belgian yeast.

T - Lemons, hops, yeast.

D - Over carbonated, thin bodied.

O - Very mild and drinkable, but the yeast streak was off putting. Not sure why it was there, the bottle was always stored upright.

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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 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 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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