Mischief Gone Wild | The Bruery

152 Ratings
no score
Send samples
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by t0rin0 on 03-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 152 |  Reviews: 65
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Skuter
5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of SourNotes
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of nanobrew
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

 508 characters

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.

 828 characters

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.

 796 characters

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.

 346 characters

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.

 862 characters

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.

 1,573 characters

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.

 332 characters

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.

 460 characters

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.

 1,190 characters

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.

 475 characters

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.

 502 characters

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

Poured into a lost abbey tulip. Share compliments of Cavery!

A: Pours like a pale and translucent orange soda with a mega large-bubble frothy head. Love the head on this one, bubbles get larger as you go up the head and the top collapses awkwardly like foam. Spotty but mega lacing.

S: Tons of aroma for a strong pale ale. Yeast, hops, pineapple juice, orange juice, and some steamed greens. I find I get much sweeter notes as I back my nose off and get overwhelmed by yeast if I really dig in.

T: Starts off with fruity sweetness that carries throughout, but the most transitional character is the yeast which busts in in the middle taste and gives a less than pleasant linger in the end. Never sure how to evaluate it, but I personally don't enjoy a lot of yeast character in my belgians. Sweetness stays on the lips after the sip.

M: As you'd expect, lots of carbonation to this. Body is medium and a slight tingle is left on the top of the mouth and lips. Not exceptional mouthfeel but nothing to shake your head at.

O: Good, but could be potentially a lot better to me if there wasn't such a strong yeast presence. I do find some sips considerably better than others, though, so it's a little of a hit and miss. Don't regret trying it but don't see myself reaching for it again.

 1,292 characters

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.

 480 characters

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

 796 characters

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.

 946 characters

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.

 864 characters

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.

 911 characters

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.

 1,872 characters

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.

 725 characters

Mischief Gone Wild from The Bruery
3.69 out of 5 based on 152 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.