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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by t0rin0 on 03-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 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 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 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 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 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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 portia99
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Mildly hazed, pale golden color, big 4 fingers of fluffy, whipped creamy white head that dies slowly leaving tons of lacing all over the glass. Requires a multipe stage pour to fill the glass.

S - Spicy, coriander, oranges, lemony, brett - dry, bitter and spicy without much funk. Hoppy bitterness, citrusy, cloves, fruity - smells fresh. Vaguely Orval-ish in aroma.

T - Dry but with a medicinal?/aspartame-like artificial aftertaste. Coriander stands out, very biscuity malt, citrus-oranges and lemons, dry and crisp with a bretty bitter edge that is a bit subtle. Interesting but doesn't live up to the promise that the aroma had.

M - Dry, medium bodied, foamy full carbonation, fruity. The dry bretti-ness is not well integrated into the profile and seems a bit out of place.

O - I love brett beers and had high hopes for this, especially after getting my first whiff of the aroma here. The brett really dries this out totally...I like the brett character in this one, but a bit of residual sugar would round this one out nicely. I usually prefer to age brett beers a bit before drinking, but I think this one probably is better fresh before the brett really takes over with some age.

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