The Bruery Mischief

The Bruery Mischief

Brewed by: The Bruery

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: Belgian
  • Variation: Golden, Strong Ale
  • Seasonal: No
  • ABV: 8.5%
  • IBU: 35

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

This wickedly good golden ale is fiendishly dry-hopped with American hops to add a layer of complexity and mystery to its fruity, dry Belgian-style character. Citrus and resin diabolically combine with ripe melon, pear and slight peppery spice in a precariously effervescent mixture.

Hops: American

Yeast: Belgian.

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First Impressions

Artwork: Bright red embossed “Mischief”, metallic embossed “The Bruery.”

Color: Golden, cloudy and glowing.

Aroma: Citrus and wheat.

The Tasting

Arrived in: 750 mL Bottle

Served in: Goblet

We actually tried Mischief last winter, during the onslaught of holiday seasonals, but never got around to writing a review.

At the time, we were under the impression that Mischief was a winter seasonal. The label uses red and gold artwork (Christmas colors), its called Mischief (like naughty or nice???), and it was kept next to other local seasonals on the shelf at Trader Joes.

Even their employee told us it was seasonal. Wrong. For his sake, I hope that guy knows Peppermint JoeJoes are a seasonal item?

Now that you’re good and bored, the point is we were able to find more Mischief, since it is in fact a year round beer, and wanted to get the review done (this time).

This strong ale ale was bottle conditioned, where yeast further ferments in the bottle. So we noticed a bit more cloudiness in each glass poured as we progressed through the bottle.

Mischief was smooth bodied, and quite effervescent, another by-product of the bottle conditioning process. Its sticky, puffy foam really coated the glass when you tipped it for a drink.

As far as the flavor, our differing of opinions is what makes enjoying craft beer so much fun:

  • For Sara it tasted tart at first, like Braeburn apples, with some sweetness of pineapples mixed in at the end.
  • Mike got tangerine in the finish. It lead with pear-like sweetness, but definitely had some unidentifiable fruit tartness to it as well.

As a compromise, let’s just say this ale was packed with juicy fruit flavor, shall we? A delicious blend in the range of pear, apple, pineapple, etc.

After pouring, we noticed The Bruery recommended serving in a tulip or wine glass, which fits, since Mischief was the ale equivalent of a Pino Grigio — very fruity.

Final Score: 3/5

3 Stars

Mischief was smooth, and definitely a strong ale! We loved the fruitiness, but looked for more of the “hoppy”, as they branded it.

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