Look out for this beer because it may get you in a lot of trouble. There are beers out there that taste so good, you want to keep drinking glass after the glass them. Mischief from The Bruery of Placentia, California is one of them.
The Bruery established in 2008, is a very small, artisan brewery that is producing some amazingly bold and flavorful beers. Their core brands are Belgian beers styles, and the styles they brew are 100% bottle conditioned, unpasteurized, unfiltered beers marketed in 750 ml champagne bottles. I have enjoyed a number of their beers and have been very impressed to say the least.
Mischeif is a "Limited" Year Round offering, so if you see this one, do not hesitate to pick up few bottles. This beer is a Belgian-Style Hoppy Golden Ale which the Bruery describes as:
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 enjoy it, but you will want to keep an eye out.
They are not kidding. This beer is 8.5% abv but hides its strength very well. This beer is dangerously drinkable, and is so flavorful and delicious, you will be wanting to drink the whole 750ml bottle for yourself.
Mischief pours to a beautiful, hazy, deep golden color, with a thick, pillowy white head, and a vibrant carbonation. The nose on this beer is fragrant and zesty with aromas of lemon and grapefruit, paired with earthy/spicy yeast aroma. The palate is firm with good pale and biscuity malt flavor that pairs with some sour, estery fruitness, and tangy hop flavors of lemon and grapefruit. Mischief finishes with more pale malt and sour fruit up front, then ends with a lingering citrus bitterness that linger.
I really enjoyed this beer. I love the complex aromas and flavors. It is amazingly drinkable for such a strong beer, and it would make an outstanding aperitif beer, one that would be fantastic with sharp and strong cheeses. It would be great beer to serve with a number of hearty beef, pork or lamb dishes. This is a perfect beer to just sip and savor, one to enjoy any time of year. For more information about this beer and the brewery, visit their site at: http://www.thebruery.com/