JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml from phaleslu - thanks, Peter! For some reason I was expecting more of a Duvel clone along the lines of LA’s Inferno. The hazy gold pour and prickly carbonation certainly fit the bill. But the yeasty aroma reminded me far more of Saison Rue, with sharp and tangy notes overwriting the dry hops I was craving. They’re certainly there in the taste, thankfully enough, but even here the dry and bitter stuff was supplemented by some fruity and even soapy flavors that were downright distracting. I’ll have to try another bottle but I can’t say I enjoyed this one too much.
Darkover (1513) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden color with a big thick white head. Aroma of resinous hops and sweets malts. Taste is lightly sweet and medium bitterness, medium body, bitter finish.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle; thanks to smith4498 for the trade; this was one I really wanted to try; popped the cap and walked away for a bit and it slowly foamed over; when poured, hazy orange with thin eggy white head and some serious floaties; candy hops on the nose with a sugary mix of oranges, table sugar, mango and grapefruit; a fruity double IPA so far; sticky hops, oranges and way up there in terms of sweetness; wowzers; I was thinking more along the lines of a hoppy RR damnation, but this is SoCal double IPA all the way; some raw pepper with the fruit but not sure where the belgian influence is; full bodied with a good dose of yeasty character that adds to the malty body; sticky dry finish; as I drink more, this is one of the more muddy beers I’ve tried lately; drinks stronger than the listed 8.5%;all pineapple to me and while I like that fruity hop profile, I was expecting something else here; nice double IPA overall ;)
Plovmand (6351) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy golden with acreamy white head. The aroma is spicy hoppy with notes of peach, coriander, clove, caramel and grass. Citrussy flavour with dry spicy notes, caramel, pine and peach. Alcohol well hidden.
Cornfield (5465) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Orland Park, IL, Binny’s: This poured a clear golden body (hazy with the last pour) topped by a tall head and sheathed the glass with lace. The aroma had a hoppy aroma of floral scents, citrus rinds, and herbs covering sweet biscuity malts and a subtle yeastiness. The flavor was dominated by the hop flavors, although the pale sweet malts provided a steady backbone. As the drinking progressed, the bitterness seemed to intensify, finishing on a dry, cirtus/pine/floral bitter note. A very pleasant, well crafted brew.
TheBeerGod (5223) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark golden amber with a thick, frothy, blond colored head. Aroma is hoppy and floral with Belgian yeast notes, dried fruit, sweet malt and grassy notes. Taste is floral hops, spicy hops, Belgian yeast, sweet malt, dried tropical fruit, melon, light nectarine, grassy notes and light lemon. Body is light-medium and crisp with a mild dryness, and the carbonation extremely effervescent. Finishes with more floral and spicy hops, big yeast notes, lemony goodness, dried fruit, soft melon, tea notes and sweet malt.
joeneugs (3175) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from the bottle. It pours golden orange with a thick snow white head. It looks a little like yellow unfiltered grapefruit juice. The aroma is very hoppy with citrus, pine, and florals. The flavor is the same, very hoppy with a big citrusy grapefruit punch. The Belgian yeast adds some nice character to it. I don’t usually like hopped up, Americanized Belgian ales, but this one is done extremely well.
TheEpeeist (3328) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
25.4 oz bottle. Cloudy pale orange with a slim white head. Nose is yeast, pear, catty hops and styrene. Crisp and bubbly, dry and doughy. taste is apricot, gooseberry, toffee, grass, perfume and again with the plastic. Real hit and miss with The Bruery for me.
cjgator3 (5) - Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2010 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle. Pours a hazed golden yellow color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma is fantastic! It is very fruity, a lot of citrusy hops, honey and some alcohol. Smells like a Belgian-style IPA. The aroma is very well done, can’t wait to try it. The taste like the aroma starts out very fruity with a good amount of bitterness in the finish from the hops. I like it, very nice flavor profile. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Mischief is definitely a beer that I will be purchasing again in the future. Recommended!
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A steady pour produces a two-finger thick, lightly tanned, frothy head. The beer is an amber, honey hue that shows a hint of haze and a light copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lychee, kumquat and bright tangelo zest at first. It quickly gets very clean with perhaps a touch of phenolic character and even a metallic note to it. It is interesting, every time I focus on the nose it just disappears, but if I smell it in passing I notice the bright hop fruitiness. There is perhaps a hint of cracker-like malt character, but not much else other than the hops.
The flavor is dominated by the hop character, though I wouldn’t say it is overly aggressive. Up front flavors of lychee, tangelo oil and some grapefruit mix with a nice hop bitterness and perhaps some herbal notes. The finish has more of the same with a really clean malt character that leans towards cracker-like flavors. There is touch of warming from the alcohol in the finish, which brings out a hint of Brandy like fruit character. There is a bit of mouth / teeth coating astringency here; that is almost chalky and perhaps a touch tinny.
My second pour of sees the aroma getting a touch soap-like, with perhaps even a sulfurous smell to it; there is almost a musty, dank cheese note to this even, though this is all pretty faint. The carbonation is nice and fizzy, which compliments the medium’ish body pretty well. The tropical fruit character in the flavor really stands out. The hops and the alcohol combine with the faint malt to accentuate a perceived sweetness in this beer.
This is an exceedingly light flavored beer if you discount the hops. The fermentation character is too light to stand up to the hops, despite the fact that the hop character is not overly aggressive here. All of this is despite the fact that I served this on the warm side. I do like the hop character here, it is perfect for a Pale Belgian beer of this strength, but it really needs some interesting yeast derived flavors to make this truly interesting. Despite all my complaining, this is actually a pretty tasty beer. There are no major flaws and it is hard to screw up bright hops, even if the background is a bit cleaner than I expected; really the fermentation character plays more of a supporting / subservient role than I was expecting, but does compliment the hops well.