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Trifecta | Night Shift Brewing

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Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 04-22-2012

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Photo of GimmeASchlitz
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery into snifter.

Pours a golden honey color with white head.

Smells of yeast and slight spice. Taste has sweet, yeasty flavor. Notes of vanilla and cloves and finishes clean.

This would be great as a table beer if the abv was lower. It's a good ale but not worth hunting for.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, golden honey colored beer, orange highlights as well. Thin head
Has a very sweet bready, yeasty aroma. Taste has tons of spicy notes, most likely phenols, also just a touch of dry hops on the finish. Vanilla is noticeable but very light.
Has a medium heavy body, pretty high carbonation. Does drink heavy though its certainly refreshing and not at all overly dry.
Not a blow you out of the water beer, but actually really damn balanced and drinkable. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of brureview
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew date: 3/15- 3 weeks.

Poured a copper-amber color in a tulip glass with a 2F head which resolves quickly.

Aroma is a bit weak, but good: spice especially clove, vanilla with warming.

Moderate MF. This enhances the drinkability of the beer.

Taste: vanilla and spice- clove. Excellent-the best quality of the beer.

Medium spicy finish.

Overall: very enjoyable. The beer is at its best in a tulip and at 50°+
Another excellent, drinkable, original approach to the style from Nightshift.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a BIF from tasterschoice62. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 2/16/2016. Pours hazy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of apricot, orange zest, pear, apple, white grape, banana, peppercorn, clove, light bubblegum, honey, wheat, toasted biscuit, light vanilla, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, earthy hops, and light vanilla notes; with good strength. Taste of big apricot, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, banana, peppercorn, clove, light bubblegum, honey, wheat, toasted biscuit, light vanilla, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Moderate herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, orange zest, pear, apple, white grape, banana, peppercorn, clove, honey, wheat, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, earthy hops, and light vanilla flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance and minimal astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness that increases through the glass, and gets slightly astringent. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth crisp, and moderately creamy/bready/sticky balance mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian pale ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, earthy hops, and light vanilla flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of GregA135
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy amber color with a thin white head
Smells of cream, vanilla, banana and Belgian yeasts
Taste of hints of vanilla (not overpowering, which is good), definitely the Belgian yeast, malt and a bit of bread, along with an orange creamsicle taste.
Medium body with a creamy aftertaste

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Photo of garyloveman
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hue with quick dissipating head.
Smells like a vanilla bean, earthy, clean.
Taste is layers of flavor, bread, vanilla, and cloves. Really dry finish which I loved.
Medium bodied, lighter carbonation.
Great beer. Didn't know what to expect. Tons of flavors.

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Photo of sandsonik
4.62/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - similar to a Marzen. Deep, deep amber. Nice big fluffy off white had that fades to 1/4 inch. Lots of lacing.
S - oh, so nice. Banana, orange citrus, vanilla, maybe a little cinnamon? Very appealing, and orange leads. Exceptional, impossible to smell without wanting to drink.

T - more peppery than the nose suggested. I don't think anyone would call this a hop forward beer. I really hope the hophead can see past that to recognize how damn tasty it is. So well balanced. I am a NE Revolution ticketholder and i wish I could find this at Gillette alongside the Bud, Sam, and Goose Island IPA. I'd pick this every time. Exttemely drinkable. Definitely have to get more. I guess it could be a little hoppier, but overall it's still so good. I do have to say that there is the possibility the vanilla could become cloying as a session beers. I may be talking myself out of this beer the more I drink, lol. Tone down the vanilla and add the slightest touch more hops and it's a 5.
Disclaimer: I may or may not be drunk while reviewing this.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can dated 1/26/16

Pours a foggy dark amber with a creamy off-white head. Smells like banana, warm spice, vanilla, orange citrus, and light grass. Tastes juicy with sweet tangerine, clementine, orange citrus, vanilla, banana and clove, mild pine and grass, with a toasted grain note. Feels medium-full bodied, creamy with low carbonation. Overall a well balanced and hoppy Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper/Amber in color with a minimal white head that rapidly dissipates. Aroma is spicy Belgian yeast with hints of vanilla. Taste is more peppery Belgian yeast with banana, clove and vanilla; this is dry at first with a bit of vanilla sweetness lingering in the finish. Medium-light body moderate+ cabronation. Overall a decent beer but nothing too special; there is some added interest with the vanilla but I didn't find it a terribly welcome addition.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale Amber with a somewhat hazy body. Head is a foamy off-white. Aroma is big on Belgian yeast, with some fruity notes and toasty malt. Flavor has a lot of peppery Belgian yeast notes, hints of tree fruit, toasty malt and hints of sweet vanilla. Feel is medium-high on carbonation, creamy and medium bodied. Big Belgian yeast influence, malt and yeast forward with complimenting hop and vanilla flavors. Interesting and different.

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Photo of beantown_hopster
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, was bottled fresh in 2016. Poured a hazy orange you couldnt see through even to the light, not mind blowing but a good looking brew. The vanilla nose is strong off the top, the bottle was more a Belgian malt/yeasty smell but off the snifter you get hit hard with vanilla. I really enjoy the taste, another person I tasted with said she might just not be a Belgian person, and I'm not particularly either but I do enjoy this. The vanilla nose helps aid a sweet taste up front, finishes very malty and nice. Not sure what it is but leaves a bit of bite on the end. For how malty the beer is I could do for a bit less carbonation, but the mouth feel is decent.

I may be in the minority here (and in my own living room) but I think this is a pretty solid little brew. I also have put Breckenridge Vanilla Porter on our kegerator and covet Stone Porter w Vanilla Bean so I may just be a sucker for vanilla bean.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery. Served in a snifter. Orange body. Big white head. Smells a little hoppy with some Belgian yeast. Lots of vanilla. Tastes malty. Sharp Belgian yeast that’s almost overpowering, but vanilla takes over and overwhelms the finish. Medium body. Interesting variation. I think I couldn’t drink a lot of this, but in small doses it’s ok.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

32 oz flip top growler was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Spicy, powdery yeast, vanilla, pale malts, bready, wheaty, and a little booze.

Taste: Same as above. A little sweeter thBSPA's.an most BSPA's. Some chewy and slight booze notes in there too.

Mouthfeel: A bit dry, medium to high carbonation, a little chewy, light to medium bodied, and a little booze.

Overall: I am content with this beer. A little less sweetness and this beer would be better though.

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Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taste is banana, vanilla, yogurt, and Belgian spices. The vanilla is soft but but adds a new wrinkle to this style that compliments it well. This is a one glass per sitting beer and one I would get if I wanted this style which I rarely seek out.

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Photo of sprat1960
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Cooper in color; transparent. Pours with 2+ finger off-white head that dies down quickly leaving a small amount of foam on the surface of the beer and a some lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Aroma of Belgian yeasts. Nice.

Taste: Rich, full flavor of Belgian yeasts - similar to a Triple. Slight bitter finish. Nice, but nothing too special.

Feel: Medium body; mild carbonation, velvety smooth.

Overall: Nice, smooth Belgian-style beer. While I would gladly drink this again if someone served it to me, there are better choices in my opinion so I don't see me purchasing this in the future.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Jackie

Clear gold with fingers-width head. Good retention. Aroma is musty with orange peel and coriander. I smell key lime pie? Lots of tropical fruit flavors particularly pineapple. Noticeably musty and dry up front with a heavy pear syrup finish.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Night Shift Trifecta
750mL, bottled 8.29.14

Pours a brilliant orange-gold, great clarity. Thick white head, large spots of lacing. (4.5)

Aroma of tart apple, vanilla, and lots of phenol. (3.5)

Flavor is complex, with a firmly bitter and dry finish. Vanilla is definitely there, compliments fruit character well. Touch of caramel, light isoamyl acetate and clove as well. Phenol character is complex, with a rubbery styrene note that I’m not huge on. But it all works together. Mouthfeel is kind of chewy, with fluffy, high carbonation. (4, 4.5)

My first Night Shift brew, and I have to say, I’m impressed. I was worried that the vanilla bean addition might be overpowering (yeast can also produce this flavor in the form of a phenol) but this was not the case. A very nice, drinkable beer. (4)

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Photo of AirBob
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Notes from 10/19/14

A - 4 fingers of dense white head. Dissipates to about a finger of rolling, frothy head. Opaque copper colored body with pinkish hues. So-so retention.

S - Yeast. Sweet bready malt. A little pepper and banana.

T - Mellow under-ripe peach notes to pepper and yeast. Some sweet maltyness and a little funk. Finishes with some overripe banana and a little more pepper.

M - Creamy at first. Then a good amount of carbonation. A little syrupy in the finish.

O - I let this one sit in the bottle for about four months. Also, this batch was 5.9%, so there wasn't nearly as much booze as past batches. Really enjoyed the play between fruit, yeast, and spice.

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Photo of Roguer
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Dark, caramel-colored brew, relatively clear. Little head to speak of.

Huge, enormous Hefe-like banana notes in the aroma.

Banana flavor from the yeast actually translates to the flavor, along with caramel and brown sugar. There isn't really much else going on there, however.

Slight amount of alcohol burn, probably too much for a 7% ABV brew.

This beer was just slightly better than "OK" for me. It's not something I'd go out of my way to buy, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

ACBF cask with vanilla beans?

A-Pours a heavy orange with a creamy, lasting head.

S-Definitely getting vanilla. Maybe getting even more banana than vanilla. Esters and light Belgian spice.

T-Tastes like banana flavored vanilla yogurt. Some honey. Sweet, fruity yeast flavor with a backing of yeastspice.

M-Cask. Warmer, flatter, creamier. The feel pairs well with the flavors of this beer.

O-A neat cask beer. Seems like it was made for the cask treatment or cask would probably be its optimal pouring median.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy amber with a thick off white head. Really beautiful beer.

Smells strongly of spices with a hint of vanilla.

Tastes- belgian yeast and spice with hints of vanilla and candied sugar.

Mouthfeel-Crisp and slightly carbonated.

Overall a great beer and an interesting use of vanilla. Night Shift continues to impress.

Rerating: rated it first early in my beer journey no idea what I was thinking. Tastes great looks great.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased this after a tour of the brewery.

Pours with a huge head, there must be a decent bit of wheat in the malt bill here, this head looks like something I would normally see on a german wheat beer. The beer itself is a hazy and a deep straw color.

The nose is a bit hard to pick out, the beer is HEAVILY carbonated and the CO2 release is making it a little tough to get a good idea of the actual smell. I'm getting a little bit of alcohol and some candied fruit, much more going on here than I would normally expect for a belgian pale ale.

The taste is much less boozy that I would have thought from the nose, for a 7% its pretty well hidden here. There is no discernible hop character, very yeasty taste (almost like a lot of hefeweizen's) up front. Perhaps its because of the multi yeast fermentation, but I think there is quite a lot of yeast floating around here, very bready.

This is a delightful beer. It is really complex and not at all too boozy. It has a lot of characteristics like a wheat-beer and I dig that. This is a great brew. Definitely a buy again.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep honeyed amber with a chill haze and a pure foam white head. The color of this beer just glows. Head builds nicely with each pour from the bomber (bottled 5/1/13). Foam is clingy and leaves some lace. Pretty beer.

I wanted more nose with this one, but it still works. Mild funk and malty notes. Some tropical fruit in the background. A slight sour note, a little vanilla, a little wood. Aromas are great, they just aren't strong.

Yeasty, funky, malty brew, with some spicy bite and light fruit that dries out to a bitter finish. Love the transitions, though I want a touch more sweetness. Funk and mild toasty bitter to dry to bitter. Vanilla bean? I don't get it on the palate, just in the nose. Funky and yeasty for sure. This beer feels a bit raw.

Nice body, medium. This one dries out to an astringent pucker, like a dry tongue depressor.

Overall, good beer. Not a true competitor to the Belgians, but very good compared to domestic versions.

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Photo of JordanPhraczek
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a bottle from batch #18. Bought at Quality Liquors in Salem. Poured into a 14oz goblet. Bottle bursted open with a nice cloud.

A - Clear amber with a nice foamy head with large non-uniform bubbles. Head settles into nice nooks and crannies.

S - Belgian smell, some banana and pear fruit. Belgian yeast odor.

T - Very approachable Belgian character, allows you to drink the beer without exhaling and has some nice cask qualities. Vanilla wafer and a slight sour funk. Saaz maybe? Drinkable for 7.2% and I'd say for a beer with so much else going on the hops marry nicely.

M - Just what you want in a BPA. A multidimensional fruity Belgian character without going overboard on the funkiness or jeapordizing the hop flavor.

O - Worth the money. I think the Vanilla gives great balance to the Belgian yeast.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a slightly hazy, medium-dark amber while yielding a big foamy off-white head, a good two fingers' worth. mediocre retention as it soon fades to a thin cap, collar around the glass. some patchy lacing left behind... nose offers a good dose of spice along with some citrus and banana; some apple maybe, touches of vanilla and belgian yeast.

flavor more or less follows the aroma but wields a heavier concentration of the spices than i took from the nose. (bit of a turnoff there.) belgian yeast is evident, some hoppy bitterness in the finish. not bad. medium bodied mouthfeel, somewhat syrupy.

overall not a bad beer, and while i'm glad to have tried it and wouldn't object to a revisit if offered, i don't see myself seeking it out again. just sort of middling belgian pale.

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