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Trifecta - Night Shift Brewing

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-22-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

nmann08, Feb 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Texasfan549, Jun 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

kylehay2004, Sep 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of jlindros
2.1/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tap at the Tavern in Framingham for the Jack's Abby Marathon charity event.

Light fizzy head, hazy carrot colored, what weird characters lurk in the murky depths below, it looks a little sad.

Nose is, awful! Rotting sugar syrup that partially fermented and left booze and rotting flesh behind, syrupy deluge, then something else off I can't put my finger on, some chemically thing that leached from a mulching pile of old vegetables, bad Belgian esters, and perfumey bad phenols, at least there are some light grassy hops.

Taste is also bad, maybe even worse than the nose! Starts with cabbage water, mushroomy dirt like the cow fertilizer covered mushroom stems thrown right into the beer. Earthy herbal icky over spicy hops that even on their own wouldn't be too great. Then into bad esters, chemically phenolic mess, syrupy fermented rotting sugar again. FInish is long lingering bad herbal spicy hops and sticky fermented rotten syrup.

Mouth is med bod but syrupy and lower carb, slightly slimy.

Overall wtf, with the rep these guys get what the hell happened to this beer... just a mess.

Edit: Someone else who has had the beer before said this is not the normal represenatation of the beer, but until I have it again... the beer I had was at a reputable bar, on draft, with all the other beers I had on draft tasted fine, so not sure what to think of this one... maybe a really bad batch?!

jlindros, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Night Shift

Hazy amber pour, with a wispy white head. Aroma of citrus and fruity esters, sweet malts, spicy yeast. A good Belgian-style profile in the taste, bready malts, ripe fruits and citrus, moderately earthy, with hints of clove and pepper, a little bland in the finish. Lighter medium body, and pretty good overall.

Rifugium, Feb 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

rab53, Sep 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Kelp, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

PEIhop, Aug 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

ShanePB, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of rudzud
2.04/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Enjoyed at The Tavern in Framingham at the Beer for Boston charity. Poured into a Jack's Abby pint glass.

A - Poured a light hazy copper hue with no head at all, no head at all with thin wisps.

S - aromas of light fruit but for the most part its old vegetable...onion, and cabbage.

T - Taste is just as bad...no, worse. Cabbage, rotten onions, ugh. This is awful. Just awful. This is not good no matter how you cut it.

M - Mouthfeel isn't bad, just thin.

O - Overall this was immediate regret. Just an awful beer.

rudzud, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip, the beer was gold in color. There was a thick, fluffy white head which lingered. The head was very sticky.

Spicy, banana aroma. Kind of fresh.

Some banana in the taste. Sweet and spicy. Earthy.

Dry, crisp. A pleasant beer.

Would likely drink this again.

lordofthewiens, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

VelvetExtract, Jun 03, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

AlexFields, Apr 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Dicers, Jun 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

petermethot, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 4, bottled on 4.19.12, 7.3% ABV

A: Pours a nice cloudy pale orange with a huge effervescent white head on top. Fades quickly, not a whole lot of lacing left behind.

S: Wow, a really nice zesty, almost wheaty banana smell. It's semi-sweet, crisp and refreshing. Some belgian yeast spice hiding in there along with plenty of vanilla. Enjoyable but a bit subtle otherwise this would be a 4.5.

T: Bready with lots of spicy belgian yeast. A bit lemony or maybe it's lemongrass. Sweet but not overpowering vanilla in the middle. Finishes with an earthy sort of bitterness.

M: Crisp, smooth and medium bodied. A bit drying with the earthiness in the finish.

O: Definitely a unique example of the style. It's pretty much exactly as described on the bottle. It's fairly complex with good balance and a nice crisp, refreshing drinkability.

Dope, May 23, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

kwjd, Sep 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Davepoolesque, Jan 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Kmlund, Oct 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

brez8791, Jun 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

mdillon86, Jun 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

kaelingirl, Apr 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

hoppymcgee, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

OtherShoe2, Jun 29, 2013
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