Night Shift Brewing

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #855
Ranked #15,558
3.91 | pDev: 8.44%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Notes: Saison with lavender

Matisse is our way of showing that modern independent beer needn't shy away from the canonical styles that brought us to where we are today. This classic saison is inspired by traditional French and Belgian farmhouse beers, and we chose a name that echoes the same origins. The French artist Henri Matisse captured lively scenes of the same French countryside where the rustic saison’s flavor profile was pioneered.
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 76
Reviews by Brew_42:
Photo of Brew_42
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look-Pours cloudy yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell- bread/crackers, lemon zest, pepper, hay

Taste- floral and grassy with some pepper and tart citrus. Pretty standard saison flavors

Mouthfeel-Crisp and dry

Overall- A really solid saison. One of the better American ones that I've had. Not surprising given that Night Shift made it.

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Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tall can, into a tulip glass....3/22/18 stamped on the bottom

Pours with a medium haze, lighter, yellowy, off white and frothy cap, lasting and leaving thicker low sheeting and spotty lacing. Last pours adds a bunch of yeasty cloudiness and a hint of nuts on the, crisp, bright and peppery sniff

Super flavorful, crisp and bright brew, with some moderate sour bite, notes of pepper, yeast, and floral goodness...aggressive and highly enjoyable take on the style.....bring on the cheese, bread and salads,,,,well done and well worth a try.

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Photo of ivyman
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of harsley
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into chalice: color is straw, slight haze, huge 2 inch head off the initial pour that lingers quite well, head color is off white with fine bubbles; good effervescence rising from the glass bottom.

Smell is lightly malty, some residual sweet notes, hints of yeast byproducts - phenol, pepper, clove.

Taste is similar with pleasant maltiness, though a bit neutral, very light bread and biscuit notes; yeast flavors are peppery, phenolic, feinter clove and other spice.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, light sweetness in the middle then drying on the tongue. A little on the sweeter side for saisons.

Overall a simple, moderately malty saison, a lighter yeast spiciness and hint of residual sweetness.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy pale orange in color with a quarter inch of short lived white head. Aroma is floral and herbal with a definite focus on the lavender and a bit of sweetness that reminds me vaguely of vanilla in the background. Taste is also heavy on the lavender upfront with some light spicy notes that carry through into a lightly dry finish. Light+ body with moderate carbonation. Overall this beer didn't quite do it for me. The taste had more balance than the aroma but the lavender seems a bit heavy handed to me. However, my fiance and her friends loved this.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint can

A slightly hazy golden color, very active with a white foam cover that slowly spreads out but leaves plenty of coverage.

A seriously sweet and funky nose here....dense wild fruits, chemmy yeast thing, sweet 'n sour style maltiness. A bit too sweet and sour style aroma from the yeast. The traditional French and Belgian style saisons have a major, earthy and herbal kick to the wild funky yeadt thing. Most American versions, like this one seriously lack the dry, earthy effects from both traditional old world hops and wild style yeast.

The flavor has a rather odd, "sweet tarts" candy like sour apple and sweet berries thing happening. A bit of cherry cough syrup, herbs and only minimal spices. There really isn't anything that traditional about this Saison. This has a rather light and juicy feel and flavor, not at all earthy, no spice kick Nd no real wild funky complexity to the yeast strain. A very juicy but jazzy, carbonated feel, but lacking any dry-earthy bite or spice kick.

Not exactly sure why 80% of American "Belgian "styles" fall so far from the actual, traditional versions. The yeast strains or execution of, falls WAY short in complexity or depth of charecter. The hops should have a nice dry, earthy punch, light and crispy, but smooth style malt effect....It's just not happening for me unless it's from Belgium or France.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of yeast are present in the nose and has slight bits of lavender.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of yeast with stronger notes of lavender.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked this beer because it still smelled and tasted like a saison as the lavender wasn't too strong or overpowering.

Serving type: can

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Can from Colonial Spirits
Mostly clear light golden color with a decent sized bubbly white head that persists. Clove and spice atop a sweet bready maltiness. Nice saison but could be a bit dryer in my opinion.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TWStandley
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puboflyons
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the one pint can dated 03/12/18. Sampled on April 5, 2018.

It pours a foggy golden-yellow with a modest white head that quickly fades.

The aroma is very much like a Farmhouse ale with barnyard, hay, horse blankets, cereal grains, herbal. and a floral character flowing beneath it all.

Light to medium and fairly smooth body.

The grainy sweetness of the taste is quickly usurped by the tart, floral finish that is semi-dry and lingers for a moment.

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Photo of liquorpig
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbutova
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear golden pour from the can into a tulip glass. A two finger foamy white crown forms on the beer with good retention. Plenty of legs but not much sticky lace.

S- Fairly subtle for Saison yeast but the signature spice and fruitiness from the ferment makes up the aroma. Slightly peppery with hints of orange zest, crusty bread, lemon and herbs.

T- Again, as in the aroma the Saison ferment is a bit milder compared to many traditional versions. Spicy and herbal with pepper, coriander, bitter orange peel, lemon oil, vanilla sweets, pears and whole grains.

MF- Light-medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. A slightly bitter finish from the slightly foamy frothy beer.

A spicy Saison that has some fruitier tones at the beginning that fade and overall the beer gets somewhat bitter in the end.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wroywel
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz can, clear with a moderate foam head. Slightly floral and biscuit aroma. Restrained fruity hops with classic saison malt. Soft body. This is a classic saison in the DuPont mold. Note to reviewers - the lavender discussed below is no longer part of this brew.

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Photo of ElGallo
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lovindahops
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sulty
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheGent
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lic217
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DudMan
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dope
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

7/21/17, 6.4% ABV

A: Clear golden pour with a tall, light and frothy white head. Good head retention and spotty little bits of lacing.

S: Hints of grass. Distant wheatiness. A touch of pepper perhaps.

T: Yup, grassy and wheaty up front. Quite a bit of black pepper spice right off the bat, strong all the way through the finish. Earthy and wheaty malt. Aftertaste is quick and crisp with that black pepper everywhere.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, dry and spicy.

O: A nice wheaty saison with a big pepper kick if that's your thing. Tasty but nothing special, IMO.

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Matisse from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 76 ratings