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Trifecta | Night Shift Brewing

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Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

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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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 300
Photo of rudzud
2.05/5  rDev -45%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
2.1/5  rDev -43.7%
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?!

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Photo of skinny1929
2.32/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A - Too murky and cloudy for the style. Little to no carbonation. Head quickly fades and beer is rather flat. Not pleasant to look at.

S - Did not smell too much vanilla which is ok. Some banana scent is picked up.

T - Belgian yeast character (banana) and hints of acidity (lemony). Barely picked up any vanilla. Not complex.

M - Full bodied...entirely too much for the style. Little to no carbonation left me quite displeased.

O - Not pleased with the experience at all. The murkiness of the beer and lack of any carbonation was a let down. I was expecting something light to medium bodied but got a flat full bodied beer without any complexity given the intent of the beer. My mouth and stomach did not want any more of this beer after the first few sips.

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Photo of Roguer
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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 Alieniloquium
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
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 DirtyDawg10
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a slightly hazy amber color with a thin white head. The smell is spicy and banana aromas. The taste is also spicy and banana with a caramel and/or vanilla flavor mixed in. The mouthfeel is lacking a bit. Overall this is very similar to other Belgian ales but could use a bit more refining.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber, with a large fizzy off-white head that settles to a persistent thin film and some rising edges.

Smells like a just blown out vanilla candle--a little smoke, char and vanilla. It seems the interaction with the Belgian phenols is creating this effect. I can't get over it, it is so distinct.

Taste is a little herbal, with that blown out vanilla candle smoke still coming through, which helps tone down the strong spicy Belgian yeast.

Feel is nicely soft, mix between fizzy and frothy, with a medium body.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not that packaging matters much but I'd say although it looks like a caged-cork Belgian bottling the wire cage is far too wound up and painful on the fingers to open, like a cheap imitation of the cages on good beers, and the cork is so spongey on top you basically need pliers.

Poured a half inch tan head of average lifespan. The body in masstone is a hazy raw sienna yellow color but held to the light it's more orangey. The smell is mild but in the Belgian style hints at a sweetness, fig, and tropical fruits. Although the taste isn't bad it just isn't a match to the smells nor really a match to Belgian Pale Ale. It's a fairly ordinary American brew.

But, I have to say I'm proud my neighbors in Everett are giving brewing a go.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden orange color that is mostly clear. Thin white head that dissipates.

S - Yeast-driven aromas are highlighted. Banana, cantaloupe, tart apple and mixed peppercorns abound.

T - Apple juice and peppercorns upfront, but the esters soon turn into bubblegum. The pilsner-like malt and malt sweetness come though. The vanilla beans are more apparent in the flavor but come off as a bit oily.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O - This beer has a lot of potential, though a couple of changes would help immensely. The vanilla beans only add an unenjoyable oiliness, and the mix of yeast strains seems to muddle the flavor and create strange esters. Otherwise, this is a delightful Belgian ale with a nice fruity nose and a tart malty flavor.

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Photo of sprat1960
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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 mnj21655
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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 BostonHops
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of kalosjakar
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt orange color.

Aroma: malts, no detectable hop aroma [im pretty bad at this], i do smell the vanilla, a bit of pepper/spicy quality to it as well.

Taste: vanilla, tame bitterness, slight grain, having a hard time picking out things.

Feel: almost fizzy like tickling on the tongue, light/medium mouthfeel but more towards light.

a bit too much carbonation for my tastes but still an overall solid beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Semi hazy body from the tallboy to a goblet. The white head ascends to a few fingers with pretty good retention dropping spotty lace after each sip.

S- Belgian yeast creates most of the aroma with spicy notes, pale fruit esters like apple and pear and phenolics combining for a high power aroma. Pale grains and vanilla bean sweets in the backdrop of the assertive yeast strains.

T- Follows the nose with a blend of Belgian yeast bringing a whole portfolio of different flavors. Pale fruits like pear, grape and apple are strong and joined by lemon, pepper, coriander, straw, bread, cooking herbs, orange and clove; what a range. A medium candi sugar sweetness, slight vanilla bean, cereal grain and herb hops join the big yeast.

MF- Body between light and medium thickness with a foamy and creamy consistency. The bubbles fall at a moderate level and it ends with a spicy herbal bitterness.

No idea what to expect coming into this and it is clear this brew is more about the trifecta of yeast strains than the vanilla beans.

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Photo of smcolw
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Decent start to the head--it eventually settles to a thin layer of tiny bubbles. The lace is a cross between blanket and lattice. Dark amber color with a significant amount of cloudiness.

Dirty and earthy smell initially. Mild toast to the malt base, like a light Amber. There may be some vanilla bean, but I can't be sure. I do not get any Belgian yeast, though.

Starts like the aforementioned Amber with a solid toasted pale malt, almost like a biscuit. The hop is modest but does provide some balance. The Belgian yeast really jumps out, especially considering the missing nose. The finish is silky with just a touch of sourness to bring complexity. Full bodied and lowly carbonated. I get a bit of iron in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle, enjoyed chilled in a glass.

The color is a hazy golden with white head and fine bead. The smell has a slight tropical smell with hop in the aroma and perhaps subtle pear-like yeast ester. The feel is mildly bitter with light malt sweetness and low alcohol with a semi-dry finish and moderately carbonated.

The taste is good with some malt in the flavor with light sweetness with slight oxidative quality and mild fruit from the yeast in the taste. There is a subtle spice in the taste, the vanilla is very mild and the alcohol is light. This is a decent pale, but perhaps freshness is the key as there was an apparent degradation with vanilla almost non-existant

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Photo of Skeeter206
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L- Pours a burnt orange color with a one finger white head, minimal lacing.

S- strong yeast smell, some orange, maybe a bit of vanilla.

T- opens with a malt sweetness, followed by Belgian yeast, orange peel and closing with a moderate vanilla flavor that isn't too overwhelming. Not much of a lingering flavor.

F- moderate carbonation with a slightly heavy feel, but not at all thick.

O- Decent beer, no part of it really stuck out to me, not the greatest summer beer in my opinion but i could certainly enjoy a few around a fire during the fall.

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Photo of GimmeASchlitz
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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 tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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 NolaHopHead
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can. Bright orange amber color, two finger white head slowly fades leaving sticky lace. Bready aroma, Belgian yeast, vanilla. Tastes just like it smells, Belgian pale ale with vanilla notes. This is different, decent brew but not my favorite style. Thin to medium semi soft feel.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
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 VelvetExtract
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
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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