Trifecta | Night Shift Brewing

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Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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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 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 donkeyrunner
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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 +6.2%
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 +7.2%

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 -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 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 Brew_42
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | 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 +11.5%
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 +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 JordanPhraczek
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
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 -4.3%
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 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 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 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, 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 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 NilocRellim
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap at the brewery on September 8th, 2012.

A very deep red/orange colour and an eggshell foamy head. The smell of sweet citrus, bananas, melon, and subtle vanilla. The taste had a nice spice to it with the citrus flavours, hops, and vanilla coming through in an extremely balanced taste. An amazing balanced between the three kind of hops and the vanilla beans.

Would I buy it again? Absolutely.

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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 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 WanderingFool
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trifecta pours a hazy dark amber with minimal foam and only a couple spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is full of orange citrus and lemon zest, along with some peppery spice and a touch of coriander. Some dark bread notes and a touch of bubblegum are also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth with very light carbonation. The flavor is bready with spices mixed in. Dark wheat, lemon citrus, banana, bubblegum, clove, and pepper are present. It finishes dry with lingering wheat and clove.

A tasty beer with a bad appearance. Don't let the looks fool you.

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Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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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 beerik
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch # 3, Bottled 4/2/12. Drunk 4/25/12--nice and fresh!

Opening the Bottle: Nine twists of the wire cage just to get at the crookedly inserted cork which was dimpled from the plunger of the wine-bottle corker that put it there. I get the sense this was brewed in someone's basement.

Aroma: Numerous esters, clove, a subtle earthiness, and of course some alcohol.

Taste: Belgian yeast character--clove, bubblegum, hints of unripe fruit and overripe fruit, banana, and something slightly woody. Light, refreshing, yet full of flavor.

Appearance: Golden amber. This beer's relatively dark color serves as counterpoint to its light and quenching character while heightening the perception of full flavor.

Overall: Not bad. Even for a few guys who will, hopefully soon, quit their "day jobs." A very enjoyable beer.

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