Night Shift Brewing

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Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
3.72 | pDev: 13.98%
Mar 11, 2022
Aug 08, 2012
Notes: Saison brewed with rosemary, rose hips and pink peppercorns.
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4.22 by RDW from Nebraska on Aug 12, 2018
4.1 by Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts on Jan 12, 2018
3.8 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts on Aug 17, 2017
3.5 by joeroma5 from Massachusetts on Aug 21, 2015
4 by nathanmiller from New York on Mar 14, 2015
3.75 by jfstilling from South Carolina on Feb 25, 2015
3.5 by Aisha from Massachusetts on Jan 03, 2015
4.5 by meganelizabeth86 from Pennsylvania on Dec 14, 2014
3.43 by dabarton from Virginia on Dec 05, 2014
4 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Nov 30, 2014
4.25 by Dogleg from Pennsylvania on Aug 27, 2014
4.5 by ChrisKayler from Virginia on Aug 14, 2014
3.75 by good4nik from Maine on Aug 07, 2014
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2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by scottfrie from California

750ml bottle into tulip. Batch #11, bottled 10/17/13. Thanks again AutumnBeerLove!

A: Pours a lightly hazy dark iced-tea color with a couple fingers of off-white head that slowly faded into a lasting collar. Wispy of clinging lace were left down the glass.
S: Peppercorns and rosehips are strongly noticeable on the nose, but the rosemary is in there as well. I get a mild sweetness, which I assume is the honey. There’s something in there that reminds me of balsamic vinegar – probably the rosehips. However, the combined ingredients smell a bit plasticy and rough.
T: Not as rough as the nose, but the rosehips do add that strange vinegary-floral taste. The pink pepper corns and a nice peppery layer of spice, and the rosemary comes through with hints of its characteristic flavor in the finish. The aftertaste has a blast of tart vinegar and rough acetone, as well as a lingering spiciness.
M: Medium body, slick and greasy mouthfeel with a harsh acetonic finish. Carbonation is fairly smooth but kicks up in the finish and really tingles my tongue.
O: My least favorite from the five or so beers I’ve had from the brewery. Flavors are not bad, but the harsh vinegar and plasticy acetone make this hard to drink, and the carbonation doesn’t help.

Jul 16, 2014
3.5 by ncaudle from Virginia on Jul 02, 2014
3.5 by loverofthecraft from North Carolina on Jun 23, 2014
3.5 by Zaphog from Michigan on Jun 22, 2014
4.25 by dental from Massachusetts on Jun 14, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by fourstringer from Maryland

Poured from a corked & caged 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Bottled on: 4/1/14. Another take away from a trip to the brewery. I don't believe it was available on tap.

A: Cloudy amber body with orange tints at the periphery. 1 finger white head. Ok retention. Minimal lacing.

S: Fruity, floral Belgian yeast. Lemon juice. Peppercorn. Herbs. Rosemary. With effort I can pick out each listed ingredient, but taken together they create a harmonious, cohesive whole.

T: Lightly spicy initially with herbal and floral notes. A mild bitterness and tartness simultaneously develop to a semi-dry finish. A pleasant herbal astringency lingers on the palate. The tartness beckons another sip. Alcohol is light for 8%.

M: Moderate carbonation and moderate body that well suits the flavors.

O: Really nice saison with a bit extra tartness than average. Very impressed with much of Night Shift's stuff. Too bad I only grabbed the one.


Jun 01, 2014
3 by BGsWo22 from Texas on May 27, 2014
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4.41/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
by abriggs1 from Connecticut

This saison is very underrated. Reading the other reviews, I expected kind of a mess. But this beer is more balanced than I thought it would be. There are many strong flavors going on here, but they work well together.

My bottle had a handwritten date of 4/1/14, and a handwritten ABV of 8.3%. This must be a different batch, because it's listed as 7.6% on BA.

It's certainly possible that this is a new and improved version. To me, this is a very robustly flavored saison that manages to have a semblance of balance. I've never seen a beer brewed with pink peppercorns before, but they might just be the perfect ingredient that no one else is using. They provide just a hint of spice, and probably contribute to the nice dryness that compliments the yeast character.

There's a lot going on here; the rosemary is there, but faintly. The rosehips shine and give it a long, lingering sweet aftertaste that contrasts the dryness nicely.

This reminds me very much of Cellar Door's White Sage Saison. Obviously, this is a brewery that isn't afraid to change up recipes and improve their beers. In my opinion, this blows more highly rated saisons out of the water. I'm thinking about Hill Farmstead/Grassroots Brother Soigne here. I'm hope that I'm not the only one who appreciates this recently re-tooled brew!

May 18, 2014
3.5 by acurtis from New Jersey on May 13, 2014
2.25 by JSBILK from Massachusetts on Apr 30, 2014
2.25 by MattXT from Virginia on Apr 30, 2014
3.75 by DrBier from Pennsylvania on Apr 26, 2014
3.5 by markgugs from New Jersey on Apr 25, 2014
3.75 by JimmyPhillips from New York on Apr 22, 2014
2.75 by wonothesane42 from New Jersey on Apr 14, 2014
5 by DeadRinger from Massachusetts on Apr 14, 2014
4 by redfox405 from California on Apr 12, 2014
3.5 by Tyrus from California on Mar 31, 2014
3 by Mikeluzzjr from Massachusetts on Mar 31, 2014
3.75 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Mar 29, 2014
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3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by papat444 from Canada (QC)

4 ounce pour directly at the brewery.

Flavor is mild pepper, honey, herbs; Aroma and flavor boast a strong rosemary presence. Body feels light even though it clocks in at 8%. Is there such a thing as extreme floridness? Regardless, very tasty indeed.

Mar 24, 2014
3.75 by ironchefmiyagi13 from Tennessee on Mar 24, 2014
3.75 by halo913 from Connecticut on Mar 23, 2014
4.25 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Mar 22, 2014
4 by milkbone_underwear from Massachusetts on Mar 21, 2014
3.75 by Imperial_Sapient_Groat from Michigan on Mar 15, 2014
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