Tripel Reserve
Night Shift Brewing

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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #75
Ranked #10,764
3.99 | pDev: 9.77%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Tripel ReserveTripel Reserve
Notes: Tripel brewed with pinot gris grape juice, aged in chardonnay barrels
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 66
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at mrbubbler's tasting.

Bottled: 11/10/14.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, white grape, acidic, white wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour white grape, white wine, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but the sour characteristics come through much better in the smell.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Doesn't taste, look, or feel like a proper tripel. Although I don't expect Night Shift beers to really follow textbook guidelines...i expect creativity and that's what I got. Smells and tastes tart with notes of oak, general woodsiness, white grape and even a little tangerine. A touch musty. Not a bad beer, enjoyable enough, just know going into it it will not taste like a true tripel.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml capped bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours 2 layers of course white bubbles with poor retention. Beer is a clear golden copper. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little stick. Not really much to look at.

Nose is Brett, pineapple, starfruit, citrus, and cane sugar. Mildly aromatic but pretty enticing.

Opens sweet and funky. Notes of grape must, Brett, wood, Belgian yeast florals and cane sugar sweetness. A light bit of grape tartness in the middle complemented by more Brett and yeast. Ends sweet and dry with hints of wood, plastic, and grape skin. Lightly tart aftertaste. The flavors are nice but they don't complement each other well here.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down dry and puckering. Finishes dry with a filmy, sticky aftertaste. Really good.

Not every offering from a brewery can be a winner and this one is kind of a dud. Brett + wine makes for a wonderful combination but the body and flavor profile of the tripel just doesn't go with what else is going on.

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Photo of smcolw
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, dirty gold. Lasting head but small. Webby lace.

Smells like a combination of a Belgian Pale Ale and a Framboise.

The taste mimics the smell. The finish is quite sour. High carbonation with a thinnish body.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle into tulip. Thanks Kevin! Bottled 5/28/13.

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden with a billowing, airy, bright white head that slowly faded into a thick and rocky film.
S: Vinous white wine barrel and grape must dominates. The only reason why I can tell this is beer and not wine is from the slight scent of the tripel base. I get spicy and peppery notes, wheat, and earthy hops, and there are a few notes of golden fruits, musty oak, and fruity yeast as well.
T: Spicy and earthy yeast and wheat, sweet golden fruits, peach, slight bubblegum, peppery spices, and a touch of honey all mix well alongside the sweet, vinous grape juice and musty oak barrel. The finish is sweet and spicy, with flavors of white wine and oak lingering in the aftertaste.
M: Lighter and drier than I expected in such a good way. The body is medium-light and the mouthfeel is smooth and sweet with a drying finish, and the carbonation is effervescent and smooth.
O: One of the better triples I've ever had. The perfect balance of triple flavors mixed with powerful white wine. I love that the body wasn't overly viscous or chewy. Very flavorful and refreshing. Thanks again Kevin!

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Photo of greenmtn1111
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 5/28/2013. Poured into an stemmed Offero Omnis glass.

Pours a very bright and clear amber – almost orange, with a small but delicious looking head. There’s a lot going on in the nose. Heavy banana and clove are at the front while an acidic wine smell emerges afterwards. Oak from the barrel is present along with grapes, pear and to a lesser extent, lemon. The aroma is quite perfumey, but not in an off-putting way. One the palate, the flavors in here are just as complex as the nose. Again, banana and clove, but also nutmeg. There’s a pleasant tartness in addition to that common buttery flavor that wine barrels give off, but it’s fairly mild. There’s good carbonation which helps bring out all the flavors in this Tripel. This is a superb offering from Night Shift. I’m looking forward to finding another bottle to see what some age can do to this one.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours dark golden yellow-orange, like a fiery sunburst. The beer pours with a big sudsy head of larger, white bubbles that fizzles away to a nice scrim. In body, the beer is clean, but opaque, and full of tiny bubbles. On the nose, the beer is sweet and funky with beautiful, sticky vinous notes of light lemon, and a nice brininess that smells slightly reminiscent of low tide. Slight sweet leather notes can also be sensed on the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes vinous sweet with a nice acidity and a light tannic bitter that builds in the mouth. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet, pinot gris with a touch of salt and oak. Sweet citric grapes build in the mouth, becoming slightly cloying and honeyed in flavor. Honeydew melon and light breadiness cross the palate in the finish, providing a light flavor of grape skins and tannic wood. The aftertaste is lightly salty sweet. In the mouth, the beer feels medium heavy in body with a viscous, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is sharp and prickly on the tongue, leaving the mouth dry with but sticky with a nice bitterness on the back. Overall, this is an interesting beer with some nice pinot gris notes. Unfortunately, I’m not a big fan of pinot gris, but I appreciated the nuances of it. The beer is complex but suffers a little from the cloying sweetness, and a little too much bitterness from the oak. It’s a good beer, but I think it would do well with a little more time in the bottle to smooth out the edges of this beer.

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Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1, 5/28/13, 8.7% ABV

A: Pours a hazy gold. Big big fluffy light tan head. Head fades out slowly, with top notch retention (nice island remaining behind). Huge, thick streaks of lacing everywhere, almost forming a solid wall.

S: Bitter grape skins mainly. Light citrus, orange peel-ish. Mild bready malt.

T: Lots of tart grape skin up front. Bready malt with some cloves and a little spice. Mostly drowned out by the grapes though. The malt does provide enough sweetness to keep this one from being too dry or tart though. Nice balance. Tart, dry wine in the finish. Aftertaste is pretty dry with more hints of wine.

M: Medium bodied, borderline tart and dry.

O: Pretty unique triple. Had a bunch of wine barrel stouts, saisons, and such, but never a tripel. This has surprisingly good balance for being brewed with grape juice and aged in wine barrels. Figured it would be grape overload but it's borderline instead. Not a huge amount of bready malt comes through but enough to keep this one from being a wine bomb so to speak. Nice flavors in general, the wine lends itself surprisingly well to the tripel. One of Night Shift's best beers so far.

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Photo of harrymel
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 28MAY13

Ale is light amber with a loose soapy white sheet, slightly hazy. Smells of chardonnay barrels up front, then some fruity ale yeast, some grain, some coriander character, some light acidity, some floral and pineapple bits. Flavor is nice and delicate on the Tripel aspect with light grains, some yeast and clay character. The pinot juice comes through really sweet on this part and some of the oak and butter from the chardonnay character comes through. There is a touch of earthiness that would have been well accented by a touch of Brett lambicus to finish the product. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a semi dry finish. This beer is interesting, the tripel aspects of the beer are overshadowed by the grapes and barrels. I think the beer would have been greatly improved with the addition of a Brett strain or even a Saison yeast to start with...

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Tripel Reserve from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 66 ratings