668 Neighbor Of The Beast - New England Brewing Co.

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very good

211 Reviews
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Reviews: 211
Hads: 832
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 4.03%
Wants: 98
Gots: 130 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: CHADMC3 on 05-29-2010

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Reviews by StonedTrippin:
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a really good Belgian pale, I love the yeast flavors in this one. it pours a just hazy bright yellow color, spirited head of two inches or more and bone white rests on top. there are a few little yeasties floating around as well. the packaging on this beer should also be mentioned, what a clever can and beer name, genius at work! the nose is Belgian yeasty with some spice and some lemon rind, and the malt profile sis rather simple. im shocked to learn the abv is 9%, because I cant smell or taste it, but I can definitely feel it after a quick can. some mild vanilla in there with the creamy lemon flavor, and a bolder medium body to make it stick. some grassy herbal notes in the finish, part hops, part hay, very summery all in all. excellent carbonation and a pretty dry finish for a beer this big, a definite sneaker. overall another excellent beer from new England brewing, courtesy of a fantastic trade with thebrewo. a great many thanks for the sampling of stuff from these guys, ive really enjoyed all of it so far. (1,027 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Moneypenny
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I scored this higher on looks alone, and gave it bonus creds for having come out of a can. I'm late to the "tastes great out of a can" craze. Still an old dog can learn. This is my favorite beer out of NEBCO, probably because I'm not a big fan of the super hoppy monsters like Gandhi-Bot, though I can appreciate their rugged beauty. 668 is all floral elegance laced with citrus--almost an orange blossom or neroli aroma. The head bears up well under pressure (withstood several botched FB pic attempts). And the little guy on the can is so goshdarn cute, I'd sell him my soul any day. (594 characters)

Photo of braugon
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of tectactoe
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Belgian strong in a can, woo! 668 pours a completely opaque, golden-amber color with some lighter, sunburst orange in the center. It's capped with a creamy, slightly off-white head that has decent retention and leaves a very small amount of spotty lace behind. At first, there appeared to be some sediment, but upon further inspection, it was just small carbonation bubbles rising up.

The aroma is densely packed with floral and peppery hops. Belgian yeast is also heavy in the forefront, and I don't think anyone is surprised by that. Clove and peppermint spices round out the edges along with a hard-to-discern, sweet and almost tart fruitiness. Overripe banana, pear, and some other fruit I can't quite put my finger on. Very unique aroma, pungent in its own right with plenty of stuff going on.

A bouquet of hops jumps out from the first sip - a nice banquet of floral, flowery, and leafy flavors that caress the tongue rather than thrash it. Some light ashy flavors couple with some bubblegum-like spice from the yeast, right alongside a strong helping of coriander and clove spices. Bitterness gets a bit stronger towards the middle, but never gets "high". Phenols are mild - actually, very mild considering this beer is 9% ABV.

The fruit flavors seem a bit muted at first when compared to the aroma, but they start to come out a little more as 668 warms up. Mushy banana, crushed pears, and maybe even a slight hint of grapefruit rind. Tiny amounts of Candi sugar are present in the finish, leaving your mouth with a soft sweetness. Medium bodied, snaps the tongue with high carbonation and a wet mouth feel.

Decent Belgian strong ale, but nothing to go crazy over. Way too easy to drink for 9% ABV, though. Tasty and unique although some of the hop and spice combinations are a little less than desirable for my taste buds. Still a good beer, recommended to fans of Belgian-style strong ales. (1,904 characters)

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of woodchipper
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of rwinzing
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Have been cleaning out the beer fridge this is an extra from a trade. Thanks to who ever gave it to me

A - nice golden color with white head and decent lacing

S - Sweet smell

T - Very nice fruity note with tang of bitterness

M - smooth and rich

O - nice can of beer (270 characters)

Photo of pengs68
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of warnerry
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generous extra from woosterbill. Cheers!

A - Pours a hazy orange-brown with a lot of fine suspended yeast and one finger of white head. Head has decent retention and leaves a nice display of lacing.

S - Aromas of apple, pear, pepper, clove, banana and bubblegum. Somewhat sweet aroma of candi sugar, Pils malt. Faintly grassy hop aroma as well.

T - Rather fruity, with apple and pear. Candi sugar, Pils malt. Faint amount of pepper and hop. Finish has quite a bit of spice and a dry bitterness.

M - Medium mouthfeel starts out a bit sticky sweet and finishes dry, earthy, and a bit herbal.

O - A little sweeter than I want in a BSPA, but still quite tasty. I would take Duvel over this, but I would happily drink this again. (729 characters)

Photo of mverity
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can share at Proof courtesy of Masterson. Head!!! Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with about half an inch of head just in a rocks glass. Head lasted extremely well. Great lacing. Thick white collar once the head did fade. Sweet grassy aroma with some clean earthy hops. Taste is similar with a touch of funk. Medium to high carbonation and medium body. Very enjoyable. (370 characters)

Photo of 77apm
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can, without any freshness info available.

Quality beer in cans...bring it on!

Pours heavily clouded, light tangerine. Large eggshell head, leaves all sorts of ringed and patterned lacing.

Fruity nose with pineapple, melon, orange in the foreground, candi sugar and yeast in the rear.

Well crafted with the 9% nicely hidden. More candi sugar, mild citrus and tropical fruits floating in and around. Fresh, flavorful and pleasantly fruity. A hint of gin and lime flowing from the alcohol. Well done and well worth seeking out. Going to get more of this one next time I am in Conn., might even be worth a special trip cross the border (thankfully only about 30 mins. from my house)

Great addition to the other nice can offering(s) from NEBC. (754 characters)

Photo of mctizzz
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice

Appearance: orange-yellow in color, cloudy, 1/3 inch head that fades quick, moderate carbonation

Smell: sweet candy and tropical fruit

Taste: pineapple, candied sugar, coriander and other Belgian spices, with noticeable alcohol

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter alcohol backbone that mixes well into the finish, medium-high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: A good Belgian Ale with lots of burn. One per sitting. I do like this but think I would enjoy it more with a little less heat. (522 characters)

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of JC333
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of thaghost
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of jaminjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of mrw1zard
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can - golden color with a nice head. Very good lacing down the glass. Went down rather easily for a Belgian strong. Almost too easy. Good buttery mouthfeel and just the right amount of spiciness. Wish that I was able to get this more often - but then again, I might be in trouble if that was the case! Simply fantastic - a definite must try if you haven't yet! (374 characters)

Photo of virinow
5/5  rDev +25.9%

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

12 oz can at fridge temp poured into a tulip. No freshness info.

Pours out a light cloudy golden color, about one finger of white head with some very nice retention and sticky lacing.

Warming, sweet candied grain, Belgian yeast, bubblegum.

Classic Belgian strong pale, bubblegum, sweet sugary grain, light Belgian yeast phenols, grassy hops, just a slight tingle that let's you know the ABV.

Medium bodied, goes down smooth and easy.

A pretty spot on example of the style. This beer out of a wine barrel is probably something to behold. (545 characters)

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

Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jefftuck47
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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668 Neighbor Of The Beast from New England Brewing Co.
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