668 Neighbor Of The Beast - New England Brewing Co.
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Reviews by portia99:
3.9/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
16oz can poured into a Portsmouth tulip.
A - Pours a glowing, translucent pale orangey golden color. A finger of fluffy white foam takes it rightful place on top of this one and hangs around for a while. When it dies down it leaves behind some sparse lacing.
S - Spicey and fruity up front...huge Belgian yeast character. Getting cloves, some cinnamon, a bit of bubblegum, a bit of wintergreen. The yeastiness overpowers any malt contribution, really not picking anything up here.
T - My first impression is much like the aroma...very heavily influenced by the Belgian yeast. Spicy, spicy, spicy - big clove flavor, banana, with the same bubblegum from the aroma as well as the cinnamon. Definitely getting the candi sugar contribution as well - fermented candi sugar is very distinct. High alcohol component as well - fairly boozy to my tastes. This one will catch up to the unsuspecting.
M - Boozy and very spicy. All of the complexity comes from the yeast here. Nice blend of spicy flavors, but the malt doesn't stand a chance here. The alcohol is definitely noticeable here. Body is medium and carbonation is medium but tending towards the high side and somewhat prickly on the tongue and sides of the mouth.
D - Very fruity and spicy...huge Belgian yeast character...9% and showing it. Quite a bit boozy...a slow drinker for me...drinks more like a tripel for me. I'm liking it, but it is definitely a slow go here. I really liked the sample I had of this at ACBF recently...still like it, but the whole can is a bit of an effort to get through. Not because it is at all bad, just that the alcohol is very noticeable...could be that this is the 4th and last beer for me for the night though...
Serving type: can
07-03-2010 01:23:22 | More by portia99
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4.09/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Four-finger head that recedes in a lumpy fashion. It also leaves a decent dome. A bit cloudy with a dark, dirty gold color.
Grainy, raw barley smell. A bit of lemongrass. Some Belgian yeast nose as well.
Classic pale Belgian flavors: Some very pale malt, a good dollop of hop bitterness, the aforementioned yeast and a solid alcohol warmth, particularly in the swallow. Well-balanced. The body is as I would expect; the carbonation slightly above average.
Serving type: can
06-28-2014 17:35:24 | More by smcolw
668 Neighbor Of The Beast from New England Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 630 ratings.