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668 Neighbor Of The Beast - New England Brewing Co.

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213 Reviews
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Reviews: 213
Hads: 839
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 98
Gots: 131 | 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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Photo of sebod89
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Interning here at the moment and having this fresh from the bright beer tank might be the best thing on earth. It has great overall flavor, and unbelievable drinkability for it having 8.7% ABV.
It has great balance with respect to bitterness to sweetness. The yeast is strong and brings out great belgian style flavors. This is just overall a great beer! (354 characters)

Photo of TimHoss
4.97/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this on two occasions both of them as growler fills direct from the brewery. I found it to be a fantastic beer. The guys at New England are great people who truly love what they are doing and their products reflect their passion. The beer was a cloudy golden yellow with a one finger dense, white head loaded with a great combination of banana, vanilla, and spice. It starts with a very mild bite of hops and finishes very smooth and sweet. This year's batch was probably running at a very sneaky 9.5% ABV with no alcohol burn whatsoever. I highly recommend taking a run to Woodbridge and getting it right from the source. (633 characters)

Photo of bmwfan1987
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my 4th or 5th can, I just feel compelled to finally review it today.

A-A nice golden straw yellow, great lacing, and carbonation.

S-Spice, banana, pears... smells delicious.

T-The nose doesn't let you down. Banana, pears, candy sugar, spices.

M-Medium body

D-Great drinkability despite high abv, If I could drink this every night I would...This may be my favorite beer of all time. Im blown away by this breweries pint cans. Ghandi bot too. (453 characters)

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 Fluke828
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler poured into a Duvel Tulip.
Growler purchased directly from NEBCO on 4/21/11, consumed Easter Sunday 4/24/11. Split with a cousin.

A-> Pours a wonderful hazy pale golden color with an unfiltered/Belgian look that yielded a beefy 3 finger head at first but other pours obviously yielded smaller heads. Some wonderful clingy lace with good head retention. Fantastic nucleation running up the sides of my tulip. A spectacle for sure.

S-> Smells of Belgian yeast first and foremost. Banana, clove, yeast, some coriander and some faint other spices that are hard to place. Also getting some lemon and citrus zest.

T-> My Gawd, I could weep...This is what I dream about my perfect Belgian brew tasting like. Fantastic Belgian flavors that are on point with the nose with the perfect amount of bitterness and carbonation. Very sweet candied fruitiness but nothing too strong or anything like a malt-forward brew, just light, pleasant candied sugar sweetness that refreshes the palate with each swig. Definitely get some of the caramelized sugar others have mentioned. Really spectacularly complex yet elegantly simple @ the same time...

M-> Ideal. Perfect amount of carbonation that sings in utter harmony with a mild, refreshing bitterness. Can't really say it much better than that...Medium bodied and smooth as eggs...delightful.

O-> Wow. Really impressed by this. First time having this beer and NEBCO knocked it outta the park with this one. There are usually so many varied complaints about American-brewed Belgian-style beers whether it be yeast or hop profile yet this one is guilty in neither avenue. Exceptionally balanced, unbelievably impressive, and all around delightfully tasty and enjoyable. Cheers to your New England Brewing! Keep up the good work....The 275+ mile round-trip excursion is worth it every time.... (1,855 characters)

Photo of illpass78
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light orange with lots of carbonation and a big white head that retains well. Lots of lacing as it goes down.

Aroma: I sense some banana and spices in the nose. Also some somewhat white wine-like character.

Taste: Wow, this is a pretty terrific beer. Those banana and grape notes are there, and there's some very appealing spiciness on the finish. A little bit of appealing sweetness, I'm guessing from the sugar teased in the ad copy.

Mouthfeel: Nice depth. Alcohol is pretty well concealed. Pleasant to drink.

Overall: Terrific pale ale. Cool concept and can design, too. Very impressed with NEBCO's work here. (675 characters)

Photo of Hautacam
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The artwork on New England cans is setting a new standard....I love the Neighbor with his wife beater tee,farmer tan and the Register under his arm....the subtle,resigned look on his face. Hilarious !

OK, so about the contents :Looks great in a tulip. Slightly hazy , bright gold with a nice billowy head that laces a bit as it drops.
Smells like pome fruits and yeast.
Flavor in layers: banana, yeast, pears, apples, various spices and a really great earthy, grassy, dry turn toward the end which makes me think " super saison". Very, very good, very Belgian and scarey drinkable ! No way you would think 9% abv unless told....even then you might doubt.
This is so good, I'm starting to believe that NEBCO may have pulled some type of Faustian deal for the recipe...? Definitely worth a soul or two. (801 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Solid gold body with a finger of dense off-white head; decent retention and spotty lacing. Pretty good.

S: Classic Belgian yeast aromas (not surprising, since this is brewed with yeast from La Chouffe), with somewhat more fruit than spice: pear, apple, lemon, and orange notes are there, backed up with floral and lightly spicy (both clove and pepper) hints. A touch of noble hops (Saaz, I presume), and bready malt as well. Truly outstanding.

T: Everything from the nose comes through, with even more complexity and smoothness. Rich, lightly tart fruit shows up first, followed by some lightly sweet malt and then a supremely drying yeasty finish. Terrific, although perhaps not quite as seamlessly balanced as the aroma.

M: Smooth medium body with ample, if slightly sharp, carbonation.

D: Great for the strength. This drinks like it's 6% - dangerous, indeed.

Notes: I've been looking forward to this one for a while, and haven't been disappointed by it in the least any of the times I've had it. In fact, the more I drink the more I enjoy this beer. It's incredible to see the first Belgian to come out of NEB (or the state of CT, for that matter, as far as I know) to be such a pure, clean, flavorful, and drinkable example of the amazing style. I'll take 668 over La Chouffe any day of the week.

Cheers! (1,365 characters)

Photo of Pabs311
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours from my growler with a nice hazy golden color with a rather nice head that settles to leave very minimal lacing on the glass.

S- banana, clove, spice some earthy hop tones linger in the background. very nice nose.

T- similar to the nose. alot of banana and glove, some nice earthy hops in the finish and a little funkiness mixes in to make this a rather nice tasting beer.

M/D- medium bodied with good carbonation. easy drinker at 9% ABV. well worth the taste and am happy i got a growler. i'll be looking for this one on store shelves in cans. (557 characters)

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting to try this one.
Pouring from a 12 oz can this beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a nice fluffy head.
The nose is slightly subdued but hints of what's to come.
The taste is a little grassy, a little bit of funk a little bit of fruit and whole lot of goodness.
This is an excellent beer and a great representation of the style.
And the name is pretty damn good too. (387 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 alaimoa
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler from the brewery and opened after one day.
Poured a cloudy deep gold and a sticky spotty lace on the whole glass. Nose has a bit of tart citrus grapefruit and banana with a bit of toasted biscuit yeastiness. The taste is bold with an upfront hit of tart acidity that is then overwhelmed by a farmhouse earthiness. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and a medium thickness that finishes nice and dry

Overall one of my favorites in category and from nebco. Easily a must buy again (481 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy straw, honey. Thin white head, leaves great lacing.

S: Belgian Candi, Banana, Cloves, some funkyness, barnyard sweatyness.

T: Bright bouquet of flavors, lots of spices, coriander, cloves, and hard candy. Some currants, and lightly toasted bread. Hints of anise and maple. Not overly sweet. Very minimal hop presence, some lemony grassyness in finish.

M: Rather creamy and rich, medium carbonation, viscous and oily. ABV very well integrated, pretty drinkable.

O: Really like this, and I'm not usually into the high ABV belgians. Tons of different flavor notes, weaved together beautifully. Very drinkable for what it is. Highly reccomended. One of the best US belgian style brews I've had. (713 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool looking can that I got thanks to Adam!

The pour is cool looking. Half and half of foam and a slightly hazy golden coloured brew. Much lacing ensues.

The nose is dominated by funk with various spices and a hoppy bitterness following up nicely. Pepper gains momentum the more I sniff and the base of yeast and some candi sugar grows as the eer warms up.

First sip in and I think NEBCO has the Belgian Style *nailed*. Candi sugar sweetness is the first thing I notice with the spices not far behind. And not far behind THAT is the tasty use of the hops. Nice bitter notes, tasty sweet note, mix in the spices of pepper and cloves, and earthy malt character, a fairly light hint of Brett...damn good taster. There are a LOT of flavours going on here and they all work very well together.

Medium bodied with a lesser amount of carbonation than other examples of the style I've tried, the mouthfeel is pretty darned smooth.

I'm a big fan of New England Brewing and this, the newest beer I've tried from them, only reaffirms my love for the brewery. Well done! (1,063 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As a Connecticut resident I love New England Brewery. It's close by and I love to bring friends by to see the small, but ambitious location. The color is golden with a great foam. It's refreshing yet still has ample body to be drank alone. The hints of citrus on the end balance well with the wheaty taste in the beginning. We paired it with light Italian and were very happy with how well the beer paired. The price point on a four pack is pretty fair and the availability in stores inside CT is very nice. Everyone we turn on to this beer keeps coming back for more. While some beers tend to give either a love or hate reaction, this one is almost guaranteed to appease almost anyone's palate. On a side note, absolutely love the name and the artwork on the side of the can. (776 characters)

Photo of modernartblues
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler into a Duvel Tulip

A: agressive pour from the growler yields a big 1.5" head that recedes quickly, but leaves a nice cap, golden amber-orangeish body. cloudy. very pretty

S: fruity, herbal with some notes of banana, pear, and a touch of lemon, clove and the signature belgian yeast notes are also noted

T: bready and sweet with the fruit notes poking up here and there, belgian yeast provides a smooth finish that makes you want another sip. other notes include clove and light pepper. this one changes a lot as it warms

M: medium to full with good carbonation, the mouthfeel is really the only give-away that this is a beast of beer at 9+%

D: really good. make sure you have a friend to help with the growler, this one sneaks up on you quick (756 characters)

Photo of bbb099
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to scottfrie for the beer!

A - Thick and foamy shell-white head. Slightly hazy orange-brown (almost chicken broth-like) color.

S - Belgian yeast and grain aroma, not exceptionally strong but enjoyable smell.

T - Syrupy honey-like malt flavors with spices present. Some hops that add to the bitterness.

M - Moderate amount of carbonation and full bodied.

O - Great overall taste, aroma and appearance. The alcohol is hidden incredibly well. (452 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned: unk

Pours a toasted almond meat hazed ale with a ring of soapy whites with some etched surface. Smells like apricot, white grapes, cracker, some nice sweet citrusy juice. Real awesome nose. Flavor follows through with a good fruity character, some more apricot, pineapple, apple juice, some grain, some nice refined and mature belgian yeast with a clay character. Medium on full bodied with moderately hi carb and a nice wet finish. Fucking A. Real delicious, if I could score this in the PNW, I'd slam it while camping for sure. (538 characters)

Photo of litheum94
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Chessy looking label, but in the good way. No dates.

Opaque, golden body with a lace white head, a finger thick. It's dense with tightly packed bubbles. Slowly fades away, leaving a compact cover. It coats the side of the glass, leaving some nice lacing.

Aromas of honey suckle, coriander, citrus yeast and banana peel. Some muscat wine qualities as well, white wine grapes and flowers.

Very spicy at first, with loads of coriander and a dash of clove, even some sage as well. These give way to cracker malts and Belgian yeast, giving the beer an earthy and dry body. Honey sweetness and a faint lemon twang on the finish.

I think this is the first Belgian style ale I've ever had from a can. and it is damn good. I love the amount of spicing here, and even though it's the dominate profile, it's not heavy handed at all. Great balance, and I had no idea this was a 9% beer. Very well done. (905 characters)

Photo of Casey10
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a exceptional beer not only that it's from a can. Yes you can have a belgain type beer from a can (to me almost like a tripple but thats just me)

Golden pour with a nice head the candi sugar of a Belgian is there with the familar taste of bannana.

Light and refreshing I hope really that this is not just a one off as both the beer and the label art on the can is fantastic (If you like Iron Maiden +10).

Amust try I have one more can and hope to get more!!! (471 characters)

Photo of travis224
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a really cool can into a snifter. Nice golden color with a light white head. The smell is dead on for the style. Taste is everything Ii expected from the smell. Spice, sweetness, delicious. One of the best American Belgian style beers I've had in a while. I can't believe this is 9% ABV, the alcohol his hidden really well. My first offering from this brewery and I am very pleased. Hope to snag some more in the future. (432 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy golden orange from the growler. A pillow like white head develops and patiently subsides to leave a sticky white lacing.

The aroma consists strongly of yeast and citrus. A big citrus zest wafts from the glass accompanied by an underlying sweetness.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, however, the focus is more on the citrus zest, and also reveals some spice aspects such as black pepper. The yeast is still very apparent and I believe some banana evolves as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel consists of generous carbonation and a medium body with slightly drying aspects, yet very smooth with very little presence of the higher abv.

The Neighbor is a fine example of the style, offering excellent flavor and aroma character in quite a smooth beer. (779 characters)

Photo of robwestcott
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the can a murky orange to a sun king shaped pint glass with a big bubbled foamy 1/2 finger head.

nice yeasty, fruity aroma. peaches, and apricots up front.

as advertised, tastes like a begian. big and bold, spicy yeast and fruit.

smooth and sweet, thicker than expected, medium carbonation.

very drinkable. wish i had another can. (346 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy golden amber honey in color, big rocky white head that dissipates swiftly, moderate amounts of carbonation

S - spices are prominent, specifically cardamom and nutmeg or cinnamon, along with the candied sugar sweetness, some fruitiness bananas and wet pumpkin seeds.

T - the wet fresh pumpkin seeds stick with it, mayveI'm crazy, spices pop out, coriander and cardamom but not in a pumpkin pie way, which is nice. A nice mellow hop profile balances the yeasty breadiness of the belgian side

M&D - smooth and drinkable, slightly effervescent, a great beer. Is the house at 670 for sale? (597 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour - wow. This just looks great in a glass. Yellowish orange and soft with a beautiful bubbly, smooth head on top. Lots of little orbs streaming upwards adding to the foamy goodness. A little opaque but not really cloudy.

Aroma - zesty, Belgian yeasty and spicy. Its a familiar smell of Belgian yeast but also some tangy citrus, orange peel and a kiss of caramel. Fresh and aromatic. I am ready to dive right in.

Taste - one big sip and this is flavor city my friends. Tons of spiciness from the Belgian yeasties, a nice chunk of orange and lemon citrus as well as some vanilla and cinnamon flavors. Extremely soft on the palate and a little sharp and dry in the finish. This has some tripel-esque characteristics, especially at 9%. The tangy sweetness really sets this apart from its Belgian counterparts. Its so fresh and so drinkable. I blame the American hops or maybe its my close proximity to the brewery. Whatever the case this is some amazing stuff.

Overall - another winner from New England Brewing Company. I need to find this on tap and get a nice fresh pour as I can only imagine how good that tastes. This is incredible coming right out of the can with so much flavor and complexity but yet so easy drinking...which is scary as 2-3 cans will put you to sleep on the couch at 8 o'clock. Find some of this and enjoy.

Would I buy more of it? - yes. yes. yes. (1,381 characters)

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668 Neighbor Of The Beast from New England Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.