668 Neighbor Of The Beast - New England Brewing Co.
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2.8/5 rDev -29.6%
Thanks to drez77 for the extra.
16oz can to oversized wine glass. Clever name, fun label.
A: Pours with an ivory white head, 2 fingers high. The head starts out fizzy and foamy and looks like it will disappear quickly, but multiple streamers keep it around for quite some time, eventually transforming the head into a dense, compact foamy cap. The body is hazy, but clear enough too see an endless amount of bubbles rushing by in a somewhat roundabout way. The color is between gold and goldenrod and has medium saturation. The entire glass is left coated with one continuous sheet of lace.
S: Toasted Pilsner malts mixed in with a light grain and straw component. Heavily yeasty. Big hop concentration, starting out with big pine notes plus the peel of lemon and orange but, at warmer temperatures, becoming cleaner-like. Scorching alcohol on the nose.
T & M: Aromas come through to the palate with some additional flavors of banana and pear and sweet candied sugar flavors. Thankfully, the alcohol is easier on the palate than it was on the nose. Full body with a creamy texture and a surprisingly passive, low level of effervescence. Soft and semi prickly but needs to be much livelier. Below average flavor duration.
D: Hot, kind of messy and not very easy to drink.
NOTE: This beer MAY not have traveled well since, even though it was safely packaged, it arrived with a huge bulge on the top of the can. Also, my experience was nothing like what I've read from other reviewers.
10-09-2010 12:43:02 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
3.03/5 rDev -23.9%
Aroma has a good mix of sweet, fruity esters and tart citrus, along with a note of clove and a definite yeast presence as well. Pretty complex, and inviting. What I like about Belgian styles.
Pours bright golden and hazy in the glass with a nice sized head that unfortunately disapates rather quickly.
Quite sweet and thick right upfront with lots of fruity esters. A note of more citric fruit is also noticed there as well. Very small clove presence. Through to the finish, there's a yeastiness that comes through along with quite a strong booziness. There's also a noticeable bitterness for style to finish the beer off somewhat dry with some sweet esters remaining.
The hotness of the booze here does detract from the enjoyment of the beer. Fairly average for style, perhaps not even average, due to the lack of spiciness and the booze.
08-25-2011 01:10:30 | More by NODAK
3.05/5 rDev -23.4%
Poured from the can into a snifter. I got one of these as an extra from portia99 but also grabbed a couple cans of this the last time I was in Boston. Thanks to an awesome trader, portia99 either way!
A - Golden body with a with a nice white head on top. Nice clear brew.
S - Spicy is the first thing that pops up. Belgian yeast, banana, breadyness and a bit of alcohol. Sweet
T - Follows the nose a lot with banana, belgian yeast, some sweet fruit notes and a bit of spiciness. Lots of that typical Belgian flavor that I'm not too fond of.
M - medium bodied, not too much carbonation.
D - Definitely not my favorite style but seems pretty solid and in line with other's of this style. I'm glad I got to try this but I won't be in a rush to try it again.
10-24-2010 19:54:44 | More by jpmclaug
3.15/5 rDev -20.9%
Thanks to hopstoopid120 for this one. Poured from a 16oz. can into a Darkness snifter
A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger foamy white head that dissipates quickly into a thin white ring hugging the side of the glass. Beer is a slightly cloudy flourescent peach-orange. Lacing is stringy and spotty with little stick. Not heady enough for the style and deducted points for lacing.
S: Nose is citrus, cane sugar, Belgian yeast, and sweet, floral soap. Some clove also. Fruit is prominent in this one, providing a nice covering effect for the spices.
T: Opens spicy Belgian yeast. Citrus, cane sugar, sweet peaches. More robust malt backbone in the middle with some floral notes and clove. End is sweet and a bit soapy with a cane sugar and vanilla oil in the finish. More Belgian spiciness in the aftertaste. Very sweet with only the Belgian yeast serving to make it style appropriate.
M: Light to medium bodied and well carbonated. Lively and crisp in the mouth and goes down bubbly and abrasive. Finish is messy with a filmy, lingering aftertaste. Pretty good.
O: At 9% abv., this beer is highly drinkable. Goes down very easy, crisp, and refreshing. Not too complex as is expected from the style but it serves its purpose and is solid enough to try again.
06-06-2011 21:57:45 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.2/5 rDev -19.6%
Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours avery cloudy orangish golden with two fingers of fluffy white head. Decent retention and some nice lacing.
Smell: Sweet light malt and quite fruity. I'm picking up hints of apple and banana. This one is also a bit yeasty.
Taste: Quite sweet with a strong Belgian spice presence. Fruity notes from the smell are there along with the light malt. The finish is really bitter from some hops and alcohol.
Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with tingly carbonation and a somewhat dry finish.
Overall: I thought this beer was a bit too sweet, and then the alcohol in the finish was a bit much. I enjoyed my can, but I don't think I would have another.
10-16-2011 20:45:57 | More by oline73
668 Neighbor Of The Beast from New England Brewing Co.
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