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668 Neighbor Of The Beast - New England Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CHADMC3 on 05-29-2010

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Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a NEBCO tulip glass.

Deep creamy and supper fluffly topped thick white head. Meingue and just a hint of soapy retention, sits easy two fingers tall on top of a slightly orange apricot colored body. A bit opaque, but also some thin carbonation really crawling up on the sides. Solid looking Belgian pale.

Aroma is quite interesting. Real nice malt angle on this, with sweet toast and almost English biscuit quality to it. There's a hint of woody and bark like sweetness, almost clove but not as hot or sweet smelling. Sweet breaded malts, a touch of honey peaks out as well, with some soft esters.

Palate is real nice, helped with a real supportive mouthfeel. Chewy malts and good biscuit sweetness, mixes with some toast as well. Finishes with a little bit of honey but very subtle. Sweet middle gets into some subdued cinnamon and almost cardamom like sweetness to match. Real chewy and meaty density on this guy.

Almost comes out like a bit of a amped up malt American/British angle mixing in with classic Belgian sucrose sweetness and melting yeast. Weird to put this guy in words. Fun brew. (1,135 characters)

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

- 4oz. pour off tap at Coal House Pizza (Stamford, CT) into flight glass on 11-Aug-15

It's got a bit of heat kick to it, but a decent example of the style. I didn't think it was anything special, but later discovered that this is also offered in cans which is a huge plus. (273 characters)

Photo of sjones5045
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

7/10/15 Home

Pours hazy orange with a nice head and good retention.

The smell has that spice combo you'd expect from a Belgium ale. It's not overpowering but enough there to really know the style in the glass.

Taste is good. It has a strong backbone of spice but it isn't over the top.

Overall this is a good Belgium strong. Not my favorite style but this one is a good beer. It's a right place right time kind if beer but I would definitely have more of these. (468 characters)

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

Pours a cloudy dark orange color with a foamy one finger's worth of head. There is good carbonation and quite a bit of lacing. The odor is spicy, clove, coriander, citrus, orange, Belgium yeast like, bread like. The taste is spicy, clove, mandarin, orange, juicy, slightly bitter on the back, but more spices. (312 characters)

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 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 Immortale25
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Nice, drippy cobwebs of lacing.

S- Textbook Belgian yeast aroma with plenty of banana and a hint of bubble gum. Fruity esters give way to some spice tones.

T- Somewhat sweet, semi-soily. Very drinkable with a nice yeasty richness in the finish.

M- Tangy, sharp and vibrant. Medium carbonation with a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A very well executed, straightforward BSPA. Has great balance and the clever branding is an added bonus giving the beer personality. (731 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can poured into a Belgian tulip.

Interesting to have a Belgian (style) in a can. Not something you find too often.

The pour produces a substantial frothy white head, with layers of chewy and pillow-like foam. As the head slowly recedes, patches of laces line the sides of the glass. The body is a golden haze with a straw-like color at the base.
4.5

Smells very nice, resembling sweet grapes or a sweeter white wine. It's got a sweet floral aroma, grain/oatmeal sweetness and notes of melon and honey. 4.25

Drinks pretty true to the nose, exhibiting a white grape-like flavor, sweet malt and floral qualities. The yeast is more pronounced on the palate and lingers a bit more potently than I desire it to. Just as on the nose, I find a slight resemblance to white wine. 3.75

Great body on this beer, thick and smooth, but the yeast is a little overzealous and lingers for ages. The sweetness is moderate and enjoyable and works hard to offset the yeast and is almost successful. 3.5

Smelled great and showed real promise, but that pesky yeast... Still was a beer I enjoyed though. (1,097 characters)

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy gold with a generous head - possibly because I poured it a little warmer than normal. Lacing abounds as the beer is enjoyed. Enjoyable and I will get more as I travel. (182 characters)

Photo of fank2788
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a snifter
This one is pale gold in color and quite hazy. It starts out with a finger or so of fine bubbles on top but they quickly fall to a thin layer that throws a lot of lace on the glass. A very nice aroma of wheat, belgian candi sugar and yeasty esters of banana, pineapple and spices are all present and nicely mixed. All of those spices and yeast flavors jump to the front in the flavor of this beer. After that there is a good chunk of sweetness that gives way to some peppery spice or bitterness from the hops and a nice toasty biscuit to round it out. The body is medium and so is the level of carbonation. This has a dry finish and a little bit of the alcohol makes itself known as the beer warms. Overall a good beer that doesn't quite compete with the classics of the style but it is worth giving a try. (842 characters)

Photo of dd43
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on draft, was not poured well and was served in a shaker pint. Unsure of how well the glassware or tap line was taken care of.

Was somewhat underwhelming in the aromas I was looking for, taste wise it seemed to be on point. I will need to try a fresh can and adjust the ratings as needed. (299 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra on a trade a while back. I don't know if it might have been lingering too long in my fridge but it seems a little less than I would expected. Poured in glass from a can.

Appearance: Lots of white fluffy head that remains for a while throughout the pour. Color is golden hazy yellow with a slight bronze note.

Aroma: Mild Belgian yeast aromas, some candied fruits and clove like spices, reminds me of a tripel in a way.

Taste: Same type of flavor notes appear in the flavors, but does have a more dominant spice note in the flavor. Kind of sweet but has a clean finish.

Overall: I am not a huge fan of this style in general but some of the original styles from Belgium have surprised me. This is not one of those though. Sometimes American brewers can do magical things with Belgian styles and other fall short, this one to me falls on the short side. Its not a bad beer but certainly not one I would go after again, when there are so many amazing offerings out there these days. (1,010 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into sam Adams glass

Clear golden liquid , constant carbonation, thin white layer on top

Aroma of bread, biscuit and funk

Taste offers up the bread, funk and reminds of a white wine note.

Slight carbonation, immensely quaffable. Slight funk aftertaste . Smooth

Wasn't what I expected but I like it. Nice beer. (325 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can poured with a hazy, light golden body and a small head.

Fruity and floral aroma suggests some dominance of Belgian yeast. The flavor follows but has some funk too and features more light bready malt. Yeasty and mildly bitter.

Light body with adequate carbonation. (278 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was a lightly hazy peachy-golden color. It poured with a thick, sticky head that faded fairly quickly.

Smells of honey, pear, clove, and light perfumed warmth. Nothing overpowering but pleasant enough in the nose. I like this but it is dangerously close to being too sweet for my taste. It reminds of the time I fried pears in WAY too much honey. That was sticky sweet and this beer is almost there. Huge honey notes with light pear and flowery heat blanketing everything. There is a lingering clove flavor that helps cut the sweetness somewhat. Great name on packaging for a pretty good beer. (600 characters)

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from can into my Unibroue tulip.cloudy straw color with requisite thick airy head. Not much on the nose. Some light stone fruit, a bit of funk, but nothing sharp.
Taste is slow to develop. Seems bland at first, but that sharp hit comes later.

This is a good beer, but I'll take a Duvel or Matilda anyway. (313 characters)

Photo of hail_seitan
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. can into a tulip glass

A - A hazy yellow body with a foamy white head.

S - Yeasty odors dominate the nose - I pick up coriander, clove, and lemongrass.

T - Fruity and spicy esters are the first things to hit the tastebuds. Pear, banana, allspice, and even a bit of bubblegum are in the mix. Then comes a Belgian sugar cookie sweetness. The finish is fairly dry with a touch of acrid lemongrass and clove.

M - A fairly glutinous mouthfeel accompanied by a foamy carbonation.

O - Worth picking up if you visit the Constitution State. Humerous artwork on the cans will entertain party guests, too. (618 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy; golden colored; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; nice Belgina lacing;

S: clove, black pepper, pear, perfume

T:follows the nose - a little more pepper and a little less clove; finish is moderately bitter and it's the clove that is there at the end;

M: medium bodied; effervescent;

O: smooth; hides the ABV pretty well; (350 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.09/5  rDev +3%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into 668 tulip glass. Pale, hazy, golden-blonde in colour.

Smells of spices and yeast, with some wheat balanced by the slightest scent of sweet lemon/citrus.

Lots of citrusy sweet hops up front taste only the slightest bit bitter, as it transitions through light wheat malts to light spices and plenty of yeasty must on the finish; Which disguises the higher ABV very well -- this is very drinkable and tastes/feels light. It will sneak up on you.

The mouthfeel is lighter but close to the thicker side of things, and is somewhat oily.

Overall, this is a pretty great beer. I'm not particularly fond of the yeast profile, but it tastes good and goes down smooth. (688 characters)

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

Appearance - hazy gold body with white head

Smell - citrus - lemon, lime

Taste - lemon, lime, ginger, lemongrass, yeast

Mouthfeel - medium body, medium carbonation, citrus upfront, a tad sour/bitter in the finish

Overall - nice Stateside version of A Belgian ale. Worth a try

Price Point - $5.99/4pk 12 oz cans (315 characters)

Photo of Halfbrother83
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a Jester King goblet.

A: Pours a hazy gold with over two fingers of beautiful head that leaves a beautiful lacing once it fades.

S: Typical belgian yeast smell, some banana notes, some lemon, some pepper.

T: Very grainy and grassy, some nice lemon and spice flavors that intermingle with a solid, biscuity malt backbone.

M: Lighter in body with a really nice, prickly carbonation. Very smooth and refreshing.

O: A very good pale belgian. Not my first choice in style, but I do like this very much. It's also much better than a certain other Maiden-nodding beer that shall remain nameless. (609 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in an opaque hazy orange with a large bubbly head.

The aroma has Belgian spicy notes. Pepper, green grass, banana, clove, lemon peel, a breadiness.

The flavor follows with a big spicy pepper throughout. Nice lemon and light banana notes. The malt has a bit grainy flavor in the middle palate. Clove on the back along with a lemon peel bitterness and grassy drying.

At 9%, this beer drinks exceptionally well with that drying and bitterness masking that alcohol very well. (491 characters)

Photo of SpacingOutMan
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Can, poured into a tulip. Great can artwork.

A: Hazy and golden yellow body with a persisting beige head (approx. 1/4"). Amazing lacing.

S: Citrus and wheat aroma with a great balance between sweet and grainy.

T: Just like the smell, the taste is a wonderful experience. Hints of lemon, tangerine, coriander, and hints of grain are followed by a sweet finish with a hint of bitterness (presumably from the relatively high ABV).

M: Slightly lighter than "medium body", but it doesn't take away from the greatness of this beer whatsoever. A tingly finish which matches the flavor profile.

O: Very strong and tasty beer. Dangerously drinkable but boy is it enjoyable! I would highly recommend this beer to anyone interested in Belgian-style beers. I wouldn't necessarily say this is a great starter for those first exploring the style, it's also very enjoyable on its own merits. (896 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. can into a stemmed tulip.

a: nearly clear dark gold with a huge white head which required additional pours to fill the glass. Head receded to heavy surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mild ripe fruit

t; Ripe fruit from the Belgian yeast up front followed by some bitterness penetrating the sides of the tongue. The high ABV is well masked, with little throat burn.

m: Moderate with good body,

o; No shortage of taste in this brew, the Belgian yeasty ripe fruit flavor is pretty strong, making it an agressive representative of the style. (563 characters)

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