668 Neighbor Of The Beast - New England Brewing Co.

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668 Neighbor Of The Beast668 Neighbor Of The Beast

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89
very good

824 Ratings
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Ratings: 824
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 97
Gots: 126 | 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 metter98
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is quite hazy golden yellow in color—hazy enough so you can't see any visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with notes of candi sugars and spices and hints of bananas.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of peppery spices are a little stronger and there are also hints of alcohol in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a good representation of the style. The only drawback is that you get some alcohol in the finish.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to both woosterbill and HikerCT for cans of this. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear golden color with a good white head that sticks around for quite a bit before falling and leaving behind a good amount of lacing. The nose carries some light malt along with a good dose of spicing and some mild citrus character. The flavor hits more of the spice notes and has a bit of alcohol. Pretty crisp with a moderate citrus presence. Dry and crisp with a light to medium body and a bit of booze in the finish. Nice take on the style.

Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks like a Belgian, with a fluffy meringue of a head sitting atop the cloudy honey nectar; lots of webbing action on the side of the tulip

Smell: Bready, with herbal elements and some candi sugar

Taste: Opens bready, with the candi sugar generating a slight honeyish character; by mid-palate, the bitter and herbal elements kick in, adding an orange pith and coriander edge; the finish balances out all of the flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; not a particularly Belgian mouthfeel

Overall: Rather nice, and in a can to boot; I wouldn't mind a bit more Candi sugar and a bit less pith but that is a nit

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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out with a nice orange body, the head was foamy and white. The head settles and leave a tiny amount of lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has a nice yeasty fruit aroma mixed with a subtle amount of spices. The taste had some citrus flavors and some other light soft fruit flavors. There is a slight hoppiness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was well carbonated and lighter bodied for good drinkablity. Overall, I loved the name of this beer and that's why I bought it. I would drink this one again to see if my thoughts have changed at all. Pretty good brew though.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright golden amber with a small white head of lace on top maybe one finger in depth but no more then that. Very cloudy and hazy

very light, and very bright with the first initial smell being of light yeast and wheat that seemed to have a nice little edge of fresh grass to it that melded very well. Very crisp and clean with a bright east flavor sitting right up front that offered more then adequate hints of peach and grain and wheat in the flavor. That nice light grass flavor was also very present and offered a nice little bitter finish to it. The finish itself was long and drawn out with a really nice long lasting crispness that really went well with dinner and wrapped the whole thing together nicely.

M - The feel was also wonderful, nice and light bodied and very well carbonated, it never got flat or boring and offered a very nice sessionable feel to it. Crisp and clean this went down easily and really was just a pleasant expierence all around.

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jared for another quality extra.

A: The pour is a cloudy golden orange color with a nice white head.

S: A very fruit forward nose with pineapple, banana, pears, and citrus. Some spicy yeast esters, such as coriander, and a sweet malt aroma.

T: Bready malts and sweet candi sugar up front with the yeast and fruit flavors to follow. The same coriander and yeast character as the nose exhibited with some more subdued fruit that leans toward sweet oranges.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Really just a nice Belgian style beer, and a good one in a can, I might add. Never once thought this was 9% as I was enjoying the beer.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Thanks to GoGriz for this can!

I love how closely this guy resembles Carl Brutananadilewski, though without the effect of decades of disappointment crashing down on his shoulders. The beer pours a hazy amber straw topped by a steadfast finger of white suds. The nose comprises banana, clove, Belgian-yeast spiciness, orange zest, cinnamon, and coriander. The taste is heavy on the citrus aspects, pumping that coriander and orange peel to an overt level. The cloves are joined by some peppercorns, and behind all of this citrus and spice looms a mass of honey and light caramel. The body is a solid medium, with a light medium carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a solid brew, a bit hard to drink heavily, but a decent Belgian-style sipper.

Photo of oline73
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/25/2012 at Julian’s, in Providence, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber/gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains Belgian yeast, spices, fruit, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel, spices and fruit that are followed by breadiness from a hearty malt character and Belgian yeast backbone. The hops presence is mild but complementary and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong but well-disguised kick, good representation of style, this is a decent stronger Belgian-style beer to drink for a while.

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Who doesn't love tall boy cans.

A: A nice fluffy 2 finger head rises up and fades semi quickly over the hazy wheat orange golden colored beer.

N: A definite Belgian golden ale, with some Belgian malts, a slight Belgian yeast, some light sweetness with some Belgian candi sugar, touch of warming booze, and a light fruit aroma.

T: Starts pretty sweet, with some warming booze, and quite a bit of candi sugar. Some juicy fruit flavors with that, and lots of Belgian malts and light yeast flavors. More juicy malt flavors and a hint of wheat. A touch of tingly boozy flavors too, but not too bad.

M: Medium body with decent carboation.

F: Finishes still sweet with lingering candi sugar and lots of malts, sweet juicy malt flavors, some yeast too. Touch of wheat. A bitterness also comes through on the finish, I can't figure out where it's from, perhaps some grassy hops that I'm just starting to detect. It does have a slight chewy and sticky finish as well. There's also more spicy, tingly, and warming booze with all that.

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at NEBCO

Cloudy burnt orange pour, with a foamy white head that retained well and left nice lacing on the glass. Taking a whiff, I believe my comment was, "Very Belgian." Indeed. Fruity esters in the nose, Belgian yeast, coriander. Similar taste, pear, banana, stone fruit, citrus, yeast, coriander, doughy malts lending some sugary sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body, a little chewy, pretty good overall. Not something I'm always in the mood for, but I'd get this again.

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.

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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden apricot to peach in color with some moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation and some deep golden yellow + orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy creamy light beige head that very slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts with some lighter aromas of citrus/orange rind, spicy yeast, coriander, and clove.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale malts with a touch of candi sugar and just a hint of caramel. There are some lighter notes of spices - clove, coriander, and spicy yeast. Additionally there are some light fruit flavors including pear/grape and citrus/orange rind. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish but it fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness.

O: The beer is really easy to drink and the 9% ABV is extremely well hidden - I was shocked to notice that it had that high of an ABV. There are some good flavors in this beer and it is likely the best Belgian style beer that I have had in a can.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my brother for grabbing this for me.

A: pours a hazy orange/golden color with a one finger white head. Decent retention with sheets of lacing.

S: Some cloves, banana, pear, and lost of yeast on the aroma. Slightly doughy.

T: More bready malt and yeast, a bit of spice, mostly cloves and coriander. Some candied sugar and a little bit of grassy hops.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: A pretty good beer. Drinks rather easy for 9%. Would drink again for sure.

Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra (let me know who sent this so I can thank you).

Love the label on this can!

Poured into Town Hall chalice.

Pours 1/2 finger of bright white head that fades down to a very thin layer fast. Color is a bright golden orange. Can't see through this one.

Aroma: Grassy hops with some herbal notes and spices. Bananas and cloves are up front with this beer. A bit of burnt sugar flavors in the background. Has a very sweet aroma to it.

Taste: A fairly large beer. Big cloves and spice flavors. Bananas is the only fruit I really get out of this beer because of all the alcohol showing. It has grassy hops with a pale/biscuity malt profile.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and boozy. A ton of alcohol shows from this beer, granted it is 9%. A rather large body with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends rather dry.

Overall, I just wasn't feeling this beer. It was too strong and too much of the alcohol showed. I really don't know the intentions of this beer but it just turned out too big. Not overly drinkbale.

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 7/17/10 thanks to BA smoked for sharing.

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass. 668 appears a hazey golden color with a finger of creamy white head. Spotty lace clings to the glassware. The aroma of this brew is typical belgian characteristics of yeast, clove and some alcohol sting in the back of the nose. The taste is a bit yeasty and sugary with a candy-like sweetness that clings to the mouth. There is an abundant amount of alcohol warmth through the back and a bit of almost bubblegum flavor mingled within. Medium bodied brew that is moderately carbonated. Drinkable and well balanced overall but nothing I would be upset about if I never tried again.

Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sadly, this is only review # 397 on The CANQuest (TM) and not # 668 or any other meaningful (?) three-digit number. One of my regular CANTraders, indiapaleale, sent this to me and I have to cop to having been sitting on it for a little while. No time like the present, however.

From the CAN: "'Good fences make good neighbors' ... unless you live next door to Satan. Then you may need something more than a fence to accept that your neighbor is the Prince of Darkness; like our '668'. This HELLaciously delicious Belgian Style Ale is brewed with pilsner malts, candi sugar and blended with Ameri[CAN] and German hops. It will help you accept that cloven-hoofed guy next door. '668': mortal tested, ... Goat Lord approved. Undersigned, Brewer/Owner". Wow! The initial quote is from Robert Frost, a New Englander, BTW.

The Crack & Glug - works every time, although here it was close to an overflow. Gotta work on ramping back just a tad on the pour of some of these beers. Two rocky fingers' worth of thick, bone-white head that slowly fell, leaving behind a lot of sticky lacing. Nose was peppery, black peppery with a slight funk, not unlike a farmhouse saison. Hmm. Color was a slightly cloudy golden-yellow. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a slight viscosity to it on the tongue. I could feel an initial heat that gave 'way to a pleasant spicy sweetness. I was reminded of the interplay in MexiCAN hot chocolate between the sweet and the heat. This was more black pepper and sugary sweetness, but it may give you an idea of the mix of tastes. Finish was very dry, thanks to the yeast-driven spiciness. Wow! I felt like I had been kicked by a goat. Say, is somebody experimenting with sulfur in my basement? What is happening? My cooler just melted into a puddle of plastic slag! I need to move on.

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.

Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average. That's a 3 in my book, not a 3.75. Sorry.

Photo of ppoitras
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Aliza!

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head lasts pretty well, what there is, with leggy lacing. Aroma is muted sweet bananas and cloves.

Taste holds the nose's line to start, a little pick of alcohol in the middle, smooth sailing through the spicy close. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with drinkability is almost too easy. Like this one muchly, and in a can to boot? Sold.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pounder can received as an extra in a great trade with gsisk03... Thanks Geof!! The name of this brew is awesome.. and the label is fantastic.. very cool score.

Pours a hazy yellow with a short lasting white head..

Nose shows a bunch of fruit.. apricot, pear, lite white peach.. punctuated by a fair amount of peppercorn and much lesser clove..

Flavor has the same qualities with bits of coriander and some banana.. grassy hops are present but way in the background.. I would have loved more hops to put this in the bigger boy category.. Bones resemble Duvel, but gets left high and dry without the hops and a more meshed palate.

I really dig the couple of cans that I've had, but I want this recipe dialed in.... it could be the first EPIC BSPA in a can... talk about a great camping commodity!!

Thanks Geof... fantastic trade... I hope we can scamper back together again and solidify a great east west trading relationship.

3.5/4/4/4/4.5

Photo of aasher
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I acquired this can from an in person trade with woosterbill at DLD. Thanks Will! It had been on my Wants list for some time.

It pours a cloudy orangish gold in color with a perfect one and a half finger creamy white head. It looks great in my snifter. It smells of yeasty, pale malt, and has some light spice to it. I'd say it could be mistaken for a saison based on the nose itself. The initial flavors are of sweet pale malts mixed with Belgian yeast and honey. It's sweeter than I anticipated but still pretty good. Like most beers from a can it's perfectly smooth. It's medium bodied and has the right amount of carbonation. Overall this is a very good Belgian Strong Pale. I'm definitely glad I finally got to try it and even more glad that I still have one left.

Photo of beertunes
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ChadMc3 for this one. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a hazy bright yellow color with just a thin cap of white head that had good retention and very light lacing.

The aroma was pretty much average for the style, nice base grains, a noticeable spicy yeast scent, and perhaps a bit more alcohol than is usual. The same grain, spice, yeast and alcohol were also solid on the tongue, but the alcohol lingered and had a definite strong personality.

The body was also average, smooth and even, but, again, the alcohol hung around a bit too much. Except for the alcohol, drinkability was very good, the beer went down easily and I could have had a couple with no complaints. Overall, a pretty typical example of the style, certainly worth a shot if you see it.

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668 Neighbor Of The Beast from New England Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.