668 Neighbor Of The Beast - New England Brewing Co.
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3.58/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
05-31-2011 11:03:08 | More by Thorpe429
3.84/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
01-01-2014 20:40:48 | More by metter98
3.98/5 rDev 0%
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
10-30-2011 22:57:59 | More by brentk56
4.1/5 rDev +3%
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.
12-04-2011 03:41:30 | More by mikesgroove
4.1/5 rDev +3%
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.
09-17-2010 08:07:50 | More by womencantsail
3.55/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
06-23-2011 18:51:29 | More by Knapp85
3.63/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
08-19-2010 01:09:23 | More by TMoney2591
3.95/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
05-20-2012 21:48:40 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.9/5 rDev -2%
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.
07-06-2010 22:40:11 | More by jlindros
3.8/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
04-17-2013 16:16:10 | More by StonedTrippin
3.83/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
05-15-2013 02:12:42 | More by Rifugium
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
4.09/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
06-28-2014 17:35:24 | More by smcolw
4.15/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
11-21-2010 06:35:50 | More by woodychandler
668 Neighbor Of The Beast from New England Brewing Co.
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