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668 Neighbor Of The Beast - New England Brewing Co.

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89
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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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Reviews: 213 | Hads: 839
Photo of CTbrew32
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American made Belgian beers are usually hit or miss for me, but this is definitely a hit and I would expect nothing less from NEBCO at this point. First, this pours a hazy orange/yellow color with a two finger white head. The aroma is sweet with some citrus and the funky belgian yeast clearly apparent. The taste definitely has that distinctive belgian yeast flavor, but its not overdone at all, which I feel is the problem with American Belgians (too much spice/clove/etc). This beer definitely got a good addition of hops with juicy grapefruit coming through, but it stops just short of any bitterness and instead mellows out into a smooth, almost creamy feel.. Overall I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer and its a good thing I didn't try to guess. Its a one of a kind beer, and its definitely worth buying again. (90/100) (834 characters)

Photo of Wolberjs
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Into a tulip from a can.

L - Lovely cloudy light amber yellow with an initial 2 finger head that dissipates to 1 and hangs around quite nicely and finally dissipates into a foam with great lacing.

S - Nice bready and banana yeasty belgian beer smell. Moderate sweetness.

T - Taste follows the nose. A mild sweet banana bread taste. Really like it. Reminds me of Deschutes Conflux No. 2 which is a good thing. I really enjoy Belgian PA/IPAs that taste like this.

M - Little bit of a light thin mouthfeel, but it kind of goes with the style. Nice tingly finish.

O - Very good light belgian style ale. If I lived in Connecticut I'd drink it quite a bit. (656 characters)

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

12 oz can to a tulip glass

A- pours a deep hazy orange, with a 1 finger head and nice sticky lacing

S- lots of lemon peel up front, some orange peel, lemon-pepper, some clove, corriander, a touch of funk from the yeast

T- lemon, orange, some grain, spice, a touch of bubble gum, pepper, candied sugar, corriander, some banana. finishes sweet and dry

M- medium body, nice carbonated zing mid mouth, sweet and dry

O- awesome name, awesome can and tasty beer. lots of belgian yeast flavors swirling around. fruits spice and sugar, very well crafted. (551 characters)

Photo of jmw4437
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden tan and slightly hazy with an initially large white/off-white head that dissipates to a thin layer and lacing around the glass.

S: Scents of grains, sweet yeast and banana like flavors dominate the aroma.

T: The beer fulfills all of the promises that its aroma makes; light grainy flavors with hits of yeast and banana flavors. This all with the slightest hint of hops to balance the brew.

M: Smooth on the palette with a hit of carbonation and a clean aftertaste help to make this brew drinkable and refreshing.

O: Definitely something I will come back to again in the future. (591 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool name. Nice golden color a bit cloudy with a one finger aired head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Slightly sour kind of Saison like aroma with hoppy pine notes, booze and pineapple with mint.
Flavor with lots of pineapples, biscuit malt, oranges, bubblegum, cinnamon, herbal hops, candied sugar, lemon, bananas, spices, just a bit of Belgian funky yeast, coriander and green apples.
Medium body with low carbonation. I was quite surprised when I checked the alcohol of 9% abv which is well masked being there mostly as a flavor note.
Decent Belgian Strong Pale Ale with good mouth complexity, though I found it too sweet with lower drinkability, but if you like the style, it is a good option. (707 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours reddish-orange, providing for a nice contrast to this grey day. White froth diminishes quickly.

Lemon, orange, orange peel, grain, yeast and taffy to the nose.

Tastes of more light, sour fruits, phenols, grain, sourdough, spice and sugar. Has a slightly metallic aftertaste.

Lighter side of medium in body. Smooth with a creamy middle.

Yep! (352 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 Kendo
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy orangey-amber with a big (2-finger) ivory-colored head. Leaves good splotches of lace on the glass.

S: Spice and fruitiness over sweet malt.

T: Sweet malt foundation, then fruit (overripe apples come to mind) with a touch of spice. Quite sweet. Alcohol (9% ABV) is well hidden, showing up as a warming sensation in the belly but providing only a touch of warmth at the back end of the sip. A bit too sweet, IMO. Needs a bit of a drying, crisp finish to improve.

M: Medium in heft, nice creaminess.

O: This is good, just a little sweet for my preference. (615 characters)

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. (716 characters)

Photo of Chuckletheturtle
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first experience with just 12 oz serving but was attracted to the lush and extraordinarily rich soft malts and just a glimmer from hops Belgian style. Yes deserves more consideration and a least a 4 can test. You know don't want to join jump to conclusions on such a meager sample. Can condition and treatment could have been lending or leading me to RASH judgment. This beer needs a trip Wood bridge and draft.

Of course you should know I live in Delaware and in close proximity to Dogfish Head and have a very intimate look for hops when sampling. I assume it is similar to that ability of people that can taste even the slightest influence of oak. (654 characters)

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

Poured into a sam adams glass, nice full head developed, white and frothy to creamy, with great retention and lacing. Appearance was cloudy with a golden honey color. Aroma was citrus and yeast with some spice and grass notes. Tasted grainy and yeasty with floral, herbal and citrus notes. Nice medium to full mouth feel with a sweet and lingering aftertaste. (359 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can at fridge temp poured into a tulip. No freshness info.

Pours out a light cloudy golden color, about one finger of white head with some very nice retention and sticky lacing.

Warming, sweet candied grain, Belgian yeast, bubblegum.

Classic Belgian strong pale, bubblegum, sweet sugary grain, light Belgian yeast phenols, grassy hops, just a slight tingle that let's you know the ABV.

Medium bodied, goes down smooth and easy.

A pretty spot on example of the style. This beer out of a wine barrel is probably something to behold. (545 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 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 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 stella77artois
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into pilsener glass.

A - Pours a light brownish amber with a fair amount of haze. A 2-finger head appeared after an average pour. A more aggressive pour would've added more I'm sure, as there was lot's of carbonation visible.

S - Typical for a Belgian ale, dark fruits up front. Also small hints of banana. Another aroma was very prevalent, but hard to describe. I'd say a combination if dark cake and dirt. Weird, but very pleasant. Great smelling beer.

T - The various Belgian ale's are not among my favorite styles. Prior to this, the only brews of those styles I can remember really liking were Trois Pistoles and Maudite. This stuff though, ranks up there. Not as much going on in the taste as the aroma, but it tasted pretty good. Not as much dark fruit as many (which is a GOOD thing for my tastes), and lot's of malt. I was shocked to find out this beer was 9% ABV, I didn't detect alcohol in the slightest.

F - Extremely refreshing. Tasted great while being easy on the throat, and dare I say sessionable! Dangerous beer, as it's 9% ABV, and as I said, I couldn't detect the booze at all.

O - Good beer. Not my favorite style, but this is a great representation. Great flavor and aroma, and very drinkable. I wouldn't want to kill one of the few Belgian Ale's I like by drinking it too often (as they aren't among my favorite styles), but I will certainly grab a few cans of this stuff every so often from now on. (1,446 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can from the Potsdam NY IGA for $4

Appearance - Hazy yellow colour with a small size fizzy/frothy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, coriander/clove, citrus

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads, grains, and corn. There is also some citrus, yeast, and a touch of banana.

Overall – Don't get me wrong, this is a solid beer... but based on their DIPA/IPA I expected a little more from this brewer. It needs more carbonation and little more complexity taste wise. (662 characters)

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. (766 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz can into a Lost Abbey Teku.

Appearance- Golden/orange with one finger of bubbly white head with some good lacing.

Smells- Apple juice, candy sugar, belgian yeasts, light pepper. Crisp smelling. Somewhat fruity with Belgian funk.

Taste- Light apples and green grapes with that distinctive Belgian yeast, but then you get this smack in the back of the mouth with lightly bitter German hops. Nice crisp aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Very moderate carbonation with medium resinous viscosity. I either want it to be more carbonated or more viscous.

Overall- This beer is all over the place. If it were -3abv, it would be the perfect summer beer, but since it's 9%, it's more of a sipper that takes you by surprise. (727 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 jaasen64
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a HF sherry glass. Enjoyed during a 90+ heat wave, served at refrigerator temperature.

A- Pours a translucent golden that's a little bit on the darker side, nice consistent carbonation with a decent amount of carbonation bubbles rising to the top of the glass. After pouring about a finger and half of white foamy head appears on the top of the glass that has decent retention and slowly fades to a thin layer coating the glass in thin lacing.

S- Aromas of estery candied fruits that include lemons, oranges, bananas, balanced pilsner malts, decent aroma strength. The aroma is fairly pleasant and decently balanced but the fruitiness is a bit too much on the candied/estery side for me.

T- Again with the candied/estery fruits of oranges, lemons, bananas finishes with a nice crisp pilsner malt finish balanced with subtle hops that linger with the candied fruits on the palate. Interesting tastes the blend nicely together, but again a little bit too much of the candied fruit presence going on.

M- Crisp, medium bodied, a tad bit syrupy, but overall fairly easy drinking.

O- This was a decent strong Belgian style ale, however there are plenty of others that I would prefer drinking this to. It was a nice crisp, refreshing beer to drink on a hot summer July day but it definitely wasn't anything that blew my mind away. If you like the style I'd definitely recommend trying it, but it isn't something that I would necessarily seek out. (1,465 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 Roguer
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Starts off a clear golden amber, but the middle is as though someone threw a hunk of orange-colored yeast into the drink. Beautiful; hazy and thick in the center, bright and gold on the edges. A two-finger pure white head that hung around for quite a while, and left lace lines down the glass.

S - You can tell it's sweet from the first waft. Sugar, candi, yeast, a hint of lemon or citrus. Very malty and mellow.

T - Such a sugary mouthfeel, it's like you're drinking candy. Some mild citrus is easily overpowered by the Belgian candi sugar and yeast. It tastes like a less hoppy Tripel. Most surprisingly, I detected a bitter aftertaste of chocolate (or something very similar) as it warmed. Unexpected (and perhaps an aberration) and lovely.

M - Super thick, coats the entire mouth. Carbonation gives the slightest initial tingle, but neither that nor the alcohol prevents you from letting it linger in your mouth. Rather dry finish.

O - This reminds me of a modern Duvel. The aroma is almost identical, just a little less sharp. Absolutely tastes like something that should come from a dusty Trappist bottle, not a can from Connecticut. (1,148 characters)

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. (500 characters)

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. (1,215 characters)

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