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668 Neighbor Of The Beast - New England Brewing Co.

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695 Ratings
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Ratings: 695
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 89
Gots: 78 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: CHADMC3 on 05-29-2010)
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Photo of tectactoe
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Belgian strong in a can, woo! 668 pours a completely opaque, golden-amber color with some lighter, sunburst orange in the center. It's capped with a creamy, slightly off-white head that has decent retention and leaves a very small amount of spotty lace behind. At first, there appeared to be some sediment, but upon further inspection, it was just small carbonation bubbles rising up.

The aroma is densely packed with floral and peppery hops. Belgian yeast is also heavy in the forefront, and I don't think anyone is surprised by that. Clove and peppermint spices round out the edges along with a hard-to-discern, sweet and almost tart fruitiness. Overripe banana, pear, and some other fruit I can't quite put my finger on. Very unique aroma, pungent in its own right with plenty of stuff going on.

A bouquet of hops jumps out from the first sip - a nice banquet of floral, flowery, and leafy flavors that caress the tongue rather than thrash it. Some light ashy flavors couple with some bubblegum-like spice from the yeast, right alongside a strong helping of coriander and clove spices. Bitterness gets a bit stronger towards the middle, but never gets "high". Phenols are mild - actually, very mild considering this beer is 9% ABV.

The fruit flavors seem a bit muted at first when compared to the aroma, but they start to come out a little more as 668 warms up. Mushy banana, crushed pears, and maybe even a slight hint of grapefruit rind. Tiny amounts of Candi sugar are present in the finish, leaving your mouth with a soft sweetness. Medium bodied, snaps the tongue with high carbonation and a wet mouth feel.

Decent Belgian strong ale, but nothing to go crazy over. Way too easy to drink for 9% ABV, though. Tasty and unique although some of the hop and spice combinations are a little less than desirable for my taste buds. Still a good beer, recommended to fans of Belgian-style strong ales.

tectactoe, May 12, 2013
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge, huge thanks to beersndrums for this one! This has been a big want for me, partially because of the awesome name and partially because of the awesome reviews.

12 oz can poured into a tulip at cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a 2-finger bubbly, rocky, white head. Decent retention but not really much lacing. Hazy with a good amount of bubbles.

S – The aroma isn’t very powerful, but I get Candi sugar, apples, oranges, bready malt, coriander, and peppery yeast.

T – Starts off sweet with bready malt, Candi sugar, and apple and orange esters. As the taste progresses, grainy malt and spicy coriander and peppery yeast appear. Approaching the finish, bitter herbal and earthy hops shine through.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and mouth-coating feel, and a bittersweet, spicy, earthy, and dry finish. Sweet Candi sugar, earthy and bitter hops, and spicy yeast all linger for a nice while. There’s a nice throat-warming sensation from the alcohol, as well.

O – This was a pretty good beer. The appearance wasn’t as clear, the head wasn’t as everlasting, the aroma and taste weren’t as complex, and the mouthfeel wasn’t as creamy as some of the better Belgian examples, but it was tasty nonetheless. Furthermore, it was very drinkable, especially considering the 9% ABV. Maybe the best part was that it was in a can! I never thought I would see a Belgian-style ale in a can! Thanks for giving me the chance to try this one, Jared!

BlackBelt5112203, May 12, 2013
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can purchased and drank at The Owl House in Rochester, NY. One of the best name/label combos for a beer I've ever seen, hilarious.

Pours a bright golden orange/amber color. Fluffy 2 inch off white head, good lacing.

Smells like candi sugar, honey, yeast, and citrus.

Tastes include bready malt, candi sugar sweetness, honey, orange, spicy yeast esters, cloves, pineapple. Great mix of flavors here.

Light to medium bodied, medium level of carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

One of the better Belgian pale ales made in the US- love it.

GreesyFizeek, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Curloftheburl, May 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

MastaShonuf, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

bigedct, May 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

cadaugherty, May 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

cnbrown313, May 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

laxer8811, May 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

PrimeBeer, May 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

quirk6, May 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

bootdown21, May 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

scootsmal, Apr 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Bizoneill, Apr 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

ManMoosePig, Apr 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

GreenMountainBoy, Apr 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

MEW, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into NEBCo tulip

A: Hazy golden color, off-white, very fine 1/2 finger head. Nice ring lacing

S: Yeasty - fresh baked French bread. Honey, bananas, and spices.

T: Belgian yeast right away. Bright citrus, most likely from American hops, which leaves a lasting oily bitterness in the finish. This was a lot more dry than I remember.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Very slight oily quality.

O: 668 is a solid BSPA. NEBCo continues to show their prowess and I’m glad that this is becoming more readily available throughout CT. Definitely worth a try.

KelsoSaaz, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

StonedTrippin, Apr 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

MarkJBurch, Apr 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Atomicskis5, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a cloudy golden/orange pour with 2 fingers of head which created great lacing. smells of belgian yeast bell pepper, banana, bike tires.. kind of a plastic/rubbery smell.. weird. the flavor is very tea like, sweet and malty, yet with a grassy bitterness that makes you quench for more. a great balance of sweet and bitter flavors. medium body with moderate amount of carbonation.

a beer that i've been wanting for a long time mainly due to the can's artwork and the funny name. been a die hard maiden fan for a long time, and this is just hilarious. the beer being great is an excellent plus ;)

facundoCNB, Apr 10, 2013
668 Neighbor Of The Beast from New England Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.