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668 Neighbor Of The Beast - New England Brewing Co.

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668 Neighbor Of The Beast
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Ratings: 759
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 93
Gots: 99 | 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

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Beer added by: CHADMC3 on 05-29-2010

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in shifts in 4-oz tasting glass

A: cloudy dark yellow (orangish); thin head; no carbonation; not much lacing
S: very inviting lemony citrus aroma, with lacing of yeast; lingers nicely
T: very flavorful belgian-style ale; hops are right at what you would expect in an English pale ale, but the bottle conditioning is very strong, dominant; very flavorful, complex yet refreshing; coriander and cloves, grapefruit

Pretty good! Not as satanic as the label would suggest

Photo of jjcote
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Shaymus
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange color with a avg hoppy aroma
Im not sure what I was expecting with this brew
But it continued to get better with each sip.
The flavor was hoppy and citrusy with a nice
Belgian yeast flavor. There is a nice balance of malt as well.
Overall this was a fantastic well balanced beer and one I highly

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip- pours a hazy golden orange color with minimal head, retention and lacing.

Smell is very nice, intriguing and well balanced. Definitely some yeast in there along with some pale malt sweetness, a little hops.

Taste is also very intriguing- there's something about it that reminds me of an imperial stout. Maybe a little cacao nib? Pale malt up front, followed closely by the earthy, roasted flavor, then some citrus hops and yeast to finish out.

Mouthfeel is good- medium body, light to moderate carbonation, some hop resin. This is a very interesting beer and I recommend it to anyone looking for something out of the ordinary.

Photo of wdarcy77
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can opened on 7.25.12.

A - Pours a clear, medium orange with a half inch near-white head.

S - Malty, yeast, and bubblegum?

T - Sweet, Belgian yeast. Again, and almost bubble gum like sweetness. Very tasty.

D - Great carbonation and a light body.

O - Sweet, but not overly with some bubblegum like flavors that are very welcoming.

Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of sebod89
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Interning here at the moment and having this fresh from the bright beer tank might be the best thing on earth. It has great overall flavor, and unbelievable drinkability for it having 8.7% ABV.
It has great balance with respect to bitterness to sweetness. The yeast is strong and brings out great belgian style flavors. This is just overall a great beer!

Photo of BigCheese
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy straw, honey. Thin white head, leaves great lacing.

S: Belgian Candi, Banana, Cloves, some funkyness, barnyard sweatyness.

T: Bright bouquet of flavors, lots of spices, coriander, cloves, and hard candy. Some currants, and lightly toasted bread. Hints of anise and maple. Not overly sweet. Very minimal hop presence, some lemony grassyness in finish.

M: Rather creamy and rich, medium carbonation, viscous and oily. ABV very well integrated, pretty drinkable.

O: Really like this, and I'm not usually into the high ABV belgians. Tons of different flavor notes, weaved together beautifully. Very drinkable for what it is. Highly reccomended. One of the best US belgian style brews I've had.

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

Poured from a 12oz can into a duvel glass.

A. Pours a nice golden with a touch of orange and a slight haze, about a finger of white head that dissapates nicley with some sticky lacing.

S: toasted grain and a touch of honey, a bit of earthyness and light Belgian funk, overall smells pretty delicious, not over belgiany like I was afraid of. A faint grassy hop.

T: toasted grain and light honey sweetness, a bit of belgian yeastyness that adds some fruit notes but not overbearing in anyway, nice balance and drink ability, a light grassy/earthy hop note on the end, very nice

M: medium bodied with nice medium tight bubbled creamy carbonation, very drinkable, alcohol is very well hidden.

O: for a nine percent alcohol beer the booze is really well hidden, this is very drinkable and very tasty. Deffinatly give this a whirl of you have the chance.

Photo of sukwonee
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy Golden Body with 2 finger head, good retention and lacing.

S: Clove, Banana, wheat, yeast, some spice (slight)

T: ughhh... this beer smells much better than it tastes... I really didn't enjoy the unexpected hoppy bitterness that kicks towards the end. It also tastes spicier than in the nose...

M: Lots of carbonation. Medium thickness.

O: I really love the name of the beer, as well as how it looks, smells, and feels, but I didn't like the taste of it.

Photo of popery
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden blonde with a small white head. It's a touch hazy. Not the prettiest Belgian out there but perfectly acceptable. The aroma is raisins, limes and sugary malt. There's also a light tropical fruit note and some peppercorn-coriander spice. Taste is drier than expected. It's mostly sweet malt and spices upfront, but the finish is dry with more of that lime rind flavor. Mouthfeel is light and airy for a 9% abv beer. I'm pretty surprised at the strength. There's very little booze or stickiness. This beer isn't going to blow anyone away, but it's a very nice Belgian, and the can is a fun bonus.

Photo of Beericjb
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden/Orange in color and hazy, 1 inch head with nice retention and lacing
S: slightly smells of banana and clove
T: getting the clove and banana. Nice malt character and a touch of hops. Very nicely balanced, even a little sweet (but not in a bad way)
M: I am loving the mouthfeel here, creamy and moderate carbonation
O: Definitely enjoyed this. Hard to believe that is 9% (seems more like a 6% as you drink it). Also, it is local for me which is a plus, and I love the name!

Photo of ms11781
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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 Casterbridge
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Consumed 5/26/12

Appearance: Hazy, gold with some amber - starts with a little white head, fades to a little ring, leaves some wisps and spots of lacing

Smell: Spicy Belgian yeast - a ton of clove and bananas - appropriate for the style - some alcohol - bready - like a banana bread studded with cloves - pale malts, and some cooked malts - some other light fruits as well

Taste: Bready, with cloves, bananas, light fruits, and alcohol - tasty, but it lacks depth - spicy Belgian yeast imparts a lot of clove and dried banana - pale, cooked malts, a little chewy - some candi sugar-like sweetness, but mostly dry... with dried cloves - an undercurrent of light citrus in here, too

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth

Overall: I want to give bonus points for the name of the beer

The only issue with labeling this beer "The Neighbor of the Beast" is that it makes me want the real beast. And this is not as good as Duvel. While the Belgian yeast strain here is rather aggressive, it somehow lacks the depth of others in this style. It's tasty, but not amazing.

Photo of Gregwa
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Generous extra from woosterbill. Cheers!

A - Pours a hazy orange-brown with a lot of fine suspended yeast and one finger of white head. Head has decent retention and leaves a nice display of lacing.

S - Aromas of apple, pear, pepper, clove, banana and bubblegum. Somewhat sweet aroma of candi sugar, Pils malt. Faintly grassy hop aroma as well.

T - Rather fruity, with apple and pear. Candi sugar, Pils malt. Faint amount of pepper and hop. Finish has quite a bit of spice and a dry bitterness.

M - Medium mouthfeel starts out a bit sticky sweet and finishes dry, earthy, and a bit herbal.

O - A little sweeter than I want in a BSPA, but still quite tasty. I would take Duvel over this, but I would happily drink this again.

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Romulux
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of sailorastro
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of MaChiNe
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

668 Neighbor Of The Beast from New England Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.