668 Neighbor Of The Beast - New England Brewing Co.

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668 Neighbor Of The Beast
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Ratings: 749
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 92
Gots: 85 | 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 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%

Photo of dejrrma
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jwale73 for this one. No canned on date. Poured into Newport Storm snifter.

a- pours a hazy opaque yellow-orangey color. Has a white bubbly head, slight lacing.

s- spices, fruity, banana, yeasty

t- sweet and fruity, bready and banana-y and some honey, small traces of citrus, and is little beery towards the end but not in a bad way.

m- medium body, medium carbonation. refreshing but with some warmth as it goes down.

o- good beer, haven't had much from the style, but i enjoyed it. i could myself purchasing this from time to time if it was available to me.

Photo of Jim_DemonDeacon
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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

One of my favorite labels. So glad this was saved for me at one of my local packies. Poured from a can into a Stone Levitation pint glass.

A: A foamy lacing sticks to the glass throughout.

S: Pepper, bananas, and grass.

T: Spicy pepper, surfacing over a modicum of fruitiness, batters the tongue with each sip and makes its presence known as you swallow.
I probably wouldn't have cracked open another can if I had realized this was 9% abv. Either I've become almost completely immune to the taste of alcohol, or this is pr. damn well hidden. I'm thinking the latter.

M: Full and creamy. Very nice.

O: A very tasty golden ale for a not-too-bad price point. Glad to have two 4packs of this. Recommended.

Photo of andylipp
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of JoshJayne
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Ray7233
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of dukes
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade. Thanks to davey101!

A- Poured into a tall pilsner glass. A three finger, frothy head formed and retained well. Color is a hazy, almost orange gold. Tons of carbonated bubbles float up from the bottom for a long time. Good lacing.

S- Spicy notes and light malts are the main tones here. Smells similar to a American pale wheat ale. Hints of coriander and lemon peel are present.

T- Starts off with a spicy flavor profile. Coriander and lemon flavors mix in. After the initial flavors, the malt backbone kicks in. Mostly light malts, but a slightly heavier malt profile supports the spice notes and wheat profile.

M- Slightly thick, and very creamy. Less carbonation than expected for the appearance it presented. Not a trace of the 9% ABV, and very drinkable. It'd be easy to put down quite a few of these without noticing.

Overall, this is a solid Belgian style pale ale that has just what you'd expect from the style. Maybe if I get out east I'll get to try some more offerings from New England Brewing.

668 Neighbor Of The Beast from New England Brewing Co.
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