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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: 732
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 91
Gots: 83 | FT: 5
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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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

iL0VEbeer, May 04, 2012
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.

SneezyAchew, Apr 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

andylipp, Apr 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

JoshJayne, Apr 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

GrindFatherBob, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Ray7233
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Ray7233, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of dukes
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

dukes, Apr 19, 2012
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.

boilermakerbrew, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of greybeardloon
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

no evident date

A: The head is surprisingly short-lived, and lacing is minimal.

S: Powerful phenols. Lots of clove spiciness and banana and a touch of black pepper. That's about all I get on the nose, but what there is is pretty strong.

T: More yeast by products. Cloves and sweet banana bread. Hop bitterness and white pepper come through on the finish. A white sugar sweetness comes through as the glass empties.

M: Fairly full, with surprisingly light carbonation.

O: This is a tasty beer, but it gets sort of heavy and cloying after a while. I don't find myself wanting a second. That said, it's remarkably drinkable for the abv.

greybeardloon, Apr 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

thegerm87, Apr 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

wesley14, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to angrybabboon for giving me a can because he can.

Appearance: Hazy. Deep gold/ruddy straw. Head is bright-white and leaves a thin ring on the top of the beer. Some carbonation. Looks like it should.

Smell: Holy Belgian yeast Batman! Cloves, ripe bananas, and even more ripe bananas. Big yeasty component. Sweet bready notes. Almost hits like fresh baked banana bread. Lingering sweetness. Slightly peppery with a bright citrus backing. So much yeast. Pale malts round the whole thing out. Bubblegum...that's what it is!

Taste: Yeast and bananas rolled in a clove rub and then cooked in to a bread. That's exactly what this tastes like. Loads of peppery hits from the yeast. Cloves are unrelenting, but are nicely tempered by a sweet, pale malt base. Loads of ripe, almost overripe bananas. Yeast and more yeast. Bubblegum comes through here as well. So very estery.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation with a medium body. Drinks very smooth with a lingering dryness associated with the yeast.

Overall: I'm not a huge Belgian yeast fan, but this is well balanced and manages to be massively Belgian without being overbearing. Nice depth of flavor.

Goblinmunkey7, Apr 09, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy/hazy orange with a thin quarter inch head that doesnt really fade, just stays there leaving minimal side lacing.

S - Smell is pretty good, nice cloves, banana, yeast, almost a bubblegum note. Light belgium funk. Very light alcohol noticeable.

T - More of those nice belgian esters, cloves, banana, and bubblegum. This is almost, almost like a triple. Quite enjoyable.

M - Mouthfeel isnt bad. A little thin. The alcohol is hidden nicely but the feel is lowly carbonated resulting in a thinish feel.

O - Overall, this is a good beer. Could use better mouthfeel, and some more head. Those considered, this is a pretty solid beer.

rudzud, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A brand new arrival, and a very limited one at that, this is the 668 "The Neighbor of the Beast" from New England Brewing. Even though they're located just a short drive from here, we get very limited quantities of the 668, and therefore I've never been able to try it before. Tonight I thought it was a necessity, so Gunnar and I cracked a can to split.

The 668 comes in 12oz aluminum cans with no discernible canning date or alcohol level. The cardboard flat that the cans arrived on was dated March 28th, 2012, so this batch is pretty darn fresh. The brew pours a slightly hazy golden straw color, with a nice white foam. The main body of foam dissipates relatively quickly, but a thin film of carbonation is present throughout the duration.

The aromas on the 668 are lightly sweet and citrusy. The last brew I had from New England Brewing was the Ghandi Bot, and I totally wasn't prepared for this soft little guy today. A little bit of that typical 'belgian funk' is present in the background, but the citrus and spice is definitely the dominate force in the aromas.

On the palate the start is very nicely sweet, followed by some nice fruit esters, and finishes with a crisp dryness in the back of the palate. There's just a touch of hops clinging to the back of my tongue, but the overall impression is distinctly citrusy, fruity, and a touch sweet. A nice medium body makes the 668 both flavorful and quite drinkable.

All said and done, I'm quite impressed! This "Belgian Strong Pale Ale" is very balanced, smooth, and well-done. If this were available on a regular basis, it would be a staple in my own fridge. Great job guys!

TheCorkStopsHere, Apr 04, 2012
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3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can poured into tulip

Pours an orangish color with a nice cloudy head that never leaves. Aromas of grains, spices, and subtle hops hit the nose. Not a very strong smelling beer but nice. Somewhat sweet on the nose. Taste is full of sugar with plenty of fruits. Bread doughs and hop backbone round out the palate. Mouthfeel is somewhat dry but thin. Overall this is a sessionable brew. Nothing outstanding but nice.

abrand, Mar 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Massbmx, Mar 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

PeteTheBeerDrinker, Mar 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

polishkaz, Mar 18, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter. I've been on a NEBC binge lately and have been excited to try this one.

A: Beautiful color. Pours a hazy, thick amber with off-white one finger head. Poor retention. Head resolves into a sparse lacing.

S: Saison all the way. Pilsner malts throughout with honey, fruits, and a little bit of lemony citrus.

T: Delicious. Very sweet with minimal alcohol taste. Mellow honey throughout with some wheat and a grassy finish. Banana, yeast are somewhere in there. Approaches 4.5.

M: Really nice. Smooth and low on the carbonation; virtually no alcohol sensation. Makes for a fairly sessionable beer. A great spring beer.

O: I'm usually not a fan of Belgians, but this was a pretty great brew - borders on the Belgian/American line. NEBC is new to me, but I'm impressed so far - haven't had anything less than great yet.

tylerprince, Mar 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

BrokenStones, Mar 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Winslow, Mar 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Donsmitty, Mar 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

donohuer, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

PeteRiz, Feb 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

KevSal, Feb 12, 2012
668 Neighbor Of The Beast from New England Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 732 ratings.