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668 Neighbor Of The Beast - New England Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

689 Ratings
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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 90
Gots: 75 | FT: 3
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CHADMC3 on 05-29-2010)
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Photo of alpinebryant
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

Missed this release last year but was excited for its return.

Pours a hazy straw and marigold yellow with a white head that leaves strong lacing.

S: Aroma really surprised me. I had been expecting a mellow golden belgian ale, but this reaked of belgian yeast and spices, banana, clove, white pepper and dough.

T: Hit me with a strong dosing of clove / coriander, banana , some sweet belgian candy sugar / cotton candy flavors and a nice caramelized sugar presence.

M: Mild carbonation and very smooth medium body. Very good overall.

alpinebryant, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of ThirstyBird
4.18/5  rDev +5%

Pours a very hazy yellow orange color. A half inch of full white head falls slowly to a blanket. Smell is spicy and fruity with a bit of sweetness. Clove, pepper, pineapple. The taste is more complex than the nose. I get the clove but some banana along with the pepper, pineapple nice malt sweetness. This is a tasty brew.

The mouthfeel is nice too. Moderate carbonation which is put together nicely. Small carbonation bubbles make it smooth and elegant. Overall a very nice brew - nice work NEBCO!

ThirstyBird, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of number1bum
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

I do love pint cans...

Pours a hazy orange/golden color with two inches of white head. Head is bubbly and fluffy, but settles to just a thin, bubbly lace, although it does coat the glass with a decent amount of webbing.

Smell reveals a surprising amount of Belgian yeast character, and I say that because NEBC isn't that big and doesn't do many Belgians, so it's impressive that they've gotten such character out of the strain they're using. It's quite pleasant, with big herbal aromas, some pepper and earthy spice, cloves, some must. There is a decidedly phenolic quality to the nose, with some fruit as well. Add a layer of sweetness and you have a pretty damn complex and very yeasty nose. I like.

Taste has all of the elements that the nose had, although in slightly different quantities and combinations. The musty, phenolic yeast really the way on the nose, and although those flavors are still substantial the lead flavor is a pale and biscuity malt sweetness with a sugary quality to it as well. Pepper and clove do their thing, although the fruit flavor is almost too subtle to notice. It's earthy and musty, and quite clean in the finish.

Mouthfeel is an exceptionally creamy medium-full body with a very slick, smooth feel to it. It's quite clean in the finish even with the nearly full body, and is extremely smooth. Quite nice, and appropriately carbonated too.

This is a pretty damn impressive beer from New England. So many Belgian style beers from American brewers are either overhopped or underwhelming in terms of the yeast character, and this is neither. It's quite drinkable and doesn't feel like 9% at all. Very complex nose, nearly as complex on the palate, and very smooth and tasty. Well done.

number1bum, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

Growler purchased at NEBCO on 4/16/2011. Served in my Captain Lawrence tulip. Pours a semi-hazy tangerine with a loose, half inch, bright white head. Head dissipates into a band around the shoulders and a bull's eye dollop in the center. Delicate slashes of lacing revealed during the tasting exhibit excellent retention. Clusters of tiny bubbles adhere to the base of the glass. Nose expresses coriander, clove, Belgian yeast and a faint medicinal character. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also some candi sugar present in the flavor profile that nicely softens the medicincal phenols. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a crisp carbonation, some citrus astringency and a semi-dry finish. This is one tasty BSPA. Great balance and a remarkable tribute to the style. I really enjoyed this when I tried it from the can but it's even better out of the growler. I continue to be impressed by these guys.

Jwale73, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of TimHoss
4.97/5  rDev +24.9%

I have had this on two occasions both of them as growler fills direct from the brewery. I found it to be a fantastic beer. The guys at New England are great people who truly love what they are doing and their products reflect their passion. The beer was a cloudy golden yellow with a one finger dense, white head loaded with a great combination of banana, vanilla, and spice. It starts with a very mild bite of hops and finishes very smooth and sweet. This year's batch was probably running at a very sneaky 9.5% ABV with no alcohol burn whatsoever. I highly recommend taking a run to Woodbridge and getting it right from the source.

TimHoss, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

Served on-tap at New England Brewing Co in Woodbridge, Conn.

A: Hazy, golden copper-yellow with a one-finger head of creamy white foam which hung around for some, time, leaving a nice sheet of lace on the glass.

S: Loads of tropical fruits and earthy, herbal hop aromas mixed with a tinge of phenol alcohol. The scent of pears, apples, mangoes, pineapple and grapefruit are picked up along with with herbal, white pepper and musky hop aromas.

T: Semisweet, fruity, candied malt up front with a bit of chilled haze, protein and yeast to chomp through. Afterward, a complex bouquet of tropical fruits, citrus, floral bitterness, toasted grains and candied, sugary spices leap onto the palate and wash away a bitter, fruity, mineral finish.

M: Medium to full bodied American-style Belgian pale ale with plenty of full, citrus and spicy flavors up front with the right amount of demure quaffability.

D: Sort of a sipper at 9% ABV, 668 drinks light and satisfying enough where it would be a problem from the uninitiated who don't recognize ABV. A tasty, fruity, floral and complex "near-summer" beer to quench the masses.

Gambrinus1184, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of pmlondrigan
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%

After multiple attempts at trying this beer finally! Cloudy yellow gold with one and a half fingers of tight white head. Lacing is left half way down the glass. Not the best head retention however. The aroma is heavy on banana and clove and belgian spices, sweat and aromatic. Esters of apples, banana, pear and flavor of clove come through over the tongue. Faint grassy hops but this beer is really yeast driven. Creamy, full, but still well attenuated mouthfeel. Overall a good beer, glad to try it but not as good as other belgian goldens.

pmlondrigan, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of modernartblues
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%

Growler into a Duvel Tulip

A: agressive pour from the growler yields a big 1.5" head that recedes quickly, but leaves a nice cap, golden amber-orangeish body. cloudy. very pretty

S: fruity, herbal with some notes of banana, pear, and a touch of lemon, clove and the signature belgian yeast notes are also noted

T: bready and sweet with the fruit notes poking up here and there, belgian yeast provides a smooth finish that makes you want another sip. other notes include clove and light pepper. this one changes a lot as it warms

M: medium to full with good carbonation, the mouthfeel is really the only give-away that this is a beast of beer at 9+%

D: really good. make sure you have a friend to help with the growler, this one sneaks up on you quick

modernartblues, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

Thank you to m11781 for including this as an extra in our recent trade. 1-pint can poured into a tulip glass...

Hazy orangey amber in color, topped off by a frothy, perfectly Belgian-looking, 1-finger head. The head dissipates to a thin layer of foam, but still a full blanket, and as I sip, splotchy lacing adorns the sides of the glass.

Aromas of spicy Belgian yeast and phenols. White pepper, clove, a supple breadiness, and some ethanol warmth in the background. There is some lemon and banana in there as well. The flavor is similar, though the alcohol is more present. Lemon zest comes through more strongly as well, as banana fades to the back and is covered by white pepper, coriander, and clove. The bready yeast character is there was well, which is really a highlight of this brew.

Full bodied and well-complemented by the carbonation, this feels great on the palate. The warmth fro the alcohol is comforting, and the bready sweetness rounds it out with a great kick. A solid American take on a Belgian version that American brewers so often fail to do well. I would definitely pick this up if I saw it on shelves here.

NittanyBeerFan, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

I got this beer from arvjunk. Thanks Ankur!

16oz can served in a large glass beer mug.

L - cloudy dull brass color with a white head that thinned out and left streaks of lacing.

S - sweet and sugary with hints of citrus and Belgian yeastiness.

T - good balance of sweet and bitter, it reminded me a bit of a yellow sour patch kid candy.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

D - goes down easy just remember the abv and who's next door.

JoeyBeerBelly, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.7/5  rDev -7%

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tulip. Thanks to bauermj for hooking me up with this.

Appearance: This pours a very robust golden color, with hints of orange and amber in the center. A thinner peach color dominates the edges. Very hazy, with a fluffy 3 cm white head forming after this beer streams out of the can. Good retention and nice lacing.

Smell: Lots of tropical fruit up front - pineapple, banana, pear, white grape. Grassy hop aroma as well.

Taste: Some strong fruit flavors go along with a pale malt presence up front. Pineapple and white grape to start, a smattering of typical Belgian yeast, cloves, and then some grassy hops to finish it off. The alcohol comes through right at the end as it warms up a little bit. Just a flash and it is gone, leaving just a little reminder in the aftertaste. A lingering bitterness is present as well. The grassy hops combined with the alcohol are a little rough on my palette.

Mouthfeel: The feel starts a little bit juicy but dries out in a hurry. By the end this is quite a dry beast. Lots of crisp, bubbly carbonation present throughout to the extent it makes my tongue tingle, while still retaining a creamy quality to it. A medium body drinks lighter, even with the high alcohol. Some hoppy residue hides behind the lips after each sip.

Drinkability: This style gets me in trouble every time. The combination of fruit and dryness allow me to drink it fairly easily without realizing how fast 9% can catch up to you. The alcohol is a bit more present here, but it is well done.

KickInTheChalice, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Massive thanks to Pabs311 for sending this one my way as an extra! Served from can into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quite quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, pine, grapefruit, and subtle hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, spices, and subtle hops. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. I had actually been waiting to get my hands on this one for quite some time. Definitely glad I got to try it. It had an excellent aroma and flavor going on with this one. The flavor was very well balanced with the sweetness from the malt and fruit aspect and was then rounded out with the spices and hops to balance it out. Quite an excellent combination. This is totally worth seeking out to try it without doubt!

thagr81us, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of OakedCanuck
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Thanks to Knifestyles for hooking this up for me.

This can is awesome. The design is sweet and hilarious. I think it is awesome they put a Belgian strong in a 16oz can. I poured about 7-8 oz's into my duvel tulip for the review. I wanted to keep the rest and drink it straight out of the can. Anyways, this golden, slightly hazy straw yellow with very rocky white head. The aroma is distinctly Belgian yeast with some citrus and alcohol. The taste is strong, and very good. It hints at a farmhouse-like funkiness but mainly from the yeast. Kinda spicy, peppery. This is a great beer. The alcohol is strong which makes the mouthfeel very dry. I loved the novelty of drinking a great Belgian strong ale directly out of a sweet can. Cool.

OakedCanuck, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of JMD
4.18/5  rDev +5%

A: Light auburn with orange tones, and big foamy head that fades slowly. Leaves big clumpy lacing down the glass.

S: Sweet aroma of candied fruit and belgian yeast. Hints of spice and faint hops.

T: Nice balance of sweet and tart. Sweet candied apples and pears. Some belgian funky yeast and light spice. Hints of banana and clove. Finishes with some light tart hops. Very balanced and smooth.

M: Full bodied. Creamy and velvety texture.

D: Not the best begian pale ale I've had, but still a great interpretation of the style. Aside from the 9% abv, this beer goes down very easy. Smooth and creamy, and packed with flavor. Another solid offering from NEBC.

JMD, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of peacebone116
4.22/5  rDev +6%

Thanks to Zoolzoo for the share and good read of my tastes to know I would appreciate this brew. Never heard of this one before, but it was definitely a pleasant surprise!

Poured from a 1-pint can into my tulip glass.

A: Hazy orange color with nice, thick white head.

N: Belgian yeast: banana peel & sage & cardamom spice.

T/M: Honey liquor--all the flavors of the nose plus a rum note. The alcohol is prominent and hot on the mouth. The texture is a bit oily but still very dry from the alcohol. A great strong beer with interesting notes and flavors.

peacebone116, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

Sadly, this is only review # 397 on The CANQuest (TM) and not # 668 or any other meaningful (?) three-digit number. One of my regular CANTraders, indiapaleale, sent this to me and I have to cop to having been sitting on it for a little while. No time like the present, however.

From the CAN: "'Good fences make good neighbors' ... unless you live next door to Satan. Then you may need something more than a fence to accept that your neighbor is the Prince of Darkness; like our '668'. This HELLaciously delicious Belgian Style Ale is brewed with pilsner malts, candi sugar and blended with Ameri[CAN] and German hops. It will help you accept that cloven-hoofed guy next door. '668': mortal tested, ... Goat Lord approved. Undersigned, Brewer/Owner". Wow! The initial quote is from Robert Frost, a New Englander, BTW.

The Crack & Glug - works every time, although here it was close to an overflow. Gotta work on ramping back just a tad on the pour of some of these beers. Two rocky fingers' worth of thick, bone-white head that slowly fell, leaving behind a lot of sticky lacing. Nose was peppery, black peppery with a slight funk, not unlike a farmhouse saison. Hmm. Color was a slightly cloudy golden-yellow. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a slight viscosity to it on the tongue. I could feel an initial heat that gave 'way to a pleasant spicy sweetness. I was reminded of the interplay in MexiCAN hot chocolate between the sweet and the heat. This was more black pepper and sugary sweetness, but it may give you an idea of the mix of tastes. Finish was very dry, thanks to the yeast-driven spiciness. Wow! I felt like I had been kicked by a goat. Say, is somebody experimenting with sulfur in my basement? What is happening? My cooler just melted into a puddle of plastic slag! I need to move on.

woodychandler, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of jeddsp
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%

With the craft beer market exploding across the states, there is no reason to be weary of beer in a can anymore. No more are we stuck with Natty Lite and Keystone..there are really good beers in a can now. This beer is no exception.

Great name and design of the can!
Poured hazy golden, with a mildly fizzy head that didn't last all that long.

Definitely had a citrusy smell to me with all sorts of fruits coming out.

Taste was citrusy up front to me with some spiciness coming through. The taste lagged a bit on the back side.

Overall was pretty drinkable and another good showing from the fellas up there at NE brewing.

jeddsp, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of tr4nc3d
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

1 pint can poured into my Duvel Tulip

Appearance was that of a deep golden/light orange mix. Pour produced a one and a half inch white fizzy head. Average head retention with noticeable amounts of lacing left sticking to the sides of my glass.

Citrus aroma of lemon and orange coriander. Detectable noble hops that add a floral and slight herbal aroma. Pale malt with straw hay and yeast.

Taste upfront is slightly bitter with a lemon and orange citrus flavor. Spices come rushing in during the middle with cloves and pepper. Finishes off with a barley and yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with high carbonation. Peppery spicy aftertaste.

Pretty good beer that I would recommend for others to try.

tr4nc3d, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of jpmclaug
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%

Poured from the can into a snifter. I got one of these as an extra from portia99 but also grabbed a couple cans of this the last time I was in Boston. Thanks to an awesome trader, portia99 either way!

A - Golden body with a with a nice white head on top. Nice clear brew.

S - Spicy is the first thing that pops up. Belgian yeast, banana, breadyness and a bit of alcohol. Sweet

T - Follows the nose a lot with banana, belgian yeast, some sweet fruit notes and a bit of spiciness. Lots of that typical Belgian flavor that I'm not too fond of.

M - medium bodied, not too much carbonation.

D - Definitely not my favorite style but seems pretty solid and in line with other's of this style. I'm glad I got to try this but I won't be in a rush to try it again.

jpmclaug, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Pounder can received as an extra in a great trade with gsisk03... Thanks Geof!! The name of this brew is awesome.. and the label is fantastic.. very cool score.

Pours a hazy yellow with a short lasting white head..

Nose shows a bunch of fruit.. apricot, pear, lite white peach.. punctuated by a fair amount of peppercorn and much lesser clove..

Flavor has the same qualities with bits of coriander and some banana.. grassy hops are present but way in the background.. I would have loved more hops to put this in the bigger boy category.. Bones resemble Duvel, but gets left high and dry without the hops and a more meshed palate.

I really dig the couple of cans that I've had, but I want this recipe dialed in.... it could be the first EPIC BSPA in a can... talk about a great camping commodity!!

Thanks Geof... fantastic trade... I hope we can scamper back together again and solidify a great east west trading relationship.

3.5/4/4/4/4.5

JohnGalt1, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of levifunk
4.22/5  rDev +6%

a - pour is orange with a white head.

s - belgian yeast, spices, banana?, and some sweetness.

t - surprisingly smooth flavor. spice, some hops, malts, yeasty.

m - medium body. good carbonation.

overall - pretty good beer. this isn't my favorite style, but one of the best i've had in that style.

levifunk, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.8/5  rDev -29.6%

Thanks to drez77 for the extra.

16oz can to oversized wine glass. Clever name, fun label.

A: Pours with an ivory white head, 2 fingers high. The head starts out fizzy and foamy and looks like it will disappear quickly, but multiple streamers keep it around for quite some time, eventually transforming the head into a dense, compact foamy cap. The body is hazy, but clear enough too see an endless amount of bubbles rushing by in a somewhat roundabout way. The color is between gold and goldenrod and has medium saturation. The entire glass is left coated with one continuous sheet of lace.

S: Toasted Pilsner malts mixed in with a light grain and straw component. Heavily yeasty. Big hop concentration, starting out with big pine notes plus the peel of lemon and orange but, at warmer temperatures, becoming cleaner-like. Scorching alcohol on the nose.

T & M: Aromas come through to the palate with some additional flavors of banana and pear and sweet candied sugar flavors. Thankfully, the alcohol is easier on the palate than it was on the nose. Full body with a creamy texture and a surprisingly passive, low level of effervescence. Soft and semi prickly but needs to be much livelier. Below average flavor duration.

D: Hot, kind of messy and not very easy to drink.

NOTE: This beer MAY not have traveled well since, even though it was safely packaged, it arrived with a huge bulge on the top of the can. Also, my experience was nothing like what I've read from other reviewers.

FeDUBBELFIST, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +0.5%

A pleasant surprise from my cousin in CT. The 16 ounce can was split with 2 others in snifters. The pour was a clear orange with a moderate white head, minimal lacing. The aroma was very sweet, fruity and a moderate amount of spice. The flavor followed the nose, with the spiciness was more prominant. The finish was on the sweet side and lingered nicely. The body was medium and the ABV was well hidden. I would love to try this again.

bonkers, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of jaxon53
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

Ahh, another new brew from NEBCO. Served this chilled, in an Imperial pint glass, from a sixteen ounce can. Another awesome label as well.

Appearance: 668 pours out a hazy golden straw color with some copper highlights. A normal pour yielded a finger of white, dense foam. Head faded quite slowly actually, leaving some thin white lace behind. A small stream of carbonation bubbled up from the bottom of the glass. A nice looking brew for sure.

Smell: Nice spicy nose on this brew. Malrt and sweet smelling. Candi sugar sticks out. Some underlying hop notes come through.

Taste: Great flavor as well. Again, the pilsner malt shines through first. Candi sugar gives it that nice Belgian feel. Hops lend a bit of flavor. Are they Saaz? Can't really put my finger on it. Has a bit of a rustic feel to it. Slight yeasty notes in the background. Alcohol is rather well hidden, but shows itself in the bone dry finish. A well crafted brew.

Mouthfeel: Nice, thinner, medium bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium.

Drinkability: Very drinkable brew. Another great beer from NEBCO. Keep up the great work!

jaxon53, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of robwestcott
4.3/5  rDev +8%

poured from the can a murky orange to a sun king shaped pint glass with a big bubbled foamy 1/2 finger head.

nice yeasty, fruity aroma. peaches, and apricots up front.

as advertised, tastes like a begian. big and bold, spicy yeast and fruit.

smooth and sweet, thicker than expected, medium carbonation.

very drinkable. wish i had another can.

robwestcott, Sep 29, 2010
668 Neighbor Of The Beast from New England Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.