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668 Neighbor Of The Beast - New England Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

692 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 692
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 89
Gots: 77 | 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 jaxon53
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of captainjferjado
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A beautiful half inch head. A great golden haze with active carbonation. The nose is sweet maltiness and fruit. Lots of flavors when tasted: apricots and good malt warmness which is clean and fresh, balanced by a balancing spicy, bitterness at the end of the tongue.

captainjferjado, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of jwinship83
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz can traded to me by user spleeb. thanks again! drank from my duvel tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a hazy golden orange colored body with a rather large bright white head on top. the head takes a while to fall and leaves behind large globs of lacing.

S- light bready and pale malts followed by a variety of fruits. banana, pear, apple, and grape. belgian yeast and sweet candi sugar are also detected.

T- the taste starts out with sweet belgian candi sugar and yeast. after that it opens up with a cornucopia of fruits. banana, pear, apple, grape, and maybe a little orange. some spices like coriander and clove show up for a little bit as well. there is a very minor alcohol presence.

M- the body was lighter than i was expecting and had a slightly less carbonated feel to it. moderate warming from the alcohol.

D- easy to finish, and i really enjoyed the artwork on the can. something id pick up again if i had the chance. my first beer from this brewery and i hope not the last.

jwinship83, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of cbutova
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A- The color of white grape juice. Clear pale golden yellow. Creamy white Belgian-esque head with decent retention. Cloud and frothy ring leave some spotty lace.

S- Somewhat like a Saison. Bready malt blast at first, some tart grape hints. The yeast and spice notes are nice and laid back.

T- Starts with wine like light tart fruit/grapes. Big bready malt finish. The saison and spicy yeast hints are there but take a nice back seat for once. Some grassy earthy German hop hints.

MF- Very light but it works well with the flavor. Low end carbonation. A bit creamy and very dry. Some warmth and bitterness.

DB- Not as tiring as other examples of the style. The fact that this is 9% amazes me, now that I know that. Good and dry without a fatiguing yeast presence.

cbutova, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Chico1985
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cbutova for sharing.

Pours clear golden orange, nice white head. A good swirly cap is left along with some lacing.

Farmhouse and bready scents. Coriander and some light spice.

Very yeasty, lots of bready and biscuity malts. Coriander, lemon, some light fruit notes (apple/pear.) Sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very solid, creamy, carbonation is spot-on. A bit of booze but well-hidden for the most part.

Very good, saison-like. Solid.

Chico1985, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a couple cans of this one this morning, and eagerly cracked one open tonight. Pours a nice medium gold color, with a good-sized fluffy white head. Aromas of lemon, clove and Belgian yeast. On the palate, I get a hint of sourness, along with more Belgian yeast, lemons and no alcohol whatsoever (until the end, when you realize how potent this one is). Very good.

emmasdad, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 7/17/10 thanks to BA smoked for sharing.

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass. 668 appears a hazey golden color with a finger of creamy white head. Spotty lace clings to the glassware. The aroma of this brew is typical belgian characteristics of yeast, clove and some alcohol sting in the back of the nose. The taste is a bit yeasty and sugary with a candy-like sweetness that clings to the mouth. There is an abundant amount of alcohol warmth through the back and a bit of almost bubblegum flavor mingled within. Medium bodied brew that is moderately carbonated. Drinkable and well balanced overall but nothing I would be upset about if I never tried again.

stakem, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jared for another quality extra.

A: The pour is a cloudy golden orange color with a nice white head.

S: A very fruit forward nose with pineapple, banana, pears, and citrus. Some spicy yeast esters, such as coriander, and a sweet malt aroma.

T: Bready malts and sweet candi sugar up front with the yeast and fruit flavors to follow. The same coriander and yeast character as the nose exhibited with some more subdued fruit that leans toward sweet oranges.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Really just a nice Belgian style beer, and a good one in a can, I might add. Never once thought this was 9% as I was enjoying the beer.

womencantsail, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of DNICE555
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at ELi's with Haogie and The Larse. Had this one while a girl wearing a BEBE shirt blew my mind. Strong yeasty boozy taste and flavor that mellows towards the finish. Not the most balanced but a pretty easy drinking belgian strong ale for 9 percent. My thought on this beer are clouded by the images of a goddess.

DNICE555, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, the novelty of this beer just has to be discussed: a Belgian Strong Pale Ale in a pounder can? What!? Are you kidding me? The label is creative and funny as well. I love the quirkiness.

Pours a thoroughly cloudy orange-gold, with a thick, white head that clings to the glass pretty well.

Aroma is of ripe fruit, some orange, and also spicy, earthy notes.

The flavor has a sturdy bitterness that makes way to some bready, spicy and fruity flavors. This beer is also wheaty and sweet, striking a pretty good balance with the earthy bitterness and hops. The finish could be improved--I found it a bit metallic. The mouthfeel was well-carbonated but soft and fluffy. The alcohol really sneaks up on you with this brew.

This is a good beer, and I especially like the irony of the pounder can with this particular style. Thanks to the awesome guy who gave me the can at Ebenezer's Belgian Beer Fest in Maine this weekend! I owe you one, whoever you are!

dasenebler, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of mltobin
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Coastal Wine & Spirits in Branford.

Appearance is a nice golden color with a 1 finger head.
Smell is subtle, some sugar, some fruit.
Taste is a sharp punch of the basics, hops, yeast, malt. It tastes similar to others in the style, one of the better US versions. Carbonation is just right, with a nice aftertaste with the right combination of dryness and spice. Drinkability is above average, The Neighbor of The Beast can go down easily, so bear in mind the ABV. All in all, I am impressed with this offering from NEBC. And, I am glad that I still have a couple of them in the basement.

mltobin, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra (let me know who sent this so I can thank you).

Love the label on this can!

Poured into Town Hall chalice.

Pours 1/2 finger of bright white head that fades down to a very thin layer fast. Color is a bright golden orange. Can't see through this one.

Aroma: Grassy hops with some herbal notes and spices. Bananas and cloves are up front with this beer. A bit of burnt sugar flavors in the background. Has a very sweet aroma to it.

Taste: A fairly large beer. Big cloves and spice flavors. Bananas is the only fruit I really get out of this beer because of all the alcohol showing. It has grassy hops with a pale/biscuity malt profile.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and boozy. A ton of alcohol shows from this beer, granted it is 9%. A rather large body with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends rather dry.

Overall, I just wasn't feeling this beer. It was too strong and too much of the alcohol showed. I really don't know the intentions of this beer but it just turned out too big. Not overly drinkbale.

mothman, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can. Must say the sticker on the can is very cool. Pours a clear golden color with a nice fluffy white head. Very reminescent of Duvel in the look. The aroma screams belgian yeast with a boozy quality. The taste is that of fruit and belgian yeast. Very easy drinking. Tasty and smooth ending with a slight bitterness. Very good. Medium mouthfeel.

kbutler1, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Thanks to GoGriz for this can!

I love how closely this guy resembles Carl Brutananadilewski, though without the effect of decades of disappointment crashing down on his shoulders. The beer pours a hazy amber straw topped by a steadfast finger of white suds. The nose comprises banana, clove, Belgian-yeast spiciness, orange zest, cinnamon, and coriander. The taste is heavy on the citrus aspects, pumping that coriander and orange peel to an overt level. The cloves are joined by some peppercorns, and behind all of this citrus and spice looms a mass of honey and light caramel. The body is a solid medium, with a light medium carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a solid brew, a bit hard to drink heavily, but a decent Belgian-style sipper.

TMoney2591, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can courtesy of bmwfan1987, thanks Curt! Pours a hazed, golden-orange color with a fluffy white head. Does not stick around too long and lacing is low. Bonus points for a cool label for the can.

Nose has a heavily fruity yeast influence with a nice bready aspect. Quite authentically Belgian, not sure I would be able to tell this wasn't from the mother country in a blind tasting. Tropical alcohol comes out upon warming with even a touch of floral hops.

Soft feeling in the mouth, yet maintains a 'rougher' alcohol flavor and drying hoppiness. Yeast esters are great and provide plenty of fruit and bread. Spicy, phenolic - zesty even...Impressed! Lacks a bit of complexity here and there, but overall I am very happy with this fine canned offering. Well done NEBC!

twiggamortis420, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of GbVDave
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz tallboy CAN into a St. Bernardus goblet. Special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a hazy, glowing peach color. Sitting on top is a a creamy, yet short lived layer of bright white foam. Big drooping "arms" of lace were left behind.

S: Delicious. Fresh tropical fruit, caramel, citrus, and fruity/earthy yeast make up the bulk of the smell. Some grains and a hint of alcohol come around at the end.

T: The earthy yeast kicks it up a notch with a hint of cardamom. Alcohol is more apparent as are definite white grape and candi sugar flavors. Caramel and/or toffee with some roasted nuts in the background.

M: Pretty big, rounded, and smooth with a sharp snap of solvent alcohol during the finish. Sticky with sweet candi and malt.

D: Excellent drinkability. ABV only really becomes apparent at the end of the CAN. So cool to be able to drink something like this from a tallboy!

GbVDave, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of MikeBrandman
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a tallboy can with great art into a Gourdie Schooner glass with 2 fingers of off white, bubbly head. Looks like a soda kind of head. Body is a delicious looking amber. Looks like maple syrup or honey. Small bubbles of visible carbonation push upwards. Good lacing. No visible sediment or haze either.

S - Not as strong of a smell as I would have hoped for or expected. Slight banana and clove aroma. Must be from the yeast. Very slight biscuity malt smell.

T - Interesting taste. Sweet, overall. Banana, clove, spices, but mostly sweetness. Not quite cloying, but compliments the other flavors well. Very little hop bitterness, but it's there even if it was absent in the smell. Huge alcohol heat. Only thing that holds this back from being a session beer.

MF - A little on the thin side. Carbonation doesn't impart much on the mouth feel.

D - The overall sweetness and heat of this are holding this back from a better drinkability. Good, complex flavor in a moderately light body.

MikeBrandman, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cloudy golden apricot with a thin white head and no lacing.

S-Belgian yeast, spicy with a hint of banana.

T-Nice clove and banana notes, Belgian yeast, good malt. Alcohol is well hidden.

M-Medium bodied, crisp.

D-Very tasty. Glad I had the chance to try this one.

HV

sholland119, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of indiapaleale
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour - wow. This just looks great in a glass. Yellowish orange and soft with a beautiful bubbly, smooth head on top. Lots of little orbs streaming upwards adding to the foamy goodness. A little opaque but not really cloudy.

Aroma - zesty, Belgian yeasty and spicy. Its a familiar smell of Belgian yeast but also some tangy citrus, orange peel and a kiss of caramel. Fresh and aromatic. I am ready to dive right in.

Taste - one big sip and this is flavor city my friends. Tons of spiciness from the Belgian yeasties, a nice chunk of orange and lemon citrus as well as some vanilla and cinnamon flavors. Extremely soft on the palate and a little sharp and dry in the finish. This has some tripel-esque characteristics, especially at 9%. The tangy sweetness really sets this apart from its Belgian counterparts. Its so fresh and so drinkable. I blame the American hops or maybe its my close proximity to the brewery. Whatever the case this is some amazing stuff.

Overall - another winner from New England Brewing Company. I need to find this on tap and get a nice fresh pour as I can only imagine how good that tastes. This is incredible coming right out of the can with so much flavor and complexity but yet so easy drinking...which is scary as 2-3 cans will put you to sleep on the couch at 8 o'clock. Find some of this and enjoy.

Would I buy more of it? - yes. yes. yes.

indiapaleale, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of erosier
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Pours a yellow orange color with a large and thick off white colored head that fades slowly and laces the glass a lot on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, then big strong alcohol, slight citrus, yeast aromas, and then a touch of hops at the end of it.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, then a big complex yeast flavor blend that is slightly fruity (mainly citrus flavors) with a touch of hops at the end. There is a lot of alcohol present in this one.
M: Hot feeling, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: OK drinkability - it has a lot of alcohol and you can taste and feel lit which lowers its score, but being at 9% is pretty high and it's an interesting beer with a funny label.

erosier, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of Casey10
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a exceptional beer not only that it's from a can. Yes you can have a belgain type beer from a can (to me almost like a tripple but thats just me)

Golden pour with a nice head the candi sugar of a Belgian is there with the familar taste of bannana.

Light and refreshing I hope really that this is not just a one off as both the beer and the label art on the can is fantastic (If you like Iron Maiden +10).

Amust try I have one more can and hope to get more!!!

Casey10, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of bmwfan1987
4.83/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my 4th or 5th can, I just feel compelled to finally review it today.

A-A nice golden straw yellow, great lacing, and carbonation.

S-Spice, banana, pears... smells delicious.

T-The nose doesn't let you down. Banana, pears, candy sugar, spices.

M-Medium body

D-Great drinkability despite high abv, If I could drink this every night I would...This may be my favorite beer of all time. Im blown away by this breweries pint cans. Ghandi bot too.

bmwfan1987, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of Pittsburgh
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

This beer tastes to me more like a Saison than anything else. Could be because of the spices, but it tastes more like a full bodied saison, with less yeast, and a well done version at that. A very well done beer. I am glad I picked this up.

Golden and syrupy, this beer melts in your mouth. It has a great texture to it, and the taste is amazing. It is a very rich beer, and has alot of flavor, but is also light an refreshing at the same time. Yeast factor is there, spices are kicking, but it is darker than a saison, which makes it awesome.

Gandhi Bot wowed me from this brewery, and this beer has done it again for me, very solid offering coming out of this brewery. Get your hands on some.

Pittsburgh, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of ATPete
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can.

Review #600

a big thank you goes out to Lauren and Jonathan at the Prime 16 Tap House in New Haven CT for this one! Stop in and have a beer.

Pours a pale orange yellow color, slightly cloudy with a strong and sticky off white head. Minty hops, orange peel and a spicy yeast note in the nose. Creamier than expected body with an assertive hop character, the alcohol content is well hidden, a light spicy bite rounds out and balances the sip. Very well made, im loving the true American influence to the style in this beer. Good drinkability for its size.

ATPete, Jul 18, 2010
668 Neighbor Of The Beast from New England Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 692 ratings.