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668 Neighbor Of The Beast - New England Brewing Co.

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704 Ratings
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Ratings: 704
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 89
Gots: 80 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CHADMC3 on 05-29-2010)
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Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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

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.


JohnGalt1, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of levifunk
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
2.8/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

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%
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
668 Neighbor Of The Beast from New England Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 704 ratings.