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668 Neighbor Of The Beast - New England Brewing Co.

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213 Reviews
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Reviews: 213
Hads: 848
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 20.25%
Wants: 99
Gots: 139 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: CHADMC3 on 05-29-2010

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Photo of ATPete
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off the name and image on the can crack me up.

A- Pours a honey color with a pretty thin white head. Head becomes a few bubble that are mainly around the edge of the glass. Not to much lacing left behind just a few spots here and there.

S- Spicy is the first thing that I noticed. Belgian yeast, banana, breadiness and a bit of alcohol. A bit of candy sugar.

T- Belgian candy sugar and yeast. Some fruits come in with banana mainly with also some apple, pear, and grape. Spices come in white pepper, coriander and clove.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and also on the lower end in carbonation.

O- Not too bad of a brew. I'm just not a huge fan of the yeastiness in some of these Beligans, but this ones pretty solid.

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Photo of DIM
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was a lightly hazy peachy-golden color. It poured with a thick, sticky head that faded fairly quickly.

Smells of honey, pear, clove, and light perfumed warmth. Nothing overpowering but pleasant enough in the nose. I like this but it is dangerously close to being too sweet for my taste. It reminds of the time I fried pears in WAY too much honey. That was sticky sweet and this beer is almost there. Huge honey notes with light pear and flowery heat blanketing everything. There is a lingering clove flavor that helps cut the sweetness somewhat. Great name on packaging for a pretty good beer.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Kendo
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy orangey-amber with a big (2-finger) ivory-colored head. Leaves good splotches of lace on the glass.

S: Spice and fruitiness over sweet malt.

T: Sweet malt foundation, then fruit (overripe apples come to mind) with a touch of spice. Quite sweet. Alcohol (9% ABV) is well hidden, showing up as a warming sensation in the belly but providing only a touch of warmth at the back end of the sip. A bit too sweet, IMO. Needs a bit of a drying, crisp finish to improve.

M: Medium in heft, nice creaminess.

O: This is good, just a little sweet for my preference.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at NEBCO

Cloudy burnt orange pour, with a foamy white head that retained well and left nice lacing on the glass. Taking a whiff, I believe my comment was, "Very Belgian." Indeed. Fruity esters in the nose, Belgian yeast, coriander. Similar taste, pear, banana, stone fruit, citrus, yeast, coriander, doughy malts lending some sugary sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body, a little chewy, pretty good overall. Not something I'm always in the mood for, but I'd get this again.

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Photo of KMcG
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a nice frothy head that reduced to fine lace. The color is a foggy apricot.

S: The yeast aroma is quite potent, but this one is pretty fruity as well. The nose has pineapple, cantaloupe, and apple, but is also bready.

T: Some classic flavors of this style are present such as pepper and clove like spice from the alcohol. There is some bitterness that is herbal maybe parsley and a sweetness from the candi sugar that just peeps through.

M: It is creamy and smooth - low carbonation, medium to full body, and has some prolonged aftertaste.

O: This is a great strong ale that I would definitely try again. (Thanks CliffBrake for the surprise!)

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Photo of Chuckletheturtle
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first experience with just 12 oz serving but was attracted to the lush and extraordinarily rich soft malts and just a glimmer from hops Belgian style. Yes deserves more consideration and a least a 4 can test. You know don't want to join jump to conclusions on such a meager sample. Can condition and treatment could have been lending or leading me to RASH judgment. This beer needs a trip Wood bridge and draft.

Of course you should know I live in Delaware and in close proximity to Dogfish Head and have a very intimate look for hops when sampling. I assume it is similar to that ability of people that can taste even the slightest influence of oak.

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Photo of EJLinneman
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer from it’s 12oz can into my Bruery snifter glass. The color is a medium hue of orange. Although I can see through it, it’s still not completely transparent. There is roughly a finger of head which disappears after 30 seconds and leaves very little lacing on my glass.

After giving this a little swirl in my glass for a minute, I decided to take a wiff. It was somewhat what I was expecting from a Belgian style beer. I personally see this beer as having qualities of a Belgian Strong Pale and a Belgian Golden Ale. To me it feels somewhere in between.

All that I know is that even if I was unaware of what style beer this was, the scent of the Belgian yeast would have tipped me off. I smell hops, but can’t distinguish which kind. The alcohol is also apparent, but lingers in the background. There is a slight light grassy smell to this beer that blends itself well between the hops and alcohol.

I let this sit for at least 10 minutes before I tasted it. I really wanted it to breathe. It’s a medley of hops and Belgian yeast dancing around my tongue. It is slightly sweet, but then fades into a piney dryness with some pepper notes. As I breathe out, the alcohol becomes more noticeable. The finish is long and dry – especially in the front of my mouth. However, I still have the distinct taste of Belgian yeast and hops at the sides of the back of my tongue. It stayed there for at least 2 minutes. The hop bitterness isn’t incredibly strong, but just strong enough to let you know it’s waiting there. When cold, it tastes much like a Belgian Pale, but after warming, it takes on taste qualities of a golden ale. After warming, I was able to taste breadier and sweeter notes. The beer became smoother, but still has the alcohol trailing behind.

This beer has an incredible mouth feel for the size it is (9% ABV). I feel lucky that I poured this into a glass. If I didn’t smell the alcohol on it, I probably would have had a much different evening and wouldn’t be writing this to you. It’s a very easy drinking beer, and is the type of beer that could get you in trouble. Drink this in a nice glass so that you can appreciate it.

Overall, I feel that this is a good offering from the New England Brewery. Although this didn’t blow me away completely, it was definitely enough to keep my interested in it. It’s al all around good Belgian style beer which is made in America – something sort of hard to find. At the very least, I could easily say that this is the best Belgian Style beer I’ve drank in a can.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

- 4oz. pour off tap at Coal House Pizza (Stamford, CT) into flight glass on 11-Aug-15

It's got a bit of heat kick to it, but a decent example of the style. I didn't think it was anything special, but later discovered that this is also offered in cans which is a huge plus.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a really good Belgian pale, I love the yeast flavors in this one. it pours a just hazy bright yellow color, spirited head of two inches or more and bone white rests on top. there are a few little yeasties floating around as well. the packaging on this beer should also be mentioned, what a clever can and beer name, genius at work! the nose is Belgian yeasty with some spice and some lemon rind, and the malt profile sis rather simple. im shocked to learn the abv is 9%, because I cant smell or taste it, but I can definitely feel it after a quick can. some mild vanilla in there with the creamy lemon flavor, and a bolder medium body to make it stick. some grassy herbal notes in the finish, part hops, part hay, very summery all in all. excellent carbonation and a pretty dry finish for a beer this big, a definite sneaker. overall another excellent beer from new England brewing, courtesy of a fantastic trade with thebrewo. a great many thanks for the sampling of stuff from these guys, ive really enjoyed all of it so far.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - hazy gold body with white head

Smell - citrus - lemon, lime

Taste - lemon, lime, ginger, lemongrass, yeast

Mouthfeel - medium body, medium carbonation, citrus upfront, a tad sour/bitter in the finish

Overall - nice Stateside version of A Belgian ale. Worth a try

Price Point - $5.99/4pk 12 oz cans

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Photo of Halfbrother83
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a Jester King goblet.

A: Pours a hazy gold with over two fingers of beautiful head that leaves a beautiful lacing once it fades.

S: Typical belgian yeast smell, some banana notes, some lemon, some pepper.

T: Very grainy and grassy, some nice lemon and spice flavors that intermingle with a solid, biscuity malt backbone.

M: Lighter in body with a really nice, prickly carbonation. Very smooth and refreshing.

O: A very good pale belgian. Not my first choice in style, but I do like this very much. It's also much better than a certain other Maiden-nodding beer that shall remain nameless.

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Photo of Huffs
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a sam adams glass, nice full head developed, white and frothy to creamy, with great retention and lacing. Appearance was cloudy with a golden honey color. Aroma was citrus and yeast with some spice and grass notes. Tasted grainy and yeasty with floral, herbal and citrus notes. Nice medium to full mouth feel with a sweet and lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of dd43
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on draft, was not poured well and was served in a shaker pint. Unsure of how well the glassware or tap line was taken care of.

Was somewhat underwhelming in the aromas I was looking for, taste wise it seemed to be on point. I will need to try a fresh can and adjust the ratings as needed.

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Photo of Sandalwood
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy dark orange color with a foamy one finger's worth of head. There is good carbonation and quite a bit of lacing. The odor is spicy, clove, coriander, citrus, orange, Belgium yeast like, bread like. The taste is spicy, clove, mandarin, orange, juicy, slightly bitter on the back, but more spices.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of socon67
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this during a small beer sampling with some buddies. The 668 pours very well. A bright orangy color with just enough foam. There is a strong citrus smell as soon as it settles into the glass.

The taste was very good, though I won't say great. A little too much in the finish, bit otherwise a solid representative of a belgian.

If you prefer belgians you can easily go through the 4 pack. Other folks might find it a tad bit overwhelming.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can from the Potsdam NY IGA for $4

Appearance - Hazy yellow colour with a small size fizzy/frothy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, coriander/clove, citrus

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads, grains, and corn. There is also some citrus, yeast, and a touch of banana.

Overall – Don't get me wrong, this is a solid beer... but based on their DIPA/IPA I expected a little more from this brewer. It needs more carbonation and little more complexity taste wise.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Belgian strong in a can, woo! 668 pours a completely opaque, golden-amber color with some lighter, sunburst orange in the center. It's capped with a creamy, slightly off-white head that has decent retention and leaves a very small amount of spotty lace behind. At first, there appeared to be some sediment, but upon further inspection, it was just small carbonation bubbles rising up.

The aroma is densely packed with floral and peppery hops. Belgian yeast is also heavy in the forefront, and I don't think anyone is surprised by that. Clove and peppermint spices round out the edges along with a hard-to-discern, sweet and almost tart fruitiness. Overripe banana, pear, and some other fruit I can't quite put my finger on. Very unique aroma, pungent in its own right with plenty of stuff going on.

A bouquet of hops jumps out from the first sip - a nice banquet of floral, flowery, and leafy flavors that caress the tongue rather than thrash it. Some light ashy flavors couple with some bubblegum-like spice from the yeast, right alongside a strong helping of coriander and clove spices. Bitterness gets a bit stronger towards the middle, but never gets "high". Phenols are mild - actually, very mild considering this beer is 9% ABV.

The fruit flavors seem a bit muted at first when compared to the aroma, but they start to come out a little more as 668 warms up. Mushy banana, crushed pears, and maybe even a slight hint of grapefruit rind. Tiny amounts of Candi sugar are present in the finish, leaving your mouth with a soft sweetness. Medium bodied, snaps the tongue with high carbonation and a wet mouth feel.

Decent Belgian strong ale, but nothing to go crazy over. Way too easy to drink for 9% ABV, though. Tasty and unique although some of the hop and spice combinations are a little less than desirable for my taste buds. Still a good beer, recommended to fans of Belgian-style strong ales.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The body of the beer is a golden hazy yellow with a pure white three finger head.

S: There is a breads and tropical fruit aroma with the subtle smell of wheat.

T: There is a sharp malt flavor with strong banana esters, wheat and bubble gum. There is a spiciness from the Belgian yeast present as well.

M: Thick and silky body but the beer is very under carbonated.

O: Good not great beer. I would probably not choose it again.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a HF sherry glass. Enjoyed during a 90+ heat wave, served at refrigerator temperature.

A- Pours a translucent golden that's a little bit on the darker side, nice consistent carbonation with a decent amount of carbonation bubbles rising to the top of the glass. After pouring about a finger and half of white foamy head appears on the top of the glass that has decent retention and slowly fades to a thin layer coating the glass in thin lacing.

S- Aromas of estery candied fruits that include lemons, oranges, bananas, balanced pilsner malts, decent aroma strength. The aroma is fairly pleasant and decently balanced but the fruitiness is a bit too much on the candied/estery side for me.

T- Again with the candied/estery fruits of oranges, lemons, bananas finishes with a nice crisp pilsner malt finish balanced with subtle hops that linger with the candied fruits on the palate. Interesting tastes the blend nicely together, but again a little bit too much of the candied fruit presence going on.

M- Crisp, medium bodied, a tad bit syrupy, but overall fairly easy drinking.

O- This was a decent strong Belgian style ale, however there are plenty of others that I would prefer drinking this to. It was a nice crisp, refreshing beer to drink on a hot summer July day but it definitely wasn't anything that blew my mind away. If you like the style I'd definitely recommend trying it, but it isn't something that I would necessarily seek out.

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668 Neighbor Of The Beast from New England Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.