668 Neighbor Of The Beast - New England Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 211
Hads: 832
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 4.03%
Wants: 98
Gots: 130 | FT: 5
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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 thagr81us
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
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! (919 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
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! (932 characters)

Photo of Pittsburgh
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a recently distributed NEBCO can in WNY...let the beer warm for 20-30 mins before writing this review

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin, sticky white head. The nose presents a bouquet of booze-infused honey, floral hops, and fruity yeast esters. It definitely establishes that it's a BSPA in the nose. The taste works in a complex melange of yeast fruits, honey sweetness, and grains followed by a slightly bitter, semi-dry white grape aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very approachable and drinkable for being a 9% beast and leaves a lot of traditional elements present (compared to a Duvel for instance). I'm excited for such a delicious canned beer available in WNY/CNY and recommend a brief warming period followed by some smooth jazz and reasonably paced sippage. (800 characters)

Photo of Wolberjs
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Into a tulip from a can.

L - Lovely cloudy light amber yellow with an initial 2 finger head that dissipates to 1 and hangs around quite nicely and finally dissipates into a foam with great lacing.

S - Nice bready and banana yeasty belgian beer smell. Moderate sweetness.

T - Taste follows the nose. A mild sweet banana bread taste. Really like it. Reminds me of Deschutes Conflux No. 2 which is a good thing. I really enjoy Belgian PA/IPAs that taste like this.

M - Little bit of a light thin mouthfeel, but it kind of goes with the style. Nice tingly finish.

O - Very good light belgian style ale. If I lived in Connecticut I'd drink it quite a bit. (656 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz can into a Lost Abbey Teku.

Appearance- Golden/orange with one finger of bubbly white head with some good lacing.

Smells- Apple juice, candy sugar, belgian yeasts, light pepper. Crisp smelling. Somewhat fruity with Belgian funk.

Taste- Light apples and green grapes with that distinctive Belgian yeast, but then you get this smack in the back of the mouth with lightly bitter German hops. Nice crisp aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Very moderate carbonation with medium resinous viscosity. I either want it to be more carbonated or more viscous.

Overall- This beer is all over the place. If it were -3abv, it would be the perfect summer beer, but since it's 9%, it's more of a sipper that takes you by surprise. (727 characters)

Photo of WeaponTheyFear
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a very nice hazy golden color with a small white head and some sticky lacing. Pretty much what you'd expect from a growler pour.

S- Clove is the first smell that comes to mind followed by banana and citrus. Very inviting.

T- Much like the aroma, spicy clove, banana, slight candy sweetness, as well as some citrus and bubblegum flavors in the finish.

M- Medium mouthful and carbonation fits the style nicely.

D- 9%? Really? If you gave me this beer and told me it was 6% I'd believe you. The only disadvantage is that it may be too drinkable at 9%.

Overall: Another winner from NEBC. I usually pass up Belgians for styles I enjoy more while I'm at the store but this is a very tasty beer. I've enjoyed everything I've had from them thus far and I find it amazing how even their bigger beers have no noticeable booziness to them. Looking forward to future releases from NEBC. (888 characters)

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can, without any freshness info available.

Quality beer in cans...bring it on!

Pours heavily clouded, light tangerine. Large eggshell head, leaves all sorts of ringed and patterned lacing.

Fruity nose with pineapple, melon, orange in the foreground, candi sugar and yeast in the rear.

Well crafted with the 9% nicely hidden. More candi sugar, mild citrus and tropical fruits floating in and around. Fresh, flavorful and pleasantly fruity. A hint of gin and lime flowing from the alcohol. Well done and well worth seeking out. Going to get more of this one next time I am in Conn., might even be worth a special trip cross the border (thankfully only about 30 mins. from my house)

Great addition to the other nice can offering(s) from NEBC. (754 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Starts off a clear golden amber, but the middle is as though someone threw a hunk of orange-colored yeast into the drink. Beautiful; hazy and thick in the center, bright and gold on the edges. A two-finger pure white head that hung around for quite a while, and left lace lines down the glass.

S - You can tell it's sweet from the first waft. Sugar, candi, yeast, a hint of lemon or citrus. Very malty and mellow.

T - Such a sugary mouthfeel, it's like you're drinking candy. Some mild citrus is easily overpowered by the Belgian candi sugar and yeast. It tastes like a less hoppy Tripel. Most surprisingly, I detected a bitter aftertaste of chocolate (or something very similar) as it warmed. Unexpected (and perhaps an aberration) and lovely.

M - Super thick, coats the entire mouth. Carbonation gives the slightest initial tingle, but neither that nor the alcohol prevents you from letting it linger in your mouth. Rather dry finish.

O - This reminds me of a modern Duvel. The aroma is almost identical, just a little less sharp. Absolutely tastes like something that should come from a dusty Trappist bottle, not a can from Connecticut. (1,148 characters)

Photo of jaxon53
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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! (1,107 characters)

Photo of peacebone116
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of Brez07
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled yesterday, straight from the tank

A: Hazy golden pour with a 1 finger white head. Not much lacing present

S: Banana, cloves, spice and some subtle bubblegum and fruit

T: Just like the nose. Nice balance between candied malt, belgian yeast and a small hop burst. Maybe even the slightest bit of funk? Great flavors all around

M: Medium bodied with great carbonation for the style. Sweet, dry finish

D: Insanely good considering the ABV (9%). When I got this filled the brewer even jokingly told me to be careful with it. Another fantastic brew from NEBCO. Will hopefully be grabbing some cans when they hit the shelves (637 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy; golden colored; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; nice Belgina lacing;

S: clove, black pepper, pear, perfume

T:follows the nose - a little more pepper and a little less clove; finish is moderately bitter and it's the clove that is there at the end;

M: medium bodied; effervescent;

O: smooth; hides the ABV pretty well; (350 characters)

Photo of Beericjb
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden/Orange in color and hazy, 1 inch head with nice retention and lacing
S: slightly smells of banana and clove
T: getting the clove and banana. Nice malt character and a touch of hops. Very nicely balanced, even a little sweet (but not in a bad way)
M: I am loving the mouthfeel here, creamy and moderate carbonation
O: Definitely enjoyed this. Hard to believe that is 9% (seems more like a 6% as you drink it). Also, it is local for me which is a plus, and I love the name! (481 characters)

Photo of Axic10
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a real hazy golden orange yellow with a thin layer of head that settles to very thin layer.

Smell: Belgian yeast, banana, candied sugar, clove, and dough.

Taste: Banana, clove, Belgian yeast, spices and some malty sweetness. Alcohol is hidden really well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Another good beer from NEBCO. I really dug the name and label before I even tasted it. I have some more coming my way and I'm glad I do. (518 characters)

Photo of levifunk
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you cullumbeer for bringing this one back for me from the brewery!

A: Glowing apricot color, with a massive solid white head that sucked itself to the glass like Spider-Man.

S: Strong Belgian character, with a fresh filtered water undertow. More than a slight bit of hoppy citrus.

T: I found this one very fruity overall, with a bit of a mothball quality that kept the over the top sweetness in check. The aftertaste was absolutely to die for and very candy-like. This was refreshing and made 668 almost a summer beer.

M: Not cloying, not too sweet, and highly drinkable. The carbonation was fine for this style.

O: You know, I think I've now looked over my past few reviews of this style, and I honestly think now that this style is right up my alley. 668 is tasty stuff! (783 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Nice, drippy cobwebs of lacing.

S- Textbook Belgian yeast aroma with plenty of banana and a hint of bubble gum. Fruity esters give way to some spice tones.

T- Somewhat sweet, semi-soily. Very drinkable with a nice yeasty richness in the finish.

M- Tangy, sharp and vibrant. Medium carbonation with a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A very well executed, straightforward BSPA. Has great balance and the clever branding is an added bonus giving the beer personality. (731 characters)

Photo of BranfordBound
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can picked up from Amity Wine and Spirits

Pours a dark gold color, fairly clear but upon closer inspection it reveals a little bit of floaties. One finger egg white head leaves ok lacing.

Smells of sweet candi sugar and some belgian yeast.

Aroma understated this beer, very complex belgian. Starts sweet but not overly bready from the malts, lots of spicy belgian yeast give off notes of clove and pepper. Finishes sweet with a touch of fruit ester, alcohol isn't overpowering by any means but it is a little warm.

Slightly wet mouthfeel, medium bodied.

Very drinkable, but after a 16 oz of 8.8% Belgian I'm not looking to drink much more. A supremely well crafted Belgian by the pro's at NEBCo, cheers! (714 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can purchased and drank at The Owl House in Rochester, NY. One of the best name/label combos for a beer I've ever seen, hilarious.

Pours a bright golden orange/amber color. Fluffy 2 inch off white head, good lacing.

Smells like candi sugar, honey, yeast, and citrus.

Tastes include bready malt, candi sugar sweetness, honey, orange, spicy yeast esters, cloves, pineapple. Great mix of flavors here.

Light to medium bodied, medium level of carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

One of the better Belgian pale ales made in the US- love it. (539 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz can to a tall Ommegang flute; no freshness dating, but this JUST showed up in my neck of the woods and theoretically this style isn’t quite so time-sensitive as, say, a DIPA like Gandhi-Bot.

Appearance (4.25): A pretty generous three-finger head rises off the pour, capping a perfectly cloudy, slightly orange-gold body. The head shows excellent retention, taking its sweet-ass time to die down and leaving thin patterns of lace in widely-spaced arcs and spots around the glass up top, and wide, thick splotches of foam further down. The head lasts forever, though.

Smell (4.25): Oooh, lots of nice, interesting spice and some phenolic tones that blend in very well—lots of dusty hay, something like nutmeg, clove, white pepper, fresh apples, and rich pear, apricot, and sweet tangerine fruit tones.

Taste (4.25): Excellently dry and spicy, with mild phenolic undertones that blend into the spice very well. Lots of that clove and effervescent, peppery character in the nose—has a slightly numbing feel on the tongue, with understated tangerine and sweet citrus underneath. Tart, fruity wheat malts (I think) do well with whatever yeast is being used here—a really nice lemony edge cuts through some very moderate, balanced pilsner sweetness. Lots of sweet (but light) fruit character, but the spicy and phenolic aspects of this beer really dominate. In a good way. Honestly kind of shocked at how well the phenols work for this beer.

Mouthfeel (3.5): The carbonation is rather subdued, quite frankly, especially for the style, but it makes up for it with that numbing, slightly tingling sensation that crosses over into the flavor with the beer’s spicy, phenolic palate. It does foam nicely on the way down though, with a soft, almost silky feel that matches the slightly-above-medium-weight body. Finishes moderately dry.

Overall (4.25): Color me impressed. Not necessarily a standout according to the style guidelines, but I’ll be damned if this isn’t an extremely satisfying beer to drink. And, as mentioned in the tasting notes, I’m very pleasantly surprised by how well the phenols really work into this beer. Great fruit and spice tones, nice and yeasty and rich but still dry. Great beer, and I will be seeking it out in the future. (2,292 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into sam Adams glass

Clear golden liquid , constant carbonation, thin white layer on top

Aroma of bread, biscuit and funk

Taste offers up the bread, funk and reminds of a white wine note.

Slight carbonation, immensely quaffable. Slight funk aftertaste . Smooth

Wasn't what I expected but I like it. Nice beer. (325 characters)

Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into NEBCo tulip

A: Hazy golden color, off-white, very fine 1/2 finger head. Nice ring lacing

S: Yeasty - fresh baked French bread. Honey, bananas, and spices.

T: Belgian yeast right away. Bright citrus, most likely from American hops, which leaves a lasting oily bitterness in the finish. This was a lot more dry than I remember.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Very slight oily quality.

O: 668 is a solid BSPA. NEBCo continues to show their prowess and I’m glad that this is becoming more readily available throughout CT. Definitely worth a try. (568 characters)

668 Neighbor Of The Beast from New England Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.