668 Neighbor Of The Beast - New England Brewing Co.

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668 Neighbor Of The Beast
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BA SCORE
89
very good

749 Ratings
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Ratings: 749
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 92
Gots: 85 | 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:
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(Beer added by: CHADMC3 on 05-29-2010)
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Photo of AGust82
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tastes like better than average homebrew.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to hopstoopid120 for this one. Poured from a 16oz. can into a Darkness snifter

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger foamy white head that dissipates quickly into a thin white ring hugging the side of the glass. Beer is a slightly cloudy flourescent peach-orange. Lacing is stringy and spotty with little stick. Not heady enough for the style and deducted points for lacing.

S: Nose is citrus, cane sugar, Belgian yeast, and sweet, floral soap. Some clove also. Fruit is prominent in this one, providing a nice covering effect for the spices.

T: Opens spicy Belgian yeast. Citrus, cane sugar, sweet peaches. More robust malt backbone in the middle with some floral notes and clove. End is sweet and a bit soapy with a cane sugar and vanilla oil in the finish. More Belgian spiciness in the aftertaste. Very sweet with only the Belgian yeast serving to make it style appropriate.

M: Light to medium bodied and well carbonated. Lively and crisp in the mouth and goes down bubbly and abrasive. Finish is messy with a filmy, lingering aftertaste. Pretty good.

O: At 9% abv., this beer is highly drinkable. Goes down very easy, crisp, and refreshing. Not too complex as is expected from the style but it serves its purpose and is solid enough to try again.

Photo of oline73
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours avery cloudy orangish golden with two fingers of fluffy white head. Decent retention and some nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet light malt and quite fruity. I'm picking up hints of apple and banana. This one is also a bit yeasty.

Taste: Quite sweet with a strong Belgian spice presence. Fruity notes from the smell are there along with the light malt. The finish is really bitter from some hops and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with tingly carbonation and a somewhat dry finish.

Overall: I thought this beer was a bit too sweet, and then the alcohol in the finish was a bit much. I enjoyed my can, but I don't think I would have another.

Photo of Brentomaton
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Jersh67
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of HamdenHector
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of mmulebarn
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of chinchill
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can poured with a hazy, light golden body and a small head.

Fruity and floral aroma suggests some dominance of Belgian yeast. The flavor follows but has some funk too and features more light bready malt. Yeasty and mildly bitter.

Light body with adequate carbonation.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz. can courtesy of Jason during one of our many solid trades. Ridiculous looking, and therefore much appreciated, graphics and name on this beer. Oh the stories we could tell if we were, indeed, neighbors of the Cloven Master of the Underworld. Can you imagine the parties?

Into a tulip, Neighbor pours yellow - orange with a short lived head that remains only as a light white ring. Streams of bubbles rise in multiple columns. Glass repels any lethargic attempt at cling.

Smells of yeast laden apple juice with a hint at tinned peaches

Spicy yeast leads to some chewy malty sourdough, apple and pears, and clove. Yeast and juice mingle at the finish with a touch of heat.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated: crisp and dish soapy with a snappy bite at the finish.

Overall, this beer carries its abv quite well, but I don’t see myself aspiring to drink more of this. Good for what it is, but not something I would seek out again.

Photo of rwinzing
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Have been cleaning out the beer fridge this is an extra from a trade. Thanks to who ever gave it to me

A - nice golden color with white head and decent lacing

S - Sweet smell

T - Very nice fruity note with tang of bitterness

M - smooth and rich

O - nice can of beer

Photo of n2185
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Spices with sweet candy sugar and light fruits like pears and white grapes up front. Faint bread notes toward the finish.

T: Spices here as well with candy sugar, bubblegum, fruits, and a hearty yeast and bread finish that is lightly bitter with some alcohol presence.

M: Medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer avoids being too thick and sticky, but is still undercarbonated.

O: A solid BSPA overall. It's a little lacking in depth and needs to be more carbonated, but still is enjoyable.

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from can into my Unibroue tulip.cloudy straw color with requisite thick airy head. Not much on the nose. Some light stone fruit, a bit of funk, but nothing sharp.
Taste is slow to develop. Seems bland at first, but that sharp hit comes later.

This is a good beer, but I'll take a Duvel or Matilda anyway.

Photo of surprenant1138
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can into snifter. Appearance is of a hazy dark orange with about 3/4in slowly fading light tan head. Excellent thick lacing. Aroma is of yeast, some pine and light citrus. Mouthfeel is light, with a slightly stining carbonation. Taste is very yeasty, of orange peels, some nuttiness? and more bread/yeast. I am not a fan of belgian style beers, but this is not bad. It is slightly refreshing anyway.

Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ChadMc3 for this one. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a hazy bright yellow color with just a thin cap of white head that had good retention and very light lacing.

The aroma was pretty much average for the style, nice base grains, a noticeable spicy yeast scent, and perhaps a bit more alcohol than is usual. The same grain, spice, yeast and alcohol were also solid on the tongue, but the alcohol lingered and had a definite strong personality.

The body was also average, smooth and even, but, again, the alcohol hung around a bit too much. Except for the alcohol, drinkability was very good, the beer went down easily and I could have had a couple with no complaints. Overall, a pretty typical example of the style, certainly worth a shot if you see it.

Photo of camil1mj
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade thanks to Knifestyles!

Poured at a moderately cold temperature into my Founder's snifter.

A: Pours a very nice orange. 2 finger, white foamy head that recedes to leave intermediate lacing.

S: Citrusy hopes with a slight sour twang.

T: Immediate acidic fruitiness followed up by a slight hoppiness.

M: Light and refreshing. Slightly more than medium carbonation.

O: Good beer for a nice warm day. Would not turn down if I was presented the chance to drink this again. The name and label art are great!

Photo of abrand
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can poured into tulip

Pours an orangish color with a nice cloudy head that never leaves. Aromas of grains, spices, and subtle hops hit the nose. Not a very strong smelling beer but nice. Somewhat sweet on the nose. Taste is full of sugar with plenty of fruits. Bread doughs and hop backbone round out the palate. Mouthfeel is somewhat dry but thin. Overall this is a sessionable brew. Nothing outstanding but nice.

Photo of erosier
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of Arenbeer
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into a tulip glass

Latest release at fridge temp

A- Pours a hazy bright yellow with a thin 1 finger white head that leaves little retention but nice legs. A really nice looking beer overall and perfect for summer.

S- Bread and doughy notes with hints of banana and fruit from the yeast. Definitely some hops present in there as well. Alcohol also comes through quite a bit.

T- Bitter earth and grass like hops up front clash hard with the Belgian yeast characters. The fruit, banana, bubblegum, flavors that come through don't mix well with the overall hop flavor and the bread like qualities get lost as well. Almost as though they brewed Ghandi Bot with Belgian yeast.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a brutal bitter finish that drys the mouth right out.

Overall I am normally a NEBCO fan and an even bigger hop head but something about this beer on my palate does not taste right. Maybe it's to fresh and needs time to let the hops fade but right now its not what I was hoping for and nothing like what I tasted at Extreme Beer Fest.

SkÅL!

668 Neighbor Of The Beast from New England Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 749 ratings.