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
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 tectactoe
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (1,904 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge, huge thanks to beersndrums for this one! This has been a big want for me, partially because of the awesome name and partially because of the awesome reviews.

12 oz can poured into a tulip at cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a 2-finger bubbly, rocky, white head. Decent retention but not really much lacing. Hazy with a good amount of bubbles.

S – The aroma isn’t very powerful, but I get Candi sugar, apples, oranges, bready malt, coriander, and peppery yeast.

T – Starts off sweet with bready malt, Candi sugar, and apple and orange esters. As the taste progresses, grainy malt and spicy coriander and peppery yeast appear. Approaching the finish, bitter herbal and earthy hops shine through.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and mouth-coating feel, and a bittersweet, spicy, earthy, and dry finish. Sweet Candi sugar, earthy and bitter hops, and spicy yeast all linger for a nice while. There’s a nice throat-warming sensation from the alcohol, as well.

O – This was a pretty good beer. The appearance wasn’t as clear, the head wasn’t as everlasting, the aroma and taste weren’t as complex, and the mouthfeel wasn’t as creamy as some of the better Belgian examples, but it was tasty nonetheless. Furthermore, it was very drinkable, especially considering the 9% ABV. Maybe the best part was that it was in a can! I never thought I would see a Belgian-style ale in a can! Thanks for giving me the chance to try this one, Jared! (1,492 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 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)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (1,027 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a cloudy golden/orange pour with 2 fingers of head which created great lacing. smells of belgian yeast bell pepper, banana, bike tires.. kind of a plastic/rubbery smell.. weird. the flavor is very tea like, sweet and malty, yet with a grassy bitterness that makes you quench for more. a great balance of sweet and bitter flavors. medium body with moderate amount of carbonation.

a beer that i've been wanting for a long time mainly due to the can's artwork and the funny name. been a die hard maiden fan for a long time, and this is just hilarious. the beer being great is an excellent plus ;) (594 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 sjverla
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: Spicy and herabl. Black pepper, light berry notes. A little minty, but not cooling or mentholated. Nice and complex.

Appearance: Just a little hazy, solid gold color. Minimal head retention.

Taste: A little pepper at first, sweet and fruity. The flavor swells a bit before sliding into the semi-dry, herbal finish. Almost gets a little medicinal, but the astringency tapers off just in time.

Overall: Excellently nuanced. Subtle, but very flavorful. I'll miss this since NEBCO is leaving MA for now. (508 characters)

Photo of MCain04
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gifted by BostonRyan, 12 oz can poured into a HF stemware.

A: hazy orange amber. 1 finger off white head of average retention and lacing.

S: Belgian malts, tangerine, and citrus.

t: odd tasting. malty but a little skunky. a little citrus tasting but not the greatest. hides the alcohol well though.

M: smooth and medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: Average Belgian, nothing too special, nice to see the style in a can though (436 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (433 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 mnrider
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can, no freshness date.

A: Pours a lazy hazy light amber. Large white head that settles down
to a thin layer with pretty nice lacing.

S: Fresh!, crisp, light, yeast/wheat, sugar and hops. Flavorful aroma.

T/M: Spicy, light and crisp. Like the smell, fresh yeast and wheat. Good
hop presence leads to solid grain and malt flavors. Has a slight sour taste
in the background. Light bodied with a crisp finish and a linger of yeast.
As it warms the high alcohol % comes out and is warming.

O: A surprisingly great Belgian strong. Easy to drink with a nice taste and feel.
Another strong offering from New England Brewing Co. Worth a try, especially
if you like the Style.

Cheers!! (688 characters)

Photo of rodkin
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can. No idea when it was canned.

Pour is a slightly hazy gold, 1/2 finger beige head, minimal lacing.

Smell is yeast, banana, fruity sweetness, slight bit of grain. Bready.

Taste is slightly overripe fruit, grain, banana bread, slight clove, Belgian yeast. I did not realize this was 9% when I was drinking it, but I find that hard to believe. There was really no hint of it.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, crisp, well carbonated.

Very smooth, very drinkable. Great session beer. (497 characters)

Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a nice nice cloudy golden body with a thin white head that quickly fades.

S: There is a nice fruity smell, one that you usually get from belgian beers, and it also has a wheat smell.

T: I am getting a little bit of grain, some fruity yeast flavor and even a hefe flavor that comes in at the end.

M: This has a nice full body with a nice bit of crispness on the back of the throat and the tip of the tongue.

O: This is a very nice solid beer with a lot of flavor. Thanks Davey 101 for sending me this beer. (528 characters)

Photo of azdback
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Spaten tumbler. Cloudy and straw colored. Head is merely a large collar of off white head and leaving a nice ring pattern of lace that turns into a nice raining leopard pattern.

Smell is as the style would expect. Dank, musty smells. Overripe fruit (without the fruit flies) earth, grass. Sweet smells and some yeast.

Taste is like most Belgian's I have tried. Musty, dank, sweet banana, and soggy bread. This is a bit more on the alcohol side.

Mouth is medium with a nice body. Carbonation is on the spritzy side and the finish is long and wet with some alcohol burn.

Overall I must judge on the style but I hate this style. I received this as a poker payout, so I can't complain for free beer but this is just like every other shitty dank, musty and milldew tasting Belgian. I really want to thank Poorpatz for the chance. I enjoyed the chance but wont seek this out again. (893 characters)

Photo of GeckoPunk
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copied from HopDaemon with the following modifications: Medium head with moderate lacing. At first, it had a slight metallic smell/taste, which eventually blossomed into a sour Belgian yeast as the beer warmed up. The hops weren't very strong, until swallowing (even while swishing it around in my mouth). I agree with the light carbonation (almost feels semi-flat), and must add that it is slightly boozy. Also agree with the "peppery" comments. Not a personal favorite, but would recommend or get again. As I near the end of my warming beer, alcohol is more noticeable. (I disagree with the Imperial Stout taste mentioned below)

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip- pours a hazy golden orange color with minimal head, retention and lacing.

Smell is very nice, intriguing and well balanced. Definitely some yeast in there along with some pale malt sweetness, a little hops.

Taste is also very intriguing- there's something about it that reminds me of an imperial stout. Maybe a little cacao nib? Pale malt up front, followed closely by the earthy, roasted flavor, then some citrus hops and yeast to finish out.

Mouthfeel is good- medium body, light to moderate carbonation, some hop resin. This is a very interesting beer and I recommend it to anyone looking for something out of the ordinary. (1,300 characters)

Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy pale orange with a big effervescent white head. Fades slowly, leaving quite decent patchwork behind.

S: Lots of lemon up front. Grainy, yeasty bread. Touch of grass perhaps?

T: Lemony for sure. Sharp lemons in fact with just a touch of grass. Get a hint of melon for just a brief moment. Very grainy and yeasty in the middle. Pepper kicks in, lots and lots of black pepper. Finishes very spicy with lots of pepper and a hint of that lemon again.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and crisp.

O: A delicious and tasty BSPA. Lots of spicy black pepper on the back end so I hope you like that in your beer. Great combination of strong fruitiness, yeastiness and spiciness. (674 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy golden amber honey in color, big rocky white head that dissipates swiftly, moderate amounts of carbonation

S - spices are prominent, specifically cardamom and nutmeg or cinnamon, along with the candied sugar sweetness, some fruitiness bananas and wet pumpkin seeds.

T - the wet fresh pumpkin seeds stick with it, mayveI'm crazy, spices pop out, coriander and cardamom but not in a pumpkin pie way, which is nice. A nice mellow hop profile balances the yeasty breadiness of the belgian side

M&D - smooth and drinkable, slightly effervescent, a great beer. Is the house at 670 for sale? (597 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can.

Pours a cloudy brassy orange into the Duvel tulip. Finger of eggshell white head, with good lacing up the glass. Nose of tropical fruit (mango, papaya), powdered sugar, peppercorn, and yeast.

Spicy, peppery hop bitterness up front. Candyish malts and tropical fruit sweetness swell, filling the palate. The slightly boozy, fruity sweetness lingers as the herbal, peppery hop bitterness rules the finish. Medium-full body with a sparkling, lively feel. Delicious and devilish. One of the better American "Duvel ales." (531 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in shifts in 4-oz tasting glass

A: cloudy dark yellow (orangish); thin head; no carbonation; not much lacing
S: very inviting lemony citrus aroma, with lacing of yeast; lingers nicely
T: very flavorful belgian-style ale; hops are right at what you would expect in an English pale ale, but the bottle conditioning is very strong, dominant; very flavorful, complex yet refreshing; coriander and cloves, grapefruit

Pretty good! Not as satanic as the label would suggest (483 characters)

Photo of Shaymus
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange color with a avg hoppy aroma
Im not sure what I was expecting with this brew
But it continued to get better with each sip.
The flavor was hoppy and citrusy with a nice
Belgian yeast flavor. There is a nice balance of malt as well.
Overall this was a fantastic well balanced beer and one I highly
Recommend (320 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip- pours a hazy golden orange color with minimal head, retention and lacing.

Smell is very nice, intriguing and well balanced. Definitely some yeast in there along with some pale malt sweetness, a little hops.

Taste is also very intriguing- there's something about it that reminds me of an imperial stout. Maybe a little cacao nib? Pale malt up front, followed closely by the earthy, roasted flavor, then some citrus hops and yeast to finish out.

Mouthfeel is good- medium body, light to moderate carbonation, some hop resin. This is a very interesting beer and I recommend it to anyone looking for something out of the ordinary. (669 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can opened on 7.25.12.

A - Pours a clear, medium orange with a half inch near-white head.

S - Malty, yeast, and bubblegum?

T - Sweet, Belgian yeast. Again, and almost bubble gum like sweetness. Very tasty.

D - Great carbonation and a light body.

O - Sweet, but not overly with some bubblegum like flavors that are very welcoming. (334 characters)

Photo of sebod89
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Interning here at the moment and having this fresh from the bright beer tank might be the best thing on earth. It has great overall flavor, and unbelievable drinkability for it having 8.7% ABV.
It has great balance with respect to bitterness to sweetness. The yeast is strong and brings out great belgian style flavors. This is just overall a great beer! (354 characters)

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