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668 Chardonneighbor Of The Beast - New England Brewing Co.

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668 Chardonneighbor Of The Beast668 Chardonneighbor Of The Beast

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15 Reviews
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Reviews: 15
Hads: 78
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 160
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: davey101 on 03-29-2012

Our infamous 668 Belgian Strong Golden Ale was aged in Chardonnay barrels with a touch of Brettanomyces to bring you this limited run bottle. Goat Lord Approved! One of only three hundred bottles.
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Reviews: 15 | Hads: 78
Reviews by stakem:
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3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml batch 1 bottle "one of only 300 bottles" indication on the side. Poured into a 668 cervoise, the brew appears a perfectly clear golden orange color with 3 fingers of fluffy white head that slowly fades leaving a full wall of patchy lace. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain more than a finger of head throughout the entire duration.

The aroma is very vinous. Huge chardonney character right down to the booze aspect. Some hints of spicy raw oak are also present. As more whiffs are taken into the nose a mild brett inclusion is noticed with almost a lactic sort of yogurt appeal and it's own layer of tropical fruit aspects. The base brew 668 is impressively transformed and seemingly nothing like this new creation.

The flavor is boozy with flavors of chardonney seemingly so aggressive that it is almost to a fault. Under the boozy vinous notes is some raw oak character that is mildly spicy almost like incense or cedar. More sips reveal a mild earthen aspect and mild belgian yeasty spice like clove and banana which is the first real suggestion of this beer being 668 as the base.

This is a medium bodied brew that is modest to effervescently carbonated. It is quite boozy and bold with the barrel character. Having not been the biggest fan of the base beer, I am going to say this is a bit of an improvement but there is some area for even more improvement. By all regards Nebco is really coming into their own and making some standup stuff. Wish I had access to the goods a little more easily.

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Photo of braugon
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 - #?/446

A - Amber, cloudy-copper, with a small creamy-white head

S - Apples, grapes, phenol, vanilla, oak, sour

T - Grapes, lemongrass, oak. Tastes like you would expect a 668 aged in oak wine barrels to taste, which hopefully makes sense if you've had regular 668. Has a nice, boozy, slightly sour aftertaste

O - Another winner! Although I'm biased at this point, I still think it'd be hard to find someone who outright wouldn't like this offering.

Looking forward to the cellar with the others.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.2/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jimmy82063
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting for this...all hail the Goat Lord!

A) Pour reveals a nice golden hue, head quickly dissipates.

S) Probably one of the best I have had relative to the smell. Chardonnay really pops.

T) Not at all like the base beer, the phenols have muted and what you have is a nice wine forward taste. There is a lot of oak and vanilla with just a nice finish of pepper.

M) Very tart...I like!

O) I agree with the first reviewer...their best beer!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.1/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a tulip snifter. the cap pops open and would have gushed a little if I wasnt paying attention. Poured into my glass the beer is a hazy copper to gold hue with several large sediment chunks riding the waterfall into my glass.
A large billowy bleached white head foams up 4 cm and fades very slowly leaving mostly tightly packed lattice on my glass. The head in my glass is receding very slowly yet is still slowly rising to the mouth of the bottle. Occasional additional pours are necessary to keep up with the rising foam.
Aroma is funky, musty blanket, some spicy notes and a bit of dry oak are prevalent. I also get a bit of slightly sweet fruitiness, grapes maybe?
First sip reveals an average body with tingly yet not overpowering carbonation. Texture is smooth and makes the beer easy to drink.
Flavor is some grainy and biscuit malt that moves quickly to some white grape fruitiness and funky musty notes from the Brett. Maybe a bit of oak on the finish but also a bit of bitterness possibly from booze? Otherwise no heat to indicate that this is a high ABV brew.
Finish is very dry and makes me thirsty for the next sip.
Very complex and tasty brew that sneaks up on me by the end of the bottle. Good funky beer that isnt just a mashup of flavors, definitely has start, middle, finish stages.
Quite nice brew from guys at NEBCO!

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3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

thanks to duff27 for the share!

375ml bottle; poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: yellow bodied beer with no head.

Smell: heavy white wine barrel and tropical fruits. Simple, but nice aroma.

Taste: Mild tartness. White wine. Peaches and pears. Nice dose of oakiness.

Mouthfeel: light body with low carbonation levels. Almost flat. Slightly syrupy.

Overall: This is a good beer, but carbonation would really make this a great beer.

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668 Chardonneighbor Of The Beast from New England Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.