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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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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.55%
Wants: 147
Gots: 19 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: davey101 on 03-29-2012)
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Reviews by stakem:
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3.73/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

stakem, Jul 30, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of braugon
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

braugon, Jun 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Bizoneill, Jul 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

acurtis, Aug 23, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -3.9%

mdaschaf, Sep 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

OnYourSix, Jun 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photekut, Jul 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Gonzoillini, May 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Curloftheburl, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of jimmy82063
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

jimmy82063, Mar 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

ChrisChagnon, Jun 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

SpdKilz, May 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

wesley14, Mar 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Atomicskis5, Jul 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

hoppymcgee, Apr 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

RMoeNay, Jun 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

largadeer, Aug 22, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev -6.2%

ShanePB, Aug 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

phorestfreak, Aug 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

DerekMorgan, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of sulldaddy
4.43/5  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!

sulldaddy, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Feb 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

chrispoint, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of davey101
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"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.

500 ml bottle into a tulip glass at 45 degrees.

A - Dark amber opaque body with a massive fluffy white head that sticks around for a long time. Giving the glass a swirl creates clumps of thick suds and generates another massive head. Great level of lacing and retention. Looks very similar to the standard 668 but with much better head retention. Bottom the bottle shows a layer of sediment/yeast.

S - Starts off with some standard BSPA notes. Biscuity malts, earthy grass, lemons and a nice spicy Belgian yeast. This leads into a pleasant brett funk with a fantastic oak barrel finish. Some grape and wine elements are present. The finish is spicy and floral.

T - Biscuity malts, some lemon grass and coriander, and a funky brett finish. There is some subtle apricot and peach notes as well as sour green grapes. The finish is slightly oaky and smooth. This has a great balance between sweet fruit and spicy earthiness. Super complex yet restrained. This is a delicious beer with several layers that is also quite quaffable. The alcohol does make a bit of an appearance as it warms up but it doesn't really interfere. Not sure what the alcohol level is but with the standard beer being 9% I would imagine this is just a hair higher.

M - Super creamy and smooth. Medium bodied with the perfect level of carbonation. Bottle conditioning does wonders on this beer.

O - The best beer NEBCO has made thus far IMO. 668 is a fantastic Belgian pale ale to start with. Aging it in Chardonnay barrels for almost a year and adding some brett has turned it into an absolutely amazing wild ale. Only 300 bottles were produced and its a brewery only release at $10 a bottle. If you have a chance to try it I highly recommend it.

davey101, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of modernartblues
4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a new COAST Tulip

A: cloudy, burnt orange body, 1" white head, cap sticks around, tons of lacing, decent amount of bubbles promising good carbonation

N: funky, green apple, lemon,clove, touch of citrus, brett is big, but still 668 like

T: blow away good and complex, 668 with banana and clove hits first, then the oak, then a touch of butteryness from the chardonnay, tartness from brett on the finish, this is really good, really hits in layers and shows off in its complexity

M: good, similar to 668 in that its incredibly smooth and the 9% sneaks up on you

O: an AWESOME beer from Nebco, their second sour and its a homerun, complex and funky, I hope they bottle this one again

modernartblues, Apr 01, 2012
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668 Chardonneighbor Of The Beast from New England Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.