668 Neighbor Of The Beast
New England Brewing Co.

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #39
Ranked #8,231
3.97 | pDev: 10.08%
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
Very Good
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Photo of colts9016
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have not drunk many Belgium Pale Ales. Purchasing these beers here that are moderately fresh often poses a challenge for me. The beer is a few months old but has a higher alcohol content. The beer is 50 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour of the beer produced a two-finger rocky and billowy head. The head is bright white. The head of beer dissipated quickly, leaving little behind on the glass. The color is medium amber with straw yellow hues. The clarity of the beer is transparent, with a few yeast cells floating happily within. The beer follows the guidelines for the appearance.

The aromas in the beer are bananas, spicy phenols, cloves, crackers, toasted malts, orange, a tinge of caramel, and a slight nuttiness.

The flavors in the beer are peppery phenols, orange, fruity esters, cloves, banana, toasted malts, light caramel, a nuttiness, and biscuity.

The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth with a slight alcohol warming.

The body of the beer is medium, medium-carbonation, and a full finish.

Surprisingly, this beer is well balanced, and the flavors fit this style perfectly. The beer is smooth with a pleasant balance. I was amazed by this beer. The beer needs a slightly higher rating on this website.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L - Hazy golden yellow with two fingers of frothy white head

S - Banana, Belgian yeast, and spices

T - Sweet banana and peach, black pepper, doughy malts, some funk, coriander.

F - Full-bodied, but not syrupy or thick. Minor warming, but easy to look past.

O - Good example of the style. Can easily hang with others directly from Belgium.

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Photo of moodenba
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can of 668 Belgian Style Ale sampled july, 2016. Poured into a La Choulette goblet.

Fine long-lasting head with nice lacing later. Aroma is assertively sharp true to style. The amber brew was definitely cloudy.

Flavor reminds me of a past trip to Paris, where the Belgian Leffe and Grimbergen ales were on draft everywhere. True to style.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 10.20 (Including tax)/four pack ($ 0.213/oz) at Max Wine & Spirits, Danbury, CT
Undated can at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma of yeast phenolics, weak
Head large (Maximum 4.8 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy with rocks, diminishing to thick, creamy ring and layer
Lacing poor – rare arc of tiny to large bubbles
Body – yellow, hazy, some very tiny sediment
Flavor – bitter from hops which decreases as the beer warms although the hops flavor hangs on. No alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl.
Palate light to medium, watery approaching syrupy, lively carbonation

A well-made take on a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. However, not my favorite style.

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of Blancaster
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I still don't know how people go ape s#!% for gbot and not for this. To me this beer hours all three parts of the palette with an intimidating balance. The front a green bitterness wages to the mid palate creamy, champagne like bubbles (pearlage), and a nice long finish defined by quality goods and cultures... My favorite beer from NEBCO because of its balance alone... Highly underrated..

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Photo of Lembeh
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful white fluffy head sitting on top of a golden orange unfiltered body. The aroma is of a belgian farm house. Not the beer an actual barn in the wallonian countryside. Hay, wheat and slight sour notes on the nose. The taste follows the same yeast and a dry finish. Very good beer this. Would love to drink some of these all year.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bright golden color with a 1-finger white head. Leaves some decent lacing.

On the aroma, I get notes of wheat, grass, and fresh squeezed lemons. Maybe a touch of spicy pepper on the end.

The taste brings lots of bananas, freshly baked dough, and sweet citrus. Finishes with some light, cracked pepper.

The feel is medium-light bodied with relatively high carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Very crisp and refreshing. There's a slight lingering spiciness, however it's balanced out by a nice, sweet coating.

Overall, a damn good representation of a Belgian Strong. There's nothing overly complex about it but it hits all the right notes and is incredibly refreshing and drinkable despite the higher ABV.

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

Got in a BIF from tasterschoice62. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big lemon, orange, banana, pear, apricot, apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, light bubblegum, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, banana, pear, apricot, apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, light bubblegum, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, banana, pear, apricot, apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, wheat, cracker, biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness and yeast spiciness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth and moderately grainy/creamy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Momack229
1.78/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Tastes like the melding of Budweiser & cinnamon; I've yet to have anything from this brewery thats a sip beyond mediocrity. I'm hoping G-bot can change my opinion.

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Photo of Dopen993
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can into pint glass.

Hazy yellow orange, maybe a bit more orange than yellow. Very foamy, light head.
Lots of wheat on the nose with some great citrus notes. Light spice notes.
Lots of sweetness from the malts. Lots of wheat/yeast as well.
Light body, very easy to drink.

Belgians aren't really my thing but I thought this was a good example.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a NEBCO tulip glass.

Deep creamy and supper fluffly topped thick white head. Meingue and just a hint of soapy retention, sits easy two fingers tall on top of a slightly orange apricot colored body. A bit opaque, but also some thin carbonation really crawling up on the sides. Solid looking Belgian pale.

Aroma is quite interesting. Real nice malt angle on this, with sweet toast and almost English biscuit quality to it. There's a hint of woody and bark like sweetness, almost clove but not as hot or sweet smelling. Sweet breaded malts, a touch of honey peaks out as well, with some soft esters.

Palate is real nice, helped with a real supportive mouthfeel. Chewy malts and good biscuit sweetness, mixes with some toast as well. Finishes with a little bit of honey but very subtle. Sweet middle gets into some subdued cinnamon and almost cardamom like sweetness to match. Real chewy and meaty density on this guy.

Almost comes out like a bit of a amped up malt American/British angle mixing in with classic Belgian sucrose sweetness and melting yeast. Weird to put this guy in words. Fun brew.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

- 4oz. pour off tap at Coal House Pizza (Stamford, CT) into flight glass on 11-Aug-15

It's got a bit of heat kick to it, but a decent example of the style. I didn't think it was anything special, but later discovered that this is also offered in cans which is a huge plus.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

7/10/15 Home

Pours hazy orange with a nice head and good retention.

The smell has that spice combo you'd expect from a Belgium ale. It's not overpowering but enough there to really know the style in the glass.

Taste is good. It has a strong backbone of spice but it isn't over the top.

Overall this is a good Belgium strong. Not my favorite style but this one is a good beer. It's a right place right time kind if beer but I would definitely have more of these.

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Photo of Sandalwood
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy dark orange color with a foamy one finger's worth of head. There is good carbonation and quite a bit of lacing. The odor is spicy, clove, coriander, citrus, orange, Belgium yeast like, bread like. The taste is spicy, clove, mandarin, orange, juicy, slightly bitter on the back, but more spices.

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Photo of Moneypenny
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I scored this higher on looks alone, and gave it bonus creds for having come out of a can. I'm late to the "tastes great out of a can" craze. Still an old dog can learn. This is my favorite beer out of NEBCO, probably because I'm not a big fan of the super hoppy monsters like Gandhi-Bot, though I can appreciate their rugged beauty. 668 is all floral elegance laced with citrus--almost an orange blossom or neroli aroma. The head bears up well under pressure (withstood several botched FB pic attempts). And the little guy on the can is so goshdarn cute, I'd sell him my soul any day.

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Photo of illpass78
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light orange with lots of carbonation and a big white head that retains well. Lots of lacing as it goes down.

Aroma: I sense some banana and spices in the nose. Also some somewhat white wine-like character.

Taste: Wow, this is a pretty terrific beer. Those banana and grape notes are there, and there's some very appealing spiciness on the finish. A little bit of appealing sweetness, I'm guessing from the sugar teased in the ad copy.

Mouthfeel: Nice depth. Alcohol is pretty well concealed. Pleasant to drink.

Overall: Terrific pale ale. Cool concept and can design, too. Very impressed with NEBCO's work here.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a 668 tulip.

a: Straw gold hazy body. Two and a half finger soapy, sudsy white head.

s: Nice aromas of banana and cooked pears, sweat with honey, a bit musty.

t: Bready malts, orange rind, honeyed pears, apricot and banana. Wonderful yeast spice and pepperiness. A bit earthy in the finish.

mf: the body is medium+ with good carbonation. Creamy body with a smooth honey-like feel. Nice spicey, even finish. A bit of a chalky after taste.

o: A very nice local BSGA.

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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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can poured into a Belgian tulip.

Interesting to have a Belgian (style) in a can. Not something you find too often.

The pour produces a substantial frothy white head, with layers of chewy and pillow-like foam. As the head slowly recedes, patches of laces line the sides of the glass. The body is a golden haze with a straw-like color at the base.

Smells very nice, resembling sweet grapes or a sweeter white wine. It's got a sweet floral aroma, grain/oatmeal sweetness and notes of melon and honey. 4.25

Drinks pretty true to the nose, exhibiting a white grape-like flavor, sweet malt and floral qualities. The yeast is more pronounced on the palate and lingers a bit more potently than I desire it to. Just as on the nose, I find a slight resemblance to white wine. 3.75

Great body on this beer, thick and smooth, but the yeast is a little overzealous and lingers for ages. The sweetness is moderate and enjoyable and works hard to offset the yeast and is almost successful. 3.5

Smelled great and showed real promise, but that pesky yeast... Still was a beer I enjoyed though.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy gold with a generous head - possibly because I poured it a little warmer than normal. Lacing abounds as the beer is enjoyed. Enjoyable and I will get more as I travel.

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Photo of fank2788
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a snifter
This one is pale gold in color and quite hazy. It starts out with a finger or so of fine bubbles on top but they quickly fall to a thin layer that throws a lot of lace on the glass. A very nice aroma of wheat, belgian candi sugar and yeasty esters of banana, pineapple and spices are all present and nicely mixed. All of those spices and yeast flavors jump to the front in the flavor of this beer. After that there is a good chunk of sweetness that gives way to some peppery spice or bitterness from the hops and a nice toasty biscuit to round it out. The body is medium and so is the level of carbonation. This has a dry finish and a little bit of the alcohol makes itself known as the beer warms. Overall a good beer that doesn't quite compete with the classics of the style but it is worth giving a try.

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Photo of dd43
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on draft, was not poured well and was served in a shaker pint. Unsure of how well the glassware or tap line was taken care of.

Was somewhat underwhelming in the aromas I was looking for, taste wise it seemed to be on point. I will need to try a fresh can and adjust the ratings as needed.

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

L: Hazy gold-orange body with a thick white head that leaves a generous lacing.
S: Pithy citrus aromas, funky Belgian yeastiness, bready malts
T: Savory malts up front finishing sweet and citrusy thanks to the yeast and hops coming through.
F: A little sharp on the tongue, perhaps even a bit hot. However, the beer drinks really well and the body is full but not thick. The balance is really unique and it just seems to work.
O: This is a solid Belgian style for hop heads and Belgian enthusiasts. It has the malt backbone a Belgian should have but offers something extra.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra on a trade a while back. I don't know if it might have been lingering too long in my fridge but it seems a little less than I would expected. Poured in glass from a can.

Appearance: Lots of white fluffy head that remains for a while throughout the pour. Color is golden hazy yellow with a slight bronze note.

Aroma: Mild Belgian yeast aromas, some candied fruits and clove like spices, reminds me of a tripel in a way.

Taste: Same type of flavor notes appear in the flavors, but does have a more dominant spice note in the flavor. Kind of sweet but has a clean finish.

Overall: I am not a huge fan of this style in general but some of the original styles from Belgium have surprised me. This is not one of those though. Sometimes American brewers can do magical things with Belgian styles and other fall short, this one to me falls on the short side. Its not a bad beer but certainly not one I would go after again, when there are so many amazing offerings out there these days.

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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.

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