668 Neighbor Of The Beast | New England Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
newenglandbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by CHADMC3 on 05-29-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
911
Reviews:
224
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
176
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 911 |  Reviews: 224
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out with a nice orange body, the head was foamy and white. The head settles and leave a tiny amount of lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has a nice yeasty fruit aroma mixed with a subtle amount of spices. The taste had some citrus flavors and some other light soft fruit flavors. There is a slight hoppiness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was well carbonated and lighter bodied for good drinkablity. Overall, I loved the name of this beer and that's why I bought it. I would drink this one again to see if my thoughts have changed at all. Pretty good brew though.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is quite hazy golden yellow in color—hazy enough so you can't see any visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with notes of candi sugars and spices and hints of bananas.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of peppery spices are a little stronger and there are also hints of alcohol in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a good representation of the style. The only drawback is that you get some alcohol in the finish.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of oline73
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks like a Belgian, with a fluffy meringue of a head sitting atop the cloudy honey nectar; lots of webbing action on the side of the tulip

Smell: Bready, with herbal elements and some candi sugar

Taste: Opens bready, with the candi sugar generating a slight honeyish character; by mid-palate, the bitter and herbal elements kick in, adding an orange pith and coriander edge; the finish balances out all of the flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; not a particularly Belgian mouthfeel

Overall: Rather nice, and in a can to boot; I wouldn't mind a bit more Candi sugar and a bit less pith but that is a nit

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1%
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 mothman
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra (let me know who sent this so I can thank you).

Love the label on this can!

Poured into Town Hall chalice.

Pours 1/2 finger of bright white head that fades down to a very thin layer fast. Color is a bright golden orange. Can't see through this one.

Aroma: Grassy hops with some herbal notes and spices. Bananas and cloves are up front with this beer. A bit of burnt sugar flavors in the background. Has a very sweet aroma to it.

Taste: A fairly large beer. Big cloves and spice flavors. Bananas is the only fruit I really get out of this beer because of all the alcohol showing. It has grassy hops with a pale/biscuity malt profile.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and boozy. A ton of alcohol shows from this beer, granted it is 9%. A rather large body with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends rather dry.

Overall, I just wasn't feeling this beer. It was too strong and too much of the alcohol showed. I really don't know the intentions of this beer but it just turned out too big. Not overly drinkbale.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to both woosterbill and HikerCT for cans of this. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear golden color with a good white head that sticks around for quite a bit before falling and leaving behind a good amount of lacing. The nose carries some light malt along with a good dose of spicing and some mild citrus character. The flavor hits more of the spice notes and has a bit of alcohol. Pretty crisp with a moderate citrus presence. Dry and crisp with a light to medium body and a bit of booze in the finish. Nice take on the style.

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Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Who doesn't love tall boy cans.

A: A nice fluffy 2 finger head rises up and fades semi quickly over the hazy wheat orange golden colored beer.

N: A definite Belgian golden ale, with some Belgian malts, a slight Belgian yeast, some light sweetness with some Belgian candi sugar, touch of warming booze, and a light fruit aroma.

T: Starts pretty sweet, with some warming booze, and quite a bit of candi sugar. Some juicy fruit flavors with that, and lots of Belgian malts and light yeast flavors. More juicy malt flavors and a hint of wheat. A touch of tingly boozy flavors too, but not too bad.

M: Medium body with decent carboation.

F: Finishes still sweet with lingering candi sugar and lots of malts, sweet juicy malt flavors, some yeast too. Touch of wheat. A bitterness also comes through on the finish, I can't figure out where it's from, perhaps some grassy hops that I'm just starting to detect. It does have a slight chewy and sticky finish as well. There's also more spicy, tingly, and warming booze with all that.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/25/2012 at Julian’s, in Providence, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber/gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains Belgian yeast, spices, fruit, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel, spices and fruit that are followed by breadiness from a hearty malt character and Belgian yeast backbone. The hops presence is mild but complementary and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong but well-disguised kick, good representation of style, this is a decent stronger Belgian-style beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden apricot to peach in color with some moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation and some deep golden yellow + orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy creamy light beige head that very slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts with some lighter aromas of citrus/orange rind, spicy yeast, coriander, and clove.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale malts with a touch of candi sugar and just a hint of caramel. There are some lighter notes of spices - clove, coriander, and spicy yeast. Additionally there are some light fruit flavors including pear/grape and citrus/orange rind. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish but it fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness.

O: The beer is really easy to drink and the 9% ABV is extremely well hidden - I was shocked to notice that it had that high of an ABV. There are some good flavors in this beer and it is likely the best Belgian style beer that I have had in a can.

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3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at NEBCO

Cloudy burnt orange pour, with a foamy white head that retained well and left nice lacing on the glass. Taking a whiff, I believe my comment was, "Very Belgian." Indeed. Fruity esters in the nose, Belgian yeast, coriander. Similar taste, pear, banana, stone fruit, citrus, yeast, coriander, doughy malts lending some sugary sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body, a little chewy, pretty good overall. Not something I'm always in the mood for, but I'd get this again.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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668 Neighbor Of The Beast from New England Brewing Co.
3.96 out of 5 based on 911 ratings.
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