668 Neighbor Of The Beast | New England Brewing Co.

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668 Neighbor Of The Beast668 Neighbor Of The Beast

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour - wow. This just looks great in a glass. Yellowish orange and soft with a beautiful bubbly, smooth head on top. Lots of little orbs streaming upwards adding to the foamy goodness. A little opaque but not really cloudy.

Aroma - zesty, Belgian yeasty and spicy. Its a familiar smell of Belgian yeast but also some tangy citrus, orange peel and a kiss of caramel. Fresh and aromatic. I am ready to dive right in.

Taste - one big sip and this is flavor city my friends. Tons of spiciness from the Belgian yeasties, a nice chunk of orange and lemon citrus as well as some vanilla and cinnamon flavors. Extremely soft on the palate and a little sharp and dry in the finish. This has some tripel-esque characteristics, especially at 9%. The tangy sweetness really sets this apart from its Belgian counterparts. Its so fresh and so drinkable. I blame the American hops or maybe its my close proximity to the brewery. Whatever the case this is some amazing stuff.

Overall - another winner from New England Brewing Company. I need to find this on tap and get a nice fresh pour as I can only imagine how good that tastes. This is incredible coming right out of the can with so much flavor and complexity but yet so easy drinking...which is scary as 2-3 cans will put you to sleep on the couch at 8 o'clock. Find some of this and enjoy.

Would I buy more of it? - yes. yes. yes.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks to Pabs311 for sending this one my way as an extra! Served from can into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quite quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, pine, grapefruit, and subtle hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, spices, and subtle hops. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. I had actually been waiting to get my hands on this one for quite some time. Definitely glad I got to try it. It had an excellent aroma and flavor going on with this one. The flavor was very well balanced with the sweetness from the malt and fruit aspect and was then rounded out with the spices and hops to balance it out. Quite an excellent combination. This is totally worth seeking out to try it without doubt!

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Photo of GbVDave
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz tallboy CAN into a St. Bernardus goblet. Special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a hazy, glowing peach color. Sitting on top is a a creamy, yet short lived layer of bright white foam. Big drooping "arms" of lace were left behind.

S: Delicious. Fresh tropical fruit, caramel, citrus, and fruity/earthy yeast make up the bulk of the smell. Some grains and a hint of alcohol come around at the end.

T: The earthy yeast kicks it up a notch with a hint of cardamom. Alcohol is more apparent as are definite white grape and candi sugar flavors. Caramel and/or toffee with some roasted nuts in the background.

M: Pretty big, rounded, and smooth with a sharp snap of solvent alcohol during the finish. Sticky with sweet candi and malt.

D: Excellent drinkability. ABV only really becomes apparent at the end of the CAN. So cool to be able to drink something like this from a tallboy!

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Pittsburgh
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

This beer tastes to me more like a Saison than anything else. Could be because of the spices, but it tastes more like a full bodied saison, with less yeast, and a well done version at that. A very well done beer. I am glad I picked this up.

Golden and syrupy, this beer melts in your mouth. It has a great texture to it, and the taste is amazing. It is a very rich beer, and has alot of flavor, but is also light an refreshing at the same time. Yeast factor is there, spices are kicking, but it is darker than a saison, which makes it awesome.

Gandhi Bot wowed me from this brewery, and this beer has done it again for me, very solid offering coming out of this brewery. Get your hands on some.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Wolberjs
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Into a tulip from a can.

L - Lovely cloudy light amber yellow with an initial 2 finger head that dissipates to 1 and hangs around quite nicely and finally dissipates into a foam with great lacing.

S - Nice bready and banana yeasty belgian beer smell. Moderate sweetness.

T - Taste follows the nose. A mild sweet banana bread taste. Really like it. Reminds me of Deschutes Conflux No. 2 which is a good thing. I really enjoy Belgian PA/IPAs that taste like this.

M - Little bit of a light thin mouthfeel, but it kind of goes with the style. Nice tingly finish.

O - Very good light belgian style ale. If I lived in Connecticut I'd drink it quite a bit.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz can into a Lost Abbey Teku.

Appearance- Golden/orange with one finger of bubbly white head with some good lacing.

Smells- Apple juice, candy sugar, belgian yeasts, light pepper. Crisp smelling. Somewhat fruity with Belgian funk.

Taste- Light apples and green grapes with that distinctive Belgian yeast, but then you get this smack in the back of the mouth with lightly bitter German hops. Nice crisp aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Very moderate carbonation with medium resinous viscosity. I either want it to be more carbonated or more viscous.

Overall- This beer is all over the place. If it were -3abv, it would be the perfect summer beer, but since it's 9%, it's more of a sipper that takes you by surprise.

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Photo of WeaponTheyFear
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a very nice hazy golden color with a small white head and some sticky lacing. Pretty much what you'd expect from a growler pour.

S- Clove is the first smell that comes to mind followed by banana and citrus. Very inviting.

T- Much like the aroma, spicy clove, banana, slight candy sweetness, as well as some citrus and bubblegum flavors in the finish.

M- Medium mouthful and carbonation fits the style nicely.

D- 9%? Really? If you gave me this beer and told me it was 6% I'd believe you. The only disadvantage is that it may be too drinkable at 9%.

Overall: Another winner from NEBC. I usually pass up Belgians for styles I enjoy more while I'm at the store but this is a very tasty beer. I've enjoyed everything I've had from them thus far and I find it amazing how even their bigger beers have no noticeable booziness to them. Looking forward to future releases from NEBC.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Knifestyles for hooking this up for me.

This can is awesome. The design is sweet and hilarious. I think it is awesome they put a Belgian strong in a 16oz can. I poured about 7-8 oz's into my duvel tulip for the review. I wanted to keep the rest and drink it straight out of the can. Anyways, this golden, slightly hazy straw yellow with very rocky white head. The aroma is distinctly Belgian yeast with some citrus and alcohol. The taste is strong, and very good. It hints at a farmhouse-like funkiness but mainly from the yeast. Kinda spicy, peppery. This is a great beer. The alcohol is strong which makes the mouthfeel very dry. I loved the novelty of drinking a great Belgian strong ale directly out of a sweet can. Cool.

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Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can, without any freshness info available.

Quality beer in cans...bring it on!

Pours heavily clouded, light tangerine. Large eggshell head, leaves all sorts of ringed and patterned lacing.

Fruity nose with pineapple, melon, orange in the foreground, candi sugar and yeast in the rear.

Well crafted with the 9% nicely hidden. More candi sugar, mild citrus and tropical fruits floating in and around. Fresh, flavorful and pleasantly fruity. A hint of gin and lime flowing from the alcohol. Well done and well worth seeking out. Going to get more of this one next time I am in Conn., might even be worth a special trip cross the border (thankfully only about 30 mins. from my house)

Great addition to the other nice can offering(s) from NEBC.

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Photo of Roguer
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Starts off a clear golden amber, but the middle is as though someone threw a hunk of orange-colored yeast into the drink. Beautiful; hazy and thick in the center, bright and gold on the edges. A two-finger pure white head that hung around for quite a while, and left lace lines down the glass.

S - You can tell it's sweet from the first waft. Sugar, candi, yeast, a hint of lemon or citrus. Very malty and mellow.

T - Such a sugary mouthfeel, it's like you're drinking candy. Some mild citrus is easily overpowered by the Belgian candi sugar and yeast. It tastes like a less hoppy Tripel. Most surprisingly, I detected a bitter aftertaste of chocolate (or something very similar) as it warmed. Unexpected (and perhaps an aberration) and lovely.

M - Super thick, coats the entire mouth. Carbonation gives the slightest initial tingle, but neither that nor the alcohol prevents you from letting it linger in your mouth. Rather dry finish.

O - This reminds me of a modern Duvel. The aroma is almost identical, just a little less sharp. Absolutely tastes like something that should come from a dusty Trappist bottle, not a can from Connecticut.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, another new brew from NEBCO. Served this chilled, in an Imperial pint glass, from a sixteen ounce can. Another awesome label as well.

Appearance: 668 pours out a hazy golden straw color with some copper highlights. A normal pour yielded a finger of white, dense foam. Head faded quite slowly actually, leaving some thin white lace behind. A small stream of carbonation bubbled up from the bottom of the glass. A nice looking brew for sure.

Smell: Nice spicy nose on this brew. Malrt and sweet smelling. Candi sugar sticks out. Some underlying hop notes come through.

Taste: Great flavor as well. Again, the pilsner malt shines through first. Candi sugar gives it that nice Belgian feel. Hops lend a bit of flavor. Are they Saaz? Can't really put my finger on it. Has a bit of a rustic feel to it. Slight yeasty notes in the background. Alcohol is rather well hidden, but shows itself in the bone dry finish. A well crafted brew.

Mouthfeel: Nice, thinner, medium bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium.

Drinkability: Very drinkable brew. Another great beer from NEBCO. Keep up the great work!

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Photo of peacebone116
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Zoolzoo for the share and good read of my tastes to know I would appreciate this brew. Never heard of this one before, but it was definitely a pleasant surprise!

Poured from a 1-pint can into my tulip glass.

A: Hazy orange color with nice, thick white head.

N: Belgian yeast: banana peel & sage & cardamom spice.

T/M: Honey liquor--all the flavors of the nose plus a rum note. The alcohol is prominent and hot on the mouth. The texture is a bit oily but still very dry from the alcohol. A great strong beer with interesting notes and flavors.

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Photo of Brez07
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled yesterday, straight from the tank

A: Hazy golden pour with a 1 finger white head. Not much lacing present

S: Banana, cloves, spice and some subtle bubblegum and fruit

T: Just like the nose. Nice balance between candied malt, belgian yeast and a small hop burst. Maybe even the slightest bit of funk? Great flavors all around

M: Medium bodied with great carbonation for the style. Sweet, dry finish

D: Insanely good considering the ABV (9%). When I got this filled the brewer even jokingly told me to be careful with it. Another fantastic brew from NEBCO. Will hopefully be grabbing some cans when they hit the shelves

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy; golden colored; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; nice Belgina lacing;

S: clove, black pepper, pear, perfume

T:follows the nose - a little more pepper and a little less clove; finish is moderately bitter and it's the clove that is there at the end;

M: medium bodied; effervescent;

O: smooth; hides the ABV pretty well;

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Photo of Beericjb
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden/Orange in color and hazy, 1 inch head with nice retention and lacing
S: slightly smells of banana and clove
T: getting the clove and banana. Nice malt character and a touch of hops. Very nicely balanced, even a little sweet (but not in a bad way)
M: I am loving the mouthfeel here, creamy and moderate carbonation
O: Definitely enjoyed this. Hard to believe that is 9% (seems more like a 6% as you drink it). Also, it is local for me which is a plus, and I love the name!

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Photo of Axic10
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a real hazy golden orange yellow with a thin layer of head that settles to very thin layer.

Smell: Belgian yeast, banana, candied sugar, clove, and dough.

Taste: Banana, clove, Belgian yeast, spices and some malty sweetness. Alcohol is hidden really well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Another good beer from NEBCO. I really dug the name and label before I even tasted it. I have some more coming my way and I'm glad I do.

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Photo of levifunk
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - pour is orange with a white head.

s - belgian yeast, spices, banana?, and some sweetness.

t - surprisingly smooth flavor. spice, some hops, malts, yeasty.

m - medium body. good carbonation.

overall - pretty good beer. this isn't my favorite style, but one of the best i've had in that style.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a couple cans of this one this morning, and eagerly cracked one open tonight. Pours a nice medium gold color, with a good-sized fluffy white head. Aromas of lemon, clove and Belgian yeast. On the palate, I get a hint of sourness, along with more Belgian yeast, lemons and no alcohol whatsoever (until the end, when you realize how potent this one is). Very good.

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Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you cullumbeer for bringing this one back for me from the brewery!

A: Glowing apricot color, with a massive solid white head that sucked itself to the glass like Spider-Man.

S: Strong Belgian character, with a fresh filtered water undertow. More than a slight bit of hoppy citrus.

T: I found this one very fruity overall, with a bit of a mothball quality that kept the over the top sweetness in check. The aftertaste was absolutely to die for and very candy-like. This was refreshing and made 668 almost a summer beer.

M: Not cloying, not too sweet, and highly drinkable. The carbonation was fine for this style.

O: You know, I think I've now looked over my past few reviews of this style, and I honestly think now that this style is right up my alley. 668 is tasty stuff!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
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 CayseyW
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
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 BranfordBound
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can picked up from Amity Wine and Spirits

Pours a dark gold color, fairly clear but upon closer inspection it reveals a little bit of floaties. One finger egg white head leaves ok lacing.

Smells of sweet candi sugar and some belgian yeast.

Aroma understated this beer, very complex belgian. Starts sweet but not overly bready from the malts, lots of spicy belgian yeast give off notes of clove and pepper. Finishes sweet with a touch of fruit ester, alcohol isn't overpowering by any means but it is a little warm.

Slightly wet mouthfeel, medium bodied.

Very drinkable, but after a 16 oz of 8.8% Belgian I'm not looking to drink much more. A supremely well crafted Belgian by the pro's at NEBCo, cheers!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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