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:
912
Reviews:
224
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
177
For Trade:
5
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Photo of Kguilmartin
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of FLima
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool name. Nice golden color a bit cloudy with a one finger aired head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Slightly sour kind of Saison like aroma with hoppy pine notes, booze and pineapple with mint.
Flavor with lots of pineapples, biscuit malt, oranges, bubblegum, cinnamon, herbal hops, candied sugar, lemon, bananas, spices, just a bit of Belgian funky yeast, coriander and green apples.
Medium body with low carbonation. I was quite surprised when I checked the alcohol of 9% abv which is well masked being there mostly as a flavor note.
Decent Belgian Strong Pale Ale with good mouth complexity, though I found it too sweet with lower drinkability, but if you like the style, it is a good option.

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Photo of emptyglassagain
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of msteves99
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FosterJM
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

437th review on BA
Can to Tulip
16oz pint can

Thanks to MikeM40 for this one!

App- A light orangy haze with a center of darker orange. Yellow highlights radiating with a two finger head. Some spots of cling but not many.

Smell- A nice wheat base and a paired scent of citrus and a little dampness.

Taste- An interesting blend of sugary malts and the pilsner malts. Much more pilsner malt on the taste than I was hoping. A bit light as well, dont find the 9% at all.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a high carbonation level. A lot of candy pils is what remains.

Drink- Pretty tasty and it was light and crisp at the same time. The blend of malts and sugars was pretty different for the style. Glad I got another to kick back with.

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Photo of DNICE555
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at ELi's with Haogie and The Larse. Had this one while a girl wearing a BEBE shirt blew my mind. Strong yeasty boozy taste and flavor that mellows towards the finish. Not the most balanced but a pretty easy drinking belgian strong ale for 9 percent. My thought on this beer are clouded by the images of a goddess.

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Photo of BigZ2214
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wehabeertrader
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NJB145
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Thanks to GoGriz for this can!

I love how closely this guy resembles Carl Brutananadilewski, though without the effect of decades of disappointment crashing down on his shoulders. The beer pours a hazy amber straw topped by a steadfast finger of white suds. The nose comprises banana, clove, Belgian-yeast spiciness, orange zest, cinnamon, and coriander. The taste is heavy on the citrus aspects, pumping that coriander and orange peel to an overt level. The cloves are joined by some peppercorns, and behind all of this citrus and spice looms a mass of honey and light caramel. The body is a solid medium, with a light medium carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a solid brew, a bit hard to drink heavily, but a decent Belgian-style sipper.

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Photo of HopNuggets
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 16oz can into Piraat tulip.

A - Poured a bright golden orange color with a solid, slightly off white, 2 finger head that lingers around for quite a while that settles down to a 1 finger head that dissipates to a white ring around the top of the brew. When head fades it is really easy to stir up a 1 finger head with a little swirling of the glass. Not much in the way of lacing a few clumps of white head stick around in spots on the glass but not sufficient.

S - Slight citrus (orange with lemon being the most prominent) up front with definite belgian yeast to follow with some clove and a little bready at the end with maybe some banana kicking around in there.

T - Definite belgian yeast flavor with some clove notes. If you keep it on the palate for a while you get a hit of booze that sticks around. The aftertaste is where the 9% is shared with a little alcohol hotness and flavor.

M - Refreshing off the bat, but a little over the top at the finish with some bitterness that seems overwhelming and kind of throws it off balance with a solid amount alcohol heat.

D - This is what got me to buy this beer people saying that you could mow your lawn with it. It's drinkable for 9% but not as refreshing as it has been brought out to be with all the BA hype. I plan on having this paired at the lobster bake in a couple weeks and it should do good pairing with the fattyness of lobster.

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Photo of rpbisaillon
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of curlybird
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Urbancaver
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange with a decent amount of pure white head. Smells a bit boozy with some yeasty aromas and a almost minty touch. Lots of banana aromas. Tastes banana heavy eith yeastiness. A typical belgian flavour profile but nothing special. Thick and low carbontion. Overall nothing special at all

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwinship83
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz can traded to me by user spleeb. thanks again! drank from my duvel tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a hazy golden orange colored body with a rather large bright white head on top. the head takes a while to fall and leaves behind large globs of lacing.

S- light bready and pale malts followed by a variety of fruits. banana, pear, apple, and grape. belgian yeast and sweet candi sugar are also detected.

T- the taste starts out with sweet belgian candi sugar and yeast. after that it opens up with a cornucopia of fruits. banana, pear, apple, grape, and maybe a little orange. some spices like coriander and clove show up for a little bit as well. there is a very minor alcohol presence.

M- the body was lighter than i was expecting and had a slightly less carbonated feel to it. moderate warming from the alcohol.

D- easy to finish, and i really enjoyed the artwork on the can. something id pick up again if i had the chance. my first beer from this brewery and i hope not the last.

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Photo of tedgelee
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SFLpunk
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Robtobfest for this extra! Woohoo, I'm review #100 for this entry!

16oz can with a stuck-on label. Pretty funny art. No date, though.

Pours a hazy golden color with thin off-white head. Nose is like a caricature of "Belgian Golden" what with some wheat, some citrus, some spice (coriander). Palate is a little spicy and a little prickly with alcohol warming. Citrus and wheat and hay and white pepper. Really spot on and lovely. A beautiful caricature of itself. Solid.

**Low Overall score due to lack of dating.**

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Photo of SveNss0N
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of corm44
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Adrianized
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a nice hazy orange color which is practically glowing in the glass.  Two finger thick foamy white head which hangs around for a while and leaves great lacing.

I get strong citrus notes, mostly oranges and tangerines.  Plenty of Belgian yeast.  Some floral hops, too.

Taste follows the nose here.  First thing that hits you are the oranges, maybe some lemon zest as well.  The middle, and predominant, flavor is the Belgian  yeast.  It finishes with a bitterness of lemon zest and some spice.  As it warms I mostly get lemons instead of oranges.

Fullbodied, but somewhat low on carbonation.  More carbonation would be nice.

A very nice, citrusy, Belgian style ale.  Worth seeking out.

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Photo of jeddsp
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With the craft beer market exploding across the states, there is no reason to be weary of beer in a can anymore. No more are we stuck with Natty Lite and Keystone..there are really good beers in a can now. This beer is no exception.

Great name and design of the can!
Poured hazy golden, with a mildly fizzy head that didn't last all that long.

Definitely had a citrusy smell to me with all sorts of fruits coming out.

Taste was citrusy up front to me with some spiciness coming through. The taste lagged a bit on the back side.

Overall was pretty drinkable and another good showing from the fellas up there at NE brewing.

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Photo of baldy00
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeBrandman
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a tallboy can with great art into a Gourdie Schooner glass with 2 fingers of off white, bubbly head. Looks like a soda kind of head. Body is a delicious looking amber. Looks like maple syrup or honey. Small bubbles of visible carbonation push upwards. Good lacing. No visible sediment or haze either.

S - Not as strong of a smell as I would have hoped for or expected. Slight banana and clove aroma. Must be from the yeast. Very slight biscuity malt smell.

T - Interesting taste. Sweet, overall. Banana, clove, spices, but mostly sweetness. Not quite cloying, but compliments the other flavors well. Very little hop bitterness, but it's there even if it was absent in the smell. Huge alcohol heat. Only thing that holds this back from being a session beer.

MF - A little on the thin side. Carbonation doesn't impart much on the mouth feel.

D - The overall sweetness and heat of this are holding this back from a better drinkability. Good, complex flavor in a moderately light body.

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Photo of Juice14
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

668 Neighbor Of The Beast from New England Brewing Co.
3.96 out of 5 based on 912 ratings.
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