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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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.04/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of NODAK
3.05/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma has a good mix of sweet, fruity esters and tart citrus, along with a note of clove and a definite yeast presence as well. Pretty complex, and inviting. What I like about Belgian styles.

Pours bright golden and hazy in the glass with a nice sized head that unfortunately disapates rather quickly.

Quite sweet and thick right upfront with lots of fruity esters. A note of more citric fruit is also noticed there as well. Very small clove presence. Through to the finish, there's a yeastiness that comes through along with quite a strong booziness. There's also a noticeable bitterness for style to finish the beer off somewhat dry with some sweet esters remaining.

The hotness of the booze here does detract from the enjoyment of the beer. Fairly average for style, perhaps not even average, due to the lack of spiciness and the booze.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from the can into a snifter. I got one of these as an extra from portia99 but also grabbed a couple cans of this the last time I was in Boston. Thanks to an awesome trader, portia99 either way!

A - Golden body with a with a nice white head on top. Nice clear brew.

S - Spicy is the first thing that pops up. Belgian yeast, banana, breadyness and a bit of alcohol. Sweet

T - Follows the nose a lot with banana, belgian yeast, some sweet fruit notes and a bit of spiciness. Lots of that typical Belgian flavor that I'm not too fond of.

M - medium bodied, not too much carbonation.

D - Definitely not my favorite style but seems pretty solid and in line with other's of this style. I'm glad I got to try this but I won't be in a rush to try it again.

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Photo of AGust82
3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tastes like better than average homebrew.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.16/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to hopstoopid120 for this one. Poured from a 16oz. can into a Darkness snifter

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger foamy white head that dissipates quickly into a thin white ring hugging the side of the glass. Beer is a slightly cloudy flourescent peach-orange. Lacing is stringy and spotty with little stick. Not heady enough for the style and deducted points for lacing.

S: Nose is citrus, cane sugar, Belgian yeast, and sweet, floral soap. Some clove also. Fruit is prominent in this one, providing a nice covering effect for the spices.

T: Opens spicy Belgian yeast. Citrus, cane sugar, sweet peaches. More robust malt backbone in the middle with some floral notes and clove. End is sweet and a bit soapy with a cane sugar and vanilla oil in the finish. More Belgian spiciness in the aftertaste. Very sweet with only the Belgian yeast serving to make it style appropriate.

M: Light to medium bodied and well carbonated. Lively and crisp in the mouth and goes down bubbly and abrasive. Finish is messy with a filmy, lingering aftertaste. Pretty good.

O: At 9% abv., this beer is highly drinkable. Goes down very easy, crisp, and refreshing. Not too complex as is expected from the style but it serves its purpose and is solid enough to try again.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sswilliams41
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brentomaton
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of edouble0015
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 Jersh67
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of damngoode
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of JMBSH
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of tylergoov
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of SalMineo
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of mmulebarn
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of skaboom420
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz. can courtesy of Jason during one of our many solid trades. Ridiculous looking, and therefore much appreciated, graphics and name on this beer. Oh the stories we could tell if we were, indeed, neighbors of the Cloven Master of the Underworld. Can you imagine the parties?

Into a tulip, Neighbor pours yellow - orange with a short lived head that remains only as a light white ring. Streams of bubbles rise in multiple columns. Glass repels any lethargic attempt at cling.

Smells of yeast laden apple juice with a hint at tinned peaches

Spicy yeast leads to some chewy malty sourdough, apple and pears, and clove. Yeast and juice mingle at the finish with a touch of heat.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated: crisp and dish soapy with a snappy bite at the finish.

Overall, this beer carries its abv quite well, but I don’t see myself aspiring to drink more of this. Good for what it is, but not something I would seek out again.

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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 dtm426
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rwinzing
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Have been cleaning out the beer fridge this is an extra from a trade. Thanks to who ever gave it to me

A - nice golden color with white head and decent lacing

S - Sweet smell

T - Very nice fruity note with tang of bitterness

M - smooth and rich

O - nice can of beer

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