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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Reviews: 224 | Ratings: 909
Photo of robhunta
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a hazy orange with a very thin lacing of head.

S - sweet, fruity and yeasty, doughy

T - Starts with a a nice belgian style flavors malt and yeast and finished with a strong hops flavor. I taste some complexity at the beginning but it is quickly washed away by the bitterness, so I can't quite put my finger on the flavors.

M - medium bodied, with a crisp feeling due to the carbonation and bitterness.

O - overall a decent beer, but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of sukwonee
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy Golden Body with 2 finger head, good retention and lacing.

S: Clove, Banana, wheat, yeast, some spice (slight)

T: ughhh... this beer smells much better than it tastes... I really didn't enjoy the unexpected hoppy bitterness that kicks towards the end. It also tastes spicier than in the nose...

M: Lots of carbonation. Medium thickness.

O: I really love the name of the beer, as well as how it looks, smells, and feels, but I didn't like the taste of it.

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Photo of MCain04
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gifted by BostonRyan, 12 oz can poured into a HF stemware.

A: hazy orange amber. 1 finger off white head of average retention and lacing.

S: Belgian malts, tangerine, and citrus.

t: odd tasting. malty but a little skunky. a little citrus tasting but not the greatest. hides the alcohol well though.

M: smooth and medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: Average Belgian, nothing too special, nice to see the style in a can though

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 jaasen64
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a HF sherry glass. Enjoyed during a 90+ heat wave, served at refrigerator temperature.

A- Pours a translucent golden that's a little bit on the darker side, nice consistent carbonation with a decent amount of carbonation bubbles rising to the top of the glass. After pouring about a finger and half of white foamy head appears on the top of the glass that has decent retention and slowly fades to a thin layer coating the glass in thin lacing.

S- Aromas of estery candied fruits that include lemons, oranges, bananas, balanced pilsner malts, decent aroma strength. The aroma is fairly pleasant and decently balanced but the fruitiness is a bit too much on the candied/estery side for me.

T- Again with the candied/estery fruits of oranges, lemons, bananas finishes with a nice crisp pilsner malt finish balanced with subtle hops that linger with the candied fruits on the palate. Interesting tastes the blend nicely together, but again a little bit too much of the candied fruit presence going on.

M- Crisp, medium bodied, a tad bit syrupy, but overall fairly easy drinking.

O- This was a decent strong Belgian style ale, however there are plenty of others that I would prefer drinking this to. It was a nice crisp, refreshing beer to drink on a hot summer July day but it definitely wasn't anything that blew my mind away. If you like the style I'd definitely recommend trying it, but it isn't something that I would necessarily seek out.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Belgian strong in a can, woo! 668 pours a completely opaque, golden-amber color with some lighter, sunburst orange in the center. It's capped with a creamy, slightly off-white head that has decent retention and leaves a very small amount of spotty lace behind. At first, there appeared to be some sediment, but upon further inspection, it was just small carbonation bubbles rising up.

The aroma is densely packed with floral and peppery hops. Belgian yeast is also heavy in the forefront, and I don't think anyone is surprised by that. Clove and peppermint spices round out the edges along with a hard-to-discern, sweet and almost tart fruitiness. Overripe banana, pear, and some other fruit I can't quite put my finger on. Very unique aroma, pungent in its own right with plenty of stuff going on.

A bouquet of hops jumps out from the first sip - a nice banquet of floral, flowery, and leafy flavors that caress the tongue rather than thrash it. Some light ashy flavors couple with some bubblegum-like spice from the yeast, right alongside a strong helping of coriander and clove spices. Bitterness gets a bit stronger towards the middle, but never gets "high". Phenols are mild - actually, very mild considering this beer is 9% ABV.

The fruit flavors seem a bit muted at first when compared to the aroma, but they start to come out a little more as 668 warms up. Mushy banana, crushed pears, and maybe even a slight hint of grapefruit rind. Tiny amounts of Candi sugar are present in the finish, leaving your mouth with a soft sweetness. Medium bodied, snaps the tongue with high carbonation and a wet mouth feel.

Decent Belgian strong ale, but nothing to go crazy over. Way too easy to drink for 9% ABV, though. Tasty and unique although some of the hop and spice combinations are a little less than desirable for my taste buds. Still a good beer, recommended to fans of Belgian-style strong ales.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The body of the beer is a golden hazy yellow with a pure white three finger head.

S: There is a breads and tropical fruit aroma with the subtle smell of wheat.

T: There is a sharp malt flavor with strong banana esters, wheat and bubble gum. There is a spiciness from the Belgian yeast present as well.

M: Thick and silky body but the beer is very under carbonated.

O: Good not great beer. I would probably not choose it again.

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Photo of socon67
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this during a small beer sampling with some buddies. The 668 pours very well. A bright orangy color with just enough foam. There is a strong citrus smell as soon as it settles into the glass.

The taste was very good, though I won't say great. A little too much in the finish, bit otherwise a solid representative of a belgian.

If you prefer belgians you can easily go through the 4 pack. Other folks might find it a tad bit overwhelming.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can from the Potsdam NY IGA for $4

Appearance - Hazy yellow colour with a small size fizzy/frothy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, coriander/clove, citrus

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads, grains, and corn. There is also some citrus, yeast, and a touch of banana.

Overall – Don't get me wrong, this is a solid beer... but based on their DIPA/IPA I expected a little more from this brewer. It needs more carbonation and little more complexity taste wise.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tulip. Thanks to bauermj for hooking me up with this.

Appearance: This pours a very robust golden color, with hints of orange and amber in the center. A thinner peach color dominates the edges. Very hazy, with a fluffy 3 cm white head forming after this beer streams out of the can. Good retention and nice lacing.

Smell: Lots of tropical fruit up front - pineapple, banana, pear, white grape. Grassy hop aroma as well.

Taste: Some strong fruit flavors go along with a pale malt presence up front. Pineapple and white grape to start, a smattering of typical Belgian yeast, cloves, and then some grassy hops to finish it off. The alcohol comes through right at the end as it warms up a little bit. Just a flash and it is gone, leaving just a little reminder in the aftertaste. A lingering bitterness is present as well. The grassy hops combined with the alcohol are a little rough on my palette.

Mouthfeel: The feel starts a little bit juicy but dries out in a hurry. By the end this is quite a dry beast. Lots of crisp, bubbly carbonation present throughout to the extent it makes my tongue tingle, while still retaining a creamy quality to it. A medium body drinks lighter, even with the high alcohol. Some hoppy residue hides behind the lips after each sip.

Drinkability: This style gets me in trouble every time. The combination of fruit and dryness allow me to drink it fairly easily without realizing how fast 9% can catch up to you. The alcohol is a bit more present here, but it is well done.

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Photo of moodenba
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
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 greybeardloon
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

no evident date

A: The head is surprisingly short-lived, and lacing is minimal.

S: Powerful phenols. Lots of clove spiciness and banana and a touch of black pepper. That's about all I get on the nose, but what there is is pretty strong.

T: More yeast by products. Cloves and sweet banana bread. Hop bitterness and white pepper come through on the finish. A white sugar sweetness comes through as the glass empties.

M: Fairly full, with surprisingly light carbonation.

O: This is a tasty beer, but it gets sort of heavy and cloying after a while. I don't find myself wanting a second. That said, it's remarkably drinkable for the abv.

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Photo of dd43
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Sandalwood
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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 pmlondrigan
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

After multiple attempts at trying this beer finally! Cloudy yellow gold with one and a half fingers of tight white head. Lacing is left half way down the glass. Not the best head retention however. The aroma is heavy on banana and clove and belgian spices, sweat and aromatic. Esters of apples, banana, pear and flavor of clove come through over the tongue. Faint grassy hops but this beer is really yeast driven. Creamy, full, but still well attenuated mouthfeel. Overall a good beer, glad to try it but not as good as other belgian goldens.

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668 Neighbor Of The Beast from New England Brewing Co.
3.96 out of 5 based on 909 ratings.
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