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 keithmurray
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - hazy gold body with white head

Smell - citrus - lemon, lime

Taste - lemon, lime, ginger, lemongrass, yeast

Mouthfeel - medium body, medium carbonation, citrus upfront, a tad sour/bitter in the finish

Overall - nice Stateside version of A Belgian ale. Worth a try

Price Point - $5.99/4pk 12 oz cans

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Photo of Halfbrother83
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a Jester King goblet.

A: Pours a hazy gold with over two fingers of beautiful head that leaves a beautiful lacing once it fades.

S: Typical belgian yeast smell, some banana notes, some lemon, some pepper.

T: Very grainy and grassy, some nice lemon and spice flavors that intermingle with a solid, biscuity malt backbone.

M: Lighter in body with a really nice, prickly carbonation. Very smooth and refreshing.

O: A very good pale belgian. Not my first choice in style, but I do like this very much. It's also much better than a certain other Maiden-nodding beer that shall remain nameless.

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Photo of Huffs
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a sam adams glass, nice full head developed, white and frothy to creamy, with great retention and lacing. Appearance was cloudy with a golden honey color. Aroma was citrus and yeast with some spice and grass notes. Tasted grainy and yeasty with floral, herbal and citrus notes. Nice medium to full mouth feel with a sweet and lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of EJLinneman
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer from it’s 12oz can into my Bruery snifter glass. The color is a medium hue of orange. Although I can see through it, it’s still not completely transparent. There is roughly a finger of head which disappears after 30 seconds and leaves very little lacing on my glass.

After giving this a little swirl in my glass for a minute, I decided to take a wiff. It was somewhat what I was expecting from a Belgian style beer. I personally see this beer as having qualities of a Belgian Strong Pale and a Belgian Golden Ale. To me it feels somewhere in between.

All that I know is that even if I was unaware of what style beer this was, the scent of the Belgian yeast would have tipped me off. I smell hops, but can’t distinguish which kind. The alcohol is also apparent, but lingers in the background. There is a slight light grassy smell to this beer that blends itself well between the hops and alcohol.

I let this sit for at least 10 minutes before I tasted it. I really wanted it to breathe. It’s a medley of hops and Belgian yeast dancing around my tongue. It is slightly sweet, but then fades into a piney dryness with some pepper notes. As I breathe out, the alcohol becomes more noticeable. The finish is long and dry – especially in the front of my mouth. However, I still have the distinct taste of Belgian yeast and hops at the sides of the back of my tongue. It stayed there for at least 2 minutes. The hop bitterness isn’t incredibly strong, but just strong enough to let you know it’s waiting there. When cold, it tastes much like a Belgian Pale, but after warming, it takes on taste qualities of a golden ale. After warming, I was able to taste breadier and sweeter notes. The beer became smoother, but still has the alcohol trailing behind.

This beer has an incredible mouth feel for the size it is (9% ABV). I feel lucky that I poured this into a glass. If I didn’t smell the alcohol on it, I probably would have had a much different evening and wouldn’t be writing this to you. It’s a very easy drinking beer, and is the type of beer that could get you in trouble. Drink this in a nice glass so that you can appreciate it.

Overall, I feel that this is a good offering from the New England Brewery. Although this didn’t blow me away completely, it was definitely enough to keep my interested in it. It’s al all around good Belgian style beer which is made in America – something sort of hard to find. At the very least, I could easily say that this is the best Belgian Style beer I’ve drank in a can.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to angrybabboon for giving me a can because he can.

Appearance: Hazy. Deep gold/ruddy straw. Head is bright-white and leaves a thin ring on the top of the beer. Some carbonation. Looks like it should.

Smell: Holy Belgian yeast Batman! Cloves, ripe bananas, and even more ripe bananas. Big yeasty component. Sweet bready notes. Almost hits like fresh baked banana bread. Lingering sweetness. Slightly peppery with a bright citrus backing. So much yeast. Pale malts round the whole thing out. Bubblegum...that's what it is!

Taste: Yeast and bananas rolled in a clove rub and then cooked in to a bread. That's exactly what this tastes like. Loads of peppery hits from the yeast. Cloves are unrelenting, but are nicely tempered by a sweet, pale malt base. Loads of ripe, almost overripe bananas. Yeast and more yeast. Bubblegum comes through here as well. So very estery.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation with a medium body. Drinks very smooth with a lingering dryness associated with the yeast.

Overall: I'm not a huge Belgian yeast fan, but this is well balanced and manages to be massively Belgian without being overbearing. Nice depth of flavor.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

- 4oz. pour off tap at Coal House Pizza (Stamford, CT) into flight glass on 11-Aug-15

It's got a bit of heat kick to it, but a decent example of the style. I didn't think it was anything special, but later discovered that this is also offered in cans which is a huge plus.

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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 Chuckletheturtle
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first experience with just 12 oz serving but was attracted to the lush and extraordinarily rich soft malts and just a glimmer from hops Belgian style. Yes deserves more consideration and a least a 4 can test. You know don't want to join jump to conclusions on such a meager sample. Can condition and treatment could have been lending or leading me to RASH judgment. This beer needs a trip Wood bridge and draft.

Of course you should know I live in Delaware and in close proximity to Dogfish Head and have a very intimate look for hops when sampling. I assume it is similar to that ability of people that can taste even the slightest influence of oak.

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Photo of KMcG
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a nice frothy head that reduced to fine lace. The color is a foggy apricot.

S: The yeast aroma is quite potent, but this one is pretty fruity as well. The nose has pineapple, cantaloupe, and apple, but is also bready.

T: Some classic flavors of this style are present such as pepper and clove like spice from the alcohol. There is some bitterness that is herbal maybe parsley and a sweetness from the candi sugar that just peeps through.

M: It is creamy and smooth - low carbonation, medium to full body, and has some prolonged aftertaste.

O: This is a great strong ale that I would definitely try again. (Thanks CliffBrake for the surprise!)

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Photo of Rifugium
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 Kendo
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy orangey-amber with a big (2-finger) ivory-colored head. Leaves good splotches of lace on the glass.

S: Spice and fruitiness over sweet malt.

T: Sweet malt foundation, then fruit (overripe apples come to mind) with a touch of spice. Quite sweet. Alcohol (9% ABV) is well hidden, showing up as a warming sensation in the belly but providing only a touch of warmth at the back end of the sip. A bit too sweet, IMO. Needs a bit of a drying, crisp finish to improve.

M: Medium in heft, nice creaminess.

O: This is good, just a little sweet for my preference.

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Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice

Appearance: orange-yellow in color, cloudy, 1/3 inch head that fades quick, moderate carbonation

Smell: sweet candy and tropical fruit

Taste: pineapple, candied sugar, coriander and other Belgian spices, with noticeable alcohol

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter alcohol backbone that mixes well into the finish, medium-high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: A good Belgian Ale with lots of burn. One per sitting. I do like this but think I would enjoy it more with a little less heat.

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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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can opened on 7.25.12.

A - Pours a clear, medium orange with a half inch near-white head.

S - Malty, yeast, and bubblegum?

T - Sweet, Belgian yeast. Again, and almost bubble gum like sweetness. Very tasty.

D - Great carbonation and a light body.

O - Sweet, but not overly with some bubblegum like flavors that are very welcoming.

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Photo of ATPete
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can.

Review #600

a big thank you goes out to Lauren and Jonathan at the Prime 16 Tap House in New Haven CT for this one! Stop in and have a beer.

Pours a pale orange yellow color, slightly cloudy with a strong and sticky off white head. Minty hops, orange peel and a spicy yeast note in the nose. Creamier than expected body with an assertive hop character, the alcohol content is well hidden, a light spicy bite rounds out and balances the sip. Very well made, im loving the true American influence to the style in this beer. Good drinkability for its size.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off the name and image on the can crack me up.

A- Pours a honey color with a pretty thin white head. Head becomes a few bubble that are mainly around the edge of the glass. Not to much lacing left behind just a few spots here and there.

S- Spicy is the first thing that I noticed. Belgian yeast, banana, breadiness and a bit of alcohol. A bit of candy sugar.

T- Belgian candy sugar and yeast. Some fruits come in with banana mainly with also some apple, pear, and grape. Spices come in white pepper, coriander and clove.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and also on the lower end in carbonation.

O- Not too bad of a brew. I'm just not a huge fan of the yeastiness in some of these Beligans, but this ones pretty solid.

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

This was a lightly hazy peachy-golden color. It poured with a thick, sticky head that faded fairly quickly.

Smells of honey, pear, clove, and light perfumed warmth. Nothing overpowering but pleasant enough in the nose. I like this but it is dangerously close to being too sweet for my taste. It reminds of the time I fried pears in WAY too much honey. That was sticky sweet and this beer is almost there. Huge honey notes with light pear and flowery heat blanketing everything. There is a lingering clove flavor that helps cut the sweetness somewhat. Great name on packaging for a pretty good beer.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint can poured into my Duvel Tulip

Appearance was that of a deep golden/light orange mix. Pour produced a one and a half inch white fizzy head. Average head retention with noticeable amounts of lacing left sticking to the sides of my glass.

Citrus aroma of lemon and orange coriander. Detectable noble hops that add a floral and slight herbal aroma. Pale malt with straw hay and yeast.

Taste upfront is slightly bitter with a lemon and orange citrus flavor. Spices come rushing in during the middle with cloves and pepper. Finishes off with a barley and yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with high carbonation. Peppery spicy aftertaste.

Pretty good beer that I would recommend for others to try.

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Photo of dar482
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in an opaque hazy orange with a large bubbly head.

The aroma has Belgian spicy notes. Pepper, green grass, banana, clove, lemon peel, a breadiness.

The flavor follows with a big spicy pepper throughout. Nice lemon and light banana notes. The malt has a bit grainy flavor in the middle palate. Clove on the back along with a lemon peel bitterness and grassy drying.

At 9%, this beer drinks exceptionally well with that drying and bitterness masking that alcohol very well.

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Photo of GoldenJet
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first encounter with "The Neighbor of The Beast" came at Dark Lord Day, as the can instantly caught my eye - what kind of Metal Head WOULDN'T want a taste of this beer instantly? First taste was great, so I knew I needed more.

That's where beerboy563 came in - hooked me up with a four pack, and it's number three I'm drinking right now. It truly is a beautiful beer, almost orange in color and very cloudy. Nose isn't very big, but it's the mouthfeel that really brings this one home.

Tons of banana, I guess a little clove, and wonderful spices - cardamon, maybe. But really, it's the sweetness I'm enjoying, like pineapple and pears, with a little more pineapple on the finish.

Ordinarily, I'm not impressed with Belgian Pale Ale's made outside of, ahem, Belgium. But this one is top notch. That lingering sweetness without being to overbearing, along with a clean, clean finish really makes this a standout in the style. Could be a go to summer brew if I had it in my area . . .

You can't go wrong here - now sing with me: 'SIX, SIX-EIGHT! THE NEIGH-BOR OF THE BEAST!"

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a cloudy golden/orange pour with 2 fingers of head which created great lacing. smells of belgian yeast bell pepper, banana, bike tires.. kind of a plastic/rubbery smell.. weird. the flavor is very tea like, sweet and malty, yet with a grassy bitterness that makes you quench for more. a great balance of sweet and bitter flavors. medium body with moderate amount of carbonation.

a beer that i've been wanting for a long time mainly due to the can's artwork and the funny name. been a die hard maiden fan for a long time, and this is just hilarious. the beer being great is an excellent plus ;)

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Photo of KTCamm
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can bought as a single into a pint glass. Kind of a goofy exterior design.

Pours a hazy orange copper with a small sitatop foam head. Wheaty smell. Confectionary candy smell. Evenly blended belgian taste, a little woody. Definite alcohol finish - not a burn necessarily, but evident. Yeasty. Very nice brew.

Some nice symmetry, review of 668 is my 668th beer review.

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Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from SamuelJackson45 via LOKO for locals BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a hazy orange color with a one finger of bone white, sudsy head. Head recedes nicely leaving big, sticky sheets of lacing.

S: Nose is clove, belgian spicing, yeast and a hint of grapefruit.

T: Taste starts with clove and yeast - big yeast flavoring. THen becomes some what of a lemon, grapefruit zest with pepper notes and more clove. Interesting grassy, hay notes in the aftertaste.

M: Lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation. Oily in the forefront with a very sticky finish.

O: Goes down easily, tasty, not too filling, well hidden click, nice representation of style. This is a very tasty and easy drinking beer - especially for a 9%.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy gold with a generous head - possibly because I poured it a little warmer than normal. Lacing abounds as the beer is enjoyed. Enjoyable and I will get more as I travel.

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Photo of mltobin
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Coastal Wine & Spirits in Branford.

Appearance is a nice golden color with a 1 finger head.
Smell is subtle, some sugar, some fruit.
Taste is a sharp punch of the basics, hops, yeast, malt. It tastes similar to others in the style, one of the better US versions. Carbonation is just right, with a nice aftertaste with the right combination of dryness and spice. Drinkability is above average, The Neighbor of The Beast can go down easily, so bear in mind the ABV. All in all, I am impressed with this offering from NEBC. And, I am glad that I still have a couple of them in the basement.

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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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