668 Neighbor Of The Beast | New England Brewing Co.

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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 aasher
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I acquired this can from an in person trade with woosterbill at DLD. Thanks Will! It had been on my Wants list for some time.

It pours a cloudy orangish gold in color with a perfect one and a half finger creamy white head. It looks great in my snifter. It smells of yeasty, pale malt, and has some light spice to it. I'd say it could be mistaken for a saison based on the nose itself. The initial flavors are of sweet pale malts mixed with Belgian yeast and honey. It's sweeter than I anticipated but still pretty good. Like most beers from a can it's perfectly smooth. It's medium bodied and has the right amount of carbonation. Overall this is a very good Belgian Strong Pale. I'm definitely glad I finally got to try it and even more glad that I still have one left.

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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 Blanco
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

beer pours a very cloudy golden orange color with a smallish white head that barely holds. Smells of Belgian yeasts, slight hefe-like with banana and clove. muted as well. taste is similar, like a weak hefe or witbier only drier. Medium-bodied, hides the alcohol well. overall, decent beer, but not typical of the style and somewhat weak in the spices/taste. I think there are better takes on this style out there.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to mob2332 for the can.

Poured into Fantome tulip, hazy yellow orange body. The body is just very cloudy, you are not seeing though this beer. Two finger pillowy white head is set atop. The retention is very decent. Thick sheet of lacing blankets the wall of the glass.

Slightly fruity and phenolic up front. Bananas and soft pear aroma stand alongside some bubblegum and subtle clove. Slight grassy hop scent. Sugar cookie and bready malt aromas provide a sturdy base.

Strong fruit flavors up front, much stronger than in the nose. Pineapple, pear and soft banana flavors. The sweet malt flavor comes in just behind. Very pleasant flavor combination up front. The yeast flavors and phenols are present though meld into the flavors which carry from the front of the palate. Light spiciness, slightly grassy. The sweetness upfront really carries through and dominates the palate.

Medium bodied belgian style pale. Carbonation is moderate. The flavor digs into the tongue making for a long but not a heavy finish.

I really like this beer. Belgian style beers (excluding sours) have not been thrilling me for the last couple months but this one is working. Very well crafted beer, great balance. This is one I would pick up semi-regularly if it were available in my area. Glad I was able to try it.

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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 surprenant1138
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can into snifter. Appearance is of a hazy dark orange with about 3/4in slowly fading light tan head. Excellent thick lacing. Aroma is of yeast, some pine and light citrus. Mouthfeel is light, with a slightly stining carbonation. Taste is very yeasty, of orange peels, some nuttiness? and more bread/yeast. I am not a fan of belgian style beers, but this is not bad. It is slightly refreshing anyway.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz Tall Boy. Pours a murky burnt orange with a very thin head. Aroma is of yeast, banana, slight citrus and spices. Flavor is bitter spices upfront followed by some yeast and orange peel. Small flavor of hops as well. Almost has an apricot taste to this beer. Definitely has that typical Belgian taste to it. Boozey taste to this one but drinks fairly easily. Overall, I'm not a big Belgian fan but this is a pretty good beer. Worth grabbing again.

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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 Fluke828
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler poured into a Duvel Tulip.
Growler purchased directly from NEBCO on 4/21/11, consumed Easter Sunday 4/24/11. Split with a cousin.

A-> Pours a wonderful hazy pale golden color with an unfiltered/Belgian look that yielded a beefy 3 finger head at first but other pours obviously yielded smaller heads. Some wonderful clingy lace with good head retention. Fantastic nucleation running up the sides of my tulip. A spectacle for sure.

S-> Smells of Belgian yeast first and foremost. Banana, clove, yeast, some coriander and some faint other spices that are hard to place. Also getting some lemon and citrus zest.

T-> My Gawd, I could weep...This is what I dream about my perfect Belgian brew tasting like. Fantastic Belgian flavors that are on point with the nose with the perfect amount of bitterness and carbonation. Very sweet candied fruitiness but nothing too strong or anything like a malt-forward brew, just light, pleasant candied sugar sweetness that refreshes the palate with each swig. Definitely get some of the caramelized sugar others have mentioned. Really spectacularly complex yet elegantly simple @ the same time...

M-> Ideal. Perfect amount of carbonation that sings in utter harmony with a mild, refreshing bitterness. Can't really say it much better than that...Medium bodied and smooth as eggs...delightful.

O-> Wow. Really impressed by this. First time having this beer and NEBCO knocked it outta the park with this one. There are usually so many varied complaints about American-brewed Belgian-style beers whether it be yeast or hop profile yet this one is guilty in neither avenue. Exceptionally balanced, unbelievably impressive, and all around delightfully tasty and enjoyable. Cheers to your New England Brewing! Keep up the good work....The 275+ mile round-trip excursion is worth it every time....

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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 alpinebryant
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Missed this release last year but was excited for its return.

Pours a hazy straw and marigold yellow with a white head that leaves strong lacing.

S: Aroma really surprised me. I had been expecting a mellow golden belgian ale, but this reaked of belgian yeast and spices, banana, clove, white pepper and dough.

T: Hit me with a strong dosing of clove / coriander, banana , some sweet belgian candy sugar / cotton candy flavors and a nice caramelized sugar presence.

M: Mild carbonation and very smooth medium body. Very good overall.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy yellow orange color. A half inch of full white head falls slowly to a blanket. Smell is spicy and fruity with a bit of sweetness. Clove, pepper, pineapple. The taste is more complex than the nose. I get the clove but some banana along with the pepper, pineapple nice malt sweetness. This is a tasty brew.

The mouthfeel is nice too. Moderate carbonation which is put together nicely. Small carbonation bubbles make it smooth and elegant. Overall a very nice brew - nice work NEBCO!

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Photo of number1bum
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I do love pint cans...

Pours a hazy orange/golden color with two inches of white head. Head is bubbly and fluffy, but settles to just a thin, bubbly lace, although it does coat the glass with a decent amount of webbing.

Smell reveals a surprising amount of Belgian yeast character, and I say that because NEBC isn't that big and doesn't do many Belgians, so it's impressive that they've gotten such character out of the strain they're using. It's quite pleasant, with big herbal aromas, some pepper and earthy spice, cloves, some must. There is a decidedly phenolic quality to the nose, with some fruit as well. Add a layer of sweetness and you have a pretty damn complex and very yeasty nose. I like.

Taste has all of the elements that the nose had, although in slightly different quantities and combinations. The musty, phenolic yeast really the way on the nose, and although those flavors are still substantial the lead flavor is a pale and biscuity malt sweetness with a sugary quality to it as well. Pepper and clove do their thing, although the fruit flavor is almost too subtle to notice. It's earthy and musty, and quite clean in the finish.

Mouthfeel is an exceptionally creamy medium-full body with a very slick, smooth feel to it. It's quite clean in the finish even with the nearly full body, and is extremely smooth. Quite nice, and appropriately carbonated too.

This is a pretty damn impressive beer from New England. So many Belgian style beers from American brewers are either overhopped or underwhelming in terms of the yeast character, and this is neither. It's quite drinkable and doesn't feel like 9% at all. Very complex nose, nearly as complex on the palate, and very smooth and tasty. Well done.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased at NEBCO on 4/16/2011. Served in my Captain Lawrence tulip. Pours a semi-hazy tangerine with a loose, half inch, bright white head. Head dissipates into a band around the shoulders and a bull's eye dollop in the center. Delicate slashes of lacing revealed during the tasting exhibit excellent retention. Clusters of tiny bubbles adhere to the base of the glass. Nose expresses coriander, clove, Belgian yeast and a faint medicinal character. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also some candi sugar present in the flavor profile that nicely softens the medicincal phenols. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a crisp carbonation, some citrus astringency and a semi-dry finish. This is one tasty BSPA. Great balance and a remarkable tribute to the style. I really enjoyed this when I tried it from the can but it's even better out of the growler. I continue to be impressed by these guys.

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Photo of TimHoss
4.97/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this on two occasions both of them as growler fills direct from the brewery. I found it to be a fantastic beer. The guys at New England are great people who truly love what they are doing and their products reflect their passion. The beer was a cloudy golden yellow with a one finger dense, white head loaded with a great combination of banana, vanilla, and spice. It starts with a very mild bite of hops and finishes very smooth and sweet. This year's batch was probably running at a very sneaky 9.5% ABV with no alcohol burn whatsoever. I highly recommend taking a run to Woodbridge and getting it right from the source.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at New England Brewing Co in Woodbridge, Conn.

A: Hazy, golden copper-yellow with a one-finger head of creamy white foam which hung around for some, time, leaving a nice sheet of lace on the glass.

S: Loads of tropical fruits and earthy, herbal hop aromas mixed with a tinge of phenol alcohol. The scent of pears, apples, mangoes, pineapple and grapefruit are picked up along with with herbal, white pepper and musky hop aromas.

T: Semisweet, fruity, candied malt up front with a bit of chilled haze, protein and yeast to chomp through. Afterward, a complex bouquet of tropical fruits, citrus, floral bitterness, toasted grains and candied, sugary spices leap onto the palate and wash away a bitter, fruity, mineral finish.

M: Medium to full bodied American-style Belgian pale ale with plenty of full, citrus and spicy flavors up front with the right amount of demure quaffability.

D: Sort of a sipper at 9% ABV, 668 drinks light and satisfying enough where it would be a problem from the uninitiated who don't recognize ABV. A tasty, fruity, floral and complex "near-summer" beer to quench the masses.

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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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Photo of modernartblues
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler into a Duvel Tulip

A: agressive pour from the growler yields a big 1.5" head that recedes quickly, but leaves a nice cap, golden amber-orangeish body. cloudy. very pretty

S: fruity, herbal with some notes of banana, pear, and a touch of lemon, clove and the signature belgian yeast notes are also noted

T: bready and sweet with the fruit notes poking up here and there, belgian yeast provides a smooth finish that makes you want another sip. other notes include clove and light pepper. this one changes a lot as it warms

M: medium to full with good carbonation, the mouthfeel is really the only give-away that this is a beast of beer at 9+%

D: really good. make sure you have a friend to help with the growler, this one sneaks up on you quick

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you to m11781 for including this as an extra in our recent trade. 1-pint can poured into a tulip glass...

Hazy orangey amber in color, topped off by a frothy, perfectly Belgian-looking, 1-finger head. The head dissipates to a thin layer of foam, but still a full blanket, and as I sip, splotchy lacing adorns the sides of the glass.

Aromas of spicy Belgian yeast and phenols. White pepper, clove, a supple breadiness, and some ethanol warmth in the background. There is some lemon and banana in there as well. The flavor is similar, though the alcohol is more present. Lemon zest comes through more strongly as well, as banana fades to the back and is covered by white pepper, coriander, and clove. The bready yeast character is there was well, which is really a highlight of this brew.

Full bodied and well-complemented by the carbonation, this feels great on the palate. The warmth fro the alcohol is comforting, and the bready sweetness rounds it out with a great kick. A solid American take on a Belgian version that American brewers so often fail to do well. I would definitely pick this up if I saw it on shelves here.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer from arvjunk. Thanks Ankur!

16oz can served in a large glass beer mug.

L - cloudy dull brass color with a white head that thinned out and left streaks of lacing.

S - sweet and sugary with hints of citrus and Belgian yeastiness.

T - good balance of sweet and bitter, it reminded me a bit of a yellow sour patch kid candy.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

D - goes down easy just remember the abv and who's next door.

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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 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 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 JMD
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light auburn with orange tones, and big foamy head that fades slowly. Leaves big clumpy lacing down the glass.

S: Sweet aroma of candied fruit and belgian yeast. Hints of spice and faint hops.

T: Nice balance of sweet and tart. Sweet candied apples and pears. Some belgian funky yeast and light spice. Hints of banana and clove. Finishes with some light tart hops. Very balanced and smooth.

M: Full bodied. Creamy and velvety texture.

D: Not the best begian pale ale I've had, but still a great interpretation of the style. Aside from the 9% abv, this beer goes down very easy. Smooth and creamy, and packed with flavor. Another solid offering from NEBC.

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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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668 Neighbor Of The Beast from New England Brewing Co.
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