668 Chardonneighbor Of The Beast | New England Brewing Co.

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668 Chardonneighbor Of The Beast668 Chardonneighbor Of The Beast

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New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our infamous 668 Belgian Strong Golden Ale was aged in Chardonnay barrels with a touch of Brettanomyces to bring you this limited run bottle. Goat Lord Approved! One of only three hundred bottles.

Added by davey101 on 03-29-2012

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3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml batch 1 bottle "one of only 300 bottles" indication on the side. Poured into a 668 cervoise, the brew appears a perfectly clear golden orange color with 3 fingers of fluffy white head that slowly fades leaving a full wall of patchy lace. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain more than a finger of head throughout the entire duration.

The aroma is very vinous. Huge chardonney character right down to the booze aspect. Some hints of spicy raw oak are also present. As more whiffs are taken into the nose a mild brett inclusion is noticed with almost a lactic sort of yogurt appeal and it's own layer of tropical fruit aspects. The base brew 668 is impressively transformed and seemingly nothing like this new creation.

The flavor is boozy with flavors of chardonney seemingly so aggressive that it is almost to a fault. Under the boozy vinous notes is some raw oak character that is mildly spicy almost like incense or cedar. More sips reveal a mild earthen aspect and mild belgian yeasty spice like clove and banana which is the first real suggestion of this beer being 668 as the base.

This is a medium bodied brew that is modest to effervescently carbonated. It is quite boozy and bold with the barrel character. Having not been the biggest fan of the base beer, I am going to say this is a bit of an improvement but there is some area for even more improvement. By all regards Nebco is really coming into their own and making some standup stuff. Wish I had access to the goods a little more easily.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- thin fizzy head that goes away quickly to a collar, some clumpy lacing sticks.

S- fresh, spritzy, fruity champagney.

T- mangoes and other tropical fruits. Champagne qualities.

M- mouthfeel is on the thicker side for a sour. Low but creamy carbonation.

D/O- different, and sometimes that's all you can ask for. Would recommend for crossover wine and beer people. Thanks for the trade woosterbill!

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4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Todd I think? Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Big white foam settles to a thin cap, chunky collar, and splotchy lacework. Hazy peach body.

S - Massive white wine and brett notes. Perhaps some phenolic and peppery Belgian yeast in the periphery, and a solid by understated bready malt backbone. This is definitely a wild beer rather than a sour one.

T - Tropical brett mingles with fruity Chardonnay grapes, estery yeast, and bready malts. Not a ton of oak presence here, and this isn't overly vinous or sour.

M- Zesty active carbonation, with a smooth medium body, and shockingly well-hidden alcohol. Far too easy to drink for a 10% beer.

D - For some reason when I see 'American Wild Ale' as the style I expect things to be oaky and sour, and when I get something different I'm initially a bit disappointed. However, upon reflection I've come to see this for what this is, essentially an amped up wine barrel-aged Orval-type beer. Enjoyable stuff.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, thanks Knifestyles! Hazy, deep orange colored body with a huge fluffy white head. Retention and lace are both excellent. Nose is packed with oaky chardonnay notes as well as yeasty spice esters and some light fruitiness. Some musty brett aromas. Hints of booze.

If you like Chardonnay this is the beer for you; it’s very much a hybrid that falls between the worlds of wine and beer; tremendous oaky, vinous white grape presence on top of a slightly sweet Belgian style yeast and candi sugared beer; tart and funky, fruity with grape, green apple, and apricots, and some nice brett making an appearance and lending a bit of mustiness and hay/horse blanket characteristics.

Crisp body with lively carbonation that seems just about perfect for this style; medium bodied, refreshing, but hits you hard at this ABV. Fascinating to try side by side with the standard 668 as well. You taste the base beer underneath but this is dominated by wine and oak characteristics. Really enjoyed this one.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

thanks to duff27 for the share!

375ml bottle; poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: yellow bodied beer with no head.

Smell: heavy white wine barrel and tropical fruits. Simple, but nice aroma.

Taste: Mild tartness. White wine. Peaches and pears. Nice dose of oakiness.

Mouthfeel: light body with low carbonation levels. Almost flat. Slightly syrupy.

Overall: This is a good beer, but carbonation would really make this a great beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, one of only 300, into a tulip. Huge thanks to the brewer (Matt) for sharing this with me at the brewery.

A: Pretty clear orange-gold body crowned by two inches of superfine, creamy white head. Good retention, great lace. Excellent, particularly for a barrel-aged beer.

S: Tart Brett, vanilla + butterscotch oak, chardonnay, and some spiciness from the base 668. The Brett provides some floral and light barnyard funk. Excellent.

T: Wow. As good as the smell was, it tastes even better. The Brett complexity comes through nicely, but the barrel is the absolute star. Simply gigantic and amazing oak - vanilla, butter, coconut, grapes, and tropical fruit. Dry woodiness on the finish, which is welcome after the huge buttery chardonnay from earlier. One of the best-tasting barrel-aged beers I've ever had.

M: Light-to-medium body, plenty of fine, creamy, lively effervescence. Soft and great. Congrats to NEBCO for finally nailing the carbonation on a BA beer!

O: I can hardly describe how much I loved this beer. Matt and Rob both admitted that they thought it might be the best beer they've ever made, and I would put only the 2011 cask of Coffee-Infused IST ahead of it. It's hands-down their best barrel-aged offering, and probably the best wine-barrel beer I've ever had. If you get the chance to try it, do.


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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a tulip snifter. the cap pops open and would have gushed a little if I wasnt paying attention. Poured into my glass the beer is a hazy copper to gold hue with several large sediment chunks riding the waterfall into my glass.
A large billowy bleached white head foams up 4 cm and fades very slowly leaving mostly tightly packed lattice on my glass. The head in my glass is receding very slowly yet is still slowly rising to the mouth of the bottle. Occasional additional pours are necessary to keep up with the rising foam.
Aroma is funky, musty blanket, some spicy notes and a bit of dry oak are prevalent. I also get a bit of slightly sweet fruitiness, grapes maybe?
First sip reveals an average body with tingly yet not overpowering carbonation. Texture is smooth and makes the beer easy to drink.
Flavor is some grainy and biscuit malt that moves quickly to some white grape fruitiness and funky musty notes from the Brett. Maybe a bit of oak on the finish but also a bit of bitterness possibly from booze? Otherwise no heat to indicate that this is a high ABV brew.
Finish is very dry and makes me thirsty for the next sip.
Very complex and tasty brew that sneaks up on me by the end of the bottle. Good funky beer that isnt just a mashup of flavors, definitely has start, middle, finish stages.
Quite nice brew from guys at NEBCO!

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668 Chardonneighbor Of The Beast from New England Brewing Co.
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