jbeatty (1178) - New York, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375mL bottle, thanks to BriceNice, 08/10/2013. Pours golden orange, fluffy white head dies to a nice crema covering the surface, stiff lacing left behind around the glass. Aroma is green grapes and tart green apple, Chardonnay barrel quite apparent, creamy vanilla pale malts, honey and yeast, brett drying things out a bit near the end. Taste is bready pale malts, quite spicy, pear, apricot and light fruity orange, light caramel and brett character, big boozy oak finish. Medium body. Great beer.
jkwood04 (4503) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle in a tulip. Pours hazy golden with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of brett tartness, light oak and wine, spiciness, some caramel/pale malts, and light bitterness. Flavor the same with a nice tartness. Average texture. A really good beer from this brewery.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Gianni. Hazier in color than the neighbor of the beast but similar in color. This is a bit darker, but the head on this is larger and fluffier. After spending the last 10 minutes with the neighbor of the beast I’m heading back to this one. The fluffy head is still sitting there. Great retention, but that doesn’t mean a whole lot for the rating. It’s a notch above the neighbor of the beast. Lovely aroma with cardamom, chardonnay grapes, more apricot, and some peach. I really like this aroma, but when comparing it to the neighbor I like them both about the same but for different reasons. This lacks that big honey note that I got from the neighbor, but it has loads more fruit in it. Lots of brett in the taste. Great fruit and funk and some floral notes. Just slightly reminds me of Orval, but this has a bit more going on. I, fucking, dig this quite a bit.
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle shared by mattyb83. Pours a hazy, fuzzy navel wine cooler looking, orange with a big, two finger, frothy head. I can smell this beer a foot away from my glass. Big white grape and oak notes are predominant in the aroma with a healthy dose of barnyard brett funk. A lot fruitier(peach, apricot,) than the neighbor, this retains a lot of the same characteristics yet has a bit more creaminess and a lot of funk, oak tannins, and some cool white grape notes. Not nearly as dry as I expected. Thanks Matty!
Atom (1668) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by mattyb83 side by side with can on 668. Pours a hazy golden with a medium off-white head. Aroma has an full Chardonnay aspect which is well balanced with the brett. Taste of Chardonnay and brett which really balances out the Belgian yeast in to a general not overpowering sweetness, and dry and bitter. The Chardonnay really helps round out the Belgian yeast for me.
Pailhead (5430) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Mike
Bottle: The aroma consists of citrus, floral notes, lemon/lemon peel, and a touch of white wine. It pours a hazy dull orange with a moderate orange tinged white head that leaves some spotty webbing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with light-moderate orange and a touch of sweet tarts. The finish has light lemon, floral,a hint of white wine, and faint vanilla.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with a lingering white head. Smells of oak, residual sugar, some dry malty character, peppery. Tastes dry with some oaky elements, some funky splashes, floral, some citrus notes and a slight peppery finish. Enjoyable.
blklab2007 (2078) - Connecticut, USA - APR 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2012 Bottle poured a golden amber in color with a one finger white head that had great retention for a barrel aged beer. Aroma has Chardonnay, oak, Belgian yeast, brett, lemon, and grassy hops. This has such a big barrel influence and is such a great addition to the base beer. Mouth feel is medium and it has medium high carbonation! They finally have nailed the carbonation in a barrel aged beer! Flavor has loads of Chardonnay barrel, brett, Belgian yeast, grass, plenty of malt from the base beer, and a bit of heat on the back end. Wow! The base golden beer totally goes with the barrel treatment. I appreciate the fruit and grapes and did I say the barrel treatment kicks it up a big notch! Holy cow these guys have totally pulled off a beer to compete with the big boys!
davey101 (741) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 29, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 ml bottle into a tulip glass at 45 degrees.
A - Dark amber opaque body with a massive fluffy white head that sticks around for a long time. Giving the glass a swirl creates clumps of thick suds and generates another massive head. Great level of lacing and retention. Looks very similar to the standard 668 but with much better head retention. Bottom the bottle shows a layer of sediment/yeast.
S - Starts off with some standard BSPA notes. Biscuity malts, earthy grass, lemons and a nice spicy Belgian yeast. This leads into a pleasant brett funk with a fantastic oak barrel finish. Some grape and wine elements are present.The finish is spicy and floral.
T - Biscuity malts, some lemon grass and coriander, and a funky brett finish. There is some subtle apricot and peach notes as well as sour green grapes. The finish is slightly oaky and smooth. This has a great balance between sweet fruit and spicy earthiness. Super complex yet restrained. This is a delicious beer with several layers that is also quite quaffable. The alcohol does make a bit of an appearance as it warms up but it doesn’t really interfere. Not sure what the alcohol level is but with the standard beer being 9% I would imagine this is just a hair higher.
M - Super creamy and smooth. Medium bodied with the perfect level of carbonation. Bottle conditioning does wonders on this beer.
O - The best beer NEBCO has made thus far IMO. 668 is a fantastic Belgian pale ale to start with. Aging it in Chardonnay barrels for almost a year and adding some brett has turned it into an absolutely amazing wild ale. Only 300 bottles were produced and its a brewery only release at $10 a bottle. If you have a chance to try it I highly recommend it.