TheCorkStops (53) - Connecticut, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A brand new arrival, and a very limited one at that, this is the 668 "The Neighbor of the Beast" from New England Brewing. Even though they’re located just a short drive from here, we get very limited quantities of the 668, and therefore I’ve never been able to try it before. Tonight I thought it was a necessity, so Gunnar and I cracked a can to split.
The 668 comes in 12oz aluminum cans with no discernible canning date or alcohol level. The cardboard flat that the cans arrived on was dated March 28th, 2012, so this batch is pretty darn fresh. The brew pours a slightly hazy golden straw color, with a nice white foam. The main body of foam dissipates relatively quickly, but a thin film of carbonation is present throughout the duration.
The aromas on the 668 are lightly sweet and citrusy. The last brew I had from New England Brewing was the Ghandi Bot, and I totally wasn’t prepared for this soft little guy today. A little bit of that typical ’belgian funk’ is present in the background, but the citrus and spice is definitely the dominate force in the aromas.
On the palate the start is very nicely sweet, followed by some nice fruit esters, and finishes with a crisp dryness in the back of the palate. There’s just a touch of hops clinging to the back of my tongue, but the overall impression is distinctly citrusy, fruity, and a touch sweet. A nice medium body makes the 668 both flavorful and quite drinkable.
All said and done, I’m quite impressed! This "Belgian Strong Pale Ale" is very balanced, smooth, and well-done. If this were available on a regular basis, it would be a staple in my own fridge. Great job guys!
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can shared by DrSilverworm - thanks again, Chris! Pours a hazy, pale yellow-gold with a small white head. The aroma is very malty - crackers, bread, pale, cereal, sourdough - with straw and pears. Flavor of sweet cereal and bready malts, dried apricot, golden raisins, pear, and vanilla. A hint of pepper. Medium-bodied, with moderate to medium carbonation and a malty mouthfeel. Good, malty Belgian. Like a tripel.
Ron (2441) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can at The Stoneyard in Brockport after a round of golf. Pours a nice blonde with about three fingers of white head. Aroma is mellow, yeasty, clove and honey, sweet. Flavor is light clove, sweet honey and Belgian yeast.
DrSilverworm (5899) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz can... Thanks to Mike L. for this one! Shared with caterwaul and phaleslu. Hazy orange golden color. Thin off-white head. Leaves good bits of lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation. Some good pear, vanilla flavors. Moderate sweet taste. Very lightly spicy. Some moderate bitterness. Interesting, unusual stuff. Solid, interesting belgian strong! Stange, unusual.. But better than expected. Looking at the can, I see that it’s brewed with some pilsner malts, and I see that now.. Works well. A nice light pepperiness to it.
bellco33 (245) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - JUN 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a can into a tulip: Pours hazy yellow with a thin white head. Aroma of lemon grass, funk pepper, and slight orange. Taste is Belgian yeast, barnyard, pepper and lemons. Light body, decent carbonation. It’s pretty good for a white.
Slubgob (181) - West Hartford, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can into tall goblet. Hazy golden yellow, sticky white lacing. Barnyard funk mixed with tropical fruit in the nose. Full bodied, medium carbonation. Mix of yeast and banana note, occasional super note.finishes unexpectedly astringent which did at least course some of the body’s stickiness.
sherm1016 (1111) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz can from Harvest Wine and Spirits. Pours a cloudy yellow-amber color with white head. Aroma is yeasty, banana, clove, bubblegum. Medium on the palate with lively carbonation. Flavor is sweet, bready, toast, a little nutty, some grass, hay, some clove, with a slightly astringent bitter finish.
OmegaX (1207) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Nose is fruity citrus, Belgian yeast, light grassy hop, tangerine, and pear. Flavor is the same. Very nice brew.
Kobi1 (3) - - MAY 10, 2014 does not count
3.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Everything works until the end where the yeast gives up the ghost and a bitterness is the last impression you are left with. Nice efficient ABV but ever so slightly disappointing finish. Would buy the cans again but would pour in glass for presentation
jtclockwork (7897) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours yellow gold with white head. Nose/taste of lemon, spicy Belgian yeast, alcohol soaked bready malt and pear. Some bubblegum. Medium body.
crossovert (6928) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml can. Some spie and fruit notes, typical americanized version of the style.