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3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheCorkStops (53) - Connecticut, USA - APR 3, 2012
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!


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackl (4994) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Can @ Three Notch’d Tasting. Deep gold pour with a small head. The nose is quite fruity. Estery banana and nectarine. Fruit leather. Taste of Belgian countryside, earthy apple skin. Peaches. Sweet finish. Medium body, soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6989) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Can. Pours a lightly hazed gold with a fairly large white head. A little bit of hops on the nose, dusty grain, musky yeast. Medium bodied, incredibly smooth. Nice clean mouthfeel. Gentle crackery grains with some soft wheat and light bitterness into the finish. Easy drinking and quite sessionable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (2147) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2014
12 oz can poured with a hazy, light golden body and a small head. Fruity and floral aroma suggests some dominance of Belgian yeast. The flavor follows but has some funk too and feature more light bready malt. Yeasty. Light body with adequate carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (9012) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Can shared at a tasting, 10/6/14. Pours a hazy yellow with a thin fizzy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of citrus, banana, bread, spice, mild butter. The taste is pale bready malt, spicy, tropical hops. Medium bodied, moderate lingering bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (194) - - SEP 12, 2014
Aroma is hops, bananas, honey. Flavor is bananas and wheat flavors up front with slight spice in the middle and a bitter hoppy finish. Surprisingly hoppy for a belgian strong ale. Pretty enjoyable, but nothing crazy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (1400) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 10, 2014
12oz can shared. Poured a hazy yellow with white head. Aroma is traditional Belgian yeast mild bread, and a little bit of funk. Flavor has the bread and yeast, fruity esters, overall pleasant flavor start to finish. No traces of alcohol.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bobaidan (516) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Pours good with a nice head. Aroma is your standard Belgian ale with lots of fruity overtones. Thin to medium in body with lovely carbonation. Flavor is nicely balanced with sweet fruit and a good alcohol presence.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heykevin (1277) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Can, courtesy of my friend Courtenay. Lightly phenolic, Belgian estery aroma, moderate. No ester soup. Powdery hop aroma. Bright tight and well-done. Candied notes in the flavor. Appeallingly dry. I like this. Hides the boost level well. Would repete.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigda83 (284) - Jamestown, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Not my favorite style, but I gave it a try. Can poured a cloudy yellow with medium white foamy head and lots of lacing. Aroma is sweet malts and also some citrus hops. Taste of caramel, sugar, hints of orange and lemon, and maybe some dried dark fruits. I’m sure if I liked the style better then the rating would be higher, but this actually wasn’ta bad beer at all. Pretty refreshing and drinkable. Didn’t notice the alcohol either.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlovell2 (900) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2014
I decided to be a dork and save this one for my 668th rating. I love the artwork on this can, it’s pretty funny. Poured a cloudy golden color with a white head. Aroma is sweet fruity malt with some citrus. Bubbly feel in mouth. Caramel malt start with light fruity flavors of dried apricots, golden raisins and citrus. Candy sugar flavors in the middle with some spicy yeast flavors. A very light clove flavor and aroma come out as this one warms up. There Is a nice warming alcohol presence in this one. Crisp citrus and yeast finish.


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