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!
Chuckaduck (577) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11/22/13. Been wanting to try this for a while! Pours cloudy straw-gold with a thick, fluffy white head. Aroma is wheat, citrus, farmyard sour, grass, banana, earth, spicy, hint of bubblegum, Belgian Yeast. Taste is clean, crisp, fruity, herbal, some bitter fruit rind, Belgian yeast is ever present, simple, nice; finish is bitter fruit rind and Belgian yeast. This is a fine Belgian style from (from someone not partial to the style). Beautiful lacing. Medium carbonation. Full but wet, liquid mouth feel; not coating. Really tasty, nice. VERY enjoyable!
merc7186 (1466) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Hazy Orangish Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Wheat, Belgian Yeast, Oranges
T: Belgian Yeast, Wheat, Mild Belgian Sugar
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Yeasty, Mildly Sweet
Overall, pretty nice and easy drinking Belgian strong ale, don’t get torched by the ABV which is nice
fishonmyplane (276) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden color, thin white head with good lacing on the glass. Some witbier characteristics with lots of spices, Belgian-style yeast, and orange peel. A bit of caramel and lots of bready malts to fill out the palate.
brystmar (977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Boring pour: transparent yellow-gold with zero head or lace. Sweet Belgian spice and malt join together, providing a more sweetened experience than it should be. Forgettable.
harrymel (516) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a toasted almond meat hazed ale with a ring of soapy whites with some etched surface. Smells like apricot, white grapes, cracker, some nice sweet citrusy juice. Real awesome nose. Flavor follows through with a good fruity character, some more apricot, pineapple, apple juice, some grain, some nice refined and mature belgian yeast with a clay character. Medium on full bodied with moderately hi carb and a nice wet finish. Fucking A. Real delicious, if I could score this in the PNW, I’d slam it while camping for sure.
zach8270 (3047) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(can - 12 oz) Hazy gold pour with a thin white head. Lightly sweet aroma with some mild spice and yeast notes. Sweet malts and spice at the front of the flavor with a peppery yeast finish. Thin and really easy to drink, especially for 8.5%.
rick_91709 (85) - USA - OCT 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a can. Hazy gold with a large, white head. Fruity aroma and taste. Decent.
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swoopjones (4895) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Blue Monk, golden yellow pour, fuller body. Aromas of candi sugar, bubblegum, fruity yeastiness. Flavors follow up aromas similarly. Light herbal notes. Sweet herbal finish. Nice
Sregnar35 (933) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the abbey. Pours creamy orange with a nice thick head. Aroma is super tangy fruity. Taste was sharp tangy fruit skins with a nice dry and sweet finish.
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Johnsense (600) - - OCT 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy gold pour with a sizeable head. Yeast, banana, clove and spicey aroma. Taste is the same, also getting honey, some grains, lemony and grassy. Light body. Now where was this when the weather was hotter?