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!
Ed5388 (1619) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz can shared by JohnGonk. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a thick pillowy white head. Aroma of orange zest, pineapple, hay, wheat, and coriander. Taste is much the same. Wheat, grass, citrus zest, yeast, and coriander.
Sammy (8032) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A best of class golden ale. Aroma is initial barnyard, then settles down to yeasty. Very smooth, tasty, and drinkable. Lace map.
GTAEgeek (1028) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. can, thanks to treebute. Pours a hazy, orange color, with a small, beige head and thick lacing. Butterscotch, orange peels, coriander, and wet grass. Herbal sweetness, with a smooth, but significant bitterness, and just a hint of spiciness. Heavy body, smooth, and lightly velvety. This is a nice, complex, and well-balanced beer.
novice101 (189) - - FEB 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one of the best beers I’ve had in a long time, pours a hazy yellow with a large white head. Smells of yeast as well as some fruity tones, taste of a lot of fruit with some yeast in the background as well as some citrus. Finish is a bit dry, alcohol is hidden very well. Thicker mouthfeel that I would expect
hopdog (8455) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz can. Poured a hazy golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Yeast, citrus, fruity, some grass and floral.
OPIE788 (219) - Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can. Poured a cloudy amber. I got orange and some spicy aromas. Citrus and bright fruit with a bit of a bready finish. Nice beer.
Maverick34 (2015) - New York, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Canned. Pours a hazy good with white head. Some floral and fruits candy sugar and yeast. A nice all purpose can.
JBPortland (407) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz can pours cloudy toasted orange brown with 2 finger head. Nose is fruity belgian yeast and bready malt, spices, flashes of gingerbread. Taste is bready yeast, some cereal malt, grain, spices, cracker, bits of faint citrus. Finish is dry, bready, and slightly bitter spices, some subtle apricot, faint hop presence. Solid Belgian-style.
RobertDale (2852) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce can. Thanks Jared! Pours a cloudy lighter gold with a small white head. Aroma of malt, yeast, fruit, and spice. Taste is sweet malt, fruit, yeast, spice, and grain. Pretty good.
574deadzone (844) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy golden with a thick eggshell head that settles to a film and a thick ring with substantial hanging fluffy lace. Nose involves sweet bread dough, clove spice, light banana, citrus fruit. Decently sweet, fairly bitter, with some tartness. Full bodied, softer carb, bright with citrus, finishing fairly dry and tart. Nice brew, drinkable yet displaying fair complexity. Perhaps the exact opposite of what you’d expect from a satanic beer.