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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chad9976 (1419) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2015
New England Brewing is known for making some great beer with odd names and funny labels. Their Belgian Strong Pale Ale Ė 668: The Neighbor of the Beast Ė is no exception. Itís not often you see a Belgian-style beer in a can and itís even rarer than you see such a great example of the style from an American brewery in a can. The name is subtle but clever reference to Duvel and even uses a font found on Iron Maiden album covers. Whatís in the can is an outstanding beer Ė Belgian, American or otherwise.

I poured a 12oz can into a snifter. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.59 ($0.22 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark shade of maize. Extremely hazy body (translucent, but not opaque). Pours to a fairly large, white, frothy head that lace and retains very well.

Smell: Huge banana notes Ė totally authentic. Some spices. Classic Belgian yeast esters.

Taste: Sometimes I think American breweries actually out-Belgian Belgian breweries. Meaning: they take all the things that make a Belgian beer great and go even further with it. This beer definitely has a familiar palette akin to Duvel, La Chouffe or plenty other beers of the general style. Though not a tripel per se, it does have a lot of spiciness to taste. The yeast esters give it a sweet banana flavor in the front and finish with a strong peppery sensation (akin to white peppercorn or even table black pepper) on the finish. Other spices and fruits can be found lingering in the background from start to finish (especially peach and coriander, respectfully). The palette never gets old or tired Ė itís as delectable on the last sip as it is on the first swig. Thatís what I call a great-tasting beer.

Drinkability: At 8.5% ABV, 668: The Neighbor of the Beast is certainly a hefty, beastly brewÖ at least it should be. The mouthfeel is remarkable comfortable; full-bodied to be sure, but not intensely carbonated. Itís surprisingly comfortable with a smooth texture and finish to match. A slight drying/peppery sensation in the aftertaste, though it scrubs the palate clean each time it crosses the tongue. I do feel the alcohol in the taste and a warming sensation in the throat, but itís not harsh Ė quite tolerable, actually. From a guzzler, but itís difficult to simply sip.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Can share at Proof courtesy of Masterson. Head!!! Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with about half an inch of head just in a rocks glass. Head lasted extremely well. Great lacing. Thick white collar once the head did fade. Sweet grassy aroma with some clean earthy hops. Taste is similar with a touch of funk. Medium to high carbonation and medium body. Very enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Canned: unk 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, Iíd slam it while camping for sure.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madvike (3095) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Wow...surprised at the ratings on this one. This was shared by TPatuto, waiting in line for GTMW tickets, and it was the star of the show for me, in a lineup of pretty awesome beers. Pours hazy golden with a small white head. Nose is skunky and fruity--kind of like Orval--with light herbal hops. Taste is fresh and hoppy, with a nice yeastiness, herbal and light grassiness, light skunk, and a touch of tropical fruit. Really nice mouthfeel on this one--smooth and a bit syrupy. Would love a sixer of this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2299) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2015
Can courtesy of Falco242. Nice Belgian wheat aroma. Murky dishwater body with a large lasting frothy white head. Excellent lace. They nailed the Belgian ale style on this one. Creamy, with banana esters in the finish. At times a tad boozy, but overall an impressive effort.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davey101 (746) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 31, 2011
Was stoked to find this on the tap list at Plan B burger in Glastonbury, CT. Served in a nice thick Belgian style chalice. Just some notes I jotted down in my phone. A - Decent head that faded to lacing that lasted the entire beer. Fairly cloudy and a nice golden hue. S - Very typical of a Belgian style brew. Bread, yeast, and some light fruit towards the end. Theres also some noticeable alcohol and hops. T - Very bready and yeasty, with some fruits. Some banana, pineapple and apricots. Black pepper, lemon grass, and herbs/spices as well. Bitter and dry finish. Another high ABV beer, with almost no alcohol flavor. Really refreshing and the carbonation/mouth feel worked well. O - NEBCO knocked it out of the park with this one. I wish I could find cans in my area, but fresh on tap with a blue cheese burger made for an awesome lunch.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2894) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2011
The beer is golden in color with an off white big head. It smells sweet and lightly spicy like a typical Belgian golden ale. The is almost some sweet vanilla flavor with a very smooth body, the spices arenít there like in the nose but the flavor of the Belgian golden yeast is delicious. Can is pretty cool too.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Thanks to a trade with jrob21! Pours a nice straw blonde with about three fingers of white head. Smell is mellow, yeasty, clove and honey, sweet. Taste is light clove, honey, belgium yeast. Very nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2012
12oz can shared with mattyb83. Pours nice light, straw colored orange with not much of a head. Aroma of hay, grains, candied sugar (think rock candy!), grass, and some sort of fruit(apricots). A lot going on in the aroma. Really intense. Light and clean for a golden, the only thing lacking in the body is some carbonation. Wish there was a little more. Flavors of honey, apricots, sugar in the raw, and bready yeast with just a hair of grass. A very well made beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Can from Gianni! Thanks for these. Trying this side-by-side with the chardonneighbor of the beast. Hazy, golden honey in color with a small white head. Loads of honey, floral notes, apricot, candy sugar. Intense. Love it. Taste is fruity with more apricot and candy sugar, maybe a touch of honey, some pepper and cardamom. Not overly rich, nice full body, delicious. Best belgian style beer that comes from a can that Iíve ever had. Wow! Iím excited to see what the chardonneighbor is like.


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