ChadPolenz (1804) - Lakeland, Florida, 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 – 668: The Neighbor of the Beast – is no exception. It’s not often you see a Belgian-style beer in a can and it’s 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. What’s in the can is an outstanding beer – Belgian, American or otherwise.
mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
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 – 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 – it’s as delectable on the last sip as it is on the first swig. That’s what I call a great-tasting beer.
Drinkability: At 8.5% ABV, 668: The Neighbor of the Beast is certainly a hefty, beastly brew… at least it should be. The mouthfeel is remarkable comfortable; full-bodied to be sure, but not intensely carbonated. It’s 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 it’s not harsh – quite tolerable, actually. From a guzzler, but it’s difficult to simply sip.
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. harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2013
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.
madvike (3251) - 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. ElGaucho (2401) - 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.
dagimp (1008) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2015
From a 12 oz can into a snifter. Pours a very pretty light blond. Moderate white head and no lacing. Mouthfeel is very dry and astringent. Decent amount of champagne-like bubbles. Taste is dry and Belgiany. Banana, fruits, grapes, lemon flavors abound. Very light alcohol warmth. Really, really liked this one. Not as sweet and heavy as a Trippel. Great beer, would gladly drink again! meccahh69lol (196) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - JUN 11, 2017
Poured from a growler filled at the brewery yesterday. This has been one of my Nebco faves for a while and it holds up as proof that they can do more than just great IPAs. It pours a golden orange with a thin head and an aroma of banana bread, plums, and brown sugar. It tastes smooth and yeasty, lots of belgo punch and a fruity, fizzy bouquet. It’s a very nice fake belgian, similar to something you’d get from Unibroue. Good for watching Unsolved Mysteries (and Muppets from Space) and listening to black metal while waiting for your beloved to bring you Popeyes chicken. davey101 (751) - 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. Damico (3147) - 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 aren’t there like in the nose but the flavor of the Belgian golden yeast is delicious. Can is pretty cool too. 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.