RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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Belgian Golden Strong Ale

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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!


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (5591) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2016
Tap at the source: pours golden with a white head. Aroma is bubblegum, honey, fruit, and yeast. Taste is pretty sweet with many hocks of bubbled gum. Light light hoppiness. Pretty good but a bit too sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (3587) - New York, USA - JUL 20, 2016
Tap at haymaker during event happy to grab these NEBCO ticks. Golden pour. Nose is yeast and crackers. Tastes of cracker, light citrus, some yeast, grass, lots of bubblegum. Fine palate. Pretty sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfontana (809) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - APR 17, 2016
On tap in tulip glass. Aroma is yeasty fruity esters, citrus, clove, trace bubblegum. Appearance is cloudy yellow with 1/2 finger-width white foamy head with attractive lacing; no sparkle. Taste is as aroma with some spicy pepper. Palate is light-to-medium bodied with average to soft carbonation; crisp lightly bitter finish with some warmth. Overall, a nice representative of the style, strong across the board.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (4867) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2016
Got in a BIF from tasterschoice62. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big lemon, orange, banana, pear, apricot, apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, light bubblegum, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, banana, pear, apricot, apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, light bubblegum, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, banana, pear, apricot, apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, wheat, cracker, biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness and yeast spiciness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth and moderately grainy/creamy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (11320) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2015
Can. Pours a hazy orange gold with medium frothy white head that lasts. The aroma is belgian yeast, sugar, bubblegum. Medium mouth, banana, spice, clove, candy finish, very good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dagimp (962) - 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!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChadPolenz (1722) - 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. Its not often you see a Belgian-style beer in a can and its 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. Whats in the can is an outstanding beer 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 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 its as delectable on the last sip as it is on the first swig. Thats 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. Its 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 its not harsh quite tolerable, actually. From a guzzler, but its difficult to simply sip.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2393) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Franckg (1327) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2015
Armes de levures belges, banane, orange, coriande et pomme. Le tout semble trs relev et on pourrait confondre avec une weisen allemande. En bouche, attaque immdiate des saveurs dorange et de sucre. Suivent le citron, coriandre, clous de girofle et alcool. La finale laisse apparaitre un got de pain blanc et de crale qui stirent. Le got est puissant et le taux dalcool assez lev donne une chaleur plus ou moins apprciable. Le corps est soutenu et bonne effervescence. Quoique gouteuse, cette bire manque dquilibre. Les ingrdients htroclytes qui la composent y sont peut-tre pour quelque chose.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (3129) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Much thanks to...o man I forget his name now...o well. Pours out a cloudy straw color with a small off white head. Aroma is of some nice fruity yeast notes, some spices, pear, apple, light bubble gum and some bread crust. Taste is fruity Belgian yeast, apple, some spice notes, bubble gum, pear, some light bitterness in there and some mild notes of the alcohol. Lingering hard candy sweetness to it. Solid beer.


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