Wednesday, August 4th 2010
668 Neighbor of the Beast
(New England Brewing Company)
668 The Neighbor of the Beast is the second limited release can from NEBC. Following in the footsteps of the big, bold hop-monster that was Gandhi-Bot, 668 is a strong "Belgian-style Golden Ale" in a big can with a stuck on label. Let's see what this all about, shall we?
The can reads:
"“Good fences make good neighbors . . . unless you live next door to Satan. Then you may need something more than a fence to accept that your neighbor is the Prince of Darkness; like our “668.” This HELLaciously delicious Belgian Ale is brewed with pilsner malts, candi sugar and blended with American and German hops. It will help you accept that cloven-hooved guy next door.””
Here we go...
Pour - wow. This just looks great in a glass. Yellowish orange and soft with a beautiful bubbly, smooth head on top. Lots of little orbs streaming upwards adding to the foamy goodness. A little opaque but not really cloudy.
Aroma - zesty, Belgian yeasty and spicy. Its a familiar smell of Belgian yeast but also some tangy citrus, orange peel and a kiss of caramel. Fresh and aromatic. I am ready to dive right in.
Taste - one big sip and this is flavor city my friends. Tons of spiciness from the Belgian yeasties, a nice chunk of orange and lemon citrus as well as some vanilla and cinnamon flavors. Extremely soft on the palate and a little sharp and dry in the finish. This has some tripel-esque characteristics, especially at 9%. The tangy sweetness really sets this apart from its Belgian counterparts. Its so fresh and so drinkable. I blame the American hops or maybe its my close proximity to the brewery. Whatever the case this is some amazing stuff.
Overall - another winner from New England Brewing Company. I need to find this on tap and get a nice fresh pour as I can only imagine how good that tastes. This is incredible coming right out of the can with so much flavor and complexity but yet so easy drinking...which is scary as 2-3 cans will put you to sleep on the couch at 8 o'clock. Find some of this and enjoy.
Would I buy more of it? - yes. yes. yes.
Note - New England Brewing is doing a lot of great things lately and I look forward to seeing what their next special canned release will be. Although, I will always feel like they missed that opportunity to put their famous Imperial Stout Trooper in cans. That would have been pretty sweet.
Posted by Russ
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