Wednesday, September 21, 2016

New England Brewing 668 The Neighbor of the Beast

The Stats
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
ABV: 7.8%
Current Ratings...
- Beer Advocate: 3.96/5
- RateBeer: 3.56/5

"Good fences make good neighbors - unless you live next door to Satan. Then you may need something extra to help you cope - like our "668". This hellaciously delicious Belgian style ale is brewed with pilsner malts, candi sugar, and blended with American and German hops. "668": Mortal tested...Goat Lord approved."

Pours to a hazy, golden yellow body with two fingers of frothy white head.

Belgian yeast dominates the aroma with banana and spices too.

Fruity banana and peach notes add a touch of sweetness to a beer with such a large emphasis on the Belgian yeast. The banana is much like a good Hefeweizen and there's a lot of spicy flavors with cracked black pepper holding the biggest presence. Also holding its own are the doughy, bread-like malts which have almost a powdery/flour taste and feel. There are also characteristics of good Saisons with some mild funk and barnyard qualities, but familiar Belgian flavors, like coriander, keep you grounded in knowing that this is true to the style.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, but never syrupy. It has good carbonation and does feel dry on the finish. The alcohol does provide minor warming with every sip, but its easy to look past.

668 hold its own with other Belgian Pale Ales and would fit right in with any example straight from the country itself. Despite the big beer feel and taste, I can actually see myself enjoying this outside on a warm day due to such easy drinkability and refreshing nature.


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