Baby Tree - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Reviews: 349
Hads: 799
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 62
Gots: 125 | FT: 4
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: twelvsies on 04-21-2009

Quadrupel with dried plums.

This beer is no longer brewed with dried plums as of June '11 batch.
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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter from a 22 oz bottle. This fine quadruple pours a dark cloudy brownish red with a thin off white head that dissipates to a thin ring and light lacing. Nose of Belgian candy sugars, strong alcohol, and some dark fruits. Flavors are warming sweet candy sugars up front, rather hot really for the alcohol content, dark sweet cherries to the back, and a sweet aftertaste and coating finish. A very nice quad from an American brewer. (452 characters)

Photo of Offa
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Even if not super complex, this is an excellent quadrupel that goes well with things like cheese fondue.

Dark brown with reddish hints,it has a small medium tan head with red hints,steadily shrinking to foamy ring, wisps, a little lace.

Aroma is caramelised dried cherries and leather.

Taste has caramelised dried cherries,leather.hint of brandy,some earthy toastiness and hint of dried fig. It is lightly on the sweet side. (427 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

Toasted, nutty, sweet toffee backbone in aroma. Flavor is extremely toasted nuts, hints of sherry, with dark cherry notes. Dry finish, and slight sweetness initially. (166 characters)

Photo of FFreak
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22 oz bottle into glasses and shared with a friend. The bottle has a dating system where they have months and years printed on the side of the label and notch the year and month. It was really hard to decipher if it was actually notched, but the best I can tell, this beer was from December 2012 (purchased from Arnold's Liquor Lokker in Keeseville, NY). So, better than 18 months old.

Dark translucent brown with slight light tan head. Pretty much perfect for the style.

Aroma is of dried fruit - dates, plums, raisins. Very nice.

Taste follows the nose, with plum and raisin, brown sugar and caramel. Slight bitterness. I detected some metallic taste and attribute this to the age of the bottle. I'd love to try one a little younger.

Mouthfeel is nice - viscous and full, with adequate carbonation. Just right for a quad.

Overall, a good quad, but unfortunately the one I got may have been a little past it's prime. I'll grab a fresher one if I ever see it again. (983 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a dark brown near cola color. Minimal head fades to a barely there collar. The beer is dark, but what can be seen it is fairly cloudy as well.

The scent have notes of dark fruit and sugar. So e plums, treacle and a vague general yeast scent.

The flavor is similar beginning with an interplay of brown sugar and prunes. Finishes a touch sweet. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and appropriate for the style.

Overall it is a good beer, but falls short of the expectations I have for a quad. Lacks complexity and depth of flavor I expect. No flaws, but falls short of what a quad can be. (599 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4's across the board for this solid quad.
Poured from the bomber into willi becher glasses.
Pours a nice deep amber with a touch of burgundy, one finger of head that dissipates.
Smells really nice...good strong aromas of yeast and plum and raisin.
Tastes very much in line with aromas, my tasting partner picked up some metalic aftertaste and I only got a hint of that.
Mouthfeel was nice, very drinkable.
Overall, I found this a very nice, very tasty quad. (458 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep brown with a small head that leaves nice lacing in a chalice.
S - The nose is dark fruit and sweet.
T - Its close to the smell with lots of the fruit, plums, cherry. A bit earthy and of course yeast.
M - Medium heavy body and a finish with a bit of alcohol.
O - Good flavor enjoyed during an afternoon thunderstorm. (336 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle with an expiration date of February 2014. Sampled on May 29, 2014. So I am beyond the expiration date but it is a Quad and that makes a lot of difference. Served about 50 degrees.

A gorgeous looking mahogany brown-amber with reddish hues and a modest off-white head that fades some but does not disappear.

All those traditional Belgian yeast and candied sugar elements play up big in the aroma with some dark fruits, molasses, and spice to round it out. No booze.

Medium to full body.

The taste is wonderfully roasted sweet maltiness with Belgian sugar, brown sugar, and.or molasses in there to sweeten it even more. A toasty biscuit feel too. Mild and low hop finish. The alcohol cannot be tasted but it certainly gets into my head. Drink slowly and enjoy. (787 characters)

Photo of alexbutler
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Great pour, with a dark auburn tint to it. Thick foam with quickly dissipates as you pour.

S - Refreshing crisp smell, almost like ripening fruit.

T - Really sweet taste that lingers on your tongue. Not overwhelming, yet very refreshing.

M - Not heavy or thick, but it has a quality to it that hangs around your tastebuds.

O - Really nice ale, from great brewers. Pretty Things has put out another winner. (414 characters)

Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip

A: Pours a deep mahogany with hints of ruby when held to light with a large, creamy, khaki, 3 finger head

S: Fruity and musty attic aromas, with hints of earth and clove.

T: Rich plum, apricot, and cherry flavors up front with slight funky Belgian yeast tones underneath. Barnyard flavors are there, but very subtle. Very little in the way of hops, but a slight old-world hop bitterness lasts in the finish along with black cherry tones.

M: Slightly viscous body with mild to low carbonation.

O: This is an excellent example of an American produced quad. Fruity and rich; this beer is a great after dinner sipper. Pretty Things hits a home run with Baby Tree. If you’re a fan of dark Belgian or Trappist beers, this is definitely worth picking up. (772 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into the center of a St. Bernardus chalice. The beer takes on a deep brown hue, with a surprisingly thin head. The head recedes to pretty much nothing after a while, leaving little to no lacing on the glass. I noticed just a little bit of visible carbonation. Tough to spot through this dark, somewhat cloudy beer.

S - Nice aromas that I associate with a quad, albeit a little lighter. Dark fruit is dominant, but there is also a little indistinct sweetness.

T - Again, all the tastes that one would expect, and follows the nose fairly closely. Dark fruit again dominates, the sweetness is a little more distinct here, mild, but something like caramel. There is also a touch of alcohol on the finish.

M - The weakest area of this beer for me. Much thinner than I would expect, and without real supporting carbonation. Finishes clean. Slight dryness and alcohol heat.

O - Nice beer. It doesn't stack up with the best, but I certainly wouldn't turn one down. (971 characters)

Photo of Ohmmygawd
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As recommended on the site, poured directly into the pretty things Stemmed glass and served cold.

A- Deep brown with hints of red with two fingers of head with a slightly cherry pink color.

S- Cherry, pine and a subtle bite.

T- Cherry and very slight plum taste forward. Light milk chocolate following and sweet following from oats.

M- Smooth and surprisingly light. Has a very clean finish.

O- Advertised as a spring beer it is very light for a quadruple. (463 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok time for a quad and it pours a chestnut hue with the creamiest three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is brown sugar,sweet plums and candi sugar,the mouthfeel is full bodied but a touch syrupy roasted caramel,brown sugar,dark plums and finished with a candi sugar sweetness and overall for me it's just too sweet for a proper abbey ale instead of tasting like liquid bread it comes across more of liquid Xmas pudding and not my sort of quad cheers. (462 characters)

Photo of mverity
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear medium brown with almost no head. Thinnest of light tan collars. Aroma is of toffee, medium malt sweetness and a healthy indistinct nutty-fruit. Taste is deep fruit, medium malt and woody-nuttiness. Kinda thin body, with medium to low carbonation. (261 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Blind Tiger in NYC.

Pours a hazy, walnut brown, with a 1.5 inch head, and a little bit, not much, lacing down the glass.

Smells like dark fruits, some indistinguishable spicing (I'm really bad at picking out spices in beers) and some Belgian fruity esters.

The taste is similar. The booze doesn't really show at all, which is nice. The taste reminds me a bit of some sort of dark jam- a little bit of cherry or raisin, some spicing, and some Belgian yeast. Maybe a little bit of chocolate, I don't know why that would be in there, so maybe I'm imagining it.

Medium to full bodied, creamy mouthfeel, pretty drinkable despite the ABV.

This was a good quad for sure, I'm really liking all that I've tried from Pretty Things. (740 characters)

Photo of ElijahRivera
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on: March 2013. Consumed on: October 16, 2013.

A- Big, fluffy, light tan head slowly recedes to a respectable layer of foam. Very deep, dark brown body with garnet highlights. Mostly opaque, but, when held up o the light, streams of carbonation can be seen lazily rising to the surface.

S- Sweet, boozy, fruity, yeasty, something spicy and vaguely clove-like. The herbal hops and sweet malts play second fiddle to all the yeasty, estery, phenolic aromas. However, all the aromas play well together and interact to create a rich, complex bouquet.

T- Chalky, complex, a little sweet, and a lot of yeast and dark stone fruit flavors. An herbal/earthy hop bitterness kicks in toward the end, and hits the back of my throat.

M- Very full, creamy, and smooth bodied. However, it finishes very crisp leaving behind a balancing bitterness, a slight warming sensation, but no residue on my tongue.

O- A fantastic quad. I just had St. Bernadus Abt 12 last night, and Baby Tree is comparable and worthy of being mentioned in the same sentence. Admittedly, it is not as quintessential as St. Bernardus Abt 12, but it is more approachable. Certainly worthy of another go around in the future. (1,233 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a dark brown color, hazy and some red coming through in the light, with a bit of fluffy white head.

The aroma has a nice dark fruit of prune, dried cherries, plum. It then moves onto a good amount of almost tartness, tons of phenolic character and spiciness. Definitely Belgian yeast and breadiness.

The flavor moves onto lots dark fruit again, dark cherry, plum, prunes. It then has a toffee and dark sugary sweetness, but generally not a very sweet beer for the style, and then lots of pepper and spice drying on the finish.

A well done beer. (565 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the Avenue in Allston.

Appearance: This beer poured one ginger of goal that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown crimson color with no vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bananas, cloves, spices, caramel, warm alcohol, raisins, and plums. Very traditional aromas.

Taste: Delicious. Pretty much everything mentioned above.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, warming alcohol, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid and enjoyable quad for a fall Boston evening. (561 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from the City Beer Market in San Francisco at the end of May for $8.99. Bottled in January 2013.

Beer poured a reddish brown with a decent off white head.

Nose is dark fruits and classic belgian yeast strain.

Taste in dark plums, slightly burnt sugar, with a hint of chocolate. Some alcohol warming in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a pretty good representation of the style. Definitely a tasty brew. I recommend that you give it a shot if you come across it. (523 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a chalic glass.

Appearance: A real dark brown, its clear but cloudy opaque color. Head slightly thin, settling quick coming and off-white color.

Smell: Light yeast scent. Not something too potent not anytbing really that I would brag about.

Taste: Yeast and slightly bready. Touch of sweet brown sugars. Not bad at all. It is bland though and could be a little more complex especially for a quad.

Mouth: Medium carbonation. Not so sticky but has a sweet finish at the end.

Overall: good quad but there are some better ones out there. Could definitely use some tweaking, would be interesting if they changed up the brew slightly batch after batch. Regardless not bad but for the money there are better options. Salud! (736 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

T-this was intense.

A plum-based quad seemed to make sense. Why, I'm always babbling ignorantly about the "dark fruit" nodes I pick up in good belgians, and the plum is like the darkest fruit there is (aside from those weird little black bananas they sell at the Mexican grocery store, but I think those might be old). Only, no-no, this isn't right at all. Plums are actually tart. I am just a grossly unhealthy moron who doesn't know what fruit really tastes like.

So... yeah, imagine a really thick, super malt-forward quad without much of a spicy belgian yeast presence to balance out the sweetness. And in place of that discern Belgian yeast you get tart, juicy plums. Yep. It's something else, but not the kind of something else I'm entirely interesting in getting acquainted with. (789 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a reddish Killians color with a quick to foam head. Backing off on the pour allows the pint to fill up, maintaining a thick finger of creamy melted vanilla foam.

Aroma - caramel grain with a bit of husk and spice. Some banana and yeast on setup.

Taste - sweet with candi sugar, yeast, a touch of metal. Warming alcohol on the swallow. Raisins with a touch of a tannic (or hop) bite. A hot boozy breath on the finish. Lots to taste and enjoy, the alcohol tends to hang over the affair, a bit pushy but not aggressive. I tend to prefer a sweeter or boozy finish; oddly enough the alcohol disappears at the end and leaves a dry, bitter finale.

Mouthfeel - very crisp, on the thin side for a quad but the body seems to thicken as it warms.

Overall - a tasty brew. Sort of a run of the mill quad but I enjoyed it. (831 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle purchased through LetsPour.com. Bottled 12/12. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours a dark tea brown with garnet highlights and about a finger and a half cream hued head. Little retention or lacing.

Aroma is a bit muted but carries hints of sugar, yeast, plum and some caramel.

Initially I taste bitter dark fruit skins, a little yeast and a nip of alcohol. Then when the chill subsides this really opens up. Caramel, plums, toffee, raisin bread and a slightly tart yeasty funk.

Creamy medium full body with a decent amount of carbonation. Dark fruits and yeast linger in the finish.

All in all this is solid. It's no Trappist quad but particularly as it warms this has some nice flavor and body. I may not buy another bottle online but I'd definately drink it again. (789 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Notches on label indicate Bottled On Jan 2013.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and spotty surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves clots behind.

S- Rich dark fruit brings to mind black cherry plus some Belgian yeast and toasted malt. A bit of alcohol fume.

T- A sweeter quad for sure which I find enjoyable. Complex with dark fruit, bread and some nuttiness. Very drinkable for the ABV.

M- A tad sharp from the alcohol and slightly dry. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- This quad can easily hang with the big boys IMO. Highly recommended especially if you like a pronounced sweetness. (746 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another one that escape my reviews, and this was one of my fav beers back in the day. I still have a few bottles from batch 1 and batch 4 which were both great.

Decent fizzy smaller head though, light lacing, hazy apple juice brown color.

Nose super nutty to start, almost peanuts, then sweet candy, light fig and date, touch plum, plenty of esters and light phenols, light jammy, but of dark brown malts with toasty sweet malts.

Taste light sweetness, jammy fruit, little plum fig, light caramel and toffee like sweetness. Then brown sugar, into a light bitter slight grassy hop, then booze, light warming booze, faint esters and hint medicinal phenols, hint creamy thick malt, chewy like, faint hint dark malt but mostly sweet toasty brown malts, and hint of nutty flavor. Finish is still fairly sweet syrupy, little sticky, mild bitterness, more candied dark dried fruits and plum lingering.

Mouth is nice full bod, fluffy little creamy, decent carb.

Overall quite nice. This isn't the best batch I've ever had, and I wish I recorded the batch #, but oh well. I have another few bottles waiting review in my cellar, so when I crack those I'll note the batch and re-review if I feel I should. (1,199 characters)

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Baby Tree from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
86 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.