Baby Tree - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 786
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 62
Gots: 117 | FT: 3
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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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Ratings: 786 | Reviews: 354
Reviews by BenHesk12:
Photo of BenHesk12
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This belgian quad appears a fruity raisin brown and smells like a mild yeasty belgian ale with a hint of the dried plums. The name quadruple to me is a bit bold, this is a beer which hides its alcohol well and comes off as a tripel or double. The beer is full bodied with a very delicate mouthfeel which blends amazingly with the dried plum flavor. Baby Tree won't blow you away with intense hoppy or yeasty flavors but to me is a well balanced and enjoyable fruity belgian that I could recommend to anyone.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice a rich burgundy infused russet with a thinner tannish colored head atop.Funk and more funk overtop of dark fruit in the nose,maybe the most funk I have come across in a quad.Cakey with dark fruit flavors the at turn into quite a funky finish,Iam not a fan of funk so it kinda turned me off a little.A well made beer but I think the funk is heavy handed for the style.

Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at Ciro's (Tavern on Cherry) in Woonsocket, RI to kick off their new Mug Club.

A - Pours a deep, brownish amber. Tan colored head is frothy and creamy. A bit of lacing. Looks pretty nice in my snifter, almost too good to drink, almost.

S - Aroma is a bit muted, but smells pretty sweet. Plums and cherries notes. Yeasty too, kind of like sourdough bread.

T - Fruity and sweet (neither overpoweringly so) with a malty backbone. Tasted acidic at first but much less so as the beer warmed up a bit. Plum flavor is definitely there, particularly in the finish. A cloying beer that stays on your tongue.

M - Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Lighter on the tongue than I expected.

D - This is not a style that always ranks high on the drinkability scale, but this beer definitely does.

Photo of steelerguy
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy brown, moderate carbonation, big off white head that fades to a covering leaving some lacing.

S- Light dark fruit aroma of figs and some caramized sugars.

T- Like the aroma but more full. Dark fruit, figs and raisins. Some sweet caramel with a kick of alcohol at the end.

M - Moderate body, tingle of carbonation, and warmth of alcohol...just like a quad should be.

O - A nice Belgian style quad, one that I will try again.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 3
Bottled Oct 2009
A garnet colored beer with a rim of tan head. Dark fruit and sweet malt aroma.
Taste of raisins up front, followed by a sweet taste of brown sugar, with a peppery finish.
A very smooth beer.
Eminently drinkable, a beer to sit back and savor.

Photo of mverity
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, tape over the cap says "Bottled July 2009,Batch two". Pours a moderatly dark shade of brown, murky and welcoming. The Frothy head is dark khaki, long lasting and leaving a rich collar, then well developed and quite beyond respectable sheeting/lacing. Nice looking beer. The sniff is soaked in ripe dark fruit, raisins and figs. Full flavor and quite tasty brew. Dark Belgian beer lovers rejoice. Loaded with notes of rum soaked raisins, ripe and goey figs and plums. Pleasing mouthfeel and smooth finish. Alcohol present but well folded into all the other good stuff going on here. Classy sipper, night capper, dessert beer. Well done, PT crew...

Photo of Perkyanda
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It pours a dark brown, with a creamy chocolate color, with a touch of grey to it. It's head is a lighter color--not true white, but a light yellowish color about a finger's width wide, with tight bubbles. It smells a little like caramel to me--I can't really gt any other sense of the smell, and its very faint--there's maybe a touch of an earthy scent, but that's all, really.

This beer strikes me as relatively cool, for a beer of its strength--it doesn't warm me up immediately, and it goes down smoothly. The first actual flavor I notice is one of sweetness--again, a sort of rich, caramelly sweetness. I can sense some dark fruit, but can't get the plums themselves. The beer almost seems to have a creaminess to it as well, both in flavor and texture--the mouthfeel is both thick and smooth. It doesn't have a lot of a flavor kick to it, but it does make it extremely easy and satisfying to drink.

I absolutely love this beer. It's one of my favorites. I'll be buying it again, and again, and again.

Photo of Homebrew35
2.93/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dec 2010 tag.
Pours one fingers worth of off white creamy head. Cola
colored clear body.

Smells of Carmel, earthy hops, some figs and plum. Touch of alcohol mixed with big fruity esters.

Taste is sweet dark fruits, cherries, plums and grapes. Mixed with Carmel and earthy hops. A sharp and lingering metallic taste just about ruins this one. It's a bit disappointing to be honest.

Mouthfeel is medium thin. Medium carbonation. The finish is a touch oily to go along with the metallic taste.

Overall this had some good qualities but the metallic finish hurts this one quite a bit.
$6 a Bomber

Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, dark leather brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: bread and toasted malt. Not as strong a smell as I getfrom other quads.

Taste: bread, toasted malt, cinnamon, and dark fruit

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light body, sweet start with a bitter/dry aftertaste.

Drinkability: A nice and complex beer and certainly one I would get again. I like the breadiness and fruit. There are other quads I would reach for first. However, I would still reach for this over several other beers across styles. A good beer, in a style with several excellent brews.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

Pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a lot of malt with some fruit. Not as much aroma as I expected. The flavor is better, with caramel malts, dark fruit (cherries and plums) and some Belgian candi sugar. No detectable alcohol. Creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber enjoyed at a recent beer tasting - cheers Brad!

Poured into a wine glass. Amber tawny, nice haze, billowing head that recedes into a thick ring, good lacing. Nice looking quad.

Nose is Belgian yeast, citrus, plum, fig, chocolate. Lovely quad smell.

Decent quad, all the usual flavors are there with a bit more spice than I could detect in the nose. Enjoyed the fig-plum flavor. Lacking the depth of some of the monsters of the style, but still quite enjoyable.

Aggressive carbonation - might have been a bit hot - thinner bodied.

Worth checking out, certainly for the brewery's sake (and for the bottle artwork). While it's not the most complex quad this side of the Atlantic, it's certainly quite tasty.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into an Ommegang tulip.

Pours a nice ruddy dark brown with a small light brown head. Nose is all malt and dry dark fruits.

Taste is rich and sweet but still it's not too dry. It's got lots of raisins and dark fruit. It's really got a nice rich mouthfeel, very tasty and drinkable.

Photo of boatshoes
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Whole Foods Bowery on a recent trip to New York. Had a chance to sample this at the BBF and wanted to give it another try.

Appearance- Pours a hazy medium brown with lots of rising carbonation in the body and a nice two finger head of light brown head that sticks around for quite awhile before dying back. Medium amounts of lacing left as I drink and a touch of beading carbonation.

Smell- Interesting combination. I pick up on lots of bready malt with some sweetness and a touch of yeast. This is made more interesting by a slight whiff of tartness which I take to be the plums at work.

Taste- A rich but airy breadiness with some sweet malt showing through. Rather yeasty, which lends a banana fruitiness to the beer as well. Quite rich and complex and make more so by an very unique tart finish. Rather than come across as a sweet, dark fruit flavor, the plums add an almost lactic tartness on the finish. Very interesting and unlike other tripels I have had.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is substantial and adequately carbonated. The beer is a bit sweet but with such and interesting and complex flavor profile that it will keep you sipping.

Overall, a very good quad and unique in a very good way. I'll be having more Pretty Things in the future.

Photo of far333
2.85/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Mahogany colored, not quite opaque, with some ruddy orange at the edges. An off-white head rises up to a half-inch of foam that settles out way too quickly.

Low aroma of sweet malt and yeast funk.

Flavor fairly matches the aroma, full of rich malt, some dark fruits, and an overpowering yeasty and phenolic flavor that detracts from the whole experience. Somewhat one-dimensional.

Watery mouthfeel, a bit slick. Overall could be darker, richer and maltier for me, with reduced phenols.

Photo of hagbergl
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a nice, big glass of Pretty Things' Belgian Quad, Baby Tree at Brookline's stellar beer bar, The Publick House, on August 31, 2012. It was served in a one of those oversized Pretty Things branded goblet–I like. As usual at PH, a quality pour. Review is from notes.

Appearance (4/5): Baby Tree pours a deep, dark brown with some red highlights. By the time it got to our table, the head had dissipated to a small, off-white layer. This is a pretty imposing dark ale, if I may say so. One of the cool things about the look of this beer is the sheet of off-white lacing residue that is left behind on the side of the glass after you take a sip and put the glass back down. Good looks, all the visual signs of good, fresh, well-carbonated beer are there.

Smell (3.5/5): I pick up some yeast, a faint sourness (probably from the yeast), some malt sweetness that is a little cocoa-like, dark fruits (blackberry and plum), and not boozy at all. Overall, though, this is not an exceptionally pungent Belgian-style ale. An okay nose, nothing offensive at all, but nothing special. It does seem to take a page from the Belgian Trappist ales with the very well-hidden alcohol content. This is definitely not like Urthel Samaranth!

Taste (4/5): Baby Tree's taste follows the nose, for the most part, though the fruitiness is more apparent. Now, I know this beer is no longer being brewed with dried plums, but man, there's a lot of dark fruit going on here: plums, raisins, blackberries. I detect a nice nice yeasty quality that adds a touch of spice. Some dark chocolate lurks deep within this brew, too. This is a very balanced beer–not highly sweet, the hops do a good job of balancing the malts while still allowing the malt character to command the show. Don't let the word "balance" fool you; this is still one very rich and strong beer.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Baby Tree has a nice moderate carbonation, is full bodied, and feels very smooth. Unlike some quads, it doesn't have any booze "heat" to it, so it's a fairly easy drinker that you won't tire of after getting halfway through it. It has some nice creaminess going on and never feels syrupy.

Overall (4/5): Pretty Things has a good beer here in Baby Tree, though I wouldn't say it's on a par with their other creations. Still, it is a tasty, fairly drinkable Belgian-style Quadruple ale that really hides its alcohol presence well and is loaded with good dark fruit flavors. Worth a try.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy brownish-amber color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with good amounts of dark candi sugar. Also present are solid pear aromas with milder amounts of plums and figs.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by sugar-dusted pear flavors. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors darken a bit with good amounts of plums and lighter amounts of raisins. The dark fruit flavors carry through to a crisp and mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could easily have another.

Overall this was a solid and well-crafted beer but it was too muted to be great. Still, it's worth a shot to decide for yourself.

Photo of JamesStreet
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 8/2012

Poured into a Parrish Brewing snifter

A - deeper amber in color but did get some light shining through. Poured a slight one - finger head

S - Got the two Belgian Abbey yeast strains with some darker fruits like date and fig as well as some candied sugars.

T - similar to aromas. Sweet dark fruits like figs but also got a little pear and biscuits. Other than that, pretty simple for what I am used to from this style.

M - Good taste, but not much going on. I lime that in sometimes you get too much thrown at you but this stays on the simpler side. Very little to no carbonation. I would'vd liked a little more in this area.

O - Just a simple, nice-tasting quad. Could have used a little more complexity but its good enough to get again. It just wouldn't be at the top of my list.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had on tap at the Gallows in Boston.

A: Served in a wine glass, the beer is deep burgundy/brown with a very small off-white head. The head was rather thick with nice retention, but minimal lacing.

S: Rather closed at first, not a lot coming out. As it warms there is some brown sugar and caramel, some dark fruit, and a bit of Belgian yeast.

T: More of what I expected on the flavor profile. Sweet malts up front with some caramel, brown sugar, and a heavy dose of bread. Followed up with some Belgian yeast and dark fruit with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly sticky feel to it.

O: Pretty good quad, definitely a sipper. Another solid beer from Pretty Things.

Photo of nkersten
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Batch 4. Poured from bottle into Oerbier tulip. Pours a cloudy dark opaque brown, quarter inch head fades to sides with nice lacing. Not a lot in the smell. Some fruit, a decent amount of hops given the age, iron, and belgian yeast. Taste is also bitter, much more hoppy then i would guess for the style or age. Yeast flavor follows, some candy sugar and a bit of roasted malt. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and clean, but I would like a quad to be a bit heavier. None of the flavors really mesh up in this beer, every taste is fighting to be in front. I find myself begrudgingly going back to this, so based on flavor alone this has a low drinkability.

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber of above average yeasty, slightly sweet dark Belgium. It has a drying finish, with a hint of plum, and the finish offsets the previous sweetness. A little different. Above average thickness,caramel, both in looks and in mouthfeel. Good drinkability. Worth seeking out. Yeasty malty aromas.

Photo of augustgarage
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of ShogoKawada (thanks!). Batch 2, bottled July, 2009. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet. Very attractive label art-work, though not as stunning as some of their other beers.

Dark but clear burgandy body which glows a deep shade of crimson when held to the light. Cream and beige head, pasty and lasting with heavy lacing draped around the edges. Light legs.

Dark malt and light prune-like esters (no surprise as this is brewed with "dried plums") along with a hint of violets and honey in the nose. Sweet, fruity, and floral...

Brown sugar, light roast malt, dark blue plum notes, along with a suggestion of chamomile on the palate. Esters and yeast are quite complimentary, and the alcohol contributes additional flavor as well. Cocoa and clove in the finish. The profile might be improved if it had a little more attenuation, as it ends a bit on the sweet side.

Medium bodied, lightly effervescent, mildly warming.

A decent domestic quad - I hope to try future batches to see if the yeast strain develops/improves over time.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark aubern. Nice big lively ivory head settles to a film pretty quickly.

Big fruity aroma with a peppery spiciness.

Spicy right up front gives way to promised fruit flavours. Plums give an interesting flavour, almost roasty, reminiscent of a stout malting. End the spice kicks right back up from the yeast. Surprisingly hot for a year old bottle.

Great mouthfeel, nice and thick with a carbonation that helps the flavours out.

Nice stuff.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baby Tree. Bottled June 2010. Batch 6. Just about 7 months old.

It pours a hazy light chestnut brown with crimson and orange highlights. The finger thick head of frothy light tan is relatively short lived. It leaves wide swatches of lace behind, but they fade to medium sized spots rather quickly.

The aroma displays dark skinned fruit and light caramel malt. It's lightly phenolic and spicy from the Belgian yeast. Pleasant and unobtrusive.

The flavor follows the aroma. It's a bit bitter, however. I hadn't looked at the listed style (quad) until now, and I didn't recognize it as such; not so much because of the amount of malt present as much as the higher level of bitterness. The yeast character is nicely balanced, and I love the spice, raisin, and caramel.

If it's to be considered as a Belgian-style quadrupel, the body's a little thin. It could at least use a little more residual sugar to give it a bit of a dextrinous edge. Yet it remains somewhat creamy; and at least smooth. The alcohol doesn't help, but at the same time it's at least fairly well hidden within the flavor.

Forgetting style, and simply taking it for what it is, I find it to be an enjoyable beer, and fairly interesting. It is a bit bitter, but I don't feel that's completely out of place. Would it work better if it was a bit sweeter? Most likely, yes. If it didn't follow a particular style would it work? I'd also say yes. However, it is a bit less drinkable because of it. The bitterness of the hops and the bitterness of the dark fruit skins combine, and then stick in the mouth. It almost finishes with a bit of a licorice note. But then again, I have to ask, is that such a bad thing? Style not taken into account, maybe not. You'll have to judge this one for yourself.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a half-full growler into a tulip.

A: Vigorous pour yields a 3/4 finger fine, yellowish-brown cream colored head with little retention, devloping into a thin film rather quickly. Brew itself is a stunning semi-clear purple. Lacing is spotty, almost non-existent

S: Nose is Belgian yeast, a bit boozy, and a hint of ripe grapes and fruit gummies. Maybe a slightly detectable cranberry?

T: Yeasty and spicy notes up front. Cloves, ripe and semi-ripe fruit throughout with a smoky presence towards the later part of the experience. Grapes in the finish though this goes away rather quickly.

M: Medium bodied, a bit carbonated but with a sense of oiliness also. Very smooth and the 8.7% alcohol is barely noticeable. Finishes very clean, leaving near non aftertaste.

D: Overall not the most intriguing beer in an otherwise complex style. Everything is just ok here. The one part of Baby Tree that stands out is the mouthfeel. Very smooth, goes down easy and this significantly enhances the drinkability of a beer that is otherwise really average.

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Baby Tree from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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