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Baby Tree - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 724
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 58
Gots: 98 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Quadrupel with dried plums.

This beer is no longer brewed with dried plums as of June '11 batch.

(Beer added by: twelvsies on 04-21-2009)
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Reviews by Pahn:
Photo of Pahn
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Batch 4, February 2010.

Appearance: Moderately careful pour yields a three inch, fluffy and rocky offwhite head that dissipates slowly leaving sticky rings of lacing around the glass. Pours a translucent but dark red, and leaves smallish streaks and a few islands of lacing throughout.

Smell: Mild Belgian yeast, faint cologne-like smell, plum, and some spice that isn't quite clove. Smooth. Later on, the smell gets taken over by solvent-like alcohol. Still good things happening, but the beautiful notes lose the battle with the 9% ABV, if only in the nose.

Taste: First sip follows the nose very closely, nice and smooth with some plum, caramel, not too sweet, leading to a sugary finish that slowly changes into spice and alcohol heat. Good start. The level of sweetness is, for me, reminiscent of when you have some bad coffee with way too much sugar, then drink high quality coffee black. The lack of sweetness is noticeable, but it's welcome. That analogy could just be relevant to me though, who knows?

The second sip (I'm describing sip by sip for a short time to make a small point) is very similar to the first at first (some caramel and Belgian yeastiness) but in the middle yields a big explosion of fig, plum, and other dark fruit flavors in the back of my mouth, along with some grassy hops and bitterness. Finishes same as the first (bitterness gives way to not-too-sweet sugar, to spice, to alcohol). The third sip is very estery, with a small but distinct strawberry note up front, leading to more dark fruit and spice, along with a building bitterness and heat at the end.

The small point is that each sip is really nice, and pretty different than the one before. For me, this is the whole point of a quad: a procession of deep flavors that are good on their own, but balance together in delicious and unexpected ways. Also, everything here is smooth and subtle; it's never over the top sweetness, never one flavor so dominant that you can't pick out at least two other beautiful things happening at the same time. As I drink more of the bottle, I'm getting chocolate (mixed with caramel), prune, more berry esters, smoke.

Everything happening in the flavor, while robust and complex, is subtle. For example, when there's a fig note happening, it's robust in that it's very full and distinct, but it's not clashing with anything, and the good balance is working together with the mouthfeel to get me to keep writing the word 'smooth'. Another example of subtlety, there's some mild tannic character every so often. Many beers I've had recently with noticeable tannins have been like chomping down on the thick skin of a large raisin, but this is just suggestive of grape skins; a mild dryness, a mild bit of that kind of flavor and feel.

If you're paying close attention, the beer is being endlessly generous to you with different taste sensations. If you're not, it's still delivering extremely palatable dark fruit and caramel notes along with a nice alcohol heat that doesn't get out of control. This is how beer like this is supposed to be made.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. Sugary at times without being chalky or cloying. Hot but not 9% hot, and only in the finish (solvent doesn't influence the main flavors). Mild carbonation. A bit dry in the finish, with a building bitterness that's uncharacteristic of the style but not distracting or unpleasant.

Drinkability: I love quads. I love this quad. What's to say about ease of consumption? It's my favorite style for a reason. Get it right and I'm going to buy it again.

Another exercise in the mastery of brewing full flavored but subtle beer by Pretty Things. In my review of Saint Botolph's Town, I mentioned how I enjoyed the beer for all of its English Brown flavors despite many of them not normally being up my alley. Baby Tree is exactly up my alley, and it's as well-made as Botolph's Town. I'd say it's just a touch below beers like Saint Bernardus Abt 12 and Rochefort 10.

Pahn, Jul 31, 2010
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.

oberon, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of Dekhar
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%

Dekhar, Aug 30, 2014
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.

ExtraStout, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of steelerguy
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

steelerguy, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

lordofthewiens, Feb 14, 2010
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.

mverity, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of VernonKell
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Doomcifer, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +2.3%

JakerLou, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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...

Billolick, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of Perkyanda
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Perkyanda, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of Homebrew35
2.88/5  rDev -26.3%
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

Homebrew35, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

mctizzz, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

tigg924, Jul 19, 2010
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.

Mora2000, Mar 11, 2010
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.

JohnnyBarman, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of rob133
4/5  rDev +2.3%

rob133, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of standardcherry
4/5  rDev +2.3%

standardcherry, May 16, 2012
Photo of BenHesk12
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

BenHesk12, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of kingcrowing
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

kingcrowing, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +2.3%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +2.3%

virinow, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of juicebox
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

juicebox, Feb 21, 2013
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Baby Tree from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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