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Baby Tree - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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349 Reviews
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Reviews: 349
Hads: 800
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 62
Gots: 127 | FT: 4
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Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
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 SouljaSaia17
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: This beer pours a dark plum-like color with a slight amber tint at the bottom. Doesn't really have any head, but there is some carbonation that leaves some bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S: The aroma starts out pretty malty, accompanied by some plum and nuts. I also get a good hint of the alcohol which is not surprise for high abv quad.

T: Flavor starts out with a bite of sour or tartness, has the taste of plum, yeast and malt. I get a dry, nutty feel at the back of the mouth, as well a some of the alcohol.

M: This beer is medium-light bodied and has a dry and tart flavor to it. This beer seems really complex to me and has no real distinction in flavor except for the alcohol, but it is drinkable.

O: This beer is about 16 months old now and dont know if it was intent to be stored, but I enjoyed it and for $3.00 you cant go wrong. Not my favorite beer by Pretty Things but its good and worth a try if have have never had the beer or the style. (968 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy mahogany brown color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fizzles down to nothing

S: Starts off with quite a bit of dark fruitiness and maltiness and goes into some nuttiness and alcohol

T: Starts off with the fruitiness and fades off into the malts, nuttiness, and a hint of alcohol

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice little American quad with a big focus on dark fruits and nuttiness. Certainly not the most complex quad I've had, but it's nice. Not a bad deal for under $7 for a bomber (540 characters)

Photo of sitarist
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Blind beer #6 is another bomber.

Pours a brownish color with ruby highlights. There is a fingers worth of tan head that falls to a ring that leaves a couple spots of lacing. (4.0)

It has a sweet aroma, with a nice Belgian yeast presence... fig, red apple, plum, some spice, and candy sugar. (4.0)

Aroma carries over to its flavor... candy sugar, plums, figs, with a little green peppercorn.... Nice flavor, but its just a little hot at the finish. (3.75)

Medium body, light carbonation, and dry... Maybe a little too dry. (3.75)

Great aroma, with some good flavors, but it falls apart at the finish. Im guessing some age would benefit this beer. (3.75)

Im guessing its a Belgian Strong, or Quad, but I wouldnt be surprised if it were a Barlewine with Belgian yeast... The reveal is a Pretty Things - Baby Tree Quadruple. Im thinking that is another want off my list. (878 characters)

Photo of u2carew
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. Bomber
A) Pours with a two finger head then settles slowly leaving a creamy lacing. Reddish brown body.
S) Tree fruits. Yeasty. Not overly aromatic.
T) Rich malts. Brown sugar. Raisin. Subtle hints of caramel. Toasty malts. With a high ABV it doesn't dominate the flavor profile.
M) Full body. Mellow carbonation. Very smooth for the high ABV.
O) A delicious quad. True to form with a pleasant flavor profile. (418 characters)

Photo of JamesStreet
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

August 2011 Bottle Date, enjoyed 4/28/13

A: The beer pour out of the bottle brown in color that looks decent clean and allows a lot of light to peer through. About two fingers of off white head builds up, but only waits around for a few minutes. No bubbles are noted. 3.5

S: The aroma is very sweet, with some dark fruits coming through although I wouldn't describe this as fruity. It's musty, with esters and Belgian yeasts playing the strongest notes. 3.5

T: The taste is very sweet, but otherwise balanced. The candied sugar, yeasts, spices, and a caramel character all come together, but can't quite balance out. I'm left with an aftertaste that isn't great, but that I don't particularly like. 3

MF: It's too thin and below average on the carbonation front. The drinkability is injured by the bad aftertaste. 2.5

O: It's good, but doesn't stand out in this style. Would have benefited from the dried plums they stopped adding about a month before this came out. 3 (973 characters)

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled August 2012.

Pours dark amber with offwhite head that dissipates quickly in CBS snifter.

Smell is banana, ripe plum, cinnamon and bubble-gum.

Taste is banana, plum, malt, and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbobation.

Overall good and worth a try. (287 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle marked as April 2012. Sucks they no longer brew it with dried plums.

A - Pretty sweet quad deep brown a touch hazy with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head that settles to a thick lace ring that never quits.

S - Mild dark fruits mostly plum and fig with a touch of brown sugar malts.

T - A touch dry but quite smooth and sweet with brown sugar and dried fruit goodness (despite not being brewed with any)

M - Like I said it is smooth with a medium to heavy body bubbly dry but hides the ABV well.

Overall It's an above average quad and picking it up for 5 bucks I hoped it was old since 1+year old quad are tasty. Wish it was brewed with plums it would have added that extra layer of complexity. (706 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at his "end of the world" tasting.

Bottled 6/2011.

Pours a hazy brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruits, and brown sugar. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think this one smells better than it tastes. (521 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark & cloudy amber with a light, almost eggshell head. Okay lacing.

S - I'm getting a lot of crisp fruit, pears & apples. There's a mix of toffee & a light smattering of brown sugar.

T - Kind of sweet all the way through, but not overwhelming & actually refreshing. You definitely pick up on the belgian properties of dark fruits, purple grapes, slight candy & brown sugar.

M - Lighter body, not heavy or cloying, great carbonation.

O - Well done & refined quad here. I like that it had the right amount of sweetness & dark fruits that balance wonderfully. (577 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Salty Pig in Boston. 10oz serving in a Boulevard Glass.

A- Darkish mahogony cherry brown with just over two fingers of white foamy head that has nice retention and leaves layered lacing. Decent carbonation. Definitely a little bit lighter then your average quad.

S- Pears, apples, plums, grapes, bubble gum, very fruity. Decent aroma strength, pleasant smell but a little bit too much of a fruity bubble gum smell.

T- Pears, apples, plums, some grapes, bubble gum, lightly bitter finish with an aftertaste of fruits. Very fruity like smell, but again just a little bit too much like bubble gum. Otherwise fairly well balanced.

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation, nice drinkability.

O- This was an interesting quad that definitely wasn't like your typical quad. This definitely had a lot more fruitiness going on which I liked, but it just reminded me a little bit too much of bubble gum. I enjoyed drinking it and recommend trying it out, just don't expect it to be nearly as good as some of those Belgian Quads. Definitely an interesting and unique try. (1,071 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somewhere between the spicy earth character of Belgian ales and the fruity-sweet versions that most American small breweries try to emulate, Pretty Thing's stronger, darker ale plucks at the strings of both influences.

It starts with its creamy pour of rusty brown hues and hazy garnet undertones. The beer swells with a creamy light tan head with firm retention and moderately solid lacing patterns. It's a good looking beer but doesn't billow with those rocky foam structures that sets the best ones apart.

Fruit and spice fill the nose with notions of grape, plumb, and red apples that alight well with red wine overtones and peppercorn counterparts, but then wrapped in a candied scent of confectioner's sugar.

Supple malty sweet taste of hard candies becomes the thread that pulls all of the estery fruits and yeasty spice together. Plumb, apple, dates, figs, grapes, blackberries all protrude through the candied sweetness and carry an attitude of vinous merlot. Spicy alcohols, seemingly of rum, along with a spicy tinge of fresh cracked peppercorn and freshly ground cinnamon balance the sweetness and fruitiness well especially in the absence of strong hop bitterness- the beer simply does not need it.

Medium-full in mouthfeel, there's the ample sweetness of unresolved malt and candy that evokes fuller impressions. But the tartness of acids, peppercorn spice and alcohol thinning that convinces the mind to register something lighter. A late palate of fleeting sweetness and exaggerated rummy alcohol, pepper, and wine closes the beer with savory refinement but also with a long lingering memory of fruit and pepper.

Although Baby Tree delves further into authentic Belgian taste and texture than do the more timid and more usual American attempts, it comes closer to tricking me into believing the true character of Belgium. But its creamy carbonation gives it away. A more sprite and zesty tactile notion here would have really sealed it for me. (1,965 characters)

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

Split a 22oz bottle poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a deep redish brown with a finger of slightly tan head... Dissapates nicley... Leavs some nice lacing.

S: alot of dark fruit in the nose here... Along with alcohol, sweet fig and raisin, touch of brown sugar. As the beer warms a nice dry cocoa powder aroma starts to come out, along with a touch of sweet toffee.

T: very similar to the nose I get alotnofndark fruit with a touch of alcohol. Reminds me a little of red wine, notes of raisin and plum, a touch of dry chocolate... Nice balanve and complexity.

M: although the body deffiantly has a touch of sweetness to It I find it to be very dry and almost tannic in the finish. Heavy medium body with creamy carbonation...

O: very tasty brew, darkfruit sprinkled with dry coca powder... Had a bit of alcohol bite to it, another good brew from pretty things. (871 characters)

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

Bottled Sept 2010, batch 8, just over 2 years old. The old style, brewed with dried plums.

A: Pours a dark reddish brown. Big fluffy light brown head adorns it. Fades at a moderate pace, leaving just little spots of lacing behind. Decent retention.

S: Very fruity, lots of dark fruits. Raisin, prunes, plums and maybe fig? Maybe even some grape? Nice caramel and brown sugar to back it up.

T: Lots of dark fruits up front as mentioned in the aroma. Caramel sweetens everything up nicely. Dried dark fruits kick in in the finish with a bit of a dusty, papery quality. Oxidized after only 2 years? Hmph. It's not super strong and doesn't detract too much, but it's there and it lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Smooth, mellow and fairly heavy.

O: Pretty decent quad. Very dark fruit-forward. Doesn't seem to be a huge amount of belgian spice influence (didn't get any cloves, pepper or anything). Just a sweet, fruity and mellow beer. Shame about the apparent oxidization, didn't expect a 9% quad to be going downhill after only 2 years. (1,039 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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. (2,453 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown fruity color with some nice ambering that reminds me of raisins. The head is very compact with nice little white cream head and some excellent carbonation running up the sides. Lacing is a dribbling sheet of white on the edges of the glass, leaving behind slight tendrils to suggest its passing. The beer smells sweet with dark candy sugars and dark fruit notes like raisin. The malt profile in the nose is sweet and the yeast is slightly souring and pear-like but nicely Belgian and definitely influenced by the trappist beers. There is a great syrupy sweet tinge to the nose which suggests a big sweet Belgian body. There is also a sweet alcohol smell lingering beneath everything else in the smell and suggesting the beer’s 9%. The beer tastes wonderfully complex with an interesting splash of pear-like esters in the initial sip rounded with dark fruits and the sweet malt blanket that gives the beer a creamy feel. The pear flavor actually continues into the aftertaste after a slight lull and gives the mouth a slight pucker when mixed with the hops bitters at the end of the sip. The beer is a little cloying on the mouth with the sweets. The hops are surprisingly there in the flavor with a nice dry bittering in the mouth and some slight earthy spice in the middle of the taste. The mouth is left slightly wet on the sides with saliva after the beer has passed but the roof and tongue of the mouth are quite dry. Overall this is an interesting take on the quad style, but I’m not sure I like the bittering that they did to the style. I see what they were going for in and American interpretation of the quad, but I wasn’t really blown away by the interpretation. Pretty Things is an awesome brewery, I love what they do but this one just didn’t do it for me. The beer is an average quad overall. (1,840 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says it was bottled in July of 2011. Consumed on August 31, 2012.

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is chestnut brown with a small whitish head. Some splotchy lace.

S: Malt and yeast, with some spice and I'm getting a touch of wet cardboard.

T: Dark fruits, brown sugar and a touch of cocoa powder. Finishes with a lingering dryness, but it's also a bit sweet - fruity sweet. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Nice feel to it, with a good light fizziness reminiscent of the better Belgians. Call it medium to full-bodied.

O: Decent. (555 characters)

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

The beer is fairly hazy and chestnut brown with a small tan head that leaves sparse lacing. The aroma malt, raisins, plums, a touch of yeast. The flavor is quite good, much better tan expected. A fine example of the style. Not on the level with the greats of the style, but a solid brew nonetheless. (299 characters)

Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (817 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Bottle clearly dated May, 2011, on the neck lable; how totally responsible and helpful is that? Pours a very dark ruddy brown amber with some dark floating particulates. One finger light tan head fades to a ring around the glass, leaving lacing. Dark Belgian aroma, dark and dried fruit, Belgian yeast, little bit of grape and brown sugar. Flavor follows with sweet dark fruit; plums and cherries, dried fruit; raisins and dates. Belgian yeast. Finishes somewhat dry, which is nice to offset the sweet start. A very pleasant take on a quadrupel, perhaps closer to a Berlgian dark, but tasty either way. A bit light in body and flavor for a quad with a medium body with light creaminess. I've yet to not fully enjoy a Pretty Things Ale. This was great. (782 characters)

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

Well, got a June 2012 bottling, so apparently this beer is no longer brewed with plums - kinda stinks because that was what I was looking forward to...

A: amber brown with a small head that'll slip away quickly

S: some caramel maltiness and orchard fruit notes

T: here's my only problem: it's a quad, but there's nothing about it to really set it apart from other quads - had typical quad tastes - the fruits, the sugars - but nothing really charismatic.

M: a little thinner than some quads I've had, low carbonation, fairly inert on the tongue

O: I can't give too bad a review, but I also like quads and BSDAs, and this was a good beer, so I am glad I bought it, but it does not displace my other (favorite) good quads (724 characters)

Photo of far333
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first tried baby tree at Meade hall in Boston and I lost my mind with how much I enjoyed it in draft. I made a mental note to grab some of these when I next say them in cuse

A- a dark brew that meshes between black and brown with fluffy white foam that lingers and stays on the edges of my surly tulip. Slow carbonation races to the top of the glass while the ruby hue edges gleam

S- massive dark raisins, fig, plum scents, molasses, and brown sugar. And not to mention a bready yeast scent that completey ties together this darkened fruit scent. Good scent profile for a quad

T- delicious raisin flavor that is both sweet and dry as the sweet sugars and syrupy molasses coates with flavor. Not too heavy and not too light. Just enjoyable with all the flavor

M- the flavor lambastes your mouth leaving layers of fig and raisin. Good flavor all over

O- baby tree is an amazing American Belgian quad of flavor that is so dangerously drinkable. The flavor is so complex and enjoyable that I can't say enough about it. Pretty things is an amazing brewery that has yet to put out a sub par brew (1,096 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark cloudy amber/brown. Head dissipates quickly. Slight alcohol smell but true to this style. Strong beer, but not over-powering. Still a beer to have one of for the night and move onto something else. Taste is sweet - Belgian candy or brown sugar. (255 characters)

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

Poured into a snifter.

A: Deep reddish/copper with ruby red highlights. Moderate carbonation. Excellent clarity.

N: Cherry pit, fig, candy sugar and concord grape.

T: Big flavors from dark fruits ranging from cherry, concord grape, figs and dates. This is backed by molasses and dark candy sugars. Belgian yeast characters are present bringing in some subtle barnyard and dried hay.

M: Light-medium bodied, silky, smooth and warming.

O: This is a very nice American brewed Quad. Big, sweet and slightly warming yet drinks incredibly smooth with a well masked abv. (568 characters)

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