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Baby Tree - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 765
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 60
Gots: 107 | FT: 3
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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 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.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Maxwell
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of Kendo
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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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 lovindahops
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
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

Baby Tree from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
88 out of 100 based on 765 ratings.