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Baby Tree - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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687 Ratings
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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 59
Gots: 88 | FT: 2
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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:
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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Photo of LiquidBread219


3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled June 2010 Batch 6

A= Pours a dark mahogany, a finger of creamy off white head. Nose has a light spicy character, toffee, earthy dryness, hint of tart fruits like (plum)

S= I really smell the dark fruits like plum in this nose it kind of stands out for me.

T= Dark fruits really come out in the taste with a little bit of spice. Kind of on the bitter side for me.

M= To me it was kind of a medium beer leaning to the heavy side.

D= Was kind of hard for me to finish the bomber didn't really care for it that much.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 06:35:18 | More by LiquidBread219
Photo of deltatauhobbit


3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled September 2010
Batch 8

Pours a dark amber color with a dark purplish color, hardly any head and it fades lightning fast, no lacing on the glass, looks almost flat and calm at times.

Smell has a rich malt aroma, subtle hints of dark fruit, obviously plum, I can pick up a hint of astringency, candied sugar.

Taste is surprisingly thin for this quad, the carbonation is very very soft and almost no existent but I wouldn't call it flat, the primary flavor is candied sugar mixed with plum and malt, for the most part it works quite well except for the strength, the alcohol is quite evident.

This bottle is quite fresh, I think maybe having a year on it would do wonders and I'd be willing to try it again sometime, especially since I'm a huge plum fan.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 01:25:46 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of EgadBananas


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 8. Tremendous thanks to ventura78 for the amazing hookup!

A - Dark, rust colored, and murky. There was about a finger and a half of bubbly tan head.

S - Definitely some belgo-yeast funk. Loads of dark fruits; definitely the plums. Sweetness, and more fruit esters. There is some banana in there as well.

T - Dark and fruity, more of that banana. Slight yeasty spice, caramel and some extra sweetness.

M - Medium in body, little carbonation, smooth.

D - A real easy drinker. ABV is not noticeable, and overall, tasty quad.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 02:01:24 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Belgianesque, with a massive head that sits atop the mahogany liquid; plenty of lacing action

Smell: Plummy, with spice cake and candi sugar elements

Taste: Dark fruit flavors, up front, with prune (excuse me, dried plum) and spice cake elements; by mid-palate, however, the beer diverges from the expected path, as a bitter medicinal aspect takes over and after the swallow, the medicinal flavors linger on the palate (Dann, the brewer, considers it to be a marzipan flavor)

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation; very Belgian mouthfeel

Drinkability: Other than the marzipan flavor, which I don't particularly care for, I like everything about this beer

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 02:52:50 | More by brentk56
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich mahogany with a finger of off-white head. Some nice lace spots left behind. Sweet, spiced aroma definitely has plum notes, but lacks a little depth. Surprisingly bitter upfront, with a definite mineral character. Plum, cocoa, cofee, nuts and brown sugar follow it up to create a decent profile, though unbalanced and ering too close to bitterness to work well for the style. Decent medium body and carbonation.

A pretty decent quad, though I find the bitterness distracting, and can't help but think that something mellower would let the plums shine more. Cheers Eric!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 02:10:26 | More by bobsy
Photo of ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch 6, bottled June 2010 - brought back from Victoria this last time.

Pours a dark mahogany, a finger of creamy off white head. Nose has a light spicy character, toffee, earthy dryness, hint of tart fruits.

Interesting take on the style, wouldn't really call it a quad though. Toffee, toast, rich caramel malts, earth, nut shells, walnut,cocoa, molasses, hint of plum which comes across slightly tart, really long lasting bitterness from the hops, bone dry finish. Light sweetness but left feeling, that to showcase the plum a bit more, less bitterness and a more rounded sweetness would help. Still, I enjoy a dry complex beer so this is still pleasantly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 17:12:15 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of Mess


3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, dated October 2009 - batch 3. Cellared. Poured into a Rapscallion snifter in a nod to Dann's past.

Rich mahogany color. Inch thick off-white head. Jam, sweet tarts? in nose. Plum there too. Nice Belgian lace.

Sour and tart, with hint of sweetness. Cloys a bit like cranberry juice. Last time I tried this a few years ago was a totally different beer. Wild yeast infection likely - Brett? But surprisingly works. Finishes tart and dry.

Rated it based on Quad - but for an infected Quad - fairly complex. Perhaps try this on purpose?

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 04:01:49 | More by Mess
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby/brown with a medium frothy light tan head that reduced to a thin cap and left nice lace.

Aromas of light caramel and biscuity malt sweetness and some notes of prunes, apples and pears. Alcohol notes as well as it warms.

The tastes are all dark fruit up front with prunes being the most notable. Caramel/molasses sweetness is present but not overwhelming in fact it accents the fruit flavours very nicely. Mild earthy hop notes and a touch of alcohol warming in the drying finish.

The mouthfeel is medium-heavy but not too thick or cloying, which is a huge factor when I judge a beer.

Overall this is quite nice and a solid American Quad offering, less carbonated that the traditional Belgian examples which is good or bad depedning on your preferences. Nice flavors meld well together and make for a very pleasant brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 19:35:23 | More by claspada
Photo of Boto


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

22oz bomber: This one pours a dark caramel brown color. There was a pretty substantial off white head on it that lingers a bit and leaves some lacing. Nice nose, but a little light for a quad. Some spices up front, of which clove is the most prevalent. Some sugary caramel and some dark fruits also. Medium bodied, which seems a little light for a quad. Taste is good. A nice little bit of spice to the start. A bit of caramel, dark fruits, but a very minimal sweetness to it. A nice enough beer, but not quite up to par with some other Quads.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 20:33:37 | More by Boto
Photo of SkunkWorks

New York

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from batch 4 poured into a tulip glass.

Look: dark, rusty color and orangey foam. The head retains well and leaves a good deal of lacing.

Smell: dark fruit with some spices, like clove and pepper. Plum, grapes, and alcohol are all there in equal measure. Smells very sweet.

Taste: follows the nose. Dark fruit, especially plum pop out very strongly, with some grape flavors almost like a red wine. The alcohol is obvious to the point that I'm surprised it is just 9.00% ABV. I would place it at around 12.

Feel: medium bodied, nicely carbonated, some alcohol warmth, and not much bitterness without being too sweet.

Drink: drinkable... for a quad. I wouldn't have this all night but getting to the bottom of the glass is not a problem.

Overall, a decent beer. Its not world class but its a respectable effort. I would give it a try but wouldn't seek it out if it weren't available to me. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 02:39:41 | More by SkunkWorks
Photo of Thorpe429


3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Finally getting the notes in for this one. Picked a bottle up from Capone's quite a few months back. Served in a tulip glass.

The color is dark brown with a nice tan head and a good dosing of lacing as the head sinks down to a thin layer. The nose is quite a bit of dark fruits with some figs and plum skin plus a bit of molasses and brown sugar. Some very light roast character.

The flavor is along the same lines with a bit of booze. Dark fruits pervade along with a bit of Belgian yeast. The plums are apparent, but not overpowering. The mouthfeel is a big of a big dive from here, as there is an unpleasant metallic astringency in the finish. It drinks well enough in the end, but there are a few little things that prevent this from being all that drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 03:09:01 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

good froth on deeep ruby. respectable lacing to start

dark fruit aromas. quite yeasty. i smell something plummy

very spiced flavors. very bitter. very dry. i taste dried fruit to be sure, but i don't know if i would have identified the fruit dried as plum. strong woody and blackcurrant hop flavors

mouthfeel is oddly dry, which a quad doesn't wear too well. and the hops are over the top...let the yeast and complex beliganisms shine! i feel the same way about residual sugars: leave some so that i can revel in the yeasty-strong-quad complexity!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 03:57:39 | More by bruachan
Photo of yeahnatenelson


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

Big thanks to Jwiss22 for this bottle. Cheers, pal!

Batch 4

Appearance -- Pours a deep garnet hue with two fingers of stiff and foamy beige head. Not bad for this side of the pond.

Smell -- Very aromatic, indeed. Yeasty, with an abundance of clove and banana. Prune, red grape, apples and pears. Some mild earthy hop presence. Surprisingly little alcohol.

Taste -- Wow, very unconventional. Sweetness and, to a lesser degree, alcohol, are muted. Like the nose, yeast flavors are in the forefront: earthiness, clove, some banana. Rum raisin, prune sweetness, and plum skin tartness combine for a unique interplay I've yet to experience in a Quadrupel. Bitterness is pronounced with earthy hops, fruit skin tannins, and perhaps some of the yeast character. Lingering yeast earthiness and plum skin tartness.

Mouthfeel -- Feels a bit light on the palate, but with ample fluffy carbonation. Could use more weight.

Drinkability -- I'm not sure what to think about this one. I, mean, I like it, but this probably wouldn't be what I reach for when I'm in a Quadrupel kind of mood. Nice depth of flavor, I do like the fruit tartness present, but I miss the sweetness and perhaps the alcohol as well. All in all, another interesting brew from Pretty Things.

Note: The more I drink this, the more I like it. Really comes into it's own around room temperature.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 00:45:37 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of Kinsman


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany colored body with ruby red highlights. A fluffy off-white head, about 2 fingers thick appears at first and slowly fades, leaving a nice lace behind.

Aroma is full of phenolic spice and lots of fruitiness. The large portions of plums adds quite a bit to the aroma, but they do not mask the rest of the aroma.

Fruits dominate the flavor, with the plums taking charge here. In the background, hints of phenolic yeastiness and some malty flavors. Hops flavors are essentially non-existent.

Mouthfeel has a medium body feel, with a nice velvety smoothness. Overall a very enjoyable beer and a unique quad.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 00:18:39 | More by Kinsman
Photo of Pencible


3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a hazy dark mahogany with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like juicy plumb and sweet brown sugar, with some earthy molasses and spicy Belgian yeast.
T: It tasted like grassy and copper hops and dark fruit, with a little brown sugar and spicy Belgian yeast. It had a clean but surprisingly bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thin with moderate carbonation. Wish it was bottle conditioned.
D: This was a mediocre beer, but it could have been much better if it was aged a year and bottle conditioned. Clearly an American attempt at a Belgian style, with strangely high hop levels. The alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink, but it just didn't taste right. Not worth buying again.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 17:57:05 | More by Pencible
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

label says "first batch" april 2009. from notes, tasted in june 2009.

very dark, amber brown. dark ruby amber tones under the light. no sediment on first pours. 1.5-finger, light tan head, fades to thin, foamy, creamy layer, relatively constant, due to being replenished by the etching in my duvel tulip. just a few splotches of lace tho.

aroma: brown sugar maltiness, fresh prunes, cherries, rum, molasses, licorice, anise, hint of cocoa? mild grassy hop note. vanilla? dark caramel throughout.

taste: spicier and more phenolic, but still plenty of caramel, brown sugar and fruit. grassy hop gives mild to moderate bitterness, lingers gently. playing w/ spice and phenols. complex, but could be richer. moment of watered down character.

medium body, sometimes light, but pretty smooth overall w/ faint astringency in the finish. mild carbonation helps maintain body and gives lift to the flavors.

the taste score should be something like 3.8 or 3.9, but if i marked it 3.5, the weight of the scoring system would be too detrimental to the overall score. same with mouthfeel, which should be a 3.7 or so. to compromise, i gave the drinkability a 3.5, when otherwise i feel 4.0 would be appropriate.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 13:59:06 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of zeff80


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a small, tan head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of raisin, plum and rich malt. Some floral hop aromas, too.

T - Great dried fruit flavors - raisin, plum and apple. It had a rich caramel malt flavor. Just enough bitterness to balance the sweet.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a slightly chewy mouthfeel. A medium to full bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a really tasty quad. I'm glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 01:03:50 | More by zeff80
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1. Bottled April 2009

Poured into goblet.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Fades to a ring and leaves a bit of splattered lace. Color is a copper brown with a ruby hue.

Aroma: Very sweet, rich, and malty. A lot of dried fruits here. Plums, raisins, cherries, toffee, and caramel. I like the nose on this quad. Very clean.

Taste: Very malty. Bready, caramel, and toffee malt flavors. More dried fruit shows. Plums, raisins, cherries, grapes, and licorice all show. It is kind of dry.

Mouthfeel: Dry, creamy, smooth. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry.

Overall, it is a decent quad. I like the nose a lot, but the taste doesn't follow up as well. It has a decent drinkability and I think it was a fine choice for a nice fall evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 00:54:39 | More by mothman
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 01:05:50 | More by Sammy
Photo of BigMike


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

Bottled June 2010 Batch 6

A: Pours a dark brown rootbeer color. Fairly clear and topped with a thin light tan head. About 1 finger and pretty thin.

S: Lots of dark sticky fruit and yeast. Light brown sugar and molasses with a touch of caramel.

T: I can definitely taste some plum. Some sticky molasses sweetness and raisin. Not much alcohol presence.

M: A bit on the thin side for a quad. However, the carbonation is spot on and it's extremely smooth. (as it warms the body definitely builds up.)

Overall: A pretty good American Quad. An interesting take. I really like how Pretty Things puts their own take on different styles and makes them their own.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 01:18:58 | More by BigMike
Photo of perrymarcus


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

22oz bomber served in an oversized wineglass. bottled june 2010 (batch six).

pours a deep mahogany tone with a fair amount of clarity to it; a solid finger of beige head that quickly dissipates into a collar around the glass... some lacing, though not to the level i generally look for in a quad.

nose is sweet, heavy with yeast and dark fruits; bready malts also evident... flavor profile follows through with a lot of bready/malty-ness; a bit bitter up front, followed by a fruity sweetness, then on to a dry, almost hoppy finish. noticeable plum presence. not bad; perhaps a little more bitter than i would prefer, but a nice take on the style.

medium bodied mouthfeel, a bit of chew; style-appropriate carbonation and fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 02:30:12 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of emmasdad


3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the second Pretty things extra I have received in recent weeks, and I've enjoyed them both. This is advertised as a quad with dried plums, and the plums really come through on the palate, along with raisins, brown spices and light brown sugar. A very solid effort, and one that was enjoyed by most the other night.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 22:48:36 | More by emmasdad
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ruby brown with a skim of an off-white head. No lace.

Prune, dark stone fruit, toasted malt aromas.

Alcohol is well hidden. Dark browned malt, less fruit than expected. Fruitiness in long lingering finish. Some bitterness, but oddly of balance. Rich, clean fruit with a conversion to bitter finish.

Full body with appropriate carbonation.

Overall, I dug it, but not as rich as I hoped. Dries out too soon. Fruit/malt/hop/bitter/sweet ratio is way off. Good beer, but not perfect. Worth a try and will get again.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 00:08:00 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of mltobin


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

I picked up a bomber at Yankee Spirits in Swansea, MA.

Appearance is a dark brown color with a very thin ring of lace w/ a few bubbles on top for the head. While the smell consisted of raisins, molasses, and was very faint overall. Taking a sip of Baby Tree, I taste malt immediately, with an overall richness. It is also a sweet tasting beer, but has a bitter finish. The mouthfeel on this quad has a medium body, with good carbonation, it is solid. Drinkability on this offering from Pretty Things is better than I had expected, considering the style. Although it has a 9 % ABV and some big flavors to it, it can go down easily. Sip & enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 00:35:00 | More by mltobin
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New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Bomber bottle poured into a snifter glass in two parts. Batch six, bottled in June 2010, so this is about 4-5 months old. Served chilled and allowed to come to room temperature over an hour and a half.

Appearance: Medium reddish brown in color without much of a head at all. A lot of light penetrates the glass and there isn't any sediment in the glass.

Aroma: Rum soaked plums and raisans. Also, an herbal/medicianal quality that I cannot really put my finger on. It's a bit astrigent. A small hint of booze in here too.

Taste: Bitter notes are the first thing to jump out at me here. Roasted malt and a little burnt sugar here, along with that herbal (maybe hops) characteristic again. Plums and rum notes in the background, but they never really grab hold. Just too bitter for the style for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little chewy. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: The ABV doesn't hit hard but the bitter flavors wear really thin. I could barely finish the bottle.

Overall, a disappointment for me. Too bitter and hoppy for a quad and nowhere near the assertive sweetness I look for. Not a bad beer, but not a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 02:30:58 | More by Gosox8787
Baby Tree from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
88 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.