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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: 61
Gots: 107 | 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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Photo of CharlieMurphy
2.96/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 22 Feb '11

A: Brown Red Ruby and orange tinted. 1/4" head dissipates quickly with minimal lacing

S: Not very fragrant at all. Really have to get in there good to get anything. First thing I get is spices, touched with candied sugar. Allspice, clove... hard to get any of the plum in the nose.

T: Light body, taste, and barely any detectable alcohol. Some barely there, curious sweetness complemented by an also curious hint of barely. Again plum not detectable. It seems like the dryness of the malt body:carbonation dynamic masks a lot here. Not belgian like at all. Interplay of things is interesting but honestly nothing is prominent or very noteworthy.

M: Malt flows throughout in this light mouthfeel, leaving a slight dryness which seems to be at no cause of the moderately low carbonation.

O: Had high hopes, and was prety dissappointed. I will revisit, possibly after aging this batch, and trying others.

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

Had on tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, Queens on 4/7/11.

Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a dark brown color. It has a nice off-white head on it. The head has pretty good retention, and leaves some specs of lacing behind on the glass.

S - It smells of nice sweet dark malts. There are good notes of dark fruits, caramel, hops, and some booziness.

T - It tastes sweet and malty up front. There are nice notes of dark fruits such as plum and grapes, yeast, and clove. The finish is clean, and leaves just a bit of a sweet aftertaste in the mouth. The alcohol is hidden quite well in this beer.

M - This has a medium body and moderate carbonation. It goes down easy, and has a rich smoothness to it. I would have lived a little more weight to it.

O - This has good drinkability. Its easy to drink, and it has a nice flavor. I could easily put a few of these back, even though its 9% ABV. I recommend giving this a try.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly dark black with a hint of reddish-brown around the edges and a finger of frothy off-white head. The head has very good retention and nice lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma is full of lots of dark fruit aromas and lots of plumbs. There is also some deep malty aromas that act as a nice backbone. Just a touch of yeast in the nose.

T - Starts off with some sweet dark fruit flavors and again lots of plums. There is also some deep malt flavor. Through the middle some richer fruit flavor comes through with a touch of yeast and a bit of alcohol flavor. The finish is heavy on the plums with some with rich caramel malts and some alcohol flavor that lingers a bit.

M - Medium-heavy bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Very rich but still very smooth. The finish is surprisingly not as heavy on the palate considering the flavors.

D - Pretty drinkable. Lots of flavor and more of a sipping beer. Very nicely balanced flavor with all the flavors mixing well. Bit of alcohol taste, but it fits in well.

Photo of WobblyPopps
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bottle, poured into small glass.

A - Pours a red caramel with one finger off white head, quickly dissipates.
S- Am I the only one who gets banana? Light malts.
T- Medium in power. Malt, fig, there's that banana again, but not in the sense you'd think. An essence, if you will. Finishes clean, with a lingering alcohol bitter.
M-Velvety, medium body. Not overly carbonated, but enough tickle for it to be crisp.
O-For a brew of 9.0%, it's incredibly sessionable. I could easily drink these by the pint while out with friends. The baby tree picture on the bottle creeps me out though.

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

This seems like a very different take on the Quadrupel, not to say that I've had two that are too similar. The smell takes on more of the yeast with hops and a dry sweetness as secondary aromas. The beer has a nice taste to it, again, more of a dry and bittersweet quad with a that bit of alcohol peeking through the rest of the flavors. Nice take on the style.

Photo of Brianjames16
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- This one pours a dark ruby color with a one finger width tan bubbly head on top. Thin lacing sticks to the glass.

S- Here is the interesting part. I'm getting a tarty aroma from plums and some figs. I'm also getting some other dark fruits like raisins. Good malty bread backbone.

T- A lot of dark fruity characteristics. This one also has a decent bitterness from the hops. It's a mixture of tart and bitterness on the palate.

M- Light body with a big amount of flavor. Very easy to drink and extremely refreshing.

O- Not a bad Quad overall. Pretty Things always seem to put out legit brews.

Photo of jale
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Eric(turdfergison) for this bottle.

A: Pours a clear brown with red hues. A good finger of frothy tan head.

S: Belgian yeast and roasted malt. Hint of tartness.

T: Mild belgian yeast upfront followed by some alcohol heat, sweet malt, and burnt sugar. Hop bitterness in the finish. You can definetly taste the plums in here.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this.

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

another that jlindros hooked me up with. thanks jared!

22oz bottle. sampled march 27/2011.

pours nearly clear deep red with great ruby and garnet hues when held to the light. a small cap of fine tan head forms, dropping fairly quick and leaving a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. tons of delicious dark fruit. date, raisin, fig, plum. touch of molasses. caramel and a bit of toffee. light alcohol. white bread and cracker. earthy and lightly herbal. perhaps a hint of chocolate hiding in the background.

taste is good. much like the aroma, but with an added bitter burnt/astringent character. the big dark fruit character is there, but a litlte more narrowly focused on the raisin+date side. lightly toasted white bread. just over medium bitterness level, but it sort of creeps up on you... starts a little mellower and builds to that level. lightly warming alcohol. earthy and woody. bit of caramel but with no real lingering sweetness. touch of bittersweet dark chocolate.

mouthfeel is nice. medium body with a very dry finish. medium carbonation level. bit of building astringency.

drinkability is pretty good. fairly well balanced. nice depth. the astringency takes away from it slightly, but overall i still enjoyed it.

Photo of Viggo
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing! Had this on tap at the BBF a couple years and dug it.

Pours a slightly opaque dark red, almost brown away from the light, pretty ruddy, medium sized light tan head forms and settles to a thin ring and layer around the glass, some lace spots stick, looks pretty neat.

Smell is neat, big and boozy, some raisin, alcohol, comes across a little spicy, a touch of wood, candi sugar, caramel, some biscuit/toast, pretty sweet and malty, light orange peel and some citrus, more booze, pretty intense.

Taste is interesting, burnt toast up front, then a lot of sweetness, plums/raisins, caramel, candi sugar, quite fruity, wood, some booze but not as much as in the nose, lightly spicy in the finish, almost molasses like with a big astringency.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, almost oily and slick, low carbonation, not enough for the style. Pretty warm going down, and a little too astringent for my liking. Thanks Russ!

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

A-deep cloudy brown with a small amount of tan head that quickly disappears to leave a bit of lace around the top

S-sweet fruits, ester, and a hint of spiciness

T-tastes of rich malt, very light hop bitterness, juicy plum tartness, and brown sugar to finish it. Alcohol is present but not overly.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

D-an interesting take on the Quad style, not my favorite offering from Pretty Things, but better than may others which are too hot

Photo of meadowstream
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at Hulmeville Inn in Hulmeville, PA. On tap it was very good (not as good in the bottle.)

Smell is excellent - little hoppy, little malty, great belgian aroma. The flavor is good - better than the usual US dubbel (athough this is called a quad, I am not sure that it can fall in that category...) As draft beer goes, this is a great choice.

In a bottle, it has a bit of metallic flavor and there is a syrupy flavor and sweetness that is a bit overpowering.

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this bomber for $7.99 at Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge, MA. Batch 9, bottled Dec 2010. I'm tempted to let it age a bit but even more tempted to dig in. Served at 40F in a tulip at the same temperature. A little cold but I plan to sip it for a while, so it'll warm.

A:Thick cloudy cherry red brew gives 1" of nice frothy tan head that settles to a modest layer. Minimal lace.

S: Big nose of banana peel and yeast, almost like an Imperial Hefeweizen. As it breathes some malt and stone fruit and bubblegum develops.

T: Y'know how when you bite into a plum there are two distinct flavors... mild sweetness from the flesh and a good bitter bite from the skin? Well this is just like the skin part, a good plumy bite right on the tip of the tongue. Plum skin and astringent banana peel strong up front. Then yeast, licorice, herby hop, and peppery booze mid-palate. On the back end there's some strong herby hop, licorice, and booze that lingers long into the finish. Quite complex despite lacking much malt presence.

M: Medium-bodied, not too thick or heavy, appropriate carbonation. Almost completely dry, quite different from most others, which can be pushing the boundaries of sweetness. This could be considered a diet-quad.

D: Super tasty and light enough to go down dangerously easy. A significant booze burn that the accompanying licorice and herb hop seems to accentuate. Alcohol not hidden nearly as well as other examples of the same strength. A bit of EtOH is expected here, so that's not too big of a flaw. Maybe age would mellow it out. Come to think of it, I can see how this could benefit from at least a couple more months in the bottle. Wish I'd gotten a couple more to lay down for a spell.

Ah, and I misjudged. This didn't last nearly as long as I had intended and it never got to even 50F. It's been quite a while since I've had a quad, let alone a good one.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.22/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear medium copper color ale with a super large light brown head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of light brown sugar notes with some light maple syrup notes and light dry fruits. Taste is a nice mix of brown sugar and light dry fruits with not as much character as expected. Body is below average for style with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I must admit to being slightly disappointed by this one with thin body and not much character but again though style to brew considering the best in style.

Photo of bbeane
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a oversized snifter... starts with a light head that doesn't last long leaving spotted lacing. Beer is black in color, ruby colored when held up to light

S- Smells pretty typical of a belgian style quad... sweet malts, belgian sugars, hint of alcohol

T- Starts out with a little bit of sweetness that lingers slightly through the finish. Then gets very bready and metallic tasting

M- Medium/heavy body with light carbonation

D- Not all that complex... good but not great. You could definitely sit down and put a few a way though


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

Bottled June 2010, Batch six.

Pours a dark brown color with faint red hues when looked against the light. It produces a 2 finger light brown head with good retention and nice lacing.

Aroma is a bit unexpected coming from a quad. I get only mild grain, dark malt/caramel, some dark fruits and a light yeasty sweetness. The smell of a Quadruple should be very strong, with lots of sweet and yeasty notes, which is not the case with this brew.

Taste starts with some nice malty notes, mainly bread, caramel and toffee. Also a light dark fruit taste (plums, raisins, dates). It finishes with a lot of hop bitterness along with some earthiness and spicy hop notes. Again, very mild yeast presence.

Mouthfeel is average with medium to high carbonation. Body is medium to high.

Did not like this beer too much. IMO quads should be way more sweet/complex and yeasty than this one. I found that there was too much hop presence and that's not what i look for in this style.

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch 4, bottled February 2010, aged just shy of one year. Bomber to tulip.

A: An enormous POP sounds off upon uncapping. As recommended by the label, Baby Tree is poured down the center of the glass and produces a monumental 5 finger head. Light tan in color, the head is comprised of dense compact bubbles, and it is very long lasting. Deflation occurs faster along the perimeter of the glass and leaves a proud foamy mound in the middle. Eventually, a thick and uneven collar is all that remains. The body has bright, magnifying clarity and is dark brown in color. Backlighting changes the color to ruby.

S: Richly malted. Aromas are molasses, heavily rendered caramel and faint chocolate. The hop qualities are minimal, yet resin, herbs and orange citrus come through. A deeper inhale reveals some freshly cut wood. Average booziness for the style but perhaps bigger than the 9% would lead one to believe.

T: Fresh fruits of plums, raisins and brandy macerated cherries. Second tier flavors include apple cider, hints of orange Cointreau, brown sugar, honey and cola.

M: Full body with a thick and chewy texture. The carbonation is soft and fizzy but is ample enough to clean up the tongue and eliminate the chance of any unwanted cloyingness.

D: The drinkability is good enough that I could finish the bottle without any help. Towards the end, however, I was wishing I opened this one up with a couple friends around.

Another very solid effort from Pretty Things. I remain impressed.

Photo of jera1350
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

October of 2009 bottle date- Batch Three.

Pours an amber color with a head that isn't real big but is creamy and tan with excellent retention and lacing.

Zesty, sweet and fruity complexity. Some bubblegum and lots of sweet fruit notes.

Mimics the nose quite well although not as complex. Still an nice fruit presence with some floral notes and just a hint of spicy white pepper at the back. The plum is there in subtlety, but it is nice.

Creamy texture, soft and smooth. Really a great feel. Dry finishing.

A really nice example of the style and an all around enjoyable and well crafted brew. Nice to see American breweries putting out such nice examples of the belgian style beers these days. I would love to have this again.

Photo of GradyS1
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-dark brown orange color, small head, this looks thin, translucent
S-light smell with a small amount of fruit characteristic, sweet
T- Figs and brown sugar, there is a small taste of alcohol in the finish
M- this one is light, not much body to it, especially light for a quad

As far a quads go, this was not one of my favorites, the fruit characteristic is there but light and it is a bit Sweeter than I like

Photo of Wintermath
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 8 bottled in September 10'

First sip is a little strong, but it starts to grow on you after a few drinks. Dark brown in color, with some sweet undertones. It has a high alcohol smell, and like someone previously said it tastes better then in smells.

Enjoyable beer, but I won't buy it again.

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into cervoise

A - A 'swamp water' brown. Very little to no head formation, slippery lacing

S - Smells like dark fruits, plums, currants, some purple grapes and some bready and sweet malt

T - Better taste than smell. The dark fruits in the nose come out on the palate. Mostly plums and currants. Very minor caramel. It tastes a little astringent

M - Too thin for a quad. The mouthfeel is a bit 'hot' from the alcohol, could be hidden better.

D - Easy enough to drink, the plums made it nice but could have been more complex.

Photo of ottovon
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

shared with whiterascal

A: pours out a dark mahogony with a light tan head, that fell after a minute or so.

S: it has a sweet smell. smells of caramel, dark fruits and plum, breadyness.

T: it starts sweet with some dark fruit notes. has a bit of caramel/toffee in there. it finishes somewhat bitter. i wasnt expecting that.

M: it has a thin-medium mouthfeel. the mouthfeel isnt bad, but a little thinner than i would think for a quad.

D: it is quite drinkable for the abv. it is a tasty beer.

Photo of corby112
2.14/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark mahogany/plum color with dark ruby hues when held to a light source and a one finger yellowish beige head that slowly fades into a thin cap and lasting ring.

Very earthy(soil like aroma) that is slightly tart with lots of estery, sweet dark fruit notes and subtle earthy hops. When I say earthy I mean that this literally smells like earth/dirt. There's also a lot of sweet alcohol and plenty of dark fruit. Lots of plum, raisin, tart dark cherry and berries.

Earthy medium body that is very sweet with a soft tart presence. Again, there is a very earthy, dirt like flavor up front that lingers throughout. Lots of estery sweet dark fruit notes especially plum, prune, raisin, tart dark cherries and other dark berries. Slightly cloying but there is a decent amount of tart character to balance this. Slight alochol sweetness but no warmth in the finish. Slightly metallic and syrupy with subtle hops. There's just a bit too much going on here for my liking and I find it way too sweet.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The whimsically labeled Baby Tree pours out a clouded, very dark brown body with a tall, creeping, light beige head.

Smell: A maltiness that's dark, bready but, when combined with the sweet-smelling and spice aspects of the nose, takes on a seasonal spice cake scent. However, the aroma is not, at any point, particularly profuse, kind of mild, in fact.

Taste: A spicy coating of freshly-grated cinnamon and earthy nutmeg atop oven-toasted bread and lightly roasted grains. Sprinkling of sticky dark brown sugar. Fruitiness akin to dates and prune skins, though there's also a small hint of banana-flavored bubble gum lurking within. A bit more table sugar. Picks up a bitterness nearing the end that, with the aid of a cutting vein of alcohol, helps to temper the initial sweetness for the spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body and a medium-plus carbonation combine for a somewhat hefty mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's nice. An interesting brew that grows on you as easily as farm-fresh babies in a tree.

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 kwjd
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Botted in June 2010, batch 6. Pours a ruby brown colour, with very thin head. Head dissipates fairly quickly. Smells stongly of dark fruit, must me the plum. There is also some brown sugar with a mild Belgian yeast aroma. Flavour has a bit of tartness to it, but quite sweet overall. Thin mouthfeel for the style.

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