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Baby Tree - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 763
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
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 Deuane
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Murky, ruby highlighted, brown with a medium frothy light tan head that reduced to a thin cap and left nice lace.

S-Light malt sweetness with a touch of alcohol burn and a pleasant, but mild, waft of prune, dried apple and pear. Leathery notes come out with a bit of warming.

T-Prevalent notes of dark fruit up front with prune most notable. Malt 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.

M-Medium-heavy bodied but not thick or cloying. Nice lingering leather dryness and a building fruit sweetness.

D-Quite nice and while a solid quad not totally typical. Nice flavours meld well and make for a very pleasant brew.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to rlmartin for the hook-up

A - Pours a near-black eggplant color, translucent if it weren't so deep in hue, and has a very nice creamy froth head, and some lace too. Very nice, and to-style.

S - If I closed my eyes and didn't know what this brew was, I would say it was a Tripel or BSPA. The nose is at first huge pilsner malt, coupled with fruity esters from the Belgian yeast and perhaps a small amount of grassy hop. Yup, smells like Tripel, and a pretty good one at that. Perhaps warming will bring out some darker Quad and plum aromatics. As it warms, some slightly saucy tones and roasted grain becomes apparent.

T - The taste is unusual. Initially, the plum shows up on the finish, like notes of plum wine. It has some vague bubblegum and fruit punch notes, plus a tad of smokiness in the base malt that is bizarre. I don't know what to think. The flavor is certainly quite dynamic; when you take a sip you taste one thing, but as the sip finishes you taste something entirely different. The more I drink it, however, the more I like it. This is one hell of an interesting beer, and is quite a success, despite being quite a departure from style guidelines. As it airs out, a spiciness develops in the finish, the hop starts to be more assertive, and the Tripel similarities continue... Tripel Noir, perhaps?

M - Good.

D - Saison Noir? Tripel Noir? Pretty nice, Pretty Things...

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

Ruby garnett colored and clean as a whistle witha small rocky off white head with minimal lacing.

Aromas are light and hard to distinguish. Plum does come through with a hint of caramel, and toffee with there is a soapy floral thing that is a bit offputting.

I like the taste though not overly complex but a nice puckering tartness with prevailent plum, cherry, caramel, barnyard, and earth. Not overly complex or big but quite drinkable.

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

Had this on-tap at American Craft in Brookline a couple days ago. Review from notes.

4.0 A: Black or dark brown as far as I could tell. Twas dark outside. One finger of tan head, retention is average, some spotty lacing.

3.5 S: Belgian yeastiness. A bit harsh and unrefined with dark cherries, tobacco, and plum.

3.5 T: Again, a bit rough. Taste follows the nose.

3.5 M: Medium body. Nice spritzy carbonation, but not as smooth as I'd like. The roughness mentioned above carries into the finish.

3.5 D: Not terrible, but there are a ton of better examples out there. I had a similar experience at a tasting a couple months ago.

Photo of TLJ
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

There is nothing 'baby' about this beer for me. It has a 1 cm off-white head, with good lacing, and is a beautiful dark red-brown colour.

The aroma is oaky, with hints of cinnamon bark and stewed fruit. Even heavier is the taste; it has a brown sugar sweetness one detects at the tip of the tongue, a ton of oak and caramel, with an aftertaste of vanilla, maple and resin. Long after the swallow, there is a herbal smokiness to the long lasting hop finish.

With its strong, whiskey-like character, alcohol presence and full body, this beer drinks extremely slowly.

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

A- Dark purple/red with some ruby highlights and a off-white head that sticks pretty well.

S- Spicy yeastiness with lots of dark fruits and sweet malt.

T- Start with some sweetness; lots of dark fruits involved then goes toward the dry side with notes of spice and an oaky molasses, and a solid touch of alcohol.

M- Perfect medium body with a nice carbonation over the tongue.

D- Really nice quad with some distinctive flavors going on that sets it apart from most others.

Photo of simpliciter
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - beautiful purple maroon brown clarity with an off white head
S - dark sweetness.
T - floral opener transitions quickly to big plummy flavor. Finishes with fruit, but not sweetly
M - should be bigger to balance flavor
D - bitter linger balances flavor, but impedes drinkability. Good for fall.

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

Courtesy of ShogoKawada (thanks!). Batch 2, bottled July, 2009. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet. Very attractive label art-work, though not as stunning as some of their other beers.

Dark but clear burgandy body which glows a deep shade of crimson when held to the light. Cream and beige head, pasty and lasting with heavy lacing draped around the edges. Light legs.

Dark malt and light prune-like esters (no surprise as this is brewed with "dried plums") along with a hint of violets and honey in the nose. Sweet, fruity, and floral...

Brown sugar, light roast malt, dark blue plum notes, along with a suggestion of chamomile on the palate. Esters and yeast are quite complimentary, and the alcohol contributes additional flavor as well. Cocoa and clove in the finish. The profile might be improved if it had a little more attenuation, as it ends a bit on the sweet side.

Medium bodied, lightly effervescent, mildly warming.

A decent domestic quad - I hope to try future batches to see if the yeast strain develops/improves over time.

Photo of blackie
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

in honour of mr. lou's euro-style voyage, here's a euro-style selection that's been lurking in the cellar since a March visit to the Foodery in Philadelphia

a: awesome label, westmalle chalice, deep brown in color with hints of garnet-red, a full inch coating of carbonation recedes to a healthy, well retained layer

s: loads of yeast on first whiff, underneath are sweet and fruity dark malts offset with both a touch of dark bread and lighter malts, prune, raisin, grassy noble hops

m: lovely mouth filling carbonation on a full bodied beer, assertive but never imposing, well carbonated but not abrasive, the full malty feel quickly whisked away on a ride of bubbles

t: flavor follows the aroma - full and fruity dark malts complimented with a heavy dose of yeast, plum flavors are obvious, red grape, sweet only for a second - then veers towards the dry side with hints of tannic fruit skin, finishing with a crisp, grassy noble hop bitterness and remants of sugars on the lips, atypical quad with less sweetness and a hoppy pilsner-esque finish

d: very drinkable for such flavorful, high abv beer - even on a hot evening, the hop finish really keeps things rolling

Batch Four - February 2010

Photo of bceagles39
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the 22oz bottle at Easten Standard (Boston, MA) on May 26, 2010. Batch 3 (October 2009).

Pours a deep brown with a slight reddish hue, slightly cloudy. Beautiful fluffy head with great retention and nice sticky lacing.

Very sweet smells of sugar and berry fruits. Rich malty smell but not burnt.

Big flavors. Tastes sweet but not cloying or overpowering. Plum and chocolate. A balance of three things, the fruit sweetness (borders on tart), some hoppiness towards the end, and the malt. A faint spiciness too.

Medium to full bodied, relatively high fizz. Dangerously drinkable. Alcohol very well masked.

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

I poured from a 22 ounce bottle(batch 4) into a snifter. It pours a mucky, murky brown with a fizzy 2 finger head. The head sticks around leaving nice lacing. The aroma is full of plums and has just the slightest hint of booze. Sweet candi sugar, dark fruit and a hint of alcohol with a sweet, dry finish. The beer is well carbonated and full bodied, the high abv is well hidden. A solid quad.

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured very dark amber into a snifter glass with a huge off-white head. A light to moderate level of carbonation is visible.
S: There is some sweetness in the aroma, which has notes of candi sugar, plums, raisins and spices.
T: The flavors have a good balance between some sweetness in the initial taste and a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: It's very drinkable and the alcohol is very well hidden.

Photo of Patrick999
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed at a recent tasting. Poured ruddy and quad-like, with some active carbonation.

You tend to pull plums and other dark fruits from quad aromas anyway, this just amps it up somewhat.

Interesting flavor, with more of a tart acidity from the added plums than you'd usually get in a quad. I enjoyed it, though it would have been hard to drink an entire bomber.

Probably not Westy 12, but no doubt worth a try.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Westy chalice; bottled in Feb 2010, batch four

Pours a deep, cloudy mahogany, looks brown when not held up to the light. The head rises a finger+ and settles to form a thin, powdery layer over the beer. Huge lines/sip marks from the retreated foam.

The aroma of fresh plums is in the forefront, with raisins and figs, brown sugar and Belgian yeast holding down the low end. A little disappointed in the aroma as a whole.

Sweet plums have their place throughout but fail to counterbalance the tart Belgian yeast. Rum soaked raisins, figs and brown sugar make up the rest of the body. As I delve deeper and the beer warms, I get some mild cocoa notes.

A medium body with heavy carbonation, maybe a little too heavy. It hurts the overall richness of the beer. The finish is real dry, with only a slight lingering tartness mixed with a little plum sweetness.

This is a nice take on the style but really lacks the overall richness, smoothness and depth of an elite quad. It's still pretty drinkable and enjoyable, but just not quite on par with the elite.

Photo of Duhast500
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is a hazy brownish/copper with a nice finger or two of foamy head and some nice lacy.

The smell is pretty fruity, some dark fruits do come out and are right there but do pull back a bit as well.

The taste is sweet but is filled with dark fruit. some raisin flavor does comes out and really is the backbone of this beer with the malts taking a foothold.

The feel of this beer is pretty light but medium bodied with some nice carbonation to go with the easy drinking feel of this beer. Is a really nice MA local brew.

Photo of gford217
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of axeman9182 poured into a chalice.

Pours a deep, hazy copper with a huge pillowy beige head that recedes very slowly to a hefty one-finger cap and leaves good lacing.

The aroma is subdued for a quad though it is sweet with candi sugar and Belgian yeast. Also getting some alcohol burn in the nose with some light spiciness.

The taste is interesting and not at all what I was expecting from the style. It's a bit tart and not nearly as sweet as a typical quad, definitely with plums, but more like dried plum skins. There is some toasted malts and the finish has some alcohol and yeast spiciness.

The mouthfeel is effervescent with lots of carbonation and honestly a little overdone for my liking. As mentioned earlier, it's very, very dry in the finish.

As usual with Pretty Things, this is a unique take on a traditional style. A dry roasty quad with very little sweetness. It's not one of my favorites in the style but it is memorable for it's unusual character.

Photo of Hibernator
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty Things Baby Tree
22 oz brown bottle (nice label art)
Bottled Feb 2010 - Batch Four
Served in an Allagash Belgian tulip glass

Pours a deep chestnut brown with an amazingly fluffy head. Huge head on top with excellent head retention. Awesome trails of sticky lacings.

Pleasant nose with some brown sugar sweetness, fruit and funky belgian yeast.

Flavors of prunes and other dark fruits. There is also a peppery and spicy bite in each sip with a syrup, sugar sweetness. Truthfully, it comes off a tad hot with an alcohol sharpness on the finish. Rum soaked raisins come to mind. As with most beers for this style, it's a sipper and becomes more alive with every drink. I like the candied sugar and heavy malt flavors. True to the style in many respects.

I'm sure this brew would mellow out nicely. There is some very nice complexities and flavors at the heart of this brew.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle (batch #4 - Feb 2010) into a Chimay chalice.

A - Poured a deep dark ominous purple-ish brown with a nice yeasty off white head with sticky lacing.

S - Dark fruit. Plumb, grape, fig, alcohol.

T - Dark and sweet. Follows the nose, but a bit sweeter.

M - Creamy on my lips and smooth all the way down. Almost like a nice thick beer milkshake, but enough carbonation, bitterness, and flavor to feel like a beer. Leaves a bready cooling aftertaste, not as dry as some other quads I've had.

D - Pretty drinkable quad. Soft and smooth and packs a punch. Not the kind of beer I'd have a lot of in a night, but one that I'd have again.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wiseman Zach brought this back from his trip to Boston last month.

Poured into a snifter. Bottle dated February 2010.

Appearance: I must say, I LOVE this label! It cracks me up! As for the beer, body is earthy brown and murky; edges glow orange when held to light. A foamy, tan head sits on top and shows decent retention. Nice lacing too!

Smell: I definitely get the dried plum. There's also some lager-like that we're all getting; can it be Munich malt? Dark chocolate, spices, and perfume-y esters.

Taste: Cocoa, plums, clove, and really acidic coffee. I'm guessing it's the dried plums that are producing the high acidity. This is pretty damn bitter too. Finishes with a lot of floral esters.

Mouthfeel: Actively carbonated (not harsh), medium-bodied, a bit warm, and very dry. Foamy when swished. Aftertaste is okay, but all in all Baby Tree's mouthfeel is very nice.

Drinkability: Flavor and aroma were a bit off, but this was nice to sample. I enjoyed it.

Photo of david18
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the second Pretty Things I've had. What I liked about this one is that the bottle tells you right away that this is going to be an intensely flavored, intensely aroma beer.

Dark ruby red/brown color. Not quite opaque but very dark. Light colored head. Flavor and aroma definitely have a dark fruit: plums, etc. Very good late night sipper.

Photo of philbe311
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A fingers and a half worth rich, creamy, slightly rocky beige head... Fairly modest retention gives way to full thick inviting veil of lace that is thicker around the edges of the glass... A couple trace, moderate to quick paced, carbonation streaks can be seen rising along the sides of the glass... The color is a deep rich purple color with a hint of crimson reminiscent of grape juice... A good bit of light leaks in through the top of the glass...

S - Sweet grape juice... Plum and raisins... Fig... Prunes... Undertones of Belgian yeast... A touch of vanilla... A faint, but biting spiciness...

T - The palette is not nearly as sweet as expected... All the fruit characteristics are present, but they take a slightly more bitter tact... Some candied sugar... Coke syrup... Yeast... A unique and intriguing spice kick... The finish is comprised on an unexpected earthy hop presence and a subtle tartness...

M - Bristling with biting carbonation... Medium bodied... Dense... Brooding... The finish is exceedingly dry and finish...

D - An interesting take on the Quad style... The taste is not as sweet as I expected nor is the mouthfeel and smooth or rich as expected, both of which detract slightly from the overall experience... A challenge to the senses... It little bit of warming goes along way and allows the complexity to breakthrough... Pretty Things is doing a lot of great things and while this may not be my favorite offering from them, this is another fine example of their fine craftsmanship and forward looking vision...

Photo of rfgetz
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, hazy brown with quick poof of off white head leaving little behind and little retention. Smell is fairly deep... a quick shot of prunes, an almost artificial scratch and sniff sticker-like whiff of rasin, candy sugars, faint herbal and spice notes, backed up by yeasty sourdough bread. Taste brings the dried fruit and sugar flavors to the front mellowing out to a nice herbal and spiced concoction. The breadyness hits right when the finnish becomes slightly alcoholic. Medium bodied, small lingering boozy aftertaste clouds my overall opionion. A very different Quad, good, but sometimes muddled.

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

Pours a four finger light tan head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy brown color. Nose is faint caramel. Flavor is sweet and tart dark fruit; dry almost hoppy finish. Pannepot Old Fisherman's Ale is a better quad. High ABV is hidden. $6.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle..thanks Pete for hooking me up with this!

A- Pours a hazy muddy brown color with some light amber highlights to this as I hold it to the light. Two finger fluffy light tan head takes a while to die down but finishes the job after a couple minutes. Some ringing lacing on the glass as I drink this one down.

S- Muted nose for the style I thought. After smelling I have come up with a list of muted aroma: Some light spices mixed with darker fruits. Some yeasty almost sourdough notes mixed in with a light sweet malt base. Not much really else going on in the aroma.

T- I wouldn't say this tastes like most quads that I have had. It is sweet but not overly sweet. Also, there is a light hopping in the back that almost brings this to something other than a quad. Darker fruits come into play and do a good job of bringing in rich flavors. Some yeasty flavors mix in with a sweet malt base. this is a different style of quad and I'm leaning more toward a different style altogether would fit this beer better.

M- Heavy mouthfeel to this one. Carbonation is good for the style. Darker sweet fruits get left on the palate with some light hopping notes and sweet alcohol left in the aftertaste. Drying on the palate after each sip. Flavors mix well together and no real stand out flavor.

D- This beer was enjoyable times three. Not what I would consider a quad but interpretation should be a staple in a brewers resume. This hides the ABV very well so be warned. Would suggest to anyone to try.

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

I really like the presentation. The paper over the cap is a nice touch. The illustration is a tree that grows babies.
A- Poured into a Chimay goblet. Big, fluffy, off white head. Really nice retention and lace. The beer is a muddy, murky dark brown.

S- Somewhat of a weak nose, especially for a quad. Its sweet and fruity. Lots of sugars and dried fruits. There is some alcohol present too.

T- More dried and candied fruits. The plums are there but not over powering or even out in front. Alcohol is not nearly as big as in many quads. This is still a strong beer though.

M- Full body with high carbonation. Finishes easier than a lot of quads.

Baby Tree from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
88 out of 100 based on 763 ratings.