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Baby Tree - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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710 Ratings
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Ratings: 710
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 60
Gots: 96 | 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 MaxBrews


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Batch Three bottled Oct 09

First pour down the middle creates a large and rocky three finger head, that dissipates slowly with a soda like crackle. Once its settled a second pour down the middle yields a off white 1 and a half finger head. Columns of bubbles gathering around the glass. Color is a purplish/reddish brown. I'll call it plum(ish) brown. Appropriate for a beer made with Plums. The lacing remains a quarter of a finger, spacious and fluffy.

Nose is of Belgian yeast, dark fruit I presume plums. Yeast offers a very spicy dusty aroma. A bit rustic and wooden in the Aroma as well. Not alcoholic despite being a bigger beer. Aroma is very faint though.

At first I thought this beer had kind of an iron taste to it. I assumed it was a dirty glass but I poured in another fresh-one. Maybe its my palate but it soon faded away to big notes of Plum and it was quite pleasant. Beer is slightly sweet with warm notes of alcohol. Other then plum I got Belgian yeast and very little from the malt.

Bitterness and carbonation are very low. Body is lighter then the color and ABV would suggest. Mouthfeel is both creamy and dusty.

Overall this a pretty easy drinking Quad. I was taking big gulps trying to decipher all the flavors. I don't know much about the style having had only one other Quad in my life, but upon reading the description, I'd like to see more malt flavor in this beer. It fits the bottles description but not I guess the letter of what a Quad is. Also very few phenols, or clove like flavors. As a beer this a great a representation of the style maybe not. Its up to decide if thats necessary or if the beer is fine on its own. It isn't that complex, so if its a complex and strange Belgian ale your looking for this isn't it.

01-06-2010 02:50:32 | More by MaxBrews
Photo of ScreamForMe


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

Thanks to Joe for turning me on to this brewery!

22oz bomber poured into a tulip. Dark red/brown "quad" color as I would call it - but perhaps a little lighter than a typical quad.

Nice head on it with a good amount of lacing.

A fruitier than usual take on a quad - very very drinkable. And it gets better as it warms up. I thoroughly enjoyed this one (as did my guests).

Next review!

01-06-2010 02:00:14 | More by ScreamForMe
Photo of callmescraps


3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Why not? Another regional option.

Appearance- Very deep brown. Dark chestnut. Inch of nice creamy head. Laces great.

Smell- Pretty sweet. Nice with cherry and plums. More booze than expected.

Taste- More like a brown ale than anything. It has that malty sweetness, without the depth of flavor.

Mouthfeel- Thinner than expected.

Drinkability- I'd have another. Except it's a tad heavy.

Pretty good beer. Not really as interesting as belgian quads. But still nice.

12-31-2009 04:12:11 | More by callmescraps
Photo of maximum12


4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

Thanks to jjayjaye for tossing this into an excellent fall trade. This is one of the final two remaining bottles, & I fear the other shall not be long for this world either.

Pours a deep, mushy burgundy, with a bit of floaty in the very bottom of the bottle. Smells like a quad - sweet, intensely fruity. Love it.

Baby Tree is a confused kid, I'm unsure if this wants to be a plum beer or a quad. The dark, bearish fruits of a quad are here, but the plums come up & kick hard immediately afterwards, taking some of the sting out of the sweetness & levelling the whole concoction out some. Underneath that cat fight is just a sliver of bread, a suprisingly strong blow of alcohol, & candied sugar, of course.

This is pretty light, well-carbonated for a quad, which gives it a different slant. Not better or worse, it's just interesting to have a quad that quaffs more like a sparkling ale that a dead pool of quicksilver.

Excellent brew, that gets better as it warms. A very nice twist on the style in more ways than one.

12-30-2009 02:49:49 | More by maximum12
Photo of nanertak


4.4/5  rDev +12.8%

Poured 22oz to tulip.

Appearance: Hazy dull brown, not incredibly attractive. Looks interesting, but not beautiful. Poured about 2 fingers head, a lot more than I expected, but died down soon after pouring.

Nosel: Belgian for sure, warm, some alcohol booziness, but not unpleasant. Something floral in the nose, not hops. Interesting.

Taste: Very good. Belgian yeast, honey, mild booziness or alcohol warmth/sweetness, some nutty malts, and almost a syrupy sweetness near the end.

Mouthfeel: Round. Bordering on too round for me. Mild carbonation, well done. Fits the beer perfectly.

Drinkability: Very good. Well crafted and understated beer. Balanced, flavorful, refreshing. I like it quite a bit, starting to really trust Pretty Things.

12-27-2009 00:53:12 | More by nanertak
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours a dark brown color with some honey highlights; short tight head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is quite faint; some barely noticable dark fruit notes and yeasty phenols but that is it. The taste is big on fruity sweetness with some cherry and grape juice flavors which transitions into a raspberry tartness. It has a light earthy characteristic but it is short lived in the fruity flavors. Seems to have more of a fresh fruit juice flavor over your typical boozy dark fruit flavors of most Quads/BSDAs. The feel is light and extremely fizzy, kind of burns the tongue; sweet on the finish. A decent Quad, seems to be lighter and more refreshing than others in the style. The flavors are kept in check, nothing cloying. Good to try if you want something sweet and refreshing but not overly boozy.

12-25-2009 04:29:37 | More by Gmann
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

3.3/5  rDev -15.4%

Poured from a half-full growler into a tulip.

A: Vigorous pour yields a 3/4 finger fine, yellowish-brown cream colored head with little retention, devloping into a thin film rather quickly. Brew itself is a stunning semi-clear purple. Lacing is spotty, almost non-existent

S: Nose is Belgian yeast, a bit boozy, and a hint of ripe grapes and fruit gummies. Maybe a slightly detectable cranberry?

T: Yeasty and spicy notes up front. Cloves, ripe and semi-ripe fruit throughout with a smoky presence towards the later part of the experience. Grapes in the finish though this goes away rather quickly.

M: Medium bodied, a bit carbonated but with a sense of oiliness also. Very smooth and the 8.7% alcohol is barely noticeable. Finishes very clean, leaving near non aftertaste.

D: Overall not the most intriguing beer in an otherwise complex style. Everything is just ok here. The one part of Baby Tree that stands out is the mouthfeel. Very smooth, goes down easy and this significantly enhances the drinkability of a beer that is otherwise really average.

12-22-2009 19:45:47 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of jjanega08


3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

A= dark brown color with amber highlights when held to the light. The amber highlights are quite dark as well however. The head on it is a nice finger high and pretty steady as it sits on top of my glass. Some decent lacing is showing up as well.

S= All i really get is the plums in this one.... Kinda muted for a quad. After it warms up you get some more dark fruit like prunes and a sort of raisin odor. There is also a little bit of belgian yeasty esteryness to it. Like I mentioned it smells muted to me.

T= Tastes like a solid quad nothing really special. Dark fruits and of course the plums. Not a bad tasting beer at all however it is quiet for a quad like the smell led me to believe. toward the back of the tongue and going down the throat you get some nice esters which are really nice and not over powering. A little bready as well. Lots of pear and apple flavor in the ester finish.

M= Too light and not nearly lasting or coating enough for a quad. The mouthfeel on this is quite disappointing.

D= pretty good beer. Nothing special and actually a little disappointing for a quad. I'll buy this beer again for sure to throw in a cellar and just because I like the art of the bottle and want to help this brewery do great things. Like I mentioned nothing wrong with it it's just not my kinda quad.

12-21-2009 01:48:53 | More by jjanega08
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.15/5  rDev -19.2%

"Bottled April 2009, First Batch" Opaque dark brown with a light, beige head. Continental bubble retention throws up some splashy lace.

Smells of spicy tropical fruit (like a Belgian monk fermented some Starburst), prune, and a charred firewood kind of caramel.

Plum, spice, and woody chocolate powder. Airy and lighter than most quads but also muddled and kinda eh. No lingering aftertaste to demand the next sip, the flavor dissapears with the swallow.

I hear tell Pretty Things tweaked batch 2 so I may give that a go but I'm pretty (ha!) all set with batch 1.

12-21-2009 01:19:17 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of cavedave

New York

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

"...way out in the sea, where the babies they all grow on trees." The label has babies growing in a tree, like apples, done in a fanciful, and well rendered, artwork. Hope the beer inside the bottle is done equally artfully.

It pours a thick red brown, topped momentarily by beige foam that retreats quickly to a skim and floating amoebae. Something in the look isn't right, I don't know, I think it may actually be a color picked up from plum, a color not normally found in beer.

Mmmm, the smell is full of ripe plum, tart and sweet yeasty notes, a light hint of citrus, even lighter notes of earth and alcohol.

I do not care for plum wine. I was afraid the plum here would keep me from liking this quad, a style I generally enjoy. The sip starts with plum and light caramel. Then it kinda morphs into a nice, different blend of flavor, very well mixed, full of a subtle but assertive bitterness that leads to a finish of alcohol, dark notes of plum, and that subtle bitter back. The plum in this is good, it adds a nice tart and sparkly feel, and an interesting flavor, to the party. But, tasty as it is, this is pretty much a one trick pony. It lacks the estery complexity that marks this style, the deep malt notes, the bitter balance, and the long finish.

Mouthfeel doesn't get a great rating because of low carb. (for a quad), body too thin, and a slightly artificial feel to the cling of bitter in the finish.

Drinkability is not bad, only because it is so light in the mouth you can sip more passionately.

Impression: Good, not great. Perhaps will improve with age.

12-20-2009 19:49:38 | More by cavedave
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

Reviewed on 12/6/2009. Growler from Big Z Beverage. Pours a cloudy mahogany brown with a small ring of white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, alcohol, spices (including clove), prunes, and dark fruits. Flavor of lots of dark fruits and Belgian yeast. A decent quad, fairly drinkable.

12-19-2009 05:14:40 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of KeefD


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

Dark amber with ruby highlights, small white head, nice lacing and lasting cap. Aroma is full of dark fruits and malts, light chocolate, apple, and light plum. Taste is right on with the nose. The plum isn't as noticeable as I thought it would be but it's certainly tasty. Body is a tad lighter than I like in a quad, but again it's very tasty and definitely drinkable for the high ABV.

12-13-2009 00:25:58 | More by KeefD
Photo of GbVDave


4.25/5  rDev +9%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two St. Bernardus glasses. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Bottled July
Batch Two

A: Pours a deep, dark caramel brown with about two fingers of tan foam on top. Retention was good and a lot of lace was left on the glass.

S: Aromas of dark fruit, dark candi sugar, caramel, brown sugar, bakers chocolate, and a boozy brandy type smell.

T: Dark chocolate, caramel, and plums & raisins are dominant. Also noticed were, fudge, cherries, candi sugar, and booze.

M: Slick and sweet with a fantastic peppery tingle.

D: Yet another fantastic Pretty Things beer!

12-12-2009 16:05:14 | More by GbVDave
Photo of indiapaleale


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

Pour - ruby and dark auburn with some red highlights. The head is very full and thick. Composed of lots of super tightly packed bubbles this looks great in the glass with some nice lacing on the inner walls.

Aroma - baked apple, figs, prunes, raisins and banana. Slight hints of alcohol (brandy?) in the nose but mainly dark fruit and lots of esters.

Taste - lots of dark, sweet, ripe fruit. Flavors are delicate yet complex. Definite plum and apple flavors along with some alcohol heat, caramel and rum. There are slight hints at sour cherry as well. This is an extremely drinkable yet high alcohol beer. I am impressed by how great this beer tastes.

Overall - amazingly smooth and extremely well tempered. Lots of great fruit flavors combine with some nice warmth from the alcohol. This is a great example of an American Quad and one that some age will do even more wonders for. Another exceptional beer from Pretty Things.

Vintage - Bottled July 2009 (Batch Two)

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely, I was very impressed by this and I think it will do well in the cellar. I plan on buying a few more bottles now that I know where to find them.

12-10-2009 02:14:37 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of phantomwyse


4/5  rDev +2.6%

A: Pour yields a muddy garnet colored beer with a one finger off white head.

S: Heavy red wine, grape juice, plums. Raw sugar. Slight wet earthiness. Ubiquitous malt aroma.

T: Red wine saturated fruits - plum presence makes itself easily detected, but also grapes and raisins. Light flavors of dark chocolate, granola, and sort of a flat bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a spritzer -like effect.

D: Interesting. Not as heavy as I would want from a quad. In all honesty it could use some more alcohol in it to give it a bit more zing and emphasize the interplay with the fruits.

12-09-2009 02:19:09 | More by phantomwyse
Photo of morimech


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

Bottled Oct 2009 Batch Three.

Pours a reddish brown color with a large tan head that had good retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Large amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Appetizing aroma of dark fruit, cloves, candied sugar, and malt. The flavor does not quite live up to the aroma. Has a dry, almost caustic component that brings the score down. Otherwise has nice Belgian qualities of a fruity and spicy Quad and slightly vinous. Not as sweet as most. Has a good body with nice carbonation that gives it a soft texture. One of the better American interpretations of the Quadrupel style. Worth a look if you see it in the store.

11-27-2009 19:06:17 | More by morimech
Photo of ckeegan04


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

A - Dark, ruby red/brown color with a thin light brown head. Head quickly fades away to spotty foam on top of the beer. Almost no lacing left behind.

S - Dark fruits and lightly spiced. Fig and raisin are the two big smells I can pick out. Somewhat yeasty as well. Light biscuity maltiness underneath.

T - Very fruity initially with alot of dark fruit tastes. Figs, plums and raisins. Earthy spiciness as well with hints of nutmeg. Yeasty fruitiness in the finish.

M/D - Medium bodied, a little on the thin side for what I expect from a Quad. Very spicy in the finish and it lingers in your mouth. Very easy drinking here. A good quad, not great, but certainly good.

11-15-2009 03:47:26 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of KarlHungus


4.47/5  rDev +14.6%

This beer pours a brownish plum color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a thin cap of lacing. The aroma is of plums, cloves, lots of spice, hints of bubblegum, and Belgian malt. This beer smells really good. The taste is much like the aroma. There is lots of spice, lots of malt, and enough fruit to balance things out. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a silky texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a really good quad that I will surely drink again.

11-12-2009 01:26:32 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of scottg


4.3/5  rDev +10.3%

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.
July 2009-Batch two

Pours a light brown color with a two finger off white head with some retention leaving little lacing. Sweet aromas of cherry, raisin, plum, banana, candi sugar, reminds me of Chimay. Flavors mimic the aromas with plum and cherry up front with banana and candi sugar with highlighs of a sour cherry. Medium to high body and carbonation, very smooth drinking beer. The alchol is well hidden in this one and could creep up on you.

This is the third beer from Pretty Things I've tried and they have knocked them all out of the park, I can't wait to get my hands on some more.

11-10-2009 15:48:15 | More by scottg
Photo of albern


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

This is a thick and slightly syrupy beer that has a bit of a creamy head that doesn't retain much, a bit of lacing, a clear amber color. The nose has a bit of ABV present, lots of sweet malts and florals, and a slight alcohol soaked fruit aroma.

This is a sweet, fruity, thick, syrupy ale with a grape like taste, from the plums, and maybe some pineapple, a touch of citric tanginess, and good dose of ABV. This is a sipping beer, it is strong, it has some warming alcohol notes on the back end that lead into the finish. It's a nice, strong, fruity type ale that has much to recommend it.

11-08-2009 21:30:26 | More by albern
Photo of John_M


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

The beer pours a darkish brown color with OK head retention and not much lacing. While the beer didn't look all that impressive, in this case looks were deceiving. The aroma profile is undeniably pretty sweet, with brown sugar and chocolate, coupled with some underlying prunes and cherry. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose pretty closely, but I was impressed by the amount of flavor and richness in this beer. I would describe the mouthfeel as no more then medium bodied, with a fairly long finish. Drinkability is OK, though you can tell the alcohol is up there a bit in this one, which coupled with the sweetness, makes drinking this beer rather slow going. Nevertheless, I thought this a very nice effort from this "new to me" brewery.

11-02-2009 15:45:52 | More by John_M
Photo of berkey


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Batch 2 July 2009 1 Pint 6 oz bottle received via trade. From 10/07/09 notes.

Pours a dark brown color that shows garnet hues around the edges when held to light. Forms a great large head that fades fairly quickly. Active carbonation is easily visible. Fair lacing.

Plums are right out front on the nose. More than I expected actually but it works very well with the other dark fruity esters typical of the style. Figs, dates, raisins, also seem to be coming out as it warms. Pleasantly yeasty while the alcohol is detectible in a brandy-like aroma.

Flavor follows the aroma somewhat with the same plums and brandy notes but seems much less complex somehow. My first thought was that upping the ABV might improve this but after a few sips I think the brewer made the right call capping this at 8.6 as it's just on the verge of becoming 'hot'. Very well carbonated which works well in beers like these.

I have mixed feeling about this one, the aroma is right up there among the best of the style but after that I'm not sure if it does it for me. Overall, though, this is a very interesting beer and I'm very curious to try more Pretty Things brews in the near future.

10-11-2009 19:02:59 | More by berkey
Photo of philipquarles


3.33/5  rDev -14.6%

Bomber from the first batch in April '09. Pours a very dark, cloudy brown with a small light beige head that doesn't really last. Smells of bready, fruity, and even tangy yeast; pretty reminiscent of Chimay Première, actually. A wee bit of chocolate/roastiness. Sweet overall. The taste has all of the same characteristics; a doughy but fruity yeast presence, along with a good amount of sweet, dark malt. Brown sugar. Very sweet finish that leaves a rather cloying aftertaste; kind of like Cracker Jacks. Warming. Full body. Too sweet, though I guess that keeps with the style.

09-29-2009 04:11:30 | More by philipquarles
Photo of mjl21


4.25/5  rDev +9%

Acquired via trade...thanks Russ. 22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Part of Batch Two and was bottled in July 2009. No abv info is given.

A-Pours an opaque cola color. It has a one finger tan head that quickly dissipates into a bubbly ring around the glass along with a nice layer of swirling film.

S-It smells big and sweet from the get go. The plums used in this are readily apparent and smell liked they have been soaked in rum. The Belgian yeast is also noticeable. As it warms I pick up on molasses.

T-The taste mirrors the nose. Lots of sweet rum soaked stone fruit, clove, and banana. There is some noticeable booze, but it is not distracting. It has a really nice hoppy bite at the end.

M-It is a fuller bodied beer that is sticky and thick. I found it to be well carbonated.

D-Definitely a big beer best served as a nightcap. Filling and boozy good.

I really dug this one. I think a tad bit of aging would smooth it out even more. Nice to have such a hopped quad. Worth seeking out.

09-21-2009 15:51:30 | More by mjl21
Photo of crossovert


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Thanks to discovolante65 for the 22oz bottle, with odd almost demented label artwork. A quadruple with dried plums. Batch two, bottled July 2009. No sign of abv on label though this site proclaims 8.7.

Pours into my Duvel glass a thick, moderately opaque black. When held to light the exact replica of plum color is revealed. The head is foamy, off white, and leaves some thick lacing behind. Carbonation bubbles are clearly seen rising to the top despite the dark color. The carbonation bubles that make it to the top form an intricate ring of bubbles that feed the head and keep it frothy atop the beer (thanks to the Duvel glass as well). Very nice appearance to this one.

Smell is very clovy which is the main scent, with some dark fruits (plum). As it oxidizes the fruit and sweet malt scents come out a bit more. The smell is decent, slightly different from and not as complex as the other quads I've had.

Flavor is bursting with fruity sweetness. Slightly bitter finish. I'm not that huge of a fan of the semi-cloying sweetness mixed with the bitterness. This sort-of reminds me of Koeningshoven. The alcohol content is less than a Koeningshoven but is just as prevalent, as it mixes with the bitterness and sweetness with some burn. I would have liked it to hide a little bit more. But the exiting depth of plum flavor and nice complimentary malts excuse a bit of the alcohol and sweetness problems this one has. The mouthfeel is right on, I love the carbonation level, it works well to cut through some of the sweetness. I would have to dock the drinkability down a bit because the alcohol isn't too well hidden, a 22 oz is good, but a 12 would have been primo.

Overall a good entry for the Quad field, impressive considering this brew is American.

09-19-2009 22:49:12 | More by crossovert
Baby Tree from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
88 out of 100 based on 710 ratings.