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Baby Tree - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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88
very good

700 Ratings
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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 59
Gots: 91 | 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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LilBeerDoctor

New York

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

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.

Serving type: growler

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

Minnesota

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Vermont

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Connecticut

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 22:49:12 | More by crossovert
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bum732

Lesotho

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark ruby red, good bubbly head. Smells of spicy malt, mostly clove and cinnamon, some dark fruit, mostly plums. Big plum sweetness up front that is countered by an undercurrent of clove like spice. A nice pronounced earthy, bitter component ends the sweetness giving way to a spicy and dry finish with a nice kiss of plum fruitiness. Fairly high carbonation cuts through the medium mouthfeel. Alcohol noticeable.

A really nice quad, balanced without being too cloying. I love the plums in this beer, really drives the flavor and pushes the fruit to the forefront. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 04:17:04 | More by bum732
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Batch Two
Bottled: July 2009

Poured into a chalice a ruby red color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some figs, raisins, plums, slight spice. The taste is sweety, malty/yeasty, with some dark fruits thrown in, slighlty spiced. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 23:38:15 | More by Wasatch
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wagenvolks

Texas

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

Batch Two, 22oz. bottle shared with others at an Austin BA tasting. Thanks to Jwale73 for the trade!

Clear, amber-cola body with a toffee core. The taupe-beige head retains insanely well for a quad, and leaves thick legs of lacing draped along the inside of the glass. Aromas of plum & vinous white grape raisins, a bit muted but still quite nice. Sugary toffee malts provide a modest backbone.

This is a hoppy quad--much hoppier than I had expected--but it works, as the bitterness balances well with the sweet dark fruit notes of plum and fig. Finishes clean with some toasted malt and Belgian candi sugar. The medium body is well-carbonated, making this also one of the more drinkable quads I've encountered. Great beer; Pretty Things is definitely headed in the right direction.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 22:38:21 | More by wagenvolks
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Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, tape over the cap says "Bottled July 2009,Batch two". Pours a moderatly dark shade of brown, murky and welcoming. The Frothy head is dark khaki, long lasting and leaving a rich collar, then well developed and quite beyond respectable sheeting/lacing. Nice looking beer. The sniff is soaked in ripe dark fruit, raisins and figs. Full flavor and quite tasty brew. Dark Belgian beer lovers rejoice. Loaded with notes of rum soaked raisins, ripe and goey figs and plums. Pleasing mouthfeel and smooth finish. Alcohol present but well folded into all the other good stuff going on here. Classy sipper, night capper, dessert beer. Well done, PT crew...

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 00:07:10 | More by Billolick
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened up a bottle from the first batch (according to the cap label) and it poured a hazy brown with a short off-white head. Overall, this beer reminded me a bit of Ommegang's Three Philosophers, but less-so of traditional Belgian quads like St. Bernardus 12. While the beer is smooth drinking, it's also considerably more bitter and has a roasted toffee flavor that stands out. Of course, there's also cherry, caramel, fig, and plum flavors rolling around in this almost too-drinkable beer. Definitely worth a try for an interesting and tasty take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 12:05:41 | More by tempest
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Cap tape says Batch 2, Bottled July 2009.

Poured into a Chimay chalice, formed a 3/4" brown head over the cloudy dark red brew. Frothy head receds very gradually, with a thick coating of lace. Aroma is yeasty, spicy, and dark fruits. Taste is moderately sweet upfront, fruit in the middle, and the close finds the spice and alcohol coming together. I'm having trouble separating the flavors, they all merge so well. Mouthfeel is way smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Liking this.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 00:34:31 | More by ppoitras
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mirish72

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great offering from Pretty Things. I have tried several of their other beers, but this was the first time I was able to sample the Baby Tree.

I don't have much experience drinking Belgian style Quads and was a bit apprehensive about the whole prune thing. When I tried it, I was really impressed with this beer.

Pours a dark amber with red highlights, really nice lacing and a 1 finger head. The beer has a sweet, caramelly aroma. Key for me was that is was balanced and it wasn't overly sweet. It was very drinkable and hides the booze well.

Not as strong or sweet as some other Quads I have tried, but that is a good thing. Good thing I bought a few because this will be a great beer in the fall.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 18:25:35 | More by mirish72
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Perkyanda

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It pours a dark brown, with a creamy chocolate color, with a touch of grey to it. It's head is a lighter color--not true white, but a light yellowish color about a finger's width wide, with tight bubbles. It smells a little like caramel to me--I can't really gt any other sense of the smell, and its very faint--there's maybe a touch of an earthy scent, but that's all, really.

This beer strikes me as relatively cool, for a beer of its strength--it doesn't warm me up immediately, and it goes down smoothly. The first actual flavor I notice is one of sweetness--again, a sort of rich, caramelly sweetness. I can sense some dark fruit, but can't get the plums themselves. The beer almost seems to have a creaminess to it as well, both in flavor and texture--the mouthfeel is both thick and smooth. It doesn't have a lot of a flavor kick to it, but it does make it extremely easy and satisfying to drink.

I absolutely love this beer. It's one of my favorites. I'll be buying it again, and again, and again.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 01:17:18 | More by Perkyanda
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WesWes

New York

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a 1/4" tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and crystal malt scent along with a nice fruity yeast aroma. It's dry with a bit of warmth and plum aroma. It's not overly fruity; just complimentary. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, malty flavor that's rich in crystal malts and Belgian ale yeast. The dried plums add some complexity, but the yeast is the dominant flavor here. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a tastey brew. I tried it at the ACBF and couldn't wait to buy a bottle for home. Nice work!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 02:05:53 | More by WesWes
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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

22oz bomber poured into a Chimay glass. Excited to try this brewery's quad.

A- Baby Tree has a dark brown look with some red seeping through especially when up to some light. A light tan foam rose up than faded, but there was a light skim throughout my drink so the retention is nice. Not much lacing or sediment.

S- This one is all about the plums, they are in the forefront for sure. Under that, some spice and a smell of light alcohol. Other dark fruits pop up but plum is king. Getting some cocco and light bread from the yeast addition. Not the greatest smell I got from a quad, but far from the worst.

T- Plums, Plums and more plums. Seriously, Im getting dried plums and plum juice combined. Some residual sugars come up but are lighter compared to other quads, which is good for me. Under the plums and lighter amounts of other dark fruits some cocco nibs, spices, bread and some alcohol in the back, it is not completely masked.

M&D- The mouth is nice on this, sweet and a bit syrupy, I would say baby tree as an above medium body with light carb, especially when it warms. A smooth sipper with just a bit of heat when going down. The ABV is not as high as other quads which is a nice change of pace, The lighter ABV does not take away from the taste which is superb. I would have no problem drinking a whole bomber of this & I would not be stumbling around afterwards. This might benefit from some short term aging, but it is great where it's at now.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 22:35:13 | More by BARFLYB
Baby Tree from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
88 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.