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Baby Tree - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 771
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 62
Gots: 112 | 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 cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a very dark red, almost transparent but deep in color with tons of a llight khaki colored head that is dense and creamy leaving a great lace.

S-the nose brings about a fair amount of banana, notes of spicy phenol, pepper, and some alcohol.

T-the taste is similar but not the samw, more of a malt body in the taste, still lots of banana, more phenol, a little metallic, a good bit of spice, light plum in the back with notes of booze.

M-a little messy to the feel, somewhat grainy with a medium to light body and a fair to low amount of carbonation.

D-this isn't bad, lots of phenol and banana in both the nose and the taste but the plums don't seem to really show through. a faint bit of dark fruit towards the back but not like i had hoped for.

Photo of wikk3d
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a very reddish dark brown with a light foam head that dissolves very quickly and leaves a thin lacing on the glass. Resolves to a very thin foam. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Aroma - Citrus smell, yeast, you can smell the plums very vividly. Hint of of what almost smells like dark chocolate.

Taste - Very fruity taste with a strong alcohol undertone. You can tell it's a quad after the initial taste washes away. Plum taste is very strong. A little bready as well.

Mouth - It tastes like a Quad when it goes down. There's that strong bitterness that comes in after the taste goes away, it lets you know the beer has a kick. It sits in your mouth for a while almost like medicine.

Drinkability - It's a very tasty beer. There's no doubt about that, and it's really easy to drink and entire bottle of this with no problem. After the first glass you really feel the 9%.

Photo of akorsak
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 4, bottled in February 2010. Purchased from Al's.

A: The quad sits still in my glass, a gargantuan ale that is content to look like a nice port, just a little darker and fuller. A small head, no more than 3/4 of a finger, further adds to the appearance of stillness.

S: The nose is thick and sweet, a potent combination of candi sugars, sweet yeast and plums. The quad's strength is well-hidden behind the dense aromas.

T: Very bready but with more than enough fruitiness to go around. The maltiness is concentrated, fulling in its strength. Just behind the strong grains are the fruits, literally, of the Belgian yeast's labor. The sweetness is augmented by the addition of plums, a lush sweetness that fits in well with the dark candi sugars. The heaviness of the quad can't be avoided, but the layering of sweet flavors does well to cut into that strength. The fruitiness, a dry, wry flavor, hangs around well after each sip is gone. The yeasty sweetness, along with darker candi sugars, lends street cred to the quad.

M: The mouthfeel, for a quad, isn't overly malty. The candi sugars and plums have much more leeway and they take advantage. A good sipping beer during this late-July rain storm.

D: The quad doesn't feel like 9%; although its lush flavor should be a dead give-away. Another strong Belgian offering from Pretty Things.

Photo of gameface23
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky dark amber/brown with a gigantic fluffy head that lasts & lasts.

S: Immense amounts of rubbing alcohol when too cold, brown sugar, plums, raisins.

T: Bread crust, highly enjoyable levels of dark fruits, Belgian yeast.

M: Lighter-bodied.

D: I anticipated not liking Baby Tree because I usually don't like dark fruit flavors in my beers. However, this one surprised me.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into an Ommegang tulip.

Pours a nice ruddy dark brown with a small light brown head. Nose is all malt and dry dark fruits.

Taste is rich and sweet but still it's not too dry. It's got lots of raisins and dark fruit. It's really got a nice rich mouthfeel, very tasty and drinkable.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass, February 2010 bottling. Thanks ShogoKawada.

A: Pours a clear, but very dark, maroon body with amber highlights when held against a lamp. The pour produces 3 fingers of long-lasting beige head, which deposits sticky lace on the glass as it falls.

S: Plums and raisins, with a dried, spicy/woody scent that reminds me of potpourri. A touch of earth. But it's not pungent enough, and it requires a ton of agitation even to get those aromas to emerge.

T: Plums / prunes and raisins. A touch of green apple. Earthy hops and tobacco are quite noticeable, and they blend well with a clove finish to produce a lightly drying effect. The plum emerges in the finish again and pulls into the aftertaste, along with a smattering of yeast and cocoa. I didn't realize this was brewed with plums until I re-read the label. The only place you really pick that up is in the finish, but it's not cloying or as plum-dominated as one might initially expect. It complements the flavor quite nicely.

M: Drier than I would expect a quad to be, and that somehow makes it incredibly tantalizing. I really couldn't stop drinking the beer; it felt like a thirst-quencher.

D: I was more impressed than I expected to be. Really great beer.

Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, dark leather brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: bread and toasted malt. Not as strong a smell as I getfrom other quads.

Taste: bread, toasted malt, cinnamon, and dark fruit

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light body, sweet start with a bitter/dry aftertaste.

Drinkability: A nice and complex beer and certainly one I would get again. I like the breadiness and fruit. There are other quads I would reach for first. However, I would still reach for this over several other beers across styles. A good beer, in a style with several excellent brews.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is from batch four bottled Feb 2010.

Poured this straight down this middle of my stemmed glass; just as the bottle told me to. Pours a rich dark ruby color with an off white four finger monster of a head. The head looks really nice and has nice retention. Lots of sticky lacing. I'm actually kind of having trouble picking up some of the aromas on this. I definitely smell the dried plumbs and other dark fruits. Other than that I can only smell a trace of alcohol and aromas that can only be explained as earthy. Sweet malts and the dried prunes take the forefront on the taste of this one. Warming spices such as cloves coat my pallet on this nice dry finish. Hints of vanilla. Really a lot going on with this one. After the aroma I was a little afraid this would be a hot boozy mess. However, it has a nice silky mouth feel with subtle tingling carbonation. Not heat and a nice comforting beer to cap the night off.

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
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
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
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
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
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
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
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
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
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Baby Tree from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
88 out of 100 based on 771 ratings.