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Baby Tree - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 764
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
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 MbpBugeye
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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

Picked up a bomber to drink with my wife after Easter dinner. Batch 4, bottled February 2010. Poured into tulip glasses. Dark brown color with garnet red highlights. Moderate sized white head. Lots of carbonation noticed. Bit of fruit in the nose but not a lot. Taste was good, but not what I was expecting. There was no big quad taste up front, and I also really didn't get a feel for the dried plums at all. Just tasted like an average Belgian brown ale. There was no big juicy, fruity, sugary aspects to this beer that I have become accustomed to with quads. A bit thin in the body also, and for a 9% beer, didn't feel that heat at any point. It's a nice beer to drink, but was not at all what I was hoping for.

Photo of weeare138
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

batch 3, 2009...
Appears a dense dark copper edged mahogany. A small light tan head slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is if heavy prunes, brown sugar, vanilla, raisins, and mild spice. Now that I look at the bottle...Quad with dried prunes - duhhh.
Taste is of the same aromas with sweet sugary cake flavors doused in brown sugar.
Mouthfeel is sugary, full bodied, and sticky sweet with raisin cinnamon rolls resounding along the palate.

Photo of WanderingFool
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass. Baby tree pours a beautiful dark ruby color with a BIG, fluffy head on top. The foam dissolves slowly and leaves behind sheets of lace on the glass.

The aroma is fruity with notes of apple, grape and plum. Hints of pepper and flowers (jasmine?) mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is very soft on the palate with a mild effervescent fizz. The flavor is fruity and slightly sour. It begins with dark fruit notes of plum, grapes and strawberry. In the middle hints of spice poke through. Pepper and a flower note (rose?) are present. It finishes dry and sweet and slightly cloying.

This is a well crafted beer, but I found the body a little thin. It's definitely a sipping beer that should be enjoyed over a period of time so the intricate flavors come out as the beer warms.

Photo of BostonBrewins
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep, brownish amber. Tan colored head is frothy and creamy. A bit of lacing. Looks pretty nice in my snifter, almost too good to drink, almost.

S - Aroma is a bit muted, but smells pretty sweet. Plums and cherries notes. Yeasty too, kind of like sourdough bread.

T - Fruity and sweet (neither overpoweringly so) with a malty backbone. Tasted acidic at first but much less so as the beer warmed up a bit. Plum flavor is definitely there, particularly in the finish. A cloying beer that stays on your tongue.

M - Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Lighter on the tongue than I expected.

D - This is not a style that always ranks high on the drinkability scale, but this beer definitely does.

* bonus points for the creative name and bottle design: 5.0

Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 3/6/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours an amber color with no head.

s - Some dark fruit...plums, raisins, sweet malts.

t - Sweet fruit and malts. Little bit of booze.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - Not a bad quad. Had an enjoyable sweet fruit smell and taste. Would try it again.

Photo of Smokee
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good but not quite there in comparison with other quads.

Not much to smell, the head thins fairly quickly. The plum/fruit is there, and it's certainly drinkable but other qualities over ruled these positives. Flavor wise, there was a little more, back of the tongue metalic taste than I would like.

I was hoping for more, especially for this being a sort of locally made quad.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

Pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a lot of malt with some fruit. Not as much aroma as I expected. The flavor is better, with caramel malts, dark fruit (cherries and plums) and some Belgian candi sugar. No detectable alcohol. Creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of Damian
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at Highland Kitchen, Somerville, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a crimson-tinged, mahogany color. A thin ring of off-white froth capped the liquid.

The aroma was sweet with lots of fruity esters. Raisins and dark stone fruits dominated. Powdery, Belgian yeast notes came through strong. Slightly boozy and phenolic. A hint of brown sugar appeared as well.

At first, the favor was similar to the nose. Sweet and malty rich up front. Plums, raisins and brown sugar notes were apparent. Powdery and spicy in the center. After this initial wave of sweet, fruitiness, the beer turned steely and dry. The finish lacked complexity and was, overall, a touch boozy and empty.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied yet supple and silky smooth. Pillowy with a super fine, moderate carbonation. This was unquestionably the most impressive aspect of the beer.

Drinkability was a mixed bag. I really enjoyed the aroma and the initial flavor profile but this beer disappointed on the finish.

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

Batch 4, bottled February 2010.

Baby Tree has a dark Ruby body with a massive off-white head that is creamy, has great retention, and lays down a little bit of lacing.

Baby Tree has a nice scent, plums mix with peppery phenols, a touch of anise, and some candied sugar.

The peppery phenolic flavors rule Baby Tree, coming out right away along with a bit of candied sugar. The middle of Baby Tree is all plum flavor, and it is my favorite part of the beer. The plum is used in just the right way; it is noticeable without being overwhelming. After the plum comes the anise flavor. I'm not sure that anise was actually involved in the brewing of Baby Tree. There's a good chance it comes from the yeast. The finish is dry and for some reason seems pretty abrupt to me.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly light and the carbonation is really lively.

Pretty Things makes some good beers, and Baby Tree is no exception. It's a big quad that drinks like a beer half it's size. Overall it's a solid beer.

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

Batch 4. Bottled Feb 2010.
A bit cloudy, but it had a very nice deep red/purple colour when held up to the light. A fluffy beige cap appeared during the pour and fell quite slowly. There was a bit of chunky lace too. Bready, fruity aroma, red grapes and berries, plums and a bit of malt. Same in the flavour, mild bitterness with caramel malt sweetness. Plum character had a hint of tartness to it as well. Full bodied with lowish carbonation, slight warmth as it warmed, fairly smooth. Pretty good overall, quite fruity.

Photo of Jesstyr
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at American Craft in Brookline and served in a short red wine glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with a significant reddish hue. Head is slightly off-white, lacing nicely. Right on style.

S: A sweetish nose, with subtle dark fruit hints and sugar. Just doesn't have the aggressive nose that a great quad typically has.

T: This was the toughest question for me, and when it comes down to it this beer lacks balance. Its a little too sweet, and not quite malty enough. A slight alcohol aftertaste.

M/D: The first thing I notice is that the body is a little thiner than most quads. Kind of dry and the alcohol content slows this beer down.

Photo of nickd717
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber shared by bring at a tasting. Thanks, Barry!

Pours fairly dark reddish-brown with an off-white head and great lacing.

Aroma is sweet malt, candi sugar, prune, plum, and Belgian yeast.

Flavor is pretty good but fairly sweet. Very fruity with dark fruit, mostly plums and figs, as well as spice.

Medium-full and somewhat sweet on the palate.

Drinkability is only average. A pretty good American Belgian quad overall, but not a standout. I was a little less impressed with this than with the other Pretty Things beers I've had for sure.

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

22 oz bottle, Batch 2, July 2009.

Hazed brown, with mild crimson tinges, with a frothy off white head. Malty, yeasty aroma with blend of dark fruits, plums, figs, etc. Medium bodied with typical yeasty quad flavor with pleasant dark fruit twist from the plum, mild and complementary. Very nicely balanced, very drinkable.

Photo of illidurit
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at Woodshop 5.0. At a tasting where Odonata Rorie's Ale was flowing like blood from a stabbing victim, I was intrigued to try this quad brewed with fruit and do a little comparison. Pours a hazy, sort of ugly muddy brown color with a light-tan wispy head. Aroma is full of Belgian dark esters and spices without much plum going on. Plum finally comes through more in the flavor but it's a mushy mealy overripe plumminess. The base beer is very yeasty with additional accents of raisin, dark bread, and caramel. A little underwhelming but still pretty good.

Photo of ClassicBrad
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle lists that this is batch three of this brew and bottle on October, 2009. Less than four months before it reaches my lips. Very cool to have on a label.

Pours a very deep ruby red with a little bit of a purple tint. Healthy head that maintains and laces moderately; in chunks.

Smell is of phenol and tart suggestions of cranberry juice. Also showing of some spicy, Belgian yeast.

Taste is like a mix between a belgian-style quad and cranberry juice or sour cherry; very sweet and tart while also very bold. Compliments perfectly with the standard spicy yeast of the quad style.

Mouthfeel is beautiful and refreshing. Tops this outstanding beer off to be so exuberant and tingling.

Drinkability is insane for a 9% belgian-style ale. (I see its listed as 8.7% on here but the bottle says 9%).

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

Had on tap at Issac Newton's in Newtown Pa. Poured into a larger size snifter. Pours a dark brownish red, although the restaurants lights are dim. Very little, practically no head when brought to my table...which wasn't long after I ordered, so I imagine there wasn't much head to begin with. With that said, practically no lacing either.

Aroma is pretty comparable to most quadrupels. Most pronounced aroma is the raisins. Some belgian yeast and slight booze.

Flavor is again, strong with raisins. This borders the overwhelming mark of American versions of Belgian style dark ales or quads. On the otherhand, just when you think the flavor is escalating to that point, it mellows out and booze takes over. The carbonation is just right...and overall, a good beer, not Pretty Things best.

Mouthfeel is medium and smooth. Booze is a little high which pulls down the drinkability...but the flavor is good so it's enjoyable.

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

Batch 3
Bottled Oct 2009
A garnet colored beer with a rim of tan head. Dark fruit and sweet malt aroma.
Taste of raisins up front, followed by a sweet taste of brown sugar, with a peppery finish.
A very smooth beer.
Eminently drinkable, a beer to sit back and savor.

Photo of Cmack15
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ahh Belgian quads not for the faint of heart or palate. A deep magohany glance stares back at you with a lot of bubbles. The celebration begins with a yeasty earthy aroma that harkens you back to hours of prayer. History comes alive with this ale embrace it. Dried plums slowly do a waltz with your taste buds and a slight bready taste coats your palate. a session beer to trade stories with your friends, this ale is not but a signature to a good evening this ale is.

Photo of m1ked
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle from WF Bowery beer room. "Batch 4 Bottled February 2010"...I bought it in January though?!? I've really liked the few things I've tried from this place, so I'm willing to overlook the small stuff.

A- Pours a murky hazy dark mahogany brown. Looks like a murky iced tea. There is a half inch off white expansion of bubbles that seems to contract downwards in the center first...looks cool.

S- My first thought is Dr.Pepper, then I think back to the old commercials...."I'm a pepper, he's a pepper...dont you wanna be a pepper too?" Anyways, I also get some raisins, touch of brown sugar. I get some dry white pepper, like a saison. A little chocolate too.

T- Sweet raisny right out the gates but then fades, which prevents it from be overwhelmingly sweet. There is some clovey notes, some Dr. Pepper again. Then I get nice soft wave of tannic bitterness. Lingering flavor of bitter & finally some prune sweetness...err I mean dries plums.

M- This beer seems unique to .e in this dept. It has a lighter bodyfeel than I thought it would for a quad. It starts off tricking .e as if it is going to be a sweet cloying type, but quickly dries out, and finishes as the driest quad I've come across...but I like it.

D- Yet another good thing feom Pretty Things. I would not have been able to pick out the dried plums until the very end. I would have another for sure as the 9.0 abv is undetectable to me. I would lean towards a LA Judgement day if presented with such a win-win choice.

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

This is a pretty thing.

A - Dark tea, cola, nice thick head that leaves pretty fast. Some pronounced cling left.

S - Banana, caramel, hard to pin down fruitiness. Nice combo. Little juicy fruit in there, too, I think.

T - Taste matches smell quite well. Nice blend of flavors.

M - Creamy, thickish, coating, bittering comes off perfectly with the sweetness.

D - Look out Westy :)

Photo of tegelaar
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served into a Duvel tulip from a large bottle. Batch 3 October 2009

Pours a dark brownish red with thick white head. Reduces to some nice swirls on top with decent lacing. Smells of sugar plums and is quite sweet to the nose. Taste is less sweet and more complex. Definitely smells Belgian and that is good as I enjoy Belgian beers. The plums add a nice sweetness and the beer is perfectly tart with a dry finish. This beer is excellent and really grows on you as you continue to indulge. Mouthfeel is thin with good carbonation. Very drinkable but the high sweetness and ABV prevents extreme overindulging. Wonderful beer!

Photo of kkipple
3.22/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch #2, July 2009! Thanks to kkipple for sharing this.

A. Light brown, nice dusting of tan head, cloudy red-brown, good lacing. So far...

S. Pretty (ha!) good nose, lots of esters, banana, clove, brown sugar, interesting yeast character, spice, booze... the works. Probably the best part of this beer.

T. Initially sweet, sugary, dark fruit, esters, (yes!), but rather falls apart as soon as you swallow this -- turns into a medicinal, bitter, Aspirin-like mess. Unpleasant. Man, why couldn't this beer finish out better? Almost there, but dies in the end. A pity.

M / D. Quads are hard to do right. This starts out well - good nose, flavor, body is just right - but ends in a thin, bitter, ugly abrasive finish. :-( And I mean, :-(

Baby Tree, why have thou failed me?! I really wanted to like you. Baby Tree is the attractive redhead at the bar who at first agrees to go home with you, but knees you in the balls when you begin the walk to her car. Use caution.

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

Picked this up at Whole Foods Bowery on a recent trip to New York. Had a chance to sample this at the BBF and wanted to give it another try.

Appearance- Pours a hazy medium brown with lots of rising carbonation in the body and a nice two finger head of light brown head that sticks around for quite awhile before dying back. Medium amounts of lacing left as I drink and a touch of beading carbonation.

Smell- Interesting combination. I pick up on lots of bready malt with some sweetness and a touch of yeast. This is made more interesting by a slight whiff of tartness which I take to be the plums at work.

Taste- A rich but airy breadiness with some sweet malt showing through. Rather yeasty, which lends a banana fruitiness to the beer as well. Quite rich and complex and make more so by an very unique tart finish. Rather than come across as a sweet, dark fruit flavor, the plums add an almost lactic tartness on the finish. Very interesting and unlike other tripels I have had.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is substantial and adequately carbonated. The beer is a bit sweet but with such and interesting and complex flavor profile that it will keep you sipping.

Overall, a very good quad and unique in a very good way. I'll be having more Pretty Things in the future.

Photo of stoutfiend27
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bomber brought back from boston by a good friend..poured into brooklyn tulip--batch 3 oct 09

a-deep brown color with nice ruby highlights..huge three finger light tan head that seemed to stick around forever...lots of chunky lacing...lots and lots of bubbles

s-lots of fruits,phenols and esters on the nose....dark fruit..raisins and figs..i dont get much plum from this...yeast character is nice ...seems very very fruity..

t-starts off with lots of dark fruits and yeasty esters....lots of raisins and again figs and some dates...a little nutty character presents itself in the middle..the finish is a weird bitter spicy sweet metallic twang....the finish knocked this one down for me..

m-a tad thin for the style and over carbonated....

d-if it werent for the finish i would want more...but i think this is one and done for me...

overall im glad i got to try this but i wouldnt seek it out and i really appreciate the bottle i received...

Baby Tree from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
88 out of 100 based on 764 ratings.