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Baby Tree - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 774
Reviews: 353
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 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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
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
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
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
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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
4.06/5  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.

Baby Tree from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
88 out of 100 based on 774 ratings.