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Baby Tree - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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88
very good

709 Ratings
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Ratings: 709
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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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

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

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

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

New York

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%

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...

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

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +20%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +21%

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.

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

New York

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

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!

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

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +11%

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.

07-27-2009 22:35:13 | More by BARFLYB
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev 0%

pours a faintly hazed reddish dark brown. it's a finger worth of khaki head that fades pretty quickly.
the aroma is pretty subdued. it's a got plum and raisin, with some other more nebulous dark fruitiness. there is also a vaguely nutty earthy yeast component that is also ever so slightly musty.
the taste has got juicy dark fruits (plum and rasin etc. again). the malts take the steering wheel towards the middle, with a nice earthy brown sugary roasty caramel. faint nuttiness and non diacetyl buttery-ness. a little drier than you might expect.
the mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium bodied with a soft delicate, but fairly active carbonation. this one starts off being a little ho-hum, but it grows on you. i'm liking the earthy sort of dryness.

07-25-2009 01:33:23 | More by kmo1030
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younger35

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Received this brew recently from the one and only BeerTruth. This will be my first brew from Pretty Things and honestly after the Bros review in the magazine I was pretty interested. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Bottled April 2009 - First Batch!

Appearance- Pours a very hazy brownish crimson with a nice big one finger off-white head that recedes fairly slowly. A nice cap and collar is left the entire beer along with a bit of spotty lacing.
Smell- Surprisingly yeasty with a dark sort of spicy earthy phenols. Obviously fruity with dried plums dominating along with some freshly picked apricots. A light bit of bubblegum and banana mix in a sort of odd couple like marriage. This is definitely one of the fruitier American Style Belgium's I've smelled. A bit of alcohol is definitely detectable but this beer is still hella young.
Taste- Starts lightly sweet with a deep dark fruitiness that tastes exactly like the nose smells. Prunes, Apricots and raisins are all deep dark and rich. Brown sugar and candy coated peanuts are all part of the lightly toasted maltiness that hides under all that fruity goodness. The yeast doesn't seem all that prominent but it is sort of earthy and raw. The alcohol shows on the finish and the fruit lingers and lingers.
Mouthfeel- Thick and rich with a creamy/velvety feel and fairly light carbonation.
Drinkability- Definitely not bad. I think it may be slightly young at this point but honestly it's packed full of big flavor and not too sweet (the most important trait for any Belgium for me). Very impressive for such a young brewery (or at least a young bottling brewing, honestly have no clue about them). Thanks Adam!

07-23-2009 19:22:31 | More by younger35
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

Thanks to FishGetter for getting me this beer.
First batch, bottled April 2009. This is my first Pretty Things beer. Served this slightly chilled, in a Westvleteren chalice, from a twenty two ounce bottle. Great label.

Appearence: Baby Tree pours out a deep reddish brown color that appears to be a bit murky. A somewhat strong pour resulted in a soapy, one finger, dull white head. Decent head retention, slowly faded into a thin skim coat of foam that left some spotty lace.

Smell: Great big nose on this beer. Big, sweet smelling malt aroma is the front runner. Definitely smell the plums and a bit of booze. Slight tones of brown sugar. Yeasty and earthy.

Taste: Big flavor in this beer as well. A definite malt monster that is a bit on the sweet side. A nice plum flavor that isn't overpowering. Underlying notes of brown sugar and chocolate in the background. Flavor is quite balanced, and a bit spicy. A slight tartness finishes this beer nicely.

Mouthfeel: Almost syrupy , full bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the lighter side.

Drinkability: Drinkability is good but suffers a bit from the sweetness. Overall a pretty good beer from Pretty Things.

07-19-2009 21:16:26 | More by jaxon53
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damienblack

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours dark prunish purpley-brown into my tulip with a nice lofty head, and some sticky lacing as the beer goes down. Smell is sort of boozey, which is odd, kind of sweet. That boozey smell may be plums, since I get it on the taste too. It doesn't taste boozey, but something with that slightly bracing bitterness, that eventually smooths out. I think it is the plums. Sweet, plum, velvety. Nice and smooth. It takes a bit to get used to, but it becomes very drinkable when you do. Probably my least favorite Pretty Thing so far, but by no means a poor showing.

06-23-2009 02:52:31 | More by damienblack
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%

For the Summer, it is a pretty cold, dismal day out that reminds me more of Fall. For this reason, I decided to pick up something with a little alcohol girth to it. Before I go any further, the artwork on this beer, and all Pretty Things beers (which I believe are drawn by Dann) are some of the coolest out there. On to the beer...Dark in color, sort of burgundy, a quick forming head that quickly becomes white lacing with multiple levels. Dark stone fruits meld very well with the Quad character. Sometimes this style gives off smells and flavors of dark fruit not unlike the ones found here. In this case however, the addition of dried plums does raise the bar a bit without becoming too sweet or artificial seeming. Besides the fruit, other accompanying complexities include some brown bread, molasses, bubblegum, powdered sugar and delicate alcohol. Mouthfeel is full bodied, yet very manageable. When this brew first hit the shelves in April, some friends of mine felt that it was a bit too hot. If that sentiment was true, it is drinking superbly right now. Still, I am sure a year or more of cellar time would do wonderful things to this brew. My final thoughts are that this fits in perfectly with the rest of Pretty Things exceptional line of beers. BAs not within the distribution area of this brewery should be setting their sights on Baby Tree and the rest on the lineup.

06-22-2009 23:38:18 | More by jamie2dope
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

22oz, first batch bottled in April. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance is ok - slightly opaque, amber brown, effervescent, with faint tan head fading to a ring.

Maybe I'm congested, or just served this too cold, but there wasn't much to the smell - rich fruits and maple syrup.

Taste livened things up a bit - Starts with Belgian-style yeasty quality, followed by ripe plums, raisins, and brown sugar. I did not pick up the 8% ABV. Pretty sweet, pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel was a little thin, but a good balance of carbonation. No heavy residual aftertaste.

Quite drinkable - might be a good gateway Quad for the uninitiated.

06-21-2009 02:12:40 | More by BeerImmediately
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jjayjaye

New York

4.33/5  rDev +11%

Pours a clear and lightly translucent mahogany hued brown color with a big light tan colored head of big bubble fluffy foam that settles quickly. Shallow surface collar kept alive by underlying effervescence. The smell is good too...earthy Belgian yeast, figs and plum. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied and creamy. A damn fine drinker; taste is sweet and fruity, like my favorite Belgian Strong Dark Ales without significant signs of the 8.7% ABV. Had a ton of fun with this one; going back for more :p

06-20-2009 21:06:04 | More by jjayjaye
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

Thanks to MGambleWWS for the bottle.

Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a small off white head.

Scent of pungent dark fruit, yeast, and biscuity malts. The heavy sweet dark fruits are a nice touch. It could use more malts, but there is not much fault to find in the scent of this beer.

Taste of yeasty, bready malts, and sweet dark fruit. Finishes with sugars and dark fruits. The sweetness takes over here, but that is not entirely bad. I prefer more of a crispy malt flavor, but this is still one tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a crisp carbonation.

06-14-2009 03:06:53 | More by paco1029384756
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

22oz bottle. Cracked this one open when fixing the rigged bike that fatty lent to Tom.

Great label! Poured a deep and muddy brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits (plums for sure), roastiness, yeastiness, and chocolate. Tastes of the same dark fruitiness, chocolate, breadiness, candi sugar, and some nuttiness. Alcohol content overall well hidden.

06-12-2009 13:07:39 | More by hopdog
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rye726

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a rich, muddy brown with a silky tan head. Some light lacing. Nose is quite fruity with spicy yeast, plums, bready malts and a tinge of alcohol. Taste lacks the complexity I look for in this style. Nice bready malts, Belgian yeast and more plums. Body is a bit thin, but well carbonated.

06-12-2009 06:02:31 | More by rye726
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

First batch, bottled April 2009. Really nice label and bottle seal. Poured 22oz cold into a .5L gold-leaf Swiss Boot. I only break this out for special occasions- this beer looks good.

A- Deep, rich brown. Light won't pass through. Not much of a head. Very active foam, though.

S- Sweetness. The dried plums are smelling nice. Something behind them, but I can't quite place it. Perhaps tart apple. Still, a very inviting smell.

T- Wow. Lots of flavors going on here. The malt sweetness and the alcohol/fruit sweetness work VERY well together. The aftertaste is like a fruit juice, honestly. This beer is extremely flavorful and delicious.

M- The beer is not terribly carbonated, but its all good. Suits the beer nicely.

D- Good. I thoroughly enjoyed this 22oz. I'd like another, but at 8.6%, it might be too much. Still, I wouldn't get sick of this beer, but it has too much alcohol to become much more than a rare occasion brew. For what it is, though? Awesome.

I'm really impressed at the Pretty Things artisanal beer/community project thingy whatchamacallit. I want them to keep 'em coming!

06-05-2009 01:01:42 | More by ShogoKawada
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%

Bottle into red wine glass. Thanks to Chris (cakanator) for another chance to try another beer from this brewery... project... thing. Batch 1/April 09, served somewhere between cellar and room temp.

Pours dark brown with a two-finger head that's fluffy and just off-white, and that quickly settles into a thin soapy cap. Some stickage.

Nose is dark fruit, the dried plums comes out very vividly, a bit vinous, brown sugar is clear and prominent. Quite boozy.

Taste is dominated by brown sugar and rum-soaked dark fruit - dried plums come out clearly and beautifully, and they and the yeast add a nice tanginess to the taste. A burst of cloves at the front end. Just a bit of a vinous alcohol edge, with a light earthy bitterness towards the very finish. Very well put together.

Mouthfeel is full, lightly sharp carbonation. A bit syrupy with a nice heft and smoothness to it.

Drinkability is top notch. Delicious, a very nice quad.

05-28-2009 18:53:10 | More by JohnQVegas
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

22oz bottle from the fridge.

Pours light mahogany with a murky haze. A one inch head of off white sank to reveal a partial skim coat on the surface and some dotted lacework.

Aromatics lead off with dark rum, raisins, plums, ripe malt, and grape jam. Vanilla, anise, figs, and clovey phenols follow through.

Medium bodied with a creamy, crispish mouthfeel. Sticky and lightly syrupy.

Juicy malt, candied grapes, dark fruit, and rum-soaked raisins start the palate. Pepper-dusted cloves, boozy alcohol, and plum pulp follow through.

Finishes with a building alcohol nod, lingering dark fruits, and spicy residuals.

Another tasty one from Pretty Things. Possibly a good cellar candidate. Not the biggest Quad, but plenty interesting and quite fruity.

05-27-2009 23:25:36 | More by brewandbbq
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

22oz bomber into 25oz snifter.

Opaque deep plum hue with a thin off white head that settles to a bubbly rim.

Up front are the spicy phenols, which add a little bit of pepper to the aroma. Some dark fruit in the background, maybe a little more enhanced compared to the standard Quad due to the extra dried plum (or prune).

The spice is very noticeable in the flavor, sitting on top of the dark fruit. The extra plum (prune) seems to add a bit of a sharp and sweet, slightly tart flavor to the overall profile. Full bodied.

An interesting Quad, adding dark fruit to contribute to the normal dark fruit profile. High drinkability as well. Recommended.

05-25-2009 00:30:15 | More by BeerSox
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matty

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev 0%

Brownish amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is dark fruits.Taste is dark fruit soaked in alcohol and sugar cane.It has a nice mouthfeel and warmth to it.Very smooth despite high alcohol levels.I would recommend at least one try and I would gladly purchase again.

05-24-2009 00:06:10 | More by matty
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a cloudy, chocolate brown, and is topped by a transient, half-inch, brown head that fades to a wispy ring. The aroma is sweet and malty, there are notes of candi sugar and an intense aroma of dark fruit. There are notes of raisins, dates and dried plums. There's also a light, husky graininess on the swirl.

The beer is initially sweet on the palate. A nice, cindi sugar, sweetness unfolds into a plum fruitiness in the center. The dark fruit characters in this quad are much milder than other exapmles of the style. There's a brief, peppery flash towards the finish, which quickly moves into a husky graininess that's punctuated by a mild bitterness and light sweetness. Medium-bodied, smooth and moderately carbonated. The grainy quality gives the beer a bit of dryness.

I liked Baby Tree. It's not as intense as other Quads, but it has a pleasing fruity maltiness and a nice dryness in the finish.

05-20-2009 00:37:33 | More by EPICAC
Baby Tree from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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