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Fluffy White Rabbits - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 591
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 71
Gots: 72 | FT: 2
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Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Franchise on 03-25-2010

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Ratings: 591 | Reviews: 183
Reviews by jamie2dope:
Photo of jamie2dope
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Easter time beer from the Pretty Things. Very cool artwork, as always. Color is a radiant hazed gold, making this tulip glass look very nice. About a finger of white head shows up, and sticks around for the duration. The smell is dominated by fruit notes such as pear and green apple. More bright, juicy fruit comes through in the taste along with the big hop presence, and dry champagne like finish. Mouthfeel is right smack dab in the middle, and perfectly carbonated for this style. The more you drink the more you can notice the lingering hop bitterness that this beer gives off. Putting back this bomber will be no problem on my end. This is a high quality Tripel that could not get much fresher, as it was brewed this month. Cheers to Dan and Martha.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a tulip glass this beer was gold in color. It had a fluffy white head with an aggressive pour. There was minimal to no lace.

There was a sweet fruit aroma, as well as some earthy hops. A smidge of funk.

Apple and pear taste. A little bit of late hops.

Very pleasant to drink. Not overly hoppy, but very flavorful.

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

Bomber bottle, Bottled March 2010, noted on the over the cap label. Pours light, golden amber, lightly hazed, eggshell head, moderate in stature, reduces to a thicker collar and just bits and a few blobs of lacing. Pungent nose of ginger, lime, assorted Belgian type spicing and yeasty notes. Zesty tripel, flavorful, spiced up, and nicely crafted. Notes of more citrus, ginger, pepper, light honey, Belgian yeasty phenolics. Quite dry in the aggressively hopped finish. Well done and quite refreshingly enjoyable. Better then average American style take on the classic style.

Photo of Perkyanda
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a pretty sunny golden yellow. opaque, thick, and hazy. Little bit of white head that quickly diminishes.

The first scent is sweet and yeastey and light. It's nice! It's a little more lemon-apricot-honey-orange than simply orange itself. It has a fruity taste, with hints of lemon, apricot, honey, and a tangy orange. It tastes like juicy spring. There's also a little bit of sour bitterness to it, and and aftertaste that's more lemon and orange peel than lemon and orange themselves. Honestly, I wasn't impressed with it on tap at all, but I like it a lot better in the bottle.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Carbonation is a good amount-- less than some, but with a bubbly texture in the mouth, still. I feel like I could drink this all day.

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: minimal head, cloudy, orange-yellow in color, high carbonation

Smell: Belgian spices, oranges, lemons

Taste: orange, lemons, Belgian spices, big hops in the middle, with a caramel sweetness at the end

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, sweet start with a bitter middle and less bitter finish

Drinkability: Another beer that has truth in advertising. This tripel has a super hoppy. I could have a couple. Nice and clean. A good beer.

Photo of hagbergl
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 22 oz. bottle of Pretty Things Fluffy White Rabbits into a snifter. The bottle doesn't have a bottling date–unlike most PT beers, which feature a month and year bottled-on date printed on the label–but I know that this is the 2012 edition of the Easter seasonal brew.

Appearance (4/5): A moderately hard pour into the snifter produces a 1 and a half finger creamy white head that sits atop a hazy golden-colored body of beer. The beer looks very nice in the glass. Though there are, admittedly, better looking tripels out there, I can't complain too much since the beer leaves behind quite a bit of lace on the sides of the glass as you drink. It looks and behaves like a genuine Belgian beer.

Smell (4/5): The bottle says "Hoppy Tripel" on it, and you can definitely smell the aroma of hops rising from the glass as you pour it. But the hop aroma is in in no way aggressive and, to my nose, smells more earthy and herbal–definitely not a case of a Belgian-style Tripel retooled with aggressive American hop varieties. The beer's aroma is therefore subtly more hoppy than you'd expect from a traditional tripel, but it still has a Tripel-like smell–sweet, fruity aromas mix with the earthy hoppiness to create a very pleasant smell overall.

Taste (4/5): At first sip, I taste earthy hops in the front that give way to that sweet, fruity maltiness that you expect from a tripel. I am immediately struck by how refreshing White Rabbits tastes. I just want to keep drinking; the fairly high alcohol content (8.5% ABV) is only hinted at by a warming in the back of the throat and doesn't impact drinkability in the least. Its subdued but noticeable hoppiness in the foretaste reminds me a little of a saison, but this beer doesn't have a saison's dry finish. The beer's flavor can't compete with that of the best tripels out there (Westmalle, La Fin du Monde, La Rulles, Ename), but it's damn good and definitely distinguishable from other tripels, which earns points in my book. It may not be as pleasantly yeasty or sweet as some, but it tastes great.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): The mouthfeel is the best thing about Fluffy White Rabbits. It's amazingly creamy and lends this beer a wonderful texture. It gives the beer a nice medium body and truly enhances the taste and drinking experience; each sip sits in on the tongue pleasantly and leaves you wanting more. Words really don't do this beer's mouthfeel justice, so I won't ramble on about it any longer. Seek this beer out and you'll understand.

Overall (4/5): This beer is an excellent piece of brewing. As I noted above, it may not have the flavor to hold its own against the most revered Belgian-style tripels, but it has its own distinct character. It's subtly hopped-up, refreshing, and has a beautifully creamy texture that I personally think is to die for. This is not a beer you could call forgettable. I highly recommend it if you can get your hands on it. It runs between $7 and $8 for a 22 oz. bomber. One of the best Pretty Things' beers I've tried.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mnbearsfan for this one!

A: Pours a hazy yellow/orange color with a fluffy white head on top, about two fingers in height. Great retention, eventually settling to a nice cap on top. Some bubbly lacing forms.

S: Some nice spices up front and some Belgian yeast, a little bit of banana and pear, with some flowery and grassy hops.

T: Doughy malt with some light citrus zest mixed with spices and some Belgian yeast flavor. Slight alcohol presence right at the end. The hops have died off a bit, which isn't a surprise as this is a 2011 vintage.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight alcohol presence right on the finish as it warms.

O: A really nice tripel, Pretty Things does it again. Will be on the lookout to try this one fresh to get the hops fresh, but this beer was great without it.

Photo of timster01801
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hard to believe the ABV is 8.5% with this one. Taste is fruity and a little sweet, but with a niiice hop presence. I'll definitely keep a stock of this in the beer fridge this spring. Give it a try if available...mmmm

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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great hops and Belgian integration. Orange and lemon peel Citrus, strong American Ale. Fruity peachy and apricot tasty, a little apple juice and good drinkability. A nice spce sweetness. Decent head and lace on cloudy body. Hoppy aroma.Dry finish.Something special.

Photo of augustgarage
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ShogoKawada - though we now have fleeting distribution in California of their saison, I'm always happy to see another bottle from Pretty Things. Notably amusing bottle art as always...batch 2, bottled March, 2011. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet.

Lightly hazy jasmine body topped by a light papaya whip head. Nice creamy collar, sandy lacing, and faint legs. Decent retention.

Honey, white tea, rosewater, and other floral notes in the nose. Soft malt, faint peppery yeast and citrus and gooseberry notes from hops.

Sweet intensely herbal palate entry, suggesting lavender, thyme, sage, fennel fronds, and (noble?) hops, swirling together in a malestrom of flavor. Fruit comes forward, presenting as white grapes, banana, and possibly even a hint of coconut. Brisk, light yet persistent bitterness throughout. Finishes slightly sweet and spicy.

Effervescent, medium-light bodied, creamy, somewhat flacid mouthfeel. Alcohol well controlled.

The spices/herbs are almost too much, though they never quite overwhelm the base yeast/malt/hops combination. Something about this beer (other than the rabbits) reminds me of Easter - While not exactly true to it's Belgian progenitors, I'd definitely buy this again on a seasonal basis were it in my market.

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle from Abe's Cold Beer for $7. Overall, heck of a beer. The aroma is full of herbal pepper ad spice with fresh grains. The flavor begins similarly with vanilla, light caramel, and fresh white bread. Hops slowly kick in with a mix of floral, citrus, and orange rind, to round out a well-made tripel. I'll have another.

Photo of nickd717
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have BelgianPrincess to thank for this beer, which I obtained in an in person trade at DLD. I was surprised to see that BelgianPrincess was a guy, as I had never met a guy who referred to himself as a "princess" before. Oh well, different strokes for different folks I guess.

Appearance is awesome. Hazy golden with an awesome creamy white head and good lacing.

Aroma is sweet malt and grain, Belgian yeast, and light grassy and floral hops.

Flavor is pretty good. Almost like a Belgian tripel imperial pilsner in a way. Sweet pale malt, grain, Belgian yeast, light fruity notes, floral and grassy hops.

Nice palate, clean and crisp, with a nice hoppiness. No hint of the 8.5% ABV.

Overall, this was a good beer that lived up to the hype that Pretty Things gets here on BeerAdvocate. It was very drinkable and I could definitely go for this one again.

Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. I enjoyed this one last April, when it was still pretty fresh on the market.

Pours a fairly clear gold (although a good amount of suspended hop oils are present), topped with a finger sized cap of fluffy bright-white head. This retains with roughly the same sized amount of head, leaving back a soapy cascade of lacing that settles into a good bit of spotty foam. The aroma smells very floral, which adheres nicely to the assertive spiciness here from the yeast. Hops mostly bring a green citric character to the nose, while sweeter notes of lightly toasted bread and soft fruit push up from underneath.

The taste has a bright and green tasting citric bitterness to it, which is set against a flush of yeasty fruit character (that consists of pear, apple, and some sweeter orange notes) and a bready sugary sweetness from the malts. Like the nose, this is wrapped up in a BOLD dry peppery spiciness that melds well with all of that hoppy bitterness. The finish on this is VERY dry with a good bit of lingering pith. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a soft creamy sharpness that prickles the tongue a bit but then smoothes out considerably thanks to a good bit of underlying oily slickness from the hops. The body does possess some gentle warmth to it but the alcohol is generally pretty well hid here for an 8-9% beer.

This was quite good and is definitely one of the better takes on an American Tripel that I’ve had out of the bottle. This just has a lot of fresh hop character to it that is nicely complimented by the spice and fruit flavors that the Belgian yeast brought to this. I think that the freshness is the key with this one though. If you haven’t had it yet, I’d wait until the next batch at this rate.

Photo of Enriquehopnog
4.89/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was my first Pretty Things brew and it immediately got me hooked. I love this beer so much that I almost pee'd myself when I saw it being carried in the stores by my local package store

Wow I highly recommend trying this beer. It has great taste and great body. I love looking at it in the glass as much as I like drinking it.

This beer got me into more of what these guys brew and so far I am very satified. Everything tastes so fresh

Photo of Gmann
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale orange color with a tight white head that settled into a solid ring. The aroma has a nice Belgian yeast aroma. Some banana and clove with honey and candi sugar notes. Not much hop pick up in the aroma. Light but seems spot on for the style. The taste starts off with a sweet tropical fruit note, some citrus, floral honey and light clove. The sweet transitions rather abruptly into an astringent, chalky bitterness from the hops. Can't say that it is very pleasant luckily it is not too strong. The feel is light with tingly carbonation, the hops give an odd chalky feel not typically present in tripels. ABV seems well hidden. An average tripel. The actual tripel flavors were actually pretty good but I didn't really care for what the hops brought to the party. It made the beer astringent and chalky which is not typical for the style.

Photo of Kinsman
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden color in the body with a dense and fluffy white head that rises to about 3 fingers of thickness in the glass, leaving a bit of lace behind.

Immediately upon popping the cap you are greeted with a strong spicy and grassy mixture of hops and yeast. A bit peppery with the yeast and some fruity malts in the background.

The strong yeast aroma seems to be a bit more balanced in taste with a more noticeable grainy malt flavor and fruity sweetness. Hops provide a nice bitterness and a some grassy and herbal flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth but crisp and feels rather light for 8.5% abv. Overall, this is a highly drinkable and very refreshing beer and provides a unique twist on the tripel.

Photo of morimech
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a two finger head that looked awesome in the glass. The head settles to a thin cap. Quite a bit of lacing as well as rings are left down the glass.

Not your typical tripel aroma thanks to the Amarillo hops and its citrus qualities. I also get yeast esters that gives the beer a vinous quality. Some spice, hay, and cake batter make up the rest of the aroma.

More bitter tasting than most tripels. Still an underlying sweetness that helps balance the beer. Grassy and floral with an angel food cake flavor. Yeast esters are present but take a backseat to the hops. Slight warmth in the finish

Medium body with nice carbonation. Enjoyable texture as always from Pretty Things.

Another very well done beers from one of my favorite American brewers doing Belgian styles. This beer maintains the spirit of Belgium while giving it a definate American twist.

Photo of drcarver
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 into a goblet glass. Brewed date of March 2011, batch 2. Purchased at Civera's deli. Bottle opened with a lively pfft, a nice sign of decent carbonation.

A - Pours a clear straw yellow with a small white yet fluffy head. Head shows varying sizes of carbonation and the body releases more constantly. Head lasts due to retention and being replenished.

S - Spicy (cloves?) and bready right to the nose with hints of banana in the background. Some floral notes.

T/M - My tongue and brain are confused. The aftertaste is all triple, funky yeast and banana-like flavor, but no wait... there is some floral hop like bitterness too. Somewhere in the back... like the obnoxious teens that makeout in the back of a movie theater. The beer starts the same way, all triple but hints of hop dance about the edges. The aftertaste hangs on the front and back of the tongue.

O - PTB&AP are slowly becoming my favorite brewery. They have passion behind what they do. They are not just throwing ingredients together to see what happens. Its a great brew. Well done!

Photo of bum732
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw yellow, decent head. Smells of very floral hops, 7-up like citrus, some grassiness, touch of earthy spice. Tastes of floral like sweetness with some spiciness that melds with just a touch of maltiness. Lots of hop flavors present. Fairly mild bitterness leads to a drying of the palate with some more grassy and spicy notes. Nice full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

A really interesting beer, extremely hoppy tripe pretty much sums it up. A great American interpretation of this style, not as complex as some traditional tripels but that is made up by the lovely bouquet of floral and earthiness presented by the abundance of hops. Love what this brewery is doing.

Photo of OldIronLungs
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled March '11 Batch 2...so super fresh!

Poured into my Urthel tall chalice nice bright golden hue, hazy with light fluffy foam that quickly tapers into a ring of lace.

Nose of light fruit/belgian yeasts and grass with some banana. Yes a banana in grass.

Crisp, actually fluffy carbonation releases a slightly spicy citrus and subdued hop with lingering pineyness.

Just a crispy clean drinker and a perfect spring offering from the best brewer in Boston.

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

This beer has spring (and rabbits) written all over it. It's refreshing, yet filling and biscuity.

Appearance: It's a beautiful golden color, even in the dark light of a bar.
Smell: It smells fresh and reminiscent of a meadow.
Taste: Light in presentation, but a flavorful beer. It's fresh, and you wouldn't know it as a tripel if you weren't told. Malty and grassy.
Mouthfeel: It feels much like a tripel should.
Overall: Great beer that I wait for each spring. One of their single best beers.

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

Beer pours a deep orange leaving a thick white head. The aroma is sweet, fruity, plums, dates, raisins but also a ton of citrus probably due to the hops.

The taste is sweet upfront flowery sugary in a good way. Prunes, dates, pitted fruits are there then it moves to an orangy citrus slickness on the palate.

There is a lot going on in this beer and it is beautifully balanced with the hops malty tripel backbone and the yeasty esters. I will definitely revisit this beer before it leaves the shelves.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in an Orval chalice, the beer pours a hazy gold color with a thin white head that went away quickly. There's also a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like lemon peel, light citrusy and grassy hops, cloves, peaches and some bubblegum. The brew tastes like bready malt, lemon peel, cloves, peppery spice, grassy hops, and some pears. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, and at $7.99 a bottle I'd buy it again.

Photo of philbe311
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of foam recedes to one fingers worth before displaying any retention... The head is slightly off-white thick, creamy, and frothy... Moderate retention gives way to a lacing with the ssame characteristics... Loaded with small bubbled slightly sluggish carbonation... A bronze honey color with a slight haziness... Loads of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A solid subdued traditional Tripel aroma... Yeast... Candied sugars... A touch of citrus based hops... A faint spiciness... Some bready notes...

T - A mild yeast presence... Some bready malts... Some lemon zest... An earthy euro hop presence... A slight spiciness lingers on the finish... Subtle complexities give way a darn tasty brew...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Delicate... Refreshing... Perhaps every so slightly on the tin side... A slight tingle of subtle carbonation... A slightly dry finish...

D - A delicate and sophisticated Tripel... Goes down easy sip after sip... Another damn fine offering from Pretty Things...

Photo of n2185
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear yellow-gold with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: Light spice notes followed strongly by bubblegum, pears, and bananas. Light yeast and bread aromas on the finish.

T: Lots of bubblegum and bananas at first followed by a slightly bitter, hearty bread flavor. There are some spicy yeast notes on the finish as well.

M: Light body with medium carbonation, this beer isn't as thick and sweet as some attempts at the style, but doesn't hit the attenuation needed to make it nice and crisp, either. It feels a bit under-carbonated as well.

O: Overall, a decent tripel, though nothing special. The bubblegum and banana aromas/flavors really dominate the nose and palate instead of letting the yeast and fruity characteristics come through. The attenuation and carbonation are also a bit lower than what I consider makes a good tripel

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Fluffy White Rabbits from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
90 out of 100 based on 591 ratings.