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Fluffy White Rabbits - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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BA SCORE
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550 Ratings
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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 70
Gots: 54 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Franchise on 03-25-2010)
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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Sammy, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Texasfan549, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that died down and left lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of spices and yeast in the nose along with some notes of fruit.
T: Like the smell, the taste is both spicy and fruity and has some notes of alcohol. There are hints of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a light amount of dryness in the finish.
O: Because you can taste the alcohol, this is a beer that needs to be consumed slowly, although it is a good sipper.

metter98, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -1%

GRG1313, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

kjkinsey, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a fluffy white head that stands three fingers high and leaves a nice pattern of Belgian lace

Smell: Cakey malt, spicy yeast and grassy hops

Taste: Cakey malt flavors, up front, with a burgeoning spicy yeast character that brings some peppery elements to the profile; by mid-palate, the hops take over with grassy and citrusy elements; after the swallow, the more traditional sweet triple aspect rises a notch, with a bit of candi sugar joining the spicy/hoppy elements in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: I had this on tap when it was fresh and it was much more hoppy but I actually prefer it now as the flavors are more balanced

brentk56, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whimsical floral notions waft over the palate and seem to accompany the "sugar and spice" moniker to adorn the label. It seems that the brewers allowed their four-year old daughter's imaginary friend to name their company and beers. ...and the taste of flowers, perfume, and fruit say much the same.

Fluffy White Rabbits pour with a semi-turbulent action that pulls the cotton-tail foam stance to the top of the tulip with ease. Goldenrod in color, the beer's signature yeasty Belgian haze casts a diffused glow across the glass. Firm retention and decorative patterns of lace round out the aesthetics of the beer.

The perfume and botanical character of the beer really kick off in aroma. Strong flowers and soft spice casts aromas of honey, honeysuckle, rose, passion fruit, banana, clove, coriander, pear, and pepper seem to leap from the rim and startle the olfactories.

Honey-soaked fruits of pear, passion fruit, apricot, papaya, and pawpaws seem to give the otherwise dry fruit flavor a lift with brightness and zeal. Yet, the soft candied taste of powdered sugar and cookie dough gives the beer its roots and ground the fruit sweetness in its semi-malty richness. Light acidity and spice swirl above the fruit and malt with nearly the punch that they do in the nose- but forbid the overtly perfume and favor the soft coriander, curacao, and white pepper. The spice that does linger invites accompaniment from hops that develop from a taste of lemongrass at mid palate and morph towards and hay-like bitterness to finish.

Firmly malted, the tripel remains true to style with a rich pilsner texture that steadies the beer until deep into finish where the warmth of alcohol, balancing hop dryness, and waivering malt sweetness give the beer its semi-dry closure. Embedded and creamy carbonation contributes softness but doesn't allow for the pang of champagne-like effervesence that I look for in authentic, especially Trappist, tripel ales.

The amount and type of flowery overtones are what I normally expect from Witbiers or overly floral blonde ales. This seems to mask the dry spice and earthen tones that are celebrated best in Trappist versions. Its creaminess seems to give the beer more body instead of dryness and is slow to develop dryness. But these are picky criticisms- this is still a very well made tripel ale.

BEERchitect, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

ygtbsm94, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden amber coming through right away with a nice light haziness to it. Nice carbonation bubbling up throughout the glass creating a nice two inch head of white foam across the top that hung around for what seemed like forever.

The aroma was akin to some kind of spicy green tea at first. Lots of light grain, yeast aromas of fresh leaves and a touch of light citrus sprinkled in. A spiciness I am assuming from the Basil leaves, very intresting aroma for sure. The flavor was light, nicely balanced with a lightly grainy start to it, that turned over to some light fruit, peaches? Maybe green apples, coming through in the middle with that nice light and very fresh leaf like flavor. Hints of spice rippled throughout, especially in the finish which was dry and nicely accented.

mikesgroove, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice golden color with a pretty big head on it. The lacing was pretty good as well. The smell of the beer is floral and sweet with a light hoppy aroma in the mix. The taste was sweet upfront and settled into a nice floral spice flavor. The mouthfeel was on the lighter side. Overall I found this beer to be quite enjoyable and I would enjoy having it again one day.

Knapp85, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -1%

SocalKicks, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

nickfl, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 4/14/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, citrus, spices, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of spices, citrus, bananas and caramel. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice Belgian Tripel with good complexity making it worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

Kegatron, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at O'reilly's in Harrisburg -served chilled in a pint allowed to gradually rise in temp.

The color is brilliant golden with sunset appearance with golden brown near the crown so light at the base toward amber above with a rocky 1 inch cap. There is light chill haze with visible carbonation that moves upward slowly. The bead is fine and the lace sticks in a frothy way to the glass. The smell is sweet with some tropical notes from the yeast and a slight orange rind aroma with mild floral hop odors and slight spice with a hint of alcohol. The feel is moderately full bodied with some sugary edges and moderately bitter which gives the perception of balance with the sugar texture and smooth creamy yeast which also brings out some hop acidity and mild toasted malt textures to round out the feel with a semi-dry finish.

The flavor up front is yeasty, tangy and gently sweet with a mild malt body and hint of ripe tropical fruit which leads to a more citrus and spice flavor and the bitterness comes forward in the middle. The flavor is lightly toasted in the malt dept and a slight grassy herbal element also peeks through with only a slight amount of alcohol in the flavor. The gentle citrus notes add a mild level of astringency and you get the idea there is some candy sugar as the flavor leans to the sweet side but a hint of hoppiness is still present in the finish. I liked this beer a lot, it is a satisfying and drinkable beer for the abv, I think it fits the style well -a hoppier, more American take on the tripel style which is refereshing and well brewed.

Slatetank, May 21, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting to try Pretty Things new beers for a while now. Finally they came.

A: Poured into my new Sierra Nevada goblet/tulip with a thick but very fluffy white head (not rabbit, gotcha!) Lots of bubbles in the head as it slowly pops (no hops) its way downwards. The color is very bright but very hazy at the same time. It's like a bright pale golden tangerine color.

N: Very Belgian tripel aroma. Pretty malty at first, lots of Belgian malts especially. Then comes some sweetness and sugar, candi sugar, with a touch of a boozy aroma. A slight fruity banana like yeast aroma appears as well. Behind all that is some grassy and spicy hop aromas but pretty faint comparatively. Some wheat as well.

T: Lots of frothy head hits first, with a nice flow of beer behind it. A nice malty kiss with a slight sweet sugar blend. A nice tripel but maybe even a little light for a tripel. SOme lighter sweet candi sugar, Belgian and grassy wheat malts, with that comes some citrus, lemongrass, orange rind, and some more of that yeasty banana flavor. Some light fruit attached to that. In the middle of all that is a lighter grassy and slightly hoppy earthy hop taste with a slight bitterness. The citrus and rind seem to give it more bitterness than the hop flavors themselves, but that could be from the hops as far as I know. A slight spicy quality, and hints of booze but not much. If this is a high abv beer I would say it is hidden very well. A slight juicy quality comes out as it warms with more orange peel really showing up towards the end.

Edit: As it warms and i get past most of the tripel malts and citrus, a really nice hop flavors and total profile starts to come out. Some nice late addition hops with fresh hop flavor. That just bumped the taste profile quite a bit. I would highly recommend letting this beer warm up a bit before drinking, or have a cellar temp.

M: Lighter than I expected for a tripel (light as a fluffy rabbit, ok last pun I promise), but not too bad, good carbonation.

F: Not too bitter, I was expecting more bitterness here. A looong lingering orange flavor, like biting into a fresh orange. WIth that more citrus and orange peel, a little sticky sweetness leftover but dries off mostly. A slight light body feel on the mouth as if it left the tongue feeling lighter than it started for some reason. Overall a nice tripel with lots of citrus, orange, and bitter citrus. Not as much on the hops as I would have expected from the label, but then again, I'm probably wicked jaded on hops from all the crazy DIPAs I've had, and I know Dann doesn't load up on the hops usually.

jlindros, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of oline73
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with a finger of fluffy white head, that seems very fitting. The head dissipates leaving just a layer. Pretty beer.

Smell: Herbal qualities from the yeast and quite sweet. I also found a hint of sour citrus.

Taste: Again, I'm picking up the spice from the Belgian yeast. This beer is sweet, but definitely not too sweet. There are some floral notes with a bitter hoppy finish. I was expecting more of a hop presence given the description.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation. There is a very mild dryness in the finish.

Overall: I thought this was a good beer, but I wanted more of a hop presence given the description. The other flavors are well balanced and I would have another.

oline73, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cute label, beer served in a tulip. Beer is yellow with a slight haze to it. Forms a white head of medium bubbles that falls away leaving little lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low but steady.

Beer's aroma is clean with some hops in it...oh I get its a HOPPY ale and rabbits HOP. I get it. I'm smart.

Beer has no real forward palate flavor, some carbonation in the mouth and some hop flavors and bitterness in the mid to late palate. Beer is medium to light in body and overall just an average tripel. Nothing too special. They really should have just gone after the hoppiness aspect and brewed a decent base tripel. There is almost a plasticy note to the flavors. Eh, I didn't really enjoy it but it was drinkable enough.

drabmuh, May 17, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Washington House, Sellersville, PA

Poured a hazy golden yellow, moderately carbonated, with a fizzy white head that didn't linger long. Aroma of sweet light malts, citrus, floral notes, with light spices. Nice flavor, full of light sugars, peaches, citrus, and just enough hops to give it a nice dry finish. Light mouthfeel, and quite drinkable.

Rifugium, May 23, 2011
Photo of mactrail
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rich, golden brew with a fine white foamy cap. Tangy and spritzy on the tongue. Quite well endowed with the meaty "umame" flavor of the Japanese. Spicy, salty, fruity all in one. Apricots and honey to give it some sweet and tangy taste.

All the friendly mellow flavors are nicely sharpened by the bitterish yearty tang. The bitterness rises up in the aftertaste, but each sip renews the sweet, malty honeymoon.

This is a good example of the Pretty Things style, which I find totally appealing, which is off-beat but highly drinkable. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Krisp in downtown San Diego.

mactrail, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

beernads, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large four-finger head that dissipates slowly with some chunky lace on the side of the glass. Cloudy like a wheat beer (or a Belgian). Pale gold, dark straw color.

Lots of Belgian yeast aroma. Some light lemon peel, corriander and sour dough. Appealing.

The flavor is consistent with the Belgian pale ale. Only the alcohol warmth in the swallow gives away the potency of this brew. Lots of citrus and light malt flavor. Good sourness from the aforementioned yeast. It's not an everyday beer but it is tasty.

smcolw, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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Fluffy White Rabbits from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
91 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.