Fluffy White Rabbits - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Reviews: 185
Hads: 620
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 71
Gots: 79 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of HattedClassic
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Pours a clear amber that borders on gold and very white and frothy head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell:
The smell has a strong and bitter hop presence. The nose detects some clove, spices and yeast as well as a bit of alcohol.

Taste:
The hops are flowery with a bitter aftertaste. Some of the flavors include banana, which accompanies the flowery hops, and a little bit of yeast. The malts are fairly sweet but play minor role and are usually overcome by the hops.

Mouthfeel:
Biting carbonation and medium bodied. The beer feels a bit slick and ends dry.

Overall:
A damn fine Tripel and worth getting your hands if you can. I plan on getting at least one more to share with friends. the Tripel is pretty complex but I had to wait a bit for the beer to warm up before I could get the flavors. (812 characters)

Photo of Sam21
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased for $6.99. March 2013 bottle date.

A- Slightly hazy on the first pour. A touch more so on the second. Nice fluffy. White head with excellent retention. Great picture perfect carbonation feeding the head. 

S- I could smell banana the minute I began pouring my first glass. There are great clove spice notes amid other yeast notes. Bubblegum, pineapple, lemon zest, and plenty of banana. 

T- Sweet tropical and citrus fruits open. They are accompanied by a medium slick body that really supports them so nicely. Pineapple, banana, lemon, and plenty of yeasty spice. It's all kept in balance. The sweetness builds and carries into the finish that features spice, a nice mild herbal hop bitterness, and a mild phenolic note. The alcohol is integrated and nods its cap only slightly in the finish. The hops cut through the sweetness and make a memorable appearance without stealing the spotlight.  

MF- Medium body with moderate carbonation and a great slick fullness in the finish. It's certainly not as effervescent as some of the Belgian versions or even other American versions. That said, it carries the fruity flavors so well and does the alcohol content justice. 

O- This is a complex brew, but can be simplified as a hoppy tripel. Plenty of tropical fruit, citrus rind, and spicy yeast notes. It's balanced in some ways, but has so much personality. It's absolutely an expressive and unique tripel, but is put together so well. Well done. Dependable. Exciting. Complex. That said, it can be enjoyed as both a special sipper or an everyday drinker. It's that flexible. This is Pretty Things.  (1,627 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Lord Hobo in Cambridge, MA

A: Pours a clear golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some lemon yellow + orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts with some lighter notes of yeast, spices, and some fruity sweetness.

T: Moderate flavors of pale malts with some light fruity sweetness and some moderate amounts of spices. Light amounts of yeastiness and a light amount of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a really enjoyable beer but one that needs to be enjoyed slowly as the ABV is fairly high and the alcohol is somewhat noticeable. I was really happy to find this beer again since I had really enjoyed it a few years back before I was writing reviews - I had fond memories of the beer and it was just as good. (1,100 characters)

Photo of bobhits
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Classic triple body, orange and yellow hazed to nearly opaque looks just about perfect here. Head and lacing are rather lacking...or heck almost non existent. Edit, second pour form the bottle gave a nice inch of white head. I'm not sure if there's more yeast in the bottle or it was just a faster pour. Still not much in the lacing department.

Caramel malts with clove spices and a very subtle hint of hop aroma in the finish. Not a lot to speak of.

Given the simple nose, I'm rather pleased with the intense and complex flavors. Pear fruit flavor complemented by clove spices and caramel and cracker malts. There's a nice finish of hops, nothing to justify calling it a hoppy triple, but still well done.

I can't find an abv number on the bottle, but this one is clearly a big heavy beer. There's a good bit of carbonation, but the bite of alcohol is a good bit stronger than the carbonation.

A well made triple have a new brewery to be distributed here in Kentucky. Nothing special here, but I can't see anyone a fan of this style being disappointed. (1,060 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well I assume it's from this year making it around 8 or 9 months old. Snagged at the house of 1,000 beers for 5 bucks!

A - A nice hard pour produced a 1/2 inch of foamy white head. Beer itself is a hazy bright yellow with a ton of tiny yeast floaties (to be expected with unfiltered or aged beers)

S - Grassy hops is quite interesting in a triple makes it smell earthy along side of fruity yeasts, bubble gum malts, and coriander spice.

T - Ow that's quite good the hops counter act the dry aspect of your typical Belgium yeasts giving it a fruity sweet body. The finish is a tad bittering with pine and spiced coriander. At times the sweetness reminds me of pound cake. Tasty stuff.

M - Damn good for almost 9% drinks with a medium bodied and has just enough hop bite to conceal any alcohol taste.

Overall I love this experimental brew it takes the aspects of dry hoping and mixes it up with the fruity aspects of your typical Belgium Triple. If it's still around I will be sure to acquire another bottle especially for 5 bucks! (1,035 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours very golden or straw like in color with a fluffy white head. Not much lacing.

S - Pears & apples on the nose, bready malts and spices.

T - Oranges, belgian yeast, grassy & a slightly bitter finish.

M - Somewhat lighter body but medium carbonation.

O - Nice twist to a tripel belgian. Overall, I'd rather just have one style or the other, not combined. (369 characters)

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. (265 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (887 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden to yellow in the glass, but has good head and laces nicely on the glass. Head retention is good too, and the mouthfeel is somewhat creamy. The aroma is grassy and citrus - most likely lemon. Taste is great - but I think this is somewhat misclassified as it comes off as a strong Saison - lots of nice spice and a good citrus presence. (355 characters)

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

hazy straw yellow pour with visible carbonation, 2 fingers of fluffy white head.
smells of orange, bread, lemongrass, peppers.

tastes and drinks much like a saison. bready (yeasty), citrusy (lemon), with a slight peppery bite. sweet backbone to even things out.

medium body, nicely carbonated, rich and creamy yet very refreshing.

this is a fantastic beer - it's hard to be let down by pretty things honestly. (414 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty things fluffy white rabbits

22 oz bottle, pours a slightly hazy gold color. Fizzy white head disappears quickly, leaving a very thin ring. 

Ripe pears and some apples in the nose. Great fruity notes, with just a medicinal touch. A slight yeasty and earthy note in the background. 

Cereal malt feel up front, just a bit of sweetness. Not as much fruit as the nose indicated. Earthy bitterness with a dry finish. Bitterness lingers.

Lighter body, but carbonation doesn't lighten things up very much. Some warmth from alcohol. Not bad. I expected a bit more complexity as the nose indicated.  (603 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A 22 oz. bottle

Pours a really bright gold slightly hazy. Good white head and lacing.

Smell is grainy, yeasty and fruity.

Taste is a nice departure from all the IPA's I have been drinking. This one has lots of Belgian hops which I like better right now. Good citrus rind flavor with fruits and spice. A big dose of orange.

Mouth feel is carbonated nicely and alcohol is hidden. This is a well done Tripel. Top two from the US in my opinion. . (448 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice white head creamy, and solid at two fingers, frozen and nowhere to go, languishises on a simple faint peach yellow body, opaque, with some nice carbonation. Simple solid and nice.

Nose is a bit small, but a noticeable butter diacetyl, but not too big. Some faint floral notes, a mild airy garden sweetness, hints of jasmine and floral/herbality.

Fantastic mouthfeel, of a mild and controlled clotted cream. Palate give off a dense malt and softness, without much heat or boozy. Finish brings some mild hop character, and a lingering floral dryness. Faint hints of citrus orange and melon on the swallow too, mixing in with that big body.

Overall it's the feel of this beer that gets me the most, it's very enjoyable. Super easy to drink too at 8.5 ABV! More Pretty Things home runs! (841 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (2,334 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anything I haven’t had from Pretty Things is an instant-buy; needless to say, when I saw this on the shelf, it was gone. Cheers!

A: Pours a pale, hazy yellow, so lightly colored that it looks like white wine. The head takes after the name, sitting white and fluffy, but dissipates quickly. Layers of foamy lacing and a slight ring of retention cover the interior of the glass.

S: Steady base of vanilla and banana – natural sweetness – adorned with a tart, spicy hop presence. Lemon is the most evident hop aroma, but there are moments of black pepper and ground cinnamon, too. Quite a pleasant yeast presence, showing clove, coriander, and rose water in an estery fashion. One of the few Belgian-style brews that shows totally equal balance between malt, yeast, and hops – excellent.

T: Begins with an unexpected tannic grain flavor, pulling hops slowly from a moderate tingle to the main event; a slow-burning palate, accomplished by the spicy (as opposed to acidic) nature of the hops. Malts are raw and chewy instead of the characteristic smooth of the style; still, the tastes of tapioca, vanilla, and banana are evident, with splashes of orange juice early on. Hops start very herbal and grassy, moving into a peppery bitterness as they blossom into the fore. Breads are sparse, but not totally missing from the palate – bits of smooth yeast appear toward the end of the drink. Aftertaste is herbal and grassy, with dry grain husk tones for the most part.

M: Pretty full-bodied for the style; definitely a sipper, though it has the palate of something more quaffable. Carbonation is light enough to just smooth over the tongue without a moment’s hesitation, contributing to the thickness of the beer.

O: A delicious tripel – standard flavors, but with a hopped-up balance that separates it from the more traditional Belgians you’d come across. A must-try for Belgian fans. (1,899 characters)

Photo of beesy
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A - pours a cloudy medium straw with a 2 finger rocky white head.

S - sweet. Wheat. Lots of typical belgian spicey, peppery estery profles, especially as t warms.

T - pepper, belgian, hoppy, earthy, wheaty, malty, fruity

M - full bodied. A little fuller than I prefer Triples.

D - middle of the road. Not easy nor difficult to consume.

Overall, not a bad beer. I was expecting a little more hoppiness, but I'm not sure of the bottle age (496 characters)

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy light golden straw color. A rocky white head sits on top, but fades quickly to a thin film. It looks fairly lively with a moderate amount of carbonation.

S: Lots of cloves and other spices including black pepper and a touch of coriander. A noticeable amount of hops, creating a tropical fruit aroma also makes a presence.

T: Similar to the aroma with the plethora of spices. The hops make a bigger appearance here than in the aroma as does the typical belgian yeast taste you'd find in belgian pales.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a light, crisp sensation towards the finish that beckons you to take another taste. It is quite refreshing.

O: This is a decent tripel. I like the ingenuity of adding amarillo hops , creating that tropical fruit characteristics. Overall, very enjoyable, but not spectacular. (908 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer yesterday and got a Bomber for $5 as part of a sale. This is batch #2 and was bottled on March 2011. I was really looking forward to trying this 16 month aged brew.

A: Appearance is a hazy golden straw color with a tint of orange. Has a bright white 1/2 inch head, which leaves some nice lacing.

S: The smell is bursting with floral aroma, some lemon zest, clove, grassy noble hops, and a hint of honey.

T: Definitely some orange citrus hops at the front, followed by some peppery spice, pear & banana flavor. Finishes with some bready notes and a bit of bitterness.

M: There is moderate carbonation to this medium bodied brew that has complex flavors which makes this a unique but pleasent drinking experience.

O: Overall the aging of this beer really brings out the flavors 10 fold and make this an excellent beer to try. The 8.5 ABV is well hidden behind all the bursting flavors. One of the best fruit type beers Ive had! (949 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has one of the best names around. It also helps that the style makes Fluffy White Rabbits a must try. It pours a lighter bodied, cloudy yet bright gold in color with a one finger bright white and soapy head. The nose is light and yeasty. There is a light citrusy hop character and a slight buttery aspect, but not like diacetyl, like short termed Chardonnay barrel aging. It's intriguing nonetheless. The flavors are light and citrusy. The yeast is mild yet flavorful. It is what I would call an off dry. There is a light and clean hoppiness. It has nice flavor and does what it promises. It drinks light in body with a light yeasty dryness. I like it. This beer was a great buy at $8.99. Pretty Things continues to impress. (734 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw-like golden color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is VERY spicy. Tons of peppery spice with some Belgian yeast and a hint of coriander. Great, bright green apple...fresh red apple aroma as well. Hints off peaches and banana. Taste is initially very spicy, just like the nose. Very tinglt peppery feel on the tongue at first. Pepper and bitter hops which immediately turn to sweet Belgian yeast and banana. Sweet apple flavor with more hops. Mouthfeel is very crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a very hoppy and spicy tripel, but it tastes damn good! (623 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a small white head and minimal retention as it fades to a small pool and a collar around the glass. decent lacing but not spectacular
S: Smells amazing with notes of pale malt, fruity esters, spicy yeast and a bit of grassy and floral hop aroma.
T: sweet malt starts things off followed by some fruitiness, grassy flavors, some spicy yeast a bit of floral hop comes in as well toward the end. swallow is a touch bitter with more floral hop and fruitiness. This beer is phenomenal.
M: soft but noticeable carbonation and a medium feel in the mouth. very smooth and silky
O: This beer is dangerously drinkable and very well made. the flavors and complexity are astounding. if the head production was bigger this beer would be perfect. This is my first beer from Pretty Things and if their other beers are this good it won't be my last. (880 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottled: march 2011 (batch 2)

pours a very cloudy straw yellow yielding about 1" creamy white/off-white head that lapses rather quickly into the thin cap, collar around the glass; decent lacing.

nose is sweet with notes of spice, yeast, honey and lemon zest; a nice aroma that definitely holds its own, but probably won't floor you. flavor is excellent, an improvement over the nose in my opinion. nice range of notes as it delivers what was evident in the nose and expands on it, notably with a marked jump in the hops department. well-balanced and tasty, with a dry, slightly puckering finish.

medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. overall this a great, enjoyable tripel, full of flavor and quite refreshing... nice take on the style and another hit from pretty things.

originally reviewed: 03-28-2011 (852 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy pale gold with a good 3 fingers of fluffy white head. Decent head retention, webbed lacing and low carbonation.

N: Pear, lemon zest, clove, wheat bread and grassy noble hops.

T: Wheat bread, candy sugar, some orange juice and perhaps a hint of pineapple upfront. This is followed by notes of caramel, banana, pear and honeydew mid-palate. Finishes with grassy noble hops, lemon zest, dried hay and a persisting clove spiciness.

M: Full bodied, soft, creamy, smooth and slightly drying in the finish.

O: As the name suggests; soft and fluffy. Surprisingly juicy on the palate. Very balanced with a nice hoppy zing in the finish of lemony citrus and grassy florals. There is no alcohol presence whatsoever which makes this one dangerously drinkable. This is an excellent American-made Tripel. (826 characters)

Fluffy White Rabbits from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
90 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.