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Fluffy White Rabbits - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 69
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
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 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 corby112
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled March 2011, batch 2.

Pours a dark golden orange that is completely opaque with a 1.5 finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a thick lasting ring. Rings and streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma with lots of zesty spice, light fruit and a slight vegetal character. Hints of pepper and coriander along with subtle booze and earthy, piny hops. The resinous earthy hops notes along with the spice give it kind of a saison feel. Underneathe there is a prevalent estery presence with hints of apple, pear and apcot along with some alcohol phenol.

Fuller bodied than expected with a crisp hop bite up front that lingers over the spice, yeast, alcohol and light fruit notes into a slightly dry finish. The floral hops give off a dry, earthy bitterness with some soil/pine character up front which counter the sweeter notes of the beer pretty nicely. Not overly hoppy but just enough to add some complexity and balance. The hops are complimented by some zesty spice, namely pepper, coriander and candy sugar. I'm also picking up some citrus and other light fruits, orange peel, apple, pear and apricot. There is a lot of alcohol flavor toward the end of the palate but I wouldn't really call this beer hot. This is a unique twist on the triple style that they pulled off pretty well.

corby112, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Thanks to SneezyAchew for both the beer and the glass. Batch 2 bottled March '11.

A: Pours a glowing light golden with a couple fingers of fuzzy bright white head that receded into a thick film that lasted forever and left streaks of lacing down the glass.
S: Sweet fruity notes of golden fruits, peaches and white grapes along with notes of herbal hops and earthy Belgian yeast and spices. Smells how a good triple should smell.
T: Lots of big spices in this one but the sweet golden fruits balance it out nicely. Yeast is doughy and delicious. Finish is sweet with just the slightest hint of hop bitterness, and the aftertaste is minerally, lemony,and clean.
M: Slick fuzzy mouthfeel with a good amount of viscosity to the body. Carbonation is fluffy and soft.
D: I really enjoyed this one. It was fruity and spicy in all the right places. Thanks again Michael.

scottfrie, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of sitarist
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another blind review via the blind bif round 5. Thanks to Brez07.

Pours a cloudy, glowing golden color. Lots of tiny bubbles rise up to an inch of white head that falls rather fast, a ring remains leaving a few spots of lacing.In your face aroma. Dried tropical fruits, citrus rind, honey, lemongrass, and banana now & later. Pungent, and inviting it has my mouth watering. Sweet dried tropical fruits start it off, with a floral/herbal quality following, a orange rind bitterness finishes things off. Medium body, slightly creamy with a warm bite hiding underneath. What a wonderful beer?!?! Beautiful color, an in your face aroma, big flavors that never become cloying.

Im guessing its a Belgian inspired beer, it reminds me of something that Fantôme would do.

sitarist, May 27, 2011
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 HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Golden hay colored with a white head. The head consists of large bubbles. Some lacing is left on the glass.

S - Honey, citru, and some spices.

T - Citrus, very floral, and again some spices.

D - Thin in the mouth.

O - Light, but a touch sweet.

HuskyinPDX, May 23, 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 Wisconsinality
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2 poured into Duvel tulip.

Thanks to muttyd for this nice extra.

A- Pours a brilliant golden with a slight haze to it. A nice one finger head off the pour, dies down quickly but leaves decent lacing.

S- A big burst of Belgian yeast greets the nose right away. A little bit of candi sugar and some faint hops in the background. There is a also a slight grassy note in there as well.

T- There are the hops they were talking about. A bit of a tangerine/Belgian yeast combo that goes nicely together. Again, the grassiness pops out at the end to round this one out.

M- Lighter bodied with crisp carbonation. A tad dry on the finish.

O- Definitely an American version because of the aggressive hops. It actually has a nice balance to it though with the Belgian yeast which can be pretty dominant in many tripels.

Wisconsinality, May 14, 2011
Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Town Hall globe on 5/10/11

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a finger of fizzy white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing on the glass.

Smell is of yeast and bread as well as some spices and a hint of fruit.

Taste is of banana bread and malts as well as some spices. Light citrus taste. I like the taste but I would like to have tasted more citrus.

Mouthfeel is moderate weight and chewy. Little bitterness in this one.

Overall this is a good brew and I like it. Nice sipper on a summer evening.

UMNbeerhunter, May 11, 2011
Photo of jIsh
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fluffy White Rabbits was my first experience with a Pretty Things ale. The label artwork is quaint and original, similar to the beer.

This is a good looking beer. A vibrant golden glow accentuates the details of my Odell's tulip glass. One finger of white head dissipates quickly, leaving a thin layer of foam above the beer that does not seem to be going anywhere. A swirl of the glass yields a nice coat of foam around the glass.

The smell is intoxicating and leaves me excited. The smell seems fitting for the style advertised on the label, a boozy, hoppy, tripel. The taste starts smooth with hops and Belgian-type funk up front. That is followed by a bitter alcohol burn. The mixture of hop bitterness and alcohol seems out of place.

Even though it's MO is a hoppy beer, I feel I opened this one too early. Perhaps with some time, this tripel would mellow out and become slightly more balanced. With that being said, it is still a solid beer.

jIsh, May 07, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - Opened the bottle and filled my southampton RIS snifter. Classic cloudy murky soft orange with a thin yeasty head. I couldn't see through the beer, but I could see rampant carbonation dancing in the glass...looked pretty steady and even. Semi-sticky lacing.

s - Bubblegum, clove, banana...a bit grassy...kind of saison-like. A hint of an almost lager too, or at least reminiscent of the part that I dug about the american darling smell (although I wasn't wild for that beer).

t - Much like the nose...bubblegum, clove, banana and that same lagery type of thing (must be a common pretty things ingredient). Not bad, but a bit odd for a tripel in my opinion. Very heavy malty and a touch bitter. The lagery type of vibe (or that common pretty things ingredient) detracts from this beer for me.

m - Good carbonation, tad bittery in the aftertaste. ABV is invisible.

o - Overall it's ok. I've been finding that Pretty Things has a a style to the flavor and sometimes it works (I LOVE Baby Tree and Jack D'Or...and don't even get me started on Our Finest Regards) and other times it is a bit off. None-the-less, this is a brewery worth checking out and I will continue to try their catalog. I could see people loving this one and I can also see them not being blown away (which was the case for me). Easy drinker though...just a bit overboard on bubblegum...kind of like if Short's made a beer called bubblegum.

cosmicevan, May 06, 2011
Photo of rdpoint
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Very nice soft translucent yellow, little to no head and dissipates quickly. Small amount of flowties, similar to a Bell's Ale style.

S-Citrus with a hint of apricot smell is about all I could get.

T-Like liquid candy, apricot taste is followed by a dry bitter ending. Like drinking something then having it yanked away, you want more, pretty soon you'll wonder why there's nothing in your glass.

M-A little on the light side but I think thats a good thing, low in carbonation.

O-This beer is awesome, a fruity taste smacks your pallet first, followed by a very dry ending, leaving you wanting more. It would be easy to knock back a lot of these and wonder where the day went.

rdpoint, May 04, 2011
Photo of n2185
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
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

n2185, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of drcarver
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

drcarver, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow body. White fluffy head that quickly recedes to nothing. No lacing.

S: Nice spicy aroma (clove is very strong in the nose), Belgian yeast, caramel malt backbone, coriander, banana, light citrus hops, & pears.

T: A very juicy tripel with a great hoppy twist. Flavors of pear, sweet bready malts, citrus hops, banana, & spices. Nicely balanced and wonderful take on the style.

M: Light-medium body; loads of carbonation making this tingle on the tongue; crisp and refeshing mouthfeel.

O: Really enjoyed this beer. Thought it was a nice take on the style. Very easy to drink 2-3 of these and it was nice "Easter" beer.

BrewCrew2010, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of billybob
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz. brown bottle with label over the cap printed bottled mar 2011 batch 2

pours lightly clouded and a slightly darker shade of golden color quarter inch head very little lace. smell is much better with pear and apple and hints of alcohol. fruity up front malt and yeast then some warming from the alcohol. taste is well balanced and complex. smooth easy to drink with a nice warming alcohol that is not overpowering. this one could sneak up on you real fast.

billybob, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was a gracious freebie sent to me by ShogoKawada. We waited to have this one for Easter, but actually consumed a few days before. Thanks Phil!

Appearance
Poured into a couple slender chalices. The head is a nice stark white that wants to leave lacing but is only partly successful. The beer, at first, looked too clear, but once the glass filled it looked alright I guess. It was still a bit light and clear, but in all it looked pretty good.

Aroma
Wow this is a juicy smelling Tripel. Lots of pear and sweet yellow apples. The usual estery Tripel yeast is there, giving off herbs and earth.

Taste
Very much in line with the taste. Lots of juicy pear and golden apples. A little bit of secondary fruit notes are coming through, such as banana and lemon. Some lighter, crackery malts build a tertiary base.

Mouthfeel
There's quite the carbonation bite here but it works well because the beer is dry and crisp. Very refreshing and bright.

Overall
I liked this one handily. Very juicy, and indeed, quite hoppy but never bitter or aggressive. The hop bill was chosen wisely to create a very beneficial juiciness and pear element.

MbpBugeye, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of mavbrew
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into DFH signature glass.

A: The pour is a golden color with a finger thick "fluffy white" head that slowly dissipates.

S: The scent is an herbal spice, there is some yeast like notes,and a banana characteristic to it.

T: The taste is exactly as you smell the beer. The upfront taste has some spices coming through with some herbal notes. The fruit like characteristics come through in the middle and the finish is dry and spicy.

M: Medium bodied with a tingly carbonation. The feel is spicy and dry.

D: It's only fitting to drink this beer on Easter. This tripel from the "Gypsy" Brewery that is Pretty Things is a very good beer. It has nice spicy notes with subtle fruity characteristics, well balanced and a very easy drink at 8.5%.

mavbrew, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of sholland119
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy golden hay color with a frothy white head and a bit of stickiness.

S-Sweet pear, banana and pineapple with a touch of honey and Belgian yeast.

T-Sweet fruitiness, banana and clove with some piney hops and a fine Belgian zing in the finish. Delicious.

M-Medium bodied, slightly dry finish.

O-Really good version of a hoppy tripel. Delicious.

HV

sholland119, Apr 22, 2011
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 xnicknj
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at hawthornes in philly

Pours a clear straw color with some darker gold tones, thick fluffy head, tons of spotty lacing, layer of filmy retention which lasts throughout the beer.

Soft fruit sweetness, banana and clove, floral hops, hints of spices and herbs.

Slight hint of floral hops with spice and pepper up front. Fruited sweetness, banana and pear, a bit juicy. Slight yeasty funk and lemon grass. Toasted biscuit and straw malt. Finished a bit hoppy and dry, hint of alcohol.

Lighter medium body, higher carb, tingly and dry. Drinks well, fairly refreshing despite the higher ABV which is actually masked nicely. Would drink again.

xnicknj, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of dciBA
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a tulip. Hazy golden yellow color. About one inch of white head, very little lacing.

Smell is quite strong, and quite pleasant. Banana and some other generic fruitiness. There's some coriander as well, giving this an almost hefeweizen type smell. Some citrus hops are present as well, and mix in nicely.

Taste is also quite fruity. Lots of banana. The hops are more present now, but come across as herbal and earthy with the citrus less of a factor. Finish has a pretty strong spiciness to it.

Body is on the thin side, but doesn't bother me at all. Finish is dry fro the style, but I prefer that anyways. There is some warming as it goes down, hinting at the 8.5% but not detracting too much from the overall score. Not my favorite PT beer, and certainly not the best tripel, but well worth seeking out this interesting take on the style.

dciBA, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle. Freshness date stamped on cap cover.
Served in a Chimay golblet.
It looks like a dull caramel candy drop with a snow-white head on top. Not much in the way lacing.
The aroma is Tripel all the way. Caramel candy, woody, resinous, citrusy lemon zest, yeasty and bready at once. A slightly medicinal bandage smell (in a comforting way) is in the background. Lovely!
It is hoppy for a Tripel, but it says so on the label, so be ready for a resinous, citrusy blast. A taste of white rum and sweet caramel are steadying influences, but really can't, or don't care to compete. A light taste of banana bread slides in and stays till the end. The candy sugar inches forward as it warms.
The body is fairly substantial and slightly oily. It's meant to be quaffed, not gulped, but it's hard not to take huge slugs now and then for the fuller effects.
Somehow I suspect that Dann Paquette understands this phenomena when he brews certain styles in his own off-the-path way and just smiles a knowing smile realizing the consumer will somehow “get it”. I’ll get some more!

BeerResearcher, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

augustgarage, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The color is light straw and slightly hazy. There is a nice 2 finger nearly all white head that leaves a bit if sticky lacing.

The aroma has a good amount of orange candy and a hint of spicy hop character.

The taste starts out with a mild sweetness akin to a sweet lemon candy. There is a bit of a honey flavor there too. All this is wonderfully balanced by a gentle hop finish and a nice spicy yeast flavor; both yielding a slightly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium, and dare I say a little "fluffy." This one drinks about as crisply as a tripel can.

This is a wonderful tripel. It is a little more hoppy and a bit lighter feeling than some of the Belgian styles I've had, making it almost like a heavier saison, but it's really delicious nonetheless.

andrewinski1, Apr 14, 2011
Fluffy White Rabbits from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
90 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.