Fluffy White Rabbits - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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3.35/5 rDev -17.3%
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.
05-07-2011 02:31:46 | More by jIsh
3.58/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
05-06-2011 03:39:01 | More by cosmicevan
4.5/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
05-04-2011 16:15:27 | More by rdpoint
3.48/5 rDev -14.1%
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
04-30-2011 00:38:27 | More by n2185
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
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!
04-27-2011 23:44:17 | More by drcarver
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
04-25-2011 20:34:15 | More by BrewCrew2010
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
04-25-2011 16:00:47 | More by billybob
4.05/5 rDev 0%
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!
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.
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.
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.
There's quite the carbonation bite here but it works well because the beer is dry and crisp. Very refreshing and bright.
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.
04-24-2011 22:46:20 | More by MbpBugeye
4/5 rDev -1.2%
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%.
04-24-2011 19:07:46 | More by mavbrew
4.43/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
04-21-2011 23:48:03 | More by sholland119
3.45/5 rDev -14.8%
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.
04-21-2011 17:32:10 | More by oline73
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
04-19-2011 23:43:51 | More by xnicknj
3.8/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
04-17-2011 22:29:18 | More by dciBA
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
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!
04-15-2011 13:02:42 | More by BeerResearcher
4.08/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
04-15-2011 04:22:04 | More by augustgarage
3.88/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
04-14-2011 05:23:21 | More by andrewinski1
4.22/5 rDev +4.2%
22oz bottle poured into a chalice.
Bottle Dated: Mar 2011 Batch 2
A-> Straw colored. Pour yields about .5 finger head that subsides into a clingy ring around the walls of the glass. Some lace but not much.
S-> Smells of Belgian yeast and fruit off the bat. Some hay aromas as well. Very herbal and earthy with some floral notes also. Can't quite pinpoint the fruits.
T-> Holy fruit batman! Definite spicy orange peel and banana. Hops make a splash immediately. Doesn't taste as bitter as it feels but has a large hop presence. Belgian tasting for sure with a malty bread-like back end.
M-> CARBONATION BABY! As mentioned, bitter sting is felt but not necessarily tasted. Dry for sure but in a good well balanced way. I enjoyed the carbonation and would say it is medium-bodied. Really has a bite.
O-> This is really quite enjoyable/drinkable. Tastes so fresh and earthy/grassy = perfect for Spring. Again, enjoyed the hop bite and bitterness, really pops on the tongue. Some may find it too bitter or over the top with hops but I really felt like it was well balanced in a way. Very smooth drinking. Curious as to how this would hold up with some time in the cellar...
04-14-2011 02:17:38 | More by Fluke828
3.48/5 rDev -14.1%
Poured into a pint glass.
A hazy yellowish orange, with a light head.
The aroma is a mix of spices. I picked up some orange, but everything is pretty blended together.
Taking a sip... woah! There are beers that hide their alcohol very well. This is not one of them. This is a potent potable, and it makes it known. Getting past the booziness, the taste is a mix of spices so blended together that I couldn't pick out any particular flavor. It is balanced to be neither sweet nor bitter. But man, that booziness.
Overall, I think the booziness hold this beer back. I regularly drink imperial stouts and strong belgians like it's nothing, but this beer was a bit of a chore to get through.
04-11-2011 14:53:57 | More by timobkg
4.25/5 rDev +4.9%
A - Pours a bright hazy golden-orange color with a think finger of frothy head. The head fades fairly slowly down to a spotty layer leaving some heavy lace on the glass.
S - Nice citrus flavors (lemon peel) and some nice light spices. Also some Belgian yeast, grassy aromas, banana, and other light fruits mixed in.
T - Starts off with some light citrus hops and some banana flavor. Some Belgian yeast in the background. Through the middle some stronger yeast flavor alongside some yeast and spices come through. Finishes with a mix of light citrus flavor, spices, and just a touch of hops that linger nicely.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels really crisp and smooth without being watery at all. Finish is really smooth and pleasant.
D - Very drinkable. The 8.5% abv is not noticeable at all. Nice blend of flavors with a nice addition of a touch of hops. Really smooth and well balanced.
04-11-2011 01:59:28 | More by ngeunit1
4.18/5 rDev +3.2%
A - Very hazy medium straw color. A finger of white head floats above, slowly dissolving into a ring of white.
S - Lots of tripel smells in this. A bit of banana, but also a good amount of musty smells, almost like a saison. However, it's got the freshness of the hops in it to balance it out.
T - Much like the smell, the banana taste is what I can't get over. There's a bit of snap to it, as well, almost spicy. There's a citrus in the taste that I didn't really pick up on in the smell.
M - Seems a little bit under-carbonated for a tripel, or at least the bubbles seem quite small for the style. It's a hint more watery than I had hoped for with this beer, but it's still great.
Overall, it's an awesome beer. A cool take on a style that I haven't seen much done with. I like this beer a lot, and I'm not sure whether it would get better or worse with time...
04-11-2011 01:15:32 | More by gdrydenc
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
A-pours a hazy golden yellow with a fingers width head full of tiny bubbles. Little retention with no lacing.
S-Banana highly present,bubble gum,slight herbal hop notes and a notable graininess.
T-spicy herbal hops with banana and coriander fruit tart apple and pear.
M-light to medium bodied.
D-Let me be clear I am not a fan of Belgians,but that being said this has to be my favorite.
04-10-2011 01:20:15 | More by drinkiusmaximus
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle poured into my Allagash tulip glass. Batch 2, bottled March 2011.
Aroma: Orange peel, coriander, banana, and tart green apples. Big fruity Belgian notes throughout. A touch herbal and earthy flavors in back. The banana really is the most assertive note in the nose.
Taste: Fruity Belgian esters upfront. Notes of banana and citrus zest really provide a nice backdrop. Bitter, earthy, herbal hop notes real in the background. Not overpowering at all, but this beer earns its title as a hoppy tripel.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but the carbonation lifts it up enough to really give it a refreshing quality.
Overall, a really nice tripel with impressive balance. Nice combination of bitter earthy hops and fruity Belgian notes. Another solid, borderline stellar, offering by Pretty Things.
04-09-2011 04:09:29 | More by Gosox8787
3.38/5 rDev -16.5%
On-tap at Apollo Grill, served in an oversized wine glass of sorts.
Pours hazy pale orange, starts out as a thin white cap, left with only a ring by the end, very little lacing.
Smell/taste - Smell and taste are mostly dominated by a huge orange/coriander flavor, reminds me of Sunny D. It's also got a grassy, slightly hoppy saison thing going on similar to Jack D'or. Not much to it other than that.
Mouthfeel feels thin for the style, a bit overcarbonated. Some booze present.
Not bad but definitely lacks the complexity of a good tripel.
04-09-2011 02:21:00 | More by Chico1985
3.8/5 rDev -6.2%
On tap at the Lionheart in Albany, NY.
A: Hazy golden color with a finger of white head. The previous times I have had this beer it had much more clarity. Good head retention and quite a bit of lacing but this is a hoppy tripel. Ho hum.
S: I like that they use mixed yeast cultures on most of their beers. This smells like a nice saison/ tripel hybrid. Lots of earthy hops. Fresh smelling and vegetable in nature.
T: It really reminds me of a hopped up Jack Dor. The beer has a nice fresh malt profile that is quite complex. A little bit of wheat. Lots of esters from what I think is a mixed fermentation. Finishes a little dry with some interesting esters.
M: A little thick at times. Well carbonated.
O: It is a weird beer. One sip it drinks like a champ the next it can feel like a chore. Better on tap than in the bottle IMO in that the extra carbonation really helps it out.
04-09-2011 00:30:00 | More by aerozeppl
4/5 rDev -1.2%
A- Golden straw colored, hazy body, one inch white head that leaves plenty of legs.
S- Belgian yeast, orange peel, sugared malts, light grassy hop aroma.
T- Lots of candy sugar then the hops pop in unexpectedly very interesting turn adds a pop to this brew that I did not expect. Some wheat quality as well, bread puddinglike.
M- Slightly stinging carbonation, dry finish.
O- Very interesting American take on this classic Belgian style. Hops meld beautifully with the classic taste of this brew. Hops werent just carelessly thrown into the kettle.
04-08-2011 19:56:38 | More by foogerd
Fluffy White Rabbits from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
90 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.