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Fluffy White Rabbits - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 569
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 71
Gots: 62 | 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: 569 | Reviews: 180
Photo of gameface23
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Extremely hazy orangish-yellow with a fluffy white head. It really is an attractive looking beer.

S: Belgian phenols (clove, apple), but not what I was expecting. I was anticipating more of an American hop presence in the aroma and I was somewhat let down with the initial olfactory test.

T: Awesome! The American hop presence that was lacking in the aroma was just playing a game of hide and seek on me. I took my first sip and it was as if I had yelled "Olly Olly Oxen Free!" and my friend Amarillo came out of hiding. I tasted traditional Belgian tripel flavors along with a smooth blast of orange blossom.

M: Medium-bodied. The mouthfeel accompanies the hops and dryness of the Tripel style perfectly.

O: A great offering from a brewery that is local to me. I will definitely pick up a few bombers each year that this is released to celebrate the oncoming Spring.

Photo of Sensaray
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, batch 2, into glass. enjoying the artwork and name

pours a nice golden color which i cant see through. the head is white and dissiapates very quickly

berries at first, apples sometimes. also prominently getting that smell of the peaches & pears you can eat in a can. smells so deliciously sweet.

this tastes amazing. bursting with the tripel flavor first and finishes with the hops which linger in a good way. the flavors both linger and i definitely liked to take time in between sips to savor all this flavor. sweet fruit flavor. very great balanced taste. has a buttery smooth mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

put this beside delirium tremens and la fin du monde any day and I'd say it'd be just underneath them. this is very good and being from MA, it's nice to have this brewery close by. I'm gonna need more. maybe a case...

Photo of perrymarcus
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.

Photo of SirSketch
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright yellow and murky. Soft white head falls to a ring and leaves nice lacing.

S - Pepper, wheat, coriander, citrus and floral notes upfront. There's a multigrain bread, almost nutty smell that seems a bit off.

T - Firm bitter hop, along with tangy citrus and light grain flavors. Definite floral hoppiness.

M/O - A little thin for a tripel. Lacks a little in complexity, too. Easy to drink, though.

Photo of celticfutblclub
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. march 2011 batch 2. fresh as can be.

ah pretty things my first review of your stuff certainly not my last and certainly not my first beer of yours (or of fluffy white rabbits). also it must be noted how awesome your art work is. wholesome ridiculous (in a great way) playful all around just quality.

A - yellowy orange with a nice head that settles to a whisper quickly but holds there.

S - floral and citrus are definitely the prominent two here. further sniffs and im noticing some banana in the background here.

T - citrus and hops attack first. can taste some apple in there and banana. bitter but it doesnt hit too hard and doesnt stick around too long either. light taste of alcohol compliments in the end.

M - great level of carbonation here which i've come to expect from pretty things. tickles the tongue but doesn't numb. its not thick but its thicker than it looks which i feel detracts a bit.

O - a very quality beer. everything they put out seems to be. its not my favorite by them but its certainly in the top 5. keep 'em coming.

Photo of Duhast500
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2
Bottled March 2011

Poured from a 1pt. 6oz bottle into a Chimay challace.

The color is cloudy yellowish/orange with two finger of foamy white head and some lacing left on the glass.

The smell is yeasty with some banana aroma and some grain flavors present in the nose. Sweet and sugary, the nose reminds of banana Now & Laters.

The taste is again yeasty with some grainy flavor that is popping out with the short, first sip I took. There is a buttery like flavor but is held up by some fruity sweetness that drops all else away till there is a slight bitter turn toward the end. There is an almost marsh mellow like flavor in the background of this beer that is intertwined with the sugar flavor.

The feel of this beer is big and fluffy, (if I can steal from the name) there is a loosely open feel to this beer. It is big but it is also inflated with carbonation to make it feel light at times.

Photo of ksimons
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy golden with a fingers worth of white head that leaves some lacing on top

S-sweet malts, yeast, and a hint of hops

T-hops comes out more in the taste, but is predominately sweet, spicy yeast, and doughy malts. The hops picks up in the middle to end.

M-medium body and carbonation, dry finish

D-very drinkable, refreshing, and has the right balance between the hops and typical Triple sweetness

Photo of OldIronLungs
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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 msubulldog25
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cleaning the basement today and found a few stray notes that escaped me last summer. Tasted 08/21/2010, a 22 oz. bottle (Mar 2010 - Spring Time!) to a pint glass. Thanks to hoppymcgee/Greg for sending as part of a 'Christmas in July' box.

Love these Pretty Things labels: kinda creepy, yet colorful and eye-catching. This one features a number of nattily clad bunnies riding in and gathered about a covered wagon. A slightly trippy Peter Rabbit illustration...

A: Pale golden with several hearty stems of carbonation rising to a nearly 2-finger tuft of white. Good clarity, but already a little hazy dust after 4-5 months since bottling. Decent retention, but fades in a few minutes to a cracked film. Blotchy/spongy lace stripes.

S: Lovely flowery/grassy scent, some sweet honey and biscuits. Hops aren't pronounced: they do just enough reign in what could be a grainy/cereal-sweet malt bomb.

T: Springy, slightly zesty/citrusy 'farmhouse'-feeling tripel with a terrific, balancing dose of spicing hops. Pilsner-like doughy malts, pepper-dry and vaguely fruity. Anytime the sugary sweetness of the underlying tripel wants to leap forward, the hops restore order. An interesting twist on the classic Belgian stylings.

M: Starts clean and almost refreshing, but malt stickiness catches up later. Good effervescent carbonation and a dulled bitterness drawn out through the finish. Medium body, although some spicy tingle seems to thicken it a bit.

D: Really tasty, easy enough to drink. The 8.5% strength hardly shows until the finish: proceed with caution! 'Hoppy Triple' is such an interesting concept - this blurs a line between the styles well, tho' not as well as the pinnacle of the style IMO Houblon Chouffe (listed as a 'Belgian IPA' on BA). A worthy substitute, one I'd like to have more of next spring. [note: it now is ALMOST 'next spring'... need more NE traders!]

Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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

Photo of swierczt
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: yellow golden straw color, slightly cloudy, nearly no head even when pouring vigorously. No lacing left behind on the glass. Liked the unique artwork on the bottle.

Smell: Honeysuckle, biscuit, faint green apple. Don't get any notes of citrus from the hops.

Taste: Light lemon zest, corriander, bitter hops are apparent in the middle, then subsides to a yeasty biscuit sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel: effervescent, light bodied, clean.

Drinkability: Liked it, very drinkable. Not as sweet as a traditional tripel. I would classify this offering as a tripel with a twist.

Photo of crusian
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle from awesome girlfriend...
bottle pours an almost dayglow yellow with little head.
Smells like a saison... not a triple. lemon, belgian saison yeast, and some hints of citrus hop presence... bottle is a spring '10, from march, so I am not holding my breath on the hoppy portion.

tastes like a lemon saison. lots of lemon, but it not overpowering. I get no hops, but this isnt bad. A bit of spice in it as well.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Mar 2010 Spring time

A. Pours a thick hazy yellow into my Weyerbacher tulip. A creamy two finger white head rises on top and settles to a foamy cap over the first minute.

S. Belgian spice, bread, grape peel, and some wood character are all evident.

T. Lots of earthy herbal hops with lemon peel and some pepper spiciness.

M. Medium bodied with a brisk level of carbonation that lifts the flavors off your tongue so as not to overwhelm the palate.

D. While it lacks the sweetness and overtly fruity character that I generally associate with a tripel, it adheres to the BJCP guidelines very well. The alcohol is well hidden for an 8.5% beer. While I'm not overwhelmed, this is a respectable beer that delivers on the style.

Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw golden yellow, lots of carbonation. Citrus-malty aroma, some spice, coriander, maybe cinnamon? Taste is a bit sweet, some citrus hoppiness and ginger. Mouthfeel is a bit thin; I'm not crazy about this one, not enough in the belgian tradition.

Photo of kkipple
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jlindros for being my constant go-to guy for these fascinating Pretty Things beers. Here we have another unusually drawn bottle with a bottle date of March 2010 on the neck. I dig the design, tho the bottle art is always a bit trippy. Interesting all the same.

A. Bog-standard golden ale, hazy. An aggressive pour only generates a finger head. Fades too quickly too, alas! No lace and eventually, no bubbles at all. Could be better here.

S. Crisp sweet green-apple tart Belgian malts blend with a slight soapy note. A bit of sulfur here too, but it ain't bad. Booze as it warms. Pretty clean yeast strain -- could use some more character. But it's good.

T. Hmm, nice hops! This is a spicy, hoppy, golden ale. Not totally sure that I'd call it a Tripel, but close enough maybe. Sweet, and has some good tart Granny Smith going on, a hint of pepper, finishes a little wetter than I'd like with a bundle of Euro-hop notes that jump out at you and add some interesting pungent-green flavors. The bitterness complements the malt sweetness nicely and lingers long into the finish. Reminds me of a hoppier Russian River Damnation. Which is good, but also means it lacks that elusive, flighty Belgian "magic" from the yeast.

M / D. Excellent carbonation level, (Pretty Things has this down, I feel like), crisp and bright in all the right places, finishes sweet-pale and Noble hoppy; spicy, really. Unintentionally paired with a very bachelor-esque Digiorno spicy chicken pizza; it went together well. Drinks quite easy for 8.5%. Or maybe I'm just getting better at putting these away.

Well... Fluffy White Rabbits was gone in short order, that's for sure. This is a tasty beer, but with a bit of tweaking I think could really come into its own. Needs a bit of panache and unique style, if I may say so. Then again, if I brewed this, I'd be joyous. Recommended if you can get it. Keep an eye on these Pretty Things kids.

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to GoGriz for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a nice cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, bready, some coriander, pepper. The taste is malty/yeasty, bready, coriander/pepper. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew, a little to spicy though.

Photo of deereless
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A solid inch of head on a hard pour, very light and fluffy head that dropped quicker than expected for a triple, dark straw to light gold in color - 3.50, S: I pickup a mildly tart aroma that reminds me of green apple, there is also some green that reminds me of freshly mowed grass, faint honeydew melon - 4.00, T: There is a slight citric zest on the tongue, noticeable hop bite, quite earthy and herbal ending with a grapefruit-like sweetness, candied sugars are quite prominent, dry finish and slight alcohol - 4.25, M: Light to medium mouth feel, a slight slickness to the beer - 3.50, D: A solid interpretation of a triple, quite drinkable and refreshing - 4.00

Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip. Special thanks to axeman9182 for this from our recent trade!

Bottled MAR 2010 SPRING TIME!

A: Pours a gently hazy gold. Sitting on top is one finger of creamy bright-white head. Retention is fleeting and a few whisps of lace are left behind. Swirling tendrils of yeast are visible.

S: Mostly apples, pears, and peaches with some clove-y undertones. Maybe a touch of banana, as well?

T: Exactly as above.

M: Pretty dry yet with a definite sweet character. Full and sticky despite the dryness.

D: A fantastic drinking Tripel. Alcohol is virtually non-existant. Great beer!

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was only told that this was a tripel when I asked about it. It was served to me in a twelve ounce glass and I enjoyed it very much. It was a little on the dry side but I wouldn't have guessed it was a "hoppy' Tripel. In any case I really enjoyed it. The alcohol is high enough to pack a punch but not so high as to knock you out (pardon the metaphor). Very good drinker. I'll get it again.

Photo of EPICAC
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This Tripel pours a cloudy, golden-tinged, straw color. It's topped by a sudsy, white, short-lived head that fades to a sudsy, patchy film. The aroma is that of a classic tripel. There are fruity notes of banana and citrus, subtler notes of yeast, and grassy hops. The hop aromas are well within the range of a standard tripel.

There's a mildly sweet grainy maltiness upfront. Banana and citrus appear in the center. The finish has a bit of pepper, and a strong, grassy bitterness. This beer is medium-bodied, and moderately carbonated, but it feels a bit thin, which is my only complaint.

Fluffy White Rabbits is a very refreshing beer, and it has a nice interplay between fruity yeast flavors and hops. My only complaint is that it feels a bit thin.

Photo of mcallister
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden with a small white head and a light haze.

Clove with a very floral ester that is very pleasant. Spicey fruity character very reminiscent to a Gewurztraminer wine. Loam, limestone earthy aromas. Very nice.

What a crazy tripel but oh so good. First off it tastes like a bowl of fruity pebbles cereal but with only the lemon fruity pebbles. Obviously lemony with hints of clove, earthy , flowers, loam, spice, and apricot. Light in weight and body but big in flavor.

Photo of axeman9182
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy golden yellow into my Duvel tulip. Judged on the first pour alone I would have scored a 3 for appearance, as a two finger white cap formed and dissipated quickly without leaving much lacing behind. The second pour was a bit better though, with a 3+ finger head that stuck around at least briefly. Still not much in the way of lace though, and this is one style where I definitely have some expectations in that department. The nose is decent, an appreciable sweetness and some juicy citrus hop notes fill in where usually I'd notice the yeast's influence. Fluffy White Rabbits is a damn tasty beer, a brief opening hop bitterness quickly fades and is replaced by traditional tripel pale malt sweetness and yeast spiciness. The beer closes beautifully with the aforementioned hops, still juicy and citrusy. The mouthfeel is appropriately light for the style, with a nice bubbly carbonation. No booziness at 8.5% is always appreciated, and helps make this beer disappear quickly, though any brew that tastes this good isn't bound to last long in my glass. Another wonderful beer from Dann Paquette at Pretty Things, but that's par for the course from them.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to rlmartin for this delicious brew.

A - Beautiful brassy-golden hue; sparkling and clear if poured carefully (there is some serious sediment that settles out of this brew.) It has a nice white head, but it is short-lived and there is not a tremendous amount of lace, either.

S - Great leafy hop aroma and the pristine crisp and fresh character that is expected in a fine Tripel. The aroma is somewhat reserved, but it works well in the grand scheme, as it allows the tremendous flavor and body of the brew to shine.

T - The taste is phenomenal. Just everything I want in a Tripel. Very bright flavors and exceptional balance are the hallmark of this brew. The pale malt is pristine, crisp, slightly bready, with mineral-water elements; the hops are very balancing and still flavorful, interesting and sublime. And of course there is the fruity-floral esters imparted by the yeast which are punctuated by a little bit of an alcohol kick. Highly recommendable.

M - Very enhancing; effervescent, crisp, refreshing, lighter-medium-body.

D - I am crazed over this brew. I will crave it daily, from now until I live in a distribution area.

Photo of abriggs1
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is much better than the Baby Tree I had by these guys. The color is a beautiful and fresh looking; a beautiful golden hue with a bit of cloudiness. Smell is weak compared to the taste. Carbonation is subtle but fits the style. The taste is extreme in it's peach and melon flavors, and has a hop profile that is both smooth and strong. This duality is very unique and extremely complex. There's a whole lot of floral and honey on the aftertaste.

This beer manages to be smooth, balanced, and sharp all at the same time. Completely original. I've never had a beer that tastes much like this at all. This is one of the most original beers I've ever come across.

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Fluffy White Rabbits from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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