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Fluffy White Rabbits - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 71
Gots: 57 | 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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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.

Photo of philbe311
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of foam recedes to one fingers worth before displaying any retention... The head is slightly off-white thick, creamy, and frothy... Moderate retention gives way to a lacing with the ssame characteristics... Loaded with small bubbled slightly sluggish carbonation... A bronze honey color with a slight haziness... Loads of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A solid subdued traditional Tripel aroma... Yeast... Candied sugars... A touch of citrus based hops... A faint spiciness... Some bready notes...

T - A mild yeast presence... Some bready malts... Some lemon zest... An earthy euro hop presence... A slight spiciness lingers on the finish... Subtle complexities give way a darn tasty brew...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Delicate... Refreshing... Perhaps every so slightly on the tin side... A slight tingle of subtle carbonation... A slightly dry finish...

D - A delicate and sophisticated Tripel... Goes down easy sip after sip... Another damn fine offering from Pretty Things...

Photo of jbertsch
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another winner from Pretty Things, IMO.

Poured into a chalice. Appearance is virtually opaque, yet bright. Honey-orange in color. I got just a little head in my chalice, and what I got didn't stay long. But this was the only fault I found with this beer.

Taste is citrusy - mainly lemon and orange. It's also earthy and summery. Mouthfeel is smooth, although is looks crisp. Drinkability is excellent for a tripel.

This beer brings out the simple characteristics I love of tripels and ditches anything else. It tastes tripel-influenced, not so much a traditional tripel. Semantics. It's clean, well-made and enjoyable. Enjoy!

Photo of drabmuh
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Brad for sharing this at his tasting on Saturday!

This interesting beer appears a hazy straw hue with a somewhat smallish head and minimal lacing. Aromas of spices, hops (much more present than in a normal tripel), and lemon zest. The beer tastes pretty decent, but not great. There is a slightly weird flavor that lingers a bit in the aftertaste. Overall, a pretty average brew. I'm not sure hoppy and tripel are a good marriage.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a goblet.

L - hazed golden yellow color with a white head that thinned out to a center cloud/island.
S - sweet candied sugar smell, very much a Tripel aroma.
T - the sweetness starts things off and then takes a sharp turn to mouth puckering bitterness leading to a crisp, dry finish followed up with a sticky-sweet taste left on the lips.
F - medium bodied, well carbonated.
D - very easy to drink but use caution: the abv will catch up with you.

Photo of cpone
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very light gold/straw body with a bit of haze. Three finger head disappears quickly, leaving a faint ring of lacing.

S: Pretty strong hops, very floral, with an equally strong sweet malt nose. I get a little sweet corn almost. Can detect a little bit of alcohol, but it's not over powering.

T: Like the nose, pretty hoppy up front but quickly fades to sweet malt and alcohol. Some spice - maybe all spice. I get a harsh alcohol finish.

M: A little thin for this style. I think if it were more full bodied, the alcohol wouldn't feel so harsh and out of place.

D: All of the Pretty Things beers i have tried have been very drinkable, save for this one. It just felt too harsh. Next, i'll pair with a strong, stinky cheese.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to jlindros.

Pours a pale gold color with a small white head, the only underwhelming aspect of this beer.

Scent of spicy hops, yeast, sugar, candi sugar, earth, and some caramel. A nice balanced scent with a good hop presence.

Taste of spicy hops, dry malts, sugar, and yeast. A tasty beer with nicely masked alcohol, but not very complex.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and clean with good carbonation.

Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Cap tape says "Bottled Mar 2010 Spring Time!"

Poured into a Harpoon tulip, formed a 3/4" off-white head above the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head dwindles slowly, with plentiful sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet yet lightly prickly.

Taste starts sweet as expected, but with a pleasant balancing hoppiness on the flipside. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and silky smooth, with quite easy drinkability, esp for the abv. Worth the trouble to find. Luckily, I have to expend little effort to get, yay for me!

Fluffy White Rabbits from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
90 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.