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Baby TreeBaby Tree

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Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Baby Tree was our first Easter beer. We LOVE Easter here at Pretty Things. Usually after the long Boston winter, we’re itching to bring out the bunnies, bonnets and yellow fluffy chicks and get on with our Springtime.

The Baby Tree is a real tree. This must be said. It dwells in Sexhow and carries cavorting baby-dolls and in season, a few pears appear. It belongs to great friends of Dann & Martha, and they chose to rescue these small plastic people from a landfill-fate by allowing them to ride in their pear-tree many years ago. And thank heavens they did.

Our Baby Tree is a very magical, traveling tree filled with waving, happy babies, some of whom may or may not resemble Mikheil Gorbachev. There may also be some discrepancy in the number of limbs, but we cannot be sure where other baby heads may be poking through the leaves so we don’t worry ourselves about it. If you want, read our poem about it.

Baby Tree beer is a Pretty Things take on the best of Abbey-style brewing from Belgium. Inspired by monastic and abbey quadruples, embellished with dark fruit flavours, not too sweet, not too heavy, it’s a springtime beer with some of the richness of late winter. It makes it perfect year round, so that’s when we offer it! You should be able to find it most months of the year, on draft or in bottle.

All in all, it’s our way of bringing a bit of Springtime to you and to us, all year round. Hooray!

Added by twelvsies on 04-21-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 351 | Ratings: 820
Photo of ClassicBrad
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle lists that this is batch three of this brew and bottle on October, 2009. Less than four months before it reaches my lips. Very cool to have on a label.

Pours a very deep ruby red with a little bit of a purple tint. Healthy head that maintains and laces moderately; in chunks.

Smell is of phenol and tart suggestions of cranberry juice. Also showing of some spicy, Belgian yeast.

Taste is like a mix between a belgian-style quad and cranberry juice or sour cherry; very sweet and tart while also very bold. Compliments perfectly with the standard spicy yeast of the quad style.

Mouthfeel is beautiful and refreshing. Tops this outstanding beer off to be so exuberant and tingling.

Drinkability is insane for a 9% belgian-style ale. (I see its listed as 8.7% on here but the bottle says 9%).

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Photo of Perkyanda
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It pours a dark brown, with a creamy chocolate color, with a touch of grey to it. It's head is a lighter color--not true white, but a light yellowish color about a finger's width wide, with tight bubbles. It smells a little like caramel to me--I can't really gt any other sense of the smell, and its very faint--there's maybe a touch of an earthy scent, but that's all, really.

This beer strikes me as relatively cool, for a beer of its strength--it doesn't warm me up immediately, and it goes down smoothly. The first actual flavor I notice is one of sweetness--again, a sort of rich, caramelly sweetness. I can sense some dark fruit, but can't get the plums themselves. The beer almost seems to have a creaminess to it as well, both in flavor and texture--the mouthfeel is both thick and smooth. It doesn't have a lot of a flavor kick to it, but it does make it extremely easy and satisfying to drink.

I absolutely love this beer. It's one of my favorites. I'll be buying it again, and again, and again.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Cap tape says Batch 2, Bottled July 2009.

Poured into a Chimay chalice, formed a 3/4" brown head over the cloudy dark red brew. Frothy head receds very gradually, with a thick coating of lace. Aroma is yeasty, spicy, and dark fruits. Taste is moderately sweet upfront, fruit in the middle, and the close finds the spice and alcohol coming together. I'm having trouble separating the flavors, they all merge so well. Mouthfeel is way smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Liking this.

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Photo of JimbobAlonymous
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tried a glass of this beer from the Blind Pig pub in Athol, Mass. The beer tap was actually a tree with babies in it.

I wasn't sure how well a beer with 9% alcohol would taste, but I was plesantly surprised.

It had a slightly fruity smell, but not strong like juice or anything, just slightly detectable.

The flavor was fantastic. I have never had a beer like this before, it was very clean and crisp, but still felt like drinking a beer. No bitter taste what-so-ever. It wasn't too sweet either. It was like they made a fantastic beer using the cleanest water in the world somehow...not sure how they pulled that off.

Feels very good in the mouth and goes down smooth. Not a chugging beer by any means, but it's smooth enough where that 9% could get you in trouble pretty quickly.

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Photo of tone77
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My 1,000th beer review
Poured from a brown 22oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head, good carbonation. Smell is very fruity, plums, maybe banana, yeast. Taste is also very good, plum, cherry, banana, some alcohol is present but well hidden for the most part. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall I would highly recomend this beer.

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Photo of taez555
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a murky brown body with a decent off-white/tan head.

Nose is very subtle with some soft chocolate, yeast and dark fruit notes. Honestly it's very very subtle and needs a bit of time to warm before any strong aromas come out.

Taste is full bodied with an immediate Belgian quad kick. Dark muted dark belgian malts, some subtle wheat, yeast and dark fruits. Rich raisins, plums, figs, currants, dates and other dark muted fruits. A slight candy sweetness blends in well. Hops are kept in balance giving a nice firm, but subtle bitterness and at the same time adding some earthy, leafy flavors that work well against the earthy dark fruit flavors.

Jesus Christ, I used to say no one could brew a decent Belgian quad except for the Belgians and Unibroue from Canada, but this has proven me wrong. It's definitely not Dann's previous Rapscallion Creation type quad, this is very much it's own beer and with the addition of the plums actually very true to style. This beer can hold it's own with Chimay or Westy any day of the week. Kudos to Dann. Every beer you've brewed is phenomenal.

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Photo of bceagles39
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the 22oz bottle at Easten Standard (Boston, MA) on May 26, 2010. Batch 3 (October 2009).

Pours a deep brown with a slight reddish hue, slightly cloudy. Beautiful fluffy head with great retention and nice sticky lacing.

Very sweet smells of sugar and berry fruits. Rich malty smell but not burnt.

Big flavors. Tastes sweet but not cloying or overpowering. Plum and chocolate. A balance of three things, the fruit sweetness (borders on tart), some hoppiness towards the end, and the malt. A faint spiciness too.

Medium to full bodied, relatively high fizz. Dangerously drinkable. Alcohol very well masked.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a brownish plum color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a thin cap of lacing. The aroma is of plums, cloves, lots of spice, hints of bubblegum, and Belgian malt. This beer smells really good. The taste is much like the aroma. There is lots of spice, lots of malt, and enough fruit to balance things out. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a silky texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a really good quad that I will surely drink again.

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Photo of avalon07
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a brownish color with ruby tints and a thick consistency. There was a surprisingly small amount of head that quickly dissipated. Below average lacing.

S: A big, enticing aroma of fruit, yeast, malt, and sugar.

T: Tasted of apples, yeast, figs, malt, and a hint of chocolate. A very complex and flavorful beer. This is basically a Belgian beer that wasn't made in Belgium.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a well made, easy to drink, and very focused beer. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of DIM
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #2, July 2009

a: This was a deep, dark, and shiny coppery ruby color. It poured into my new White Birch glass (thanks Bill!) with a thick, frothy, light tan colored head that faded to clumpy lace.

s: Baby Tree gives off soft and enticing aromas. The candied sugar plays nicely off the sweet raisin and plum aromas. This is on the spicy side for the style, I got some apple cider type spice that was very appealing. There was also a little flowery warmth coming off of this one.

t: (Dried?) plums, raisins, and to a lesser extent, apple flavors are all enhanced by a dusting of lightly sweet candied sugar. The finish dries out a bit with something spicy that I associated with apple cider, I can't describe it better that that. The alcohol is present throughout, blanketing everything, but it is decidedly in the back round.

m: Gently fizzy carbonation and a slightly viscous, velvety body.

d: I'm curious to know how large a role the dried plums played in the finished product. The effect seems subtle to me and I'm very glad for it. I really enjoyed lingering over this, top-notch stuff.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

May 2011 batch

A: pours a deep brown with a finger of light tan head that fades to about 1 cm
S: smells of dark fruit, plums and alcohol. very sweet with notes of caramel as well.
T: sweet caramel and dark fruit flavor kicks things off with flavors of alcohol soaked cherry and more fruitiness toward the end. a bit of candi sugar comes in as well. aftertaste is more candi sugar, dark fruit, and some somewhat medicinal spice that I can't quite place but plays very nicely, almost licorice like.
M: slightly prickly carbonation lends to a medium mouthfeel.
O: I can't help but want to keep smelling this beer and it tastes fantastic. Pretty Things is quickly becoming one of my favorite East Coast breweries.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coochy coochy coo. Who's a good beer? Who's a good beer? It's you, Baby Tree! Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Duvel snifter. Bottle "born on" July 2011, for what it's worth.

A: Poured with an inch and a half of eggshell-white head that dissipated over the course of several minutes. Baby Tree was born into the glass with a pretty teak sort of color and ruby highlights. Heavy lacing along the sides. Thin little island of foam in the middle of the glass after the head dissipated.

S: Big, bold nose of fruit and sweet candy/bubblegum fills the immediate area when poured. Bubblegum and booziness become bombastic as beer begins to warm to room temp. Smells much nice than either babies or trees.

T: Heady dark fruit. Sweet and brandy-like with a sort of wood rosin background, giving way to alcohol vapors and a medicinal taste.

M: Medium and a little syrupy but velvety smooth. At first it feels like it's going to cling to the insides of your mouth forever, but it only leaves a little substance behind, seeming to evaporate as it goes to college and never calls you except to ask for money.

O: A fantastic and pretty easy-drinking quadrupel that has confirmed to me that I love this style.

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Photo of rudzud
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken on 9/7, on tap at the Armsby Abbey. The serving glass was impressive to say the least. Was served in a long stemmed, almost chalice or wine glass. Very impressive. I've got to pick up a bottle of this and age it to see what happens.

A - Wow! Dark, rich mahogany colour with a fluffy two finger head. Just great head retension. Hung around almost until the end.

S - Definate sugary sweet dark carmal malts. Some light rich, heavy fruit smells too.

T - Picking up a light plum flavor. Its malty, burnt sugar tastes. The alcohol is definately present but its a welcome accompaniment to the complext flavors of this quad.

M - Smooth, creamy, and most importantly strong! Just a great mouthfeel.

D - Dangerous! For 9% its light bitterness leaves you wanting another sip. Before you know it, the glass is gone and its time for another. Superb brew from Pretty Things.

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Photo of ElijahRivera
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on: March 2013. Consumed on: October 16, 2013.

A- Big, fluffy, light tan head slowly recedes to a respectable layer of foam. Very deep, dark brown body with garnet highlights. Mostly opaque, but, when held up o the light, streams of carbonation can be seen lazily rising to the surface.

S- Sweet, boozy, fruity, yeasty, something spicy and vaguely clove-like. The herbal hops and sweet malts play second fiddle to all the yeasty, estery, phenolic aromas. However, all the aromas play well together and interact to create a rich, complex bouquet.

T- Chalky, complex, a little sweet, and a lot of yeast and dark stone fruit flavors. An herbal/earthy hop bitterness kicks in toward the end, and hits the back of my throat.

M- Very full, creamy, and smooth bodied. However, it finishes very crisp leaving behind a balancing bitterness, a slight warming sensation, but no residue on my tongue.

O- A fantastic quad. I just had St. Bernadus Abt 12 last night, and Baby Tree is comparable and worthy of being mentioned in the same sentence. Admittedly, it is not as quintessential as St. Bernardus Abt 12, but it is more approachable. Certainly worthy of another go around in the future.

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Photo of RyanLigeia
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark, murky, brown with small head that disappears fast.
Smells like sugary boozy dark fruits and malts.
Tastes like a raison and plum sweet boozy wine.
Mouthfeel is thick but wet.
Overall this is a must try if you ask me. Very unique beer that doesnt stray away from still tasting like a beer.

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Photo of nanertak
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz to tulip.

Appearance: Hazy dull brown, not incredibly attractive. Looks interesting, but not beautiful. Poured about 2 fingers head, a lot more than I expected, but died down soon after pouring.

Nosel: Belgian for sure, warm, some alcohol booziness, but not unpleasant. Something floral in the nose, not hops. Interesting.

Taste: Very good. Belgian yeast, honey, mild booziness or alcohol warmth/sweetness, some nutty malts, and almost a syrupy sweetness near the end.

Mouthfeel: Round. Bordering on too round for me. Mild carbonation, well done. Fits the beer perfectly.

Drinkability: Very good. Well crafted and understated beer. Balanced, flavorful, refreshing. I like it quite a bit, starting to really trust Pretty Things.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe. Batch six, bottled June 2010.

Pours a deep garnet with a big creamy light tan head of two+ fingers that is amazingly slow to drop. Nice lacing evident.

Aromas of dark fruit, prunes, figs, rum raisins. Alcohol, and some sherry notes.

Flavors of citric bitterness, dark fruit, rum raisins, some prunes, tobacco. Later some burn from the alcohol. Finish is long, with citrus, bitters, and prunes lingering long after the swallow.

Mouthfeel is huge, chewy malt, some dryness, some bitter astringency that almost begins to pull at the back of the teeth. Spot on carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.

Overall a fantastic quad. All the flavors are subdued, but recognizable, and meld very well together. Would love to try this one with about two years on it.

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Photo of LeoEnergy
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-- Pours a gentle dark beige/brown colour. Small head -half inch.

S-- Light and dark fruit scent, flowery and earthy, some honey and caramel.

T-- Begins and ends with sweetness. A backbone of flowers and dark/earthy fruits; raisins, plum, subtle zest (maybe orange). This beer is very balanced with a sweet aftertaste of honey and malty-caramel.

M-- Medium body, low carbonation. Would have enjoyed
a little more carbonation with this style.

O-- Easy to drink, and alcohol barely seeps through. Pretty good for 9% abv.

It seems many of ratings on here are related to the timing of this beer. Mine was bottled in mid March so about a month and a half before I enjoyed it.

If it wasn't good the first time around, give it another try!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet/chalice. Bottled June 2011.

A great dark copper bronze clear body comes off the pour. On top sits a very foamy cap of white foam about two fingers

Mild classic dubell smelling malt and yeast. Slight dry powdery sensation. Hints of raisin, but quite small. I actually like the fact this is kind of a small nose.

Taste is buttery feeling but not in flavor, small fruit chewy raisin and plum in the mid palate. Feels like a chewy fruity brown ale almost, great spicy finish of toasted brown clove, nutmeg and perhaps other classic brown spices. Hint even of chocolate malt as you drink more, so much here.

This was a VERY big surprise in the palate and this is one of the easiest drinking quads I think I've ever had. Just wonderful.

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Photo of mirish72
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great offering from Pretty Things. I have tried several of their other beers, but this was the first time I was able to sample the Baby Tree.

I don't have much experience drinking Belgian style Quads and was a bit apprehensive about the whole prune thing. When I tried it, I was really impressed with this beer.

Pours a dark amber with red highlights, really nice lacing and a 1 finger head. The beer has a sweet, caramelly aroma. Key for me was that is was balanced and it wasn't overly sweet. It was very drinkable and hides the booze well.

Not as strong or sweet as some other Quads I have tried, but that is a good thing. Good thing I bought a few because this will be a great beer in the fall.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean deep amber to brown in color with a tan head. In the aroma, ripe dark fruits and sugary plums. In the taste, sweet dark fruit, licorice, plums, and just a note of alcohol. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry fruit and licorice in the aftertaste. Hides the ABV, nice presence of dark fruit and nice notes of licorice.

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Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip

A: Pours a deep mahogany with hints of ruby when held to light with a large, creamy, khaki, 3 finger head

S: Fruity and musty attic aromas, with hints of earth and clove.

T: Rich plum, apricot, and cherry flavors up front with slight funky Belgian yeast tones underneath. Barnyard flavors are there, but very subtle. Very little in the way of hops, but a slight old-world hop bitterness lasts in the finish along with black cherry tones.

M: Slightly viscous body with mild to low carbonation.

O: This is an excellent example of an American produced quad. Fruity and rich; this beer is a great after dinner sipper. Pretty Things hits a home run with Baby Tree. If you’re a fan of dark Belgian or Trappist beers, this is definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a pint glass.

A: Deep, reddish ale with garnet hues beneath a foamy, two-finger head of off-white carbonation. Retention was good, lacing decent and clarity of the brew was nice.

S: Fruity and floral with hints of bananas, plums, apples and raisins added to the soft, muted spices in this Quad's aroma.

T: Clean, fruity and medium-roasted malts take hold the palate first, leading through with a hint of raisin, honey and fig. The flavor stays light on the tongue, passing through Belgian candi sugar and a little phenol alcohol before coming home with a fruity and slightly zesty finish that leaves some lingering burn.

M: Full-bodied but quite clean and balanced all around. Dangerous for a beer of such strength.

O: A very nice American Quad and a dangerous sipper at 9% ABV. One of the cleanest American big beers I've had that offered such soft, fruity flavors with authentic Belgian malts, yeast and spiciness. Well done!

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into red wine glass. Thanks to Chris (cakanator) for another chance to try another beer from this brewery... project... thing. Batch 1/April 09, served somewhere between cellar and room temp.

Pours dark brown with a two-finger head that's fluffy and just off-white, and that quickly settles into a thin soapy cap. Some stickage.

Nose is dark fruit, the dried plums comes out very vividly, a bit vinous, brown sugar is clear and prominent. Quite boozy.

Taste is dominated by brown sugar and rum-soaked dark fruit - dried plums come out clearly and beautifully, and they and the yeast add a nice tanginess to the taste. A burst of cloves at the front end. Just a bit of a vinous alcohol edge, with a light earthy bitterness towards the very finish. Very well put together.

Mouthfeel is full, lightly sharp carbonation. A bit syrupy with a nice heft and smoothness to it.

Drinkability is top notch. Delicious, a very nice quad.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, tape over the cap says "Bottled July 2009,Batch two". Pours a moderatly dark shade of brown, murky and welcoming. The Frothy head is dark khaki, long lasting and leaving a rich collar, then well developed and quite beyond respectable sheeting/lacing. Nice looking beer. The sniff is soaked in ripe dark fruit, raisins and figs. Full flavor and quite tasty brew. Dark Belgian beer lovers rejoice. Loaded with notes of rum soaked raisins, ripe and goey figs and plums. Pleasing mouthfeel and smooth finish. Alcohol present but well folded into all the other good stuff going on here. Classy sipper, night capper, dessert beer. Well done, PT crew...

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