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Baby Tree | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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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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Photo of alexbutler
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Great pour, with a dark auburn tint to it. Thick foam with quickly dissipates as you pour.

S - Refreshing crisp smell, almost like ripening fruit.

T - Really sweet taste that lingers on your tongue. Not overwhelming, yet very refreshing.

M - Not heavy or thick, but it has a quality to it that hangs around your tastebuds.

O - Really nice ale, from great brewers. Pretty Things has put out another winner.

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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 Andrew041180
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into the center of a St. Bernardus chalice. The beer takes on a deep brown hue, with a surprisingly thin head. The head recedes to pretty much nothing after a while, leaving little to no lacing on the glass. I noticed just a little bit of visible carbonation. Tough to spot through this dark, somewhat cloudy beer.

S - Nice aromas that I associate with a quad, albeit a little lighter. Dark fruit is dominant, but there is also a little indistinct sweetness.

T - Again, all the tastes that one would expect, and follows the nose fairly closely. Dark fruit again dominates, the sweetness is a little more distinct here, mild, but something like caramel. There is also a touch of alcohol on the finish.

M - The weakest area of this beer for me. Much thinner than I would expect, and without real supporting carbonation. Finishes clean. Slight dryness and alcohol heat.

O - Nice beer. It doesn't stack up with the best, but I certainly wouldn't turn one down.

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Photo of Ohmmygawd
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As recommended on the site, poured directly into the pretty things Stemmed glass and served cold.

A- Deep brown with hints of red with two fingers of head with a slightly cherry pink color.

S- Cherry, pine and a subtle bite.

T- Cherry and very slight plum taste forward. Light milk chocolate following and sweet following from oats.

M- Smooth and surprisingly light. Has a very clean finish.

O- Advertised as a spring beer it is very light for a quadruple.

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Photo of ADZA
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok time for a quad and it pours a chestnut hue with the creamiest three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is brown sugar,sweet plums and candi sugar,the mouthfeel is full bodied but a touch syrupy roasted caramel,brown sugar,dark plums and finished with a candi sugar sweetness and overall for me it's just too sweet for a proper abbey ale instead of tasting like liquid bread it comes across more of liquid Xmas pudding and not my sort of quad cheers.

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Photo of mverity
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear medium brown with almost no head. Thinnest of light tan collars. Aroma is of toffee, medium malt sweetness and a healthy indistinct nutty-fruit. Taste is deep fruit, medium malt and woody-nuttiness. Kinda thin body, with medium to low carbonation.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Blind Tiger in NYC.

Pours a hazy, walnut brown, with a 1.5 inch head, and a little bit, not much, lacing down the glass.

Smells like dark fruits, some indistinguishable spicing (I'm really bad at picking out spices in beers) and some Belgian fruity esters.

The taste is similar. The booze doesn't really show at all, which is nice. The taste reminds me a bit of some sort of dark jam- a little bit of cherry or raisin, some spicing, and some Belgian yeast. Maybe a little bit of chocolate, I don't know why that would be in there, so maybe I'm imagining it.

Medium to full bodied, creamy mouthfeel, pretty drinkable despite the ABV.

This was a good quad for sure, I'm really liking all that I've tried 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 dar482
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a dark brown color, hazy and some red coming through in the light, with a bit of fluffy white head.

The aroma has a nice dark fruit of prune, dried cherries, plum. It then moves onto a good amount of almost tartness, tons of phenolic character and spiciness. Definitely Belgian yeast and breadiness.

The flavor moves onto lots dark fruit again, dark cherry, plum, prunes. It then has a toffee and dark sugary sweetness, but generally not a very sweet beer for the style, and then lots of pepper and spice drying on the finish.

A well done beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the Avenue in Allston.

Appearance: This beer poured one ginger of goal that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown crimson color with no vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bananas, cloves, spices, caramel, warm alcohol, raisins, and plums. Very traditional aromas.

Taste: Delicious. Pretty much everything mentioned above.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, warming alcohol, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid and enjoyable quad for a fall Boston evening.

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Photo of arizcards
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from the City Beer Market in San Francisco at the end of May for $8.99. Bottled in January 2013.

Beer poured a reddish brown with a decent off white head.

Nose is dark fruits and classic belgian yeast strain.

Taste in dark plums, slightly burnt sugar, with a hint of chocolate. Some alcohol warming in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a pretty good representation of the style. Definitely a tasty brew. I recommend that you give it a shot if you come across it.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a chalic glass.

Appearance: A real dark brown, its clear but cloudy opaque color. Head slightly thin, settling quick coming and off-white color.

Smell: Light yeast scent. Not something too potent not anytbing really that I would brag about.

Taste: Yeast and slightly bready. Touch of sweet brown sugars. Not bad at all. It is bland though and could be a little more complex especially for a quad.

Mouth: Medium carbonation. Not so sticky but has a sweet finish at the end.

Overall: good quad but there are some better ones out there. Could definitely use some tweaking, would be interesting if they changed up the brew slightly batch after batch. Regardless not bad but for the money there are better options. Salud!

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Photo of mynie
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

T-this was intense.

A plum-based quad seemed to make sense. Why, I'm always babbling ignorantly about the "dark fruit" nodes I pick up in good belgians, and the plum is like the darkest fruit there is (aside from those weird little black bananas they sell at the Mexican grocery store, but I think those might be old). Only, no-no, this isn't right at all. Plums are actually tart. I am just a grossly unhealthy moron who doesn't know what fruit really tastes like.

So... yeah, imagine a really thick, super malt-forward quad without much of a spicy belgian yeast presence to balance out the sweetness. And in place of that discern Belgian yeast you get tart, juicy plums. Yep. It's something else, but not the kind of something else I'm entirely interesting in getting acquainted with.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a reddish Killians color with a quick to foam head. Backing off on the pour allows the pint to fill up, maintaining a thick finger of creamy melted vanilla foam.

Aroma - caramel grain with a bit of husk and spice. Some banana and yeast on setup.

Taste - sweet with candi sugar, yeast, a touch of metal. Warming alcohol on the swallow. Raisins with a touch of a tannic (or hop) bite. A hot boozy breath on the finish. Lots to taste and enjoy, the alcohol tends to hang over the affair, a bit pushy but not aggressive. I tend to prefer a sweeter or boozy finish; oddly enough the alcohol disappears at the end and leaves a dry, bitter finale.

Mouthfeel - very crisp, on the thin side for a quad but the body seems to thicken as it warms.

Overall - a tasty brew. Sort of a run of the mill quad but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle purchased through LetsPour.com. Bottled 12/12. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours a dark tea brown with garnet highlights and about a finger and a half cream hued head. Little retention or lacing.

Aroma is a bit muted but carries hints of sugar, yeast, plum and some caramel.

Initially I taste bitter dark fruit skins, a little yeast and a nip of alcohol. Then when the chill subsides this really opens up. Caramel, plums, toffee, raisin bread and a slightly tart yeasty funk.

Creamy medium full body with a decent amount of carbonation. Dark fruits and yeast linger in the finish.

All in all this is solid. It's no Trappist quad but particularly as it warms this has some nice flavor and body. I may not buy another bottle online but I'd definately drink it again.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Notches on label indicate Bottled On Jan 2013.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and spotty surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves clots behind.

S- Rich dark fruit brings to mind black cherry plus some Belgian yeast and toasted malt. A bit of alcohol fume.

T- A sweeter quad for sure which I find enjoyable. Complex with dark fruit, bread and some nuttiness. Very drinkable for the ABV.

M- A tad sharp from the alcohol and slightly dry. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- This quad can easily hang with the big boys IMO. Highly recommended especially if you like a pronounced sweetness.

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Photo of jlindros
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another one that escape my reviews, and this was one of my fav beers back in the day. I still have a few bottles from batch 1 and batch 4 which were both great.

Decent fizzy smaller head though, light lacing, hazy apple juice brown color.

Nose super nutty to start, almost peanuts, then sweet candy, light fig and date, touch plum, plenty of esters and light phenols, light jammy, but of dark brown malts with toasty sweet malts.

Taste light sweetness, jammy fruit, little plum fig, light caramel and toffee like sweetness. Then brown sugar, into a light bitter slight grassy hop, then booze, light warming booze, faint esters and hint medicinal phenols, hint creamy thick malt, chewy like, faint hint dark malt but mostly sweet toasty brown malts, and hint of nutty flavor. Finish is still fairly sweet syrupy, little sticky, mild bitterness, more candied dark dried fruits and plum lingering.

Mouth is nice full bod, fluffy little creamy, decent carb.

Overall quite nice. This isn't the best batch I've ever had, and I wish I recorded the batch #, but oh well. I have another few bottles waiting review in my cellar, so when I crack those I'll note the batch and re-review if I feel I should.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: This beer pours a dark plum-like color with a slight amber tint at the bottom. Doesn't really have any head, but there is some carbonation that leaves some bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S: The aroma starts out pretty malty, accompanied by some plum and nuts. I also get a good hint of the alcohol which is not surprise for high abv quad.

T: Flavor starts out with a bite of sour or tartness, has the taste of plum, yeast and malt. I get a dry, nutty feel at the back of the mouth, as well a some of the alcohol.

M: This beer is medium-light bodied and has a dry and tart flavor to it. This beer seems really complex to me and has no real distinction in flavor except for the alcohol, but it is drinkable.

O: This beer is about 16 months old now and dont know if it was intent to be stored, but I enjoyed it and for $3.00 you cant go wrong. Not my favorite beer by Pretty Things but its good and worth a try if have have never had the beer or the style.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy mahogany brown color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fizzles down to nothing

S: Starts off with quite a bit of dark fruitiness and maltiness and goes into some nuttiness and alcohol

T: Starts off with the fruitiness and fades off into the malts, nuttiness, and a hint of alcohol

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice little American quad with a big focus on dark fruits and nuttiness. Certainly not the most complex quad I've had, but it's nice. Not a bad deal for under $7 for a bomber

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Photo of sitarist
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Blind beer #6 is another bomber.

Pours a brownish color with ruby highlights. There is a fingers worth of tan head that falls to a ring that leaves a couple spots of lacing. (4.0)

It has a sweet aroma, with a nice Belgian yeast presence... fig, red apple, plum, some spice, and candy sugar. (4.0)

Aroma carries over to its flavor... candy sugar, plums, figs, with a little green peppercorn.... Nice flavor, but its just a little hot at the finish. (3.75)

Medium body, light carbonation, and dry... Maybe a little too dry. (3.75)

Great aroma, with some good flavors, but it falls apart at the finish. Im guessing some age would benefit this beer. (3.75)

Im guessing its a Belgian Strong, or Quad, but I wouldnt be surprised if it were a Barlewine with Belgian yeast... The reveal is a Pretty Things - Baby Tree Quadruple. Im thinking that is another want off my list.

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Photo of u2carew
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. Bomber
A) Pours with a two finger head then settles slowly leaving a creamy lacing. Reddish brown body.
S) Tree fruits. Yeasty. Not overly aromatic.
T) Rich malts. Brown sugar. Raisin. Subtle hints of caramel. Toasty malts. With a high ABV it doesn't dominate the flavor profile.
M) Full body. Mellow carbonation. Very smooth for the high ABV.
O) A delicious quad. True to form with a pleasant flavor profile.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 8/2012

Poured into a Parrish Brewing snifter

A - deeper amber in color but did get some light shining through. Poured a slight one - finger head

S - Got the two Belgian Abbey yeast strains with some darker fruits like date and fig as well as some candied sugars.

T - similar to aromas. Sweet dark fruits like figs but also got a little pear and biscuits. Other than that, pretty simple for what I am used to from this style.

M - Good taste, but not much going on. I lime that in sometimes you get too much thrown at you but this stays on the simpler side. Very little to no carbonation. I would'vd liked a little more in this area.

O - Just a simple, nice-tasting quad. Could have used a little more complexity but its good enough to get again. It just wouldn't be at the top of my list.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

August 2011 Bottle Date, enjoyed 4/28/13

A: The beer pour out of the bottle brown in color that looks decent clean and allows a lot of light to peer through. About two fingers of off white head builds up, but only waits around for a few minutes. No bubbles are noted. 3.5

S: The aroma is very sweet, with some dark fruits coming through although I wouldn't describe this as fruity. It's musty, with esters and Belgian yeasts playing the strongest notes. 3.5

T: The taste is very sweet, but otherwise balanced. The candied sugar, yeasts, spices, and a caramel character all come together, but can't quite balance out. I'm left with an aftertaste that isn't great, but that I don't particularly like. 3

MF: It's too thin and below average on the carbonation front. The drinkability is injured by the bad aftertaste. 2.5

O: It's good, but doesn't stand out in this style. Would have benefited from the dried plums they stopped adding about a month before this came out. 3

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled August 2012.

Pours dark amber with offwhite head that dissipates quickly in CBS snifter.

Smell is banana, ripe plum, cinnamon and bubble-gum.

Taste is banana, plum, malt, and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbobation.

Overall good and worth a try.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle marked as April 2012. Sucks they no longer brew it with dried plums.

A - Pretty sweet quad deep brown a touch hazy with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head that settles to a thick lace ring that never quits.

S - Mild dark fruits mostly plum and fig with a touch of brown sugar malts.

T - A touch dry but quite smooth and sweet with brown sugar and dried fruit goodness (despite not being brewed with any)

M - Like I said it is smooth with a medium to heavy body bubbly dry but hides the ABV well.

Overall It's an above average quad and picking it up for 5 bucks I hoped it was old since 1+year old quad are tasty. Wish it was brewed with plums it would have added that extra layer of complexity.

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Baby Tree from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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