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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of laituegonflable
2.24/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a murky red colour that thins out to the bottom. Head is fine and off-white, thin film with a steady bead. Lace is sticky but not too thick. Looks good.

Smells a bit meh. Slight spice and a fair amount of yeast and sweet grain. Slight bland sourness like a soft drink and some corn and vanilla on the back. Bland, bit sweet and simple.

Taste is... actually worse. Grainy, with a bland and watery adjuncty edge. Corn and rice mainly that descends into a chemical and metallic mid-palate, bland as well with a dour dryness that really has no character. Just tastes like fermentation with nothing behind it. Dry, bland, mostly unpleasant but not quite impressive enough for me to form much of an opinion.

Thin, mostly invisible body. No texture, really. Bland and insipid.

I was served this blind and had no idea it was meant to be a quad. Now I recognise quad as probably the hardest style to brew well, but I think there's been a big failure here even to create a faux-quad character. It feels like there's substitute ingredients, no interesting flavours and an overall distasteful sensation. Disappointing.

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of HattedClassic
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a purplish and obscure dark brown. The seems to be close to that of a purple grape.

Toasted caramel malts and slight hints of dark fruit with a heavy hop smell when it's cold. When it warms up, the dark fruits begin to dominate the smell.

Dark fruits with hints of hops when it warms a little, but there is a small syrupy aftertaste.

Light carbonation with a smooth body.

Not a bad beer but I just wasn't impressed with it after comparing it with other quads that I've had.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from batch 11, bottled April 2011, received as an extra from Aberration. Thank you for your generosity, Nick!

Pouring a deep walnut red with a dense, beige head that falls off to a thick disk leaving little lacing, this looks great! The nose is quite enjoyable too. An absolutely brilliant blend of dark fruit, caramel and a delicate spices really adds a lot to this beer. However, there's a little bit of stale base malt character that does detract from the overall impression. The yeast expression is quite right for the style, with a blend of clove and a moderate phenolic character. Maybe a little sweet? Still, one of the better American quads out there.

The palate opens big, fruity and mildly sweet with a blend of cocoa, dark caramel and toffee. There's quite a bit of fruit character as well, with plums and raisins. Cocoa dust is apparent on the mid-palate. As it warms up, the perceived sweetness increases, mostly as a bigger body. However, the spices here are pretty excellent, tempering the sweetness in a good way, with clove and pepper being very nice. A little bit of dry, leafy hop bitterness is present on the finish. While medium in body, this beer has enough grainy bitterness and spices to cut the sweetness. Carbonation is moderate, and there isn't much I can complain about with this beer. Very good, especially at this age (which is the only age I've had this beer).

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3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 6 June 2010

Poured into a Rochefort Chalice

A- Deep brown with red and orange tints. A one and a half finger off white head fades into a light film. Moderate lacing is present.

S- Prunes dominate other dark fruits, with caramel malts and spicy yeast present as well.

T- Very pruney, some spiciness due to the yeast. As the beer warms, the fruitiness turns bitter, almost medicinal . I have found this "medicine" taste in quite a few American interpretations of this style.

M- Medium body and the carbonation seems about spot on.

O- I am glad I had this if nothing else to confirm my notions that quads should be left to the Belgians. The yeast didn't incorporate into the fruits, and the whole thing was a bit muddled.

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Photo of kbuzz
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my trusty snifter. Bottle dated June 2011.

A: Pours a slighly hazy light brown, dark rust orange/amber color with a half finger eggshell head that fades quickly. Leaves a rim of various sized bubbles lingering around the edges. Some alcohol legs...

S: A perfect blend of dark fruit and funk. Aged figs, brown sugar...and some of that wild Belgian yeast breadiness...

T/M: A confectionary sweetness up front that I was not expecting. I want to say like a pear or grape quality is evident...very winelike in the sweetness. Cherries and brown sugarA decent bit of Belgian yeast qualties shine through. Medium bodied, some alcohol warming. Carbonation is average.

O: The most consistent quality of this beer is it's sweetness...but it's such a pleasant sweetness. Solid body and mouthfeel. Not overly bubbly. A strong American version of a Belgian Quad. I dig...

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml bomber brought back from New York to Sydney, shared with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a pleasant deep brown, with a slight haze to it. Head is very light, almost eggshell white, and forms some patches of splotchy lace. Body is pleasantly thick, and fine carbonation is abundant when tilted. Looks decent.

Nose is round and slightly sweet, with hints of vanilla and just a touch of spice. It has very little depth or complexity to it, but it does exemplify the Belgian aromas well enough.

Taste is flat. Thin with little sweetness or depth. it sits on the tongue for a while and then disappears. Slight spicy esters and a boozy heat, but there's almost nothing to it flavour-wise. It almost tastes like a beer that is way, way, way beyond its effective drinking date. Everything has flattened to an insipid, slightly oxidised nothingness. Mouthfeel is similar.

Overall, I'm exceedingly disappointed with this. Pretty Things have done some interesting beers in the past, but this is pretty insipid, and an extremely average attempt at a quad that gives the style a bad name.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer pours with a lightly hazy, amber-brown body, topped by a small head of off-white foam. The head settles pretty quickly and leaves moderate lace on the glass.

S - Dark caramel and raisins with a little bit of herbal hop character.

T - Thick malt and toffee up front. Some caramel and dark fruit character comes out in the middle. The beer finises with spicy notes of clove as well as some raisins, caramel, and cola notes.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Not a bad example of the style, though it is lacking the deep complexity of some others. The dark sugar is really dominant here and while there is some spicy yeast character I would have liked to see more dark fruit and perhaps a dryer finish.

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Photo of korguy123
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled June 2011

A- Dark root beer colored pour. Ruby highlights. Two finger egg shell colored soapy head that quickly reduces to a thin cap leaving sticky spots all over the glass.

S- Stone fruits, brown sugar, vanilla with a slight toast smell. Smells are not as up front as most quads.

T- Stone fruits, brown sugar, subtle cloves and a light cinnamon. There is a faint metallic note that I get in almost every quad I drink. Alcohol is noticeable but not offending.

M- Medium bodied, lively carbonation sticky sweet on the lips.

O- This is my first offering from Pretty Things and only one of a small handful of quads from the states I've enjoyed.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of steelerguy
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy brown, moderate carbonation, big off white head that fades to a covering leaving some lacing.

S- Light dark fruit aroma of figs and some caramized sugars.

T- Like the aroma but more full. Dark fruit, figs and raisins. Some sweet caramel with a kick of alcohol at the end.

M - Moderate body, tingle of carbonation, and warmth of alcohol...just like a quad should be.

O - A nice Belgian style quad, one that I will try again.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Slightly murky brown body with a nice khaki head. Retention is surprisingly good and the lacing is sticky and sublime. Good looking beer.

Smell - Very bready malt character. Caramel and some fruitiness to it as well, but it smells somewhat dry with a spice to the back end. Nice.

Taste - Starts off with a characteristic Belgian candi sugar flavor but backs into a spiced fruitiness that makes me think it's a Christmas ale more than anything. It seems to skip the caramel malt phase of a Quad. The finish is remarkably hoppy, at least for a Quad. Not sure how I feel about that yet.

Mouthfeel - Ok, I don't feel great about the hop character. About 3/4 of the way through the bottle, I'm really missing the caramel character. It's spicy and hoppy and it's reducing my ability to put it away. Still good, just sluggish.

Overall - I really love Quads, but this one departs from the style in a few ways that make me not love it. Still tasty, but more in a spiced BSDA way. With so many quality Quads available, there's no need to pick this one up again.

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Baby Tree from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Beer rating: 75.1% out of 100 with 820 ratings
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