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 superspak
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into chalice; Batch 3 bottled Oct. 2009. Pours slightly cloudy reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts forever. Some awesome thick lacing clinging to the glass as well. Aromas of big caramel, toasted malt, bread, molasses, plums, light chocolate, and spices. Nice aromas, but weaker than I wanted them to be. Taste of big caramel, molasses, toasted malt, bread, chocolate, nuttiness, plum, other fruits, pepper, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of toasted malt, caramel, molasses, and dark fruits on the finish. Nice balance of flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice and creamy mouthfeel that drinks smoothly. No alcohol noticed other than a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a very impressive and excellent Belgian-style quad. 2 years have been kind to this beer.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with just a wisp of head.

Smells of heavy caramel, earthy hops and some dark fruit.

Taste is similar to the nose. Starts off with some dark fruit leading into the HUGE caramel presence. Earthy hops and some cinnamon round out the profile. This drinks incredibly smooth for 9%.

A little bit cloying and carbonation levels are medium-low. Glad I split this bomber as I don't know if I could finish one myself.

Fairly good flavor profile, just wish they had dialed the sweetness back a bit. 11 oz of it was a solid beer, but that was around the absolute max I could take of this before it became too cloying. A good one to cellar and drink with friends.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 2011 batch 11

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a thin foam coating.

Smell: malt and fruit sweetness easily rise from the glass and into the nose.

Taste: big malt base with caramel, hint of white chocolate, plums, red apples, some earthiness, and a moderate bitterness makes up a well balanced quad. Alcohol is barely noticeable here.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightl crisp and prickliness to start, smooth and velvety at the finish. Long lasting malt heavy aftertaste.

Overall: a slow siping beer that goes well with sitting in front of a fireplace on a cold night. Easy to consume the whole bottle by yourself.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a chestnut in color, no foamy head and no carbonation. The aroma is weak with malts and some dark fruits maybe raisons.
Taste is of rich malts dark fruits and candied sugar.
Touch of metallic.
Medium body, dry finish some alcohol.
Perhaps better on tap somewhere but not from this bottle.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Baby Tree from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
3.86 out of 5 based on 820 ratings.
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