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Baby Tree | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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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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Bottle shared by Steve in the QuadShowdown. 650ml into a tulip, 2011 bottle.

Pours a dark orangey red, with some chestnut highlights. A cream coloured head, with great retention and some lace. Nose has some dark fruits, a bit of apple, some caramel and sugary notes, with a bit of candy. Taste has more dark fruits, a green apple notes, a touch metallic, some caramelly malts, and some grape and berry notes. Full body but not too heavy, creamy feel with a modest low carbonation; a touch of alcohol comes through after the sip is finished. Quite a nice American take on the style, and something easily revisitable.

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S - really nice aroma, cinnamon, apple, caramel, slightly perfumey
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App- A medium brown/purple and garnet edges. A semi fast receding 1-1/2 finger head with some nice soft popping bubbles. Looks a bit lighter than most quads.

Smell- Very light all the way around. Very small whispy booze notes with some faint dark fruits, yeast and a little sweetness.

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Baby Tree from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 820 ratings
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