Baby Tree | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

Baby TreeBaby Tree
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Baby TreeBaby Tree

Brewed by:
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 jeff1973
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Cloudy dark brown with a light biege head, good lacing.

S - Band-aid, dried dark fruits, faint sweet/carmel.

T - Almost all dark fruits (raisons/prunes), ends with the band-aid funk from the belgian yeast. That's pretty much it.

M - Medium. Low carbonation, a touch watery for the style.

D - Very easy to drink, alcohol is hidden well.

Very one dimensional. Almost all dried dark fruit taste. It still tastes good, but not as complex as others of it's style.

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Photo of impending
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz into a tulip. Pours a copper cola, dull uninspired color in the glass, minimal head, nearly non existent lacing.

Aroma of a rich strong dark, the plums sing loudly backed by yeasty caramel. The scent is high notes, none low. A nice phenolic touch.

Taste begins nicely with the bitter sweet dark fruits. Unfortunately a metallic, phenolic note comes on strong as the aftertaste begins to fade. Medium bodied mouthfeel.

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Photo of brystmar
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Plenty of head in the pour, but it fades quickly. Smells quad-y with sweet malts, Belgian yeast, and a few spices in the background.

Opens up uncharacteristically sweet and stays that way until the end. Typical Belgian yeast, quad malts, and dark fruitiness show up to the party but didn't bring anything interesting along with them. A touch spicy, but not enough to liven things up.

Booze is well hidden -- its ABV mask is the only aspect of this beer that's on par with the Big Boys of this style. A decent beer, but it's quite far from being special.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thick brownish colored liquid comes pouring out of the glass and rings the inside of my tulip with loads of light tan lacing and a firm head of two fingers.

aroma is everything you would want in a quad. rich malty backbone, hints of prunes, figs, earthy tones and light caramel sweetness that is balanced nicely against a tight profile of light spices. really well done. very nice full feel with near perfect carbonation is exactly what i was looking for. the flavor opens up with loads of dark fruits and brown sugar colliding with light spices and a smooth, even flavor that hides the alcohol and smooths the palate.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip glass. Bottled in June 2011.

A - Medium to dark amber colour with one finger of khaki coloured head that quickly disappeared.

S - Dark caramel, raisins, figs and bready malts. A noticeable overall sweetness and some yeasty notes round out the nose.

T - Dark fruit, sweet bready malts, caramel, some yeasty notes and a slight bitterness. The yeast flavours become more noticeable as this warmed up, becoming a little bit distracting for me. The finish is dry with a nice bitterness to it.

M - Medium body; light carbonation.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

purplish brown body on this beast with a big two finger head that settles to a line quickly with decent lacing. the nose is sweet malts caramel plum bread and crackers. taste is beautiful plum sweet malts and caramel. very very sweet. carbonation is moderate to low finish is nice and dry. overall this is a damn fine offering from pretty things.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer appears a thin-looking dark mahogany brown covered by an even thinner white head. Carbonation does not hold well to the inside of the glass, but reproduces upon swirling. The beer appears a light amber held to the light, not terribly inviting, but at least a Belgian.

Inviting quad aromas with notes of cherries, acetone, and bread. I am not getting a tremendous amount of funk, so I think the depth of this beer is relatively straightforward in comparison. The alcohol is masked well with little breakthrough in the mouthfeel.

This is a typical quad that presents robust fruits and bread to both my nose and palate. Sweetness and spice make this beer worth drinking. It's a good example of a quad, but doesn't satiate my every need.

Light-medium body with fruity sweetness and yeast character. The carbonation is fairly generous and it melds well with the refreshingly light bite from the alcohol.
Colder temperatures are more impressive than warm. Unfortunately at warmer temperatures the beer begins to lose even more body and take on a syrupy sweetness.

Frankly, for an almost $10 bomber this beer is barely worth the money. In comparison to other quads I've had, this one falls short. Nothing special sticks out about this beer, I would much prefer a locally produced and slightly cheaper ommegang 3 philosophers.
I would probably not recommend this to others over the incredible selection of local favorites and imports that exist at my fingertips.

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Photo of Sam21
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased for $8. Bottled February 2011, batch 22. Poured into tulip.

Appearance - Reddish brown body with excellent clarity. Tan head with good initial retention. Leaves a sudsy ring, but no lace.

Smell – Rich malt sweetness. Full of raisins, prunes, ripe plum, wheat bread, yeasty spice, and red grapes.

Taste – The dark fruit realy erupt with deep rich sweetness. Backing molasses-like sweetness adds depth. Wave after wave of fruit sweeps across the taste buds and leads into a rich, full-bodied fruit finish.

Mouthfeel – Medium-full body with light and smooth carbonation. A bit more full and heavy than other Quads I’ve had.

Drinkability – Nice blend of complexities and drinkability. Alcohol is very sneaky and well hidden. A malty treat.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark aubern. Nice big lively ivory head settles to a film pretty quickly.

Big fruity aroma with a peppery spiciness.

Spicy right up front gives way to promised fruit flavours. Plums give an interesting flavour, almost roasty, reminiscent of a stout malting. End the spice kicks right back up from the yeast. Surprisingly hot for a year old bottle.

Great mouthfeel, nice and thick with a carbonation that helps the flavours out.

Nice stuff.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a medium red to mahogany with light white head, no lace.

S: Notes of fig and plum, sweet molasses.

T: Subtle malt flavour with noticable fig, estery with a note of copper. Reminds me a lot of Achel Bruin.

M: Smooth, very soft carbonation, feels authentically Belgian on the tongue, very impressive for an American brewery.

O: One of the better American quads I've had, thanks to Brian for sharing this rarity.

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Photo of stakem
3.22/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber bottled July '09, Batch 2 poured into a snifter. This is a very attractive looking brew. It pours a dark brown with 2 fingers worth of yellowish stained froth composed of large bubbles. The cap slowly fades leaving a webbing of lacework on the glass. When held to the light, this brew shows brilliant clarity and deep ruby hue through the body. A light swirl revives a finger of head back to the surface.

The aroma initially is sweet with candy moreso than malt. It picks up some herbal hop components and an indication of sulfur that hangs from the middle of the nose through to the back. As it comes up to temperature, there are some caramel malt indications that start to combine with the candy to form a pretty decent aroma that initially was not that appealing.

The taste is sweet with a slight belgian candy-ish flavoring that is met with a minor amount of caramel malt. Hops are present with an herbal bitterness to keep the sweetness in check. The alcohol is fairly evident for 9% with a calm dryness that persists to the finish along with a light spiced aspect somewhat like clove. The finish is a bit green and yeasty with some fusel alcohol warmth and flavoring mixed with some belgian phenols. I get a light mineral taste lasting inside the mouth long after each sip mixed with the herbal hops.

This is a medium bodied brew with a very modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is present and fitting for the listed 9% with both flavor and warming factor. This brew seems like a bit of a jumbled mess that never really came together and blended well. While the sweetness, hops and alcohol are balanced well, the flavors and aromas seem a bit off. It isn't a bad brew by any stretch but it also isn't something I think I would return to again if given other options. The label states this brew was made with dried plums. I believe there are other examples of the style available that incorporate more plum flavoring without actually using plums in the brew.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark maroon with a good amount of white frothy head. Looks very pretty. Smells plum heavy and floral. Tastes a bit boozy and very plum heavy. Fruity but a bit over the top on the heavy dark fruits. Thick full mouthfeel but very well carbonated. Overall i really like this beer but it's not something i would drink often

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Photo of drabmuh
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #35 top Quad on the best of beeradvocate lists, served in a stein because I'm too lazy to get another glass.

Beer is brown and hazy with a thin off white head that break, leaving a little lacing on the glass, moderate to low carbonation, looks fine.

The aroma is a little weak, but smells like malt, mild yeast and some fruits perhaps.

Beer is medium in body and has a mildly metallic flavor to it. Some nice sweetness up front and an overall pleasing experience on the palate. The initial flavors are just a little off. The metallic thing in the beginning prevents this beer from moving up in the listing to me. Oh well, still a decent beer.

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Photo of Krakistophales
3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very dark plum color with almost no head and just a bit of lacing with some bubbles up top.

S: Some sweetness, a touch of caramel and malts, though very faint. Otherwise, not much going on.

T: At first a touch of unidentifiable sweetness, followed by a bit of zest I would imagine from hops, followed by a slight caramel finish. Not much going on here either.

M: Well carbonated, goes down easily, warms nicely.

O: This has to be the blandest quadrupel I've ever had. Maybe it's too cold? I'm not too sure. Even flavorful cold beers have flavor when chilled well.

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Photo of pburland23
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into my Chimay chalice.

Beer pours a deep, pretty garnet red with about a half finger of thin off white head. The head recedes quickly and leaves no noticeable lacing.

Smell consists of candied fruits - raisins, plums as well as sugary malts and some hints of Belgian yeast.

Taste is sweet, but not too sweet. The dark fruits - raisins, plums, and figs are very prominent as well as candied sugar, sweet Belgian malts and just a touch of peppery, spicy Belgian yeast. Really enjoyable taste.

The mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium. It's big and thick. The carbonation is light but the body of the beer stands on its own.

Overall, a nice American interpretation of the Belgian quad. Welcome constructed and tasty. I've yet to be disappointed with the beers from Pretty Things.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good US take on a quad.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Somewhat whimsical, poppy and a bit creepy label with an illustration of tree where baby heads and limb hand amongst a garden of tulips with some chicks and a couple of lambs. Back label notes inspiration for the brew, as well as overall feel-good intent of the brewery. Seal tape on the cap notes bottling June 2011. It shows 9.0% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Dark ruby brown pour, 1/4" creamy head, modest retention retention, fair surface memory ring, and some touches of lacing.

S - Soft if pleasing nose, fruity, light in a way, sugar dash, turning into caramel over a yeasty hint…

T - Sugar coating plums, and figs softly early on and in a light way. As it settles a bit of burnt caramel and a broader hint of Belgium character emerges.

M - Medium body held with generous carbonation, almost crisp as it tingles and compact sense of flavor lingers hinting at the warmth of the alcohol.

O - While there is a bit of a light sense early on it picks up with a nice range and sense of self as it progresses providing a nice drinking experience.

Notes: First offering of the much sought after Pretty Things in this region that I get my lips into. I actually was not hoping for nothing out of the envelope so this one did not disappoint. But it did not quite make a dent in the memory either. All shorts of decent, and a nice take on a quad that I would not mind having again, in fact it might be a good one to offer socially for some early craft aficionados.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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 Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice reddish brown color. The head was fluffy and white with a decent lacing. The smell of the beer is sweet and had some nice fruity aromas coming off of it. The taste of the beer is nice, lots of brown sugar sweetness with some plums and raisin on the tongue. The mouthfeel is light and slick. Very easy to drink. Overall I enjoyed the beer and would like to have it again.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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 ejimhof
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber color with slight head
and no lacing.

Smell: Malty and fruity but not overpowering.

Taste: Sweet bread taste I can't really taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smoother than most quads.

Overall: Compares well to the best Belgian Quads but just missing a little something that they have.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared at approx 45 degrees
Bottled: June 2010 BATCH SIX

This one pours a very dark amber with deep crimson highlights. It's head of medium-density, off-white colored, foam is just over two-fingers thick. The retention is very nice. The lacing is in thick strands and is slightly sticky.

Tons of plum, among other dark fruit notes. Lots of sweet malt notes. Good dose of belgian yeast notes. Bananas and hints of bubblegum. Light graininess. Good deal of boozy presence.

Decent, yet unexpectedly light, presence of dark fruits. Plums and black currants, along with some dark cherry notes are most prominent. Light traces of caramel malts. The finish is bitter and astringent....which is certainly unexpected.

This has a medium body and a medium level of natural carbonation. Lots of little bubbles give it a nice creaminess, but that can't save it from being too thin.

It drinks easily enough and I certainly wouldn't mind drinking it again, from time to time. It just isn't really what I expect from a well-made quad.

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Photo of dbossman
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy and tea-colored brown with a thin, quickly dissipating head

S: Sweet candi sugared malts and dark fruits with a pleasant, fruity yeasty quality: raisins, oranges, cherry, prune--quite complex

T: Lots of yeasty fruits on top of a sweet, bready, grainy quality; oranges, prunes, and cherries are most prevalent but banana and cloves shine through as well

F: Creamy, medium bodied beer with mild carbonation; the beer sticks nicely to the roof of the mouth

O: This is a pleasant fruity and bready quad; another great beer from the folks at Pretty Things

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown body with a massive beige head that's short lived. No lacing.

S: Nose is full of malts, Belgian candy sugar, dark fruits, some caramel, & yeast.

T: Upfront flavor is a brown bread/crust-like flavor which I didn't expect. Then there are some dark fruits and burnt candy sugar. Also picking up some citrus hops. Finishes slightly bitter and dry.

M: Medium body & moderate carbonation

O: Really enjoyed this beer. Thought the flavors were interesting. Love Pretty Things and what they put out. Can definitely drink quite a few of these and intend to get more.

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Photo of LeoEnergy
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
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 JamnesCameron
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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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Baby Tree from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 820 ratings
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