Fluffy White Rabbits | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our first Spring, we brought you a magical tree full of waving babies… and the Baby Tree has stuck around, we’re happy to say. So for our second Spring, and each Spring since, we’ve made a pale gold, hoppy triple called Fluffy White Rabbits. This is a fun and Springy beer: possibly even our fun-est beer. In Yorkshire, they say “White Rabbits” on the first of the month for luck, and here’s to a lovely warm Springtime for all of us!

The beer is 8.5% abv, with Saaz, Styrian Goldings and Strisselspalt hops added aplenty. Fluffy mouthfeel: yes, really! There’s a faint sweetness with tropical fruit undertones. Fluffy White Rabbits is a very “Pretty Things” take on a Triple.

We use what we think are the finest ingredients around: malts from Weyermann (Germany) and Fawcett (Yorkshire) in this beer.

It’s a fun one, we hope you enjoy it!

Dann has been working on the poem for this beer since springtime of 2009. One day, maybe you’ll come back and find it here. One day.

50 IBU

Added by Franchise on 03-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kanno
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

I see others saying they taste a hint of funk, but mine tasted like pretty much ALL funk. It was not pleasant. I can smell the belgian tripel, but the taste gets overwhelmed by what I can only describe as old PBR flavor. Checked the bottle date and it says it was bottled last month, so not sure what's up.

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Photo of trippytbta
2.91/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into Tulip Glass

A: Poured with about a cm of head. Color was golden yellow to orange.

S: Cloves and banana

T: just like the smell with a little more spice and metallic taste

M: slightly dry and bitter

Overall: def. not my favorite. Did not really like the taste

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.98/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is a bright, slightly hazy goldenrod coloring with a frothy, white, light, fluffy head that is low and clingy. Nose of light spicing, with cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove over a toasted grain backbone. Flavors are rich and roasty, with a slightly tangy, syrupy sweet highlight. Toasted grain backbone with some citrus sweet don't balance well, and the spicing just gets in the way. Too light to really effect the palate, the spicing seems superfluous. Smooth, full body with a rich, sweet, and slightly spicy aftertaste. The finish starts smooth and transitions into a spiced, slightly sharp feel. This beer was a bit all over the place for me.

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Photo of cbutova
3.11/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A nice bottle but not necessarily a nice beer, reviewed from notes. Pours out a hazy light yellow, even green color with a fluffy/frothy two finger head that has beastly retention. Leaves thick lacing, everything is great but I am not a huge fan of the strange color. The smell is hard to get much. I do get Belgian yeast notes, like bread and spice. Some citrus peel comes through as well as some wheat-like malt. Needs more strength for sure. Taste is decent. Some wheat-like malt but it mostly just Belgian yeast notes. The spice notes are too much for me. Citrus peel comes into play but doesn't add much. The hop flavor is grassy and adds too much bitterness. The balance is out of whack on this beer. To me it ends up just tasting like fancy soap with a few redeeming aspects. The mouthfeel needs work. The carbonation and body are lacking way too much for such a big beer. It isn't creamy at all, it is just really watery and lacking carbonation. There is an oily aspect that I am not a fan of either. The bitter coat is also just too much. Drinkability is decent. The price is not worth it for the quality of this one. A decent taste but the mouthfeel just kills it. Flavors end up being out of balance/too much and soapy.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.31/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: a golden to copper color. a finger of a white head that fades quickly and leaves a slight lacing behind. Hazy and opaque

Smell: earthy hops, cloves and banana, bubblegum sweetness and some fusel alcohols.

Taste: opens up with yeasty characters, some banana along with a good amount of clove and some subtle bubblegum. middle has earthy hops. backend is full of bready malts and some more belgian yeast character. little to no alcohol.

Mouthfeel: good heavier sipper, some warmth, slightly dry and slightly bitter.

Overall: this is not a traditional tripel, and while its good, in terms of a tripel I find it lacking a lot. I don't like the bubblegummy flavor in this style and the earthiness seems to make the other tastes more subtle.

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Photo of crusian
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle from awesome girlfriend...
bottle pours an almost dayglow yellow with little head.
Smells like a saison... not a triple. lemon, belgian saison yeast, and some hints of citrus hop presence... bottle is a spring '10, from march, so I am not holding my breath on the hoppy portion.

tastes like a lemon saison. lots of lemon, but it not overpowering. I get no hops, but this isnt bad. A bit of spice in it as well.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this on draft. I've liked just about everything I've had from Pretty Things so I suppose they had to strike out for me sooner or later. This beer is all right at best, and I don't feel that it's a good representation of the tripel style.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.37/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Apollo Grill, served in an oversized wine glass of sorts.

Pours hazy pale orange, starts out as a thin white cap, left with only a ring by the end, very little lacing.

Smell/taste - Smell and taste are mostly dominated by a huge orange/coriander flavor, reminds me of Sunny D. It's also got a grassy, slightly hoppy saison thing going on similar to Jack D'or. Not much to it other than that.

Mouthfeel feels thin for the style, a bit overcarbonated. Some booze present.

Not bad but definitely lacks the complexity of a good tripel.

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Photo of jIsh
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fluffy White Rabbits was my first experience with a Pretty Things ale. The label artwork is quaint and original, similar to the beer.

This is a good looking beer. A vibrant golden glow accentuates the details of my Odell's tulip glass. One finger of white head dissipates quickly, leaving a thin layer of foam above the beer that does not seem to be going anywhere. A swirl of the glass yields a nice coat of foam around the glass.

The smell is intoxicating and leaves me excited. The smell seems fitting for the style advertised on the label, a boozy, hoppy, tripel. The taste starts smooth with hops and Belgian-type funk up front. That is followed by a bitter alcohol burn. The mixture of hop bitterness and alcohol seems out of place.

Even though it's MO is a hoppy beer, I feel I opened this one too early. Perhaps with some time, this tripel would mellow out and become slightly more balanced. With that being said, it is still a solid beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cute label, beer served in a tulip. Beer is yellow with a slight haze to it. Forms a white head of medium bubbles that falls away leaving little lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low but steady.

Beer's aroma is clean with some hops in it...oh I get its a HOPPY ale and rabbits HOP. I get it. I'm smart.

Beer has no real forward palate flavor, some carbonation in the mouth and some hop flavors and bitterness in the mid to late palate. Beer is medium to light in body and overall just an average tripel. Nothing too special. They really should have just gone after the hoppiness aspect and brewed a decent base tripel. There is almost a plasticy note to the flavors. Eh, I didn't really enjoy it but it was drinkable enough.

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Photo of n2185
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear yellow-gold with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: Light spice notes followed strongly by bubblegum, pears, and bananas. Light yeast and bread aromas on the finish.

T: Lots of bubblegum and bananas at first followed by a slightly bitter, hearty bread flavor. There are some spicy yeast notes on the finish as well.

M: Light body with medium carbonation, this beer isn't as thick and sweet as some attempts at the style, but doesn't hit the attenuation needed to make it nice and crisp, either. It feels a bit under-carbonated as well.

O: Overall, a decent tripel, though nothing special. The bubblegum and banana aromas/flavors really dominate the nose and palate instead of letting the yeast and fruity characteristics come through. The attenuation and carbonation are also a bit lower than what I consider makes a good tripel

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Photo of timobkg
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A hazy yellowish orange, with a light head.

The aroma is a mix of spices. I picked up some orange, but everything is pretty blended together.

Taking a sip... woah! There are beers that hide their alcohol very well. This is not one of them. This is a potent potable, and it makes it known. Getting past the booziness, the taste is a mix of spices so blended together that I couldn't pick out any particular flavor. It is balanced to be neither sweet nor bitter. But man, that booziness.

Overall, I think the booziness hold this beer back. I regularly drink imperial stouts and strong belgians like it's nothing, but this beer was a bit of a chore to get through.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright yellow and murky. Soft white head falls to a ring and leaves nice lacing.

S - Pepper, wheat, coriander, citrus and floral notes upfront. There's a multigrain bread, almost nutty smell that seems a bit off.

T - Firm bitter hop, along with tangy citrus and light grain flavors. Definite floral hoppiness.

M/O - A little thin for a tripel. Lacks a little in complexity, too. Easy to drink, though.

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Photo of bobhits
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Classic triple body, orange and yellow hazed to nearly opaque looks just about perfect here. Head and lacing are rather lacking...or heck almost non existent. Edit, second pour form the bottle gave a nice inch of white head. I'm not sure if there's more yeast in the bottle or it was just a faster pour. Still not much in the lacing department.

Caramel malts with clove spices and a very subtle hint of hop aroma in the finish. Not a lot to speak of.

Given the simple nose, I'm rather pleased with the intense and complex flavors. Pear fruit flavor complemented by clove spices and caramel and cracker malts. There's a nice finish of hops, nothing to justify calling it a hoppy triple, but still well done.

I can't find an abv number on the bottle, but this one is clearly a big heavy beer. There's a good bit of carbonation, but the bite of alcohol is a good bit stronger than the carbonation.

A well made triple have a new brewery to be distributed here in Kentucky. Nothing special here, but I can't see anyone a fan of this style being disappointed.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Washington House, Sellersville, PA

Poured a hazy golden yellow, moderately carbonated, with a fizzy white head that didn't linger long. Aroma of sweet light malts, citrus, floral notes, with light spices. Nice flavor, full of light sugars, peaches, citrus, and just enough hops to give it a nice dry finish. Light mouthfeel, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw golden yellow, lots of carbonation. Citrus-malty aroma, some spice, coriander, maybe cinnamon? Taste is a bit sweet, some citrus hoppiness and ginger. Mouthfeel is a bit thin; I'm not crazy about this one, not enough in the belgian tradition.

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Photo of oline73
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with a finger of fluffy white head, that seems very fitting. The head dissipates leaving just a layer. Pretty beer.

Smell: Herbal qualities from the yeast and quite sweet. I also found a hint of sour citrus.

Taste: Again, I'm picking up the spice from the Belgian yeast. This beer is sweet, but definitely not too sweet. There are some floral notes with a bitter hoppy finish. I was expecting more of a hop presence given the description.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation. There is a very mild dryness in the finish.

Overall: I thought this was a good beer, but I wanted more of a hop presence given the description. The other flavors are well balanced and I would have another.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip; batch #2, March 2011 bottling

Pours an overly cloudy golden body with a touch of soft orange through the center, with steady streams of carbonation. A bubbly, sticky paper white cap rose to fill the glass and fell slowly. Some spider web lacing.

The nose is of grassy hops, bubblegum, banana, and spicy clove. The hops are so grassy/herbal/medicinal that it conjures up memories of saisons with a similar funky aroma.

The hops really take center stage. Hugely drying and commanding. Herbal, medicinal, grassy hops dominating while banana, clove and bubblegum round everything out. Some lightly toasted white bread thrown in there as well.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation. An extremely dry finish, but I wouldn't quite call it crisp.

Overall, this is a unique take on the style, but definitely not the best I have ever had. I'd like to see a little less focus on the hops (wow, never thought I would say that.)

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Brad for sharing this at his tasting on Saturday!

This interesting beer appears a hazy straw hue with a somewhat smallish head and minimal lacing. Aromas of spices, hops (much more present than in a normal tripel), and lemon zest. The beer tastes pretty decent, but not great. There is a slightly weird flavor that lingers a bit in the aftertaste. Overall, a pretty average brew. I'm not sure hoppy and tripel are a good marriage.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2 poured into Duvel tulip.

Thanks to muttyd for this nice extra.

A- Pours a brilliant golden with a slight haze to it. A nice one finger head off the pour, dies down quickly but leaves decent lacing.

S- A big burst of Belgian yeast greets the nose right away. A little bit of candi sugar and some faint hops in the background. There is a also a slight grassy note in there as well.

T- There are the hops they were talking about. A bit of a tangerine/Belgian yeast combo that goes nicely together. Again, the grassiness pops out at the end to round this one out.

M- Lighter bodied with crisp carbonation. A tad dry on the finish.

O- Definitely an American version because of the aggressive hops. It actually has a nice balance to it though with the Belgian yeast which can be pretty dominant in many tripels.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Golden hay colored with a white head. The head consists of large bubbles. Some lacing is left on the glass.

S - Honey, citru, and some spices.

T - Citrus, very floral, and again some spices.

D - Thin in the mouth.

O - Light, but a touch sweet.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - Opened the bottle and filled my southampton RIS snifter. Classic cloudy murky soft orange with a thin yeasty head. I couldn't see through the beer, but I could see rampant carbonation dancing in the glass...looked pretty steady and even. Semi-sticky lacing.

s - Bubblegum, clove, banana...a bit grassy...kind of saison-like. A hint of an almost lager too, or at least reminiscent of the part that I dug about the american darling smell (although I wasn't wild for that beer).

t - Much like the nose...bubblegum, clove, banana and that same lagery type of thing (must be a common pretty things ingredient). Not bad, but a bit odd for a tripel in my opinion. Very heavy malty and a touch bitter. The lagery type of vibe (or that common pretty things ingredient) detracts from this beer for me.

m - Good carbonation, tad bittery in the aftertaste. ABV is invisible.

o - Overall it's ok. I've been finding that Pretty Things has a a style to the flavor and sometimes it works (I LOVE Baby Tree and Jack D'Or...and don't even get me started on Our Finest Regards) and other times it is a bit off. None-the-less, this is a brewery worth checking out and I will continue to try their catalog. I could see people loving this one and I can also see them not being blown away (which was the case for me). Easy drinker though...just a bit overboard on bubblegum...kind of like if Short's made a beer called bubblegum.

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Photo of albern
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good tripel, but a long way from being a favorite. It is a tad watery, not too much so. The beer is quite pale in color for the style, with no real retention, no lacing, and not much of a head even if you dump the bottle. The beer has that yeast Belgian carbonation, and lots of pricklishness on the mouth and tongue. The nose is pure Belgian with candied sugars, coriander, some florals, and maybe a hint of fruitness in the pineapple family.

The taste is quite spicy, with a lemon citric acerbicness that is not endearing me to this beer. The beer is a bit syrupy, a bit sweet, with a peppery spice on the back end, a light malty underneath, and a lemony tang that is okay. The coriander and spice really come through with this beer, add to that the yeasty pricklishness, the wheaty qualities towards the finish, the sweet but light malts, and you have this beer pegged. It's is okay, but not brilliant.

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Photo of puck1225
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First drink was not impressive but it was my fault. The beer was stored at too cold a temperature for a triple. Poured into a snifter, a hazy gold-brown with almost no head and little lacing. A slightly sweet and a bit bitter taste. Hints of all-spice. It is a good triple, but not memorable. Overall, not a bad beer.

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Photo of Gmann
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale orange color with a tight white head that settled into a solid ring. The aroma has a nice Belgian yeast aroma. Some banana and clove with honey and candi sugar notes. Not much hop pick up in the aroma. Light but seems spot on for the style. The taste starts off with a sweet tropical fruit note, some citrus, floral honey and light clove. The sweet transitions rather abruptly into an astringent, chalky bitterness from the hops. Can't say that it is very pleasant luckily it is not too strong. The feel is light with tingly carbonation, the hops give an odd chalky feel not typically present in tripels. ABV seems well hidden. An average tripel. The actual tripel flavors were actually pretty good but I didn't really care for what the hops brought to the party. It made the beer astringent and chalky which is not typical for the style.

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