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Fluffy White Rabbits | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States
prettythingsbeertoday.com

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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Reviews:
187
Ratings:
631
pDev:
10.95%
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Ratings: 631 |  Reviews: 187
Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great hops and Belgian integration. Orange and lemon peel Citrus, strong American Ale. Fruity peachy and apricot tasty, a little apple juice and good drinkability. A nice spce sweetness. Decent head and lace on cloudy body. Hoppy aroma.Dry finish.Something special.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

gosh i love this brewery, has to be one of the best in the country, and beers like this confirm that. such a wonderful american take on this style, maybe the single best american made tripel i have ever had. pale egshell finish wheaty color with some sediment. the head is as thick as marshmallow fluff and permanent, just beautiful. it smells herbaceous and grassy, very summery and alive, with a belgian yeast strain that is unlike others i am familiar with. it has notes of coriander in the nose and a pleasant sweetness like vanilla and white grapes, tantalizing. the flavor is not overly complex, but everything is dialed right in perfectly, its a tripel no doubt, but there are few subtle differences in this one, its softer and bigger in the feel, has a brilliant freshness, and the yeast has notes of rock candy, tangerine, tarragon, and even black pepper. so full and flush in feel, really lively carbonation, and just a delicate and elite level beer that shows the perfection of the recipe and the skill of the brewer both clearly. pretty things is amazing, never had even an average beer from them.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice golden color with a pretty big head on it. The lacing was pretty good as well. The smell of the beer is floral and sweet with a light hoppy aroma in the mix. The taste was sweet upfront and settled into a nice floral spice flavor. The mouthfeel was on the lighter side. Overall I found this beer to be quite enjoyable and I would enjoy having it again one day.

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that died down and left lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of spices and yeast in the nose along with some notes of fruit.
T: Like the smell, the taste is both spicy and fruity and has some notes of alcohol. There are hints of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a light amount of dryness in the finish.
O: Because you can taste the alcohol, this is a beer that needs to be consumed slowly, although it is a good sipper.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whimsical floral notions waft over the palate and seem to accompany the "sugar and spice" moniker to adorn the label. It seems that the brewers allowed their four-year old daughter's imaginary friend to name their company and beers. ...and the taste of flowers, perfume, and fruit say much the same.

Fluffy White Rabbits pour with a semi-turbulent action that pulls the cotton-tail foam stance to the top of the tulip with ease. Goldenrod in color, the beer's signature yeasty Belgian haze casts a diffused glow across the glass. Firm retention and decorative patterns of lace round out the aesthetics of the beer.

The perfume and botanical character of the beer really kick off in aroma. Strong flowers and soft spice casts aromas of honey, honeysuckle, rose, passion fruit, banana, clove, coriander, pear, and pepper seem to leap from the rim and startle the olfactories.

Honey-soaked fruits of pear, passion fruit, apricot, papaya, and pawpaws seem to give the otherwise dry fruit flavor a lift with brightness and zeal. Yet, the soft candied taste of powdered sugar and cookie dough gives the beer its roots and ground the fruit sweetness in its semi-malty richness. Light acidity and spice swirl above the fruit and malt with nearly the punch that they do in the nose- but forbid the overtly perfume and favor the soft coriander, curacao, and white pepper. The spice that does linger invites accompaniment from hops that develop from a taste of lemongrass at mid palate and morph towards and hay-like bitterness to finish.

Firmly malted, the tripel remains true to style with a rich pilsner texture that steadies the beer until deep into finish where the warmth of alcohol, balancing hop dryness, and waivering malt sweetness give the beer its semi-dry closure. Embedded and creamy carbonation contributes softness but doesn't allow for the pang of champagne-like effervesence that I look for in authentic, especially Trappist, tripel ales.

The amount and type of flowery overtones are what I normally expect from Witbiers or overly floral blonde ales. This seems to mask the dry spice and earthen tones that are celebrated best in Trappist versions. Its creaminess seems to give the beer more body instead of dryness and is slow to develop dryness. But these are picky criticisms- this is still a very well made tripel ale.

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Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a fluffy white head that stands three fingers high and leaves a nice pattern of Belgian lace

Smell: Cakey malt, spicy yeast and grassy hops

Taste: Cakey malt flavors, up front, with a burgeoning spicy yeast character that brings some peppery elements to the profile; by mid-palate, the hops take over with grassy and citrusy elements; after the swallow, the more traditional sweet triple aspect rises a notch, with a bit of candi sugar joining the spicy/hoppy elements in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: I had this on tap when it was fresh and it was much more hoppy but I actually prefer it now as the flavors are more balanced

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Photo of oline73
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
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 zeff80
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Lord Hobo in Cambridge, MA

A: Pours a clear golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some lemon yellow + orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts with some lighter notes of yeast, spices, and some fruity sweetness.

T: Moderate flavors of pale malts with some light fruity sweetness and some moderate amounts of spices. Light amounts of yeastiness and a light amount of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a really enjoyable beer but one that needs to be enjoyed slowly as the ABV is fairly high and the alcohol is somewhat noticeable. I was really happy to find this beer again since I had really enjoyed it a few years back before I was writing reviews - I had fond memories of the beer and it was just as good.

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Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting to try Pretty Things new beers for a while now. Finally they came.

A: Poured into my new Sierra Nevada goblet/tulip with a thick but very fluffy white head (not rabbit, gotcha!) Lots of bubbles in the head as it slowly pops (no hops) its way downwards. The color is very bright but very hazy at the same time. It's like a bright pale golden tangerine color.

N: Very Belgian tripel aroma. Pretty malty at first, lots of Belgian malts especially. Then comes some sweetness and sugar, candi sugar, with a touch of a boozy aroma. A slight fruity banana like yeast aroma appears as well. Behind all that is some grassy and spicy hop aromas but pretty faint comparatively. Some wheat as well.

T: Lots of frothy head hits first, with a nice flow of beer behind it. A nice malty kiss with a slight sweet sugar blend. A nice tripel but maybe even a little light for a tripel. SOme lighter sweet candi sugar, Belgian and grassy wheat malts, with that comes some citrus, lemongrass, orange rind, and some more of that yeasty banana flavor. Some light fruit attached to that. In the middle of all that is a lighter grassy and slightly hoppy earthy hop taste with a slight bitterness. The citrus and rind seem to give it more bitterness than the hop flavors themselves, but that could be from the hops as far as I know. A slight spicy quality, and hints of booze but not much. If this is a high abv beer I would say it is hidden very well. A slight juicy quality comes out as it warms with more orange peel really showing up towards the end.

Edit: As it warms and i get past most of the tripel malts and citrus, a really nice hop flavors and total profile starts to come out. Some nice late addition hops with fresh hop flavor. That just bumped the taste profile quite a bit. I would highly recommend letting this beer warm up a bit before drinking, or have a cellar temp.

M: Lighter than I expected for a tripel (light as a fluffy rabbit, ok last pun I promise), but not too bad, good carbonation.

F: Not too bitter, I was expecting more bitterness here. A looong lingering orange flavor, like biting into a fresh orange. WIth that more citrus and orange peel, a little sticky sweetness leftover but dries off mostly. A slight light body feel on the mouth as if it left the tongue feeling lighter than it started for some reason. Overall a nice tripel with lots of citrus, orange, and bitter citrus. Not as much on the hops as I would have expected from the label, but then again, I'm probably wicked jaded on hops from all the crazy DIPAs I've had, and I know Dann doesn't load up on the hops usually.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 4/14/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, citrus, spices, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of spices, citrus, bananas and caramel. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice Belgian Tripel with good complexity making it worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a large tulip glass a deep honey color with a full on thick white head that leaves a broken ring of lace as it settles into a frothy mass.Grilled pineapple and other overripe tropical fruits in the nose along with a hint of vanilla,mild yeasty banana-like phenols in there as well.One of the more sweeter tripels I have had but it's no not near cloying,grilled fruits and white pepper,I got alot more spice on the palate than I did in the nose,some mild vanilla fills out the palate.A rich tripel,a good dessert beer in my opinion.

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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mactrail
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rich, golden brew with a fine white foamy cap. Tangy and spritzy on the tongue. Quite well endowed with the meaty "umame" flavor of the Japanese. Spicy, salty, fruity all in one. Apricots and honey to give it some sweet and tangy taste.

All the friendly mellow flavors are nicely sharpened by the bitterish yearty tang. The bitterness rises up in the aftertaste, but each sip renews the sweet, malty honeymoon.

This is a good example of the Pretty Things style, which I find totally appealing, which is off-beat but highly drinkable. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Krisp in downtown San Diego.

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Photo of smithj4
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. I enjoyed this one last April, when it was still pretty fresh on the market.

Pours a fairly clear gold (although a good amount of suspended hop oils are present), topped with a finger sized cap of fluffy bright-white head. This retains with roughly the same sized amount of head, leaving back a soapy cascade of lacing that settles into a good bit of spotty foam. The aroma smells very floral, which adheres nicely to the assertive spiciness here from the yeast. Hops mostly bring a green citric character to the nose, while sweeter notes of lightly toasted bread and soft fruit push up from underneath.

The taste has a bright and green tasting citric bitterness to it, which is set against a flush of yeasty fruit character (that consists of pear, apple, and some sweeter orange notes) and a bready sugary sweetness from the malts. Like the nose, this is wrapped up in a BOLD dry peppery spiciness that melds well with all of that hoppy bitterness. The finish on this is VERY dry with a good bit of lingering pith. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a soft creamy sharpness that prickles the tongue a bit but then smoothes out considerably thanks to a good bit of underlying oily slickness from the hops. The body does possess some gentle warmth to it but the alcohol is generally pretty well hid here for an 8-9% beer.

This was quite good and is definitely one of the better takes on an American Tripel that I’ve had out of the bottle. This just has a lot of fresh hop character to it that is nicely complimented by the spice and fruit flavors that the Belgian yeast brought to this. I think that the freshness is the key with this one though. If you haven’t had it yet, I’d wait until the next batch at this rate.

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