Fluffy White Rabbits
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Belgian Tripel
4.05 | pDev: 10.86%
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: 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
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Photo of SLeffler27
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark golden amber with a light honey cloudiness (SRM 8-10). Casual waves of fine carbonation build a modest, rocky, off-white head that leaves a frosting of lace on an Antiek chalice.

The aroma is spicy and sweet with banana bread and ripe pears. Crisp and fresh with warmth that brings clove and sweet perfume.

As stated on the label, this is a bitter Tripel. Fruit-infused honey sweetness quickly gives way to balance out the bitterness. White grapes and apricot announce the start to a mild, short finish that returns after fading. Warmth brings out pepper.

A medium body and satin texture contain the alcohol. Slight metallic notes are lifted by lively, fine carbonation that scrubs the palate.

This is a pleasant and sophisticated beer. While at first bold, it slowly becomes nuanced with subtle characteristics. It is interesting on its own, yet, unfortunately will not be produced again.

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Photo of puck1225
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
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 REVZEB
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured gold with fluffy white head. Smell had fruity hops, especially of the tropical variety and orange. Taste clashed to me, with big bold fruit trapped in a boozy and yeasty body, though spices and herbs helped bridge, comes across almost like rum fruit in fruit cake. Body was springy and light with decent carbonation.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
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 KidDoc
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured crystal clear light straw, medium fluffy head with little retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is strong with banana and vanilla. Mouthfeel is beautifully full and smooth. I don't pick up any hop character or bitterness. The alcohol is well-hidden and can sneak up on you. This is a very nice triple. Drink it if you can find it.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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 MakeMineADoubleJack
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
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 sprat1960
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Light golden color; transparent. Lots of bubbles visual from the carbonation. Pours with a large 2+ finger white creamy head that dies down leaving an uneven thin coating on the surface of the beer and pieces of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Scent typical of a Belgium Triple, only milder. Slightly sweet with aroma of the yeasts.

Taste: Tastes like a typical Triple, only slightly milder. Nice flavor - sorta sweet with a yeasty finish.

Feel: Between Medium and Thin. Nice mild fizzy sensation from the carbonation.

Overall: Very good Triple that is lighter than normal. I would gladly drink this again.

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Photo of kanno
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%
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 babaracas
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with two fingers thick of soapy white head, settles to a thin ring with a few blobs on the glass. Smell: nectarine, white grape, pils-y semi sweetness, moderate spiciness. Taste: apricot jam, dried pineapple, spicy, a bit of a crackery backing, with peach skin and a note of earth in the finish. Body thins out a bit much and finishes a little powdery, but it's quite tasty.

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Photo of patpbr
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured a copper orange with a small white head. The smell has yeast and hints at sweetness and hops. The taste is very similar to the nose. Smooth finish nice flavor and easy to drink. I have held onto this bottle a bit longer then I should have. Will try another fresh bottle next spring.

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Photo of mick303
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle (bottled apr/14) poured into a stemmed tulip glass, colour is a clear light gold. Creamy white head with really solid lacing and retention.

S - slick candy sugars, lemony yeast, pecan. Grassy and piney hop notes, a bit of a full bodied belgian yeast character, spicy and robust. Quite light overall with some floral character.

T - an immediate rolling flavour cascading in. Strong full sweet belgian yeasty notes, and also a grassy hoppiness. A really intense flavour, lightly caramel, malt sweetness, lemony, spicy yeast, peppery, and a subtle smoky foresty character. Piney and a bit herbal as the flavour transitions, coating with a bit more robust oiliness then dries out to an even balanced finish. Flavour is a bit more aggressive than some of the belgian tripels, but pretty things makes it a controlled rollercoaster.

M - Quite full but balance is done really well with so much going on. Starts with more sweet alcohol then gets more hoppy and bitter, some of the yeast comes into play as well helping to dry out the finish. Carbonation is on the light side but the alcohol is a positive aspect here, though it does make itself known, it doesn't mean this doesn't drink really sublimely. A big beer, but it satisfies.

Haven't had many tripels in awhile, but fluffy rabbits is excellent, and a good example in general of american brewers staying relatively true to style while upping the assertiveness of these beers. This is a complex melange of full bodied yeast, sugary alcohol, with also an assertive floral/piney/herbal hop character, all woven together to make for an intense but memorable brew.

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Photo of trippytbta
2.91/5  rDev -28.1%
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 Greywulfken
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: medium amber and cloudy, few fingers of ivory head; some lace left behind

S: soft fruits and pale malts, some citrus as well as orchard-types; hints of spice and drier elements, almost crisp and fresh

T: a nice take on the tripel - the sugars and fruits are muted and paired with more hops than a typical tripel - creamy lemon notes and lush peach, pear, or apple-kinda characteristics; crisp and herbal, slightly citric hops, also muted so as to balance with the malts.

M: medium-to-full, soft, smooth, creamy, and fuzzy; slight tingle of citrus and carbonation fizz

O: very nice, distinct and well-made - definitely a tripel I'd go back to - had plenty of the typical characteristics - so there's no mistaking it as a tripel - but the hoppiness lent it an American IPA-kinda character, too.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip at Brendan Behan in J.P.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow orange with good clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, pilsner malts, powdery yeast, apple, pear, warm booze, spicy, a little banana, and Belgium candy.

Taste: Same as above. Very tasty and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little booze, tingly, chewy, medium bodied, spicy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Enjoyed a lot over the years. Pretty nice stuff.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.31/5  rDev -18.3%
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 Arithmeticus
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in hotel glass (oy vey--it was all that was available)

A: slightly dark amber, very luscious, ample head; creamy bubbles; carbonation is very active; great lacing
S: yeast, banana, very strong and inviting (the aroma was detectable just upon uncapping)
T: amazing flavor; very complex, much in the Belgian style; sweet, moderately bitter; pear, banana, and pepper overtones; strong alcohol backbone, tasting higher than the 8.5% advertised.
M: very smooth

I would have this again any time. It was my first beer from Pretty Things, and I'm definitely intrigued, will look for others.

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Photo of barczar
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant golden straw with a lingering ivory head.

Pear and clove accompany white pepper and confectioners sugar in the aroma.

Flavor reveals more resiny and vinous notes. Light apple tartness contrasts earthy, resiny hops, with notes of bananas adding complexity. The contrast between tart and earthy is nice.

Body is a touch heavy, smooth, with noted alcohol warmth.

A touch hot, but good depth of flavor. The bitterness is more than I prefer, but great balance, otherwise.

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Photo of Altrurian
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light amber hue, short head, little lacing. The head's a little thicker with a very vigorous pour, but the appearance, while perfectly OK, is not exceptional. Candy-like aroma, long on bubble gum. The taste is quite pleasant, if, perhaps, a little more confectionary than other leading tripels. There's banana, there's cotton candy, but it's a sophisticated sweetness--both inviting and satisfying. Texture is sufficiently rich.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Arrived in a tall tulip-style glass with a couple fingers of bubbly head. Good retention with light but consistent lacing. Vibrant carbonation streams from the center of the glass. The beer is a deep gold and quite clear.

S - Bubblegum sweetness, and the character that I associate with Belgian yeast.

T - Follows the nose. The sweetness is there, as is the yeast character. The flavors are sharp and distinct. Not muted and heavy. I like the light, airy qualities of the flavors. Didn't realize that the alcohol contact was 8.5% It is very well hidden.

M - Medium-light bodied and very dry. Slight astringency on the tongue. Big fan of these light tripels. The heavy ones don't do much for me.

O - I think this one compares very favorably to some of the top-rated tripels that I've tried. Not sure if it's a deviation from the style or not, but it tastes more like a Belgian Golden Ale that I've really enjoyed then the Tripels that I typically shy away from.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is lightly hazed yellowish amber with a fairly tight white head. Nose is predominantly candied sugar, light earthy note, and some sweet lemon. Taste is a bit more sweet but has some other things going on. Hints of peppery yeast and light tang. Sweeter candied sugar, faint candied lemon, not much of a distinct hop profile. Smooth medium body and well carbonated, very inviting palate.

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Photo of jwchestnut
4.69/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful creamy white head on a golden, yellowish body. the nose is all full of clove, spice, over-ripe banana, orange citrus, yellow box-cake, grassy noble hops - really great. the taste follows the nose closely with a lively belgian peppery yeast flavor mixing so well with the candi sugar and all the other flavors that I picked up on in the smell. delightfully sweet and not cloying at all - in fact a little juicy and bright in flavor. really wonderful. a surprisingly full and creamy body that was a little surprising but enjoyable but finished drier the more i drank. overall, this was a real delight. maybe my new favorite from pretty things.

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Photo of Enriquehopnog
4.89/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was my first Pretty Things brew and it immediately got me hooked. I love this beer so much that I almost pee'd myself when I saw it being carried in the stores by my local package store

Wow I highly recommend trying this beer. It has great taste and great body. I love looking at it in the glass as much as I like drinking it.

This beer got me into more of what these guys brew and so far I am very satified. Everything tastes so fresh

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled In: March 2013

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers worth of head that slowly settles down to a cap

S: Starts off with a hint of spices and fruitiness from the yeast. Goes into a nice floral hoppiness and a hint of malt

T: Starts off with the spices and fruitiness and goes into the herbal hoppiness fairly quickly. Finishes with a hit of phenols and alcohol

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Definitely quite a hoppy tripel with a good bit of spiciness, fruitiness, and funk to start off. Nothing mind shattering, but a solid stab at an Americanized version of the style

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Photo of Immortale25
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label notches indicate it was bottled in April 2013.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch beige head that retains wonderfully before creeping down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Yes, fluffy resilient lacing adheres to the glass.

S- Crisp, yeasty aroma that's a bit soapy and has some hints of spice. Not much hops detected but the little bit that's there is quite herbal. Just the slightest tinge of funk and alcohol.

T- Smooth Belgian yeast flavor plus some mild sweetness and spice bite. Notes of red apple, coriander and wheat. Minimal bitterness and, while the alcohol is certainly there and noticed, it's restrained enough to make for a pleasant drink.

M- Zesty, vibrant and tangy. Carbonation is a bit above medium and the body is a bit below.

O- In a sea of tripels, some overly complex and others boring, this one stands out as being very subtle yet very tasty. Only the second beer I've had by Pretty Things and both have been great.

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