Fluffy White Rabbits
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Style:
Belgian Tripel
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 10.86%
Reviews:
188
Ratings:
632
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Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
 
Massachusetts, United States
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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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Reviews: 188 | Ratings: 632
Photo of Reagan1984
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wispy bright white head settles to a thin cap. Glass is speckled with sticky lacing. Gold Straw color. Good clarity with a decent amount of visible carbonation.

Aroma is great. Candied sugar and light yeast tones are features. Pale malt. Lots of fruity esters. Light fruits..

Candied sugar, bubble gum, white pepper. Lots of fruit. Very nice, if not a touch too sweet. Really nice and the fresh hop notes are a nice compliment to the other flavors.

Light refreshing especially at first. Contrary to most other beers, this is preferred a little colder. Seems to subdue some of the sweetness.

I did enjoy this and it did match with our Easter celebration. Tone down the sweetness a bit and you'd have a great beer.

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Photo of silentjay
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a very hazy straw color with an aggressive head that dissipates quickly, but holds the glass well. lots of bubbly action going on as well. nice.

aroma is sweet and fruity. banana, obviously, but with some peach and mango in there. some bready malts, as well as some citrusy hops. candy sugar and sweet overripe banana peel. a little lemon rind and bread dough.

taste is decisively hoppier. yeast is still strong, but much more balanced in the flavor than in the aroma. strong citrusy hops do wonders working with the banana, clove, and bready flavors that are expected in a triple. finish is sweet, yet spicy... candy sugar and fruit sticks on the tongue.

mouthfeel is good. velvety yet prickly. light bodied overall. good for the style.

drinkability is good. reminds me of green flash's le freak. very sugary, spicy and fruity, but with a good hop punch to keep it from falling into the "me too" category. complex with very little alcohol burn/harshness. very nice.

overall, another win from Pretty Things. They take style guidelines and throw them out the window. This is kinda like a Tripel and a Belgian Pale Ale combined. It creates a very complex, refreshing, tasty, and original brew. well done.

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Photo of beer4colin
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lions and tigers and bunnies? Oh my !!! OH MY!

I love what pretty things have done. Baby Tree is up at the top oft my all time face raves.

But OMG! Bunnies blows it all away! Please PT, don't make this beauty one and gone!!

On tap at Union Brewhouse, this young lovie pours a Marvy golden haze. Topped with a very atypical UBH head.

The nose is to die for! The fruit, led by bananas, is as clean and fresh as a greengrocer display,

Everything about this is excellent: taste of Belgium trip+++. Mouthfeel is light and airy. Drinkability: YES!!

Sorry for the deviation from my normal format but I LOVE THIS!!!

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Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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 morebeergood
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Dive Bar, Worcester. Served in a tulip glass. Thin, whispy white head. Cloudy yellow body. Smell reminded me of lemongrass and crushed coriander. Taste was excellent. On the one hand, it had that great sugary Belgian tripel flavor, but then you can't help but notice the great hop flavor that balances everything off nicely. Neither dominates the other, they just work perfectly together. Mouthfeel was spot on for a great Belgian style ale, just enough body and noticeable alcohol presence. A great new offering from Pretty Things. It's nice to see PT beers other than Jack D'or on tap around now.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Redbones. I was there with for my girlfriend's ex-fiancees birthday party. Yeah, kinda awkward.

Hazy gold with a large white head. Sticky lace and slow skim retention. Aroma is rather funky. Not just traditional Belgian farm yeast funk but also some sort of human funk. Toe funk, sweaty head funk, something humane. And I mean that in a good way. Mango tropical fruity esters and sharp grassy hops.

Taste is Goya tropical juice up front with spicy backup. White pepper? Grassy hop resin adds flavor and mouthfeel. Dry, dry, super dry aftertaste. Not my favorite tripel but if spring ever comes to Boston I'd have another.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from the cellar, bottle date "March".

Pours pale yellow with a slight haze and a thin skim coat of white suds. The skim coat stays solid for the duration of the glass as does plenty of torn sheets of lacing.

Aromatics lead off with clovey phenols, grassy hops, and light husky malt. Hints of honey, wet hay, and citrus pith follow through.

Light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. Slightly tacky with a light chew.

Light malt, honey-drizzeled cut grass, and ripe fruit start the palate. Spicey cloves follow through with hints of green bark, mint gum, and rusty pears.

Finishes with lingering honey, grass-rubbed citrus, and a metallic tinge.

Tasty enough but given the moniker I was expecting more hops given how 'Ole Jack delivers in that area.
Carbonation is light for the style and a lingering metallic tinge kind of detracts. Copperish in nature.

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Photo of BeckyFreesTibet
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fluffy White Rabbits is perhaps the best thing I've tried thus far from Pretty Things. The appearance is light and slightly hazy and a bit pilsner-like. The head is creamy, frothy and meringue-like and yields beautiful lacing. It also smells a bit like a pilsner, but with gentle spice and citrus notes.

The taste is hoppy but very balanced, and never develops a bitter hoppy aftertaste. Any slight bitterness seems to come from a hint of orange rind. It is undeniably yeasty and slightly spicy, herbal and floral.

Fluffy White Rabbits is dry and medium-bodied with an appropriate medium amount of carbonation. I stupidly forgot to write down the ABV, but it crisp, refreshing, not at all boozey, and goes down easily. This beer is an excellent tripel as it stays true to the style, but offers some nice surprises.

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Photo of Walken
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project (Bottled: March 2010) (Tasted: 03/28/10)
22 oz. bottle, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Hazy golden beer topped by a creamy, eggshell white head composed of tiny, tightly knit bubbles. Perfect retention, solid sheets of lace stick to the sides of the glass.
Odor: Soft, rich pilsner malt in front, yeast throws a spicy aroma reminiscent of coriander. Hops are subdued in the grand scheme of things, but throw a well rounded blanket of aroma in the mix. Classic fresh waxy floral earthy goodness from the saaz, tangerine juice from the amarillo.
Consistency: Wow, this beer has some body to it, or maybe it's just the hop oils. We'll call it medium bodied, how about it? Carbonation keeps this beer in smoothsville, without going overboard.
Flavor: The nose knows. same spread of flavors as expressed in the nose, equal proportion out in front, yeast spice in back. Bitterness holds it's own, without getting in the way of the subtle maltiness, then shines in the finish, which is long, dry and hoppy, leaving a lovely lingering aftertaste of bitter hop resin and orange.

This is a motherfucker of a beer. As far as style goes, it is very fair to call this a tripel, because the hops do not muddle any of the flavors that a great tripel should display. Even if you call this a Belgo-American IPA, it's on point. I'm just going to call it something I will look forward to every Spring.

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Photo of Jayli
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a light golden/yellow color, a touch hazy and carbonation is visible. Two fingers of sudsy, foamy white head that retains very nicely. Thick coating of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose has a hint of spice, and a good deal of sweetness - pale malts, yeast and a fruity, yet slightly boozy note to it. A touch of banana comes through and some dark fruits - fig and possibly date.

T: Taste starts very light, a touch of belgian spicing mingled with yeast. Pale malts come through in the middle with some fruitiness, light banana, pear and apple, hint of fig or date, and then balanced off with a hint of honey. Finish has a bit of spicey hops that linger on the tongue.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, creamy on the tongue and a touch sticky.

D: Nice, light, refreshing, great flavor, well balanced. This is another damn solid offering from Pretty Things!

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Easter time beer from the Pretty Things. Very cool artwork, as always. Color is a radiant hazed gold, making this tulip glass look very nice. About a finger of white head shows up, and sticks around for the duration. The smell is dominated by fruit notes such as pear and green apple. More bright, juicy fruit comes through in the taste along with the big hop presence, and dry champagne like finish. Mouthfeel is right smack dab in the middle, and perfectly carbonated for this style. The more you drink the more you can notice the lingering hop bitterness that this beer gives off. Putting back this bomber will be no problem on my end. This is a high quality Tripel that could not get much fresher, as it was brewed this month. Cheers to Dan and Martha.

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Photo of Perkyanda
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a pretty sunny golden yellow. opaque, thick, and hazy. Little bit of white head that quickly diminishes.

The first scent is sweet and yeastey and light. It's nice! It's a little more lemon-apricot-honey-orange than simply orange itself. It has a fruity taste, with hints of lemon, apricot, honey, and a tangy orange. It tastes like juicy spring. There's also a little bit of sour bitterness to it, and and aftertaste that's more lemon and orange peel than lemon and orange themselves. Honestly, I wasn't impressed with it on tap at all, but I like it a lot better in the bottle.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Carbonation is a good amount-- less than some, but with a bubbly texture in the mouth, still. I feel like I could drink this all day.

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Photo of Franchise
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a deep orange leaving a thick white head. The aroma is sweet, fruity, plums, dates, raisins but also a ton of citrus probably due to the hops.

The taste is sweet upfront flowery sugary in a good way. Prunes, dates, pitted fruits are there then it moves to an orangy citrus slickness on the palate.

There is a lot going on in this beer and it is beautifully balanced with the hops malty tripel backbone and the yeasty esters. I will definitely revisit this beer before it leaves the shelves.

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Fluffy White Rabbits from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 632 ratings