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 oldp0rt
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of imbibehour
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice white head creamy, and solid at two fingers, frozen and nowhere to go, languishises on a simple faint peach yellow body, opaque, with some nice carbonation. Simple solid and nice.

Nose is a bit small, but a noticeable butter diacetyl, but not too big. Some faint floral notes, a mild airy garden sweetness, hints of jasmine and floral/herbality.

Fantastic mouthfeel, of a mild and controlled clotted cream. Palate give off a dense malt and softness, without much heat or boozy. Finish brings some mild hop character, and a lingering floral dryness. Faint hints of citrus orange and melon on the swallow too, mixing in with that big body.

Overall it's the feel of this beer that gets me the most, it's very enjoyable. Super easy to drink too at 8.5 ABV! More Pretty Things home runs!

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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 BarryMFBurton
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anything I haven’t had from Pretty Things is an instant-buy; needless to say, when I saw this on the shelf, it was gone. Cheers!

A: Pours a pale, hazy yellow, so lightly colored that it looks like white wine. The head takes after the name, sitting white and fluffy, but dissipates quickly. Layers of foamy lacing and a slight ring of retention cover the interior of the glass.

S: Steady base of vanilla and banana – natural sweetness – adorned with a tart, spicy hop presence. Lemon is the most evident hop aroma, but there are moments of black pepper and ground cinnamon, too. Quite a pleasant yeast presence, showing clove, coriander, and rose water in an estery fashion. One of the few Belgian-style brews that shows totally equal balance between malt, yeast, and hops – excellent.

T: Begins with an unexpected tannic grain flavor, pulling hops slowly from a moderate tingle to the main event; a slow-burning palate, accomplished by the spicy (as opposed to acidic) nature of the hops. Malts are raw and chewy instead of the characteristic smooth of the style; still, the tastes of tapioca, vanilla, and banana are evident, with splashes of orange juice early on. Hops start very herbal and grassy, moving into a peppery bitterness as they blossom into the fore. Breads are sparse, but not totally missing from the palate – bits of smooth yeast appear toward the end of the drink. Aftertaste is herbal and grassy, with dry grain husk tones for the most part.

M: Pretty full-bodied for the style; definitely a sipper, though it has the palate of something more quaffable. Carbonation is light enough to just smooth over the tongue without a moment’s hesitation, contributing to the thickness of the beer.

O: A delicious tripel – standard flavors, but with a hopped-up balance that separates it from the more traditional Belgians you’d come across. A must-try for Belgian fans.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A - pours a cloudy medium straw with a 2 finger rocky white head.

S - sweet. Wheat. Lots of typical belgian spicey, peppery estery profles, especially as t warms.

T - pepper, belgian, hoppy, earthy, wheaty, malty, fruity

M - full bodied. A little fuller than I prefer Triples.

D - middle of the road. Not easy nor difficult to consume.

Overall, not a bad beer. I was expecting a little more hoppiness, but I'm not sure of the bottle age

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy light golden straw color. A rocky white head sits on top, but fades quickly to a thin film. It looks fairly lively with a moderate amount of carbonation.

S: Lots of cloves and other spices including black pepper and a touch of coriander. A noticeable amount of hops, creating a tropical fruit aroma also makes a presence.

T: Similar to the aroma with the plethora of spices. The hops make a bigger appearance here than in the aroma as does the typical belgian yeast taste you'd find in belgian pales.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a light, crisp sensation towards the finish that beckons you to take another taste. It is quite refreshing.

O: This is a decent tripel. I like the ingenuity of adding amarillo hops , creating that tropical fruit characteristics. Overall, very enjoyable, but not spectacular.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in an Orval chalice, the beer pours a hazy gold color with a thin white head that went away quickly. There's also a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like lemon peel, light citrusy and grassy hops, cloves, peaches and some bubblegum. The brew tastes like bready malt, lemon peel, cloves, peppery spice, grassy hops, and some pears. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, and at $7.99 a bottle I'd buy it again.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer yesterday and got a Bomber for $5 as part of a sale. This is batch #2 and was bottled on March 2011. I was really looking forward to trying this 16 month aged brew.

A: Appearance is a hazy golden straw color with a tint of orange. Has a bright white 1/2 inch head, which leaves some nice lacing.

S: The smell is bursting with floral aroma, some lemon zest, clove, grassy noble hops, and a hint of honey.

T: Definitely some orange citrus hops at the front, followed by some peppery spice, pear & banana flavor. Finishes with some bready notes and a bit of bitterness.

M: There is moderate carbonation to this medium bodied brew that has complex flavors which makes this a unique but pleasent drinking experience.

O: Overall the aging of this beer really brings out the flavors 10 fold and make this an excellent beer to try. The 8.5 ABV is well hidden behind all the bursting flavors. One of the best fruit type beers Ive had!

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of aasher
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has one of the best names around. It also helps that the style makes Fluffy White Rabbits a must try. It pours a lighter bodied, cloudy yet bright gold in color with a one finger bright white and soapy head. The nose is light and yeasty. There is a light citrusy hop character and a slight buttery aspect, but not like diacetyl, like short termed Chardonnay barrel aging. It's intriguing nonetheless. The flavors are light and citrusy. The yeast is mild yet flavorful. It is what I would call an off dry. There is a light and clean hoppiness. It has nice flavor and does what it promises. It drinks light in body with a light yeasty dryness. I like it. This beer was a great buy at $8.99. Pretty Things continues to impress.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw-like golden color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is VERY spicy. Tons of peppery spice with some Belgian yeast and a hint of coriander. Great, bright green apple...fresh red apple aroma as well. Hints off peaches and banana. Taste is initially very spicy, just like the nose. Very tinglt peppery feel on the tongue at first. Pepper and bitter hops which immediately turn to sweet Belgian yeast and banana. Sweet apple flavor with more hops. Mouthfeel is very crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a very hoppy and spicy tripel, but it tastes damn good!

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Beer rating: 84.3% out of 100 with 631 ratings
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