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Review: Pretty Things Baby Tree

Posted by Steve Greenlee  November 18, 2011 09:29 AM

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Good beers for Thanksgiving, part 3 of 3:

baby tree 004.jpgSome people (including me) swear they detect the hint of plums in some Belgian quadrupels. With Baby Tree, the outstanding quad produced by Cambridge's Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project, you know it's there: The beer is brewed with dried plums (which sounds better than saying it's brewed with prunes).

Burgundy to brown with no head, Baby Tree has a funky aroma dominated by plums, spice, and a splash of vanilla. This is an unusual quad. It retains the character of the plums without the sweetness, and it lacks the domineering alcohol burn that quads often have. Baby Tree beer tastes dark, coarse, musty, and bitter -- all in a good way. This is a tart, immensely enjoyable beer.

Baby Tree is 9 percent ABV. A 22-ounce bottles costs about $7.

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Gary Dzen writes about craft beer here and in the Globe when he's not covering the Celtics for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @GaryDzen.

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