Was that a hint of crispness that I felt in the air this morning? And those leaves, do they look a little orange to you? Must be almost fall! This rich and hearty Belgian-style quadruple from Boston-based Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project is the perfect beer to salute summer and welcome the new season.
Details: Baby Tree from Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project in Cambridge, Massachusetts (Belgian-Style Quadruple, 9% ABV)
Looks: Warm nut brown color with an inviting cap of parchment-colored foam.
Smells: Mmmm...you can smell this one from a foot away! The aromas of dark stone fruits mixed with melted chocolate are irresistible.
Tastes: This tastes like everything I love about fall. It's rich and warm, sweet and nutty, earthy and dark. Lots of rich caramel and brown sugar flavors sweep over the tongue. Dark plum and dried fig flavors make things interesting and keep the beer from becoming too sticky sweet. More chocolate notes develop as the beer warms up.
With its creamy texture and layers of flavor, this is definitely a beer to sip as the sun goes down. The alcohol stays well hidden, but you'll feel it warm you up as the air cools.
Pairs: I like this one with a cheese plate after dinner. Pick some strong cheeses and a variety of dried fruits to bring out all its complex flavors.
Have you tried this Baby Tree quadruple? What do you think of it?
(Image: Emma Christensen)