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Tallgrass Velvet Rooster | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is a Belgian Tripel that lives up to its name. Smooth and carefully crafted like a fine velvet painting, but with an 8.5% ABV this bird has some spurs! The beer pours a golden straw color with brilliant clarity. Topped with a lofty pure white head the beer has a wonderful floral nose, with subtle fruit notes. The taste is clean and crisp, with subtle fruit notes and a touch of candy like sweetness. The beer has a Champagne-like effervescent that provides a crisp offset to its sweet finish. While a pint glass is always nice, Velvet Rooster would also be at home in a tulip glass or Champagne flute.

Added by indiapaleale on 11-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Velvet Rooster pours a bright cloudy golden color with a big lacing head. Weaker aroma, with sweet notes. Taste is spicy, with a nice banana finish and a hint of bitterness. Good body and feel. Overall, good Tripel

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Photo of joeseppy
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big head dense pour. Golden honey with yeasty flecks. Head ebbs in quick fashion to a thin lace. Aroma of malt and sucrose. Spice candy drops. Fruit on par with sultanas, melon and pineapple. The more I nose I pick up canned fruit cocktail in a good way. Taste initially of malts and bitterness. Bitterness as like chewing on white grapefruit rind or in fact maybe a lemon. I can see where some may be put off with this but I like it. Not as sweet as the aroma where I believe the alcohol cuts into. Some spice. Light to medium body that evolves to creamy and mouth coating. Hop bitterness lingers. A complex craft both in smell and taste. Definitely worth picking up. Fits the tripel bill in good fashion. The Abv is perfect-feels good. I would not be put off by the lower ratings here. Would buy again.

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Photo of Suds
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a completely clear, straw-colored brew with a tall and firm head. The smell is of alcohol, Belgian yeast...spice, pepper, ripe fruit, and grain. The taste is bitter and slightly hot, with medium bitterness and an underlying sweetness. Malt and sugar both come through. The finish is lingering bitterness and warmth. Full in body.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip, which was a mistake.

Appearance : A 1 oz pour yields a towering head that overflows the glass. The head is unmistakably large. I've been letting it sit for 3 minutes now, and it's just getting to the point where I can reach the beer without a foam mustache. The lace it leaves on the sides are like a heavy soaping, lathered all over the place. The body is light golden butterscotch colored and 80% opaque. Light will penetrate the body to illuminate it, but fingers are just dense, dark shapes.

Smell : Sour bretted yeast, a milky lactobacillus presence, lightly roasted grains, rye chips, and pink grapefruit. It does smell spoiled, like opening a milk jug after its expiration - but that's the active cultures at work here. Looking over the other reviews, it seems mine is more "colorful" than the others. I hope I don't get sick.

Taste : Fairly bitter to start, but mixed with clove and orange peels, followed by banana, pumpernickel, wheat, rye, cereal grains, antiseptic, and a mild burning alcohol presence. The burn stays on the back of the tongue and so does the layer of doughy yeast. I get no bubblegum or other Belgian flavors like the other reviewers are getting. It seems I have an enigma here.

Feel : Creamy all the way to the finish. A mild carbonation pops it up a bit, and it ends dry.

Overall : It's a decent beer, but not something that I'd have again. I may just not be in the mood for it, I can tell my tummy isn't reacting well to this yeast. The orange peel bitterness is interesting at the start, most Tripels start with a high malt bill, this one goes against the grain literally - and finishes with vodka-like burning alcohol. It's worth a try if you're curious.

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Photo of Evilyak
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright yellow in color. thick, white head that laces like a champ.

nose is honey and pizza dough.

taste is subtle sweetness - again, perhaps a little of that honey and under-ripe peach. there's a touch of bitterness at the end.

this one sticks around a bit. pleasantly.

a good interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Jason
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can, sample from the brewery.

Tight bubbled lace, great looking pale golden clarity. Subtle malty nose of honey, bread, dried grass, and dough yeast. Faint phenols as well. Not picking up the 8.5% abv at all, clean and almost pilsner-like which is pretty much what the monks were trying to do with the Tripel style was created. Some warmth after several sips, dried fruit and dusty shortbread on the palate. Easy to quaff for its size, a lot of fun to sip on.

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Photo of tlema1
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: straw yellow, big, fluffy head
S: some fruit, some candy sweetness
T: not as sweet as a normal tripel upfront, some fruit, some pepper
F: great mouthfeel, really coats the tongue
O: not your run of the mill Tripel, but this is a damn fine brew

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drink by 3/26/16.

Pours a murky golden-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, earth, spice, yeast, and slight chalk aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, spice, yeast, pepper, and dried citrus peel flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of spice and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink despite its higher ABV.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl. L: Pours hazy amber with very little head. S: a fruity grainy nose T: This is a yeast driven beer featuring banana, stone fruit, traces of citrus with good caramel and biscuit malt flavors. F: This is very creamy smooth, the effervescence is very fine and soft – almost like drinking a cloud. The creaminess is outstanding. O: Drink this beer for the texture.

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3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A small pour yields a tall two inch light tan head. Body is light processed honey gold. Nose has hints of fresh cut grass and fruity hops. The taste is of grassy hops and bitter toasted crackers. This triple is one of the hoppiest that I have ever had. Crisp dry and very nice but not traditional.

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Photo of Alexrdvz
4.61/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer with a nice fruit bouquet. Best enjoyed in a tulip glass , in my opinion, to get the most out of the night the aroma. This is the beer that will bring back memories of that trip to Europe where you visited a variety of local beer places. The sweetness of the malts used make this beer very easy to drink, but so not let it fool you... You have some decent alcohol content at 8.5%

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L (4) - Light pale color. Slightly cloudy/hazy appearance
S (4) - Not a lot of aroma here. A little "spicy" Belgian yeast smell.
T (4) - I'm far from a Belgian connoisseur, but this beer is good. Has a little bit of that spicy/peppery flavor to it. Subtle flavors, but good.
F (4.25) - Easy drinking beer, carbonated well.
O (4) - Overall, I like this beer. I wouldn't need to have it all the time in my cellar, but I would certainly drink and buy again.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow-orange. Aroma is of flowers, slight fruit and belgian candi sweetness. Taste is fruit, floral notes, belgian candi sugar, and some earthiness. Mouthfeel is medium and quite effervescent. Overall, this is a good trippel, and a nice beer to sip and savor as it warms.

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Photo of stephens101
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draught at Oak and Oar. Nice to see a regional Tripel, one of my perennial favorite styles.

Pours reddish orange with a full bubbly tan froth.

Smells welcoming with malt, orange, melon, gum and spice.

Tastes grainy up front with taffy, gum and melon characters working alongside a touch of floral hops.

A rarer find that tastes about as close as you will get to the real thing in these parts.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from the can in a Lexington Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter.

That rooster's gonna make the most chicks with the most...chicks?... Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear gold topped by over a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises spicy Belgian yeast, mild honey, light lemon zest, and a hint of sourdough. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a light twinge of white grapes. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a pretty nice tripel, one of the better American offerings (and definitely the best canned version I've come across).

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Photo of deford
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

From the can into an IPA glass. Big head, takes two minutes or so to fade leaving a bit of lacing, not much.

A- Beautiful light orange color...looks inviting.

S- Wet, musty aroma...kinda like it.

T- Get a little clove and funky barnyard mustiness...similar to the nose.

M- Very soft and pleasant.

O- Probably not a great Triple but I like it. Easy drinking and pleasant....nothing offensive at all. Like the Brewery description says...I'd like to do it next time from a Champagne flute.

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Photo of Roguer
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice off-white head with good retention and nice lacing. Brew is golden and remarkably clear - transparent.

Aroma is not particularly inviting; aspirin, Belgian sugar, wheat, a slight citrus note from hops, wet cardboard from stale hops, and a hint of bubblegum yeast hiding in the background.

Flavor is a lot better than the aroma; it's pretty good, actually. Too much staleness on the front end, and a little too much bubblegum coming in the middle and end. Past that, there are still some nice citrus and pine hops remaining, and a classic Belgian Tripel bit of spicy, yeasty flavor.

Grainy, lively mouthfeel; a surprising amount of back-end heat. Sticky finish.

An Americanized Tripel, to be sure; I recommend drinking this fresh. It seems that age has not done it any favors. I certainly wouldn't reach for this over a Belgian tripel, or even over Allagash's version, but it's not a bad beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from 16oz can into a tulip. I believe that this is my first tripel from a can!

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a light effervescence. Head is two fingers of pillowy ivory foam with good retention; a nice chunky lace is left on the glass as it slowly dissipates.

Smell: sweetly malty with a nice, smooth tripel character. There is a pretty big hop element to the aroma as well; not exactly traditional but quite well-executed, I think. The hops are slightly lemony and very green and fresh.

Taste: flavor is quite like the aroma, with quite a bit of malt sweetness and a heavy hop presence for a tripel. I think it doesn't quite work as well as in the aroma, but in general it's pretty good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. i always like more creaminess in a tripel, but this is good enough.

Overall: a little hoppy, but in general a very satisfying tripel.

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Photo of richj1970
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz can into tulip glass. Dated to enjoy by 11/04/2014.

A: Pours a light straw yellow with 2-3 finger fluffy off white head that seemed to last forever. Heavy sticky lacing,

S: Belgian yeast esters and a slight grassy funk. Banana and bubblegum. Rose petals and a bit of clove and pepper.

T: Ripe banana and biscuits. Belgian candy sugar. Some familiar flavors of a typical tripel, but not a strictly traditional one. Tends almost a little sweet.

M: Full bodied but with a champagne like carbonation. Fairly crisp finish that helps to offset the sweetness a bit.

O: Very drinkable and enjoyable brew. Maybe not a classic Belgian trippel, but a very good American version. Will have to grab a few more of these next time I'm through the midwest.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light golden hued with great clarity. A quarter inch of off white foam rests on top and there is light Brussels lacing. I smell faint light malt and Belgian candy sugar. There's a sweetness of light malt and Belgian candy sugar in the flavor. The mouth is moderately carbonated and dry. The sweetness in the flavor is slightly cloying.

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Photo of whynot44
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy golden color with a decent white head that doesn't stay around long but does leave a bit of lacing.

The aroma is light malt, biscuits, yeast, hints of apple and cloves.

The taste is similar, yeast, biscuits, slight fruitiness with a spicy , somewhat floral finish. A little different than a Belgian tripel, but that's not necessarily bad.

Medium bodied, very smooth and easily drinkable, alcohol content is barely noticeable.

Altogether it is enjoyable and worth a try, probably the best tripel from Kansas, at least.

I have to give this one a few points for can graphics.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bernie's in Waukesha, WI pours a mostly clear amber color with a fluffy beige head. The aroma is mild with yeasty banana. The taste is light and smooth, no big bold yeast and carbonation here. Smooth and delicious like everything from Tall Grass.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Shining golden-orange, barely-off white silky foam head that can get quite sizeable, leaving little lacing. Pretty cloudy, no carbonation visible. Artwork is vibrant, original, and inspired- the best looking rooster I've ever seen. I want this as a t-shirt.

S: A lot of yeast and even dusty wheat, but underneath it is that wonderful tropical fruit aroma I was looking for. It's a subtle, even deceiving, nose, but really enjoyable once you realize what it holds.

T: A little chalkiness subdues the flavors I came here for, but they are there: exotic fruits, plentiful yeastiness, and a touch of spice. It is a little dirty, but is still really enjoyable, and unique. Good, lasting finish.

M: Dry, but perfect drinkability- medium bodied, refreshing, stout and prickly carbonation- lotta burps, which I like.

O: Great base materials are somewhat hidden by missteps, but it is still appreciable as a great Belgian-style tripel from Kansas, of all places. Highly refreshing, original, and wonderfully hides the high ABV. The prominent yeastiness is good in the nose but murks the palate somewhat, but not enough to dissuade me from buying a tall fourpack of this handsome rooster again.

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Photo of paladinjoe
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First of all, Tallgrass sure has a way of making the graphics on their cans look amazing, this one is about as good as it can get!

As for the beer part of this review, it definitely does fill the description you see on their website, it's champagne-like, and you can taste a little bit of alcohol in this one, but not overpowering. Has some Saison features, which I personally like, but not everyone else may feel the same, almost as if this is a part french beer, instead of just Belgian Tripel. Some citrus, sweet candy notes, along with the overall champagne, quite unique... not amazing, but very good! This beer's alcohol content makes you feel really good and relaxed, unlike a Maiboch which gives you a headache.

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Photo of Cozuma
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can poured into wide chalice

A:Nice deep golden color hazy with white head that clears relatively quickly leaving a thin blanket of bubbles on the surface.

S:Reminds me of bread but not really yeast smell, roasting grain would probably be close.

T:Ok, roasted flavor is pretty forward, lightly sweet with lingering bitterness that grows with every sip.

M: not oily or thick but solid enough you're aware of the slightly higher gravity of the beer. Carbonation is mild and soft fits the bill well.

O: Decent beer, the bitterness takes over after a few sips and the roasted flavors and sugars disappear rather quickly leaving you with a bitter taste that lingers for a long time. Probably would pair well with a sweet chicken dish like a marsala, something to offset the bitter that just hangs. Most IPA's have a bitter that lingers but there are discernable characteristics of the lingering bitter this just...well...is. Not a session beer due to 8.5%ABV, a few of these and you're right as rain.

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Tallgrass Velvet Rooster from Tallgrass Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.