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Tallgrass Velvet Rooster - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass Velvet RoosterTallgrass Velvet Rooster

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very good

111 Reviews

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Reviews: 111
Hads: 477
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 27.82%
Wants: 22
Gots: 71 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: indiapaleale on 11-05-2011

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.
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Reviews by dbrauneis:
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy bright golden straw yellow in color that seems to glow when held up to the light. The beer has a two finger tall bright white creamy head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a much thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are moderate strength smells of pale malts with some sweetness, banana esters, spicy Belgian yeasts, and just a hint of clove. Some light floral notes as well.

T: The beer starts out with a pale malt body that almost has a hint of paste-like flavor and some light amounts of sweetness. There are notes of banana + clove as well as spicy Belgian yeasts.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Some light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Certainly I have not had a lot of Belgian styled tripels from a can before (if ever) but this is a pretty solid offering. If Tallgrass was available where I lived, I could see this being a great tailgating beer during football season. Easy to drink, enjoyable, and the fairly high ABV is extremely well hidden.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mojohawk21
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mnewth
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of wrycon
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pretty. An orange straw with pearl white head - nice lacing with minor retention. Smells fresh and good. Some lemon, some wheat, some earthy notes. Not a huge nose, but present and pleasant. Ho man, this is good stuff. Velvet is a proper descriptor for the initial taste. Quite thick and very smooth. Sweet to start, it melds into a yeasty, bready blanket that lays fat on the tongue. The alcohol is present but not offensive in the least. It ends rounded and sweet with some minor carbonation. Good at Tallgrass for constructing such a tasty brew.

Like It? Very Much So

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of DuckDodgers
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Jason
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 ounce can of tasty, yeasty and flavorful 8.5% Belgian Tripel, brewed in Kansas, God Bless America!

It has a "Drink By" date towards the bottom of the can, but I cant really make out the important details.

Pours hazed dull tangarine and sporting an initially 2 inch and then a white 1/2 inch cap that flexes impressive retentive powers and leaves nice looking froth,patches, strands and fine bits of stick.

Fruity and sweet nose with some lime, coriander and yeasty/wheatyness.

On the tongue and palate, this is a flavorful, moderatly spiced and fruity take on the style. More yeast, coriander, lime, candy sugar sweetness in the finish.

Carbonation a bit soft, but that seems to only add to the drinkability...dangerous, oh so dangerous...

Love the style, love this take on it and really love that I am enjoying a quality Tripel, in a can, brewed in Kansas! I'd have this one in my regular rotation if I could get it locally or if I lived in Kansas....

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of bsp77
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into Tulip.

Appearance: Very hazy orangish yellow with decent sized head.

Smell: The yeast is very apparent at first, with banana and clove. After a few minutes, the lemon citrus and spicy, grassy hops become more apparent (Saaz?)

Taste: Similar to the aroma, the banana and clove come barreling out of the gate, along with fleshy fruit, lemon and white pepper. Toward the finish, and especially as it warms, the hops really stand out. However, the hops are very straw- and hay-like, and distracted me a little.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, with a medium body that is more sticky than effervescent. Could have used more dryness on the finish.

Overall: Despite some minor issues with the hoppy, yet not dry, finish, this is a strong US-made Tripel, especially at the price point. And it comes in a Pint can!

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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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Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz. can into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big four finger white foam head with decent retention. Leaves lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A pretty sweet and yeast driven aroma. Good amount of Belgian yeast with a hint of clove and pepper. Bready pale malts and some good hints of citrus orange, pineapple, and lemon. Also some big hints of Belgian candied sugar. Light presence of grassy hops in the background.

Taste: Upfront is some Belgian yeast with some pepper and clove spice. Notes of Belgian candied sugar. Wheat and pale malts add some bready sweetness. Good notes of citrus orange, lemon zest, and pineapple. Very subtle hint of hops. Taste is balanced and not overly syrupy although not as strong as one might expect from the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and creamy. Sweet but not overly syrupy. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A solid American take on a Tripel. Could of been stronger in the spices but it avoids the overly sweet flavor that some American Belgian style beers have.

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3.84/5  rDev +0.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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Tallgrass Velvet Rooster from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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