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Tallgrass Velvet Rooster - Tallgrass Brewing Company

Tallgrass Velvet RoosterTallgrass Velvet Rooster

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BA SCORE
85
very good

333 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 333
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%


Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: indiapaleale on 11-05-2011)
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Cozuma

Indiana

3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: can

02-24-2014 11:58:04 | More by Cozuma
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chickenflea

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a hazy, golden color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

It smelled estery fruitiness and yeast. Nice aroma of grains and light caramel, too.

Nice blend of spicy with a tasty fruitiness of apple and pear. Good grain flavor with a yeasty bite. Spicy with floral bitterness. The beer was good right out of the fridge, but after warming a bit, it really started to shine. Key: let it breathe a little before enjoying.

It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

This is a very good tripel. The floral finish sets it apart in the style.

Serving type: can

02-21-2014 01:44:51 | More by chickenflea
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rudzud

Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear golden hue with a fluffy almost two finger head that fades to leave a thin little cloud with light side lacing.

S - Aromas of cereal grains, tea leaves, biscuits, light cloves, super super faint esters. The bread/biscuit/grains here just ruin this one. Not really Belgian at all.

T - Taste is slightly more belgian. Light bubblegum notes, esters, soft banana and clove. Again though, I'm hit with tea, cereal grains, and biscuits. Even if this was an old tripel its ABV should keep this from becoming a mess.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice, fair amount of carbonation makes it nice and crisp and clean with the ABV hidden quite well.

O - Overall, this was just an okay tripel, at best. Appearance and mouthfeel were pretty solid. The amount of biscuit here though just kills this.

Serving type: can

02-05-2014 23:42:14 | More by rudzud
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mschind

California

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wish I had a proper glass for this but had to settle for a motel cup. Better than straight from the can I guess. Yes... a can, my first Belgian from a can.

A- Hard to judge but seemed to be the right color and clarity for the style. I didn't get the typical fluffy head you would expect from the Tripel style.

S- This is one yeasty brew. Bread, floral and fruit notes dominate with some funk in the background.

T- More yeast which is what seems to set Belgian ales apart. Almost distracting but then the mild bubble gum fruit notes kick in with just enough bitterness to keep it from being too cloying.

M- More body than any Tripel I have tried. Velvet describes it well. Not quite to style but interesting.

O- A good interpretation of a Tripel. Slightly off beat and pushing the envelop.

Serving type: can

02-01-2014 22:30:45 | More by mschind
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Server in a tulip glass.

Velvet Rooster pours a hazy gold; a very nice two-finger cap of white dies very slowly, and never quite goes away. There is some decent ring lacing left behind too.

Eh, this Tripel leans more towards "spicy" yeast-y scents. It is a little peppery, has some lemon zest, just a touch of clove. And man, it is malty, notes of cereal grain are a little too prominent.

The flavors out of this can are about like the nose as well. Again, there is a slight grain flavor that rides over the whole palate that I do not like much. And the Tripel flavors of the beer come off a little "generic" and too light. Again the yeast-y flavors are a little peppery, some clove, a wee bit of citrus. The flavors should be bigger and lay off the malt a little.

I like the mouth feel on this, reminds me greatly of the Westmalle Tripel, more full than what most Tripel's seem to go for. This is definitely a creamy beer.

Velvet Rooster is a solid beer, maybe not a solid or great Tripel by the Belgian standard, but I would have it again. This is probably my least favorite Tallgrass offering so far.

Serving type: can

11-25-2013 09:51:09 | More by Pintofbrown
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains very well before slowly relinquishing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and random bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind.

S- Lots of hay and lemongrass with a bit of barnyard funk. The Belgian yeast in this is less rich and more subdued.

T- The flavor isn't as complex and enticing as the aroma. Fairly average Tripel taste with some moderate wheat malt, slight spice and a noticeable alcohol presence.

M- Also quite average. Slightly sharp from the hops, booze and medium carbonation. The body leans toward the fuller side of things.

O- The aroma of this beer is deceiving as it tricks you into thinking great things lie ahead. In the end, it's just your standard Tripel.

Serving type: can

11-08-2013 05:35:07 | More by Immortale25
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can, pours hazy-golden with a bubbly, white head, good retention and lace. Aromas are yeast, fruit, banana, spice, biscuit. Tastes are bready, spicy yeast, biscuit, banana, orange, grass, and more boozy as it warms. Medium-fullish body with a dry, but fairly clean finish. Overall, not a bad tripel, but without a wow factor it doesn't stand up to the top-notch Belgian brewed tripels.

Serving type: can

07-31-2013 03:22:43 | More by barnzy78
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Billolick

New York

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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....

Serving type: can

07-19-2013 01:25:35 | More by Billolick
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ahommell

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not as impressed with this one as other Tallgrass products.

A: Opaque Golden color. Not bad, but not super inviting either. Small head. Small lacing. Not a lot of carbonation.

S: Smells super hoppy and I am bracing myself for a high amount of IBU.

T: Not as bitter as other tallgrass products, but still comes in strong. Taste is pretty alcoholic in nature. Can get some citrus, and even a bit of beeswax in each sip.

M: Comes across waxy. Light at first until burn of alcohol hits, but then leaves a waxy aftertaste.

O: Not bad. Def. not my favorite beer. I would only buy this if someone else I know liked it. It is a once in a while beer for me. For a Belgian Triple Style, I have very high expectations, this just doesn't meet what I have come to expect, however... pretty good for American interpretation.

Serving type: can

07-14-2013 23:59:24 | More by ahommell
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a Tallgrass tulip.
8.5% ABV, Drink By 02/21/14

A - Shimmering golden in color, this clear beer is crowned with a lofty but fleeting white head. The loose foam crumbles away to a halo of suds leaving delicate wisps of lace on the glass.

S - Velvet Rooster smells the part of a Belgian tripel with it's open and deep Belgian yeast aroma. Spiciness flourishes with notes of banana and a dash of white pepper circling around the clove and lemongrass while a fragrant floral note overlaps the malt. Sweet pilsner malt and Belgian candi sugar lay the ground work for all the yeast esters.

T - The aroma's more subtle sweetness really pushes forward in flavor oppressing the yeast esters quite a bit as Velvet Rooster starts with caramel and pilsner malt and moves in to a lingering impression of Belgian yeast. Those flavors of banana, clay, white pepper, and lemongrass return with an an addition of fruity alcohol notes and an earthy finish of grass clippings and earth.

M - Sticky and sweet starting, Velvet Rooster evens out with a minor thinning alcohol bite and spicy, lingering feel. Medium bodied, this nicely carbonated tripel finishes well on the back of the throat.

O - Velvet Rooster is a fine Belgian style tripel that showcases what yeast can really add to a beer; spice, sweetness, and earthy hops all blend well with a kiss of alcohol on the finish for a delectable brew!

Serving type: can

05-23-2013 00:36:33 | More by BeerFMAndy
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alex_hart

Oklahoma

4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served in a pint glass at a bar.

first quality beer I have ever had the privilege of drinking out of a can.

the feel is clean and refreshing. just as the name says, it is velvety smooth, but with a kick. smell some florals, but the taste is what really got me. light fruits that give it a nice candied sweetness, delicious belgian yeast, and some warm spice. this was delicious and will soon become a 4 pack purchase.

Serving type: can

03-02-2013 04:19:13 | More by alex_hart
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The pour reveals a hazy, straw colored golden body beneath the rocky, pure white head which is very slow to dissipate before leaving a scattered,yet sticky lacing.

Generous aromas of yeast, floral notes, and perhaps white grapes float from the glass.

Flavors of wild flowers, Belgian yeast, champagne, and perhaps straw or grass highlight the palate. There may also be just the slightest hint of spice. It really sweetens up as it warms.

Generous carbonation accompanies the lighter body with a crisp,somewhat champagne like finish.

This is a pretty nice American example of the style. I enjoyed the fruity and floral notes accompanying the nose and flavor as well as the fresh finish.

Serving type: can

02-25-2013 00:17:59 | More by CHADMC3
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JamesMN

Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a stunning golden hue with great clarity. A once two finger head has now become a thin white film atop the beer. The translucence of this one leads me to believe it was not bottle conditioned.

Aroma: Lightly bready malt with sweet apple and some pear with a nice overall sweetness. A typical Tripel aroma but scaled back a bit.

Taste: Taking a few sips to really take in all the flavors. Starts with lightly toasted malt and a little biscuit. Quickly picks up some complexity about halfway through when flavors of light fruits mix in with the malt. A delectable belgian candi syrup comes through near the end and gives a sweetness that the flavor has been building up to. Finish is a little dry but also very smooth with lingering sweetness as well as the flavor and texture of a pear. I can't identify any spices on the palate besides a distant echo of clove. At 8.5% ABV it should be a sipper but the alcohol is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel: I was vigorous with my pour and even swirled the glass a bit to get rid of excess carbonation, leaving me with an average effervescent level for the style. The body feels like it's right at medium. The ease of drinkability is uncanny.

Final Thoughts: I wasn't sure what to expect from an American craft brewery taking on such a highly acclaimed Belgian style, but I'm definitely impressed. Usually Tripels have a yeasty flavor that ruins part of the experience for me, but Velvet Rooster's clean taste is exactly what I've been looking for in this style. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Serving type: can

02-08-2013 22:54:25 | More by JamesMN
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Special thanks to BulbMan for sending this one over! This beer poured out as hazy golden yellow color with a white head on top. The retention and lacing were pretty good on this one. The smell of the beer is sweet, with some bready wheat and spice on the nose. The taste of the beer is sweet with some soft fruity notes as hints of spice and more bread. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall it's a really nice beer. Not the best Tripel out there but still worth trying.

Serving type: can

01-16-2013 03:03:33 | More by Knapp85
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've decided that I like tripels. It goes near the top of styles that I prefer over others. This one isn't a great one, but it is a darn good one and <$10/4-pack it's one of the best deals for a style pretty much is good an any time/anyplace.
The aroma isn't quite as bright and clear as the best. It's a little more muddied. But it is nice and spicy with a solid pale malt background.
Big full white head with lacing and clear and golden.
Nice malt flavor with a bit of tart and finishing with a lingering soft, but apparent bitterness. Just a touch of hop flavors and yeasty spiciness that mingles in the flavors start to finish. It's a nice yeast. It combines with the malt to make a doughy and vanilla quality along with the spice. It is quite enjoyable.
Slightly light as it should be.
This is an overall satisfying beer-that says a lot.

Serving type: can

01-13-2013 03:45:11 | More by garymuchow
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pint can into Hardywood Park tulip. drink by 11/12/13.

A: a hazed orange/yellow hue. bright white head, very fluffy. retention is solid. a steady long lacing left behind.

S: apple juice. pears. mild pineapple. there is grain undertones beneath all this fruit, but definitely more on the fruity side of tripel's.

T: super fruity, sweetness is a plenty. similar to the nose there is a grain cereal flavor. the finish is phenolic and lingers for a bit.

M: a decent amount of carb. medium/full body.

D: a pretty solid sessionable tripel from an American brewery. wouldn't hate it if more American breweries could make tripel's like this one. tasty.

Serving type: can

01-09-2013 05:18:29 | More by Jimmys
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 16 oz. can sent by the Man who CAN, woodychandler, a few weeks ago. I'd spotted this beer on my Midwest trip around Labor Day and failed to grab one - thanks for havin' my back, Woody!

To start with, this is among the most appealing and eye-catching can designs I've seen - the two multi-color roosters seem to strut right off the label. A 'Belgian-Style Tripel' in a pint can? Nice!

A: Properly hazy golden pour with a magnificent head, nearly 2-fingers of rocky/fluffy whiteness. Lace doesn't stick as well as it could and there's a little suspended debris (on close inspection, but generally it's a solid/attractive tripel.

S: Nutty/bready/sweet/candied fruit aroma of a good tripel... it's got honey and apples and dates with plenty of sticky-bun malt. Surprisingly though, not *too* sweet - some grassy hops even out the sugary scents.

T: Fine fruit/malt sweetness - one that offers plenty of yeasty spice and a white grape and crisp apple sort of backing. Balancing backbone of darker/earthier spice, a touch of pepper but then a drawn-out sweet/spice finish.

M: Very smooth, rich, not overly carbonated. A little grainy starch gives a teeth-coating stickiness (meh... never really enjoy this, but it's 'to style'). Medium-full body, to be expected from a stronger beer like this.

O: As good a tripel as I've ever tried from a can (ok, so this is my first...) and a worthy example. If Tallgrass cans were available in our area, I'd seek these out; as such I'll look again next time I'm in the Midwest.

Serving type: can

12-26-2012 16:03:40 | More by msubulldog25
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acelin

Kansas

4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a superb beer. Poured from the awesome can into a tulip glass.

This is one of the clearest tripels I've ever seen. It's that perfect yellow color, but clearer, with a good head that leaves a thick lacing down the sides of the glass. Spot on for the style.

This beer smells like sweet wheat malt, hay, grape, peach, and spice. Not as strong as a Chimay or another authentic abbey beer.

The taste really shines. It's wonderful. It's quite sweet, very floral, and fruity - more grapes and peach. The spice finishes quite nicely, and isn't overpowering. Bravo!

Mouthfeel is perfect , out of a can even. Can't wait to try this on tap.

Serving type: can

12-06-2012 19:30:45 | More by acelin
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a goblet.

A - Light gold with a slight haze to it. Medium sized white head is rocky and holds a tight cap. Small bit of lacing left.

S - Floral, which has a citrus undertone. I get a little bit of some grainy malt. Sweet, I foresee some candy sugar.

T - Husky base malt into a fruity/sugary sweetness. Little bit of some musty/earthy hops right before it finishes with a mellow alcohol warmth that "hides" it alright. After swirling the remaining beer and adding it, the extras yeast adds a nice sharper feel mid-palate.

M - Medium bodied, semi-sweet midway through but dries up nicely, medium carbonation.

O - Nice aroma profile but never really jumping out of my glass. Flavor was quite complex like a good tripel. Could have used a bit more carbonation and stayed a little lighter on my palate.

Serving type: can

10-26-2012 00:09:36 | More by Jparker37
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy golden with a few finger head and tons of spotty lacing.

S - Sweet malt, very fruity with over ripe melon, banana, light lemon and stone fruits. Candi sugar and light pepper.

T - Fairly sweet with over ripe melon and banana. Light pepper spice, candi sugar a bit of phenolic yeast.

M - Medium to full body and appears to be lighter on the carbonation but that may just be the full feeling. Leaves an almost soapy texture behind in the mouth.

D - The sweetness and over ripe fruits of this one make it a little too much for me.

Serving type: can

10-05-2012 01:10:06 | More by brewcrew76
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metter98

New York

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that gradually died down but never completely faded away, leaving lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of sweet malts and Belgian yeast in the nose along with notes of spices and hints of lemon. The citrus becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is quite malty for a tripel and has notes of Belgian yeast and spices. There are some hints of lemon citrus in the finish, which also has lingering notes of peppery spices.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish leaves a bit of dryness in your mouth.
O: This beer definitely tastes strong but the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. It’s not a bad tripel considering it came from a can.

Serving type: can

09-01-2012 13:41:09 | More by metter98
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer pours a hazy light orange/copper hue. A foamy white head recedes to a wisp and some random bubbles. Lacing is thick and webbed.

The beer smells floral and of apricots, bananas, and a touch of sweet caramel.

The taste is equally diverse and sweet. A nice malty sweetness with hints of caramel comes first. Then a sweet banana note explodes, with a tangy citrus follow-up.

The mouthfeel is carbonated and dry.

Overall, a tasty tripel, and a sneaky amount of alcohol that can get you. But a really tasty beer here.

Serving type: can

08-11-2012 15:49:51 | More by JuicesFlowing
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: can

08-10-2012 22:12:14 | More by dbrauneis
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 16-ounce can. No freshness date.

Appearance: Served in a tulip. The color is hazy, light gold. Two fingers of off-white head took its time dissipating to a spotted lacing and sudsy ring around the edge.

Smell: Clean, grassy, and floral with clove spice and a hint of Belgian funkiness hanging in the background. It also has a vinous tinge of grapes and sweet apple.

Taste: Very smooth and well-balanced; everything from the smell blends perfectly. It is grassy and floral with a little clove spice, and the farmhouse funkiness is also noticeable. It also has an apple cider tartness and spicy bite.

Drinkability: Tommy likey. Tommy want (rooster) wingy. This is the best Tallgrass offering I have had so far (and probably the de facto best beer I have had from Kansas).

Serving type: can

08-08-2012 03:29:40 | More by TheQuietMan22
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JEdmund

Kansas

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden and clear, small head, little retention.

Soft aroma that is both bready and perfumy. Not strong on either though. Some honey and lemon detectable too.

Flavor starts off with a really nice malt profile, with almost an oat-like flavor (definitely a similar taste found in Halcyon Wheat), then it gives way to some honey sweetness, followed by a slight pepper spice and dry, hop bite. A pretty complex ale, though it’s also light and easy-drinking—definitely deceiving in it strength. Not as champagne-effervescent as they describe, but I’m also not bothered by it either. Body feels full without being heavy. After breaking down its individual flavors, it’s nice to let it all wash together and really enjoy the harmony of flavors.

It’s been a while since I’ve had a tripel (because I’m not a big fan of them), and I’m glad I took a chance on Tallgrass’. I’m impressed with Velvet Rooster and will be seeking it out again.

Serving type: can

07-29-2012 01:40:21 | More by JEdmund
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Tallgrass Velvet Rooster from Tallgrass Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.