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Tallgrass Velvet Rooster - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass Velvet RoosterTallgrass Velvet Rooster

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Reviews: 112
Hads: 481
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 28.08%
Wants: 23
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
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 metter98
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at least 2 cans of this, review from written notes. Julian code "12 331" printed on the bottom lip of the can. Snazzy psychedelic hippie/batik print can design, reminds me a little of Mexican folk art, or something along those lines.

Murky golden orange with suspended sediment, clinging bubbles in the glass. A spotty ring of lacing remains with the second pour, after the thin layer of creamy white foam settles.

Pepper, cloves, and Belgian yeast aromas dominate, it's rather phenolic and spicy.

Coarse and earthy with more spice phenolics, pepper and clove, sweet bubblegum, midpalate smoothness of dry cracker and honey. Full bodied and dry, lightly prickly carbonation. A somewhat bitter aftertaste of botanical grassiness.

Overall a good Tripel that leans heavily to the spicy side of the spectrum, not especially balanced or nuanced in taste. The addition of a little sweetness and fruit would go a long way here.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 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.

S - It smelled fruity, estery and yeasty. Nice aroma of grains and caramel, too.

T - Nice blend of spicy with a tasty fruitiness of apple and pear. Good grain flavor with a yeasty bite.

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

O - This is a very good tripel. Tallgrass keeps doing amazing beers!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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 NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although I have to say that the Velvet Rooster is my least favorite beer from Tallgrass Brewing, it's still a pretty decent ale.

What I don't like about it is exactly what I love about their other beers, the rich maltiness. Here, coupled with the yeast and spice flavors, I find it to be a bit much. Moving forward...

It pours a hazy, deep golden body beneath a creamy head of white. The initial lacing is quite nice, but beyond that it becomes limited to spots and small streaks. It does maintain a decent collar of foam however.

In the nose it's floral (hibiscus), fruity (apple, soft pear), and spicy (cardamom, green/black pepper, clove). I also get a bit of that chalky yeastiness sometimes found, but not much. Surprisingly missing is the malt that's so solid in the flavor.

The flavor, as noted, displays a rich maltiness that's grainy, and sweet. The floral character remains intact, along with some gently grassy hop notes. The yeast spice is intact as well... or is that a combination of yeast AND actual spice? It's firmly bitter beneath the malt, and along with the spiciness and light mineral and floral character it finishes drying as the malt fades.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied (fuller than I normally think of a tripel) and gently bristling.

Overall it's not a bad beer - it's just not what I think of as a "tripel".

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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 Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Iron Abbey, Horsham, PA

Poured a pale copper color with a small white head that receded to a wispy layer of bubbles. Aroma of bready yeast, grass, grape and apple skins. Flavor was a bit stale, but not to the point where I could call this a bad beer; toasted bread, yeast, grass and wood, more green apple skin. Very earthy in the finish. Light-medium body, pretty drying, higher alcohol not very noticeable. Overall a decent quaff, though nothing unique or amazing going on.

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

Pours an effervescent amber with a pinky of beige colored head. Above average head retention & slight lacing

S: Much pear & white grapes up front, scent fades as this warms

T: Pears, sweet white grape juice, a touch Winesap apple up front. A touch of earthy funkyness once warm, pineapple as well, some dryness, plus a whisper of phenols. Finishes with some band-aid notes, fruitty pear

MF: Medium bodied, fairly subtle carbonation that picks up as it warms

I think I liked this better on draft about a year ago, but this is indeed a solid Tripel well worth a go. The 8.5% abv is well hidden, procede with caution!

I love the design on the can, very artsy

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallgrass Velvet Rooster, Belgian-style Tripel Ale. Festooned with colorful, artsy chicken, and no obnoxious gobbledygook. A full 16-ounce can filled with abbey-style triple. First of it's kind. Next up: the first canned dubbel, quadruple, Flanders Red, etcetera. Why, because. That's why.

Bright golden hue, blooming dotted white head, starts big, drifts down to a tight white ring.

Aromatics: pepper spice and lemon zest. Yeasty character comes through next, Neat, tidy array of hop bitterness hits, and then it's all malt, all the time. A little husky cereal graininess for a time, but mostly citrus and spice.

Taste: Clean, supple, and smooth on the palate and down the throat. Fine and fruity, with light spice, tickly and prickly. Some soft-shoe on the tongue, a little buck and wing, and it's all deliciousness down the hatch after that. Creamy, and smooth, and, as we so often say, dangerously drinkable. Proceed with caution. Too tasty to stop at one, too fierce to go beyond two.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to coldmeat23 for this one. Belgian Tripel in a can! Served in a FFF/Intelligentsia snifter.

A - A generous amount of white foam settles to a thick collar and wispy partial cap. Hazy apricot body.

S - Belgian yeast, cereal grains, candi sugar, light stone fruits, hint of lotion and perfume.

T - On the sweet side for a tripel, but consistent with most US efforts I've had. Stone fruits, candi sugar, lightly phenolic yeast, with a juicy vibe to it. Alcohol is quite well-hidden.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, juicy texture, dry finish, and some light warming alcohol.

D - This was actually pretty good. There's more sweetness and less Belgian yeast character than I'd prefer from this style, but it's definitely in my top 5 canned Belgian-style beers, particularly those from Kansas.

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Photo of dbrauneis
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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Photo of drabmuh
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall boy poured into a tulip, beer is heavily carbonated but not overly so, big white head, moderate, retention, high carbonation, yellow with a mild haze, some lacing, looks good.

Aroma is plain, a little yeasty, a little malt, pretty weak.

Beer is medium to light in body, hides the alcohol insanely well, nice body and flavor. Mildly bready, sweet, decent finish, not too dry, not wonderful but a very decent tripel. I might have it again.

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Photo of stakem
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ClockworkOrange for the opportunity to try this pounder can. Poured into a pub glass, the brew appears a pale golden color that is fairly clear except some fine particulate floating in suspension. A finger of off-white head sits atop composed of large bubbles that is supported by rising carbonation to the surface. Some patches of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is sweet with a mild scent of caramel grain that transitions into some bubblegum candy quality. A hint of some citrus zest like oranges is present that mixes with the candy quality to make almost a scent of marmalade fill the nose. Some herbal hops are present and a light touch of alcohol is noted.

The taste is sweet with a flavor of something almost along the lines of candy corn. A hint of orange candy mixes with faint toffee-like grain that is minorly buttery. There is a faint herbal flavor but it really doesn't produce any bitterness to balance out this brew. This is fairly straight forward with a strange candy flavoring coupled with the faintest notes of yeast that hardly lean towards the belgian variety. To this brews credit, the alcohol is masked behind the artificial candy flavoring quite well.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. Initially the alcohol is well masked behind the residual sweetness but as the brew comes up to temperature, the candy quality becomes almost cloying and the alcohol evolves and starts to clash. I am appreciative of the chance to try this brew but honestly dont think I would go out of my way to try it again.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The CANQuest (TM) seems to be getting back on track, slowly but surely. I have built up a nice stash of CANs in the past month and with a break from school coming up, I am looking to make some Crack & Glug happen.

From the CAN: "Belgian-style Tripel Ale" plus a really psychedelic-looking rooster. Remind me not to drop a tab around this CAN ...

The Crack & Glug proved that I am slightly out of touch as I got some overflow as the big, thick, eggnog-colored head roared up from the bottom of the glass and over the rim of my glass. Its retention was actually becoming a problem as it seemed to refuse to drop, hindering me from pouring what still remained in the CAN. Color was a slightly-hazy deep golden-yellow. Nose had a papery mustiness, undoubtedly yeast-driven, like newspapers out of the attic or basement. Wow! I was really anxious for the first sip once the head got under control. Mouthfeel was quite full, very viscous as I rolled it around on my tongue, taking in the melding of flavors that included tropical fruit (think mango, banana, coconut) and cracked black pepper as well as an underlying mustiness. To say that the finish was dry would be to mark me as uttering the understatement of the year. The zephyr winds of the Sahara Desert blew through the back of my throat on the finish. Dry? Arid! Zounds. The spiciness just lingered in my mouth and I marveled that this had come out of a CAN. A KANsas CAN, no less. I would absolutely have some of this in the cooler on Hula in the Coola Day (01 February, annually) but it might be a bit much for the beach.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a tulip glass.

From the can a nice creamy white head, fluffy, with about three fingers not so uniform sits on a orange/brown and opaque body. Nice rising pinhead columns of carbonation.

Nose is interesting. Mild belgian classic sense of thick malt and sugar, but a nice mix of pastry like butter and sweet croissant. Is this a fault that works? Cream. Faint dry spices but more malt and sweetness are apparent than anything. I call good.

Palate is a bit muted. Hop angle hints toward Belgian IPA on the finish, light malts bring forth by quite a good solid fulll mouthfeel body that should hint at the richness but doesn't quite get there. Mild finish of butter and hop, there is not much rich sweetness on this though. It's a very different tasting tripel than I can think of what I've had. Doesn't come off to boozy either.

Overall I don't mind this, I am sort of really just above borderline. IT's very unique and interesting, but it's also missing lots of things I like in this style particularly a sense of richness and sweetness (but not too sweet). I could have this again, but don't desire to.

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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 BARFLYB
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a very nice detailed review of this awesome beer but it did not load properly and I lost it. This one is shorter. Into a Duvel Parra glass.

This is one nice looking triple. It rivals the look of some belgians i've seen. Straw gold/orange appearance. A nice full white pillowy head that retains and sticks. Smell is of faint ripe fruit, apple, pear, faint grape, bubblegum. Taste i get candi sugar, apple, pear, bubblegum and nice Belgian yeast. Feel is great, lively with active carbonation. Goes down smooth. One of the better American Belgian triples I've had recently because it's not blogged down with to many hops. Great beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pig & Fiddle in Edina. Had this next to a friend that was enjoying the St. Feuillien Tripel. This is an admirable take on the style, but can't quite stand up to the Belgian counterpart. The aroma is a little too messy and spicy, like a farmhouse ale. There's a light, crisp lemon note, but this beer is on the earthy side. The body is appropriately crisp, but the yeast character sends this into the realm of saisons.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

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 tone77
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Woodychandler continues to amaze me with his variety of canned beers. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fruits and yeast. Taste is also big on yeast, some fruits and spices. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer.

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Photo of rudzud
2.77/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pillowy white head sits atop a regal gold body of nectoar. Lacing is very full. Aroma is bready and lemony. A little spice and hay. Flavor is a little sourdough, some lemongrass, cakey yeastiness, pepper.... Really nice. I expect nothing less from this fine brewery. Highly drinkable and flavorful. Light medium body with a soft feel to it and alcohol presence is barely detectable. A winner.

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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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Tallgrass Velvet Rooster from Tallgrass Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.