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Tallgrass Velvet Rooster - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

384 Ratings
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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 18
Gots: 33 | 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:
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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GringoKid

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -20.2%

06-02-2012 22:43:53 | More by GringoKid
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-02-2012 02:34:58 | More by Texasfan549
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Cooper

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

05-29-2012 03:30:59 | More by Cooper
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rundocrun

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +9%

A - Body is pale honey yellow. Slightly cloudy. 2 full fingers of semi-coarse white head forms. Good retention. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S - Lots of bright fruity esters--typical of belgian ales. Also some spicy hop aroma and crisp wheat bread.

T - Sweet and quite malty up front. Sweet, berry-like esters come through next with a tinge of hop bitterness hitting the back of the tongue. Mild lemongrass notes toward the end as well.

M - The ale lives up to its name (the velvet part, not the rooster... thankfully). Tingly carbonation, but I could do with a little bit more. Also, not as dry as some tripels I have had which makes this one a bit more syrupy than I prefer for a belgian ale.

05-27-2012 00:21:17 | More by rundocrun
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

05-23-2012 01:51:36 | More by stakem
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +11.7%

This can is another masterpiece in the world of graphic design by the Tallgrass brewery. Poured into NB globe glass. Appearance is a hazy yellow with generous mounds of white head. Tons of lacing left behind. The nose is full of ripe bananas, spicy cloves, and notes of bready yeast. The nose is right on for the style. The taste features waves of lemon zest, banana, clove, and bread. Lots of Belgo flavors workin' in this brew. The body is medium with high carbonation. Overall, this beer provides a great value for a flavorful and authentic tasting tripel. Definitely worth a try if not for anything more than having these artistic cans around for display.

05-22-2012 07:00:39 | More by homebrew311
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +13%

05-22-2012 03:46:52 | More by TheBishopco
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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.4%

05-16-2012 03:41:26 | More by Localdrinklax
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Beerislivingproof

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

05-16-2012 02:09:53 | More by Beerislivingproof
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ArsenalBB

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +13%

05-12-2012 03:22:35 | More by ArsenalBB
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EROCK75

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-11-2012 18:51:29 | More by EROCK75
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

05-02-2012 17:58:40 | More by Zachtheporter
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justinm4bama

Alabama

4/5  rDev +6.4%

05-01-2012 19:10:29 | More by justinm4bama
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OleJohnnieAle

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-28-2012 23:06:15 | More by OleJohnnieAle
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

16 oz can courtesy of my padre from the sunflower state. Pours a hazed orange-gold color with an ample cap of fine foam. Nice retention and lace. Style points awarded for perhaps the coolest can design I have ever seen.

Nose is orangey-pineapple yeastiness with a hefty dose of alcohol. Little bit of lemon zest and the grains are very faint.

More grain and sweet bread come out in the flavor...almost like a pound cake slathered with peanut butter. Hops do a good job of adding some bite on the back end, along with a rather unique alcohol presence. Body is right at medium and the carbonation is so fine it is easy to overlook. Little bit of earthy grain as it warms, almost like some maris otter malt is used. Pretty good for an American brewed tripel and I will surely purchase a four-pack next time I find myself heading to Arrowhead to soak in a Chiefs game. Would be a dangerous tailgate companion, this psychedelic rooster.

04-28-2012 19:08:47 | More by twiggamortis420
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herman77

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

A: Cloudy straw gold with a nice and fluffy white head. Very nice lacing and decent head retention.

S: Light notes of apple and a touch of clove, cinnamon and spice. Was looking for more here.

T: A bit spicy with some fruitiness. Apples and pears. Finishes a bit harsh with medicinal like flavors. If it wasn't for the finish, this would be pretty damn good.

M: Medium body, smooth and soft carbonation.

O: Not bad. Falls a little short on the nose and the finish is not too pleasant. Drinkability suffers because of the latter.

04-24-2012 22:32:05 | More by herman77
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elec

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

04-21-2012 03:03:22 | More by elec
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SciFritz

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%

I was excited to see an American Belgium Tripel on tap...but I found it to be sub par. It is above average, but that is about all I can say. It lacked a lot of taste that a normal tripel would have. I would not recommend at this time.

App: Looked pretty typical of a Belgium/Tripel.

Smell: NOt much of a smell.

Taste: You can tell it is trying for the Belgium style but was just missing something to bring home the taste.

Mouthfeel: Was not anything special.

04-17-2012 20:06:18 | More by SciFritz
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-11-2012 02:08:12 | More by IrishColonial
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eawolff99

Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-10-2012 16:08:19 | More by eawolff99
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-06-2012 21:48:23 | More by Gatordaddy
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

04-06-2012 12:23:26 | More by Rifugium
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%

Tripel in a can? Had to try it. I've been liking Tallgrass's cans and creativity, but not super-impressed by their beers so far. We'll see about this one.

Pours a hazy medium golden-yellow. Two fingers of pillowy white head, good retention and lacing.

Smell is smooth and pleasant. Immediately jumps out at me with gentle fruity-spicy Belgian-style yeast. Lots of clove, some apple. Slightly pungent.

Flavor starts out slightly dull, with ambiguous grassy hops complemented by a faint hit of spice. Where's all that spice, fruit, and sweetness I picked up in the smell? Much less complexity than was present in the nose. Biggest positive is that the alcohol is quite well-hidden.

Mouthfeel is decent, but doesn't dry out the way I want it to. Medium-light body, decent carbonation.

Overall, I find it pretty good. But the taste is lacking complexity and nuance. It's pretty bland, and dominated by vegetabley lightly-bitter hops. Fantastic yeast in the smell, but nowhere to be found in the taste.

04-03-2012 04:03:40 | More by zeledonia
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IBU99

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-01-2012 03:28:39 | More by IBU99
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corbs

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

03-31-2012 23:26:59 | More by corbs
Tallgrass Velvet Rooster from Tallgrass Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.