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Tallgrass Velvet Rooster - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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85
very good

414 Ratings
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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 19
Gots: 40 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Gatordaddy, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Rifugium, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

zeledonia, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of IBU99
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

IBU99, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of corbs
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

corbs, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of injuredreserve
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

injuredreserve, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Duff27, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
3.75/5  rDev 0%

bigbeers84, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of facundoCNB
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a hazy yellow pour with a solid head, great lacing.

smells of pilsner malt, lemon, orange, pepper

initial bitterness explodes into a sugary sweetness (belgian candy sugar?), coriander and orange peel

a little tangy, medium bodied, smooth flowing and very refreshing

the sweetness of this one makes it perfect every season. a heavy beer with a lighter mouthfeel, very tasty and great looking!

facundoCNB, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of longbongsilver
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was about to reach for Oasis when my eye caught this psychedelic rooster next to it. Further read the label, found out it was a new Tallgrass for the area, so off it went to my place.

A big Belgian in a can. Interesting concept. Catch a whiff upon cracking open the can of banana- and melon-like notes created by the yeast, plus a lot of straight-up residual sweetness. Mug fills a blurry, highly fizzy burnt light orange, biscuity head. Additional slight peppery smell pops up on the pour.

The peppery bit opens out on the tongue to more of a subtle cinnamon, while all other flavors follow the smell suggestion. The carbonation is more subdued than it looks on swig, so it actually goes down a bit creamier than the average tripel, a slight different spin on it in feel while still nailing the traditional flavor.

Well cockadoodledoo, this rooster has soul. I can dig it...

longbongsilver, Mar 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

FrankK, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Flatlands
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is just a bit off of a real tripel but it is a good beer in a tripel style. Love the can for ease of recycling and a full glass at home. Has a nice white head and laces the glass. I like this beer a little colder than other tripels but again, this is a unique beer.

I like that Tallgrass is putting out a great new beer that is unique and is in a can. Long live the can! Solid taste, good looking pour, I will keep this one around.

Flatlands, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of KarlHungus
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is an inch and a half in height, and recedes slowly into minimal lacing for the style. The aroma is of mandarin oranges, passion fruit, and leather. The taste is similar to the aroma. It has of interesting aspects, but still seems to lack the kind of complexity I look for in a tripel. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is an alright beer, but with so many better examples of the style easily available I can't see myself purchasing this beer again.

KarlHungus, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 12oz tulip for $5.75. Saw this one being offered at my local and had to get my Kansas "tick" out of the way. Sampled 2/29/12.

A: An enormous head on the pour erupts to at least 5 fingers. A subsequent pour by the bartender pushes the excess out. Arrives with a bright white, compact foamy cap that remains for quite some time. As the beer goes down, sheets cling to the top half of the glass while leggy strands of lace extend down to the surface. The body is a brown shade of yellow, cloudy if not a bit murky. Not a particularly attractive color but everything else is on point.

S: The nose is full of grain and plain cereal, a mixture between grass and hay and something reminiscent of wheat. The yeast gives off light esters, dominated by neither clove or banana. This is exactly how I like my tripels to smell.

T: The aromas don't translate quite as successfully to the palate, but the flavor is still very good. Grainy, grassy, yeasty - striking a nice balance between sugar and spice. Moderately sweet with a spicy bite and ample bitterness on the finish.

M: Wonderful. And very accurate to the style. Medium full body. The carbonation is lively at first and a gently bite on the end. Moderately sweet upfront with an appropriately dry, crisp finish.

O: Tallgrass has a very solid tripel in their roster with Velvet Rooster. While it isn't exactly a standout, this beer will hold it's own in the category, especially for an American brewery.

FeDUBBELFIST, Mar 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Notes:

P: Small amount of white creamy head setting on a cloudy golden docile body with shimmering dark highlights swirling around. Head recedes quick but leaves a delicious layer of cream.

S: Dark fruits, banana, slight citrus notes. Floral with a yeasty backdrop and honey. Smells like a box of cereal surrounded by cherry alcohol.

T/M: Roasty malts, citrus bitters, and banana on this musty carbonated bed of candy sweetness. Spices are present and once warmed the oak and cough medicine really come out.

O: Overall this was a great canned beer, However for the style it really misses the mark. Doesn't come across as a true triple. A tasty brew none the less. Glad I gave this a try.

Hopswagger, Mar 11, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

drabmuh, Mar 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

NWFLyer, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

RDW, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

BARFLYB, Mar 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

KansasBeerLover, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of rinhaak
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well made and nicely balanced, this Tripel is a little ordinary. Lots of citrus (orange up front with grapefruit in the back), a subtle Belgian breadiness, hints of biscuit, and faint cloves, there isn't a strong unique character or unique flavor profile to the brew. It is a very drinkable beer without being offensive or extraordinary.

rinhaak, Feb 25, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet from the can, this proves to be a handsome beer in appearance. Pouring a golden straw color, the pour produced a generous head though it released only a modest aroma. What was present in the aroma was a mild biscuit/bread scent. The initial taste showed notes of lemon, spice, and even a bread-type flavor. The lemon became more tart and intense in the aftertaste with a mild warming alcohol sensation. This Tripel demonstrates a smooth and slightly thick texture. It is obviously more mild than a geniune Beligan Tripel, but this proves to be a solid interpretation of the style. In theory, one could drink a lot of this and not realize the potency. It does not hit the wallet as hard as a genuine Belgian either.

Though not category for which points are awarded, "Velvet Rooster" is one of the most creative beer titles I have seen. Props to Tallgrass for the originality.

JohnnyHopps, Feb 25, 2012
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2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to JeepCop for this can...

A: Pours a wonderful golden yellow with about a half finger of pure white head. The foam settles in no time at all, leaving a thing film along the top of the beer and the edges of the glass.

S: I'm picking up light malt, some berry notes (raspberry and blueberry), some lemon, and a dash of yeast. The malt and fruit combination is dominate. There isn't a huge wallop of Belgian yeast, which I would have wanted in the nose of triple.

T: This beer starts out with some sweet malt and those berry notes right up front. There is some yeastiness, but it comes across more like an adjunct lager than a Belgian triple. This finish has a zesty bite of lemon, spice, and yeast.

M: Light bodied beer. It starts out wet and sweet, but ventures towards the dry side in the finish. Nothing remarkable about it.

O: I don't think this beer is very good. In all honestly... it reminds me more of an adjunct lager than an Belgian triple. I was looking forward to opening this can, and was let down quite a bit. I suppose it has all the right flavors, but the balance of those flavors is way off from where it should be.

trxxpaxxs, Feb 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

mechanicalprints, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

mdillon86, Feb 21, 2012
Tallgrass Velvet Rooster from Tallgrass Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.