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Tallgrass Velvet Rooster - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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402 Ratings
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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 18
Gots: 37 | 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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Photo of KarlHungus
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

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
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%

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
Photo of Hopswagger
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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
Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

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
Photo of NWFLyer
4/5  rDev +6.4%

NWFLyer, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of RDW
4/5  rDev +6.4%

RDW, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%

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
Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

KansasBeerLover, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of rinhaak
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%

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
Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

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
Photo of trxxpaxxs
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%

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
Photo of mechanicalprints
4/5  rDev +6.4%

mechanicalprints, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

mdillon86, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of blameo
4/5  rDev +6.4%

blameo, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Cramerican, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of mynie
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

Nice pour. As tripels are usually bottle conditioned, I was a little worried how this one would hold up in a can. It looks fine, though, sparkly, medium-hazy dark orange with a big, fluffy white head.

Smells smooth, sweet, and spicy. Not very strong or complex, especially for the style, but pleasantly balanced and without enough yeast and spice to let you know it's a Belgian.

Tastes... okay, but not much like a tripel. Bit of traditional overripe fruit up front, along with nodes of mint. This moves into a spiciness that tastes somehow ersatz, and followed up by a strange graininess that would be more at home in an all malt lager. Things come together in the aftertaste, which is smooth and caramely, but the back end just does not resemble a tripel at all.

mynie, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of biggred1
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

Blonde with bleached highlights when backlit and a creamy ivory head that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. Sweet with fresh grainy notes in the nose. Big and flavorful, tastes like a brewery.. wet grain and raw fresh hops with a bit of Belgian yeastiness and a powerful spice kick (coriander of course) and white pepper. Dry and yeasty in the finish with an American hoppy finish. Full bodied and smoothly carbonated, finishes mostly dry. A tasty brew from Tallgrass.

biggred1, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of BWarrington
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

BWarrington, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Cougar990
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Cougar990, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

MasterSki, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of csiewert
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

csiewert, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +6.4%

HoistinBrews, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of StaveHooks
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%

Tallboy served in a Tripel Karmeliet glass.

A - Pours golden honey in color with a slight haze. 2 fingers of moundy white head cling the sides of the glass at it slowly dissipates. Cool looking can.

S - Wet hay, dusty yeast, hints of grassy hops, clove, lemon, honey, and herbal phenols.

T - Herbal spearmint and floral hops wrap a dense pale malt. Honey, lemon, and black pepper are very present as well as a spicy grassy hop profile backed by heavy cereal grain. Some dried apricots, bananas, and over-ripe pear bleed through. Finishes peppery and somewhat wet.

M - Body is heavier for the style, carbonation provides a soft creamy feel. Finish could be drier.

A Tripel in a can! Big time! This is not a perfect Tripel by any means but it's very interesting and...it's in a can. Lots of floral and herbal flavors going on. It's pretty sweet but the herbs and black pepper help even it out. Give it a go!

StaveHooks, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of bump8628
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%

Hazed gold with an orange glow at the edge of the glass. Dense white head of foam. Grain husk, medicinal phenolics, sublte banana and cherry. Alcohol definitely speaks up at the end of each sip. A bit too sweet, but certainly not cloying. This one needs a bit more yeast character and more dryness. But why the hell am I complaining?! A canned Belgian-style Tripel brewed in Kansas...god damned the American craft beer scene is awesome. And oh yeah, the can is pretty damn awesome too.

bump8628, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Whiskeydeez, Jan 26, 2012
Tallgrass Velvet Rooster from Tallgrass Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.