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Tallgrass Velvet Rooster - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass Velvet RoosterTallgrass Velvet Rooster

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383 Ratings
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Ratings: 383
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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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.

02-03-2012 15:02:55 | More by MasterSki
Photo of csiewert


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-30-2012 22:30:05 | More by csiewert
Photo of HoistinBrews


4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-30-2012 03:32:31 | More by HoistinBrews
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!

01-29-2012 20:50:53 | More by StaveHooks
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.

01-27-2012 20:59:11 | More by bump8628
Photo of Whiskeydeez


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-26-2012 06:44:16 | More by Whiskeydeez
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -20.7%

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a finger of white head that fades into a thin cap with little lacing.

S: Some light fruit and candy sugar notes up front followed by some DMS vegetable-like aromas coming after. The finish smells of chalky yeast.

T: Belgian spices up front followed by faint candy sugar and bubblegum notes. Slightly bitter yeast notes follow with a light alcohol presence and an aftertaste of veggies.

M: Medium-light body with highish carbonation that feels a bit too frothy on the tongue. The sudsy carbonation feel and alcohol presence keep it from being crisp, though it avoids being thick and sweet.

O: A pretty average tripel. The DMS presence in the aroma and flavor really hold it back.

01-26-2012 02:49:16 | More by n2185
Photo of smogfood


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-22-2012 20:57:46 | More by smogfood
Photo of BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -16.2%

This was not my favorite Tripel or Tallgrass product by anymeans. But it wasnt the worst thing either.

A: Poured a very foamy head with a nice auburn color. Lots of lacing.

S: The small was that of must and pear. Quite heavy.

T: Had a full taste to it, beginning was a nice grain flavor, followed by fruit and alcohol and finished with a slight bitter quality that hung around but remained soft.

M: Had a slight soapy texture and didnt wash well off the tongue. The abv wasnt scorching here which is a +.

O: Like I said, not their best work or the best of the tripels, but it had a good cloak for the abv and didnt put you off in its thickness.

01-18-2012 18:29:54 | More by BasementBer
Photo of Reaper16


2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

16oz. can served into a pint glass

Pours a lightish golden color, not nearly as opaque or orangey as I had anticipated. It's pretty clear and pretty light, almost like a Great Divide Hades. A fine-bubbled head of two fingers forms and sticks around at one finger, which makes the beer a lot prettier.

Damp, musty hay meets bubblegum for the primary aroma here. Some spicy phenols bolster those aromas, while some canned pears show up to lend soft sweetness. That sounds really good, but it lacks in execution. The fruit aromas are too faint; the musty aromas take center stage.

Velvet Rooster's taste follows the nose, but the percentages are different. This beer is a mess of band-aid and pear. There's not much clean grain flavor here to rely on. With its spice and its hop profile, this beer tastes more like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale than it does a Tripel.

The body is pretty slick for a Tripel. The trademark Belgian effervescence is nowhere to be found. In its place is an amount of carbonation that simultaneously livens up the beer and lets you forget about it real quick. Overall, this is a pretty average beer. Below average for the style. It'd maybe be worth trying one of these. Tallgrass is a brewery that I like, but this is perhaps their poorest wide-release beer.

01-13-2012 06:03:52 | More by Reaper16
Photo of MarshallMan


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-12-2012 21:12:46 | More by MarshallMan
Photo of solargoat


4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-10-2012 06:01:06 | More by solargoat
Photo of yamar68


3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

A - pours a hazed golden apricot color with a finger of head that recedes to a nice fresh collar through out

S - malt, belgian yeast, lemon pepper, some sweet bread

T - interesting take on the style, its sweet with light colored fruits grapes and apples, it then has a lemon tartness with sweet malt/bread

M - just right

O - this is my favorite offering to date from Tall Grass

01-08-2012 22:34:42 | More by yamar68
Photo of jar2574


3.2/5  rDev -14.9%

Pours a yellow color of moderate density. Nice thick pale white head with good retention.

Unfortunately, I do not enjoy the smell that much. Musty straw upfront and then Belgian yeasts and sweet malts. But the mustiness is too predominant.

Taste is interesting, different than other tripels I've had. Flowery, herbal hops, citrusy tanginess, and subtle malty sweetness. On the verge of something really good, but somehow the combination of flavors leaves you wanting.

The mouthfeel is good - creamy, appropriate carbonation. Not a bad trippel, not a great one either. A good beer, but just OK for its style.

01-07-2012 22:09:53 | More by jar2574
Photo of djdonaldson

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

01-06-2012 12:26:36 | More by djdonaldson
Photo of dbossman


4.15/5  rDev +10.4%

A: Slightly hazy golden hue with a thin but frothy head; lacing is good

S: So funky and grassy and musty and grainy--lots of lemon, bananas, and other citrus but also lots of barnyard grassy grains and bready--really bready, toast malts

T: Still bready with subtle banana and lemon and coriander--grainy and slightly funky

F: That yeast brings a nice creaminess: great mouth feel

O: This is a really nice Trippel--so creamy, yeasty, bready, slightly funky, mmmm

01-05-2012 03:43:25 | More by dbossman
Photo of sparx1100


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-05-2012 02:13:03 | More by sparx1100
Photo of tat2dhllblly


4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-02-2012 02:30:48 | More by tat2dhllblly
Photo of exonthebottle


4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

nice big head out of a cold can small yeast bubbles and smooth whiteness. golden color body. a nice looking tripel indeed.

smell a bit Americanized but still decent and hoppy not overly bitter but spicy flowery

taste semi-sweet malty with hop spice that lingers long time on tongue a bit more exciting than belgiums but not as rich since yeast takes a back seat

very dry and nice carbonation a great beer no sense of alcohol easy to love hard to hate

01-01-2012 05:23:56 | More by exonthebottle
Photo of blcmat


3/5  rDev -20.2%

12-29-2011 01:16:03 | More by blcmat
Photo of salvo


4.33/5  rDev +15.2%

Pours straw towards brown with green highlight. Translucent. Finger of pure white foam head replenished by micro-bubbles in the ample but not over-done carbonation.

Plentiful aroma in the floral-to-grassy range with sweet bready malt evident. Nicely balanced.

First taste is honey followed by the tangy belgian yeasts that stay in the floral, herbal, grassy range. Some carbonation tingle towards the back of the tongue. FInishes quite long and dry with some drying hops. Really nicely done!

Wow! Second taste of Tallgrass' offerings and already I'm wondering what else I'm missing. Picked up a fresh four pack of tallboy cans from Midtown Liquors in Tulsa, OK: what a great shop!

12-28-2011 22:03:42 | More by salvo
Photo of Grebdioz


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-28-2011 03:20:46 | More by Grebdioz
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a deeper orange-tinted golden hue with a medium amount of clouded haze with a nice fluffy cap of bubble-bath foam on top that doesn't leave much lacing but looks pretty for the short time that it lasts. Texture is sort of thick and slightly under-carbonated for my taste in the style. Smells like an overripe mushy pear that has been dipped in cereal grains and than sprinkled thoroughly with green cardamom. Gains an unwanted slight metallic tinge when allowed to warm up all the way to room temperature. Has all the fruity ester-fied (grapes, pears, plums) flavor of a Belgian-styled ale that you would expect, as well as a nice dose of spiced cloves on top...and the ABV is hard to detect. If only it didn't gain that weird metallic tinge when it warmed up and had a better texture, I would have been a real fan of this one.

12-27-2011 22:21:52 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of emerge077


3.43/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

12-26-2011 04:38:13 | More by emerge077
Photo of sadiekay


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-25-2011 18:52:11 | More by sadiekay
Tallgrass Velvet Rooster from Tallgrass Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.