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Tallgrass Velvet Rooster - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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403 Ratings
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Ratings: 403
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 ZAP
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice effort here...nice black pepper yeastiness on the aroma and taste....fruity notes as well on the taste....white grape...a little pear....not much breadiness but the flavors and aromas work well together.

The more I drink this the more I get the following....black pepper spiciness...white grapes....pears....

Not much hint of alcohol....body is higher side of medium or low side of full....carbonation is about perfect..

A nicely done trippel that stands up the the Belgian offerings...not saying it is as good but stands up to the style well...

ZAP, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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

russpowell, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of znichols
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Deep yellow with a tad of hazyness. Big ol' fluffy white head on this sucker. Little to no lacing.

S- Soft aromas of stone fruit and hay. Perhaps a little alcohol and finishes with a hint of yeast. Not quite as aromatic as some other hefty tripels.

T- Very reserved Tripel flavor. Light, estery yeast starts it out with some alcohol in the middle and a light, bready, fruity finish. Thats about it. Not bad, but somewhat standard.

M-Decent mouthfeel. Lower amount of carbonation and a creamy body. There's just something about the mouthfeel that i'm nbot a huge fan of. It doesn't seem to stand on its own enough.

O- A decent beer. Expected a little more based on the reviews, but i wouldn't put this in my 10 favorite Tripels. A fairly approachable, drinkable selection for someone who isn't into Trappist beers, but the yeasty, fruity, grainy flavor is subdued and the body is a little awkward. Just ok...

znichols, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of bsp77
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into Tulip.

Appearance: Very hazy orangish yellow with decent sized head.

Smell: The yeast is very apparent at first, with banana and clove. After a few minutes, the lemon citrus and spicy, grassy hops become more apparent (Saaz?)

Taste: Similar to the aroma, the banana and clove come barreling out of the gate, along with fleshy fruit, lemon and white pepper. Toward the finish, and especially as it warms, the hops really stand out. However, the hops are very straw- and hay-like, and distracted me a little.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, with a medium body that is more sticky than effervescent. Could have used more dryness on the finish.

Overall: Despite some minor issues with the hoppy, yet not dry, finish, this is a strong US-made Tripel, especially at the price point. And it comes in a Pint can!

bsp77, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can a hazy orange-gold with two fingers of off-white head. Good lacing left behind.

Aroma of lemon, pear, clove, grassy hops, mint and yeast.

Tasted of lemon, pear, banana, grassy hops, yeast, peppery spices and candy sugar. Light cracker note at finish. The 8.5% alcohol was very well-hidden.

Light-to-medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

A delicious Tripel by the folks at Tallgrass – and in a can for those who want a taste of Belgium-on-the-go.

Monkeyknife, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of tripelhops
4/5  rDev +6.4%

tripelhops, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of fuzzcherry
4/5  rDev +6.4%

fuzzcherry, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Mdog
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks like a tripel should, hazy gold, huge head.

Smell: Yeasty, clove, not very strong.

Taste: Fruity sweetness, grape with sugary candy, some bready maltiness, hint of bubblegum, hint of black pepper in the finish.

Drinkability: Nice price, I like the cans, pretty decent flavor. For a quick tripel hit this is a decent choice.

Picked up a 4 pack of this new canned tripel. I used to be big into tripels, and tried this one beside Sprecher's tripel. Tallgrass won that competition but isn't really outstanding compared to other trips I've had. But it's a nicely rounded and flavorful beer.

Mdog, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of jrenn
5/5  rDev +33%

jrenn, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of drop6301
5/5  rDev +33%

drop6301, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of tone77
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

tone77, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of morecoldbeer
5/5  rDev +33%

morecoldbeer, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of wrycon
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pretty. An orange straw with pearl white head - nice lacing with minor retention. Smells fresh and good. Some lemon, some wheat, some earthy notes. Not a huge nose, but present and pleasant. Ho man, this is good stuff. Velvet is a proper descriptor for the initial taste. Quite thick and very smooth. Sweet to start, it melds into a yeasty, bready blanket that lays fat on the tongue. The alcohol is present but not offensive in the least. It ends rounded and sweet with some minor carbonation. Good at Tallgrass for constructing such a tasty brew.

Like It? Very Much So

wrycon, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

zeff80, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

tempest, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of plumcrazyfx
4/5  rDev +6.4%

plumcrazyfx, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of morimech
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with two fingers of head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

I am not too thrilled with the aroma. A lot of yeast gives it a very bready smell. The yeast gives off some phenols adding some spice.

The beer takes another turn in the flavor department. Still very yeast dominate. Has a nice pale malt flavor. Some fruit hints but more on the spicy side. Somewhat dry. Alcohol is well hidden.

Solid body with nice carbonation. Has a little fizz in the finish that I enjoyed.

A tripel in a can is nice. Still have to deliver in the flavor department and it fell just a little short compared to the Belgian greats.

morimech, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of auro0006
4/5  rDev +6.4%

auro0006, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of cmannes
4/5  rDev +6.4%

cmannes, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of ballenc
5/5  rDev +33%

ballenc, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of homersimpson67
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A little nervous about this one because the can reminds me of those high octane crappy cough medicine alcohol college drinks. My worries disappear quickly as I poor into my favorite Duvel tulip.

The appearance is a lovely golden cooper with a thick 2-3 fingers of foam which I had to quickly slurp to avoid a slight overflow being the cans are a solid pint.

Had a nice fermented yeastie smell that you would expect from a decent Tripel. Hints of grain and pine nut and maybe a little apricot.

Hits the front part of the tongue very quick with a strong bite that washes over with a smooth, mellow finish. Very bright and warming, excellent, fresh tasting, probably the best American Tripel I've had.

Brings your tongue to life, very intense but not overpowering seems just a perfect feeling.

Very solid brew from Tallgrass brewery, almost like a sibling of our excellent Surly Brewery up here in Minnesota.

homersimpson67, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of bwiechmann
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can from a four-pack which is sold for around 11 bucks here in Southern Minnesota.

Cloud-like white head lasts for a substantially long time. Lacing is amazing- clings to the glass like its life depended on it. Beautiful gold body has an attractive haze.

The belgian yeast is prominent and welcomed, it's accompanied by notes of lemon, pepper, and straw. The aromas seem slightly muted and perhaps would be better served in a more narrow glass to capture more of the volatiles.

Taste follows the nose with the malt backbone anchoring the tastes of pepper, light citrus fruits, and hints of a spice I can't pin down. Grassy hops don't feature here but are almost adequate in balancing out the sweetness. Alcohol is barely noticeable and is remarkably well hidden. You could get in trouble quickly with this one.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are right on cue with the style.

Overall, this is a wonderful beer and earned a spot in my regular rotation. I found my self grabbing the second can before the first was gone and if discretion hadn't prevailed, a third would have been welcomed as well. Absolutely delicious- don't think twice about grabbing a four-pack. If this were sold in c&c'd 750's I'm sure I'd be buying this beer regularly at 10 bucks a bottle. As it is, it's an awesome bargain and one I won't be passing up often.

bwiechmann, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of gatornation
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 16oz can ..a triple in a very cool can

A-pours a hazed golden apricot color with a 1 finger fresh head that recedes to a nice fresh collar thru out

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

T- is fantastic its sweet with light colored fruits grapes and apples it then has a lemon tartness with sweet malt/bread some hops and pepper

M- is sweet smooth with some tartness spice and hops

O- a great tripel in a can or really just a great tripel.easily could have a couple pints..this one will be in my fridge on the rotaation

gatornation, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

feloniousmonk, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of Bighuge
4.55/5  rDev +21%
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.

Bighuge, Nov 13, 2011
Tallgrass Velvet Rooster from Tallgrass Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.