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Tallgrass Velvet Rooster - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 19
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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Tallgrass Brewing Company visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: indiapaleale on 11-05-2011

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.
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Ratings: 427 | Reviews: 100
Photo of n2185
2.96/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of smogfood
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of BasementBer
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Reaper16
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of MarshallMan
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of solargoat
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of yamar68
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of jar2574
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of djdonaldson
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of dbossman
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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

Photo of sparx1100
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of tat2dhllblly
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of exonthebottle
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of blcmat
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of salvo
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Grebdioz
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of sadiekay
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Derek68038
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Hazy golden color with an amazing two fingers of tight head.

Smells like apricot, wet hay and banana. It's kind of musty all around though.

Sweet, really sweet, then grainy, watery and mild bitter ending.

Crisp and medium bodied, low carbonation.

Try it. It's not my favorite style, but it's drinkable.

Photo of Stouttyme
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although I have to say that the Velvet Rooster is my least favorite beer from Tallgrass Brewing, it's still a pretty decent ale.

What I don't like about it is exactly what I love about their other beers, the rich maltiness. Here, coupled with the yeast and spice flavors, I find it to be a bit much. Moving forward...

It pours a hazy, deep golden body beneath a creamy head of white. The initial lacing is quite nice, but beyond that it becomes limited to spots and small streaks. It does maintain a decent collar of foam however.

In the nose it's floral (hibiscus), fruity (apple, soft pear), and spicy (cardamom, green/black pepper, clove). I also get a bit of that chalky yeastiness sometimes found, but not much. Surprisingly missing is the malt that's so solid in the flavor.

The flavor, as noted, displays a rich maltiness that's grainy, and sweet. The floral character remains intact, along with some gently grassy hop notes. The yeast spice is intact as well... or is that a combination of yeast AND actual spice? It's firmly bitter beneath the malt, and along with the spiciness and light mineral and floral character it finishes drying as the malt fades.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied (fuller than I normally think of a tripel) and gently bristling.

Overall it's not a bad beer - it's just not what I think of as a "tripel".

Photo of woodychandler
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The CANQuest (TM) seems to be getting back on track, slowly but surely. I have built up a nice stash of CANs in the past month and with a break from school coming up, I am looking to make some Crack & Glug happen.

From the CAN: "Belgian-style Tripel Ale" plus a really psychedelic-looking rooster. Remind me not to drop a tab around this CAN ...

The Crack & Glug proved that I am slightly out of touch as I got some overflow as the big, thick, eggnog-colored head roared up from the bottom of the glass and over the rim of my glass. Its retention was actually becoming a problem as it seemed to refuse to drop, hindering me from pouring what still remained in the CAN. Color was a slightly-hazy deep golden-yellow. Nose had a papery mustiness, undoubtedly yeast-driven, like newspapers out of the attic or basement. Wow! I was really anxious for the first sip once the head got under control. Mouthfeel was quite full, very viscous as I rolled it around on my tongue, taking in the melding of flavors that included tropical fruit (think mango, banana, coconut) and cracked black pepper as well as an underlying mustiness. To say that the finish was dry would be to mark me as uttering the understatement of the year. The zephyr winds of the Sahara Desert blew through the back of my throat on the finish. Dry? Arid! Zounds. The spiciness just lingered in my mouth and I marveled that this had come out of a CAN. A KANsas CAN, no less. I would absolutely have some of this in the cooler on Hula in the Coola Day (01 February, annually) but it might be a bit much for the beach.

Photo of ZAP
4.28/5  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...

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Tallgrass Velvet Rooster from Tallgrass Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.