Tallgrass Velvet Rooster - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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85
very good

420 Ratings
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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 19
Gots: 43 | 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 jar2574
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
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%

Photo of dbossman
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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 -6.7%

Photo of tat2dhllblly
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of exonthebottle
4.5/5  rDev +20%
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 -20%

Photo of salvo
4.33/5  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 -6.7%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.6/5  rDev -4%
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
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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 -6.7%

Photo of Derek68038
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
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 -6.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  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
4.65/5  rDev +24%
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
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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...

Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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

Photo of znichols
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
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...

Photo of bsp77
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of tripelhops
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of fuzzcherry
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Mdog
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Tallgrass Velvet Rooster from Tallgrass Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.