Tallgrass Velvet Rooster - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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104 Reviews
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Reviews: 104
Hads: 459
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 21
Gots: 66 | 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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Photo of homebrew311
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This can is another masterpiece in the world of graphic design by the Tallgrass brewery. Poured into NB globe glass. Appearance is a hazy yellow with generous mounds of white head. Tons of lacing left behind. The nose is full of ripe bananas, spicy cloves, and notes of bready yeast. The nose is right on for the style. The taste features waves of lemon zest, banana, clove, and bread. Lots of Belgo flavors workin' in this brew. The body is medium with high carbonation. Overall, this beer provides a great value for a flavorful and authentic tasting tripel. Definitely worth a try if not for anything more than having these artistic cans around for display. (659 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can courtesy of my padre from the sunflower state. Pours a hazed orange-gold color with an ample cap of fine foam. Nice retention and lace. Style points awarded for perhaps the coolest can design I have ever seen.

Nose is orangey-pineapple yeastiness with a hefty dose of alcohol. Little bit of lemon zest and the grains are very faint.

More grain and sweet bread come out in the flavor...almost like a pound cake slathered with peanut butter. Hops do a good job of adding some bite on the back end, along with a rather unique alcohol presence. Body is right at medium and the carbonation is so fine it is easy to overlook. Little bit of earthy grain as it warms, almost like some maris otter malt is used. Pretty good for an American brewed tripel and I will surely purchase a four-pack next time I find myself heading to Arrowhead to soak in a Chiefs game. Would be a dangerous tailgate companion, this psychedelic rooster. (933 characters)

Photo of herman77
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy straw gold with a nice and fluffy white head. Very nice lacing and decent head retention.

S: Light notes of apple and a touch of clove, cinnamon and spice. Was looking for more here.

T: A bit spicy with some fruitiness. Apples and pears. Finishes a bit harsh with medicinal like flavors. If it wasn't for the finish, this would be pretty damn good.

M: Medium body, smooth and soft carbonation.

O: Not bad. Falls a little short on the nose and the finish is not too pleasant. Drinkability suffers because of the latter. (532 characters)

Photo of SciFritz
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to see an American Belgium Tripel on tap...but I found it to be sub par. It is above average, but that is about all I can say. It lacked a lot of taste that a normal tripel would have. I would not recommend at this time.

App: Looked pretty typical of a Belgium/Tripel.

Smell: NOt much of a smell.

Taste: You can tell it is trying for the Belgium style but was just missing something to bring home the taste.

Mouthfeel: Was not anything special. (463 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Iron Abbey, Horsham, PA

Poured a pale copper color with a small white head that receded to a wispy layer of bubbles. Aroma of bready yeast, grass, grape and apple skins. Flavor was a bit stale, but not to the point where I could call this a bad beer; toasted bread, yeast, grass and wood, more green apple skin. Very earthy in the finish. Light-medium body, pretty drying, higher alcohol not very noticeable. Overall a decent quaff, though nothing unique or amazing going on. (497 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tripel in a can? Had to try it. I've been liking Tallgrass's cans and creativity, but not super-impressed by their beers so far. We'll see about this one.

Pours a hazy medium golden-yellow. Two fingers of pillowy white head, good retention and lacing.

Smell is smooth and pleasant. Immediately jumps out at me with gentle fruity-spicy Belgian-style yeast. Lots of clove, some apple. Slightly pungent.

Flavor starts out slightly dull, with ambiguous grassy hops complemented by a faint hit of spice. Where's all that spice, fruit, and sweetness I picked up in the smell? Much less complexity than was present in the nose. Biggest positive is that the alcohol is quite well-hidden.

Mouthfeel is decent, but doesn't dry out the way I want it to. Medium-light body, decent carbonation.

Overall, I find it pretty good. But the taste is lacking complexity and nuance. It's pretty bland, and dominated by vegetabley lightly-bitter hops. Fantastic yeast in the smell, but nowhere to be found in the taste. (1,002 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a hazy yellow pour with a solid head, great lacing.

smells of pilsner malt, lemon, orange, pepper

initial bitterness explodes into a sugary sweetness (belgian candy sugar?), coriander and orange peel

a little tangy, medium bodied, smooth flowing and very refreshing

the sweetness of this one makes it perfect every season. a heavy beer with a lighter mouthfeel, very tasty and great looking! (395 characters)

Photo of longbongsilver
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was about to reach for Oasis when my eye caught this psychedelic rooster next to it. Further read the label, found out it was a new Tallgrass for the area, so off it went to my place.

A big Belgian in a can. Interesting concept. Catch a whiff upon cracking open the can of banana- and melon-like notes created by the yeast, plus a lot of straight-up residual sweetness. Mug fills a blurry, highly fizzy burnt light orange, biscuity head. Additional slight peppery smell pops up on the pour.

The peppery bit opens out on the tongue to more of a subtle cinnamon, while all other flavors follow the smell suggestion. The carbonation is more subdued than it looks on swig, so it actually goes down a bit creamier than the average tripel, a slight different spin on it in feel while still nailing the traditional flavor.

Well cockadoodledoo, this rooster has soul. I can dig it... (878 characters)

Photo of Flatlands
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is just a bit off of a real tripel but it is a good beer in a tripel style. Love the can for ease of recycling and a full glass at home. Has a nice white head and laces the glass. I like this beer a little colder than other tripels but again, this is a unique beer.

I like that Tallgrass is putting out a great new beer that is unique and is in a can. Long live the can! Solid taste, good looking pour, I will keep this one around. (438 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (568 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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. (1,465 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (696 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (444 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (638 characters)

Photo of rinhaak
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (337 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (896 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (1,143 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (766 characters)

Photo of biggred1
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (470 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (802 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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! (910 characters)

Photo of bump8628
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (485 characters)

Photo of n2185
2.96/5  rDev -22.7%
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. (719 characters)

Photo of BasementBer
3.18/5  rDev -17%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
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. (1,283 characters)

Tallgrass Velvet Rooster from Tallgrass Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.