Wooden Rooster
Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Belgian Tripel
4.02 | pDev: 7.71%
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of Bombelsky
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and orange color. Two finger frothy, off white foam that diminished fast. Spare lacing. Ripped banana, vanilla and some whiskey aroma upfront. Plenty of wood & oranges. Heavy sweetness broken by strong bitterness. Full bodied. Very cloying. Sticky, oily and creamy. Very thick, soft carbonation. Bit of spiciness. Has a long, warm and dry finish. Whiskey notes came back in a finish again. Long lasting and pleasant.

I bought a 12 FL.OZ can, showing 9,5% by Vol. That I poured into a snifter. This beer was an amazing experience, but I think it was little bit too heavy for "Tripel". Lost it's style freshness. However, the aroma of wood mixed with banana and vanilla was quite inspiring, but... overwhelming.

Does not contain expiration date. On the bottom of the can says "Canned On: 09/30/15". So I assume, I had almost 1,5 yrs old beer.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Orange body, clear with just a hint of haze, short off white head, persistent cap and generous lacing.

S - Booze, wood, a kind of sickly sweetness that reminds me of bananas that have gotten over-ripe.

T - The barrel is front, an oaky core, with vanilla and boozy warmth, apple and banana threads linger.

M - A bit sticky, and with a slight lingering dry note in the close.

O - I give Tallgrass points on trying this mix. The barrel eclipses the Tripel base, which I cannot count this as a complete success. I like Tripels, and want more of the yeast notes to shine, but what I get, vanilla and wood predominately, are not unpleasant.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, canned 09/29/15
A - brilliant hazed tangerine colored ale with a fluffy off-white head
S - boozy whiskey and oak, spicy Belgian yeast, orangey citrus, faint banana and clove
T - orange zest, rye whisky, oak, vanilla, spicy yeast, banana, Belgian malt, white pepper
M - higher carbonation gives it a full body; well balanced finish with a spicy and zesty finish
O - interesting beer here. On one hand I like it, but on the other it's like there's too much going on to make it a cohesive, well rounded beer. I feel that the flavors don't meld together that well, but it's not terrible.

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Photo of puck1225
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter. Nice thick head that dissipates quickly, thin lacing. Great floral sweet smell. The taste is of tart green apples and sweet candy. A bit boozy. Great with cheese and crackers!

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Photo of ONUMello
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

19.2oz can (a bit past its 4/28 drink by) poured into a snifter
A: Hazy orange with a one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Malty, sweet, fig, Belgian yeast, caramel
T: Matches the nose note for note, notably the fig. Unfortunately I don't get any rye/barrel notes
M: Full-bodied, sweet, the abv is surprisingly hidden
O: This tastes good and fits the style, I just wish it had a bit less sugar which would lead to a slightly lower abv and I feel would bring out even more complexity

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is fruity esters, hints of spice, bready and inviting, no hints of the barrel on the nose. Flavor is very nice fruity, bready, spicy delivered on a medium-high carb and a medium-light body. After the swallow is when I get a hint of rye whiskey barrel, but it is VERY subtle and kinda blends in with the spicy dry finish of the tripel. A very enjoyable beer, but it is advertised as rye whiskey barrel aged but it is so subtle it could be missed.

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Photo of donspublic
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Tulip from can gave up about 3 fingers head. Nice lacing, recedes down to a half finger creamy layer on the top. Haz golden to look at. I am thinking that I like whiskey barrel beers better than bourbon barrel. Smell on this is fantastic. You can pickup the whiskey on the nose, it is kind of really there and overpowering the yeast/malt, but that is fine. Taste of well whiskey and a little bubblegum trying to get past the whiskey, picking up some clove on the backend with a little pepper. Not like most tripel's I have had, they tend to run the sweeter side and this one is a tad dryer. I have had about 4 of these so far, the one I am reviewing now was canned back in September and it has mellowed out nicely. The ones I drank in Oct/Nov seemed to have more alcohol heat to them whereas this one has none. This is truly a great beer and I hope that Tallgrass makes it a regular

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy dusky gold with a small head. The aroma offers up banana, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, smoke, brown sugar, and cocoa. The flavor is heavy on the banana and brown sugar, with vanilla coming in from what I assume is the barrel, with background nutmeg and oddly pistachio. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin for the style. Overall this was a good beer, but not a great one. The barrel aging did add something, but I am not sure the beer itself is robust enough to create the bold flavor profile of the labelled style.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's an interesting mix with the vanilla and wood interacting with the sweet malt and phenols of the tripel. The later is more background but there. I'm gonna' let in warm a little and see what that brings.
Head was short lived. Cloudy and a little muddy looking in a golden kind of way.
Same interesting mix of flavors. Quick shot of alcohol heat in the gut and pinging the pre-frontal cortex. Less dry than most tripels and lays a little heavier on the tongue in a longer finish.
This is a very interesting beer and I give a lot of credit for that. It blends a little more better (how do you like that phrasing?) as it warms. This has higher credit for interesting than for exceptional, but it is better than average, and I'll probably try again, but it is awfully expensive.

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Photo of Keene
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brilliant gold in the glass with a transparency that reveals its effervescence. Add a pillowy, snow white head, and you've got one good looking Tripel. On the nose, Belgian phenolics (think clove and white pepper) and boozy, wet whiskey barrel notes blend against a background aroma that might best be compared to sweet plantain. Medium bodied and somewhat creamy on the palate, Wooden Rooster is heavy on the rye whiskey flavor, and goes a little overboard with the alcohol heat. The pale malts that often lend a honey-like smoothness to the style are in there somewhere, but as soon as your taste buds go looking they're sucker punched by more barrel character. Fortunately, a touch of apricot fruitiness brings the pendulum back to the center. Everything melds and mingles nicely in the lingering finish, but this beer, while tasty, is just a bit rough around the edges.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rich approach on the pour with a healthy bouncy head as with their regular tripel. Deep orange marmalade in color. On the nose initially is dried apricots and pineapple. Spice candy, clove and yeast. Back to more fruit cocktail in syrup. All n all a wonderful nose. Taste is fruity-pineapple, banana and bitter orange rind. Touch of whisky, malt and oak. The feel is dreamy creamy and smooth with a sweet finish. Warming fruity alcohol on the back end with perfectly balanced bitterness. The alcohol is masterfully hidden. Well crafted and complex all the way around. 2016 just started and this may just be my pick of the year. Tremendously tremendous!

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Photo of megapyro6
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This review is for the 2015 batch, aged for approximately 10mo, though I recently saw it on the shelves again. Poured from a 1pint 3.2oz can into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange with a 1" solid head, which fades to lacing within a few minutes.

Smell: There are strong initial notes of oak, whiskey, and a slight spicy rye. This is complimented with underlying spicy belgian phenolics, floral, and slight candi sweetness. As it warms slightly, the yeast aroma becomes more pronounced.

Taste: Much like the aroma, the initial flavors are of barrel and whiskey. This gives way to the more delicate belgian flavors underneath. It's a little to strong at first on the whiskey and barrel tastes to be balanced with the tripel. It kind of over powers. Not too sweet. Definitely good though. As it warms, the balance becomes much better.

Feel: Mouth feel is good. Somewhat thick on the tongue, though not over powering. Slight warming from the whiskey. Very easy to drink. Not a quick drinker, but finishing the whole can was not a struggle, and another is not unreasonable

Overall: I like it. It's an interesting combination. The rye and the belgian flavors play well together. Much better as it warms slightly.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled back on 1/16/16. Comes in a 12-ounce can. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "URTHEL" tulip glass.

Brew pours a hazy burnt-orange in color with a 1-finger white creamy/foamy head. Some spotty lacing was seen when sipped. Aroma is of spices and bourbon for the most part. LOTS more going on with the taste as there is clove, banana, maybe some nutmeg as well as pale malts in the mix also. VERY smooth and goes down easy despite the high alcohol content which you don't taste. The 'whiskey barrel' flavor comes through very nicely and isn't overpowering at all, just adds to the flavor. Medium+-bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall a fantastic brew!

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Photo of Harrison8
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange, and topped by a medium sized, off-white head. Very little to no lacing sticks. Notes of clove, pale malts, and a hint of bourbon alcohol occupy the aroma. Taste starts smooth, with notes of clove, banana, and pale malts, before breaking way for a rye whiskey that lingers until finally dissipating. Very interesting array of flavors. Mouth feel is soft, and mouth coating. It takes a while for the flavors to drop off. Overall, this is a very interesting beer. It certainly has a lot going on, so some may be overwhelmed. Likewise, those who want to try a complex beer that isn't a stout, pick up a can of this. I'd also recommend to lovers of barrel aging flavors and tripel style ales.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Vixie
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a somewhat deep yellow straw color with a hint of red. The large white head does stay around for a bit, leaving some lacing along the sides of the glass as it dissipates.

Lot of yeast in the smell, also a bit of floral notes in there.

A bit fruity up front, has a bit of pepper like spice as well. There is some candy sugar in there, then the whiskey kicks in, adding a bit of booziness and warming.

A bit harsh going down, there is a pretty good bite from the whiskey.

An interesting take on a triple. It starts out like a typical example of the style, then the booze kicks in and makes it something different. I'm not fully convinced a triple is the proper beer to barrel age, as triples to me don't really need anything added. Still, worth trying just for the chance to try something different.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.93/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, hello! M. Sipping here everybody. Had this beer awhile back when it was released in a larger can but now am happy to have found they released it in 12 ounce cans as a four pack for a pretty reasonable price for such a fine beer.

And before I begin, I have to say, this is the best beer I have had from Tallgrass. No offense to them or the people who like them… but I have for some reason been underwhelmed… unfortunately… I hate to say this but consistently. It isn't that anything has been bad. But, just lacking for me.

But this!

Pours a fine rich golden straw color with a low and quickly dissipating crackly white head. Has minimal sporadic and uneven bubbles that continue to rise to the top. Looks like a nice tripel.

The smell is nice and sweet, has a good rye whiskey presence and an apple tone with a bit of dried pineapple. Has a bit of a damp hay kind of tone as well. I like this, the whiskey tone is wonderful on the nose. Apparent, not overwhelming, but there in almost this floral way.

The taste, well… I love it. It has that rye whiskey and apple sweet spot that is up there easily noticeable. It has a dry woody tone to the end and the whisky travels through very nicely all the way. I get a bit of tropical fruit and spice. Maybe a bit of rainwater. Kind of has a floral tone which is a bit present at the middle and end. Perfectly sweet too, not cloying. On the higher swide of sweet but just right for what it is. Dang…

Mouthfeel is nice. Medium but oh so easy to drink. Almost scarily easy. And the crisp bubbles keep the beer from being sticky. It isn't crunchy like some Belgian tripels can be with their bubbles. Which is fine. I think because of this, this is what gives it the easy drinking nature.

Overall. I love this. I bought two 4-packs and am happy I did. This is probably the closest an American brewer has come to capturing the triple style. At least any I have had so far. But they have also added an important twist with the rye whiskey barrel aging. I'll be glad to buy more if I see it… whenever I run out of what I have.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Well hazed orange brown color. One finger of dense frothy white head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Lots of barrel in the nose. Leathery and spicy rye whiskey with support by oak and vanilla. Peppery spice from the beer along with peach, pear, white grape, and lemon fruits. A hint of breadiness but pretty clean overall.

4.0 T: More barrel action in the taste, but the base beer itself seems very well made and would prosper without the barrel treatment. Spicy peppery base, fruits per above, and grassy earthiness. The rye adds a telltale spicy earthiness, some leather and melon, and woodiness and vanilla.

4.5 M: Medium body. Light on the tongue, spritzy carbonation. Creaminess follows with a slight warming finish.

4.25 D: Really nice beer, I can't wait to get into the others of the mixed 4 pack this came in.

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Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very distinct whiskey flavor comes through and gives an interesting counterpoint to the usual tripel sweetness. It is an interesting experiment but i am not sure that it really hit the intended target

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Photo of mlockman
3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not much banana or clove in the aroma or on the palate, though I could almost convince myself that the rye barrel flavors begin to emerge as the beer warmed. Overall, this beer was enjoyable, but lacked the intensity that would keep me coming back for more.

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Photo of russpowell
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned 9/29/15

Pours a semi-hazed bronze with 2 fingers of Ivory colored head. Stays effervescent, average lacing & below average head retention

S: Pears, breadyness, pineapple with boozeyness showing up once warm, treacle as well

T: Big smack of Whiskey up front, then flavors line up on the nose, some cakeyness & dryness too. Candied cherry, dryness, treacle & cakeyness as this warms, more subtle Whiskey notes as this warms. Finishes with sourmash notes along with dryness, white grape, pineapple & pear

S: Chewy with subtle carbonation

I enjoyed this variant on this style, pretty drinkable, but the ABV & boozeyness are factors, sip this

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Photo of Prager62
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 09/29/15 poured in a 13oz. snifter.

Look- Pours a hazy dark gold with a small amount of egg white foam.

Smell- All the usual Belgian suspects of banana, clove and mild bubblegum. Not detecting any barrel characteristics.

Taste- Spicy clove, some banana, and a bit of whiskey in the finish.

Feel- Slick, with a bit of heat going down.

Overall- A nice change of pace from barrel aged dark beers. The whiskey flavor gets a bit muted by the strong Belgian yeast characteristics, but still very flavorful. A pretty solid barrel aged spin on a Tripel.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

19.3 ounce can into chalice, best before 4/28/2016. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, orange, apricot, apple, white grape, vanilla, rye whiskey, oak, cracker, biscuit, honey, light pepper/clove, and yeast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and rye whiskey barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, apricot, apple, white grape, vanilla, rye whiskey, oak, cracker, biscuit, honey, light pepper/clove, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate yeast and rye whiskey spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, apricot, apple, vanilla, rye whiskey, oak, cracker, biscuit, honey, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and rye whiskey barrel flavors; with a great malt/yeast/whiskey spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged tripel style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and rye whiskey barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clean amber with a half finger white head that dissipates fast. Fragmented lacing.

S: Rye whiskey, oak, apricots. So decadent. Love it.

T: Strong rye on the start. Almost bourbon-y. Apricots, floral and fruity. Very smooth. Love it.

M: Medium with medium, dry carbonation.

O: A bit expensive, but quite tasty. Would try again.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer smells of rye whiskey, bourbon barrel wood, and tart, over-ripe dark fruits like cherries and figs.

The taste concentrates more of a dry whiskey flavor with a semi-smoked wood note coming in. The finish has some sour grape notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry.

The beer color is that of sunburnt tangerine peel with a soapy cream colored head. Huge bands of lacing.

Overall: Loads of bourbon barrel and rye whiskey notes galore.

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Photo of BigGold
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had straight from the 12-oz. can (at football tailgate), then poured from can into goblet. Once again, disappointed Tallgrass deviated from its standard pint cans for this beer. But the beer itself is intriguingly seductive, as the rye "balances"--at a very (9.50 ABV) big/tall level--the sharpness from the rather misleadingly-named Velvet Rooster.

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