Tallgrass Velvet Rooster | Tallgrass Brewing Company

very good
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Tallgrass Velvet RoosterTallgrass Velvet Rooster

Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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.

Added by indiapaleale on 11-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Reed06
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hello, was introduced to Velvet Rooster within the last month or so, what a pleasant surprise! I see myself keeping a four pack cold and ready for consumption when the time is right. If you are a Belgian Wheat fan, you will love the taste of this beer. I rate this Tallgrass product a must try, underline, exclamation point. You will not be disappointed. If I were asked to make a recommendation to someone new to craft brew products, Velvet Rooster would definitely be in my top three. After I tasted this porduct based upon the recommendation of a friend, his credability was firmly established with me. He knew what he was talking about. I'm confident that once you try this beer, you too will become a fan of the rich, full taste of this superb product.

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Photo of Alexrdvz
4.61/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer with a nice fruit bouquet. Best enjoyed in a tulip glass , in my opinion, to get the most out of the night the aroma. This is the beer that will bring back memories of that trip to Europe where you visited a variety of local beer places. The sweetness of the malts used make this beer very easy to drink, but so not let it fool you... You have some decent alcohol content at 8.5%

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Photo of woodychandler
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of exonthebottle
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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

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Photo of ikenney87
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A Tripel in a Tallboy can from Tallgrass brewing. I dig the groovy can design and the puppet commercials...

Appearance: somewhat cloudy with a honey color. aggressive pour results in an inch of white fluffy head but dissipates fairly quickly. good lacing. Somewhat dissapointed to find out that this isn't can conditioned (I'm assuming so because of the lack of yeast at bottom of can).

Smell: straw, grass, apricot, a little vanilla.

Taste: orange cream, apricot, vanilla, white pepper, coriander possibly, grain is also evident. Sweet with a little bit of dryness at the end. Warmth settles in the chest after a few sips.

Mouthfeel: creamy with just the right level of carbonation.

Overall: I really like this beer. It sort of feels like a working man's tripel. It is nice and sweet and has the flavors of a belgian-brewed tripel without the pricetag or the sometimes annoyingly high carbonation. I bet the absence of can-conditioning helps with the creamy mouthfeel of this beer compared to the prickly mouthfeel of other belgian style tripels.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer pours a hazy light orange/copper hue. A foamy white head recedes to a wisp and some random bubbles. Lacing is thick and webbed.

The beer smells floral and of apricots, bananas, and a touch of sweet caramel.

The taste is equally diverse and sweet. A nice malty sweetness with hints of caramel comes first. Then a sweet banana note explodes, with a tangy citrus follow-up.

The mouthfeel is carbonated and dry.

Overall, a tasty tripel, and a sneaky amount of alcohol that can get you. But a really tasty beer here.

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Photo of acelin
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a superb beer. Poured from the awesome can into a tulip glass.

This is one of the clearest tripels I've ever seen. It's that perfect yellow color, but clearer, with a good head that leaves a thick lacing down the sides of the glass. Spot on for the style.

This beer smells like sweet wheat malt, hay, grape, peach, and spice. Not as strong as a Chimay or another authentic abbey beer.

The taste really shines. It's wonderful. It's quite sweet, very floral, and fruity - more grapes and peach. The spice finishes quite nicely, and isn't overpowering. Bravo!

Mouthfeel is perfect , out of a can even. Can't wait to try this on tap.

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Photo of bwiechmann
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of homersimpson67
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bernie's in Waukesha, WI pours a mostly clear amber color with a fluffy beige head. The aroma is mild with yeasty banana. The taste is light and smooth, no big bold yeast and carbonation here. Smooth and delicious like everything from Tall Grass.

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Photo of gatornation
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
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

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Photo of salvo
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

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Photo of ZAP
4.28/5  rDev +12%
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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Photo of joeseppy
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big head dense pour. Golden honey with yeasty flecks. Head ebbs in quick fashion to a thin lace. Aroma of malt and sucrose. Spice candy drops. Fruit on par with sultanas, melon and pineapple. The more I nose I pick up canned fruit cocktail in a good way. Taste initially of malts and bitterness. Bitterness as like chewing on white grapefruit rind or in fact maybe a lemon. I can see where some may be put off with this but I like it. Not as sweet as the aroma where I believe the alcohol cuts into. Some spice. Light to medium body that evolves to creamy and mouth coating. Hop bitterness lingers. A complex craft both in smell and taste. Definitely worth picking up. Fits the tripel bill in good fashion. The Abv is perfect-feels good. I would not be put off by the lower ratings here. Would buy again.

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Photo of alex_hart
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served in a pint glass at a bar.

first quality beer I have ever had the privilege of drinking out of a can.

the feel is clean and refreshing. just as the name says, it is velvety smooth, but with a kick. smell some florals, but the taste is what really got me. light fruits that give it a nice candied sweetness, delicious belgian yeast, and some warm spice. this was delicious and will soon become a 4 pack purchase.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl. L: Pours hazy amber with very little head. S: a fruity grainy nose T: This is a yeast driven beer featuring banana, stone fruit, traces of citrus with good caramel and biscuit malt flavors. F: This is very creamy smooth, the effervescence is very fine and soft – almost like drinking a cloud. The creaminess is outstanding. O: Drink this beer for the texture.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of wrycon
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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

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Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz. can into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big four finger white foam head with decent retention. Leaves lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A pretty sweet and yeast driven aroma. Good amount of Belgian yeast with a hint of clove and pepper. Bready pale malts and some good hints of citrus orange, pineapple, and lemon. Also some big hints of Belgian candied sugar. Light presence of grassy hops in the background.

Taste: Upfront is some Belgian yeast with some pepper and clove spice. Notes of Belgian candied sugar. Wheat and pale malts add some bready sweetness. Good notes of citrus orange, lemon zest, and pineapple. Very subtle hint of hops. Taste is balanced and not overly syrupy although not as strong as one might expect from the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and creamy. Sweet but not overly syrupy. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A solid American take on a Tripel. Could of been stronger in the spices but it avoids the overly sweet flavor that some American Belgian style beers have.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

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Photo of afandre
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a Belgian beer snob. I used to feel like if a beer didn't have the trappist seal it wasn't worth having. But I've been known to stray from the faith and the Velvet Rooster is my go to when I fall from grace.

In a can should be blasphemy, but it's a salvation when proper glassware can't be found, disc golf will never be the same with gourmet beer in a can.

On to the tasting... The velvet pours a golden hazy brown, sniffs a Belgian phenolic scent with a citrus bite. And the taste is a complex, blend of citrus, yeast and phenols, just how a Belgian should be.

Enjoyable, and available without a bottle opener, everything you want for a summer afternoon golf game.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a Tallgrass tulip.
8.5% ABV, Drink By 02/21/14

A - Shimmering golden in color, this clear beer is crowned with a lofty but fleeting white head. The loose foam crumbles away to a halo of suds leaving delicate wisps of lace on the glass.

S - Velvet Rooster smells the part of a Belgian tripel with it's open and deep Belgian yeast aroma. Spiciness flourishes with notes of banana and a dash of white pepper circling around the clove and lemongrass while a fragrant floral note overlaps the malt. Sweet pilsner malt and Belgian candi sugar lay the ground work for all the yeast esters.

T - The aroma's more subtle sweetness really pushes forward in flavor oppressing the yeast esters quite a bit as Velvet Rooster starts with caramel and pilsner malt and moves in to a lingering impression of Belgian yeast. Those flavors of banana, clay, white pepper, and lemongrass return with an an addition of fruity alcohol notes and an earthy finish of grass clippings and earth.

M - Sticky and sweet starting, Velvet Rooster evens out with a minor thinning alcohol bite and spicy, lingering feel. Medium bodied, this nicely carbonated tripel finishes well on the back of the throat.

O - Velvet Rooster is a fine Belgian style tripel that showcases what yeast can really add to a beer; spice, sweetness, and earthy hops all blend well with a kiss of alcohol on the finish for a delectable brew!

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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