Tallgrass Velvet Rooster | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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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: Spring

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.

Malts: 2Row, Munich, Wheat, Oats
Hops: Northern Brewer, Tettnang, Saaz
Adjuncts: Cane Sugar

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Photo of donspublic
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from can into Tulip, massive 3 finger cream colored head, good retention and lacing. Hazy golden in the glass. Smells of Belgian yeast fruity esters, citrus and almost candy like sweetness. I am looking forward to this sip, as Wooden Rooster is one of my favorite beers. Initial taste is malt sweetness, some fruitiness from the yeast, there is some citrus at play in the middle and the belgian candi shows up on the finish. The finish is quite unique, you get the sugar sweetness, but the there is enough spiciness and bitterness to tame it down. Mouthfeel is great on this beer, thick in the mouth, no alcohol detected. Another great beer from Tallgrass. Bring back wooden rooster!!!!!

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Photo of craigbelly
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really nice aromas with great balance of fruit, spicy yeast, bready malt, and light and earthy hop notes. The yeast doesn't take away from the rest that the beer has to offer, like alot of Belgian ales do. Carbonation is perfect, not to heavy.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a can of Tallgrass'z Velvet Rooster for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. It's been a while since I've had a Tripel and I'm interested to see what Tallgrass can do with this style. Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass. 2017 Vintage.

A- The can looks nice, it's got a nice design that goes with the name and it's a little eye catching. It poured a hazy amber orange color that took on more of a burnt orange hue when held to the light and it had over three fingers worth of very fluffy off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking Tripel, it's just what I expect from the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the belgian yeast being the first to show up and it imparts that typical mixture of bubblegum, bananas and cloves, it's pretty balanced with no single aspect seeming to stick out the most. After that comes a little more spices and it goes into the malts which impart a pale malt sweet malt, and slightly doughy aromas with the sweet malts seeming to stick out the most. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, it's pretty standard for the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts all the same aspects, but this time less bubble gum shows up, with more banana and green banana like flavors and a little less spices this time. Up next comes a slightly alcohol flavors and that goes into the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the sweet malts still seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's a lower amount of bitterness with some sweetness taking it's taste and it has a banana and sweet malt like aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting Tripel, most of the aspects seem to be true to style.

M- Fairly smooth, a little cloying, not too boozy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it wasn't slightly cloying.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a solid example of the style, it had pretty much all the aspects that I look for in the style and I thought that it was pretty much just as advertised. This beer had ok drinkability, I think one would be enough for me, anymore than that and the sweetness might start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer is how true to style it is, there isn't any off flavors or aspects that don't belong with this style. What I like the least about this beer is the sweetness, I wish it wasn't as sweet as it is. I might buy this beer again when in the mood for a Tripel and I wouldn't turn one down. I would recommend trying this one if your a fan of the style. All in all I liked this beer, but I think it would be ever better if the sweetness was toned down just a little. It's a solid example of the style and it's not a favorite Tallgrass beer. Nice job guys, this is a solid Tripel, keep it up.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice lil' homegrown tripel. Color is an amber gold and head is a bubbly white, taking a little while to recede.

Smell is typical of all tripels with that Belgian yeast shining through. A little bit of pine and grass pushing one to take the first sip.

First sip also reminds me a lot of the Belgian tripels I've tried - the yeast, the wheat, the grass, and a little bit of hops are all there with the yeast ranking the forefront. For such a high ABV, just like all tripels, this one is superbly easy to session down and drink like it is nobody's business.

Taste is just like the smell, with a little bit of added warmth due to the higher ABV. Spotty lacing reveals itself as does a small, very thin white head. Decent carbonation, in fact quite high as the label suggests - but not champagne high thankfully.

I like this beer a lot and all its colorful counterparts. It's/they've been making a great pairing with my vegan foods and I always love that shit.. bahaha.

Thank you Tallgrass for killing another awesome beer and not to mention the artwork and name on yet another ale!

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into chalice, best before 7/8/2017. Pours slightly hazy deep golden/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big peach, apricot, melon, lemon, pear, apple, pepper, light banana/clove, honey, candi sugar, wheat, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big peach, apricot, melon, lemon, pear, apple, pepper, light banana/clove, honey, candi sugar, wheat, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, apricot, melon, lemon, pear, apple, pepper, banana, clove, honey, candi sugar, wheat, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy/creamy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this is an excellent tripel! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and pretty refreshing to drink. A touch on the malty side for the style; but still has impressive complexity and balance, with adequate carbonation and dryness. A really enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with lively bubbles of carbonation and a tight white bubbly head that leaves a trail of lace behind.

Smells of sour yeast, malty bread, banana, and nutmeg.

Hit of carbonation and spice up front rounding to a sweet malt middle, finishes dry with bitter spice, nutmeg and clove.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Velvet Rooster pours a bright cloudy golden color with a big lacing head. Weaker aroma, with sweet notes. Taste is spicy, with a nice banana finish and a hint of bitterness. Good body and feel. Overall, good Tripel

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Photo of joeseppy
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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 Suds
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a completely clear, straw-colored brew with a tall and firm head. The smell is of alcohol, Belgian yeast...spice, pepper, ripe fruit, and grain. The taste is bitter and slightly hot, with medium bitterness and an underlying sweetness. Malt and sugar both come through. The finish is lingering bitterness and warmth. Full in body.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip, which was a mistake.

Appearance : A 1 oz pour yields a towering head that overflows the glass. The head is unmistakably large. I've been letting it sit for 3 minutes now, and it's just getting to the point where I can reach the beer without a foam mustache. The lace it leaves on the sides are like a heavy soaping, lathered all over the place. The body is light golden butterscotch colored and 80% opaque. Light will penetrate the body to illuminate it, but fingers are just dense, dark shapes.

Smell : Sour bretted yeast, a milky lactobacillus presence, lightly roasted grains, rye chips, and pink grapefruit. It does smell spoiled, like opening a milk jug after its expiration - but that's the active cultures at work here. Looking over the other reviews, it seems mine is more "colorful" than the others. I hope I don't get sick.

Taste : Fairly bitter to start, but mixed with clove and orange peels, followed by banana, pumpernickel, wheat, rye, cereal grains, antiseptic, and a mild burning alcohol presence. The burn stays on the back of the tongue and so does the layer of doughy yeast. I get no bubblegum or other Belgian flavors like the other reviewers are getting. It seems I have an enigma here.

Feel : Creamy all the way to the finish. A mild carbonation pops it up a bit, and it ends dry.

Overall : It's a decent beer, but not something that I'd have again. I may just not be in the mood for it, I can tell my tummy isn't reacting well to this yeast. The orange peel bitterness is interesting at the start, most Tripels start with a high malt bill, this one goes against the grain literally - and finishes with vodka-like burning alcohol. It's worth a try if you're curious.

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Photo of Evilyak
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright yellow in color. thick, white head that laces like a champ.

nose is honey and pizza dough.

taste is subtle sweetness - again, perhaps a little of that honey and under-ripe peach. there's a touch of bitterness at the end.

this one sticks around a bit. pleasantly.

a good interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Jason
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can, sample from the brewery.

Tight bubbled lace, great looking pale golden clarity. Subtle malty nose of honey, bread, dried grass, and dough yeast. Faint phenols as well. Not picking up the 8.5% abv at all, clean and almost pilsner-like which is pretty much what the monks were trying to do with the Tripel style was created. Some warmth after several sips, dried fruit and dusty shortbread on the palate. Easy to quaff for its size, a lot of fun to sip on.

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Photo of tlema1
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: straw yellow, big, fluffy head
S: some fruit, some candy sweetness
T: not as sweet as a normal tripel upfront, some fruit, some pepper
F: great mouthfeel, really coats the tongue
O: not your run of the mill Tripel, but this is a damn fine brew

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drink by 3/26/16.

Pours a murky golden-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, earth, spice, yeast, and slight chalk aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, spice, yeast, pepper, and dried citrus peel flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of spice and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink despite its higher ABV.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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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3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A small pour yields a tall two inch light tan head. Body is light processed honey gold. Nose has hints of fresh cut grass and fruity hops. The taste is of grassy hops and bitter toasted crackers. This triple is one of the hoppiest that I have ever had. Crisp dry and very nice but not traditional.

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Photo of Alexrdvz
4.61/5  rDev +20.4%
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 NickTheGreat
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L (4) - Light pale color. Slightly cloudy/hazy appearance
S (4) - Not a lot of aroma here. A little "spicy" Belgian yeast smell.
T (4) - I'm far from a Belgian connoisseur, but this beer is good. Has a little bit of that spicy/peppery flavor to it. Subtle flavors, but good.
F (4.25) - Easy drinking beer, carbonated well.
O (4) - Overall, I like this beer. I wouldn't need to have it all the time in my cellar, but I would certainly drink and buy again.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow-orange. Aroma is of flowers, slight fruit and belgian candi sweetness. Taste is fruit, floral notes, belgian candi sugar, and some earthiness. Mouthfeel is medium and quite effervescent. Overall, this is a good trippel, and a nice beer to sip and savor as it warms.

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Photo of stephens101
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draught at Oak and Oar. Nice to see a regional Tripel, one of my perennial favorite styles.

Pours reddish orange with a full bubbly tan froth.

Smells welcoming with malt, orange, melon, gum and spice.

Tastes grainy up front with taffy, gum and melon characters working alongside a touch of floral hops.

A rarer find that tastes about as close as you will get to the real thing in these parts.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from the can in a Lexington Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter.

That rooster's gonna make the most chicks with the most...chicks?... Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear gold topped by over a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises spicy Belgian yeast, mild honey, light lemon zest, and a hint of sourdough. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a light twinge of white grapes. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a pretty nice tripel, one of the better American offerings (and definitely the best canned version I've come across).

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Photo of deford
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

From the can into an IPA glass. Big head, takes two minutes or so to fade leaving a bit of lacing, not much.

A- Beautiful light orange color...looks inviting.

S- Wet, musty aroma...kinda like it.

T- Get a little clove and funky barnyard mustiness...similar to the nose.

M- Very soft and pleasant.

O- Probably not a great Triple but I like it. Easy drinking and pleasant....nothing offensive at all. Like the Brewery description says...I'd like to do it next time from a Champagne flute.

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Photo of Roguer
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice off-white head with good retention and nice lacing. Brew is golden and remarkably clear - transparent.

Aroma is not particularly inviting; aspirin, Belgian sugar, wheat, a slight citrus note from hops, wet cardboard from stale hops, and a hint of bubblegum yeast hiding in the background.

Flavor is a lot better than the aroma; it's pretty good, actually. Too much staleness on the front end, and a little too much bubblegum coming in the middle and end. Past that, there are still some nice citrus and pine hops remaining, and a classic Belgian Tripel bit of spicy, yeasty flavor.

Grainy, lively mouthfeel; a surprising amount of back-end heat. Sticky finish.

An Americanized Tripel, to be sure; I recommend drinking this fresh. It seems that age has not done it any favors. I certainly wouldn't reach for this over a Belgian tripel, or even over Allagash's version, but it's not a bad beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from 16oz can into a tulip. I believe that this is my first tripel from a can!

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a light effervescence. Head is two fingers of pillowy ivory foam with good retention; a nice chunky lace is left on the glass as it slowly dissipates.

Smell: sweetly malty with a nice, smooth tripel character. There is a pretty big hop element to the aroma as well; not exactly traditional but quite well-executed, I think. The hops are slightly lemony and very green and fresh.

Taste: flavor is quite like the aroma, with quite a bit of malt sweetness and a heavy hop presence for a tripel. I think it doesn't quite work as well as in the aroma, but in general it's pretty good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. i always like more creaminess in a tripel, but this is good enough.

Overall: a little hoppy, but in general a very satisfying tripel.

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Photo of richj1970
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz can into tulip glass. Dated to enjoy by 11/04/2014.

A: Pours a light straw yellow with 2-3 finger fluffy off white head that seemed to last forever. Heavy sticky lacing,

S: Belgian yeast esters and a slight grassy funk. Banana and bubblegum. Rose petals and a bit of clove and pepper.

T: Ripe banana and biscuits. Belgian candy sugar. Some familiar flavors of a typical tripel, but not a strictly traditional one. Tends almost a little sweet.

M: Full bodied but with a champagne like carbonation. Fairly crisp finish that helps to offset the sweetness a bit.

O: Very drinkable and enjoyable brew. Maybe not a classic Belgian trippel, but a very good American version. Will have to grab a few more of these next time I'm through the midwest.

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