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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Reviews: 119 | Ratings: 500
Photo of Sheeeeeeep
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Abbey Ales are probably my favorite, but this one didn't do it for me. Has the right notes, color, but both smells and tastes on the sweet side. Instead of a light caramel/honey like sweetness it has more of a saccharine flavor to it. It lingers a bit in your mouth afterwards.

Not great, but not my favorite.

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Photo of rudzud
2.77/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear golden hue with a fluffy almost two finger head that fades to leave a thin little cloud with light side lacing.

S - Aromas of cereal grains, tea leaves, biscuits, light cloves, super super faint esters. The bread/biscuit/grains here just ruin this one. Not really Belgian at all.

T - Taste is slightly more belgian. Light bubblegum notes, esters, soft banana and clove. Again though, I'm hit with tea, cereal grains, and biscuits. Even if this was an old tripel its ABV should keep this from becoming a mess.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice, fair amount of carbonation makes it nice and crisp and clean with the ABV hidden quite well.

O - Overall, this was just an okay tripel, at best. Appearance and mouthfeel were pretty solid. The amount of biscuit here though just kills this.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

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Photo of n2185
2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
2.98/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of jar2574
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of BasementBer
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of znichols
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
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...

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Photo of deford
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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 StaveHooks
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
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!

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Photo of rinhaak
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of Cozuma
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can poured into wide chalice

A:Nice deep golden color hazy with white head that clears relatively quickly leaving a thin blanket of bubbles on the surface.

S:Reminds me of bread but not really yeast smell, roasting grain would probably be close.

T:Ok, roasted flavor is pretty forward, lightly sweet with lingering bitterness that grows with every sip.

M: not oily or thick but solid enough you're aware of the slightly higher gravity of the beer. Carbonation is mild and soft fits the bill well.

O: Decent beer, the bitterness takes over after a few sips and the roasted flavors and sugars disappear rather quickly leaving you with a bitter taste that lingers for a long time. Probably would pair well with a sweet chicken dish like a marsala, something to offset the bitter that just hangs. Most IPA's have a bitter that lingers but there are discernable characteristics of the lingering bitter this just...well...is. Not a session beer due to 8.5%ABV, a few of these and you're right as rain.

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Photo of Roguer
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
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 Fatehunter
3.36/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light golden hued with great clarity. A quarter inch of off white foam rests on top and there is light Brussels lacing. I smell faint light malt and Belgian candy sugar. There's a sweetness of light malt and Belgian candy sugar in the flavor. The mouth is moderately carbonated and dry. The sweetness in the flavor is slightly cloying.

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Photo of Flatlands
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ClockworkOrange for the opportunity to try this pounder can. Poured into a pub glass, the brew appears a pale golden color that is fairly clear except some fine particulate floating in suspension. A finger of off-white head sits atop composed of large bubbles that is supported by rising carbonation to the surface. Some patches of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is sweet with a mild scent of caramel grain that transitions into some bubblegum candy quality. A hint of some citrus zest like oranges is present that mixes with the candy quality to make almost a scent of marmalade fill the nose. Some herbal hops are present and a light touch of alcohol is noted.

The taste is sweet with a flavor of something almost along the lines of candy corn. A hint of orange candy mixes with faint toffee-like grain that is minorly buttery. There is a faint herbal flavor but it really doesn't produce any bitterness to balance out this brew. This is fairly straight forward with a strange candy flavoring coupled with the faintest notes of yeast that hardly lean towards the belgian variety. To this brews credit, the alcohol is masked behind the artificial candy flavoring quite well.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. Initially the alcohol is well masked behind the residual sweetness but as the brew comes up to temperature, the candy quality becomes almost cloying and the alcohol evolves and starts to clash. I am appreciative of the chance to try this brew but honestly dont think I would go out of my way to try it again.

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Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of SciFritz
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of bump8628
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of herman77
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of ahommell
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not as impressed with this one as other Tallgrass products.

A: Opaque Golden color. Not bad, but not super inviting either. Small head. Small lacing. Not a lot of carbonation.

S: Smells super hoppy and I am bracing myself for a high amount of IBU.

T: Not as bitter as other tallgrass products, but still comes in strong. Taste is pretty alcoholic in nature. Can get some citrus, and even a bit of beeswax in each sip.

M: Comes across waxy. Light at first until burn of alcohol hits, but then leaves a waxy aftertaste.

O: Not bad. Def. not my favorite beer. I would only buy this if someone else I know liked it. It is a once in a while beer for me. For a Belgian Triple Style, I have very high expectations, this just doesn't meet what I have come to expect, however... pretty good for American interpretation.

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