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: Rotating

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

Added by indiapaleale on 11-05-2011

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1/5  rDev -73.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.1%

Photo of hbrodgers
1.53/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

This has got to be the first beer from tallgrass that I genuinely don't enjoy.

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1.75/5  rDev -53.5%

Photo of Yby1acb
1.93/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Some thing's off in this beer. Looks and smell are good but something in the finish is not quite right for a belgo.

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2/5  rDev -46.8%

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2/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -46.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of vinny21bal
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of nuebs
2.52/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Sheeeeeeep
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
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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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of rudzud
2.77/5  rDev -26.3%
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 -26.1%
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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2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good looking beer. Ok aroma and feel. It's a good beer but not my style. Tastes like a wheat or pilsner.

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Photo of n2185
2.96/5  rDev -21.3%
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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2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
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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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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Tallgrass Velvet Rooster from Tallgrass Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 511 ratings
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