Velvet Rooster | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Velvet RoosterVelvet 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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Photo of joeseppy
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Zazzi82
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aratcliffe
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jvgoor3786
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rickymt72
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cragg326
4.78/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Suds
3.61/5  rDev -4%
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 nuebs
2.52/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of OKbrew89
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dovers
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.91/5  rDev +4%
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 brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beernewbie285
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Evilyak
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +6.6%
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 TonyLema1
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +6.1%
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 chris826
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spycow
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FriarMickOnThePlateau
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you like Tripels, you'll like this. Easy drinking, smooth and rich without being cloying.

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Photo of archmagi1
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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 benloho
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Velvet Rooster from Tallgrass Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 512 ratings