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 whynot44
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy golden color with a decent white head that doesn't stay around long but does leave a bit of lacing.

The aroma is light malt, biscuits, yeast, hints of apple and cloves.

The taste is similar, yeast, biscuits, slight fruitiness with a spicy , somewhat floral finish. A little different than a Belgian tripel, but that's not necessarily bad.

Medium bodied, very smooth and easily drinkable, alcohol content is barely noticeable.

Altogether it is enjoyable and worth a try, probably the best tripel from Kansas, at least.

I have to give this one a few points for can graphics.

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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 1000lbgrizzly
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Shining golden-orange, barely-off white silky foam head that can get quite sizeable, leaving little lacing. Pretty cloudy, no carbonation visible. Artwork is vibrant, original, and inspired- the best looking rooster I've ever seen. I want this as a t-shirt.

S: A lot of yeast and even dusty wheat, but underneath it is that wonderful tropical fruit aroma I was looking for. It's a subtle, even deceiving, nose, but really enjoyable once you realize what it holds.

T: A little chalkiness subdues the flavors I came here for, but they are there: exotic fruits, plentiful yeastiness, and a touch of spice. It is a little dirty, but is still really enjoyable, and unique. Good, lasting finish.

M: Dry, but perfect drinkability- medium bodied, refreshing, stout and prickly carbonation- lotta burps, which I like.

O: Great base materials are somewhat hidden by missteps, but it is still appreciable as a great Belgian-style tripel from Kansas, of all places. Highly refreshing, original, and wonderfully hides the high ABV. The prominent yeastiness is good in the nose but murks the palate somewhat, but not enough to dissuade me from buying a tall fourpack of this handsome rooster again.

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Photo of paladinjoe
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First of all, Tallgrass sure has a way of making the graphics on their cans look amazing, this one is about as good as it can get!

As for the beer part of this review, it definitely does fill the description you see on their website, it's champagne-like, and you can taste a little bit of alcohol in this one, but not overpowering. Has some Saison features, which I personally like, but not everyone else may feel the same, almost as if this is a part french beer, instead of just Belgian Tripel. Some citrus, sweet candy notes, along with the overall champagne, quite unique... not amazing, but very good! This beer's alcohol content makes you feel really good and relaxed, unlike a Maiboch which gives you a headache.

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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 chickenflea
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

It smelled estery fruitiness and yeast. Nice aroma of grains and light caramel, too.

Nice blend of spicy with a tasty fruitiness of apple and pear. Good grain flavor with a yeasty bite. Spicy with floral bitterness. The beer was good right out of the fridge, but after warming a bit, it really started to shine. Key: let it breathe a little before enjoying.

It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

This is a very good tripel. The floral finish sets it apart in the style.

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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 mschind
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wish I had a proper glass for this but had to settle for a motel cup. Better than straight from the can I guess. Yes... a can, my first Belgian from a can.

A- Hard to judge but seemed to be the right color and clarity for the style. I didn't get the typical fluffy head you would expect from the Tripel style.

S- This is one yeasty brew. Bread, floral and fruit notes dominate with some funk in the background.

T- More yeast which is what seems to set Belgian ales apart. Almost distracting but then the mild bubble gum fruit notes kick in with just enough bitterness to keep it from being too cloying.

M- More body than any Tripel I have tried. Velvet describes it well. Not quite to style but interesting.

O- A good interpretation of a Tripel. Slightly off beat and pushing the envelop.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Server in a tulip glass.

Velvet Rooster pours a hazy gold; a very nice two-finger cap of white dies very slowly, and never quite goes away. There is some decent ring lacing left behind too.

Eh, this Tripel leans more towards "spicy" yeast-y scents. It is a little peppery, has some lemon zest, just a touch of clove. And man, it is malty, notes of cereal grain are a little too prominent.

The flavors out of this can are about like the nose as well. Again, there is a slight grain flavor that rides over the whole palate that I do not like much. And the Tripel flavors of the beer come off a little "generic" and too light. Again the yeast-y flavors are a little peppery, some clove, a wee bit of citrus. The flavors should be bigger and lay off the malt a little.

I like the mouth feel on this, reminds me greatly of the Westmalle Tripel, more full than what most Tripel's seem to go for. This is definitely a creamy beer.

Velvet Rooster is a solid beer, maybe not a solid or great Tripel by the Belgian standard, but I would have it again. This is probably my least favorite Tallgrass offering so far.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains very well before slowly relinquishing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and random bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind.

S- Lots of hay and lemongrass with a bit of barnyard funk. The Belgian yeast in this is less rich and more subdued.

T- The flavor isn't as complex and enticing as the aroma. Fairly average Tripel taste with some moderate wheat malt, slight spice and a noticeable alcohol presence.

M- Also quite average. Slightly sharp from the hops, booze and medium carbonation. The body leans toward the fuller side of things.

O- The aroma of this beer is deceiving as it tricks you into thinking great things lie ahead. In the end, it's just your standard Tripel.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can, pours hazy-golden with a bubbly, white head, good retention and lace. Aromas are yeast, fruit, banana, spice, biscuit. Tastes are bready, spicy yeast, biscuit, banana, orange, grass, and more boozy as it warms. Medium-fullish body with a dry, but fairly clean finish. Overall, not a bad tripel, but without a wow factor it doesn't stand up to the top-notch Belgian brewed tripels.

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 ounce can of tasty, yeasty and flavorful 8.5% Belgian Tripel, brewed in Kansas, God Bless America!

It has a "Drink By" date towards the bottom of the can, but I cant really make out the important details.

Pours hazed dull tangarine and sporting an initially 2 inch and then a white 1/2 inch cap that flexes impressive retentive powers and leaves nice looking froth,patches, strands and fine bits of stick.

Fruity and sweet nose with some lime, coriander and yeasty/wheatyness.

On the tongue and palate, this is a flavorful, moderatly spiced and fruity take on the style. More yeast, coriander, lime, candy sugar sweetness in the finish.

Carbonation a bit soft, but that seems to only add to the drinkability...dangerous, oh so dangerous...

Love the style, love this take on it and really love that I am enjoying a quality Tripel, in a can, brewed in Kansas! I'd have this one in my regular rotation if I could get it locally or if I lived in Kansas....

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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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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 Jacurdy60
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a hazy pale golden, yellow color with a thick, 2 finger white head that retains very well. Leaves a nice latticework of foam as I sip

S-Dank cheese, wheat, yeast hit the nose. Faint notes of oranges come through in the background

T-Spices come through at the front of the palate. Spiced orange, coriander, and cinnamon. Finishes the same. Very simple taste. Semi-dry finish

MF-Smooth, very smooth. As the name would suggest. Drinkable, but very sticky and smooth. Love the way it feels on the palate

O-A great tripel. And it comes in a can. It's a simple brew, but sometimes simple is just what you need.

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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 CHADMC3
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The pour reveals a hazy, straw colored golden body beneath the rocky, pure white head which is very slow to dissipate before leaving a scattered,yet sticky lacing.

Generous aromas of yeast, floral notes, and perhaps white grapes float from the glass.

Flavors of wild flowers, Belgian yeast, champagne, and perhaps straw or grass highlight the palate. There may also be just the slightest hint of spice. It really sweetens up as it warms.

Generous carbonation accompanies the lighter body with a crisp,somewhat champagne like finish.

This is a pretty nice American example of the style. I enjoyed the fruity and floral notes accompanying the nose and flavor as well as the fresh finish.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a stunning golden hue with great clarity. A once two finger head has now become a thin white film atop the beer. The translucence of this one leads me to believe it was not bottle conditioned.

Aroma: Lightly bready malt with sweet apple and some pear with a nice overall sweetness. A typical Tripel aroma but scaled back a bit.

Taste: Taking a few sips to really take in all the flavors. Starts with lightly toasted malt and a little biscuit. Quickly picks up some complexity about halfway through when flavors of light fruits mix in with the malt. A delectable belgian candi syrup comes through near the end and gives a sweetness that the flavor has been building up to. Finish is a little dry but also very smooth with lingering sweetness as well as the flavor and texture of a pear. I can't identify any spices on the palate besides a distant echo of clove. At 8.5% ABV it should be a sipper but the alcohol is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel: I was vigorous with my pour and even swirled the glass a bit to get rid of excess carbonation, leaving me with an average effervescent level for the style. The body feels like it's right at medium. The ease of drinkability is uncanny.

Final Thoughts: I wasn't sure what to expect from an American craft brewery taking on such a highly acclaimed Belgian style, but I'm definitely impressed. Usually Tripels have a yeasty flavor that ruins part of the experience for me, but Velvet Rooster's clean taste is exactly what I've been looking for in this style. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Special thanks to BulbMan for sending this one over! This beer poured out as hazy golden yellow color with a white head on top. The retention and lacing were pretty good on this one. The smell of the beer is sweet, with some bready wheat and spice on the nose. The taste of the beer is sweet with some soft fruity notes as hints of spice and more bread. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall it's a really nice beer. Not the best Tripel out there but still worth trying.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've decided that I like tripels. It goes near the top of styles that I prefer over others. This one isn't a great one, but it is a darn good one and <$10/4-pack it's one of the best deals for a style pretty much is good an any time/anyplace.
The aroma isn't quite as bright and clear as the best. It's a little more muddied. But it is nice and spicy with a solid pale malt background.
Big full white head with lacing and clear and golden.
Nice malt flavor with a bit of tart and finishing with a lingering soft, but apparent bitterness. Just a touch of hop flavors and yeasty spiciness that mingles in the flavors start to finish. It's a nice yeast. It combines with the malt to make a doughy and vanilla quality along with the spice. It is quite enjoyable.
Slightly light as it should be.
This is an overall satisfying beer-that says a lot.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pint can into Hardywood Park tulip. drink by 11/12/13.

A: a hazed orange/yellow hue. bright white head, very fluffy. retention is solid. a steady long lacing left behind.

S: apple juice. pears. mild pineapple. there is grain undertones beneath all this fruit, but definitely more on the fruity side of tripel's.

T: super fruity, sweetness is a plenty. similar to the nose there is a grain cereal flavor. the finish is phenolic and lingers for a bit.

M: a decent amount of carb. medium/full body.

D: a pretty solid sessionable tripel from an American brewery. wouldn't hate it if more American breweries could make tripel's like this one. tasty.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 16 oz. can sent by the Man who CAN, woodychandler, a few weeks ago. I'd spotted this beer on my Midwest trip around Labor Day and failed to grab one - thanks for havin' my back, Woody!

To start with, this is among the most appealing and eye-catching can designs I've seen - the two multi-color roosters seem to strut right off the label. A 'Belgian-Style Tripel' in a pint can? Nice!

A: Properly hazy golden pour with a magnificent head, nearly 2-fingers of rocky/fluffy whiteness. Lace doesn't stick as well as it could and there's a little suspended debris (on close inspection, but generally it's a solid/attractive tripel.

S: Nutty/bready/sweet/candied fruit aroma of a good tripel... it's got honey and apples and dates with plenty of sticky-bun malt. Surprisingly though, not *too* sweet - some grassy hops even out the sugary scents.

T: Fine fruit/malt sweetness - one that offers plenty of yeasty spice and a white grape and crisp apple sort of backing. Balancing backbone of darker/earthier spice, a touch of pepper but then a drawn-out sweet/spice finish.

M: Very smooth, rich, not overly carbonated. A little grainy starch gives a teeth-coating stickiness (meh... never really enjoy this, but it's 'to style'). Medium-full body, to be expected from a stronger beer like this.

O: As good a tripel as I've ever tried from a can (ok, so this is my first...) and a worthy example. If Tallgrass cans were available in our area, I'd seek these out; as such I'll look again next time I'm in the Midwest.

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Photo of Groenebeor
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 Jparker37
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a goblet.

A - Light gold with a slight haze to it. Medium sized white head is rocky and holds a tight cap. Small bit of lacing left.

S - Floral, which has a citrus undertone. I get a little bit of some grainy malt. Sweet, I foresee some candy sugar.

T - Husky base malt into a fruity/sugary sweetness. Little bit of some musty/earthy hops right before it finishes with a mellow alcohol warmth that "hides" it alright. After swirling the remaining beer and adding it, the extras yeast adds a nice sharper feel mid-palate.

M - Medium bodied, semi-sweet midway through but dries up nicely, medium carbonation.

O - Nice aroma profile but never really jumping out of my glass. Flavor was quite complex like a good tripel. Could have used a bit more carbonation and stayed a little lighter on my palate.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy golden with a few finger head and tons of spotty lacing.

S - Sweet malt, very fruity with over ripe melon, banana, light lemon and stone fruits. Candi sugar and light pepper.

T - Fairly sweet with over ripe melon and banana. Light pepper spice, candi sugar a bit of phenolic yeast.

M - Medium to full body and appears to be lighter on the carbonation but that may just be the full feeling. Leaves an almost soapy texture behind in the mouth.

D - The sweetness and over ripe fruits of this one make it a little too much for me.

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Tallgrass Velvet Rooster from Tallgrass Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 500 ratings.
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