Tallgrass Velvet Rooster | Tallgrass Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
508 Ratings
Tallgrass Velvet RoosterTallgrass Velvet Rooster
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States
tallgrassbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
508
Reviews:
123
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
13.58%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
87
For Trade:
2
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of JamesMN
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of garymuchow
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Jimmys
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of msubulldog25
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Groenebeor
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Tallgrass Velvet Rooster from Tallgrass Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 508 ratings.
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