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Tallgrass Velvet Rooster | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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3.76/5
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510 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#20,465
Reviews:
124
Ratings:
510
pDev:
13.56%
Bros Score:
4.01
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
87
Trade:
2
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden and clear, small head, little retention.

Soft aroma that is both bready and perfumy. Not strong on either though. Some honey and lemon detectable too.

Flavor starts off with a really nice malt profile, with almost an oat-like flavor (definitely a similar taste found in Halcyon Wheat), then it gives way to some honey sweetness, followed by a slight pepper spice and dry, hop bite. A pretty complex ale, though it’s also light and easy-drinking—definitely deceiving in it strength. Not as champagne-effervescent as they describe, but I’m also not bothered by it either. Body feels full without being heavy. After breaking down its individual flavors, it’s nice to let it all wash together and really enjoy the harmony of flavors.

It’s been a while since I’ve had a tripel (because I’m not a big fan of them), and I’m glad I took a chance on Tallgrass’. I’m impressed with Velvet Rooster and will be seeking it out again.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a tulip glass.

From the can a nice creamy white head, fluffy, with about three fingers not so uniform sits on a orange/brown and opaque body. Nice rising pinhead columns of carbonation.

Nose is interesting. Mild belgian classic sense of thick malt and sugar, but a nice mix of pastry like butter and sweet croissant. Is this a fault that works? Cream. Faint dry spices but more malt and sweetness are apparent than anything. I call good.

Palate is a bit muted. Hop angle hints toward Belgian IPA on the finish, light malts bring forth by quite a good solid fulll mouthfeel body that should hint at the richness but doesn't quite get there. Mild finish of butter and hop, there is not much rich sweetness on this though. It's a very different tasting tripel than I can think of what I've had. Doesn't come off to boozy either.

Overall I don't mind this, I am sort of really just above borderline. IT's very unique and interesting, but it's also missing lots of things I like in this style particularly a sense of richness and sweetness (but not too sweet). I could have this again, but don't desire to.

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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1/5  rDev -73.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Opaque, golden with a white half finger head that dissipates pretty fast. Lots of lacing.

S: Floral, fruity, roses, Belgian yeast.

T: Follows nose with a slightly bitter, hoppy finish.

M: High with strong carbonation. Frothy and (yes) velvety.

O: A nice surprise coming from a can. Trippel meets farmhouse ale. Even smoother as it warms. Cock a doddle doo! Would drink more.

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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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Reed06
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hello, was introduced to Velvet Rooster within the last month or so, what a pleasant surprise! I see myself keeping a four pack cold and ready for consumption when the time is right. If you are a Belgian Wheat fan, you will love the taste of this beer. I rate this Tallgrass product a must try, underline, exclamation point. You will not be disappointed. If I were asked to make a recommendation to someone new to craft brew products, Velvet Rooster would definitely be in my top three. After I tasted this porduct based upon the recommendation of a friend, his credability was firmly established with me. He knew what he was talking about. I'm confident that once you try this beer, you too will become a fan of the rich, full taste of this superb product.
SR

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Photo of afandre
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a Belgian beer snob. I used to feel like if a beer didn't have the trappist seal it wasn't worth having. But I've been known to stray from the faith and the Velvet Rooster is my go to when I fall from grace.

In a can should be blasphemy, but it's a salvation when proper glassware can't be found, disc golf will never be the same with gourmet beer in a can.

On to the tasting... The velvet pours a golden hazy brown, sniffs a Belgian phenolic scent with a citrus bite. And the taste is a complex, blend of citrus, yeast and phenols, just how a Belgian should be.

Enjoyable, and available without a bottle opener, everything you want for a summer afternoon golf game.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of sommersb
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 06-19-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 16 oz. can
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Color is dark golden and slightly hazy. The white head stands 2 fingers high, showing a fair amount of retention and good lacing.

S: Smells are sweet and malty, with some spicy phenols and floral hops. Very nice aromas.

T: Taste is sweet and spicy, with a light bitterness. Other flavors are of tropical fruits and some pepper notes.

M: Crisp with a high amount of carbonation. Medium bodied, it finishes dry and a little bitter, with some spices and alcohol warmth.

O: This is probably the first Belgian style I've had from a can, so that was a bit unusual, but I think Tallgrass did a very good job with this ale.

Thanks to TheBishopco for this one!

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz. can into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big four finger white foam head with decent retention. Leaves lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A pretty sweet and yeast driven aroma. Good amount of Belgian yeast with a hint of clove and pepper. Bready pale malts and some good hints of citrus orange, pineapple, and lemon. Also some big hints of Belgian candied sugar. Light presence of grassy hops in the background.

Taste: Upfront is some Belgian yeast with some pepper and clove spice. Notes of Belgian candied sugar. Wheat and pale malts add some bready sweetness. Good notes of citrus orange, lemon zest, and pineapple. Very subtle hint of hops. Taste is balanced and not overly syrupy although not as strong as one might expect from the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and creamy. Sweet but not overly syrupy. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A solid American take on a Tripel. Could of been stronger in the spices but it avoids the overly sweet flavor that some American Belgian style beers have.

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Tallgrass Velvet Rooster from Tallgrass Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 510 ratings
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