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: Year-round

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.

Added by indiapaleale on 11-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 16-ounce can. No freshness date.

Appearance: Served in a tulip. The color is hazy, light gold. Two fingers of off-white head took its time dissipating to a spotted lacing and sudsy ring around the edge.

Smell: Clean, grassy, and floral with clove spice and a hint of Belgian funkiness hanging in the background. It also has a vinous tinge of grapes and sweet apple.

Taste: Very smooth and well-balanced; everything from the smell blends perfectly. It is grassy and floral with a little clove spice, and the farmhouse funkiness is also noticeable. It also has an apple cider tartness and spicy bite.

Drinkability: Tommy likey. Tommy want (rooster) wingy. This is the best Tallgrass offering I have had so far (and probably the de facto best beer I have had from Kansas).

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Photo of JEdmund
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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 smakawhat
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of brewskifan55
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of Sheeeeeeep
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
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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Photo of Reed06
5/5  rDev +30.9%
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.

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Photo of afandre
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of sommersb
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of rundocrun
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Body is pale honey yellow. Slightly cloudy. 2 full fingers of semi-coarse white head forms. Good retention. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S - Lots of bright fruity esters--typical of belgian ales. Also some spicy hop aroma and crisp wheat bread.

T - Sweet and quite malty up front. Sweet, berry-like esters come through next with a tinge of hop bitterness hitting the back of the tongue. Mild lemongrass notes toward the end as well.

M - The ale lives up to its name (the velvet part, not the rooster... thankfully). Tingly carbonation, but I could do with a little bit more. Also, not as dry as some tripels I have had which makes this one a bit more syrupy than I prefer for a belgian ale.

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Photo of stakem
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ClockworkOrange for the opportunity to try this pounder can. Poured into a pub glass, the brew appears a pale golden color that is fairly clear except some fine particulate floating in suspension. A finger of off-white head sits atop composed of large bubbles that is supported by rising carbonation to the surface. Some patches of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is sweet with a mild scent of caramel grain that transitions into some bubblegum candy quality. A hint of some citrus zest like oranges is present that mixes with the candy quality to make almost a scent of marmalade fill the nose. Some herbal hops are present and a light touch of alcohol is noted.

The taste is sweet with a flavor of something almost along the lines of candy corn. A hint of orange candy mixes with faint toffee-like grain that is minorly buttery. There is a faint herbal flavor but it really doesn't produce any bitterness to balance out this brew. This is fairly straight forward with a strange candy flavoring coupled with the faintest notes of yeast that hardly lean towards the belgian variety. To this brews credit, the alcohol is masked behind the artificial candy flavoring quite well.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. Initially the alcohol is well masked behind the residual sweetness but as the brew comes up to temperature, the candy quality becomes almost cloying and the alcohol evolves and starts to clash. I am appreciative of the chance to try this brew but honestly dont think I would go out of my way to try it again.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This can is another masterpiece in the world of graphic design by the Tallgrass brewery. Poured into NB globe glass. Appearance is a hazy yellow with generous mounds of white head. Tons of lacing left behind. The nose is full of ripe bananas, spicy cloves, and notes of bready yeast. The nose is right on for the style. The taste features waves of lemon zest, banana, clove, and bread. Lots of Belgo flavors workin' in this brew. The body is medium with high carbonation. Overall, this beer provides a great value for a flavorful and authentic tasting tripel. Definitely worth a try if not for anything more than having these artistic cans around for display.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can courtesy of my padre from the sunflower state. Pours a hazed orange-gold color with an ample cap of fine foam. Nice retention and lace. Style points awarded for perhaps the coolest can design I have ever seen.

Nose is orangey-pineapple yeastiness with a hefty dose of alcohol. Little bit of lemon zest and the grains are very faint.

More grain and sweet bread come out in the flavor...almost like a pound cake slathered with peanut butter. Hops do a good job of adding some bite on the back end, along with a rather unique alcohol presence. Body is right at medium and the carbonation is so fine it is easy to overlook. Little bit of earthy grain as it warms, almost like some maris otter malt is used. Pretty good for an American brewed tripel and I will surely purchase a four-pack next time I find myself heading to Arrowhead to soak in a Chiefs game. Would be a dangerous tailgate companion, this psychedelic rooster.

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Photo of herman77
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy straw gold with a nice and fluffy white head. Very nice lacing and decent head retention.

S: Light notes of apple and a touch of clove, cinnamon and spice. Was looking for more here.

T: A bit spicy with some fruitiness. Apples and pears. Finishes a bit harsh with medicinal like flavors. If it wasn't for the finish, this would be pretty damn good.

M: Medium body, smooth and soft carbonation.

O: Not bad. Falls a little short on the nose and the finish is not too pleasant. Drinkability suffers because of the latter.

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Photo of SciFritz
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to see an American Belgium Tripel on tap...but I found it to be sub par. It is above average, but that is about all I can say. It lacked a lot of taste that a normal tripel would have. I would not recommend at this time.

App: Looked pretty typical of a Belgium/Tripel.

Smell: NOt much of a smell.

Taste: You can tell it is trying for the Belgium style but was just missing something to bring home the taste.

Mouthfeel: Was not anything special.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Iron Abbey, Horsham, PA

Poured a pale copper color with a small white head that receded to a wispy layer of bubbles. Aroma of bready yeast, grass, grape and apple skins. Flavor was a bit stale, but not to the point where I could call this a bad beer; toasted bread, yeast, grass and wood, more green apple skin. Very earthy in the finish. Light-medium body, pretty drying, higher alcohol not very noticeable. Overall a decent quaff, though nothing unique or amazing going on.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tripel in a can? Had to try it. I've been liking Tallgrass's cans and creativity, but not super-impressed by their beers so far. We'll see about this one.

Pours a hazy medium golden-yellow. Two fingers of pillowy white head, good retention and lacing.

Smell is smooth and pleasant. Immediately jumps out at me with gentle fruity-spicy Belgian-style yeast. Lots of clove, some apple. Slightly pungent.

Flavor starts out slightly dull, with ambiguous grassy hops complemented by a faint hit of spice. Where's all that spice, fruit, and sweetness I picked up in the smell? Much less complexity than was present in the nose. Biggest positive is that the alcohol is quite well-hidden.

Mouthfeel is decent, but doesn't dry out the way I want it to. Medium-light body, decent carbonation.

Overall, I find it pretty good. But the taste is lacking complexity and nuance. It's pretty bland, and dominated by vegetabley lightly-bitter hops. Fantastic yeast in the smell, but nowhere to be found in the taste.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a hazy yellow pour with a solid head, great lacing.

smells of pilsner malt, lemon, orange, pepper

initial bitterness explodes into a sugary sweetness (belgian candy sugar?), coriander and orange peel

a little tangy, medium bodied, smooth flowing and very refreshing

the sweetness of this one makes it perfect every season. a heavy beer with a lighter mouthfeel, very tasty and great looking!

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Photo of longbongsilver
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was about to reach for Oasis when my eye caught this psychedelic rooster next to it. Further read the label, found out it was a new Tallgrass for the area, so off it went to my place.

A big Belgian in a can. Interesting concept. Catch a whiff upon cracking open the can of banana- and melon-like notes created by the yeast, plus a lot of straight-up residual sweetness. Mug fills a blurry, highly fizzy burnt light orange, biscuity head. Additional slight peppery smell pops up on the pour.

The peppery bit opens out on the tongue to more of a subtle cinnamon, while all other flavors follow the smell suggestion. The carbonation is more subdued than it looks on swig, so it actually goes down a bit creamier than the average tripel, a slight different spin on it in feel while still nailing the traditional flavor.

Well cockadoodledoo, this rooster has soul. I can dig it...

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Photo of Flatlands
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is just a bit off of a real tripel but it is a good beer in a tripel style. Love the can for ease of recycling and a full glass at home. Has a nice white head and laces the glass. I like this beer a little colder than other tripels but again, this is a unique beer.

I like that Tallgrass is putting out a great new beer that is unique and is in a can. Long live the can! Solid taste, good looking pour, I will keep this one around.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is an inch and a half in height, and recedes slowly into minimal lacing for the style. The aroma is of mandarin oranges, passion fruit, and leather. The taste is similar to the aroma. It has of interesting aspects, but still seems to lack the kind of complexity I look for in a tripel. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is an alright beer, but with so many better examples of the style easily available I can't see myself purchasing this beer again.

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4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 12oz tulip for $5.75. Saw this one being offered at my local and had to get my Kansas "tick" out of the way. Sampled 2/29/12.

A: An enormous head on the pour erupts to at least 5 fingers. A subsequent pour by the bartender pushes the excess out. Arrives with a bright white, compact foamy cap that remains for quite some time. As the beer goes down, sheets cling to the top half of the glass while leggy strands of lace extend down to the surface. The body is a brown shade of yellow, cloudy if not a bit murky. Not a particularly attractive color but everything else is on point.

S: The nose is full of grain and plain cereal, a mixture between grass and hay and something reminiscent of wheat. The yeast gives off light esters, dominated by neither clove or banana. This is exactly how I like my tripels to smell.

T: The aromas don't translate quite as successfully to the palate, but the flavor is still very good. Grainy, grassy, yeasty - striking a nice balance between sugar and spice. Moderately sweet with a spicy bite and ample bitterness on the finish.

M: Wonderful. And very accurate to the style. Medium full body. The carbonation is lively at first and a gently bite on the end. Moderately sweet upfront with an appropriately dry, crisp finish.

O: Tallgrass has a very solid tripel in their roster with Velvet Rooster. While it isn't exactly a standout, this beer will hold it's own in the category, especially for an American brewery.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Notes:

P: Small amount of white creamy head setting on a cloudy golden docile body with shimmering dark highlights swirling around. Head recedes quick but leaves a delicious layer of cream.

S: Dark fruits, banana, slight citrus notes. Floral with a yeasty backdrop and honey. Smells like a box of cereal surrounded by cherry alcohol.

T/M: Roasty malts, citrus bitters, and banana on this musty carbonated bed of candy sweetness. Spices are present and once warmed the oak and cough medicine really come out.

O: Overall this was a great canned beer, However for the style it really misses the mark. Doesn't come across as a true triple. A tasty brew none the less. Glad I gave this a try.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall boy poured into a tulip, beer is heavily carbonated but not overly so, big white head, moderate, retention, high carbonation, yellow with a mild haze, some lacing, looks good.

Aroma is plain, a little yeasty, a little malt, pretty weak.

Beer is medium to light in body, hides the alcohol insanely well, nice body and flavor. Mildly bready, sweet, decent finish, not too dry, not wonderful but a very decent tripel. I might have it again.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a very nice detailed review of this awesome beer but it did not load properly and I lost it. This one is shorter. Into a Duvel Parra glass.

This is one nice looking triple. It rivals the look of some belgians i've seen. Straw gold/orange appearance. A nice full white pillowy head that retains and sticks. Smell is of faint ripe fruit, apple, pear, faint grape, bubblegum. Taste i get candi sugar, apple, pear, bubblegum and nice Belgian yeast. Feel is great, lively with active carbonation. Goes down smooth. One of the better American Belgian triples I've had recently because it's not blogged down with to many hops. Great beer.

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Tallgrass Velvet Rooster from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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