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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. Something to crow about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (4133) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 28, 2012
Pours hazy yellow/orange with a white head. The aroma is quite malty, cotton candy, banana esters, light spice and smooth fruit. Medium/full body thatís husky for the style with sharp carbonation. The flavor starts drier and more astringent that the aroma. There is toasty malt, sulfur, spice and light banana. The finish shows some alcohol coming through. Decent and while it doesnít stand up to the standards of the style the reasonably priced four pack makes it worth the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3351) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 27, 2012
Certain styles are just "not at home" in a can. Itís no big deal or anything, just sort of makes them more awesome when they are served from one.

What a handsome looking beer, a perfect hazy deep yellow with a perfectly big, fluffy, tight, white colored head and great lacing on the glass.

The aroma is grainy with a bit of wet malt, some honey and whole grain toast

The flavor is spicy and whole-grain-bready with some honey sweetness. There is something specific about the flavor of this beer that I canít put my finger on, maybe like Quaker Oats whereby the idea is lots of whole grain with a touch of frosting sweetness for balance. Thatís what this is like.... with some straight up hay....

Man is this interesting beer, itís wild when you taste a beer that fits within a particular style, however tastes basically like nothing youíve ever drank within that style. Hatís off for originality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (6966) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2012
On tap at Sugar Maple. Pours a clear orangish gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of sweet grains with underlying light sweet fruit and caramel. Flavor is similar with sweetness from sweet bread, cookie and sweet grains with a bit of backing light fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 9, 2012
Tap. Straw yellow with a fizzy white head. Sweet slightly fruity hay and light barnyard aroma and taste with an earthy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3468) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 9, 2012
This was courtesy of Strykzone via a trade. Pours a cloudy orange that raised a good size white head and hung in there a while leaving rich lacing. Nose of fruits including raisins cherries, and plums. Medium in body. Good mouthfeel. The taste if very flavorful with bubble gum and floral hops. Some bitterness moves to a light sweet finish, Vert tasty and enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fatehunter (1384) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2012
Poured into a tulip glass. Hazy golden color with an amazing two fingers of tight head. Smells like apricot, wet hay and banana. Itís kind of musty all around though. Sweet, really sweet, then grainy, watery and mild bitter ending. Crisp and medium bodied, low carbonation. Try it. Itís not my favorite style, but itís drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
musinj6 (414) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2012
Pours a hazy, copper orange that starts with full, two finger head and lingers, eventually leaving heavy lacing. Aromas include dark fruits (cherries, raisins), touch of bubble gum. More floral hops character and bready malt. Very chewy and creamy texture, medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Long finish that is medium bitterness with ending mild sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3296) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 4, 2012
Pint can purchased at Royal Liquors in Kansas City, Missouri. The pour is a hazy golden copper with a firm foamy two inch white head. The aroma is spice yeast esters and a grain maltiness, along with a dried floral sweetness. The taste is big clove and ester yeast, sweetness, grain, then more of the yeast and a sharp bitter sweet. Pretty rough and tumble flavors. The palate is medium to heavy bodied, fine natural carbonation, sweet slightly hot aftertaste. This hit what I expect of an American Tripel to a T, though Iím not a huge Tripel fan. Nice, just not my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madvike (2847) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2012
Can - Lightly hazy golden amber with a thin off white head. Sugar-glazed dried pineapple, light spice, a touch of dusty yeast, and a bunch of sweet malt. Taste is much the same, with the fruitiness coming out a bit more, and a lightly sharp spicy/herbal bite coming in on the finish before a long, sweet sugary fruitiness takes over. Pretty full and fluffy carbonation melds with a big, slick body. Pretty easy drinking for 8.5%, but still too sugary for my tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2012
On tap at All-Star Pizza in Parkville, MO. Hazy straw yellow with thin white head. Aroma and flavors the familiar yeasty Belgian profile with light peppery spice. Simple and straightforward.

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