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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fatehunter (1644) - 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 (461) - 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 (3451) - 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 (3089) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leafs93 (1859) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Pours hazy gold with a fluffy white head. Aroma is yeast, citrus and grass. Taste is sweet with some tartness. Smooth and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (7896) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Can. Dark yellow / light orange pour with a white head. Nose is yeast and light fruit, some floral elements. Taste is light fruit with some sugary sweetness. Decent tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
high_on_hops (777) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAR 13, 2012
On tap. A clear gold color with a foamy white head and lacing. It has a yeasty and fruity aroma, with a flavor that is sweet and slightly spicy and a smooth, velvety body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Can. Poured a hazy golden with a creamy white head that left light lace. Aroma of yeast, light citrus, and wheat. The flavor found citrus, Belgium yeast, and perfume. Light to medium body and a citrusy aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Draught at TJís: Aroma of malt, Belgian yeast, fruit, pear, flowers, and some grain. Poured yellow/gold in color with a small, creamy, dense, white head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer. Hazy. Sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is slightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, grains, Belgian yeast, light spice, hops, light clove, and a hint of pollen. Medium body. Lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, Belgian yeast, slight spice, hop, finish is lightly bitter, slightly sweet, and dry. 8.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

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