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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiercepanda (513) - Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2012
A hazy dark yellow beer with a small white head. The aroma is citrusy and fruity, with some yeast. The flavor is floral with a strong graininess. Not bad, but sort of uneventful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Terminus (3229) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Tap Old Chicago Manhattan, KS-pours hazy lite orange with a rocky soapy white had and decent lacing. nose is sweet and fruity with some fussal alcohol and astringent tartness. flavors of asgrintent bitterness and some sweet grainy notes. however, even thought its pretty bi-polar in flavor, i actually think its decent, lots of heat and residual sweetness as it warmed up a bit. not a bad take on the style and cool that this brewery is canning a beer like this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2012
I love the label on this one. 16 ounce can from Beer Run. Pours a hazy straw color with a large frothy off-white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of nutty notes and spice with a bit of a sugar note. The taste is sweet malts, candi sugar, strong cinnamon, nutmeg and other spice, caramel. Medium-full bodied. On the sweet side, and maybe a bit too strongly spiced, but still a nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcmisko (351) - New York, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Pours cloudy golden with fluffy white head. Good carbonation. Fresh citrus on the nose. Sweet malts, spice and lemons. Creamy mouth feel with a clean crisp finish. I was surprisingly pleased with the beer from a can!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Acknud (1078) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JAN 25, 2012
Iím not sure what this is, Hazy yellow pour with a soft head. I donít get any of the traditional Belgian notes that I would expect. It isnít a bad drink with a nice crisp finish. It drinks lighter than 8.5 ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Pint Can. Pours hazy straw color. Denser head than belgian beers Iím used to. Decent canbonation but still lacking that traditional belgian effervecense that I desire. Aroma of wheat, hay and mild banana. Tastes similar to smell with notes of banana, hay, candied sugars, mild spice up front and long finish, without to much alcohol burn. Not bad, easy to drink just lacking in some elements that I love about belgians.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1162) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2012
(can) Pours a hazy light gold color with a large white head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Aroma of banana rolled in lime juice, cumin, and flowers. Flavors of banana, pear, vanilla, and some light lime zest and grapefruit pith bitterness. The finish is very dry, but it does not possess the pleasant dry bready qualities of its Belgian counterparts, and it comes off as being quite rough and faintly medicinal. Mouthfeel is quite nice, with a medium heft and smooth carbonation, which would result in a higher palate score except for the dry finish. Overall an ok tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
falco242 (244) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Pours a light gold with white head. Floral aroma, Belgian yeast gives way to a disappointing finish, with hints of pepper. My wife swears this tastes like mushy peas. Not very complex either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PapaMick (41) - Jacksonville, Arkansas, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Nice floral note, hazy golden from tap. Belgian style yeat and malt is over powered by alcohol burn. Creates a buzz but not my favorite taste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4299) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2012
5ooml can into a big Tripel Karmeliet glass. Glowing orange, looks filtered, but maybe a little hazy. Soapy white head. Sugary aroma, some candi sugar maybe, but not so impressive. Pretty much an uninspired American version, though still reasonably enjoyable. Not so strong as to be overbearing. Some true to style mild hop bitterness balances it out. Decent, but rather pedestrian and lacking depth..still has some pleasant freshness and remains nice until the end of the glass.

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