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RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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. Something to crow about.

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3.6
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Nice beer. Golden pour with a solid white head. Aroma is a bit spicy with an interesting floral sweetness. Taste is similar, and overall a bit more subdued than I was expecting. Very easy drinking considering the 8.5% ABV.


3.9
fidemaster (313) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2017
Aroma is raisins, honey, biscuits, and flowers. Rich amber color. The beer is a complex mix of biscuits, apricots, raisins, honey, flowers, citrus, and grass. Its creamy, with a thick palate for a lighter beer. Rich clean finish. Fantastic! would definitely recommend it.

3.5
Iphonephan (6952) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2017
From a 12 oz can. Pours a hazy gold with an off white head. Banana aroma. Flavors of banana and coriander. Smooth finish.

3.4
wombat23 (1362) - Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2017
12 oz. can. Pours a hazy pale gold with a white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, coriander, spice, floral notes. Taste follows nose, with some banana, clove and white pepper. Not bad.

3.5
edgallow (4154) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 21, 2017
16 oz can pours amber with a white head. aroma of floral, fruit and some spice. Taste is sweet malts and yeast.

2.9
BigBeer45 (1523) - Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2017
Can served in a glass, this drink was a less than medium gold (color of honey) in the glass, faint orange and amber, the beer had a light haze, and the pour gave less than a finger of white and off-white cover of bubbles that receded to a ring with a few islands, this beer had aromas of honey, malt sweetness, alcohol esters, some floral and spice, a little banana and apple with faint pear in the background, the hops were light, the flavors were bread malt, light grain, light pear fruit with hints of alcohol, light spice, malt and sugar sweetness, the finish had light to less than medium pepper spice, the mouth feel was light medium to medium, there was soft to average carbonation, this drink was creamy on the lips, and had a little warmth on the lips, more carbonation would help, the nose was pretty sweet with fruit, spice and a bit of floral notes, the aroma reminded me of a sweet Russian lager, the presentation was poor, the flavor was not as sweet as the nose, and the alcohol was not hidden that well in this drink, a so-so Tripel beer.

3.5
nearbeer (5370) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 19, 2017
12 oz. can bb 03/19/18. Mostly clear orange-amber with a lasting film of bubbles. Aroma of spicy clove, banana bread, caramel and a hints of toasted nut. Flavors of banana nut bread and clove. Finish has some wheat, apple bubblegum, resin, wine and a touch of peppery zest. Medium body has medium-high fizz and a drinkable balance even as it leans a bit sweet and boozy.

3.4
jhamp9 (1833) - Corinth, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2017
Clear dark amber pour with an off white head. Aroma is sweet fruity bubble gum, bready, and spicy yeast. Taste is fruity sweetness, Candi sugar, dough, and spice. Medium sticky body.

3.5
fidelis83 (2403) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 10, 2017
Hazy burnt orange pour with a two finger creamy beige head, quickly fading. Aroma is raw yeast, stone fruit, bread, caramel, a hint of raisin, light floral and peppery notes. Flavor is raw doughy yeast up front, some caramel/toffee sweetness, red apple, stone fruit (apricotish) and some citrus zest. Medium body, slightly chalky, syrupy feel on entry, with a drier, slicker, boozy feeling finish. Good stuff, a little too boozy tasting and feeling for it’s own good, but it hits most of the right notes.

3.2
chucklemation (1629) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2017
Pours a hazy golden copper with a foamy white head. Aroma is bubblegum, banana, fruit, and other yeast aromas. Flavor is sweet bubblegum, banana, and fruit. Highly-carbonated. This is okay. As another reviewer notes, does not drink, taste, or smell like a tripel.

4.1
superspak (5511) - Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2017
12 ounce can into chalice, best before 7/8/2017. Pours slightly hazy deep golden/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big peach, apricot, melon, lemon, pear, apple, pepper, light banana/clove, honey, candi sugar, wheat, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big peach, apricot, melon, lemon, pear, apple, pepper, light banana/clove, honey, candi sugar, wheat, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, apricot, melon, lemon, pear, apple, pepper, banana, clove, honey, candi sugar, wheat, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy/creamy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this is an excellent tripel! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and pretty refreshing to drink. A touch on the malty side for the style; but still has impressive complexity and balance, with adequate carbonation and dryness. A really enjoyable offering.


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