In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Tallgrass Brewing Company Velvet Rooster

Aroma: “Shy aroma doesn’t leap out of the glass, but what does emerge includes banana, honeydew, pears, grassy hops, and the slightest wisp of spice, but not to the level of most tripels. Light sweet malt.”

Flavor: “A more robust than usual malt foundation includes some faint caramel notes, Belgian yeast phenolics (green pepper and some plastic), and esters (banana and apples) deliver in the middle, along with a bit of grassiness, leading to a long finish that starts dry but suggests a bit of sweetness at the end. A warming alcohol presence, but carbonation is good. Some floral hops character and a significant bitterness. The phenols are responsible for some of that, but there’s a lot of hops there, too.”

Overall: “The individual components are there, but they don’t form a perfectly cohesive unit. An inherently drinkable beer that’s stylistically more of a Belgian specialty than a tripel.”