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Velvet Rooster

November, 2015
Judges Rating: 
20 / 24
6 / 6
36 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Wow! A strong Belgian-style beer in tallboy cans – what a wonderful world it is that we live in! This crystal clear, golden ale starts with a prominent bready maltiness with a background of pear and melon esters and white pepper phenolics. The bready malt character is again in the forefront of the flavor with the pear esters and peppery phenolics providing balance. A moderate bitterness balances the bountiful malt character with a lingering white pepper in a refreshingly dry finish. This is quite an enjoyable beer but the prominent malt is a bit atypical for a Belgian Tripel.