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Big Red Coq - Brewery Vivant

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62 Reviews
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Reviews: 62
Hads: 373
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 29.53%
Wants: 12
Gots: 46 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: SupaCelt on 02-13-2011

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Reviews: 62 | Hads: 373
Reviews by Ryan011235:
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4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip on 6/14/12

Many thanks to beesy; I'd never heard of this brewery before.

Solid-looking beer; medium dark copper/amber with a mild layer of haziness. A billowy, two finger head collapses slowly, retaining a smooth, yet quite uneven grade. Scatterings of lace are left on the inside lip of the glass. Lace is thicker farther down.

The aroma has a pretty good showing of hops: piney, earthy, some floral and faint hints of citric zest. The hops are offset by toasted bread and some caramel; it's a decent enough balance between the hops and malts. I'm not picking up too much of the "Belgo," aside from a modest fruity twang buried within the mix. Smells like it'll be pretty dry.

And dry it is. Resiny, piney hops mingle with zesty citric tones; the hop flavor has a nice punch to it. Thankfully, the floral and earthy notions in the aroma are minimized here. Malt-wise, the focus on more on dry, toasty bread than on caramel; suits me just fine. As with the aroma, the "Belgo" yeast is rather unobtrusive; adding some of the aforementioned fruity twang, albeit in a slightly more prominent measure than the nose.

The feel is medium with an enjoyable amount of sticky resin hanging around. Carbonation bolsters the hops without outshining them. The finish is surprisingly on the clean side.

The subtle "Belgo" characteristics are a welcomed addition to the Hoppy Red/Imperial Red style and a nice change of pace from the floral/caramel combo that plagues so many of the lesser reds out there. I'd drink this regularly if I could.

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into my stemmed Hennepin glass a deep amber/brown with a thick sticky tan colored head atop.Floral and grassy hops dominate the nose along with light spiced phenols,quite spiced in fact,more of a pepper and clove note.The grassy hops are big on the palate with a dryer malt base,phenols give off spice but not in your face,somewhat earthy in the finish.Damn I like this beer alot,to me it's a little underrated.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of hotglassmama
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of warnerry
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours clear amber with a small amount of light tan head. Head dissipates pretty quickly without leaving much lacing.

S -nice combination of caramel malt, some nice slightly funky Belgian yeast, and a bit of hops.

T - similar to the smell and more. The belgian yeast and hop presence really set this above a traditional amber, which is admittedly not my favorite style. Has a nice subtle honey sweetness to offset the funk and hop bitterness. Finishes dry with some lingering bitterness.

M - light/medium mouthfeel with a nice dry finish.

O - probably my favorite of the vivant brews I've tried. While they have all been good, most seem like tame versions of their style. This is a highly enjoyable take on the amber style that I would love to see canned.

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Photo of RobertClevenger
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

S - 16oz can poured into pint glass

A - Dark amber, light pale head, some head retention

S - Belgian yeast, citrus, wood, wet hops

T - More Belgian yeast, toasted wheat, light bitter hops, slight caramel

M - Medium body, not too heavy, nearly perfect

O - Very Belgian yeast tasting, not very reminiscent of a standard red/amber ale. No real malt flavor.

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Photo of codysjb
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass
A: Excellent red color with small head that holds a long time. Great lacing.
S: Saison zest with hop smell. Really balanced smell.
T: A little watery on the front that gives way to mild malt and some floral hop on the end.
M: Hops and some minor belgian zest.
O: A really balanced good beer. Tastes like a hoppy saison and I would bet that fresh this is absolutly amazing.

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Photo of capilial
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very sweet and fruity. It has very strong tropical fruit undertones. Really good!

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Photo of mireland
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can served in an over-size glass mug. Large vessel recommended since this ale has a huge frothy tan head.

A Belgian-American fusion beer that works. The aroma shifts back and forth between yeasty-fruity wet leather and American hops. The taste seems more stable but again has the Belgian and American (hops) aspects in nice balance. Hints of citrus, pineapple and other tropical fruits.Moderate complexity and mild bitterness.

Feel: lively, medium body; good carbonation.

O: not your everyday IPA.

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Photo of Zonian1
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of deuce9259
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of JIMTRK16
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of LXIXME
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CloudStrife
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a tulip.

A: Pours an opaque reddish gold with a 1 finger off white head. Some visible carbonation in the body. Head sticks around for a minute or two leaving some lacing.

S: Lot going on with the smell here. There is belgian yeast flat out up front, but also a hopping on top of that and a solid almost sweet carmely malt backing.

T: Balanced comes to mind as I take my first sip. Has a smooth malty taste balanced by some yeast and hops. I'd say malt lingers more in the aftertaste

M: Full bodied with lots of carbonation. Has a nice clean finish, easy drinking.

Overall this is a beer I could enjoy on a regular basis. Has the Belgian drinkability with some amped up American malts and hops.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of DJSpidey
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was expecting a bit more from this than what is delivered flavor-wise--it seemed weaker/"less-intensely-flavored" than other similar beers made in this style which I have tried (e.g. Ale Asylum's Bedlam! or Belgo from New Belgium) ; maybe I would like this more if it was made as a double instead?

Besides this weakness, it was as I expected it to be in nose, color, and so on. It's not a bad beer, and I enjoyed it more than their Triomphe IPA (this brew seems to remove the "harsher" edges of the Triomphe while keeping the good parts IMHO of an American IPA), but enjoyed it less than their Farm Hand ale or their Brune or Solitude brews.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting something hoppier still a decent brew. Gift of cans from SliverX IP. Reddish tinged colour, bubbly. Medium mouthfeel, well malted, some orange flavour, somewhat astringent finish. Drinkable.Decent drinkability, not getting hops in nose so do not make it out to be a Belgian IPA as promoted.

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Photo of let8it8grow
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FaceYourBeers
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First vivant beer. First BA review. First legit canned craft brew.

A. Intense head. Decent retention. Classic bright mahogany.

S. hoppity hop! Citrus. Floral. With a sweet punch. Mmm.

T. Malts hit you first. Moves to hops. Moves to bitter finish. Where's the belgo? Barely there. Nice blend tho. Love the style. Reminds me of a sessionable version of the FFF Brian Boru.

M. Not sure if the can makes the carbonation extra intense at first. But it dies down to a perfect creamy burn.

O. Wish I had more than 4! Definitely seek this out. Great session beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful red color that is often hard to find when its packaged in a bottle. Its sweet and delightful. A beer that I will consistently drink more of.

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Big Red Coq from Brewery Vivant
86 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.