Big Red Coq - Brewery Vivant
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Ratings: 234 | Reviews: 47 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by beesy:
3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured from a can
A - pours a clear bright orange with a finger and a half of eggshell white head.
S - slight belgian note. A touch of citusy hops. I don't know where its coming from, but I keep getting a big peanut/peanutbutter nose.
T - a lighter belgian profile throughout. Hops are slighty citusy throughout, shining a little more on the late palate. A very soft beer with a reserved bitterness. A firm malt backbone with a slightly bready profile.
M - medium bodied. Very soft on the palate.
D - medium to medium low for me.
Overall, I can't find much to hate, but I can't find a lot to make me love it. The appearance is fantastic, but as the name implies, I was expecting more of a mahagony color. I'm not sure where the nutty aroma I get is coming from, I'll have to see if it exists in the other cans.
06-15-2012 00:56:14 | More by beesy
More User Reviews:
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
07-16-2011 01:00:05 | More by warnerry
3.71/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
07-04-2014 03:55:29 | More by RobertClevenger
4.01/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
08-19-2013 22:41:15 | More by codysjb
3.61/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
02-19-2014 23:39:05 | More by chinchill
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
12-22-2012 03:29:58 | More by CloudStrife
3.25/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
10-14-2011 03:44:36 | More by DJSpidey
3.48/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
09-04-2012 12:38:10 | More by Sammy
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
06-12-2012 22:11:28 | More by FaceYourBeers
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
Deep but clear amber colored body with an aggressively frothy white head.
The smell has the caramel malt characteristic that is common in red ales but also has a very fresh citrus bite.
The citrus hop punch is submissive to the malts in the taste. The flavor was good but I think could have been so much better with just a little more weight on the hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp.
Overall, a very solid red ale that quences a hop fix.
07-31-2011 19:26:57 | More by Vonerichs
Big Red Coq from Brewery Vivant
86 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.