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Big Red Coq - Brewery Vivant

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very good

244 Ratings
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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 10
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SupaCelt on 02-13-2011)
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

hotglassmama, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

BrewtalHonesty, Nov 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

jz989, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

RichH55, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of Gigantis
4.85/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer really floored me because it strikes me as being an American Amber with Belgian qualities. If not a perfect storm, then at least an exceptional one.

It looks like you'd expect a beer called red cog to. Nice white head but it looked just a little thin to me with the mahogany not really popping. Looked like your average amber with a fluffy Belgian head.

It smelled like a hoppy american amber with a hint of fruit.

But it tastes tremendous, to me. Feels great in the mouth... not as thing and not as hoppy as it smells. Goes down very, very smooth. You could drink a few of these and be very happy.

Gigantis, Mar 29, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

cates1tg, May 04, 2012
Photo of PincheNorteno
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Even my girlfriend loves a bit of Big Red Coq now and then. A very approachable beer, looks great in a glass. Hold it up to the light and you can see shimmering fine sugar crystals streaming along the carbonation. Moderate head, a bit of lacing. Malty goodness supports a hop profile that's grapefruity up front, and something like sour rainfall in the back. It's not pretentious, it's balanced, and I'm glad it's more widely available now.

PincheNorteno, Jun 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker, Feb 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

jadler16, May 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

JamesZ, Aug 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Two-6, Apr 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

sternamagrapha7x, Dec 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

nate_nate_nate, Jul 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Jedi8625, Aug 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

fgilbert2, Feb 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Arsenal0328, Jul 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

MgoJohnStamos, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of BellsFan
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Golden red

S. grassy, crystal malts

T. I have had 3 different beers from Brewery Vivant. I have liked each one for its own qualities. Tonight I realized that they all share a common underling flavor. It's makes me wonder if they use the same base malts in each or is it simple their house yeast that I'm noticing in each. The taste is hoppy with a husky grainy flavor.

M. Drying, lightly carbonated, medium body

O. Perfect take on an American red with a Belgian influence.

BellsFan, May 23, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, nice red-brown color, tall rocky ivory head hold great retention and leaves tons of lacing on the glass as it fades. Citric nose with tropical notes of mango and pineapple, some caramel malt and yeast is also noticeable. Tastes are fruity with mango, pineapple, grapefruit, caramel, toasted grain, yeast - tremendous balance here! Medium body, pleasant carbonation, finishes semi-bitter. Overall, nice treat; I might have to grab this one again. I really enjoyed it thoroughly! I was hoping that the Belgian yeast would stand out more, but it's also fine just the way it is.

barnzy78, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of Fcolle2
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep red, with hues of brown. And a good finger light tan head that has good retention.

Nose on this awesome tropical fruit notes dominate this one on the front end. Mainly mango with hints of pinapple and slight melon notes. Malt is sweet and very unique. If I never had whiskey rooster I would think it can't get any better then this.

Taste is great. More malt comes out in the taste. There is a slight mango like fruity note to start but then Gets slightly sweet and has a unique malty wood like notes and a clean finish.

Mouthfeel is good and has a nice light crisp crisp body and is very drinkable.

Fcolle2, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of warnerry
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

warnerry, Jul 16, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

enelson, Aug 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

leprechaunandfatman, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

rjcoy06, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Supergenious, Jul 18, 2012
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Big Red Coq from Brewery Vivant
86 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.