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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
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 NolaHopHead
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz can. Pours hazy amber, thick white head fades over a few minutes leaving a thick ring, just a little lace. Nice fruity malty aroma. Taste is a little harsh when cold, but settles out to a fairly balanced taste of sweet malt and grassy grapefruit hops, with hops winning out. Don't care for the Belgian yeast finish much. Mouthfeel is thin. Overall average amber for me.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank this one straight from the can. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, citrus and floral hops. Prepares you well for the taste which is pretty amazing. Toasty, sweet, and that beautiful Belgian yeast. Ridiculous name, great ale.

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Photo of GTSeabolt
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Boozy taste overpowers what I would have hoped for in a red hoppy ale. Strong beer. Whatever craft there is seems to be disguised by high alcohol content and heavy hopping.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.71/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This pours a pleasing caramel red color with light foam. The aroma is a delightful surprise--for a red ale there's actually some character! I get a light floral note, a touch of caramel, and some wonderful Citra-influenced tropical characteristics. Tastes great too, with just the right balance. Not a malt bomb, hops are present but don't dominate, and it leaves me wanting another. Well done.

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Photo of Kirsten_Ann92
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

This beer is the signature beer for Vivant however I wasn't that happy with it. It is orangey in color and smells of fruit and a lot of hops. It is hoppy and normally that is my favorite but this was over powering. It was really bitter and overall not my favorite beer.

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Photo of Maiora13
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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Photo of carolynschaf
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome red ale, probably my favorite. I love the Belgian American blend. It is strong and full in flavor. It is not meant to be consumed all night, but great for a couple beers.

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Photo of lucasra1
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep caramel color, aroma is marked with tropical fruit notes and hops. More tropicla fruit on the palate with full, yet subtle hop flavor that leaves no bitterness on the tongue. Its as if there's just the essence of hops, making it extremely smooth.

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Photo of MakenziMantey
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The color of this beer is a medium yellow/brown. The aroma you get is a leafy with a hint of mango smell and it is weak. Tasting this beer it is strictly unpleasant that I can't really put it into words and it also leaves a bad aftertaste.

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Photo of Sydney10
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Visual: pours a ruby caramel color.
Smell: strong fruity smell of orange, grapefruit and citrus.
Taste: interesting taste of orange and a light burnt coffee flavor. Mildly bitter.
Overall: lighter taste and easily drinkable.

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Photo of soze47
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not much to look at but has nice color. Smell is nice - good sweet bread/caramel malt compliment the greener hop notes. This is very easy to drink. Well balanced and light on the palette for a beer with so much malt forward character. Belgian yeast compliments it all with a little candi sweetness to it.

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Photo of cryptichead
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark amber in appearance. Exceptionally unique flavor with just the right balance of bitterness and fruity (berry) undertones. Overall a very well crafted and unique offering.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2015-03-03 in Clarksville, IN from a 16 oz can

A - clear Amber with a 1-finger off-white head and mild lace.

S - Mango, orange, some caramel, hop floral. Sweet, mildish, not dank.

T - Tart cherry, toasted bread aspirin, pepper and orange zest. Very dry with a moderately bitter finish.

M - Light body and medium carbonation with a somewhat-prickly finish.

O - A style-bender for sure. From the smell I expected an American IPA with some malt sweetness. The tart, dry, cherry aspects were a surprise.

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Photo of bwood06
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

A - Dark red amber in color. Clear. 1 finger foamy white head that is slow to dissipate. Slight foaminess remains throughout the duration of drinking this beer. 4.5/5

S - Pineapple, mango and citrus hit me right off the bat. As the beer warms, a slight graininess and some sweetness make their way out as well. Earthy. 3.75/5

T - Definite tropical fruits here. Same as the nose. Lingering bitterness on the back end but not overwhelming. Grassy hops. A bit of resin. Definitely hop forward. Hint of toffee up front as the beer warms. Malt is somewhat muted. Earthy and leathery. 3.75/5

M - Very light, crisp, and dry. Very refreshing. Moderately carbonated. Clean feeling beer. Except for the lingering bitterness, I wouldn't know that I just had something in my mouth. 4/5

O - I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Hops are powerful but balanced out by the earthiness of the malt. My favorite part was actually the appearance. Love seeing a beer that can hold it's head throughout the duration of drinking it. 3.75/5

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +3.6%

16 oz can poured into a Brewery Vivant glass.
6% ABV,

A - Bright and clear amber in color, Big Red Coq is a vibrant beer topped with a loose and fleeting ivory cap of foam that settles to a thin skim with little lace left behind. 4

S - Ripe stone and tropical fruits come together with a jammy presence spread across slightly burnt whole wheat toast. Belgian yeast nuances trickle in on the finish, delicately imparting clay and spice notes to the otherwise American hop-forward beer. 4

T - Earthy, dry malt pulls the toast overtones from the aroma but also dusts in some cocoa and dirt before Belgian yeasty clay and bright fruit notes finish out. 4.25

M - Big Red Coq's dry entry leads to a medium-full body and a wonderfully balanced bitter finish from the hops that comes full circle and lingers with dryness. 4.5

O - This might be the first (and last) time I've said this; I like this beer better on tap. It was mindbogglingly different than anything else while experienced at the brewery. Great in the can, it's lacking the explosive combination of Belgian yeast and American hops. This review captures some of that uniqueness for an amber but, not quite everything it can be, had fresh at the source. It's a damn good beer regardless. 4.25

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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 fmccormi
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from a 16oz can to a short, stubby tulip glass; no canning or freshness date visible, but I picked this up direct at the brewery about three weeks ago, and kept refrigerated since. Oughta be reasonably fresh.

Appearance (3.0): Maybe two fingers of khaki-colored foam comes out of the pour, capping a rich, darkly reddish-amber body that’s perfectly clear—just a gorgeous body, frankly, but the head doesn’t stick around for all that long and the lacing is lacking. Just a few thick suds stick around on the near side of the glass, with no legs or collars to speak of.

Smell (3.5): Wet, leafy, grassy hops back by some light notes of lemon and yellow grapefruit float on top of some surprisingly restrained malt tones along the lines of lightly burnt multi-grain bread, burnt sugar, toffee, and nuts. Some very light, sweet citrus fruit hangs out behind all of this.

Taste (3.5): Grassy hops, again, lead the way, followed by a toffee-laden, toasted malt base with caramel undertones. A bitter wave of hops follows suit, with herbal and citric (grapefruit zest) notes that blur together with the toasted, almost burnt grain edge of the malt body. Some light pear, vanilla, and mildly medicinal notes betray an interplay between the Belgian yeast and the malt, but the yeast character is somewhat subdued—the mixture of grapefruit zest and burnt toast mask a lot of the rest of the palate. Still, it’s pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Big, soft, plush carbonation turns creamy and blends well with the body. Medium-weight and lightly syrupy, it starts off smooth and creamy, before finishing with a dry snap, trailing off with an unexpected levity.

Overall (3.5): Better than average, for the style, given balance of flavors in the malt base and the assertive-enough hop profile, but its Belgian character seems surprisingly underplayed. I was expecting something like a hoppy Rare Vos, but it comes off as more like a decent but not outstanding American Amber with a respectable but not particularly notable hop profile and subdued Belgian characteristics. Good, but not as notable as some of Brewery Vivant’s other offerings.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Undated can at 45 degrees into snifter
Faint aroma of malt
Head average (3 cm), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and large atoll
Lacing spotty with many lumps varying in size, shape, and bubble size
Body medium amber, clear
Flavor is primarily of malt, not particularly strong, with only a hint of hops. No alcohol, no diacetyl. Flavor ends quickly with a sweet aftertaste.
Palate is light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

An innocuous beer, easy to drink. Not the best nor the worst beer Brewery Vivant produces – a solid beer of which to consume mass quantities.

This beer is now year-around and 6 %

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks man!). No canning date. Served in a goblet.

Pours a brownish burgandy with a fluffy three finger pale head. The froth settles to a modest layer, leaving dots of lace.

Smells of abundant citrus, yeasty esters, mild pine and some sweet, bready malt. Unassuming but positive.

Taste follows the nose. Citrus rind, sappy pine, raisin bread, floral, stale-ish mango, peppery and a fairly sharp yeast character. This is very flavorful for it's moderate abv and has almost no perceivable alcohol. Goes down quite comfortably.

Body is on the lighter side of medium with fairly strong carbonation. Finishes dry with notes of pine, lemon zest, mango and fruit skins.

A well balanced red ale with proper proportions of hops, malts and yeast. Easy to drink with a nice depth of flavor. Perhaps not stellar but quality stuff for sure.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours mostly clear amber. Head is a big compilation of tan spittle. It leaves, thick, sticky lacing along the glass.

S-Interesting. It has a balanced Amber ale aspect to it but I definitely get some blatant Belgian yeast characteristics. I get some unspecific fruity notes and some almost woody hops. Some toasty malt.

T-There is an almost Lager-like yeasty flavor. Toast and caramel maltiness. More of that woody hoppiness but I also find some tropical hop flavors. Apparently they used Citra hops, and they could have fooled me there, didn't pick up much of that unique Citra flavor. Intensity is rather mild.

M-Lighter bodied. Plentiful carbonation but if feels soft, not harsh. Mild bitterness. Drinks easily.

O-A cool idea; Belgian Amber is not something I remember running across before. It's flavor is decent but too mild. Needs a bit more gusto.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One Pint
Served in a snifter

A - It it reddish orange in color with some suspended yeast. The initial pour yielded about three inches of tan head.

S - I smell some tea and floral hops.

T - The taste is similar to the smell. I get some tea flavors and floral hops.

M - Medium

O - This is a tasty red ale. The hop profile isn't overpowering. The floral hops compliment the malt bill and make a very drinkable beer. It is a little too high priced to make a regular for my humble means, $11.99 for a four pack of sixteen ounce cans.

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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 carlborch
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful copper brown,with an ever-so-slight haze. 2.5-inch, creamy, tan head forms and dissipates slowly to 1.5 inch. Distinctive hop and yeast nose. Suggestions of sour-dough bread. Most pleasant. Medium body. The palate is bright with lingering malt and bitter notes. Much Belgian lace. Dry. Great aperitif beer! This ale made me hungry. Highly moreish! A definite repurchase.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can a bright reddish-brown color with a single finger of beige head. Good amount of lacing left behind.

The aroma was malty with red fruit and a bit of pineapple thrown in.

The taste was caramel maltiness upfront with red fruit, orange notes and a hoppy bite. Bitterness lingers.

Medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

A pretty good but not great Red Ale from Bon Vivant.

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