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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:
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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 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 Thorpe429
2.76/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Can courtesy of my parents. Served in a sampler glass. The nose brings a bit of light black pepper along with some strong citrus and tropical hops. Flavor isn’t quite as nice, as more of the yeast comes along, and doesn’t quite fit with the hop and malt profile. Body is medium and fairly bitter and dry. Pretty good, but not something I’d necessarily seek out again.

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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 andrewjraab
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep Copper orange / reddish. Nice creamy and foamy off white head. Mild head retention.

S - Hops, malts, sweet, floral, piney.

T - Hops present up front, followed by a lingering dry flavor. Lacks a finished touch.

O - I'm glad I gave this a shot, but I wouldn't really try it again. Nice hop profile, but not much balance and an astringent mouth feel.

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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 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 chugalug06
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Impressive, three-finger, caramel colored head sneaks up on you when poured. Brew has great red clarity. Circular lacing.

Nice belgian scents mixed with light, sweet, tropical fruits. Lots of biscuity caramels.

Not a bitter as I had hoped... More sweet then bitter. Smooth and mily without many overwhelming hop notes. A bit flat on the flavor scale, nothing overwhelming. Bready, biscuit, dry, and overly carbonated.

A nice refreshing brew, but not complex or deep. I kept looking for more as I enjoyed Big Red Cog, but it failed to deliver more then average flavors. Enjoyable, but not worth seeking.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

there is a fluffy head that lasts with vigor, fades after a long while into lacing and a collar. Body is translucent pale amber.
Nose is balanced with cascade hop like notes and sweet sugar rolled strawberry.
The malts cover more of the hop flavors then on the aroma, but some citrus still cuts through. Summer fruits, caramel, noting some floral esters which are probably the biggest sign of the belgo yeast.
medium body.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A friend loves it so I bought it. A decent beer but I won't seek it out. Nice looking reddish brown color. Smell is unremarkable. I can't detect anything distinct. Taste is fine - very slightly piney but vague. I can't put my finger on what it tastes like, which isn't to say it's bad but a bit ordinary. Light effervescent mouthfeel. I have been to Brewery Vivant and had great beer there. This is pretty middle of the road (and I won't say anything about the name).

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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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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 twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can courtesy of mseguin pours a hazed crimson color with a large, stcky cap of beige head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nose is grapefruit and pine with a toasted caramel malt. The Belgian yeast that made Triomphe so appealing seems to be missing here.

Taste is nicely hopped with plenty of both flavoring and bittering, malt is more toasty than sweet and the Belgian yeast is unfortunately tame. This one is not as tasty as Triomphe, but stil goes down fairly easy. It could use a bump in body and yeast presence.

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Photo of david131
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear orange-red liquid with numerous streams of carbonation making their way to the surface. The off-white head is thick and creamy with nice retention.

S- Oats, grass, flowers, caramel, and a touch of pine. Smells like a red ale with just a bit of something unique.

T- Flowers, grass, caramel, and orange rind. There is a definite oat aspect which is not super appealing to me, nut does not detract from the experience too much.

M- Abundant carbonation keeps it light and slightly spicy. There is some definite lingering flavors.

O- A well-made red ale. Drinks pretty nicely, but it is not one of my favorites.

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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 SportsandJorts
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 16 oz can
Glass: Pint
From: Meijer
Price: around $10 a 4 pack

Appearance: deep red not quite clear but not opaque. huge foamy head that slowly recedes to a lacing on the sides

Smell- Hoppy, very hoppy, some caramelly malts and a touch of belgian yeast

Taste-the hops aren't as aggressive as in the nose but still there and strong. the belgian yeast is stronger than in the nose and caramel malts are the backbone. I would prefer the highlight to be the yeast rather than hops but that is my opinion.

Mouthfeel: a little bitter and sticky aftertaste but in a good way. pretty light in body with higher carbonation

Overall: pretty good beer. I like the cross over belgian-american beer. i would prefer the yeast to dominate but thats just me. Another good beer from Vivant which does little wrong to me. Glad I tried it but it might be a while before I revisit this one

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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 Duff27
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ridiculous head which translates to thick and sticky lacing. Dark amber color body. Head retention is great

Spicy Belgian yeast mostly, muted hop profile.

Sweet caramel malts. Subdued Belgian yeast characteristics and also hops. 6.5%abv seems about right.

Creamy. Medium mouthfeel. Lower end of carbonation for the style.

I found this to be very drinkable...but not great or even above average by any means. Good outdoor beer I'd say. Thanks egrace84.

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Photo of IPAdams
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a dark amber with a large, creamy head. Head lingers for a while, leaves good lacing.

Smell- Strong smell of Belgian yeasts with some citrus hops. A bit soapy as well.

Taste- Follows the smell, Belgian yeast with a bit of mango in the background along with some caramel malts. There is a musty sourness that takes away from the other flavors. Just a slight amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Good mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

Overall- For the style it was a pretty good beer but I personally wasn't a big fan of this beer. For those who like Belgians this would be a good one to try, otherwise it is probably not worth it.

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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 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 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 TreyIsWilson
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours ruby red with a three-finger off-white head. The head is sturdy and leaves lots of soapy lacing.

S -Aroma is citrus and floral hops.

T - Tropical fruits (orange & grapefruit) upfront followed by a nice burst of floral hops. The is some light caramel malts midpalate. Grapefruit peel and peppery hops in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is soft with a crisp finish.

O - Vivants signature beer is a nice unique spin on an American Red.

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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 Vonerichs
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can from the brewery, 16oz can into a tulip.

Hazy mahogany with an offwhite head, almost yellowish. Chunky retention and good lace. Nose is predominantly citrus, lots of hops. Grainy breads, and some earthier and grassy character. Taste has grass and earth notes again, with a substantial amount of citrus hops. Caramel malt fits in there too. Grassy and citrus rind in the finish. Low carbonation for the style. Not an outstanding offering as I've come to expect from Vivant, but not all that bad either.

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