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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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Photo of Qbdoo
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
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).

Qbdoo, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Sammy, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of ajz132
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

ajz132, Jun 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Dcunicelli, Nov 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

DCdevyl78, Jan 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Buck_Jones, Mar 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

KCM, Nov 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

EricTKole, Sep 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

MichiganderHB, May 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

TastyIsBeer, Apr 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

NuckleDragger, Aug 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

robwestcott, Oct 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

vermilcj, Aug 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Bearshawks85, Aug 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

spointon, Jul 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

durlta, Jul 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Whiskeydeez, Mar 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

beernads, Aug 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

TypsiYpsi, Mar 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

kyle86, Oct 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

shamrock071521, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%

AmeriCanadian, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

twiggamortis420, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of david131
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

david131, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of fmccormi
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

fmccormi, Jun 12, 2014
Big Red Coq from Brewery Vivant
86 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.