Big Red Coq - Brewery Vivant
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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
3.53/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
12-21-2012 23:58:01 | More by twiggamortis420
3.53/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
06-21-2012 02:48:51 | More by david131
3.55/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
06-12-2014 02:22:56 | More by fmccormi
3.58/5 rDev -7%
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.
05-12-2014 23:43:05 | More by ThickNStout
3.58/5 rDev -7%
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.
11-27-2012 03:14:34 | More by Duff27
Big Red Coq from Brewery Vivant
86 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.