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Big Red Coq - Brewery Vivant

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very good

253 Ratings
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 10
Gots: 16 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

MIbeer27, Jul 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

bigbluebeerguy, Jul 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Desimoaj, Jul 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

WesM63, Jul 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

psmith161, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of RobertClevenger
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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

nate_nate_nate, Jul 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

ngaron, Jul 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

ajz132, Jun 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

jjheinrichs, Jun 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

MattTheWrench, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Doublicious, Jun 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

cd34, Jun 12, 2014
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
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3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
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 %

Ozzylizard, Jun 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Jameson_Daniel, Jun 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

jlg79fe, May 23, 2014
Big Red Coq from Brewery Vivant
86 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.