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
2.73/5 rDev -29.1%
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.
12-15-2012 18:42:46 | More by Thorpe429
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
16 ounce can into tulip glass, no canning date. Pours fairly crystal clear orange copper color with a nice 3 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice thick soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, pine, grapefruit, orange zest, herbal, floral, toast, mango, pineapple, and slight yeast esters. Nice, pleasant, and well balanced aromas with decent strength. Taste of caramel, grapefruit, pine, orange zest, pineapple, mango, floral, toast, earth, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of spicy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, toast, tropical fruit, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of malt sweetness with bitterness; and good balance of hop flavors as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden as expected of 6.5%, with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice hoppy amber ale. I did not really get any Belgian influence from the flavors; but it had some very nice hop flavor complexity, and is very easy to drink. Really pleasant and enjoyable.
07-26-2012 04:21:57 | More by superspak
3.61/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
02-19-2014 23:39:05 | More by chinchill
3.85/5 rDev 0%
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.
06-12-2012 00:04:54 | More by liamt07
4/5 rDev +3.9%
16 oz can poured into a Brewery Vivant glass.
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
08-15-2014 01:18:40 | More by BeerFMAndy
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
3.58/5 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
4.36/5 rDev +13.2%
16oz can, nice red-brown color, tall rocky ivory head hold great retention and leaves tons of lacing on the glass as it fades. Citric nose with tropical notes of mango and pineapple, some caramel malt and yeast is also noticeable. Tastes are fruity with mango, pineapple, grapefruit, caramel, toasted grain, yeast - tremendous balance here! Medium body, pleasant carbonation, finishes semi-bitter. Overall, nice treat; I might have to grab this one again. I really enjoyed it thoroughly! I was hoping that the Belgian yeast would stand out more, but it's also fine just the way it is.
06-21-2013 23:40:41 | More by barnzy78
3.63/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
05-07-2014 23:13:12 | More by VelvetExtract
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
A - pours clear amber with a small amount of light tan head. Head dissipates pretty quickly without leaving much lacing.
S -nice combination of caramel malt, some nice slightly funky Belgian yeast, and a bit of hops.
T - similar to the smell and more. The belgian yeast and hop presence really set this above a traditional amber, which is admittedly not my favorite style. Has a nice subtle honey sweetness to offset the funk and hop bitterness. Finishes dry with some lingering bitterness.
M - light/medium mouthfeel with a nice dry finish.
O - probably my favorite of the vivant brews I've tried. While they have all been good, most seem like tame versions of their style. This is a highly enjoyable take on the amber style that I would love to see canned.
07-16-2011 01:00:05 | More by warnerry
4.13/5 rDev +7.3%
I think this was $4.19 for a 126oz can at BigTen in East Lansing. 6.25% ABV. Pours out to a clear deep garnet, forming a tall whipped meringue like creamy yeallow head with superior retention and beautiful thick lacing. The nose is hops galore...I'm getting cat-pee Simcoe but also some pine and grapefruit. The mouthfeel is really gorgeous. Beautiful carbonation level, about 2.5 carbs with a medium body. Finishes really dry. Nice notes of tropical fruit like pineapple and pear from the yeast...very subtle compared to the hops. The bitterness is well-balanced with the dry finish, making it really quite drinkable.
11-22-2012 02:04:32 | More by Mitchster
Big Red Coq from Brewery Vivant
86 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.