Big Red Coq - Brewery Vivant

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86
very good

274 Ratings
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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 10
Gots: 20 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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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3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Big Red Coq from Brewery Vivant
86 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.