Big Red Coq
Brewery Vivant

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Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #34
Ranked #18,326
3.86 | pDev: 11.4%
Dec 12, 2021
Feb 13, 2011
Very Good
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Notes: Deep red with rich caramel malts paired with copious amounts of bold and tropical Citra hops. Malty sweetness balances the hoppy bitterness.
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Reviewed by MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
16oz can, classy name

Pours over two fingers of dense tan head into my Willi glass. Retention is great, hardly losing any head after a couple of minutes. Initial lacing looks pretty nice. Body is a deep brownish red, with orange hues. Looks very nice so far.

Nose is definitely citrus forward, lemon. Maybe faint pineapple, but that either gets lost in the malt, or more likely - was never very potent to begin with, because the malt is also lacking considerably. Some faint graham cracker malt. Not getting any farmhouse yeast characteristics. Things don’t really come together here, whether it be from lack of depth, or just the aroma’s blending poorly together. It’s ok, but not very good.

The flavor leans a lot more on that graham cracker malt, which is a welcome shift of attention. Faint caramel, toffee. Hops don’t have a big impact, faint citrus, some melon flavors - again, it’s not “incorrect” but citrus and malty just don’t go together imo. Flavor is a serious improvement from the nose, the malts are nice, though I would still always prefer a piney hop profile 100% of the time.

Carbonation is on the higher side. Body has a decent thickness to it. A touch of sweetness, but generally low. Bitterness is moderate and certainly welcome. A very solid mouthfeel.

Drinkability is pretty high, it’s reasonably balanced, and pretty tasty.

Appearance turned out very nice. Retention was pretty good, and the lacing very thick.

Overall a solid red. Not the hop profile I want, and the malts are just slightly inconsistent, but a pretty good beer for the most part.
Dec 12, 2021
Rated: 3.79 by MJ64 from Mississippi

Jun 15, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by Z-man from Michigan

May 24, 2021
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Dark copper colored with a quarter inch of beige on top. Lightly hazy in complexion. Aroma is of citra hops, lightly bready malt, and lightly fruity yeast. I taste bready malt, chestnuts, and caramel. The mouth is light and refreshing.
Mar 23, 2021
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Reviewed by Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16 oz can

Pours mostly clear reddish amber, eggshell head retains as a film.

Aroma of biscuit malts and citrus and pine hops.

Flavor of biscuit malts, citrus zest, and piney and earthy hops.

Medium body, tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Very drinkable. Decent flavor. Very attractive pour. It's a farmhouse ale of Belgian influence according to the brewer, but you could tell someone this is an old school APA and it would pass for that. Reminds me of beers I used to like before all the current trendy styles made them a little rarer. Would drink again.
Feb 03, 2021
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Reviewed by Piwo from Michigan

3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Got this beer as a Christmas gift from my significant other, never had a memorable red ale before this.
The beer pours a nice, deep reddish-orange color, with a small head. Most of what I smell is a bright, hoppy aroma, with some malt undertones. The taste, like the smell, is very hop-forward, having a very nice citrus taste like they brag about on the can. The malts are more of an undertone, but become a bit more prominent as it warms. Finish is hoppy, almost tangy. Mouthfeel is very pleasant, light and not too carbonated.
I'm usually not a fan of hop-forward beers, but this one was a pleasant surprise. Wish I tasted the malts a bit more, but overall I would definitely recommend trying this.
Jan 18, 2021
Rated: 4.47 by RBorsato from Virginia

Jan 13, 2021
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Deep copper colored body topped with an immensely thick and creamy head. Big malt aroma; slightly sweet with a caramel edge. Nice malt-forward flavor, a bit a caramel with a hint of roasted nuts; moderate sweetness perceived with a decent hop bitterness counterpoint; a bit of cinnamon spiciness. Medium-heavy body; soft and prickly on the palate; semi-sweet overall yet has a lurking dry edge to mix things up.

This make for a fine, all-around beer. Malty and tasting with a slight spiciness and hop bitterness to liven things up a bit.
Nov 22, 2020
Rated: 4 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

Nov 13, 2020
Rated: 4 by Tom6471 from Michigan

Nov 11, 2020
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A: The beer is hazy reddish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that died down, consistently leaving a narrow collar around the edge and lots of lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops along with notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a bit stronger flavors of caramel malts, but these still are overshadowed by those of the Citra hops. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I thought that the taste of this beer has a very nice balance and contrast between the malts and hops.

Serving type: can
Oct 26, 2020
Rated: 3.84 by WDJersey from Colorado

Oct 11, 2020
Rated: 3.96 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin

Oct 07, 2020
Rated: 4.12 by eljabak from Michigan

Jun 04, 2020
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can served in a little glass. Gift from an out of state online friend.

Pours darkish amber with a smallish head and medium carbonation. Smell is bright citrus, lots of lemon.

Taste is hop foroward with a toffee malt backbone. Maybe a slight bit of funk or woodiness.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, almost crisp. Overall, nice beer.
May 31, 2020
Rated: 4.02 by Beer_Teej from Michigan

May 28, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 03, 2019
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Single purchased at Siciliano’s in Grand Rapids, MI.
Gorgeous reddish copper colour with thick creamy off white head.
Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, mango on caramel malt base - citrus dominates.
Tastes of sweet caramel malt, almost hoppy lager like, orange, mango, a bit of piney bitterness balancing the malty sweetness.
Medium full mouthfeel - well balanced - appropriately tame yet active carbonation.
Great beer - the world could use a few more good red ales.
Nov 15, 2019
Rated: 4.45 by Rubezahl from Pennsylvania

Jul 09, 2019
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I found this beer to be flavorful, hearty and so well-balanced. Pours a nice reddish-orange color with lots of creamy whit fluffy head and some great looking rings of lingering lacing. Almost sheets of lacing. Smells of some muddled citrus and floral hops, a little pine, malt, caramel and bread. Taste follows the nose, and man oh man is that sweeter malt backbone so well balanced with the hoppy bitterness. Just so well done. Smooth, mild mouthfeel, just a little bit sticky, and good carbonation. A great offering from a solid local brewery.
May 27, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by drstalker from Illinois

Apr 13, 2019
Rated: 3.78 by DrNonic from Michigan

Mar 31, 2019
Rated: 3.77 by AdamSteve from Michigan

Mar 28, 2019
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
I had this back in 2014 at the brewery, I was in the neighborhood for a 10 year reunion.

Pours red. Big surprise in a review for a red ale, I know. Racks up a sizeable 4/5" off white head, good staying power. Wow, the aroma was hoppier than expected. Comes right out like I dunno, Pataskala or Loakal Red in that its a hoppy red and it kicks down something other than C hop grapefruit bitterness. There's a medley of fruit nose smells to this one. Plus red malt. Plus a belgian like yeast presence. Lots to take in.

Taste, similarly, this has lots of hops in the taste. Even with the red ale quantity of malt contribution, this is still leaning on the hoppy side of things. The yeast is giving it a different direction, but thankfully, is the lesser of these three not evils. Some caramel notes. There is a lot going on. A little bit belgian, a little bit step dad red malt, a little bit hop medley of classic and proprietary hops. I like it.
Feb 26, 2019
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Rated by Troms321 from Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A nice hoppy red.
Feb 25, 2019
Rated: 3.82 by turbasco from Massachusetts

Feb 21, 2019
Rated: 4.05 by EdFed from Illinois

Dec 29, 2018
Rated: 4.16 by beardedbeered from Michigan

Nov 27, 2018
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Reviewed by JimboBrews54 from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
The aroma is a mix of earthy spice a tropical fruit. It has a hazy brown with a hint of amber. The head is a slight tan color that starts thick and is reluctant to fade away. Bold malt-like bitterness, has a roasted malt taste with a hint of sweetness.
Nov 23, 2018
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Clear garnet, nice off-white head with decent retention, nice lace
Hints of banana and bubblegum from the yeast mingle with tropical and citrusy hop aromas. Sweet malt in the background
Malt definitely drives the flavor- toasted bread, caramel, some dark fruit flavors. Citrusy hops and yeast fruitiness are in the background
A touch to sticky for me, but not obscenely so
Pretty decent red ale
Oct 13, 2018
Rated: 4 by sgttibbs from Minnesota

Sep 26, 2018
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Rated by mmilyko from Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Usually not a big fan of beers with the work “hoppy” in them, but have to admit I found this beer quite refreshing.
Sep 19, 2018
Rated: 4 by NumeroSeis from Michigan

Sep 08, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado

Aug 03, 2018
Rated: 3.99 by BigRipCity from Alaska

Jul 25, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by robotic_being from Florida

Jul 18, 2018
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Reviewed by Ceddd99 from Michigan

3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
A bit too hoppy for me, tastes like an IPA. I have to be in the right mood to enjoy an IPA. Still, I thought it was decent for a hop heavy ale and if you are a fan of IPAs, I recommend it.
May 25, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts

Apr 12, 2018
Rated: 3.77 by Ronl12 from Massachusetts

Apr 11, 2018
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A - Hazy amber color with thick and creamy off white head with steady carbonation.

S - Citrus and caramel malt. Smells like a home brew.

T - Citrus and some light malt.

M - Medium body.

O - This reminds me of a home brewed beer. Not a bad thing because I home brew.
Apr 10, 2018
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