Big Red Coq
Brewery Vivant

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #44
Ranked #19,633
3.88 | pDev: 11.34%
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
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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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Piwo from Michigan

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
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
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beergoot from Colorado

3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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
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metter98 from New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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
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snaotheus from Washington

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
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
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
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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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +16%
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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MrOH from Malta

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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
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Ceddd99 from Michigan

3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
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
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Beejay from Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A murky brown in color with a fairly large light tan, that looks fluffy with a couple of craters.

S: Big hops in the aroma.. mostly grapefruit. Light bread and biscuit following.

T: Big hops. Citrus is dominant with grapefruit and orange peel leading the way. Light bread, and a spice character as well as a touch of Belgian yeast character

M: Medium in body with very active carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

O: Overall a very enjoyable brew. I wish I got a little more from the grains, but the combination of hops, and yeast work well.

Aug 14, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a dark red/brown sort of color with a light tan to off white foamy/semi-fizzy head. Light stringy to bubbly lace. The aroma had some tropical fruit, some pine, dry funky sort of grassy edge and then gets yeasty as it warms. The flavor was somewhat sweet with a touch of the bitter, the tart and funky maltiness. Grassy edges come in to bump the balance into a slight earthy malty backbone. Crisp grassy hops and funk hit the aftertaste and ride on into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Moderate carbonation. ABV felt appropriate. Overall, leans more towards a Belgian IPA to me. Still, I could come back to.

Jun 16, 2017
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mtemerowski from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My favorite beer from vivant that is not a sour.
Color: Deep reddish amber. somewhat of a orange tint too. Very clear.
Smell: solid hoppiness and some floral as well.
Taste: Solid bitterness and you can taste the same hop smells. Very drinkable though and smooth as well as crisp.

May 04, 2017
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haoquanlin from Michigan

3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation

May 03, 2017
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natgrimmer from Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a very good beer. It's dark golden yellow in color, almost red. It starts off very fruity and mellows out throughout the rest of the beer to be a nice malty drink.

May 03, 2017
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slerche from Michigan

3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer had a distinctly fruity and almost sour aroma.

It has a dark golden color.

The taste is similar to the smell. Different citrus notes comes through as well as fruits such as green apples and pears.

If you're a fan of traditional IPAs I would suggest trying this one.

May 03, 2017
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Austin_Madagame from Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Favorite beer I've tried from this brewery. Perfect mix of hops and malt for a red or amber. Most Ambers I've tried are too malty for me. If you enjoy IPAs, but want something a little different this is a great one.

May 02, 2017
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harleyfriesen from District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a very interesting beer. It was my first taste of a red ale. First instinct while smelling aromas was herbal and earthy with a nice hop flavor in it. Very interesting with a nice malt touch. Thought it would taste similar to an IPA and it did but it had unique flavors. Taste is a very balanced flavor with a bit more of a hoppy character. Overall the beer was good and I will definitely be drinking again when I can find it.

May 02, 2017
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Zhenghao from Michigan

3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has clear rusty/orange color, which looks a little weird to me. You can smell the bitterness and it tastes very hoppy with fruit aroma, especially mango. It has a dry hoppy finishing.

Apr 30, 2017
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jbmarie from Wisconsin

4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appeared a very bronze color with a somewhat sour scent. Taste was very hoppy with some darker malt and a bit of an oaky flavor. A nice beer but not my favorite of Vivant's.

Apr 02, 2017
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breakingbland from Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured as a clear red/rust, with a sharp hops aroma along with some funk. The taste is hoppy with some malt sweetness. The beer gets better as it warms. A nice beer.

Nov 05, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a teku pint. No freshness date.

A- Pours a reddish dark amber color with a full inch of light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Herbal, earthy hops accompanied by some sweet crystal malt. Slightly soapy belgian yeast smell.

T- Balanced flavor of toasty malt and mild hops. Bitterness is on the lower end of the spectrum. Pretty drinkable, though there's a bit of a noticeable alcohol taste that's not so pleasant.

M- Pretty soft for a hoppy red with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- No noticeable flaws overall, but just not particularly interesting.

Oct 05, 2016
Big Red Coq from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 499 ratings