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Big Red Coq | Brewery Vivant

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SupaCelt on 02-13-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
416
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
27.55%
 
 
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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 416
Photo of cryptichead
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark amber in appearance. Exceptionally unique flavor with just the right balance of bitterness and fruity (berry) undertones. Overall a very well crafted and unique offering.

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Photo of HensonJ3
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers. Amber type of color but very bright. You can smell the tropical flavor almost immediately. The pineapple taste brings a unique sweetness to the beer and it works like a charm.

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Photo of mfarnick
4.95/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this beer. It was extremely refreshing mix between hops, citrus and earthy flavors.
Nice red brown hue to the beer and is light and refreshing on the palate.
Aroma includes hops and earth tones.
Tastes of fruits, malts, and hops.

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Photo of Gigantis
4.82/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer really floored me because it strikes me as being an American Amber with Belgian qualities. If not a perfect storm, then at least an exceptional one.

It looks like you'd expect a beer called red cog to. Nice white head but it looked just a little thin to me with the mahogany not really popping. Looked like your average amber with a fluffy Belgian head.

It smelled like a hoppy american amber with a hint of fruit.

But it tastes tremendous, to me. Feels great in the mouth... not as thing and not as hoppy as it smells. Goes down very, very smooth. You could drink a few of these and be very happy.

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Photo of defilli2
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is has a dark caramel, amber color to it when poured. It also has a slight white head. It smelled very refreshing, citrus and hops came to mind. It also had earthy smells like pine and other florals. This is a very unique tasting beer, it could sense the heat and spices in it, almost like a mango pineapple. Citrus and hops were very strong as well. Extremely good beer. Seeking this one out again.

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Photo of carolynschaf
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome red ale, probably my favorite. I love the Belgian American blend. It is strong and full in flavor. It is not meant to be consumed all night, but great for a couple beers.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This pours a pleasing caramel red color with light foam. The aroma is a delightful surprise--for a red ale there's actually some character! I get a light floral note, a touch of caramel, and some wonderful Citra-influenced tropical characteristics. Tastes great too, with just the right balance. Not a malt bomb, hops are present but don't dominate, and it leaves me wanting another. Well done.

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Photo of PincheNorteno
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Even my girlfriend loves a bit of Big Red Coq now and then. A very approachable beer, looks great in a glass. Hold it up to the light and you can see shimmering fine sugar crystals streaming along the carbonation. Moderate head, a bit of lacing. Malty goodness supports a hop profile that's grapefruity up front, and something like sour rainfall in the back. It's not pretentious, it's balanced, and I'm glad it's more widely available now.

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Photo of KatieSmith
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers from Brewery Vivant. This has very unexpected fruity notes, seeing as the can is very masculine. This beer has a deep amber color with touches of red. There is fruit on the nose, almost pineapple flavors. On the tongue you can taste mango, citrus, and other tropical fruits.

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Photo of Knutson_16
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brownish-red, amber color when poured. Fairly thin off-white head. Looked very appealing.

Smell: At first, it smelled of tropical citrus and hops. Some undertones I picked up on were of pine, some grass, and floral notes.

Taste:This beer tasted mildly bitter because of the hops, but not overwhelmingly bitter. The citrus and floral notes came through more in the taste than in the smell of the beer. There were some notes of caramel as well which created a sweeter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The beer was very refreshing, light and mildly carbonated.

Overall:I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. The initial flavor was somewhat bitter but the aftertaste was deliciously sweeter. Luckily, this beer isn't as strong as an IPA, but I does have dominate notes of hops that are not too overwhelming. The flavors were well balanced and it is a very easy to drink beer.

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Photo of Maiora13
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful red color that is often hard to find when its packaged in a bottle. Its sweet and delightful. A beer that I will consistently drink more of.

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Photo of Kristie_Duve
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Site: red hue, brownish tint.
Scent: hops, citrus, earth tones like pine.
Taste: very "hop-forward", you can tell it is made with malts. Fruit flavors such as mango and melons stick out specifically leaving a tropical aftertaste.

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Photo of Sydney10
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Visual: pours a ruby caramel color.
Smell: strong fruity smell of orange, grapefruit and citrus.
Taste: interesting taste of orange and a light burnt coffee flavor. Mildly bitter.
Overall: lighter taste and easily drinkable.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep red, with hues of brown. And a good finger light tan head that has good retention.

Nose on this awesome tropical fruit notes dominate this one on the front end. Mainly mango with hints of pinapple and slight melon notes. Malt is sweet and very unique. If I never had whiskey rooster I would think it can't get any better then this.

Taste is great. More malt comes out in the taste. There is a slight mango like fruity note to start but then Gets slightly sweet and has a unique malty wood like notes and a clean finish.

Mouthfeel is good and has a nice light crisp crisp body and is very drinkable.

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Photo of BellsFan
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Golden red

S. grassy, crystal malts

T. I have had 3 different beers from Brewery Vivant. I have liked each one for its own qualities. Tonight I realized that they all share a common underling flavor. It's makes me wonder if they use the same base malts in each or is it simple their house yeast that I'm noticing in each. The taste is hoppy with a husky grainy flavor.

M. Drying, lightly carbonated, medium body

O. Perfect take on an American red with a Belgian influence.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If you are ever in the Chicagoland and CAN get to one of their locations, Binney's Liquors remains a CANQuest (TM) source nonpareil! This was a score from my most recent visit.

From the CAN: "Belgian tradition. Local mission."; "Hoppy Belgo-Ameri[CAN] Red Ale"; "WHY USE CANS? We set out to build a sustainable brewery and found through our research that cans are a better option than bottles. Cans are much lighter in weight, contain more recycled content, are able to be up-cycled, and use less energy to produce. The canning line also has a much smaller footprint than a bottling line. If this was not enough, cans provide better protection from flavor degenerating oxygen and hop flavor robbing sunlight. This is the best package we can provide to bring our beer to you, tasting the way the brewer intended it. Enjoy."; "HOPPY BELGO-AMERICAN] RED ALE The beer was named after the red rooster that adorns our brewery's logo, so wipe that grin off your face. What started as a one-off brew at the pub has become one of our most sought after beers. The deep red hue comes from the special malts we use and give the beer the backbone it needs to stand up to the excessive hop charges the brewers throw in. Citra hops give this beer the mango, tropical fruit, citrusy goodness that we love."; "COMPLIMENTARY FOODS Sharp cheddar or aged gouda cheese. Spicy food like Creole."; "GLASSWARE Large Tulip or Snifter properly captures the hop aromas which are a big part of enjoying this beer."

The Crack! was nice & loud, but the fact that it was a One Pint CAN meant that I CANducted a gentle Glug so as to keep things under CANtrol. That was a wash since there was an abundance of carbonation which formed three-plus fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with great retention, leaving loads of sticky lacing in its wake as it fell. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose held an interesting mix of "the mango, tropical fruit, citrusy" scents that they mentioned, but also a pine sappiness. My mouth was watering unCANtrollably. Mouthfeel was medium, but kind of prickly from all of the carbonation mentioned previously. The taste was quite fruity, very tropical, especially with mango, papaya and pineapple, but still with an underlying pine flavor. This makes me very happy after so many non-hoppy beers lately. Finish was dry, but not really bitter. The malts leant more of a biscuity, toasted breadiness than a sweetness. I would drink this more often if it were readily available.

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Photo of warnerry
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of taylorzeee
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With a reddish and amber tone, i did not expect such a hoppy flavor! When smelled, the aroma gives off hops and tropical scents of pineapple and mango. You can tell before you even taste that this beer will be hoppy and full of bitterness. When tasted, there is a sense of caramel, tropical fruits and very much hops. Overall, I believe this beer may be a bit too too strong for my tasting.

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into my stemmed Hennepin glass a deep amber/brown with a thick sticky tan colored head atop.Floral and grassy hops dominate the nose along with light spiced phenols,quite spiced in fact,more of a pepper and clove note.The grassy hops are big on the palate with a dryer malt base,phenols give off spice but not in your face,somewhat earthy in the finish.Damn I like this beer alot,to me it's a little underrated.

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Photo of Sparty21
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What's not to love about a beer named Bog Red Coq? With a strong combination of hops, citrus and spices this beer was a little surprising to taste at first. But after the first few, I realized this was a beer that I could drink a few of.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank this one straight from the can. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, citrus and floral hops. Prepares you well for the taste which is pretty amazing. Toasty, sweet, and that beautiful Belgian yeast. Ridiculous name, great ale.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of carlborch
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful copper brown,with an ever-so-slight haze. 2.5-inch, creamy, tan head forms and dissipates slowly to 1.5 inch. Distinctive hop and yeast nose. Suggestions of sour-dough bread. Most pleasant. Medium body. The palate is bright with lingering malt and bitter notes. Much Belgian lace. Dry. Great aperitif beer! This ale made me hungry. Highly moreish! A definite repurchase.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a can of Brewery Vivant's Big Red Coq the other day for $2.59 at The Lager Mill. This is the newest beer from their Brewers Reserve Series, I am really starting to like this Series after having their Zaison, so lets see how this beer turns out. No visible bottling date but I know it's fresh, Spring 2012 Vintage. Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip.

A- It comes in their Brewers Reserve Series can with a nice looking big red rooster on the sticker that looks like it could be on a coat of arms, looks good to me. It foamed slightly out of the can and it poured a nice darker red color that took on a nice bright red/copper/ruby color with two and a half fingers worth of slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice spotty lacing. This is a good looking beer, I see no flaws with it's appearance.

S- The aroma is pretty complex. The first thing that I pick up in the aroma is nice a malty presence that had a high amount of medium sweetness and imparted some lightly toasted malts, caramel malts, and a slight toffee like aroma. Next comes the yeast that distinctly smells Belgian, it imparts lots of spicy aromas like cloves, along with a good amount of bananas. After that I get some hops which are spicy, floral aroma but it was the citrus hops that stuck out the most. This was a good, unique, and very complex smelling beer, I like it, it has a little bit of everything.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma just a little bit more balanced, it starts off with loads of malts which have a lower amount of medium sweetness and imparted a nice caramel malts, lightly toasted malts, and biscuit like flavors. Next up is the Belgian yeast which isn't as spicy as it was in the aroma, but the banana flavor still comes through as much as it did in the aroma and adds some nice complexity to this beer. Towards the end I got a nice dose of hops which are mainly floral and citrus and it had a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a malty, yeasty, and slightly hoppy aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, just like the aroma it was pretty complex and there was a little bit of everything in this beer, I like it.

M- Pretty smooth, crisp, slightly dry, medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel worked nicely with this beer, I have no complaints.

Overall I enjoyed this beer and I thought it was good and unique example of an American Red Ale, it had some things you wouldn't expect to see in the style but they all seem to come together nicely. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it went down pretty smooth, was a little refreshing, and it had a unique flavor that held my attention, I could see me drinking a couple cans of this if I was in the mood. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma and flavor that were nice and unique, there's no way you could mistake this beer for the Average American Red Ale, it's everything but average. What I liked least about this beer was that this was a special release, I think it should be added to the year round lineup. I would buy this beer again when looking for a good unique Red Ale and I highly recommend giving this beer a try. The first beer in this series was a little disappointing but after that they have all been good and solid beers, Brewery Vivant really knows what they are doing and are doing a great job with this series, if they keep the trend up this might be one of the better special series of beers around. I am glad they switched things up with this beer and put their own signature twist on it, it worked out pretty well, good job guys.

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