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Big Red Coq | Brewery Vivant

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3.86/5
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453 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
breweryvivant.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SupaCelt on 02-13-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,169
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
453
pDev:
11.92%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
63
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 453 |  Reviews: 90
Photo of DeadGuyRyan
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of cryptichead
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Two-6
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of sternamagrapha7x
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of nate_nate_nate
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Jedi8625
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of fgilbert2
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of TomFowle
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Arsenal0328
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of MgoJohnStamos
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Johnsfolly
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Knutson_16
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
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 +14.8%
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 firkingroovin
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Remmy800
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kristie_Duve
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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 Slagerdad
4.4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Sydney10
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
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 Mikecd234
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fcolle2
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
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 +13%
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 Barnoloid
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of barnzy78
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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 capilial
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very sweet and fruity. It has very strong tropical fruit undertones. Really good!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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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Big Red Coq from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 453 ratings
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