Big Red Coq | Brewery Vivant

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Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of jbmarie
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of barczar
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma is very estery, with notes of pear, green apple, and clove dominating. This was canned in March, so... Maybe some citrus, resin.

Flavor is citrusy, resiny throughout, with hints of pear and apple upfront that fade to a very dry, powdery, lightly bitter finish. Specialty malt fruitiness is concealed, which I like.

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Photo of LaurenZ
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an interesting beer. I enjoyed the tropical fruit flavor hints mixed with the hops and grassy flavors. The color is amber and clear with a light tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty. I enjoyed this beer overall.

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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 stinewils24
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a brownish red and amber. It has a pleasant fruity smell, with hints of pine and citrus. The taste is of clove, malt, and has a few spiced notes. The texture is of a dryer malt and is smooth. I really enjoyed this beer.

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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 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 Edith0703
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beer. I really love the taste. It had taste of fruit. Really dark appearance with small white head. Start with fruit aroma, then sweet tasting, finish with bitterness.

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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 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 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 tomakara
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was interesting, it had a bark smell to it but smelled and tasted like mango and pineapple. Very sweet. Also had a hint of caramel malt to it.

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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 Beginner2
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like Vivant because they try combining styles.Big Red Coq borrows from two styles. Belgian-like yeast and American hops.
But, I have shied away from the trend to hop-up Belgian styles because they don't go as well with the foods I cook.
But, what happens if you take a hopped Belgian to a BYOB Indian restaurant?
It was a great pairing.
I could enjoy half of the 16 ounce can before the meal came and drink the rest to steady the forever changing/emerging spices in Indian food.
Belgian-Indian fusion.
Who ever would have thunk !

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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 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 SHDoyle
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A brownish-red, amber color (as might be expected) with a thin white head. The smell has some pine and maybe a little citrus. There was something sweet or fruity that I picked up but it wasn't very discernible. Taste was pretty muted and didn't coincide with the smell. Pretty bland. I'd throw this onto the pile of uninteresting, mediocre at best red/amber ales that seem to be out there.

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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 NolaHopHead
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz can. Pours hazy amber, thick white head fades over a few minutes leaving a thick ring, just a little lace. Nice fruity malty aroma. Taste is a little harsh when cold, but settles out to a fairly balanced taste of sweet malt and grassy grapefruit hops, with hops winning out. Don't care for the Belgian yeast finish much. Mouthfeel is thin. Overall average amber for me.

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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 GTSeabolt
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Boozy taste overpowers what I would have hoped for in a red hoppy ale. Strong beer. Whatever craft there is seems to be disguised by high alcohol content and heavy hopping.

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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 Kirsten_Ann92
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

This beer is the signature beer for Vivant however I wasn't that happy with it. It is orangey in color and smells of fruit and a lot of hops. It is hoppy and normally that is my favorite but this was over powering. It was really bitter and overall not my favorite beer.

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