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Brewery Vivant Big Red Coq

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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Hoppy Belgian Ale. This red ale is all about hops. It is an American-Belgian fusion of beer styles taking imported Belgian caramel malts and bitch slapping it with a heavy handed dose of American hops. Expect hints of mango, pineapple, and citrus to hit your nose with an assertive hop presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ineedbeer (1220) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 21, 2015
Poured from a can dated 05/19/2015. Aroma is malty with some caramel, toasted bread and burnt sugar. Some light raisin notes. Quite a bit of overripe stone fruit and pears with some light cherry. Medium light spicy phenolics. Not very hoppy but some light floral and spicy hop notes with a touch of citrus. Pours a dark, brownish red/auburn with a medium small, moderateky thick, tan head that recedes steadily to the edges. Medium lacing and small legs. Flavor is fairly sweet with some caramel, toasted bread, toffee and nuts. Some spicy phenolics with moderately strong esters. Raisins, stone fruit, pear and red apple are all present with stone fruit and raisins fairly prevalent. Hop notes are floral and somewhat citrusy with medium light bitterness. A light woodsy note. Some lingering phenolic spice and toasted bread. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringnecy and low alcohol warmth. Overall, rather malty with a lot of esters. Perhaps too much yeast character for the malts to show through. An interesting and unique red ale, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosskyle (174) - - JUL 13, 2015
Served on tap at Vivant. Red color with a light white head. Malt aroma. Malt fruit cherry flavor. Medium heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wchesser (1474) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Can from Flandersned-thanks! Reddish amber. some Belgian yeast elements and caramel malts. Maybe a bit old but not much in the way of hops here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cosmo6644 (86) - Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2015
Mango and pine on the aroma, taste is very hoppy with citrus and light malts, very nice ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhatB420 (730) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2015
16oz can into glass. Pours a clear amber. Thin head and fast disapating lacing. Aroma of awesome citrus melodies, reminds me of alot of my favorite iPad, namely foundation epiphany. Love citra hops, love. A red malt presence tones this one down, but the aroma stays frontal into the taste, with hops, melon, pear, juicy mango, and a red amber backbone. This is great, and the moderate abv helps accordingly also. Really enjoying this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mintzmeet (328) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2015
Chronicky aroma. Surprisingly chronicky taste. Nice red color. Wet taste, lil bit of a sparkly kick to the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coachd (320) - Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2015
On tap at brewery vivant. Hoppy sweet and malty all in perfect increments. Looks great, smells a little weak. Good palate, overall a great offering from a very underrated brewery in Grand Rapids. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Onslow (1265) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Pour from a 12oz can. Clear brownish amber orange with dense off white head. Powerful aroma of grapefruit, mango, green fruit with a little resin. Taste is caramel malt up front with a grape fruit / watermelon undertow with an emerging agile hoppiness of tropical fruit and citrus at the end, lingering crisp clean citrus after the swallow is complete. Maintains a sweet caramel malty backbone throughout. Oily and slick palate. Really rich in flavor, complex and well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8998) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Can. Light toffee malt and strong pine/spruce aroma. Amber with large light tan head. Lightly sweet toffee malt, musty yeast, and mildly bitter pine flavor. Body on the lighter side - nicely drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
574deadzone (1211) - North Central, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Pours a clear red with a decent eggshell head that settles to a ring and leaves some soapy, hanging lace. Nose involves rustic fruity Belgian yeast, cherry, pine resin, citrus, datebread. Fairly sweet, fairly bitter. Medium bodied, quite oily and slick, fair action, with a lengthy dry yeasty and hoppy bitter finish. Interesting brew, lots going on. Layered yet really drinkable. I kinda wish there was more Belgian influence, but this is otherwise a nice hoppy red.

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