tectactoe (1858) - Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2014 Can: Awesome crimson, ruby red, & mahogany color with nice clarity & a very frothy, slowly receding eggshell head. Aroma is very earthy & piney on the hop side with lighter critic & floral undercurrents. Light cleanser smell to it with a somewhat sweet, malty backbone. More citrus & tangerine comes out with warmth. Taste is bitter hops up front; piney, grassy, & woodsy with light orange & grapefruit notes. Sweet malt carries things to the finish, almost caramel & candy like. Mildly musty & dirty aftertaste.
jeremugohio (94) - springboro, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful golden red. Smooth hoppy taste with hint of citra, mango and tropical fruit flavor. Smooth finish. This is a food beer!
bartlebier (1718) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vivant Flight draught. 28viii13. Easily the standout beer of the evening, this is more of a hop-forward red ale than a Belgian-style IPA. Confident US hop citrus notes harmonising off round and pleasant caramel&red berry malts and some peppery spice. Modest compared to the WI/MI competition but good and above your average brewpub beer-of-the-week. Just a pity it is hard to come by any foam in US brewpub pints...
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
No canning date. $3.49 for a 16oz can. Poured into S.A. Perfect Pint Glass
Appearance: What the hell. I barely moved the can, but even then, I poured it into a glass and the whole pint glass filled with foam with maybe an ounce of beer. Because the head wouldnít go anywhere, I had to spoon out a bunch of foam. Big Red Coq is a beautiful, hazy red color with a light tan, creamy head, and great lacing. I give it a 3 for appearance though because I had to spoon the equivalent of three ounces of beer out of my glass. Looks great after that though.
Smell: It smells a touch Belgian, but itís not much. There are plenty of hops and malts to go around in the aroma. The hops are mostly grassy, and the malt gives a sweet note to make it even more inviting. Smells fantastic.
Taste/feel: Quite interesting. That slight, Belgian sourness is definitely there, but itís not too much. The hops arenít as "bursting" as I thought theyíd be, judging by the taste. The malt flavor is of caramel and sweetness, and it works well. This is an odd beer, and Iím not sure how to describe it, but itís really good. This is sour, sweet, and a bit bitter. The aroma makes Big Red Coq smell like an IPA (I wish MINE did...), but the taste is distinctively Belgian. For some reason, itís difficult for me to pull out specific flavors in this beer. Itís just interesting. Itís like a red in that it has plenty of the malt and sweetness that youíd expect, IPA-esque in that it smells like one and has a pretty significant hop flavor, and then it tastes Belgian because of the yeast. As it warms up, the sourness becomes more prominent. The feel on this beer is middle of the road, with a pretty active-but-pleasant carbonation.
This is unlike any other beer Iíve had before... an amber with more hops than usual, and Belgian yeast. Extremely unhelpful review, but I CAN tell you that itís a very tasty beer thatís worth picking up if you can.
BOSSbrewer (1637) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had at Brewery Vivant's tap room in Grand Rapids with Raith. This is a very nice beer. Amber orange pour. Lots of hops on the nose. Very nice.
ansermadide (1520) - Kyle, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This canned Belgian is orange-red in color with an off white head. It has the Nose of a sweet, red Belgian, and is very pleasant. A Belgian character is strong in the flavor, with graininess and high end caramel flavors prominent. The finish is bittersweet. Overall, itís not too Belgian to handle, but still distinctively so.
fattybladdy (557) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber pour, high carbonation. Taste is sweet malt, Belgian yeast, citrus hop. Well balanced with a bitter finish.
bwa5879 (655) - Portage, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid cloudy medium dark brown pour with 3 inches or so of whitish orange head. Sweet hay and funky belgian yeast fill the nose, not too strong. Average carbonation, thick but slick mouthfeel, clean finish. Taste like a sour brown, funky and on the verge of bitter rye but not overboard, with somep iney hops too. Very nice selection, one of my favorites from Vivant.
citydave (55) - - JUL 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a very dark red, almost brown with cream head. Aroma is very hoppy and alsojust grassy with hints of citrus and strong mango. Taste is much the same. The grass flavor and hops come through strong and make up the majority of the aftertaste.
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 oz can grabbed at the brewery (Grand Rapids, MI). Grabbed a 4 pack of rates on the way out. Pours a nice deep copper jue, orange glowing bottom and edges are lighter, pretty hazy body with that striking winter sunset bottom. A big cakey tannish head atop stays larger, laces well. Pretty. Aromas show a firm hop presence, floral and a bit resiny. Citrus plays secondary as we start. Some touches of fruit, lemon rind, and gentle pineapple. Earthy florals and grass, some bready malt, straw, gentle yeastiness. Gentle carmelization. Initial is decent to medium bitter hop profile, more juicy and citrusy. Lemony and citrusy with some grapefruit. Decent citrus juice character through the front and middle. Middle starts to show some decent bready and gentle carmelized toasty feels into the backend. Juicy citrusy feel, a touch of juicy fruit, grapefruit juice. Backend and finish show a touch of body, carmelization and biscuit. Some toastiness, some dry florals and decent bitterness. Pretty solid. This isnít trying to be a hop screamer, a gentle Belgian yeast profile mutes it a bit, keeps away a big toasty malt character, dries it out and provides a touch of spice. Well made, pretty solid offering here. Looks great, tastes good, works well enough. I wouldnít expect me to like something like this, but itís nice.