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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.8
firstsip (752) - Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Great on both tap/from can. Deep red pour with seconds of tannish head. Belgian yeast with surprising dry hop character. Insert phallic jokes here (haha... insert).

3.2
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2013
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.

3.9
jeremugohio (94) - springboro, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Beautiful golden red. Smooth hoppy taste with hint of citra, mango and tropical fruit flavor. Smooth finish. This is a food beer!

3.5
bartlebier (4216) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2013
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...

4.1
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
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 wouldn’t 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 it’s 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 it’s not too much. The hops aren’t as "bursting" as I thought they’d be, judging by the taste. The malt flavor is of caramel and sweetness, and it works well. This is an odd beer, and I’m not sure how to describe it, but it’s 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, it’s difficult for me to pull out specific flavors in this beer. It’s just interesting. It’s like a red in that it has plenty of the malt and sweetness that you’d 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 I’ve had before... an amber with more hops than usual, and Belgian yeast. Extremely unhelpful review, but I CAN tell you that it’s a very tasty beer that’s worth picking up if you can.

4.3
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 10, 2013
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.

3.5
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2013
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, it’s not too Belgian to handle, but still distinctively so.

3.5
fattybladdy (830) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Deep amber pour, high carbonation. Taste is sweet malt, Belgian yeast, citrus hop. Well balanced with a bitter finish.

3.7
bwa5879 (962) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2013
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.

3.3
citydave (93) - - JUL 31, 2013
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.


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