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Sunday, September 30th 2012

Big Red Coq
(Brewery Vivant)

We have a confession to make: we’ve been drinking this beer for several months now - grabbing one from the fridge whenever our palates were hollering for a super hoppy red ale. Apparently we were so busy enjoying it that we never got around to writing up a formal review for the CraftCans Nation. We’re sorry, and any allegation that we followed the suggestion on the side of the can – “If you really like it, don’t tell your friends about it and just buy it all yourself” – is strenuously denied. At least that’s our story, and we’re sticking to it.

From the Brewery Vivant site:

"We make four batches of this beer each year, once a quarter. When it is gone, it is gone. What started as a test batch specialty beer at our pub has grown into one of our most sought after beers. Plus there is so much fun to be had with the name. Coq means rooster in French.

Citrus with mango & pineapple notes give way to a big malty character.  Made with our house Belgian yeast to give it that Vivant-ness you would expect.

Our staff's favorite beer"

Here we go...

Pour – dark copper with a thick, fluffy tan head that didn’t want to go away.

Aroma – Malted grains with a wisp of floral hops. Imagine eating a bowl of Grape Nuts on a cool morning in a flower garden. Yeah, it’s like that.

Taste – A big blast of bitter hops jumps out right away and shocks the palate into giving its’ undivided attention to the beer in front of you. Seems pretty clear that a whole bunch of hops went into the kettle early in the boil. The red comes out in the round, malty middle and calms everything down for just a second or two before the spicy Vivant yeast gives the taste buds a final tickle on its way down the hatch.

Overall – As lovers of all beer styles but hopheads at the core, we really liked this beer primarily for the big and bitter hop presence. However, we also really enjoyed the unique experience of three bright and distinct flavors with each sip that messed with our minds a little bit. We like a flavorful challenge now and then.

Notes: What might be Brewery Vivant’s most popular limited release is set for its next quarterly release on 10.1.12. Michiganders and Chicagoans would be well advised to put in a request for Big Red Coq with their favorite beer sellers now!

Big Red Coq
Style: American Amber/Red Ale
Brewery: Brewery Vivant
Grand Rapids, Michigan  
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 6.2%
IBUs: ???
Date: September 30th, 2012

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