Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Big Red Coq Has Been Released…It’s a Beer

Written by  Dan Miller
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The Big Red Coq Has Been Released…It’s a Beer

Last week, Brewery Vivant once again tapped an old favorite: Big Red Coq, a “Hoppy Belgo-American Red Ale”. It feels weird saying “old favorite” when referencing something from a brewery that’s less than two years old, but…it seems they have at least one beer and hundreds, if not thousands of followers that make those words good to use.
Brewery Vivant Big Red Coq PourShortly after arriving there at 3pm the day this beer was tapped, I got to speak to one of their employees about the beer. After a quick around the country in beer, our conversation came full circle to a specific hop called “Citra”. He caught my attention when he made a comment about going back to the original way of making the beer that involved citra hops. To some, these hops come to mind if you’ve experienced the amazing citrus and floral flavors from Three Floyds, Zombie Dust or Kern Brewing, Citra. When Vivant first opened they used this hop, but it had a temporary hiatus.
The Big Red Coq T-shirts

By the time this conversation started, I had already tasted this beer and found that it was much better than I remembered. Once I learned that citra hops had returned, I realized why it tasted so good and so familiar. Whether or not you have any idea what citra hops are, you still need to make it a priority to head there to try it on draft or find it in 16oz. cans at your local beer store because it’s only available on a quarterly basis. And for those of you wondering if this taste more like and amber or a hoppy beer, it doesn’t matter. You won’t be disappointed.