Triomphe Belgian IPA - Brewery Vivant

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Triomphe Belgian IPATriomphe Belgian IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

385 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 23
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jale on 01-22-2011

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Ratings: 385 | Reviews: 114
Reviews by buschbeer:
Photo of buschbeer
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is caramel colored and clear. Two inches of off-white head cap it.

S - My first impression was that I had my nose in a pine tree. Further whiffs, revealed some citrus and sugary malt. It reminds me of Christmas with the smell of the tree and baking cookies and for some reason someone is eating an orange and a grapefruit.

T - It has a malty sweetness to it with some juniper taste on the finish. It is not as overwhelmingly juniper tasting as I recalled. It seems a lot sweeter.

M - Moderate

O - I had one when I bought it two weeks ago and hated it. Today it is not as offensive. I'll chalk it up to being drunk the first try.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can purchased from the brewery.

This pours a medium amber with an orange glow and a large, rocky off-white head.

Hops are the first thing I smell with a medium citrus and pineapple aroma and a moderate grass note. The belgian yeast aroma, thought faint is there with a mild orange ester and moderate peppery spice with a pleasant earthy and dusty notes. There is a malt sweetness in there as well.

The flavor is a blend of American hops and belgian yeast. The hops have flavors of citrus and pineapple with a touch of pine while the yeast brings flavors of an orange fruitiness, a moderately strong pepper and some earthiness. There is a medium bitterness with a bit less malt sweetness and a dry finish.

This has a medium-light body with a medium high level of carbonation. There is a slight prickle towards the end.

This is my kind of beer with good hop flavors and bitterness built around good belgian characters of fruit and spice.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #65 (June 2012):

LOOK: Thick head, hazed pale amber

SMELL: Passion fruit, mint, earthy, papaya, spicy, yeast, alcohol, biscuity, herbal

TASTE: Smooth, bitter, hop resin, citric, herbal, biscuity, tropical fruit, yeast, slight warming alcohol, green banana, faint phenols, pineapple skin, fresh tobacco; hoppy, dry finish

Nothing short of amazing, very well rounded with no compromise when it comes to the American IPA part of this brew. The Belgian side pulls its own weight; rustic but very drinkable. One of the best things this brewery did for this amazing brew is packaging it in a tallboy can. Hell yeah!

Photo of capilial
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice smooth beer with a nicely balance level of hopiness.

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 16 oz can into a Belgian snifter.

A - Pours with a hazy amber body topped by a well-propotioned and durable off-white head. Excellent lacing.

Aroma: Complex - Nutty yeast aromas mix with hops, some bready malts and faint fruits. Excellent balance.

T: Nutty, yeasty, lightly funky, moderately hoppy, slightly fruity and floral. Nice complexity and good balance. The lingering, mildly bitter aftertaste is especially pleasant for this style.

M - Medium-bodied with crisp, medium+ carbonation.

Overall: a well crafted Belgian IPA worth seeking out.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- The slightly hazy aged copper hued body has a thick butter cream head that fades to a thin ring and sticks to the glass with each sip before sliding back down. There is a wall of gentle carbonation working its way to the surface.

S- The abbey yeast aroma is fruity with a hint of dry slightly fruity hops to follow. The aroma fades as the beer opens up.

T- The fruity yeasty character blends with dry unripe fruit cocktail hops flavor that lingers to the finish. There is a hint of bitterness in the after taste that offers a nice contrast to the hops flavor. As the beer opens up the hops take on a new sneaker taste that is just a bit of green citrus pith in flavor.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a gentle crisp fizz.

O- This beer has a great blend of fruity and abbey yeast characters that blend with nice hops flavors. The beer is fairly dry with is a good balance with the fruity flavors. It just loses the aroma to quickly. Very nice Belgian IPA

Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can split and poured into 2 pint glasses. No indication of freshness on the can.

A: Pours an orangish amber with a rocky 1 finger, cream colored head. Good lacing on the sides of the glass, head remains as 1/8" as I drink.

S: Some yeasty bready malt aroma followed up by grassy hop notes. Pretty fresh smelling hops.

T: Quite a balanced flavor of Belgian yeast and hops. Lingering hop aftertaste.

M: Smooth on the palette. Crisp carbonation. Slight stickiness from the hop resins.

Overall a great twist on the normal IPA. Would love to see more breweries take a stab at this. Cool brewery too, worth a visit.

Photo of Magpie14
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy coppery orange with a delicate fuzzy cream colored cap. Lacing is above average with notable strands and dots scattered about

S: fresh, bright, snappy hops with a soft yeast notes. If I am right, a whiff 'n' smidgen of bubblegum wallows about. Very tempting smells

T: my tongue unlocks flavors similar to the nose with more Belgian notes at helm. Most notably, the mild breaded malt thing going on. The hops are well placed and clean in flavor with peppery pine notes and plenty of fruity lemon zest.
This beer is very well rounded. Not super hopped up nor is it full of traditional Belgian flavors. A great mix of the two

M: fizzy and near effervescent. Body is on the lighter side and compliments the experience

O: good stuff from Brewery Vivant

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant IPA, an American IPA moderated by the Belgian yeast flavour.Citrus hop. A different hop would have added some differentiation. Light coloured body and light coloured though substantive head. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty good drinkability. This beer would do well in Ontario.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Copper in color with good creamy foam and average lacing.

Smell: Yeast and...gummy bears? Yes, I believe that is what I smell...and it somehow works.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lemon, yeast, and seltzer. Wine grapes in the finish. Almost tastes like a combination of a shandy and an IPA. Gummy bears are also evident of course. Seltzer in the mouthfeel. Medium body.

Overall Drinkability: A wonderfully quirky IPA.

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bro-in-Law brought a Triomphe Begium IPA to our annual 4th of July get together...LUV U BRO!!!!

The appearance is a nice Golden Clear color with wonderful white head retention that seems to be lacing. The smell is frothe with pine and citrus undertones. The taste begins with nice cirtus start hints of grapefruit that then pass to lean more towards apricot. The taste does not linger long comes off the pallete quick. The mouthfeel is awesome and could session this one! Its nice.

Photo of prototypic
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Triomphe is light copper in color. It’s mostly clear and looks a little orange when held to light. A really nice off-white head caps it. It stands about two fingers tall and is slow to recede. A thick coat of sticky lace trails behind. Pretty good looking stuff.

The nose is weak in the aromatics department. Needs more strength. The malt base smells like a mix of toasted and caramel malts. It smells a little sweet. Light citric hops are noted. I’m getting mostly grapefruit and orange. They need more punch. Belgian yeast is very subtle and faint. That definitely needs to be stronger. Alcohol smells light for what it’s worth.

The flavor is definitely a little better. The malt base is a little sweet. Definitely tastes like caramel and light toasted malts. The caramel variety is the stronger of the two. Hops are a bit more prominent, but could still use a little more strength. They bring light grapefruit orange and flavors to the table. It’s not all that bitter though. Belgian yeast is definitely stronger and is responsible for the score bump. I still wouldn’t mind a little more though. Alcohol is blended well. Finishes a little sweet with a touch of Belgian yeast.

Triomphe has a light-medium body. Carbonation feels light, but it’s a bit too thin to feel smooth. Needs just a little more body. Not bad though. Goes down pretty easy. I could handle a couple of cans.

Brewery Vivant did a pretty decent job with Triomphe, but it could easily be improved with a little more of everything. More hops, more Belgian yeast, and more body would do it. It’s not bad at all. Just needs to be dialed in a little. It won’t affect the score, but I do like the can. Belgian beer in a can…who would’ve thought? It’s alright. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of ebby82
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber into a pint glass with an enormous frothy head.

The aroma is slightly sweet. A bit of hops with a slight Belgian yeast presence.

The taste is slightly bitter. The hops are present, but not particularly aggressive, and the Belgian yeast gives it a softness or roundness. Certainly less hop forward than most Belgian IPA's I've had, although its still tasty.

Rather smooth in the mouth, not very carbonated, quite drinkable.

Overall, perhaps a bit pricier than its worth, but a tasty example of the style.

Photo of Maiora13
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Exactly what you would expect from a Belgian style IPA. Its bitter yet flavorful and is exactly what people think when they are thinking of a craft beer.

Photo of dbtossi
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Citrus smell and gold in color, crisp IPA, full of flavor: cloves, sour

Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange clear body with minimal white head.

The smell is weak and has grassy hops and a light sweetness.

The taste is pleasant, but week. Grassy and citrus hops, bready malt.

Mouthfeel is thin, but well carbonated.

Overall it's an ok beer. Does most things good, but nothing great.

Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with two+fingers of head that hung on well. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Large amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of floral hops, Belgian yeast, and grainy malt. A little musty charactar from the malt as well.

Plenty of floral and spicy hops in the flavor. Does not taste particularly Belgian as the yeast flavor is non-existant. Tastes like a really hoppy pilsner. Bitterness is moderate. Finishes dry with clean flavors.

Medium body and nicely carbonated. The carbonation compliments the hoppy flavors nicely.

Tastes fresh and lively coming from the can. Just does not taste particularly Belgian to this drinker.

Photo of MakenziMantey
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The color of this beer is a dark yellow/orange. The aroma you get is a slightly herb smell and is kind of weak. Tasting this beer is strong with a tanginess and is really unpleasant to drink.

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can. Dark gold pour, good layer of white head.

Aroma, fairly pronounced pine and herbal hops. Minimal yeasty eastery component. Some light malt, toffee.

Taste fairly well balanced. Some hay grass and bread, competing with more herbal hops. A nice spice note as well. Pretty clean. Not a hop head IPA but that's more to my liking.

Lighter bodied, plenty of carbonation and easy to drink. Pretty solid. Once again, probably greatly depends on the freshness.

Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Re-review, fresher sample, thanks Chris!

Deep glowing orange, lasting head of white foam.
Dried apricot aroma, sweet overripe fruit, and hay. No trace of DMS or cooked veggies this time around.

Flavors of Belgian yeast and grassy hops, peppery and floral, light herbal notes. Finishes dry, fairly effervescent and medium bodied. Light residual dry hoppiness. Overall much improved from the old/possibly infected can I tried last month.

03-29-2012
2.75/5 rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First beer from Vivant, and sadly it wasn't as good as their Saison. Review from written notes.

Served in a tulip glass, it had an initial burst of white creamy head that dwindled down to a broken skim of wispy foam on the surface. Saturated orange, bright clarity. Arcs of drippy lacing in the glass.

Aromas of DMS, cooked vegetables and sulfur. Yuck.

Light grassy bitterness that builds over time, sweet apple juicebox, honey graham cracker malts. The vegetal grossness from the aroma lingers and fouls up things a bit in the taste also. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. After the initial shock from the tainted smell, it was serviceable at best. Maybe not the freshest sample, who knows as the can was not dated. Their Saison was much better.

Thanks to Justin for sharing!

Photo of KDawg
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Slows bbq. Poured into a pint glass and pours a medium gold color with a nice and foamy head.

Nice aromas of citrus, hops, oranges and spices. It doesn't have that much depth to it, but is nice.

Very good medium/full feel with nice depth and notes of citrus, navel oranges, and spices. Nice and smooth feel too.

A quality belgian ipa. It was also nice to have with some brisket.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can with no freshness information poured in to CBS snifter.

A - Cloudy medium orange colour with two fingers of thick cream-coloured head.

S - Spice, Belgian yeast, clove and a floral hop aroma up front with a bready malt backbone.

T - Moderate bitterness up front with floral and light citrus flavours. Bready malts, spice, clove and Belgian yeast add some balance and background flavours.

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

Photo of KatieS5643
2.92/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Better than I expected. Its a good caramel color. It has a strong smell of hops and outdoors. It tastes just as it smells. Hops and Pine needles, But it was alright.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Jeremiah for the extra! 16oz can to tulip. Sampled 9/9/11.

A: Pours with a large, 3 finger dense foamy head somewhere between off-white and tan in color. Big bubbles on the surface burst and slowly pull the head apart causing it to recede in very rocky fashion. Retention is very good. The body is medium orange with coppery tints and a bit hazy. Lacing is between good and excellent.

S: American hops come through with pine leading the nose, followed by pith of grapefruit and orange, then a bit of cut grass. The hop bill seems like it was heavy handed at one point, but just recently started to fade. The malt bill brings caramel, grain and straw to mind - all moderately toasted. Clearly a Belgian yeast strain, an average amount of earth comes through plus some light dust and barnyard.

T: The caramel flavored malts provide a low amount of sweetness due to the dry and bitterness finish. The flavor is extremely well balanced - and probably more enjoyable since there isn't one feature that dominates. In this case, truly, the sum of its parts is greater than the whole.

M: Extremely full and thick with an above average lively carbonation. The mouthfeel leaves little to be desired. Spectacular.

O: Great beer for a style that, for me at least, misses the mark more often than not. I'd love to get my hands on some more of Brewery Vivant's beers.

Photo of yamar68
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Yet another brew from alelover - thanks man!

Dark golden body, rocky large gauge head, loads of lace.

Ooo... that's a nice surprise. Spicy Belgian yeast is the first thing I notice... mild clean clove, raw hop bitterness, Belgian yeast ta boot.

Semisweet earthy yeast flavors play nicely alongside a mellow hop profile. Dry, slightly metallic mouthfeel but highly drinkable. I'm really developing an appreciation for Vivant. Well done.

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Triomphe Belgian IPA from Brewery Vivant
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