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Triomphe Belgian IPA - Brewery Vivant

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Triomphe Belgian IPATriomphe Belgian IPA

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very good

102 Reviews

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 409
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 25.39%
Wants: 25
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant visit their website
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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Reviews: 102 | Hads: 409
Photo of litheum94
2.06/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No canning date.

Clear, amber body. A brown tinged head forms, filling the glass. It settles to a firm, protective cover.

Weird smelling at first, like boiled cabbage. That thanfully goes away and started to smell better. Spent grain, fruity yeast, citrus hops and some caramel. The boiled veggies don't completely go away however.

Very griany and dry, with some more caramel malts. That pesky boiled veggie essence is back, and it really kills the hops, and the beer really.

Too much boiled vegetables. No sir, I don't like it.

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Photo of MakenziMantey
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

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Photo of KatieS5643
2.92/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Body is a vibrant rustic golden color with a large amount of billowing carbonation.
The nose is pears and fruity yeast notes with a bit of earthy hops and citrus american hops.
bright and floral with more sweetness then bitterness all around. A light amount of citrus hops give a the only bitterness found, but the soft fruits of the belgian yeast overwhelm them.
low carbination, slightly creamy, and medium bodied.

c/3 = Average

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16oz can poured into tulip

Appearance is golden orange with a very fluffy, white head and extremely sticky lacing.

Nose is filled with sharply fresh hops, vanilla bean, pine, and oak.

Taste is bland for a Belgian. The sharp hops fall flat on taste. There is an interesting sour component, but there is little to compliment or contrast with it. You are left with mostly sourness, with some vanilla and a bit of hops. But it is way too light.

Mouthfeel has a carbonation similar to seltzer, and does not have enough body to support a Belgian.

Overall, I have been to Vivant and know they are better than this. Try a different style of theirs.

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Photo of BreakfastStout
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a tallboy can into a pint glass. Huge head with lots of lacing. Tough to get a decent pour out of a can. Just another reason to love bottles. Color is a coppery amber. Smells a fruity cooper aroma. Tastes as it smells, no surprises, bland grapefruit and mild copper taste. Mouth feel is thin and not memorable. I love IPA's and DIPA's and this is not one of the better offerings of the style. So many better craft beers out there. Pass on this one. And pass me a Two Heart!!

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Photo of vande
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: a nice thick, three finger, somewhat off-white [think country white here] floatin' atop of a deep orangeish-amber color....a fairly active looking brew as the bubbles continue to defy gravity!

S: a quick sniff citrus, lemon/orange rine, but somewhat overall light in aroma...

T: slight orangey tang, little bitterness at the back.. not quite getting a lot of out this one though..

M: lighter to medium bodied creamy type beligan ipa.. pretty good

O: a decent brew...but I think there's plenty of Belgian IPAs out there that are better... I'd probably revisit this though, to get a better feel. The one can that I have may not be quite enough to give a fair judgment.. freshness? Possible updates in the future...

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Notes from 2/4/11.

Pours golden with a slight red tint. A white foamy head 1 finger high appears but goes away by the time I toast and take a sip. Some lacing present, but nothing fancy.

Smells of banana, clove, and spice.

There is a small belgian yeast taste against dusty grass hops. Not very excited about the taste.

The feel in the mouth is light with some spice and drying.

This is drinkable but feels a bit light for the style.

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Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fragrant and winey. Tastes stronger than it seems to be. Amber in the glass with a robust but coarse foaminess. Sharp on the tongue. Thin mouthfeel. More of a watered-down IPA than a Belgian style. Hops are resiny. Long scratchy aftertaste. Back of the throat.

Interesting but not so pleasing. Some malt flavors but more on the sourish side. Meaty and bitter at the same time Minerals and salt. Definitely worth a taste on tap, however.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can marked 3 09 12B38R purchased at Meijer at 50 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of yeast and spices
Head average (3 cm), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to an uneven layer with some trailing up the side of the glass
Lacing spotty with irregular clumps at various places
Body light amber, clear
Flavor is lightly bitter with no discernable phenolics or yeast; no alcohol, no malt, no hops, no diacetyl. The drink ends very slightly sweet. There is a slight aftertaste of spice.
Palate is light to medium, watery, brief lively carbonation.

Overall, a very unremarkable beer. It has a decent appearance although the rapidly disappearing head and the poor lacing detract from it. The flavor does not support the aroma which, at least, supports the claim to be something of a Belgium nature. Perhaps it is significantly better on tap. Worth trying once to tick.

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Photo of finstadp
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The Triomphe Belgian IPA from Brewery Vivant was pleasantly surprising. It had an orange or amber appearance with a full body. It had a strong smell of hops. The flavor and mouth feel were very full-bodied. It was both rich and heavy but a great beer all and all.

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Photo of Maiora13
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of Treebs
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall boy can served in a FFF teku glass.

A: Pours a semi hazy amber color with an off yellow head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thick collar and cap that leaves some sticky webbing.

S: Heavy biscuit malts and peppery yeasty up front. Light floral and bitter hops are on the finish. Sweet fruity esters are present as well with a twinge of banana.

T: The base beer is pretty malty with biscuit and cracker flavors. Peppery yeast pops up mid-palate. The finish is bitter green hops and some light floral notes.

M: Medium bodied with a nice quench and a yeasty drying finish. The carbonation is zesty and a little high.

O: This beer looked great, but the rest was pretty ho-hum. I'm a little spoiled with Live a Rich Life/Shark Pants at my disposal, but I digress. Pretty average for this relatively new style, but I applaud the effort. A little more balance between the malts and the hops and it would be much better.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pint can, poured into a pint glass. Thanks, Bob!

A - Pours a crystal clear golden amber color. A thin white head dies rapidly, leaving a thin level of carbonation.

S - The bready malts are overwhelming here with a little bit of nutmeg. Not a lot of Belgian aromas. Lacking in hops as well. Unimpressive.

T - The malts from the nose are on the forefront. They are bready/biscuity. Also some honey and floral hops.

M - Lively carbonation, typical of the style. Nice, medium body.

O - Certainly not one of the better Belgian IPAs I have had. Tastes like a very malty, floral IPA and lacks the belgian flavors associated with the style. I suspect that this beer is past it's prime, but I can't find any canning date. Not terrible, but I didn't really enjoy it.

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Photo of Wadsey
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brewery Vivant Triomphe Belgian IPA

Served in New Belgium tulip. 

A: Pours pale amber with unremarkable head and lacing. 

S: Light lemon zest, some citrus and grain. Somewhat perfumey, but not overwhelming or fake. 

T: Peppery yeast and lemon/citrus work well on tongue. Lemon peels. Solid bitterness takes hold before spice and grassy malts assert themselves. Rock-solid bitter finish.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation. Somewhat grainy on palate. Bitter and drying. 

O: Triomphe Belgian IPA makes up in drinkability what it lacks in complexity. Competent, error-free beer that goes down easily. 

Thanks to hurfer for opportunity. 

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Photo of Thaddeus
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear amber color with an off-white frothy head about two fingers high.

Aroma & Taste: Nice hop notes of herbs and pine and medium body. Slight malt notes to it. Overall the beer had good hops that added a nice bitterness to the beer. The beer didn't take to long to finish with no lingering bitterness.

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Photo of prototypic
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of Biffster
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a brilliant clear deep amber with golden highlights. The head is dense and off white, but very quickly dissipates to a low lace.

The aroma is fruity and bready - lots of apple and pear and apricot along with the toasty rye bread aroma. The hop aroma is low to moderate, with some spicy woody hop notes. There is not a lot of citrus hop notes, and there is not much in the way of spicy Belgian phenols.

It is bready and not at all sweet at the sip, and this maltiness gives way quickly to a fairly intense hoppy flavor. It is spicy from the hops, but the darker rye crust malt notes linger admirably. The finish is a blend of hops and malt, with the balance to hops. It is not intensely bitter, and the malt note lingers well, but it is hoppy and fairly clean.

The beer had a medium full body but with a nice spritzy carbonation that combines with the bitterness to help dry it out.

Overall, I find it to be a very tasty and approachable beer, very friendly to food. I am guessing it would be a little more versatile with food than most IPAs. The Belgian notes? Meh. Id like some more phenols and fruity esters to give a more characteristic Belgian flair.

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Photo of brc
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Generous head has decent staying power, with some unusually large bubbles. Copper to golden liquid.

Complex hop aroma - both floral and piney, without citrus notes. very nice.

Taste is dominated by a strong corn sweetness. In the finish the hops are more present - tastes `piney'.

The carbonation level is good, and there is some creaminess giving a full mouthfeel.

A quality beer, subtle for an IPA, without the quirkyness of the Belgian versions.

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Photo of silentjay
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a mahogany copper with a huge off-white head that sticks around forever while lacing impeccably in chunks.

black pepper and bubble gum come to the nose first, which is an odd combination to say the least. a lot of fresh-cut flowers and a fresh herb garden with a very, very slight funk that gives way to a slightly toasty bread maltiness.

peppery with some bubblegum again start off, but give way to a varied hop flavor ranging from citrus, to bitter, to grassy, to herbal, to floral. no real funk in the flavor, but some detectable malt backbone of toasted wheat bread.

lighter bodied than would be ideal with a vegetal aftertaste that is odd.

overall, it was tasty, but there were some flavors and feels that just did not mesh well together. some good points to the beer, but overall, it fails to come together into anything more than an above-average beer.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

The idea for a Spelunky drinking game came to mind during this beer: every time you die, you take a drink. Could be deadly. Anyway, this stuff pours a partly-cloudy sunset amber topped by a finger of slightly-glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises pine resin, grapefruit rind, light grass, and very light Belgian yeast. The taste brings in more of the same, but with a good amount more grapefruit. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice Belgian IPA. Though nothing amazing, it'll definitely quench your BIPA thirst.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a can of Brewery Vivant's Triomphe Belgian IPA last week for $2.59 at The Lager Mill. This is the last of their year round beers that I have yet to try and I thought that I shouldn't ignore this one, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date. Poured from a 16oz can into a Belgian Tulip.

A- I like the way the can looks, the guy riding the horse almost looks biblical and is pretty bad ass if you ask me, Brewery Vivant makes their cans look good. It poured a little hazy golden orange color that a golden that took on a dark almost amber color when held to the light with four fingers worth of rocky white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some nice chunky and sticky lacing. I really like the way this beer looks for the can to the color to the head, it just looks really good and it was pretty close to being perfect.

S- The aroma starts off a little sweet with some malts that impart some bready and light caramel aromas. Up next comes the hops which impart some earthy, grassy, and slightly citrusy aromas. I only get a slight bit of Belgian yeast that imparts a really light amount of spices. The aroma was ok but I would like some Belgian yeast and citrus hop aromas.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with some malts that impart some sweet, grainy, and bready aromas. In the middle I pick up some Belgian yeast that stuck out just a little more then it did in the aroma and impart some light spice flavors, mainly cloves. Towards the end I get some nice grassy and earthy hop flavors along with a light amount of citrus with a pretty light amount of bitterness and a slightly malty and grassy aftertaste. This beer tastes ok, but I wish the hops stuck out a little more and I wish it was a little more bitter and some more Belgian yeast wouldn't hurt either.

M- Really smooth, crisp, a little dry, on the light side of being medium bodied, with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok but I thought that carbonation could be toned down a little.

Overall I thought this was an ok beer and a slightly above average example of the style, it was going in the right direction but it seemed to be a little rough around the edges. It had good drinkability, it was pretty smooth and refreshing, I could drink a pint or two but that would be my limit. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and the drinkability, this beer looked really good and was much more drinkable then I thought. What I liked the least about this beer was that the flavors seemed just a little muted and not as intense as they should be, it might be a little old but with no canning date I can't be sure so I'm holding that against them. I would buy this beer again, I would like to try it fresh and I would recommend giving it a try if you are into this style. All in all this is another solid beer from Brewery Vivant, it seems to me that all their beers are pretty solid at the least and that is really reflected in their three year round beers, I would say this is my second favorite, with Solitude being my favorite and Farmhand being my least favorite. Good job guys, you make some quality beers and you can beer sure that I will be waiting for the next new brew from Brewery Vivant to hit the shelf's, I see good things in the future for this brewery.

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Triomphe Belgian IPA from Brewery Vivant
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