Triomphe Belgian IPA - Brewery Vivant

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Triomphe Belgian IPATriomphe Belgian IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

102 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 397
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 5.74%
Wants: 24
Gots: 46 | 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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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by a large-bubbled head that fades rather quickly; not much lacing at all

Smell: Herbal, resinous hop tones with a caramel base

Taste: A caramel foundation, with grassy, piney hop flavors developing; a hint of banana, some stone fruit and then a bitter metallic finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: An easy drinker but lacks the Belgian complexity and dominant hop tones; a bit more like a hoppy amber than I would like (509 characters)

Photo of KatieS5643
2.92/5  rDev -23.8%
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. (165 characters)

Photo of Kirsten_Ann92
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far my favorite Vivant beer! It had a great hops smell and taste. It is an orange colored beer. But oh goodness it is really good! It is a little bitter but overall a great beer! (181 characters)

Photo of Maiora13
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (153 characters)

Photo of MakenziMantey
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
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. (191 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-04-20 in Columbia, PA from a 16 oz can

A - Clear orange-amber with a 2-finger pillowy off-white head and nice lace.

S - Perfumy Belgian yeast vies with citrus, mint and floral hop aromas in an appealing way.

T - Caramel, orange and pineapple flesh for sweetness, potpourri (sweet/bitter/herbal), mint, a touch of pine and some orange zest bitterness to round things off. There's some residual bitterness but it is restrained in a good way.; bordering on a Pale Ale instead of an IPA. Dry enough but the bit of lingering sweetness works for me. I really like this flavor profile.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Refreshing. Almost crisp.

O - This one surprised me. I'm not the biggest fan of hoppy Belgian IPAs but the restrained perfumy esters and not making this beer dank or overly bitter strikes the right balance for my taste buds. Best Brewery Vivant beer I've had so far. I'll seek this out again. (949 characters)

Photo of Sydney10
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark honey color
Smell: Yeasty smell along with citrus and a light aroma of spice.
Taste: Citrus and grassy notes. Quite bitter with a chemically aftertaste. Taste light notes of coffee.
Overall: Not too bitter, a drinkable IPA. (243 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Appearance
Golden-yellow with a short white head that dissipates quickly. Crystal clear with light carbonation.

Nose
Clove, potpourri, grapefruit, honey, and perhaps some tropical fruit.

Taste
Light flavors of clove, potpourri, and earthy dry hay. Sourdough bread and honey sweet maltiness is balanced by grapefruit pith and pine needle hop bitterness. All of the flavors are moderately light.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, clean, and semi-dry with a medium-light bitterness.

Overall
A simple American IPA spiked with Belgian yeast. It works just fine. (605 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into nonic pint glass. Great citrus nose and golden color. Has a very well balanced hop profile, with the yeasty Belgian feel that this beer promises. Drinkable. almost to the point of sessionable - despite the 6.5% ABV. Very solid (242 characters)

Photo of Mikus
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from a pint can into my goblet. Caramel colored with a reddish haze. Poured a solid finger of white head with some big bubbles. Aromas of Belgian funk and some banana, and then some nice lemon. Lemon/citrus came through on the flavor side, the funk was very smooth, and there was a nice bitterness to boot. Excellent balance and flavor. Light mouthfeel, more of a nice, clean IPA feel than a Belgian (or at least those I have tried). This was a really well done beer, and the best 'Belgian IPA' that I have tried. I may have to try more! (544 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 16oz can to a teku; no canning or freshness date visible, but I picked this up direct at the brewery about a week and a half ago. Oughta be plenty fresh.

Appearance (2.75): This pours with about two fingers of cream-colored foam capping a rich amber-colored body with deep orange highlights. It’s nearly perfectly clear. The head doesn’t stick around all that long, but retains a nice collar on the surface throughout. As it dies off, it leaves just small amounts of very thin splotches here and there. The initial pour is great, but the lacing is very much lacking.

Smell (4.0): A moderate amount of nice hop aroma is clear right out of the gate, with some piney and citrusy, sweet orange scents. Malt and yeast esters meld nicely, blending nutty, toasted bread with a little toffee, herbal spice, and mellow stone fruits.

Taste (4.0): A bit more bombastic than the nose, the flavor is immediately dominated by tangy limeade, followed by herbal spice and grassy bitterness. Underneath all of this, there’s warm spice, biscuits and rustic multi-grain bread, straw, starchy plantains, apples, and small amounts of clove, pepper, and coriander. Some slightly medicinal phenols and herbal bitterness blend to characterize the finish, which offers a lasting bitterness shifting from grapefruit zest to grassy hops. No booze present; the boundary between the yeast character and the malt and hops (in turn, not in tandem) is seamless.

Mouthfeel (4.0): The beer’s got a medium-weight body borne on a soft, easily foaming and only lightly tingling carbonation that fills space quickly but not fully. In other words, its feel matches the size and richness of the palate. It finishes nicely dry, asking for more.

Overall (4.0): This is interesting to me because it kiiind of breaks the mold(s) of other “Belgian IPAs”. Most are some combination of American IPA with nominally Belgian yeast, legit but over-hopped saison, or hoppy tripel/BSPA. This is more like an amber-ish Belgian pale ale with a moderate but well-placed load of mixed American and classic noble hops. That’s how it comes off to me, anyway. That said, it’s not phenomenal by any means—just solid to very solid in almost every way (though I am a sucker for lacing). Definitely worth trying if you’re into the “Belgian IPA” thing. (2,341 characters)

Photo of Mavigo
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got this from my bro. Served in a snifter from a can.

A: Pours a clear copper color with a short beige head that lasts for a few minutes before dissipating down to a thin tan ring.

S: Wafty aroma, smells of floral tones, yeast, hops, wheat, malts

T: Tastes sweet, honey, grains,

M: Full bodied beer with medium amounts of carbonation, fairly sweet with a fellow follow through with hops

O: Overall this was an excellent IPA, the belgian yeast strain and the hops compliment but do not over power each other. Recommended. (528 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (872 characters)

Photo of sween100
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fusion beer-hoppy pale ale. Light brown and cloudy looking beer. Aroma of citrus and pine along with sweet smell from yeast. Can definitely taste the hops in this beer. Leaves a bitter taste in your mouth after the initial sweet taste. Overall delicious beer! (259 characters)

Photo of Emnmarko
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Clear and amber. An off white soapy one finger head caps this brew. Minimal active carbonation and mild lacing.

S- Sugary sweet malts, bready yeast. Dank grassy hops as well. A little dirty sweat sock aroma.

T- The sweet malt in the nose is slightly subdued here by an assertive hop presence that has a balancing effect on the flavor. Bitter with a sweet fruit juice blend. Definite notes from the Belgian yeast strain used in this beer come to the forefront in the middle. This one ends sweet n spicy with a modest peppery aftertaste.

M- Medium to medium -heavy. Wet and sticky.

O- Pretty decent Belgian style IPA. For me it's a little sweet. But being a hop head and trying to rate fairly per style I think this brewski is a better than average representation. Not a favorite of mine but will do in a pinch. (818 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured this 16 oz can into a Sierra Nevada hops tulip glass. No date. The body was amber with a creamy cap and lacing that stayed.

The smell was of a dank basement. Lightly fruity.

The taste was of funky Belgian yeast. Earthy basement contrasted with grapefruit and a spicy, peppery bite. Nice drying bitterness in the finish. True to style and very solid.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and it had a smooth, modest carbonation. (432 characters)

Photo of BreakfastStout
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
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!! (486 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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! (646 characters)

Photo of Dave_in_GR
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance is a dark amber with lots of off-white, foamy head that slowly fades. Nice lacing.

Smell is grainy with floral hops.

Taste is a really nice balance between malty sweetness up front and spicy hop bitterness with the finish - maybe some clove flavors in there? Delicious.

Mouthfeel is very dry thanks to a light body and heavy carbonation.

Overall this is an excellent twist on the American style IPA - really like the dry finish and hop character. (504 characters)

Photo of carlborch
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden brown pour, slight haze. Four finger, off-white, highly perforated head that persists. Sweet, yeasty, bright floral nose. Faint medicinal and bubble-gum notes. Forward malt on the palate with hints of burnt candy sugar and lingering hop notes. Perfectly-balanced sweet and bitter. Beautiful, thick Belgian lace. Certainly moreish. Refreshing. The ABV is not evident. Some flocculence at the final pour. (409 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured cold into a pint glass this brew has a clear, calm, caramel-copper color with a fair off-white head and fair lacing. The aroma offers a very solid bubblegum, floral hop with delicate grain some cotton candy sweetness. very nice and just what I like in a BIPA. The flavor comes on with a slightly more subdued bubblegum with more of a yeasty bite and bright wheat and sweet corn. The body is medium light and there's a fairly lush feel from the frothy carbonation, but it hints at a bit of a watery quality at times. The taste really is a minor let down after the attractive smell that introduced it. But it's certainly a good brew. There's some apple and pineapple ideas here and I guess I have to identify some clove, some general spiciness and pumpernickel bread. It seems to get better as it warms up. Nice brew but there are others I like better for this style. (872 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of PincheNorteno
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I cut my beer tastin' teeth on IPAs from Michigan craft brewers 10 years ago, so that is my frame of reference here.

Looks- Poured into a tulip. Pretty amber color typical of an IPA, with greater clarity and signs of life in the carbonation. Moderate head, Not much lacing, sorry if that's your beer fetish.

Smell- Yup, it's an IPA. Citrus, cereal, crisp earth smell of vivant house yeast. There's a dryness to that yeast that sets their beers apart. To me, it reminds me of drinking from a clay vessel.

Taste- Balanced, straightforward. Hoppy citrus up front, Belgian yeast, followed by the grain and mild bitter hop exit. There's a bit of honey sweetness too.

Texture- Tight carbonation at cooler temp. dry, mildly astringent from the yeast but in a good way. As it warms up, the carbonation is still there but it flattens out a bit as the feel becomes more viscous.

Overall, a solid offering. Very drinkable, good with pizza. I'm not embarassed to say I prefer it to other IPA's. It doesn't taste like reefer madness or diabetes. (1,041 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (438 characters)

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