Triomphe Belgian IPA - Brewery Vivant
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4.43/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
06-01-2013 01:11:32 | More by PincheNorteno
4.08/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
05-29-2013 02:31:33 | More by yamar68
4.16/5 rDev +9.8%
Poured out of a 16 oz can into a Boulevard tulip glass.
A - Pours a ruddy amber body topped with two fingers of bubbly golden head. Foam dissipates after a minute or so, leaving moderate-to-heavy lacing. Bubbles continue to drift up for quite some time.
S - Yeasty aromas and hops come through with notes of floral grassiness. Some phenolic elements as well.
T - So much depth, with lilac, lavender and more phenolic character. A hint of funk on the finish.
M - Medium-bodied with noticeable carbonation. Pleasant lingering aftertaste.
Overall a stellar Belgian IPA and I love the fact that it comes canned. They find a grat balance between the Belgian yeasty, floral characteristics and the hoppy bitterness. I wish it was easier to get in my area.
05-23-2013 01:34:26 | More by LambicPentameter
4.48/5 rDev +18.2%
No canning date. Bought a 16oz can for $2.79 at Fairway Sav-Mor Drugs in Eastpointe, Michigan. Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass.
Appearance: Pretty clear, with some particles floating around. The beer is a sexy amber color. The light brown, soapy textured head is about two fingers or so and lasts quite awhile. Lacing is quite thick and attractive (that's what she said...).
Smell: Wow was the first word I thought and said when I smelled this one. Truthfully, it smells a lot like apple sauce... to me, anyway, and I'd guess that's the yeast. There are some spices in there as well, but an apple aroma is what I'm pulling out of this the most, for sure.
Taste: The apple sauce flavor is really prominent up front, and lasts throughout the sip. On the finish there's a very tasty malt character with a quick burst of hops. Given that this is a Belgian IPA, I was hoping the hops would come through SOMEwhere. A unique as hell beer, and I dig it. A lot. It's easy drinking, the flavor hits you and is gone, the carbonation isn't high, the ABV isn't all that high... this is one I could drink quite a bit of. The bitterness in Triomphe is balanced out very nicely by the apple flavor, as well as the malt. The can claims the beer is "strongly bitter", but it's not. I think it's about middle-of-the-road.
Triomphe is an interesting beer that changes quite a bit as you make your way down the glass. It smells great, has a fantastic flavor, feels awesome going down... I think the Bros. gave this a more accurate rating than the majority have. Of course, that's all subjective.
Regardless, DEFINITELY seek this one out and try it for yourself. For the love of GOD, do it! And YES, I drank this beer sober.
05-03-2013 15:46:10 | More by Alextricity
4.44/5 rDev +17.2%
I'm going to go out on a limb here and put this up as one of the best IPAs that I have ever had. If you strictly love the hops, then this won't be a great IPA for you. However, if you enjoy Belgian style beers and also enjoy American IPAs, this is a good mix of the two. It focuses on the hop aroma and bitterness, but still has that farmhouse flavor that Vivant always looks for. I appreciated this adventurous IPA.
04-30-2013 03:37:35 | More by downeyj4
3.44/5 rDev -9.2%
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.
04-26-2013 16:10:33 | More by Thaddeus
Triomphe Belgian IPA from Brewery Vivant
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