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Triomphe Belgian IPA - Brewery Vivant

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Triomphe Belgian IPATriomphe Belgian IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

326 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 21
Gots: 31 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jale on 01-22-2011)
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

LornaLee, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

drh1382, Dec 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

otto251068, Dec 25, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

akttr, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

WolfKeeper, Dec 13, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

freduardo, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

FlandersNed, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

hotglassmama, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

pocwolf, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of MacStinson
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

MacStinson, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +5.5%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of nhindian
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Had a Pittsburgh tasting a while ago.

16oz can poured into a Stone taster.

A - Pours with an orange clementine body, hazy and cloudy with a good amount of sediment. Grows a 1.5-fingered head with big, soapy bubbles. Decent retention and lacing.

S - The predominant aroma in the nose is green apples, followed by pears and a touch of banana. There is a hint of soap as well. There are lot of Belgian yeast phenols to round out the nose.

T - The taste brings a bit more malt to the table than what was present in the nose, which is fairly bready with a pinch of cocoa. As in the nose, I'm getting a lot of apples and other assorted, pitted fruits. The yeast lends some complexity as well in the form of bananas and grape bubblegum. A nice amount of sugar and alcohol arise in the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is medium- to light-bodied with high carbonation. Fairly easy to drink, especially with the pleasant carbonation and slick feel. The yeast gives it a semi-dry finish.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. The flavors are distinctly Belgian, but I can't help but feel that the IPA influence is lost within the mix. This isn't very hoppy at all, which loses it some points for the style.

nhindian, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Hokenfloken
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Hokenfloken, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$2.69 for a 16oz can from Siciliano's in Grand Rapids.

A: clear, with dark amber color, nice characteristic Belgian frothy head that dissipated to a decent veil
S: mild nose, fruity, bubblegum with hop presence
T: I like this beer, primarily because it's not over the top with hop bitterness, more of a traditional European IPA style, good malt up front with definite hop bitterness but well-balanced
M: well-balanced and very drinkable
O: milder than what I expected and that's a plus, an easy drinking well-balanced Belgian IPA

wisrarebeer, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of vande
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
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...

vande, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of morimech
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

morimech, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep golden, straw color coming forward right away. Nice two fingers of white foam quickly come up and over the top of the glass settling down with a nice amount of lacing that quickly takes over the glass. Very cloudy, even through the final pours. First thing I notice is the aroma of honey, lots of grains, bready malts and a noticeable amount of honey, whether intentional or not it is there. Grape skins start to come forward now as does a light touch of grass, nothing really bowling me over though. First sip is very smooth, rich and well carbonated the flavor is allowed to explore the palate quite nicely and really makes for a very full feel. Light grains, pears, peaches, apples, all seem to be well represented,

mikesgroove, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an almost clear dark amber with a finger and a half of fluffy off white head. Good retention.

Smell: Some sweet malt with fruity notes from the Belgian yeast. Some citrus peel hops in there as well.

Taste: Bitter citrus peel hops along with some fruity notes. There is a good amount of malt sweetness to balance things out. The finish is hoppy and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A good representation of the style. I enjoyed the fruity notes along with the hops. I would have another.

oline73, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of GRBrew
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the best beer Vivant makes and also the most consistent offering.

A - Gold with a thin head that leaves some minimal lacing.

S - Has a nice aroma with a hops coming through with a fruity & citrusy aroma.

T - Had a nice spicyness with fruit and malt mixing nicely.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O - This is a good overall beer. If you are going to have one beer at Vivant this is the one to try.

Serving type: draft

GRBrew, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

mactrail, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of zoso1967
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Triomphe pours a rich amber color and is nice and clear. The head is towering and parchment in color, possessing both great staying power and excellent lacing. This really does look like a beer that is a marriage of America and Belgium.

The aroma is quite complex with a slightly funky Belgian yeast character that marries with some seriously floral hops. To my nose the yeast surely has the upper hand though and I wish it was a bit more balanced.

The flavor is quite similar to the aroma with a mixture of Belgian yeast funk and hops. The hops are quite fruity with a floral berry like character that reminds me a bit of Houblon Chouffe, though this is a bit of a training wheels version of that brew. Also appreciable in the flavor is some nice biscuity malt that is very IPA like indeed.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a nice amount of carbonation. Even with a decent amount of bubbles it manages to be quite smooth with a pleasant floral finish.

Overall this is a fairly tasty beer that leaves me wanting a bit more. More flavors and a bit more interest would take it to the next level. Brewery Vivant has proved that they can make a quality beer, but I have yet to try one that really tugs at my heart strings.

zoso1967, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of clint1019
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Gold in color with a toffee colored thin head that leaves some minimal lacing.

S - Has a nice caramel malt aroma with a fruity & citrusy aroma. Also, once it warmed it had a hint of cocoa aroma.

T - Sweet caramel malt flavor with a touch of grapefruit & finishes with a nice hop spicyness.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O - A nice beer. I like the combination of the belgian and the IPA. It combines the fruity aromas and flavors of a typical belgian with the hoppy flavors of an IPA.

clint1019, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz. can poured into pint glass. This Belgian Style IPA poured a thick frothy head. It left good looking sudsy retention like many Belgian styles on my honey badger pint glass.

The aroma on Triomphe is rather disappointing. Even though the vessel is a pint glass, the nose on this IPA was weak in a snifter. I expect more nose from an IPA.

Triomphe has a very pleasant and agreeable taste. Brewery Vivant balances tasty flavor of sweetness from honey and bitterness from the hops. Triomphe isn't real hoppy like I want IPAs. It has a bready yeast taste--common of Belgian styles I believe.

Brewery Vivant 4packs are tasty and perfect drinkability for watching football. I have been impressed by their Belgian styles and farmhouse ales.

tetonka4kzoo, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of Mitchster
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$2.69 for a can. No ingredients or stats on the website. 6.5% ABV for a 16oz can. Gotta love these 16oz cans.
When poured, formed a 4 finger head. Bone white soapy head with tenacious sticky lacing and superior retention, sitting on top of a copper colored clear brew. The nose is fresh with green hops...I'm thinking Centennial, with a touch of cascade. No perceptible off aromas. The mouthfeel is crisp, clean with a medium body. The taste is quite good. A classic IPA with great hop flavor and aroma of mangos and grapefruit with just a touch of that Belgian spice and residual sweetness. Very well balanced bitterness which makes it an easy drinker. Not too bitter at all which is a common complaint in many IPAs. There is a pleasant grain husk/toast note in the middle and finishes with a cool creamy mouthfeel. No perceptible off flavors either.

This is an excellent beer and I will definitely be buying it again. This is easy to drink and I really enjoyed it. Pleasantly surprised. Do try it!

Mitchster, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Bung, Sep 04, 2011
Triomphe Belgian IPA from Brewery Vivant
86 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.