Triomphe Belgian IPA - Brewery Vivant
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3.45/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
08-13-2011 01:51:00 | More by prototypic
3.75/5 rDev -0.8%
A: Clear dark amber in color. Maybe copper. Whatever. Forms about a half inch of fairly creamy, fine bubbled head. Good retention. Some light lacing.
S: Aroma is a little off. Rather malty with a little toast. There are some earthy hops.
T: More malt. Some bread. A little pine and even less citrus. There is a very slight aftertaste of Belgian yeast. Quick finish.
M: On the lighter side of medium. Actually feels a little watery. Light carbonation levels.
O: An above average, but not overly exciting beer. Flavor is predominantly malt and the watery mouthfeel is a bit distracting. Even the Belgian aspects of this beer are downplayed. Drinkability is good.
08-11-2011 02:01:53 | More by Florida9
4.72/5 rDev +24.9%
Today has become New MichiCAN Beer Sunday, thanks to GrappyPunk who supplied the beer and Malty, who started all of this weekly madness in the first place.
From the CAN: "WHY USE CANS? We set out to build a sustainable brewery and found through our research that cans are a better option than bottles. Cans are much lighter in weight, contain more recycled content, are able to be up-cycled, and use less energy to produce. The canning line also has a much smaller footprint than a bottling line."; "If this was not enough, cans provide better protection from flavor degenerating oxygen and hop flavor robbing sunlight. This is the best package we can provide to bring our beer to you, tasting the way the brewer intended it. Enjoy."; "Belgian tradition. Local mission."; "BELGIAN STYLE INDIA PALE ALE Triomphe is made with a classic Belgian style yeast strain that gives the complexity and slight sweetness you may expect from a Belgian style ale. The beer then reaches deeper providing a smack-down of American grown hops to turn the style on its head. It has a light caramel color, is strongly bitter with a fruity citrus aroma."; "COMPLIMENTARY FOODS Spicy dishes, pizza, burgers, sharp cheddar or blue cheeses. Visit our website for more."; "GLASSWARE A large tulip glass is ideal. The snifter quality helps to capture and focus the hop aromas while the contour at the top holds on to the rich head." Sounds like a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass to me.
I am in LOVE with Brewery Vivant! I have been simply blown away by their first two beers and I have only the highest of hopes for this third CANned beer.
Ah, the auditory portion of tonight's program, otherwise known as the Crack & Glug. The opening overture to any symphony that may or may not proceed, but you will never get it from a bottle. I am simply astounded by the way that each of them has produced a thick, dense layer (anywhere between a finger to two or more fingers) of head and even more so by its sustainability. "Beer Drinkers Get More Head", so reads a patch on one of my many jackets and if you are drinking a Brewery Vivant beer from a CAN, truer words were never spoken. Then the lacing ... This World, and Then, the Fireworks, or in this case, the elegant, delicate lacing that makes me want to drop to my knees and lick every succulent inch. Whoops! I have been warned against such digressions and so we return to the beer. A deep orangish-amber in color with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Is it hot in here, or is it just me? The nose was absolutely floral, like being in a hops field, but underlain by a light mustiness. This is the equivalent of one of my neo-hippie redheaded girlfriends distilled into a glass! I have known you many times, my darling, and you are always unwavering in your intensity. The mouthfeel was full and big-bodied and I could name names, but I won't. The spice of the hops intermingled well with the sweetness of the malt and suddenly I was in the back seat of an Oldsmobile the night before a deployment in 1993. I remember you well and I hope that you have the same fondness for my memory. The finish was dry, bitter and lingering, the same way that each of my redheaded relationships have ended. I need merely to lick my lips to conjure up a memory of each and every one of them, but to what avail? A slap across the face, perhaps spit upon like a llama being told what to do, or worse, a knee to the groin. C'mon, baby, I love you, but your intensity is sometimes too much even for me. As to the cooler, me and my redheads NEVER went to the beach. We were all big on movies, especially screened movies, which is one of the things I do miss about California - the ability to buy beer at the cinema or to sneak it in and not have anyone care. A movie marathon, a CAN of beer and thou, or words to that effect. Oh my.
08-01-2011 00:41:32 | More by woodychandler
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
07-31-2011 00:17:48 | More by ebby82
4.18/5 rDev +10.6%
Appearance: off-white head with small amount of lacing, it poors a deep gold color.
Smell: faint smell of grapefruit
Taste: a little hoppier than most Belgian-style IPAs that I've had. You can still tell it's Belgian-style, though.
Mouthfeel: pretty soft and smooth here
Drinkability: I could have a few of these. It's the best one I've had from Brewery Vivant so far.
07-24-2011 23:24:31 | More by bigdaddyeric301
3.83/5 rDev +1.3%
Pour from the pint can is golden copper. Big fluffy head that held its own and left some pretty strong curtains of lacing around the glass. The nose includes the fruity yeast of a Belgian brew with some pepper notes in there.
Taste is rather neutral to me - neither the Belgian yeast nor the Michigan hops come through in any distinct way. That said, I can pick up hints of the spicy hop flavors and the cloves from the yeast, and it drinks very easily. Finishes with a little sweet malt flavor in the back of the throat.
Overall a very low-key, very balanced Belgian IPA that earns high marks for dinkability (and container portability).
07-10-2011 20:17:39 | More by Another6Pack
4/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
07-02-2011 01:05:14 | More by WoodBrew
4/5 rDev +5.8%
Picked up a single at a Butler's Pantry in Saugatuck, MI
Poured a nice, light amber. Smell is mild, yet fruitiness and the distinctive smell of Belgian yeast was apparent. Very smooth mouth feel for a lighter bodied beer. Subtle flavors that I really enjoyed.
I'm glad I picked this up and am looking forward to the other Brewery Vivant singles I unexpectedly found on this trip. I'll grab some more on my next trip to Michigan.
06-26-2011 00:01:43 | More by ssimpson89
3.45/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
06-23-2011 00:48:00 | More by brc
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
Received in a recent blind trade. Poured from a 16 oz. can.
I have never heard of this beer before and I did not look at the previous reviews or grades. Total scratch here.
A- Looks great, light copper color. Nice frothy head that stays around for several minutes. REALLY looks great.
S- A little weak on smell, like a truly light IPA. Looking forward to this next step.
T- Here we go....Wow, really nice. Extremely CRISP is the word I would use. Very citrusy, not much pine. It has a bite that really hangs in your mouth after the swallow.
M- Somewhat weak for the style, but the flavor makes up for that.
O- An extremely solid beer. I really dig this one. Now I'll have to look them up and see what they are about.
06-18-2011 00:06:11 | More by sendsilk
4.2/5 rDev +11.1%
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
06-17-2011 00:35:37 | More by Magpie14
4.13/5 rDev +9.3%
Brewery Vivant Triomphe
Props for canning your beer
A - Pours a nice amber color with 2 inches of foam that leave plenty of sticky lacing around the glass as it falls.
S - wow, heaven, nice piney grassy hops fill the nose and just sticks with you. This is so good smelling. It just has that fresh hop aroma to it
T - a bit of malt followed by a wet cardboard flavor, i'm guessing its from the abundance of grassy hops. It just has that sort of hop pellet smell and taste. I really do like this one. Its not overly bitter, just hoppy enjoyment.
M - Tingly carbonation with a malty background, the hops add a bit of a bitterness bite but not overpowering.
D - This is very enjoyable and refreshing. This is a beer I could drink on a hot summer day and be quite happy.
06-15-2011 05:01:40 | More by mikereaser
3.6/5 rDev -4.8%
Poured into a snifter.
A: Gentle pour yields 1.5 fingers of cream colored tight head with great retention. Clear dark amber liquid.
S: PNW hops, clove, grassy hops, some spiciness. All nice, but slightly hollow.
T: Hops take a back seat to the funkiness, with a bit of wet cardboard apparent. Hop bitterness is pleasant, but I'd appreciate a stronger hop presence in the flavor overall.
M: A tad thin and watery. Slightly bitter.
D: Tasty, light and thin. I'd be alright ordering another. I probably won't buy again. Bummer cause I was psyched about the idea of a Belgian inspired brewery canning tallboys in the vicinity!
06-08-2011 01:57:44 | More by dfillius
3.63/5 rDev -4%
Having a pint at the Noggin Room in Petoskey, Michigan
A-dark golden to amber in color. 1/2 inch head. Solid retention and lacing.
S- very floral, European hops... Maybe saaz.
T- really well represented BIPA. European hops, floral, little earthy.
M- smooth and mouth coating.
Overall- very good and well repped Belgian IPA.
06-04-2011 00:46:08 | More by GrandCruDrew
4.3/5 rDev +13.8%
A - What an aggressive head it pours... A very spacious head with a nice soapy bottom capped by a nice off-white foam. Brew is clear orange with red and yellow hues. This brew mores a lot like a Guinness...
S - Yum, quite nice! Very citrus. Lots of banana. A rather intriguing scent for a brew to have. It smells like a great Belgian IPA. Lots of apple, pear, grapefruit, banana, and orange. Very fruity.
T - Very unique! What a great brew! Lots of splendid flavor that rips at your tongue. Very fruity. It tastes like it wants to be quite bitter, but it settles down quite quickly.
M - Extremely light and airy. Wonderful carbonation with great balance. Awesome brew. Feels amazing going down.
O - I would have to say they nailed the style with ease. A wonderful brew. I would have to think this brew is quite underrated. Thank you for sharing Another6Pack.
06-01-2011 01:00:23 | More by chugalug06
3.43/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
05-31-2011 03:59:02 | More by Wadsey
4.43/5 rDev +17.2%
Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.
Appearance was a nice dark gold into almost red with a nice head.
Smell was huge of hops and citrus and yeast.
Taste was great. Popped you up from with bitter hoppy goodness then finished with the traditional Belgian yeasts flavors.
Mouthfeel was good. Very easy to drink.
Overall a great beer and a near perfect representation of the style.
05-21-2011 18:53:53 | More by Lillenk
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
Pour - dark amber with some auburn highlights, a stark white inch of fluff sits on top and leaves some well formed lacing as it slowly dissipates.
Aroma - I smelled the familiar pine and citrus as soon as the can was cracked open. If you like your Belgian-style IPAs heavy on the hops this one is for you. Lots of great hop aroma is also accompanied by some spiciness and some nice floral notes. This smells very, very good.
Taste - one sip and we're in uncharted canned craft beer territory. The delicate spiciness of the Belgian yeast used in this brew shines through almost immediately in the first sip. The citrus, pine, orange and pineapple flavors that the West Coast hops impart are all extremely fresh and sharp. The finish is a bit dry on the tongue with some of that spicy, yeast flavors sticking around with the bitterness of the hops. Wow, this is just an all-around great tasting beer. It's thirst quenching, refreshing and just plain delicious.
Overall - This is a style I've come to enjoy more and more and am very happy to see it make its way to cans. Excellent job by the folks at Brewery Vivant! If you've not yet had a Belgian-style IPA or just haven't had this one yet I definitely highly recommend it. It's a great example of the style.
Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. If I lived within 3 hours of this brewery I'd be making a trip there this weekend to try some of this, and their other beers on tap, and also take some more home with me. Having only one can of this is just a tease!
05-17-2011 00:11:49 | More by indiapaleale
4.2/5 rDev +11.1%
Poured from a what? Yes, a can. Wow. This thing looks amazing. Beautiful clarity and a great chunky head atop an absolutely lovely penny coloured brew. Lazy carbonation seductively struts through the beer and deposits itself in the header. Lacing hangs around the edges,
The nose is a delicious sweet canopy with a lovely hop parachute. The smell is like none other. Bread and sap and spice. A bit of grapefruit. This is a superb thing to stick your nose into. Belgo uniqueness with solid IPA traditional florals.
The taste is clean and delicious. Vastly unique. There are aspects of sweetness and bread with a luscious hoppy resinous grapefruit quality and spice. Toootsie pops. Belgian ambiance throws the whole thing askew and makes it a dance. This is a highly satisfying body of liquid.
The mouthfeel is medium. An absolutely perfect setting for the flavors it supports.
Overall, this brew is fantastic. Perhaps even better than the tap version I can compare it to. It manages to project a cleanliness and flavor that are just superb. I will definitely be putting another quad pack of this in my fridge soon, which is a statement I don't make all that often given the sea of quality we craft brew enthusiasts swim in these days. I am excited about this brewery. Solid drank.
05-15-2011 01:10:20 | More by SupaCelt
4.22/5 rDev +11.6%
A- Pours a clear ruby orange liquid with numerous streams of rising carbonation. The white head is splotchy and thin but provides modest coverage and leaves nice lacing as it works its way down the glass.
S- Caramel, grass, and citrus. There is also an undercurrent of something I can't quite put my finger on. I enjoy this.
T- A bit of nuttiness- maybe hazelnuts. There is also notes of caramel, grass, and citrus. Unique and tasty.
M- Creamy and light with just a bit of a carbonated bite. The finish leaves a slight astringency.
O- Overall, I really enjoyed this. With the can packaging, this is going to be an epic summer beer out on the boat.
05-13-2011 02:21:31 | More by david131
3.78/5 rDev 0%
Can poured into a Duvel tulip glass.
A- A normal pour left a 2-finger, khaki head. It dropped pretty quickly, but sustained itself at a decent foam that left fluffy spots here and there on the glass. The body was very clean. It was a gold-copper color with moderate-heavy carbonation. Lots of big bubbles.
S- There was an initial burst of grassy hops. Belgian yeasties come off with a certain farm-like quality. Horse blanket maybe? It does remind me of my weekly visits to the barn for work. Sweet malts in the background are initially sugary and become grainy with some warmth. A little subdued overall.
T- It has a pretty good mix. At the first sip, sweet malts come through up front, there's a yeasty middle, and hops throughout. Malts are a little grainy (pleasantly so). Hopping isn't overdone. The juicy hops are somewhere between herbal/medicinal and really earthy/tobacco-like. Grains become more profound with warmth. It does seem a touch long in the finish.
M- It has a pleasantly dry feel. Moderate carbonation. Overall, medium bodied.
O- It's a solid beer. It could be a little more bold, but I'd definitely buy it again as an easy drinker. It seems like it could be a good multi-purpose beer. It was really nice on this warm spring day. Potentially good paired with food.
05-08-2011 17:38:16 | More by GRPunk
3.18/5 rDev -15.9%
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.
02-18-2011 01:57:10 | More by TCgoalie
4/5 rDev +5.8%
On tap poured into a large tulip
A: Pours a clear copper with a finger of white head.
S: Belgian yeast here banana and clove aromas. Nice clean hops.
T: Starts slightly sweet with banana and clove followed by nice hop bitterness. The hop bitterness tapers off very well.
M: Great carbonation and light-medium body.
D: Would drink another.
01-22-2011 23:51:56 | More by jale
Triomphe Belgian IPA from Brewery Vivant
85 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.