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Triomphe Belgian IPA - Brewery Vivant

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Triomphe Belgian IPATriomphe Belgian IPA

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very good

348 Ratings

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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 21
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jale on 01-22-2011

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Photo of nhindian
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Photo of vande
3.11/5  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...

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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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,

Photo of oline73
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of GRBrew
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of zoso1967
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of clint1019
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of Mitchster
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
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!

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of ngeunit1
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper-orange color with a big layer of frothy off-white head atop. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of Belgian yeasts and some sweet caramel malts with a bit of citrus hops taking the back seat. Overall, a bit weak.

T - Starts off with some nice sweet caramel malts and Belgian yeast. The hop flavor is very mild at the start. Through the middle, the citrus hops get a bit stronger with a touch of bitterness coming through as well. The yeast also gets a bit deeper and more bready. The finish is a mix of some light bitterness, a bit of sweet caramel malts, and some bready yeast flavor that lingers.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels fairly smooth and crisp. The bready yeast flavor really lingers for quite a while.

D - Very drinkable. The beer feels a little off balanced with the hop flavor really not standing up next to the strength of the yeast and malts. I like the depth of the yeast flavor, and just a bit more hops could make this a winner.

Photo of weizenbob
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce can purchased at Shop-N-Save in Ludington, MI. No canning date was located. The can was poured into a nonic imperial pint glass. A horizontal pour yields two fingers of foamy tan head. Retention is moderate. Thick lacing lines the inner wall of the glass. The brew is pale amber in color and contains very little opacity.

Mellow piney hops dominate the aroma in a nonthreatening manner. The scent of citrus fruit is subversive though inviting. It has a really nice aroma, and though quite hoppy, I'm not getting the impression that this will be shredding my mouth with bitter barbs.

The flavor is really nice. This is my first "Belgian style" IPA, and I have to admit that a hoppy beer brewed with a Belgian yeast strain sounded like a combination doomed for failure. So this is a pleasant surprise. As with the aroma, piney hops take the forefront, providing a nice tinge of resin. From here the Belgian characteristics begin to surface. Malty goodness is sweet and substantial. Fruity Belgian yeast flavors emerge. Alcohol flavor is mild for a beer of 6.5% ABV. Earthiness coats the back end. The finish is laced with an underlying citrus rind bitterness that dries things out nicely and lingers pleasantly until the next sip. This is really solid.

The mouthfeel is very pleasant. The beer is straddling the line between light and medium bodied. The carbonation level appears low, but really feels perfectly in balance with the weight of this beer. The moderate alcohol content adds a velvety smoothness. Though the beer is moderately bitter, it goes down relatively easy. It really feels like the best of both worlds as far as an IPA and a traditional Belgian strong pale ale are concerned. Bravo.

All of this adds up to a really nice glass of beer. It looks good, smells and tastes nice and feels great in the mouth. At 6.5% ABV and a being a full 16 ounce serving, Triomphe does not lend itself to sessioning; and at $2.50 a pint it is not the most economical beer on the block. Whether the contents are worth the premium price is in the eye of the beholder. I could see buying this as a nice treat when the whim arises. At the moment it's probably my favorite Michigan brewed beer in a can.


The two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I would gladly trade two Schlitz tallboys for a pint of Triomphe.

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Triomphe Belgian IPA from Brewery Vivant
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