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Triomphe Belgian IPA - Brewery Vivant

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BA SCORE
86
very good

339 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 22
Gots: 36 | 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 Hokenfloken
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of wisrarebeer
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...

Photo of morimech
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.

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

Photo of prototypic
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Florida9
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ebby82
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bigdaddyeric301
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Another6Pack
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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).

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brc
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Triomphe Belgian IPA from Brewery Vivant
86 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.