Triomphe Belgian IPA - Brewery Vivant

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Triomphe Belgian IPATriomphe Belgian IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

393 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 23
Gots: 44 | 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 elNopalero
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No idea when this was bottled but I took the plunge anyways.

I will say, from my first impressions, this beer makes one impressive pour. I am using a “chalice” and just amazed at how nice this beer looks—wonderful creamy head that hangs around for days (or several minutes, at any rate) and a toasted straw with a hint of amber.

There’s a boldly hoppy aroma that states its presence, sharp, crisp and strawlike. The flavor is hop forward with a strong straw presence that finishes with some orange citrus. Very light “Belgian” character, to be honest. This strikes me more as a straightforward IPA with some floral notes at the end, which I suppose is the Belgian aspect. A nicely enjoyable blending of styles which I enjoyed. I certainly won’t have any trouble working my way through the remainder of the four pack.

Photo of Biffster
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a brilliant clear deep amber with golden highlights. The head is dense and off white, but very quickly dissipates to a low lace.

The aroma is fruity and bready - lots of apple and pear and apricot along with the toasty rye bread aroma. The hop aroma is low to moderate, with some spicy woody hop notes. There is not a lot of citrus hop notes, and there is not much in the way of spicy Belgian phenols.

It is bready and not at all sweet at the sip, and this maltiness gives way quickly to a fairly intense hoppy flavor. It is spicy from the hops, but the darker rye crust malt notes linger admirably. The finish is a blend of hops and malt, with the balance to hops. It is not intensely bitter, and the malt note lingers well, but it is hoppy and fairly clean.

The beer had a medium full body but with a nice spritzy carbonation that combines with the bitterness to help dry it out.

Overall, I find it to be a very tasty and approachable beer, very friendly to food. I am guessing it would be a little more versatile with food than most IPAs. The Belgian notes? Meh. Id like some more phenols and fruity esters to give a more characteristic Belgian flair.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

The idea for a Spelunky drinking game came to mind during this beer: every time you die, you take a drink. Could be deadly. Anyway, this stuff pours a partly-cloudy sunset amber topped by a finger of slightly-glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises pine resin, grapefruit rind, light grass, and very light Belgian yeast. The taste brings in more of the same, but with a good amount more grapefruit. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice Belgian IPA. Though nothing amazing, it'll definitely quench your BIPA thirst.

Photo of ChadQuest
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Body is a vibrant rustic golden color with a large amount of billowing carbonation.
The nose is pears and fruity yeast notes with a bit of earthy hops and citrus american hops.
bright and floral with more sweetness then bitterness all around. A light amount of citrus hops give a the only bitterness found, but the soft fruits of the belgian yeast overwhelm them.
low carbination, slightly creamy, and medium bodied.

c/3 = Average

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can courtesy of mseguin pours a mostly clear, dark copper color with a small-bubbled tan head. Retention is average and lacing pretty nice.

Nose is just about equal parts Belgian yeast and citric-ly earthy hops. Biscuity malt and has an English maris-otter character to go with it. Pretty good, one of the better smelling Belgo-IPAs Ive had.

Taste again shows great balance and has a firm, assertive malt presence. The yeast gives it more of a phenolic flavor than most of this style. Hops are grassy and don’t seem to fight the yeast as much as a tropical or overly citric variety. Mouthfeel is a tad watery; despite the sweetness...maybe some more CO2 is solution would be better. This is a good beer, I think it is one of the better Belgian IPAs I have had, admittedly not a favorite style for me.

Photo of lstokes
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with a beautiful head and steady lacing. The smell is fairly sweet, with the yeast and clove prominent, and it tastes kind of like a mulled IPA--citrusy hops but also cinnamon, clove, even a touch of nutmeg? I'm digging this one. Mouthfeel is also creamy and smooth with a pleasant lingering spice. Will definitely buy again.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- The slightly hazy aged copper hued body has a thick butter cream head that fades to a thin ring and sticks to the glass with each sip before sliding back down. There is a wall of gentle carbonation working its way to the surface.

S- The abbey yeast aroma is fruity with a hint of dry slightly fruity hops to follow. The aroma fades as the beer opens up.

T- The fruity yeasty character blends with dry unripe fruit cocktail hops flavor that lingers to the finish. There is a hint of bitterness in the after taste that offers a nice contrast to the hops flavor. As the beer opens up the hops take on a new sneaker taste that is just a bit of green citrus pith in flavor.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a gentle crisp fizz.

O- This beer has a great blend of fruity and abbey yeast characters that blend with nice hops flavors. The beer is fairly dry with is a good balance with the fruity flavors. It just loses the aroma to quickly. Very nice Belgian IPA

Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours coppery bronze, like so many of them. Smells a little sweet, like a distant bakery, and malt, and grain, and breads, and only sweetish fruits and desserts. Taste is malt and sweet, and biscuits and some bitterness, but subdued for an IPA. It has the feel of a Belgian, that's for sure. Mouthfeel is fussy and refreshing, and zippy and dry...great here. Overall, a fine offering.

Photo of KDawg
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Slows bbq. Poured into a pint glass and pours a medium gold color with a nice and foamy head.

Nice aromas of citrus, hops, oranges and spices. It doesn't have that much depth to it, but is nice.

Very good medium/full feel with nice depth and notes of citrus, navel oranges, and spices. Nice and smooth feel too.

A quality belgian ipa. It was also nice to have with some brisket.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can with no freshness information poured in to CBS snifter.

A - Cloudy medium orange colour with two fingers of thick cream-coloured head.

S - Spice, Belgian yeast, clove and a floral hop aroma up front with a bready malt backbone.

T - Moderate bitterness up front with floral and light citrus flavours. Bready malts, spice, clove and Belgian yeast add some balance and background flavours.

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a can of Brewery Vivant's Triomphe Belgian IPA last week for $2.59 at The Lager Mill. This is the last of their year round beers that I have yet to try and I thought that I shouldn't ignore this one, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date. Poured from a 16oz can into a Belgian Tulip.

A- I like the way the can looks, the guy riding the horse almost looks biblical and is pretty bad ass if you ask me, Brewery Vivant makes their cans look good. It poured a little hazy golden orange color that a golden that took on a dark almost amber color when held to the light with four fingers worth of rocky white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some nice chunky and sticky lacing. I really like the way this beer looks for the can to the color to the head, it just looks really good and it was pretty close to being perfect.

S- The aroma starts off a little sweet with some malts that impart some bready and light caramel aromas. Up next comes the hops which impart some earthy, grassy, and slightly citrusy aromas. I only get a slight bit of Belgian yeast that imparts a really light amount of spices. The aroma was ok but I would like some Belgian yeast and citrus hop aromas.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with some malts that impart some sweet, grainy, and bready aromas. In the middle I pick up some Belgian yeast that stuck out just a little more then it did in the aroma and impart some light spice flavors, mainly cloves. Towards the end I get some nice grassy and earthy hop flavors along with a light amount of citrus with a pretty light amount of bitterness and a slightly malty and grassy aftertaste. This beer tastes ok, but I wish the hops stuck out a little more and I wish it was a little more bitter and some more Belgian yeast wouldn't hurt either.

M- Really smooth, crisp, a little dry, on the light side of being medium bodied, with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok but I thought that carbonation could be toned down a little.

Overall I thought this was an ok beer and a slightly above average example of the style, it was going in the right direction but it seemed to be a little rough around the edges. It had good drinkability, it was pretty smooth and refreshing, I could drink a pint or two but that would be my limit. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and the drinkability, this beer looked really good and was much more drinkable then I thought. What I liked the least about this beer was that the flavors seemed just a little muted and not as intense as they should be, it might be a little old but with no canning date I can't be sure so I'm holding that against them. I would buy this beer again, I would like to try it fresh and I would recommend giving it a try if you are into this style. All in all this is another solid beer from Brewery Vivant, it seems to me that all their beers are pretty solid at the least and that is really reflected in their three year round beers, I would say this is my second favorite, with Solitude being my favorite and Farmhand being my least favorite. Good job guys, you make some quality beers and you can beer sure that I will be waiting for the next new brew from Brewery Vivant to hit the shelf's, I see good things in the future for this brewery.

Photo of dorianmarley
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16oz can poured into tulip

Appearance is golden orange with a very fluffy, white head and extremely sticky lacing.

Nose is filled with sharply fresh hops, vanilla bean, pine, and oak.

Taste is bland for a Belgian. The sharp hops fall flat on taste. There is an interesting sour component, but there is little to compliment or contrast with it. You are left with mostly sourness, with some vanilla and a bit of hops. But it is way too light.

Mouthfeel has a carbonation similar to seltzer, and does not have enough body to support a Belgian.

Overall, I have been to Vivant and know they are better than this. Try a different style of theirs.

Photo of MadScientist
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can purchased from the brewery.

This pours a medium amber with an orange glow and a large, rocky off-white head.

Hops are the first thing I smell with a medium citrus and pineapple aroma and a moderate grass note. The belgian yeast aroma, thought faint is there with a mild orange ester and moderate peppery spice with a pleasant earthy and dusty notes. There is a malt sweetness in there as well.

The flavor is a blend of American hops and belgian yeast. The hops have flavors of citrus and pineapple with a touch of pine while the yeast brings flavors of an orange fruitiness, a moderately strong pepper and some earthiness. There is a medium bitterness with a bit less malt sweetness and a dry finish.

This has a medium-light body with a medium high level of carbonation. There is a slight prickle towards the end.

This is my kind of beer with good hop flavors and bitterness built around good belgian characters of fruit and spice.

Photo of liamt07
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from the brewery, into a tulip. No dating evident.

Reddish brown, slightly hazy with a good cap of offwhite head. Nice lacing and good retention. Nose is quite yeasty, light spicing, some tropical fruit notes (pineapple sticks out) and perhaps a bit of citrus zest. A good sweeter malt character is evident. Taste is yeasty, grainy breads, light citrus notes and the pineapple is less pronounced. Drying feel, but not too much in the way of body or mouthfeel. Medium carbonation, a pinch of spice and alcohol in the finish. A bit bitter. Not a bad Belgian IPA, but really doesn't put everything together in a way that I dig.

Photo of Treebs
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall boy can served in a FFF teku glass.

A: Pours a semi hazy amber color with an off yellow head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thick collar and cap that leaves some sticky webbing.

S: Heavy biscuit malts and peppery yeasty up front. Light floral and bitter hops are on the finish. Sweet fruity esters are present as well with a twinge of banana.

T: The base beer is pretty malty with biscuit and cracker flavors. Peppery yeast pops up mid-palate. The finish is bitter green hops and some light floral notes.

M: Medium bodied with a nice quench and a yeasty drying finish. The carbonation is zesty and a little high.

O: This beer looked great, but the rest was pretty ho-hum. I'm a little spoiled with Live a Rich Life/Shark Pants at my disposal, but I digress. Pretty average for this relatively new style, but I applaud the effort. A little more balance between the malts and the hops and it would be much better.

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pint can, poured into a pint glass. Thanks, Bob!

A - Pours a crystal clear golden amber color. A thin white head dies rapidly, leaving a thin level of carbonation.

S - The bready malts are overwhelming here with a little bit of nutmeg. Not a lot of Belgian aromas. Lacking in hops as well. Unimpressive.

T - The malts from the nose are on the forefront. They are bready/biscuity. Also some honey and floral hops.

M - Lively carbonation, typical of the style. Nice, medium body.

O - Certainly not one of the better Belgian IPAs I have had. Tastes like a very malty, floral IPA and lacks the belgian flavors associated with the style. I suspect that this beer is past it's prime, but I can't find any canning date. Not terrible, but I didn't really enjoy it.

Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Re-review, fresher sample, thanks Chris!

Deep glowing orange, lasting head of white foam.
Dried apricot aroma, sweet overripe fruit, and hay. No trace of DMS or cooked veggies this time around.

Flavors of Belgian yeast and grassy hops, peppery and floral, light herbal notes. Finishes dry, fairly effervescent and medium bodied. Light residual dry hoppiness. Overall much improved from the old/possibly infected can I tried last month.

03-29-2012
2.75/5 rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First beer from Vivant, and sadly it wasn't as good as their Saison. Review from written notes.

Served in a tulip glass, it had an initial burst of white creamy head that dwindled down to a broken skim of wispy foam on the surface. Saturated orange, bright clarity. Arcs of drippy lacing in the glass.

Aromas of DMS, cooked vegetables and sulfur. Yuck.

Light grassy bitterness that builds over time, sweet apple juicebox, honey graham cracker malts. The vegetal grossness from the aroma lingers and fouls up things a bit in the taste also. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. After the initial shock from the tainted smell, it was serviceable at best. Maybe not the freshest sample, who knows as the can was not dated. Their Saison was much better.

Thanks to Justin for sharing!

Photo of jeremy13586
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pounder can poured in to my Duvel glass. I couldn't find any sort date on the can.

The beer is a golden orange color. A frothy dirty-white head formed. but didn't last for all that long. There was a little bit of foam that did hang out for the rest of the experience. Some wispy lacing stuck to the glass as well.

Citrusy hop aroma with some minor pine notes. Sweet grainy malts. Some grain and caramel as well.

Grassy and citrusy hops. Bready malts. Over acidic finish. Lingering bitterness.

Medium bodied. Pretty bubbly, but a very smooth finish.

A bit better than average for a Belgian style IPA, but a very interesting offering for a pounder can. I'd like to try more of there stuff, but unfortunately they aren't in the Pittsburgh area.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tall boy can poured into a tulip glass.

no freshness date is found on the can.

Appearance: pale straw yellow bodied beer with a little bit of haziness, not quite opaque. 3 fingers bone white head that dropps slowely leaving thick lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: mild citrisy hops(orange and lemon), pine, and strong notes of belgian yeast and bready malt profile. Also getting that hay, bananas, and clove note like a mix of a farmhouse ale and a hefewiezen. Really unique smell.

Taste: lots of bready malts with a mildly spicy belgian yeast. Hops are subtle with a mild bitterness just a faint pine note with oranges from the hops profile. Little bit of hay and clove; also a little banana adds some fruitiness to this beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp, refreshing, and easy drinking beer.

Overall: Its almost 3 beers in one. A farmhouse, a hefewiezen, and a weak IPA. Its nice beer with decent complexity, but I wanted more hops from this beer to withstand the strong belgian influence in this beer from the yeast. Its still a nice summertime brew!

Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can split and poured into 2 pint glasses. No indication of freshness on the can.

A: Pours an orangish amber with a rocky 1 finger, cream colored head. Good lacing on the sides of the glass, head remains as 1/8" as I drink.

S: Some yeasty bready malt aroma followed up by grassy hop notes. Pretty fresh smelling hops.

T: Quite a balanced flavor of Belgian yeast and hops. Lingering hop aftertaste.

M: Smooth on the palette. Crisp carbonation. Slight stickiness from the hop resins.

Overall a great twist on the normal IPA. Would love to see more breweries take a stab at this. Cool brewery too, worth a visit.

Photo of litheum94
2.06/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No canning date.

Clear, amber body. A brown tinged head forms, filling the glass. It settles to a firm, protective cover.

Weird smelling at first, like boiled cabbage. That thanfully goes away and started to smell better. Spent grain, fruity yeast, citrus hops and some caramel. The boiled veggies don't completely go away however.

Very griany and dry, with some more caramel malts. That pesky boiled veggie essence is back, and it really kills the hops, and the beer really.

Too much boiled vegetables. No sir, I don't like it.

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant IPA, an American IPA moderated by the Belgian yeast flavour.Citrus hop. A different hop would have added some differentiation. Light coloured body and light coloured though substantive head. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty good drinkability. This beer would do well in Ontario.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Jeremiah for the extra! 16oz can to tulip. Sampled 9/9/11.

A: Pours with a large, 3 finger dense foamy head somewhere between off-white and tan in color. Big bubbles on the surface burst and slowly pull the head apart causing it to recede in very rocky fashion. Retention is very good. The body is medium orange with coppery tints and a bit hazy. Lacing is between good and excellent.

S: American hops come through with pine leading the nose, followed by pith of grapefruit and orange, then a bit of cut grass. The hop bill seems like it was heavy handed at one point, but just recently started to fade. The malt bill brings caramel, grain and straw to mind - all moderately toasted. Clearly a Belgian yeast strain, an average amount of earth comes through plus some light dust and barnyard.

T: The caramel flavored malts provide a low amount of sweetness due to the dry and bitterness finish. The flavor is extremely well balanced - and probably more enjoyable since there isn't one feature that dominates. In this case, truly, the sum of its parts is greater than the whole.

M: Extremely full and thick with an above average lively carbonation. The mouthfeel leaves little to be desired. Spectacular.

O: Great beer for a style that, for me at least, misses the mark more often than not. I'd love to get my hands on some more of Brewery Vivant's beers.

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip, no canning date. Pours crystal clear golden orange color with a nice 3 finger dense khaki head with incredible retention that reduces to a thick cap that lingers. Some decent lacing clings to the glass; with decent carbonation streaming up. Aromas of grapefruit, orange, caramel, pine, herbal, bread, and yeasty spices. Nice and well balanced aromas, but on the weak side. Taste of big grapefruit, caramel, pine, herbal, biscuit, orange, and yeast spices. Good amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, bread, and yeast spices. Great balance of hop flavors, bitterness, and Belgian character; with a hop character being a little more pronounced. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. Drinks fairly easily at 6.5%; with only a slight alcohol warming after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian IPA. Has the Belgian character without going over the top; and still retaining good hop flavor. I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of silentjay
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a mahogany copper with a huge off-white head that sticks around forever while lacing impeccably in chunks.

black pepper and bubble gum come to the nose first, which is an odd combination to say the least. a lot of fresh-cut flowers and a fresh herb garden with a very, very slight funk that gives way to a slightly toasty bread maltiness.

peppery with some bubblegum again start off, but give way to a varied hop flavor ranging from citrus, to bitter, to grassy, to herbal, to floral. no real funk in the flavor, but some detectable malt backbone of toasted wheat bread.

lighter bodied than would be ideal with a vegetal aftertaste that is odd.

overall, it was tasty, but there were some flavors and feels that just did not mesh well together. some good points to the beer, but overall, it fails to come together into anything more than an above-average beer.

Triomphe Belgian IPA from Brewery Vivant
85 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.