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Triomphe Belgian IPA - Brewery Vivant

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Triomphe Belgian IPATriomphe Belgian IPA

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very good

102 Reviews

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 415
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 25.39%
Wants: 25
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
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Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States | website

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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Reviews: 102 | Hads: 415
Photo of liamt07
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Treebs
3.36/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.36/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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!

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Photo of jeremy13586
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of litheum94
2.06/5  rDev -46.1%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of silentjay
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can a clear amber gold with a thin off-white head.

Aroma of tropical fruits light malts.

The taste was grainy caramel malts, light tropical fruits, grassy hops and a whisper of vanilla.

Medium bodied and lightly dry with a moderate carbonation.

An easy-drinking and tasty Belgian IPA from Brewery Vivant.

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Photo of nhindian
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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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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

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Photo of vande
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
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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Photo of morimech
3.83/5  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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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,

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Photo of oline73
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of GRBrew
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.83/5  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.

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Photo of clint1019
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
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!

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Triomphe Belgian IPA from Brewery Vivant
86 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.