Triomphe Belgian IPA | Brewery Vivant

BA SCORE
86
very good
456 Ratings
Triomphe Belgian IPATriomphe Belgian IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
breweryvivant.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jale on 01-22-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
456
Reviews:
119
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
65
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of oline73
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by a large-bubbled head that fades rather quickly; not much lacing at all

Smell: Herbal, resinous hop tones with a caramel base

Taste: A caramel foundation, with grassy, piney hop flavors developing; a hint of banana, some stone fruit and then a bitter metallic finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: An easy drinker but lacks the Belgian complexity and dominant hop tones; a bit more like a hoppy amber than I would like

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Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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!

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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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 chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 16 oz can into a Belgian snifter.

A - Pours with a hazy amber body topped by a well-propotioned and durable off-white head. Excellent lacing.

Aroma: Complex - Nutty yeast aromas mix with hops, some bready malts and faint fruits. Excellent balance.

T: Nutty, yeasty, lightly funky, moderately hoppy, slightly fruity and floral. Nice complexity and good balance. The lingering, mildly bitter aftertaste is especially pleasant for this style.

M - Medium-bodied with crisp, medium+ carbonation.

Overall: a well crafted Belgian IPA worth seeking out.

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
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 Gagnonsux
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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 woodychandler
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Billolick
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of aasher
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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Triomphe Belgian IPA from Brewery Vivant
3.84 out of 5 based on 456 ratings.
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