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Euphoria - Ruckus Brewing

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124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ruckus Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dmarch on 04-02-2004

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Ratings: 124 | Reviews: 84
Reviews by BBM:
Photo of BBM
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear golden color with not much head. No lacing around the glass, either. Aroma was cloves and bananas and perhaps a few spices.

Up front is the sweet honey and fruit flavor, but then the back end is highly alcoholic. Slight hop bitterness in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is crisp and light, which is nice. Overall though, I thought the brew was a bit bearish and a lot to take. I'd recommend finding other Belgians out there.

More User Reviews:
Photo of StephenHopking
4/5  rDev +8.1%

This beer is good.

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, at the Hop Devil Grill in NYC, this strong, yeasty and tasty brew poured cloudy dark peachy amber, with a dark tan head and leaving plentiful lacing. Nose is nicely of fruity bananas. Smooth nicely rounded notes of cloves, bananas. Smooth and creamy, a pleasure to enjoy on tap and a great starter at the Legacy event. A favorite style and this one did not disappoint.

Photo of Kraken
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My local bottle shop just got a 3 of Legacy's line in stock, figured I would give one a shot. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 20 oz pint glass. Medium pour yields a two finger pure white head of very fine bubbles. Head retention is great, moderate lace on this bad boy. Golden amber with a tinge of copper.

Nose- whiffs of Belgian yeast, coriander, and hints of alcohol.

Taste- Strong metallic taste, however it fades over time. Some sweetness, some typically Belgian esters nothing as definite as banana or bubble gum. Very peppery. Slight hop bite in the finish. Finish is a bit long and dry. Mild alcohol presence

Mouthfeel- Active carbonation, if anything a bit oily.

Drinkability- Good. A fine American interpretation of the style.

Photo of Soonami
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a wide bowled snifter

A-shiny, clear yellow with a little foam

S- Peppery, yeasty, and a funk, almost like a wet band-aid, weird

T-Bitter orange, spicy coriander, sweet malt and a little alcohol burn.

M- great carbonation and a substantial thickness

D- high abv, but the alcohol is well hidden and the flavors good but not overwhelming

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Mad Mex Robinson, appears a slightly cloudy golden amber with a nice white head leaves behind fine even lacing with each sip, not bad at all. Aroma is heavily spiced with sweet lightly toasted fruity malt presence among the biscuit flavor, an overall tart apple and lively alcohol. Flavor has a spicy alcohol character with creamy malt sweetness it's hart to compare to other American brewed Belgian style ales...tart apples and ripe fruit soaked in alcohol. Mouthfeel is a bit syurpy with even carbonation and alot of texture medium bodied really sticks to the palate. Drinkability is very quaffable but beware the abv is weighing heavy at 11% alcohol by volume but it's spicy character and fruit components make it a very desireable experience even Euphoric.

Photo of ggaughan
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at UJ's on the Manatawny during their Hoptimus Prime premiere. The beer poured a hazy golden color with a thin white head into a chalice. The nose of the beer was mainly of yeast, some lemon zest and other fruit tones. The taste is lemony, zesty and a bit spicey, maybe corriander. The taste overall is sweet and leaves a nice aftertaste and linger in my mouth. The body has some active carbonation and overall adding up to a nice refreshing beer and that is hard to say for a 8.7% abv strong ale. This reminds me alot of RR's Benediction in taste profile. Can't wait to try this in bottles when they are out.

Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, a single from a nice mix-pack from a certain against the grain liquor store in east Edmonton.

This beer pours a slightly glassy medium golden hue, with one very skinny finger of thin, wispy off-white head, which bleeds way in a blink of a lazy eye, leaving but a few specks of islet lace around the glass for the measly effort.

It smells of fruity, bready pale malt, some muddled winter baking spices, candy sugar, and subtle metallic boozy notes. The taste is sweet grainy malt, some bready yeast, more saccharine, chewing gum adjunct notes, sozzled pear and overripe apple, and earthy, sort of grassy hops.

The bubbles are moderate, and flick a bit at the high palate, the body a so-so medium weight, with a tacky smoothness, afflicted like expired orange juice. It finishes sweet, to be sure, as the heavy (?) pale malt and alcohol sugars rise above the fray, leaving the fruit and hops clamouring underneath.

A better than expected tripel, from the wilds of Pennsylvania - just kidding, sort of. Anyways, lots of checkmarks for the style, with just the big one missing - overall subtly and cohesiveness - but work on it, and we'll check on it next time you bring it in, s'ok?

Photo of dacrza1
2.76/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Date tasted: June 28, 2013... Glassware: Affligem chalice... Occasion: O's defeat Sabathia--a good day of work too....Appearance: slowly simmering bubbles populate a thinly cloudy white head on a copper golden body--not impressive or noteworthy... Aroma: tight, strong citric push; a bit malty and hints at the 9..0% ABV already... Palate: intense, throast-scorching finish early; full-bodied and thick with some fizz... Taste: a grapefruit pucker and some grainy flecks of alcoholic weight--a nameless warming flavor pervades... Overall: Surprisingly, this beer mellows halfway through thee glass; still retains its weight but allows for easier drinking; the profile, though, is effected and does not stand much for making a memorable experience--a serviceable tripel that is probably a bit below its price point in terms of quality....

Photo of asabreed
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Corsendonk tulip. I was surprised to find no yeast at the bottom.

Appearance: A darker yellow with a bit of gold, decent head retention that's a bit soapy with lingering larger drops of lacing.

Smell: Reminiscent of a tad more mild Belgian than a lot of recent domestics that I've sampled. Interesting sourness to the fruity esters, with some brighter sour cherries amidst more mild banana, along with yeast, candi sugar, light phenolic activity, and maybe some citrus in there from the hops.

Taste: An initial sourness with malty fruity esters, sour cherries, light cream, banana, yeast, a bit of doughiness, candi sugar, citrus, mild phenols, and some earthiness. Lingering finish is sweet and then cuts into more balance and lingering esters and sourness.

Mouthfeel: A bit too slick with the lack of carbonation. I'm not sure if the bottle-conditioning would've helped or not. It doesn't detract too much, but it's thicker with less carbonation than it needs to be.

Drinkability: A solid domestic version, and one of the better ones I've had lately, though I'm curious about the absence of any yeast in the bottle. Complex and balanced and worth a try.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruckus Euphoria
12 oz. bottle; Packed on date illegible

Appearance: As usual, cloudy golden. Head retention and lacing average.

Aroma: Fruity, juicy and subtly tart. Cherry, apple, subtle pineapple. A hint of banana in the background. Yeasty with a minor bit of chalkiness. Some low level spice that lends a suggestion of coriander.

Flavor: follows aroma. Superbly balanced. Beautiful combination of yeasty fruitiness and chalkiness over gently sweet and lighty grassy/straw-like maltiness (orange, lemon, banana, herbal), very firm but balanced bitterness. Dry finish with residual fruit, malt, spice and yeast.

Overall: A killer beer that's remarkably drinkable but still very complex. Not overdone, especialy in the spicing. Balanced and very drinkable. What's not to love?

Photo of edchicma
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very little head...dark lemon yellow. Very sweet aroma with light grassy notes. Taste is an improvement...flavor is lightly sweet, spicy notes at mid palate...slightly tart hop presence on the finish. Mouthfeel is a nice balance of creaminess with a dry finish. For the high abv(9.0 in this case) this brew is very drinkable...worth a try.

Photo of puboflyons
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped "Packed on 144 303c." Sampled on November 17, 2012.

The pour is a cloudy medium amber to the point of being orange with a short-lived fizzy white head.

On the nose: yeast, Belgian pale malts, black licorice and a host of other exotic spices.

The body is medium, creamy, and full of bubbly zest like a good Tripel should be.

An array of flavors tease the tongue including Belgian malts, zesty orange, coriander, clove, pepper, and black licorice with a low to moderate hop finale that lingers just enough to satisfy.

Nicely done.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy and dirty banana color with a moderate white fluffy head with decent retention. Visible carbonaton was medium-heavy.

S: spicy with bananas, coriander (pepper) hints, sour tropical fruit (pineapples) as well dry pears and citrus peel.

T: The flavor was much as the smell, sour tropical fruit (pineapples) citrus peel, pears with some peppery notes.

M: smooth and light with a medium-heavy carbonation factor.

D: Drinkability was good considering the high abv of 9.0%

Photo of fitzy84
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The drink poured with a golden-amber appearance with little head or lacing. Aromas were decently rich in fruits, wheat, bread with a great malt hint. Taste was smooth and dry in sweetness and rich malt. Definitely can taste the alcohol delicately and appetizingly. The mouthfeel created a great smooth texture to the drink and also gave it a good carbonated punch in the mouth. Overall, really nice.

Photo of n2185
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yellow-gold with a finger of white head that fades into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Light spice notes up front with tons of candy sugar and bubblegum aromas with faint notes of bananas and pears.

T: Spices up front here as well with some bubblegum and candy sugar presence. There are light fruit notes before a sweet, bready finish.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this is fairly dry and drinkable, but could use a lighter body and more carbonation.

O: A surprisingly good beer overall. I hadn't heard of this brewery before, and often breweries have trouble with Belgian styles, but they did a good job.

Photo of lou91
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade with weare138. This is much more of a tripel than a BSPA. It looked and smelled like a tripel should –clear golden color with a bright white head and smelling of candi sugar, white pepper and some clove. The taste is so well balanced between the sweetness of the sugar, a dry hop bitterness, the spice and a tasty yeast holding it all together. Warming really helps the nose come forward and it is oh so drinkable.

Mike tells me that this is 11% and it has to be the easiest 11% tripel out there. Another beer that needs to be bottled and sent to California.

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy peach-colored beer, off-white head

S: butterscotch and peach; perfumey, floral

T: honey sweet upfront, mildly sweet lemony citrus, then bitter dry lemon rind and coriander finish

M: medium body, frisky carbonation and spiciness, palate cleansing and refreshing, mild bitter chalky mid-finish

O: I thought this a really good tripel, nice balance between maltiness and hops for a zesty citrusy drink with a mediumweight malt bottom

Photo of Amalak
4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had out of a 22 oz. bottle.
A- Deep gold into bronze color. Bubbly. Decent head that dissipates quickly leaving a little lace.
S- Bitter scent with caramel.
T- Nice balance. Spicyness to to it. Peppery with caramel. Slight bitterness in the back of the mouth. Slight malt undertone.

Really well balanced, spicy brew.

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is rather hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with some small particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a thin head that quickly dissipated, leaving only some lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruity yeasts are present in the nose—pears stand out in particular—along with hints of alcohol and spices.
T: The taste has flavors of pears and pineapples along with slight hints of alcohol and peppery spices.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that bad but lacks interesting aromas or flavors. It's rather drinkable and hides its alcohol relatively well considering the strength.

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml bottle. Pours a nice rich golden yellow colour with very little in the way of head. There are aromas of ripe exotic fruits--some of the typical Belgian yeast esters. The classic fruit flavours are there, too, with plenty of spice, as well. A very well-made tripel.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Finley's, Huntington.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured an eatery yeast with elements of coriander and citrus.

The taste was upfront spicy with ane eatery yeast and earthy hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a tasty and very user friendly beer considering the ABV.

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft in the home kegerator...
Appears a hazy gold with a lush white head that retains nicely and fades into a small film and collar. Streaky and spotty lacing are left around the inside of the goblet. Unfiltered brew makes it hard to see carbonation activity other than a few small bubbles slowly rising on the outskirts of the glass.
Smell is of tropical fruit, peaches, bubblegum, cloves, spicey pepper, coriander, along with fresh bread. Lots of Belgian yeast in this one making it Tripel-esque in the aroma category.
Taste matches the aromas with some complex Belgian goodness going on, along with hints of German malt, which seem to be rounding this out nicely.
Smooth, sweet, sugary, malty, spiceyness are all rolling around and settling out with a semi-dry finish with a mild pepper punch that is satisfying.
Drinkability is pretty darn good. This is the upgraded version that Legacy seems to have tweaked. In my opinion, I really enjoyed this beer before but I enjoy it even moreso now. It has been upped to 11% abv and it seems to hide it nicely. Seems like a Lucifer clone, only better.

Photo of kernalklink
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a little darker than other belgian strongs, with a slightly sticky aroma- no real fresh flowery yeasts or spice as is usual. A little cloying with the underlying alcohol at first, but an almost artificial cherry-like sweetness drains out any other flavors attempting to come through. Hop presence is missed, especially with this odd berry aspartame. Somewhat flat in mouthfeel, the style which is usually nice and bubbly is hardly represented; not really sure about this one...

Photo of DrDemento456
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Well damn its a spring release meaning I had a bottle over 9 months old.

A - Little sediment, nice 1/2 inch of sticky white head, color is a bright orange yellow with a slight haze.

S - Smells more like a Belgium pale with fruity yeasts, little to no coriander spice, and some mild citrus hop zest.

T - Really no aspect of Belgium yeast it taste more like a Belgium IPA with citrus hops, mild yeast, and a fruity finish.

M - Medium hides the ABV well.

Overall I guess I expected more Tripel flavor but got a pretty poorly made Belgium pale ale. Not even great as an American take on a Belgium style. Cool cover art though but skip this one.

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Euphoria from Ruckus Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.