Euphoria - Ruckus Brewing

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Reviews: 81
Hads: 124
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Ruckus Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: dmarch on 04-02-2004

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Photo of asabreed
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (1,179 characters)

Photo of jdaelhousen
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fluid pour with a mild head. Gold colored body.
Aroma is highly induced with citris! Orange peel, grapefruit, coriander, and tobacco makes up a fantastic aroma.

Taste contains a neatly hoppy front with orange peel and citris flavors, and by the center, a fruity grape flavor comes into play.

By the aftertaste, the flavor of coriander and grape mingle with the boozyness of the beer to make up a fantastic, "different", tasting tripel.

Overall, a great tripel that contains a great mix of typical citris qualities and other dark grape/fruit sensations. (557 characters)

Photo of fitzy84
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of Nipitato
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Moderate gold hue. Weak head for Belgian pale. Effervescent.

S: A complex aroma with significant fusel alcohols Fruity as well as perfumy. Pear and light citrus. A little bit of spice. Soft malt underscores. This is a nice smelling beer.

T: Fusel alcohol, perfumy and a touch spicy. Malt is soft but not grainy and only slightly sweet. Frutiy esters are similar to apples and pears but not citrus.

MF: Medium body with a dry mouthfeel. Smooth. Alcohol warming. Moderately carbonated.

D, notes: the appearance and the mouthfeel are the knocks here. I enjoyed the taste and found it true to the style but somewhat unique. (686 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a small, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Pale malts and candi sugar aroma with notes of orange oils, various spices, and a few drops of pear schnapps.

Taste: Pale maltiness, maybe some pils in there too. Candi sugar sweetness, though a kick of pepper and spices help to knock it back. Orangey taste and a lil' bit of pear. Creamy, though drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: It's reasonably enjoyable for an American-born Belgian beer. (521 characters)

Photo of dewalt
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the annual Cask Ale festival held by the Blue Point Brewing Company. Euphoria is very yeasty, but cut with a nice citrus tang and just a little bit of spice. Really nice stuff, drinkable and not overwhelming -- you can't really taste the high alcohol content. (269 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours perfectly clear gold, with a quarter-inch head of white.
Retention is short and zero lacework.

Aromatics lead off with spicy phenols, mint bubblegum, tangerine, and light booze.
Coriander, cloves, vanilla, and honey follow through.

Light bodied with mild carbonation. Slick and slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

Tropical fruit, blossom honey, and orange marmalade start the pallet. Light malt and a hint of Grand Marnier follow.

Finishes with a slight warmth, sweet citrus oils, and tacky honey.

A very tasty Triple that is leaning in a Grand Cru direction.
I really dig the orangy components.
The only thing this beer lacks is carbonation, which is pretty key in a Triple. (678 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sent to me by Eyedrinkale as part of a BIF, Legacy Euphoria came in a 22 oz. bomber with a cap but no cork. The pour into a Duvel tulp glass was surprisingly clear, and quite pale. The body was bubbly, but the head was smallish. The smell was floral and fruity with both decidedly tropical in their slant. The taste was sweet and tart with a clean fruity flavor evident up front. I was able to detect bananas, pears, and apples in the beer. If I had a bone to pick, it was the absence of yeasty influences, which made me wonder if this was filtered. SInce there was no yeast cake present at the bottom, I know for sure this was not bottle conditioned. The mouthfeel was sticky and medium, which is typical for the style. If presented in isolation, this is a very pleasant beer. But when compared to other Belgian Tripels available around here, this one fades into mediocrity. (875 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I guess no one would try it if it was named Despondency. Pours a mostly clear lemony yellow color with a good fluffy white head. Good retention and limited lacing.

The nose is limited for a Belgian Strong. Noticeable Belgian pale malts but limited esters, spices and yeast notes that I associate with Belg Strong. Some feint pepper and rose pebble notes. There is a stronger hop aroma, which is off for style, with more of a citrus grassy note. Although not to style, there isn't anything that is off, just limited more style.

The taste is closer on tune to style but more on the Trippel side. A nice Belgian Pils/Pale malty flavor with some fruity esters. Pears and plums mixed. Some apricot notes as well. A slight spicy finish along the lines of white pepper. Some lighter yeast notes. But again the malt it the strongest flavor note. Hops come out too which is a bit odd.

The body is a closer to moderate. A bit high but ok. Overall a good beer but to me is closer to a Belgian Blond than anything. Thanks to mikereaser for letting me try this. (1,051 characters)

Photo of BBM
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle copped from Gary's in Madison for $4.99...
Pours a clear, lucid, applejuice-colored hue with hardly any head and a very minimal amount of lacing...
Strong smell of florals, ripe fruits, and candied sugars...
Taste strongly paid homage to the aroma, with sweet honey, canteloupe, pears, melons, and fruits...
Nice, slick, sweet mouthfeel with hardly any alcohol detectable...
Very good drinkability for a beer of this strength and flavor... hardly any cloying factors coupled with a clean, crisp mouthfeel makes for a really good brew... Definitely not the best depiction of the style, but still a solid sample nonetheless...
As a side note, the front logo sticker of the bottle states, "Belgian-Style Tripel Ale Brewed With Spices", and specifically states an alcohol percentage of 9.0%... (812 characters)

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a mellow yellow with very medium head that left a nice lacing. It had hardly any aroma other than some citrus notes and it tasted sweet with light malts and a spicy kick. It was well balanced considering that the bottle stated it was 9.2 abv. Light carbonation but it did feel like I was drinking wine. Overall, I thought this was worth my time and money and I would buy it again. Not too complex,but it achieved the goal of providing a good brew with high abv that was sweet and spicy.

Notes: I do agree with a fellow member that the graphics need work,it deserves a better label. This is a good drink and it could use a better image on the bottle.I say good drink and that means it is fine to have every now and the ,not a staple or something to get excited about,average and not in a bad way because sometimes average is all one needs. (846 characters)

Photo of edchicma
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into mini-heffe glass at 08 Long Island Beer festival. B.M Mark and Scott said that this batch was only 9.2% as compared to the above 11%. Poured a clear golden head with good head that retained well. Smell belied the ABV or the hops you would expect from a SPA. The taste, much to my delight was sweetness. Mouthfeel was a excellent finish with oveall good mix of components. Boys did a good job on this one and I would pull for it again with ease. (456 characters)

Photo of jackstraw900
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a lightly cooled tall boy bottle into a small snifter. Label doesn't really do it for me. They should fire their graphic designer or marketing dude.

Appearance

Excited bubbles quickly swirl to a thin white head, leaving behind a crystal clear yellow-gold body with an amber tinge. Bubbles are very tight and small, reminiscent of champagne (well, besides the head anyway). Watery head clings lightly to glass.

Smell

Pairs, and dried citrus fruit. Alcohol is not too up front, but lets you know it's there. The classic, belgian "roasted sugar" smell is there, but not the focus of this brew.

Taste

Citrusy, just shy of being tart. Apple/Pair flavor comes in and lingers lightly on the tongue. Sweetness is balanced in somewhat nicely, but I feel like they almost let the maltiness get out of hand. Beer might possibly be designed to be drunk at a colder temperature.

Mouthfeel

Medium, neither creamy or "molassesy" with a decent effervescence. Not enough body in the texture (or the flavor).

Drinkability

Loses appeal as it gets warm, mostly due to the alcohol taking over. Best to split one of these large bottles with someone, I think it's worth visiting for a sample, but it will never be a staple. (1,219 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded orange gold with a white head. Yeasty nose with citrus very evident as well. Flavor is smooth, albeit a bit thin on the feel. Decent balance of fruit and funk. Like I said, the feels is a bit thin, but overall this is nice to drink. There certainly are much worse versions of the style from American producers. This one is fairly good. (351 characters)

Photo of jbsteiny
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't typically give solid 4s, but that's what I feel this beer deserves. Poured a beautiful hazy gold with a half-inch of white head, which disspated without much remains. Smells of Belgium: citrus and yeast. Mmm... The taste is very interesting, because it's strong and yeasty, but with almost no finish. It simply drops off after about two seconds. I was fascinated by that characteristic... I can't believe it was 11%. *That's* why I fell asleep on the subway! (466 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.69/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- very cloudy orangy golden yellow with white head.

Smell-a great balance of yeast, citrus, and spices.

Taste- the yeast, citrus, and spices blended very well together with a very sweet taste plus a nice bitter bite to it. The taste is balanced the whole time.

Mouthfeel-smooth and clean with medium carbonation and light body.

Drinkability- there is a subtle alcohol bite to it but its hard to tell it has such a high ABV. (437 characters)

Photo of kernalklink
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
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... (484 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a thin 1" head that falls quickly. Nice amount of cabonation bubbles rising quickly to the surface. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: a bit dull as only a hint of citrus and yeast are detectable.

Taste: belgian yeast, pepper, lemon citrus, bread, and a hint of alcohol. Overall there is a nice spiciness to this.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is short on the yeast, malts, lemon, and spices.

Drinkability: enjoyable beer that is easy to quaff despite the noticeable alcohol level. (573 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of ggaughan
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is another example of why you shouldn't build a beer up with too much anticipation. I head a lot about this beer and was really looking forward to it. Don't get me wrong, this is a very good beer but it didn't quite do everything for me that I was hoping for. I should say in its defense I am a bigger fan of Strong dark than the Strong Pale (personal preference).

Appearance: Served a mostly golden yellow color, hazy but translucent.

Smell: Yeasty. With a spicy Belgian yeast attribute that made me think of pepper and coriander but then it had a lemon wheat flavor in the nose as well.

Taste: Zesty and spicy. Lemon peaches and bubblegum with cloves and all spice. What an odd combination of flavors but it works very well. The aftertaste is both sweet and astringent.

Mouthfeel: Active and fluffy in the mouth. Very nice.

Drinkability: I found this to be a refreshing beer. At 8.70% ABV it is not one to chug on a hot summer day but certainly a good one for sipping.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (1,025 characters)

Photo of ski271
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy light amberish gold with a very small white film of head. Smells of fruit w/ light alcohol and good strong Belgian yeast. Apricot and candi sugar. Very good complex flavor. Apricot, peach, banana, bready malt, allspice, and bubble on the finish. It has a medium body, juicy texture, low carbonation and a very lightly astringent finish. Wow this one was quite good. A lot of flavors clinging to the cheeks and tongue for quite some time. I always forget about this brewery. Nicely done. (493 characters)

Euphoria from Ruckus Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.