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Euphoria - Ruckus Brewing

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ruckus Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dmarch on 04-02-2004)
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Photo of PatronWizard
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

Yet ANOTHER Under 100 beer from mikereaser. Damn man, thanks and stuff.

Letting only shadows been seen through it, this apricot beer has a medium bubbled head. A little on the thick side as the bubbles are moving pretty slow.

Smell is fruity. And beery. I know I'm not the first person to say beery.

Surprisingly smooth. Peach is the dominant flavor to me. Maybe tangerines follow. All yellow fruits though. Not bad at all. Some spices chime in, but I don't know my spices.

9% is hidden to the point of "is there any alcohol in this?"

Overall: this'll do quite nicely

PatronWizard, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of Drewcifer
2.48/5  rDev -33.3%

It seemed awfully flat pouring out of the tap - no head to speak of, a tiny atoll of froth in the middle of the glass though. Clear and gold, looks more like a pilsener than a Belgian Strong.

Aroma is apple and pear, very faint though. I had hoped not to have to nearly snort the beer to get an aroma.

It tastes like.... nothing much. Very bland. Hints of yeast, apple, pear, maybe some banana. But overall, it was a taste vacuum.

Mouthfeel was watery, no lingering around in the mouth.

Overall... yeah, I guess it's drinkable. It's not offensive, but it's also not good. It just... is. Frankly, I just don't know what to think about it.

Drewcifer, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of DmanGTR
2.6/5  rDev -30.1%

Had this on tap at Mad for Mex in Philly near UPenn.

A - poured a perfectly clear golden amber with no head in a cognac snifter. Faint bubbles streamed up the side of the glass and no lacing occurred. Not looking good so far... highly resemblant of another cheap high alcohol "pilsener"...

Sm - bubblegum notes, light citrus, and a slight pilsener hoppiness hit me first, followed by a huge rush of fusel alcohol. Very little malts detected.

T - like how it smells, bubblegum, candy, slightly metallic. Very faint pilsener hops. Highly prominent alcohol with a yeasty push in the end.

M - light bodied, crisp carbonation holding it all together.

D - this was surprisingly thirst quenching but the alcohol definitely gets in the way... maybe I just needed something cold to cool down my taste buds after the spicy nachos...

Overall - I wasn't too impressed by this offering. For $5, I would not get it again. The sweetness and alcohol seems unbalanced with the hops (or lack thereof). This reminded me of a cheap tripel style I had, not a good thing.

**if you do get this at the Mad Mex, the menu might say it's 11% abv, which is incorrect.

DmanGTR, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

plaid75, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of corey0212
3.2/5  rDev -14%

Pours a very clear honey color, no head, not much lace at all...looks a little lifeless in the glass. Smell is pretty nice...some apple, juicy pear, sugary-sweetness. Taste is somewhat disappointing. A little of the apple, some spiciness, but all a little too tooth-achingly sweet, and a harsh perfumey quality to the flavors as well. Feels slightly thin on the mouthfeel, but it's a also a little harsh on the mouth. This is doing nothing for me.

corey0212, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of biegaman
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%

A bright sun orange with shimmering mandarin gloss. The beer scarcely resembles the 'Belgian-Style Tripel' that its label defines it as. The absence of head is a major no-no for this style. Given a thin level I could be lenient, but even the slim white collar is a strain to see. It's very pretty, sure, but until there is some hair on that head this just won't look right to me.

The smell lands much closer to the target. The yeast strain is unmistakably Belgian and is bursting with decent phenols and a fragrance like a ripening fruit orchard. It is a teeming medley of pear, green apple and bubble gum. Its label makes the vague statement of "ale brewed with spices" without identifying which ones. I would guess a fairly light and generic use of coriander, grains of paradise and/or white pepper maybe?

My first instinct is proven correct within the first few sips - the flavour profile seems dead on arrival. The fragrance described above losses much of the bubble gum, candy-like character in taste. The green apple and pear come out flat. There may just a touch of banana, but it's negligible. Warming seems to be of no benefit. All that tantalizing spice - the coriander, the grains of paradise, the white pepper - feel almost completely nulled in taste.

Once the beer losses that candy sugar sweetness and spice-induced dimension, it's the mouthfeel that really takes the biggest hit. The beer is tasty never less, but entirely void of texture or presence on the palate. It certainly doesn't drink like a beer of 9%, credit to the brewers, maybe. If it is in fact a trade-off between sensing the alcohol and drinking like a real tripel, I'd rather feel a little warmth and get the satisfaction of real Tripel style ale.

This was a fine beer on all accounts unless it be held to style or high expectations. I don't think the term Euphoria, which is the state of perfection, should share a name with this beer because it is certainly far from that. It drank nicely, but it still in my mind missed the mark for a tripel and in many ways fell short of even a Belgian Strong Pale.

That said, the end result wasn't something bad by any means, and certainly couldn't change my liking of a brewery that puts out a good number of solid ales. This may not be one of their strongest but it's still another decent beer in Legacy's repertoire. A few tweaks and I'd have no complaints - except considering a name change, that's all...

biegaman, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of sweethome
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%

Pour from 22 oz bomber. Clear golden color - a white head, quick dissipation. Light and sweet nose, not anose of trippel at all. Big full mouthfeel - shows the alcohol - full thick mouthfeel. Not a trip to me, lacks spiciness and yeast.

What style is this? More of a malt liquor to me. Lacks belgian style in yeast and flavors.

Too darn clean too.

sweethome, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours golden with a chill haze. Moderate head that leaves light lace.

Far more hoppy than most Belgian's. Light yeast aroma for the style.

Interesting blend of Belgian and IPA flavors. A very dry brew, but it has a bit of berry in the background. Solid body with a high carbonation. Astringent bite to the flavor and aftertaste.

smcolw, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

A golden body with basically no head to speak of.

Smells of some fruitiness and some yeast character.

This beer tastes much better than it looks or smells, which is a pleasant surprise. A little bit of fruit flavors and lots of sweetness from what tastes like candied sugar. Some peppery and bready characteristics from the yeast. Somewhat similar to a triple from the sugariness.

Mouthfeel is somewhat lacking in carbonation in my opinion.

A pretty drinkable beer for a 9% ABV.

Hojaminbag, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of John_M
2.9/5  rDev -22%

After sampling the Dear Abbey at Mahaffey's, I was really disappointed in this beer. The beer pours a bright light gold color with very little head retention or lacing. I get next to nothing on the nose, just a hint of malt. On the palate this beer is kind of surprising. It's very light tasting, moderately sweet and has almost a wheaty flavor to it. Frankly, I found it to be watery and not the least bit interesting to drink. Granted, the abv. is well disguised (is it really 9%?), but there's nothing particularly enjoyable about drinking this beer.

Maybe this keg did not travel well down from Reading, but I was just not very happy with this beer. Finally just gave up, pushed it aside, and ordered a glass of ruination. Oh well...

John_M, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of Kraken
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

Kraken, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

Thanks to my boy, Gillard for this one!

A: Pours a beautiful golden hue. Some fizz leads to a light head. Okay retention and no lace.

S: Nice sweet malt aromas with hints of spicy hops. Just a touch of booze and citrus.

T: Taste is surprisingly "Belgian" golden - like a triple but fairly complex because of the nice sweet candy sugar. Hints of citrus and spice push thru. Bold yeast in the finish. Rather nice.

M: Medium in body, rather smooth.

D: For an 11% brew as drinkable as they come. No hint of the ABV that this one packs.

tpd975, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +7.5%

22 oz. bottle, poured into glass chalice:

Pours golden with a thin white fluffy head that stays, leaving some trailing lace.

The smell is of light maltiness with grassy/herbal notes.

The taste is of orange and lemon with earthy/herbal spicing. Alcohol is reasonably well-covered. There's a hint of mustiness before turning to a dry, slightly perfumy, finish.

The body is almost effervescent in a light-to-medium body. It does have a nice, smooth feel with just a bit of sharpness.

A very nice American interpretation of the style. It has a good, balanced spiciness with a deceptive lightness. Certainly a pleasure to sip!

jwc215, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%

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%

beerthulhu, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of JayQue
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%

An ok beer, nothing dramatic like the best of the Belgian styles. Pours a clear dark gold/ light orange. Heavaily carbonated white head that fads fast. No lacing.

Smell was practically non-existent..strange for a Belgian style. Tast was slightly sweet with a little fruit and pepper. Very underwhelming for an Belgian style. The alcohol was well disguised.

Mouthfeel was rich enough. Drinkability is good but for this level of alcohol by volume. I expect more flavor.

JayQue, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of Biggness
4.13/5  rDev +11%

I had this beer this evening on tap @ Cantebury Ales in Huntington, NY. The beer pours a beautiful cloudy amber with a white head. The smell is nice of a belgian ale and malts. The flavor is very smoothe, its not over powering to a degree where I felt it could use a little more flavor, but it certainly was nice. The mouthfeel was pleasant and its certainly a very drinkable beer for a belgian style, one of the most drinkable imo

Biggness, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of asabreed
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

asabreed, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of jdaelhousen
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

jdaelhousen, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

fitzy84, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of Nipitato
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

Nipitato, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of dewalt
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

dewalt, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of brewandbbq
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

brewandbbq, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of rajendra82
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

rajendra82, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Oxymoron, May 28, 2008
Euphoria from Ruckus Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.