Euphoria | Ruckus Brewing

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Ruckus Brewing
New York, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of NEhophead
2.38/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a goblet.

Slightly hazy, dull straw with very noticeable carbonation. Carbonation-filled white head that dissipates after a moment to a bubble-filled, nearly intact sheet. No real lasting lacing, but the sheet of film sticks around until the last sip.

Mildly sweet candied sugars; too faint for the style with an artificial hint. Very adjunctory in aroma: rice, corn, stiff wheat; all in all, very bland. Faint citrus solvency amidst a peppery spice.

Waxy, citrus solvency that unpleasantly coats the palate until well after the sip. Burnt clove and pepper that overpower the weak, adjunctory grain base. The alcohol character has the flavor of rubbing alcohol; and without other stronger, pleasant flavors, it runs practically wild. A burnt, yet waxy finish leads to rubbing alcohol and artificial sitrus in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; waxy and filmy on the palate. No real balance in textures given very bulky flavors.

I apologize, but this has got to be one of, if not, the worst Tripel I've ever tasted. I honestly don't understand how Legacy Brewing could mass produce such an adjunctory out of balanced ale. As this is my introduction to the brewery, I have some serious reservations about sampling future offerings.

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Photo of Drewcifer
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of DmanGTR
2.62/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.76/5  rDev -25.6%
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....

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Photo of IrishRedRock
2.79/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Having sampled Legacy's Duke of Ale and Reading Pils, and being impressed with both, I was excited to try this and expected a top-notch brew, especially as this is the big gun in their lineup. Poured beautifully into a Duvel glass, its golden color and thick frothy white head looked quite appealing. Mildly spicy, clove with some herbal qualities in the nose and the alcohol is noticeable even at a cooler temp.

Unfortunately, the flavor, or lack thereof, left a lot to be desired. The herbal spicy characteristics come through, but I found it to be lacking a lot of balance. Some coriander and citrus notes are there, but are kind of all over the place as the alcohol and odd sticky bittersweet flavors take over. Carbonation is pinpoint for the style, but this is lacking much-needed balance. A lot of potential, and despite not being all that into it, coming from a solid, small local brewer, I'll certainly give it another go.

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Photo of kernalklink
2.8/5  rDev -24.5%
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...

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Photo of John_M
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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...

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Photo of TheBullsHorn
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pours slightly cloudy with a dark straw, almost orange, hue and and a quickly dissipating head

S - Fruity on the nose, mainly tropical, with mango and pineapple being the most prominent aromas along with the notes of the esters from the Belgium yeast. The spiciness that I am use to with this style was not apparent over the fruitiness of the nose.

T- The dominate tropical notes continue into the flavor of the beer with the addition of pear as well as some spicy undertones of white pepper and possibly a touch of clove. A present tartness typical of the style rounds out the finish.

M - Medium body with a lack of carbonation ends up providing an underwhelming mouthfeel for this style.

O - Overall the body and carbonation falls flat while the tropical flavor overwhelms any delightful spiciness and limits the depth of flavors I expected with this style.

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Photo of marcpal
3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To start, thanks go to Scott for plopping this one in my fridge to try.
22oz bomber to two pours into Delirium Tremens glass.
Bottle Graphics: 2/10.

A: The bottle reads tripel but listed on here as belgian strong ale. It looks more like a tripel and a plain one. Light copper color with a tiny white head that drifted off.

S: Earthy smell mixed with some kind of detergent and fragrance. There is some fruitiness when hunted for but a real plain metallic aroma did not set things off so well.

T: Pretty straightforward. Not much Belgian about it, more grassy than most and a burnt malt flavor that doesn't fit. Considerably better when it was cold and masked the flaws. Candi sugar is revealed but I can't locate the banana, pear or any real fresh fruit I was hoping for. Sweetness, buttered popcorn sweetness, not so nice.

An improvement from the smell but nothing phenomenal but a step in the right direction.

M: Best aspect of the beer. Complete body with a snappy, dry finish.

D: Drinkability is alright- more a tripel as the bottle says. There is no burn or unpleasantness per se, but also nothing that has me eager to grab another 22oz.

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Photo of JayQue
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a golden color with a thick fizzy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, earthy, pale malt scent along with some coriander and Belgian yeast esters. The taste is average. It has a solid pale malt flavor with light spicing and a dry Belgian yeast finish. It's very average with just a hint of esters in the finish. It's also incredibly dry. The mouthfeel is average. It is a full bodied beer with way too much carbonation. This is not a great Belgian style beer. It lacks complexity in the malt bill and the spices and esters are lacking.

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Photo of Suds
3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a murkey, hazy orange-colored brew. Faint, nearly non-existent head. It's not as carbonated as I expected either. The smell is peppery...a touch of alcohol, some spicy hops and a little malt. Bubble gum and a bit of clove...yeast. It's a jumbled aroma. The taste is semi-dry with a firm bitterness. Spice and pepper. Soft and full mouthfeel. All in all, an average tripel...nothing particularly outstanding.

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Photo of BBM
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - The beer pours with a small head of loose white foam on top of a slightly hazy, dark golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Sweet malt with notes of pear, clove, and vanilla.

T - Sweet malt up front with some pear and pineapple. Spicy notes of clove and herbal hops in the middle with a finish of vanilla, moderate hop bitterness, and more clove.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - The yeast character is robust, but one dimensional with a dominant clove flavor. The finish is overly sweet and the beer lacks the drinkability that a good example of the style should have. Not something I would drink again.

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Photo of corey0212
3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature. The beer pours a clear gold hue with some slightly blush wine or maybe copper tints. Almost no head foams up with bleached fizzy bubbles fading rapidly to nothing after the pour.
Aroma is sweet malt, white grapes and pears, some general sugary sweetness and just a bit of boozy alcohol. label says brewed with spices, but I dont get anything indicating any particular spice here.
First sip reveals an average to lighter body with fine rolling carbonation and a little bit of sticky texture after each sip.
Flavor is sweet fruity malt through and through, white grapes and pears are dominant with maybe a little peach mixed in, but general sweetness is the main flavor. I get a little bit of spicy hops or maybe it is peppery alcohol, but either way that is mild.
The beer is easy to drink and fairly enjoyable, not what I anticipated but not a bad way to end an evening.
Glad I tried it but wouldnt chase down again.

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Photo of KajII
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]

The pour was a hazy medium orange with a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that diminished quickly, down to a few scattered puddles with a small collar and had fair streaky lacing.

The aroma was very mild of a light sweet grain malt and a doughy musty yeast with notes of citrus (orange), green apple, peach, banana, and a hint of clove.

The taste was moderately sweet and slightly grainy with a bold fruitiness from the start, progressing with lightly tart yeast presence, a touch of banana and a mildly spicy ending. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow, with the slightly tart spicy yeast taste left to linger on the taste buds for a short while longer.

Mouthfeel was a step above light in body with a thin dry texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this was a brew that was lightly sweet with a nice yeast presence along with a bit of spicy fruitiness, which did a fantastic job of hiding the high ABV and allowing for a good smooth drinkability...

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Photo of sweethome
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of pershan
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured an effervescent, clear, lilght gold with a thin, quickly dissipating white head into a pint glass. There was a faint aroma of hops as well as that distinct bubble-gum Belgian yeast component. The malt/candy sugar sweetness and Belgian yeast dominated the flavor profile, with the mouthfeel being very fizzy. I didn't detect any spice components (maybe a little coriander). The beer seemed to be way too overcarbonated for the style, but otherwise no detectable off-flavors. This is an OK brew, but certainly not outstanding.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up this 22oz bomber recently at The Liquor Shoppe for $5.95. No freshness info, but nbd...

Euphoria has a slight bit of haze to it, and the color is a stark, medium-to-light golden. Carbo is scattered and slowly rises up, with the head be extremely thin, mostly some fine white bubbly action around the edge. There's hardly any lacing left behind as well. Aroma is restrained, with some candy sugar and fruity notes emanating from the brew. I like the mouthfeel; body is mid-range, and the feel is fairly smooth, with a light blanketing of bubbles on the tongue, which tickle but don't prickle.

Flavor has some pale malts with a light sweetness. More candy sugar is mildy present here, with some pear, mango and green apple coming forth. Hints of spiciness and yeast are there, but not overly up-front, unfortunately. Has a bit of a herbal hop lean to it, and the finish is a touch dry and chalky. Not overly complex by any means. Even as it warms, there's not a lot of "there" there, ya know? This one's a one and done for me. Prosit!!

look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 3


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Photo of flagmantho
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: hazy orange hue with a strong effervescence but minimal head. Not bad, but the lack of head is disappointing.

Smell: sweet malt with hints of vegetal hops around the edges and a light dose of pear and green apple. There seems to be some unrealized potential in this aroma.

Taste: malty, but not super sweet; quite a bit of alcoholic bite. Fruit flavors are again here as in the aroma, but also as in the aroma they don't seem fully realized. Finish is a bit on the bitter side.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a low level of carbonation. Some creaminess can be coaxed out of this beer, but it's not great.

Overall: meh. Pretty middle-of-the-pack; it's not a bad beer but there's little here to celebrate.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half finger head on a cloudy orange body. Corriander, candy sugar, yeast and both orange and pear citrus for aroma. Flavor is fairly musty but more citrusy than I like for the style with mostly orange with candied sugar for sweetness. Herbal hops. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not quite what I expect for the style. Not enough Belgian character. Not bad tasting, just not one I would choose again when I want a tripel.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Photo of wordemupg
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 13/11/12 from notes

A very hazy golden peach but a bit of a dead pour, dumped it right down middle and got just a short lived film for a head and no lace

S lots of coriander and peppery yeast with some bubblegum and banana with some dry cereal, smells like a Wit on steroids, it’s rather pleasant

T spice I can’t quite place with some fruity notes and a little booze, not as nice as the smell its missing the benefits of the yeast profile, some sweet orange as it warms

M thick enough but could use a few more bubbles and the booze could be hidden a little better, slightly slick with a boozy, spicy finish

O decent brew but there’s room for improvement, needs some life on the pour and feels a little dead, other aspects are taken care of but the smell is where this one peaks

It’s OK but I’m not going to jump for joy if I see it down the road, if the price is right try it but I wouldn’t go searching for it

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