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 Amalak
4.6/5  rDev +24%
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.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my chalice. The ale appears a clear golden amber color with about two fingers of fluffy off white foam. Nose and flavor are of mild citrus, toasted grain, candi sugar, peach, apricot, alcohol. A notch better than medium bodied with adequate carbonation for a tripel. Certainly worth trying if you spot a bottle.

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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 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 grub
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aprilluvsbeer hooked me up with this as an extra in a recent trade. thanks april!

22oz bottle. sampled feb 8/09. bottle calls it a tripel.

pours crystal clear deep gold with a small dense white head. the head drops fast and leaves no lace.

aroma is nice. bit of alcohol. very floral with a bit of soapy/perfumey character. light spice. cracker and white bread.

taste is good. light alcohol. tons of perfumey floral hops, less soapy than in the aroma. cracker and white bread. bit of spice.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a nice dry finish. medium-high carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced. a pretty tasty tripel, and one of the better american attempts at the style.

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Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, label lists it as a tripel. Thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a lightly hazy golden, some amber highlighting, a bit peachy, thin white head forms, drops a few spots of lace on the glass, settles to a thin ring around the glass, nice colour but the head is lacking for the style. Smell is neat, quite sweet, candi sugar and honey, peaches, grapefruit, yeast, some spice, very floral and fragrant, some yeastiness, fresh fruit salad aroma, I like it. Taste is similar, very fruity, peaches and grapefruit again, lemon acidity and orange peel, some sugar and honey, spices and sour fruit near the finish, wheat, dry yeastiness going down, nice and tart. Mouthfeel is light to medium body with medium carbonation, tartness makes it pretty refreshing. Nice take on a tripel, could use a bit more of a malt backbone and a better head, but its still pretty nice. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of caminiti
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Im not huge on the style, but went witht he recommendation of the fellow at Halftime. Poured golden and clear, light carbonation and a smell of christmas tree spices, nutmeg? Tasted like Christmas, I would have expected it to be a seasonal. Didnt cover up the heavy alcohol, either. Drinkable but not outstanding.

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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 sholland119
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear golden with a thin white head and little lacing.

S-A little light in aroma but some citrus and grainy malt come through.

T-A mild amount of yeastiness, some hops and oranges. Also a bit more alcohol than I would like.

M-Medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

D-Not bad but a little hot and a little high in ABV for my liking.


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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 PatronWizard
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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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 plaid75
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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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 biegaman
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

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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 smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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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 Kraken
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of tpd975
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
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%

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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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Euphoria from Ruckus Brewing
3.71 out of 5 based on 125 ratings.
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