Santa's Private Reserve Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by BasementBer:
1.15/5 rDev -69.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Hate to really slog a beer, but this one was god damned terrible.
I dont know if it was that I bought an xmas seasonal in April from Blue Max liquor in Burnsville, MN and thats why it was only $3.99 for 750ml, or if the batch itself of december 2010 was just horrid.
A: Nice amber to reddish color. Head retention is good, carbonation is good, lacing is good.
S: Wort. Just straight wort. Nothing doing leading me to believe that literally nothing had been done in the way of fermentation.
T: Again, absolutely nothing doing. Just straight wort. The finish was hoppy to be sure but that has no bearing on fermentation necessarily other than the aging out of the hop oils. And yet, boom there the carbonation and head were which baffles me to think that if this actually is the style of beer they are trying to make, why not make it a real ale society beer and serve with a ladle out of a barrel.
M: Bittering at the end but the flatness of the actual liquid was completely disappointing. Carbonation was visible but not effecting the mouthfeel.
D: Never again, of course. But its more baffling than anything. Did i get a bad bottle? did i get sold old beer even though its got live yeast in it still? Or did this batch go out and people like that?? Sorry rogue, hated it.
Serving type: bottle
04-27-2011 05:20:37 | More by BasementBer
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4.95/5 rDev +31.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I really wasn't prepared for how great of a beer this was going to be. It's rich and bitter, and is the hoppiest red ale that I've had the pleasure of imbibing.
I suppose that it's called "Santa's Reserve" because of the hops' pine notes, which are incredibly strong. It is not your typical "Christmas Beer" though, and I'd be happy drinking this all year round.
It's a home run from Rogue, and has me tracking down more of their other offerings.
Serving type: bottle
06-18-2014 02:38:37 | More by ArchaeoFiero_TheDelorean
Santa's Private Reserve Ale from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 1,930 ratings.