Santa's Private Reserve Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by BrewMaster:
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Appearance: 22 oz bottle with no freshness dating. Poured into a Duvel chalice the beer shows a clear reddish color with a fluffy tan head on top. The head is moderately creamy with thin lacing left on the sides of the glass.
Smell: Sweet malts, caramel, floral hops, and slightly vinous. Burnt brown sugar and crackers round out the nose.
Taste: Earthy bitterness is the dominant flavor through the entire beer. The bitterness sits on the center of my tongue and develops an even stronger presence in the middle of the beer. It's an oily and reticent until the other flavors slide off the tongue and allow for a bolder expression of hops. Sweet malt flavor is layered over the hoppiness, but only slightly. Caramel and fruit flavors dress the malt. The maltiness hits its peak with the hop bitterness in the middle of the beer combining for an earthy sweetness with a soft berry flavor. Strawberries and cloudberry jam flavors give a delicate sweetness. The finish on this beer is nice and moderately toasty, moreso than the rest of the beer for sure. The aftertaste is biscuit with slight lingerings of hop bitterness, molasses, and maple.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a rich texture. Well carbonated and slightly sandy. The grity texture gives it more body and makes the flavors more noticable on the palate. Not a hint of wateriness at all.
Drinkability: Tasty and complex, well balanced with a nice fruitiness. Well done. I look forward to next year's release. It's nice that this beer does not go nuts with winter spices, but instead develops a nice fruit/hop/malt balance. Well done Rogue!
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2006 05:08:43 | More by BrewMaster
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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.