Santa's Private Reserve Ale
Rogue Ales

Santa's Private Reserve AleSanta's Private Reserve Ale
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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #113
Ranked #22,969
3.74 | pDev: 13.64%
Jan 20, 2022
Nov 29, 2001
Santa's Private Reserve AleSanta's Private Reserve Ale
Notes: 10 Ingredients:
Carastan 30-37 & 13-17, Crystal 70-80 & Rogue Micro Barley Farm Dare™ & Risk™ Malts; Chinook & Rogue Farm Revolution & Freedom Hops; Free Range Coastal Water and Pacman Yeast.

65 IBU
73.1 AA
26.75º L
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3.84 by kraut6363 from Pennsylvania on Jan 20, 2022
3.98 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 26, 2021
3.74 by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania on Feb 17, 2021
3.77 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on Nov 09, 2019
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Deep rust color; barely see-through.

Bright white head; nice lacing.

Citrus hop nose with malt undertones. Smells good.

Medium mouthfeel. Hop forward with a nice citrus bite; slight roasted notes underneath. Tastes like a red IPA.

Unique & quite quaffable, but this is for hop lovers only.

Sep 08, 2019
3.75 by toast9 from New Jersey on Feb 09, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

From the bottle, it pours a brownish color with a modest light tan head that lasts a bit. Lacing as you enjoy it. In the nose, Scent is light, but the taste is dark fruits and malt predominantly.

Feb 06, 2019
3.15 by J_Arbizzle from Kansas on Jan 15, 2019
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4.51/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by dcotom from Iowa

Here I go off the reservation yet again, but I can't help it. If you like bitter - and I do - this one's for you. Clear, dark amber colored pour, with a dense off-white head that lasts forever leaving tons of pretty lacing. Very well balanced with lots of complexity. Notes of dark bread, caramel, and dark fruit, with a little tart cherry and lots of resiny bitterness that lingers from start to finish. Malty, bitter, and delicious. What more could you ask for?

Dec 18, 2018
4.18 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Dec 10, 2018
3.77 by eluvah from New York on Dec 02, 2018
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3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by mothmanscott from Georgia

From notes 6/17/12: Pours a murky brown producing 2 finger of frothy, short-lived, tan head that leaves only a little thin lacing. Aroma is dark bread, toast, honey, caramel, floral and resinous pine hops. Taste is hop heavy pine/spruce bitterness throughout the sip but especially in the finish and aftertaste. The malt is plentiful with dark bread, fig, prune, molasses,some smoke, alcohol with a vague hint of wood. This review is from old notes and my example was the 2012 version. I understand they change the recipe every so often (not sure it it changes ever year or not). You could be fooled into thinking the 2012 version was a Winter Warmer based on the name and label, its far too hoppy for that (and too hoppy for an American Amber/Red Ale also).

Dec 01, 2018
3.5 by BeerDreadz from Florida on Nov 25, 2018
3.85 by DOCRW from Washington on Nov 22, 2018
3.74 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Sep 27, 2018
3.25 by RayCannata from Louisiana on Jun 10, 2018
3.67 by TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania on Jan 30, 2018
3.95 by samEBC from Belgium on Jan 27, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by nunitn from Arizona

Cherry taste. Alot tastes and good aroma. Well done.

Jan 21, 2018
3.42 by iainbanks1 from Maryland on Jan 15, 2018
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3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by josanguapo from Spain

From Saveur Biere. In Teku glass. Playing Life is Strange Ep 4. 3 months after bbf date and still a pretty good american amber with strong bitterness. However, I dont find any christmasty character in it

Jan 15, 2018
3.52 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on Jan 06, 2018
4 by OompaMentor from Georgia on Jan 05, 2018
2 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 03, 2018
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3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by jjamadorphd from Florida

Another Christmas-themed ale that I have enjoyed this 2017 holiday season...

A very unique copperish, caramel-colored liquid that provides weak foam and no lacing, but still - very unique. The smell has all the characteristics of a winter warmer - the spice, the malt, and hints of cardamon and even some cinnamon. Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, though more carbonated than I preferred. The least favorite part of this brew was it's taste - a metallic tang that did not get better as it warmed, in fact, it became more pronounced, not as tasty as I imagined it would be. Overall, it's a good brew and certainly one I will keep an eye out for in the future.

Dec 29, 2017
3.74 by Nosquatch from Virginia on Dec 29, 2017
3.75 by petewheeler from Maryland on Dec 26, 2017
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3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

L - Dark reddish brown with a small tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves behind some lacing.
S - Sweet bready malt along with the cherries and raspberries as well as raisins and some caramel.
T - Follows the nose with sweet bready malt up front finished by the tart/sour cherries and raspberries. Intermixed are notes of raisins and caramel. Definitely on the sweeter side.
F - medium to somewhat fuller bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation - smooth yet leaves a somewhat watery mouthfeel. The watery mouthfeel is on the back end and is something I've found somewhat common with all Rogue ales.
O - This is a pretty good holiday ale with notes of cherries and raspberries as promised. Personally, it might be a little "too" sweet and "too" tart for my tastes, but overall it's definitely worth a try.

Dec 25, 2017
3.8 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Dec 23, 2017
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3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Teku glass.

Look is a reddish almost purplish blueberry juice color. Head is off white and dissipates quickly.

Aroma is fruity with a strong molasses malt.

Taste is astringently sweet malt with a little berry at the end.

Dec 19, 2017
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by craftbeersweden from Sweden

Brown-red, hazy beer with a one finger, beige, head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Nose: Hops, caramel, ripe fruit, raisin, prune and toffee. A lot of sweetness in the nose.
Taste: Pine resin, caramel malt, plum, nuts and grapefruit. The taste is a lot less sweet than the nose.
Mouth: Medium body. Light carbonation. A lot of bitterness at the end.

Nov 29, 2017
3.5 by hasse67 from Sweden on Nov 28, 2017
3.75 by Mattias from Sweden on Nov 24, 2017
3.67 by Fitzy01 from Maine on Nov 24, 2017
4.18 by Heeenrik from Finland on Nov 19, 2017
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3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Impetuous from Montana

Deep brown with amber edges. Little head and no lacing.

Flavors are hops and cherries and dark chocolate. The pine hops and chocolate / sweet malts and sourness doesn’t gel until it gets warmer.

Nov 15, 2017
4.07 by Efoley46 from New Jersey on Nov 12, 2017
3.4 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Nov 10, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

Pours black with medium head and decent lacing. Nose is malty, cherry, and some citrus. Taste follows the nose, very nice malty cherry flavors with a slight citrus mixed in, some barley/grain. This is a clean feeling beer, very easy to drink, just a very solid holiday beer, excellent.

Nov 08, 2017
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Zippy_TMS from California

For years, Rogue's Santa's Private Reserve Ale has been one of my absolute favorite beers. The double-hopped red ale is my perfect balance of bright hops and carmelized malty deliciousness. Well, Rogue went and ruined it.

I found my first bottle of the season and I was so excited! My excitement faded quickly when I saw the the logo had changed, and the words described something about a strong Belgian ale with cherry and raspberry. My favorite beer, a highlight of my year, was no longer and has been replaced. This new recipe is a fine beer. It's delicious and nicely balanced without slapping you in the palate with fruit or that Belgian hop flavor, but it's not the classic beer that I've loved for so many years. I'm not a fan of the Belgian taste, so I'll move on.

Maybe Rogue will hear some feedback and some day my beloved Santa's Private Reserve will come back in all its glory, but in the meantime I'll be looking for a new favorite beer.

Nov 08, 2017
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