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Santa's Private Reserve Ale | Rogue Ales

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Santa's Private Reserve AleSanta's Private Reserve Ale
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3.74/5
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2,350 Ratings
Santa's Private Reserve AleSanta's Private Reserve Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

13º PLATO
65 IBU
73.1 AA
26.75º L

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-29-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,387
Reviews:
1,201
Ratings:
2,350
pDev:
13.9%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
Wants:
78
Gots:
302
Trade:
2
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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of hasse67
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fitzy01
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Heeenrik
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrsqc7
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Efoley46
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of morrowd3
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SailIntoTheStout
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrfrancis
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly cloudy dark amber color with beige head. Aroma is malt forward but you also get some earthy, resiny hops with dried orange notes. Taste starts slightly sweet and malty, even a bit nutty. Finish is more bitter and earthy with a bit of pine resin. Medium to light body, medium carbonation. Really well balanced overall, starting malty and sweet but the hops are present on the finish with a drying bitterness.

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Photo of BrewSTL
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Furlinator
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Yard House Rancho Cucamonga on 01/27/17.

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Photo of FrancisM12
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mintzmeet
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At the PDX spot. This one is interesting. Not as flavorful as I expected, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Roasted, malty flavor. Definite spruce overtones on the tongue (and in the aroma). Nice reddish copper color. Just realized I have no idea how much I am paying for these beers. :X

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Photo of chuckgietzen
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JohnBradSC
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vinicole
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Slight haze. Red/amber colour. Thin light tan head.
Malt, fruit and light spice aroma.
Mild bread and toffee malt with pine hop flavour. Initial sweetness changes to a bitter completion.
Rather thin for a winter brew.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy red color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is decent. Has a malty sweet aroma. Maybe some dark fruits and a good amount of hoppiness. Floral hoppy flavor at the front with a bigger, sweeter, malty taste at the end. Very bready. Maybe some mild caramel. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer. More of an astringent aftertaste.

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Photo of Lefty_P_Hand
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Santa's Private Reserve Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 2,350 ratings
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