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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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:
#27,465
Reviews:
1,205
Ratings:
2,365
pDev:
13.9%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
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78
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Photo of RayCannata
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

Photo of samEBC
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of nunitn
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of iainbanks1
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of josanguapo
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of heddar33
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of 1971bernat
2/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Nosquatch
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Ryan4120
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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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 Impetuous
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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Photo of Zippy_TMS
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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Santa's Private Reserve Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 2,365 ratings