And here we are on Christmas morning and the end of my 12 beers series! Whether you are celebrating today or not, I want to wish everyone out there a safe and happy day. As for myself, I got something a little stronger than milk and cookies left out for me last night.
Beer Name: Santa’s Private Reserve Ale
Brewery: Rogue Ales (Newport, OR)
Style: Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Description: The 2018 version of Rogue’s winter seasonal is a Belgian Dark Ale brewed with tangerines and boysenberries. The full list of ingredients is available here.
Appearance: Poured a deep ruby-red/brownish body with a bubbly tan head.
Smell: Sweetness from malt and berries, offset by moderate tartness.
Taste: The very start of the sip was sweet, but quickly got overtaken by a heavy tart presence, presumably boysenberry, and tangerine rind. The tartness carried on through to the end, where it mingled with peppery Belgian-style yeast.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with plus carbonation.
Hype: I’ll admit I was hoping to end strong. It had a good name for it as well.
Overall: It was good, but be warned that it was also really tart! That said I did enjoy sipping at it, but for best results I would recommend pairing it with some food.