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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

ABV: 7.9%

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.