Rouge Santa’s Private Reserve Ale

Happy Tuesday, which is definitely worse than Monday. After a long weekend of Busch Light I decided to pick up a beer I’ve never seen from Rouge: Santa’s Private Reserve Ale. Rouge has been hit and miss with me but at $1.89 for the beer I’m in no position to complain. On a side note, fishing has been fantastic in Central Florida and we went aboard the SS Rowdy and absolutely slayed the snapper. If you can catch a break in the weather, definitely make the run! Anyways, here’s the review!

Hate on it

Appearance:  Poured with a quickly dissipating head and a dark amber color. There is also an unexpected opaqueness to it. I’m curious to see how this shakes out.

Smell: Not a whole lot going on, I’m getting some faint roasted malts but thats about it. Kind of thin smelling for a “winter beer”.

Taste: Just like the smell its not heavy or full of flavor which in Florida isn’t such a bad thing. There are typical red ale style roasted malts but no spices like what I expected. I’m getting some rye and a nice touch of hops on the end. But as previously mentioned, there aren’t heavy fruits or spices like a winter “reserve” ale typically has.

Mouthfeel: This is fairly smooth and lighter which doesn’t quite mesh with style they’re shooting for. This is right up my alley for Florida “winters” but if it actually gets cold it doesn’t have the warmth I look for.

Value: Less than $2/bottle so no complaints

Overall: This is mediocre to sub-par depending on how much you like red ales. I’d give it a 4/10. Its billing suggests winter tastes and it delivers on none of it. The beer is decently put together but it oversold and under delivered, classic rookie mistake Rouge.

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!

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