Blue Moon Mountain Abbey Ale - Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Mountain Abbey AleBlue Moon Mountain Abbey Ale

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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 2
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: azorie on 11-08-2013

This copper-colored ale is crafted with roasted malts, Belgian sugar and a touch of wheat for a rich caramel flavor and a smooth toffee finish.
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Reviews by Retroman40:
Photo of Retroman40
2.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Clear amber with a moderate head and some lacing.

S - The added sugars give it almost an adjunct-like smell.

T - Some malt and caramel with sweet overtones.

M - Decent enough with a good carbonation level.

O - Not what I expected from anything with the name "Belgian" on the label. An OK beer, but closer to a Michelob Amber Bock than anything I have ever had labeled Belgian.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Metal_N_Brew
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

I got this in the Blue Moon sampler which I mainly bought for the excellent Blue Moon Cinnamon Horchata Ale inside it -and the Gingerbread Ale I have yet to try (hopefully it's good)- As stated in my other review, not too much of a Blue Moon guy.

I saw the description of Mountain Abbey and thought I'd give it a shot as well, and actually hoped it would be good...but I didn't hold expectations too high.

Appearance: Deep Amber Brown color, with a decent toasted looking head.

Smell: At first, it just smelled like a regular Macro American Adjunct, but on the second smell, I detected some sweet brown sugar, toffee and some pecan nuttiness. Kinda boozy smelling as well.

Taste: Blend of described flavors. Toffee blended into the sugar, the sugar blended in the nuttiness. The sugar and toffee were most prevalent, and strangely it tasted slightly boozy throughout at times.

Mouthfeel: Combination of smooth yet rough. It would switch at times.

Overall: Wasn't bad, but wasn't extrordinarily good either. It was simply, OK. If I were to be offered this at a party or on tap, I'd take it maybe, but I wouldn't regularly seek it out. I will say this though, if it were more fine tuned, it could be a little more than ok.

Photo of FrankULovejoy
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Got this tonight. Every other store was closed and the gas station's limited selection had this, Sam Adams and a bunch of piss AALs.

Wasn't expecting munch. Blue Moon is a beer I have enjoyed among friends, not a go to beer. A little sweeter than regular Blue Moon. Overall not quite worth the $8.50, but not a terrible brew either. Try it if you want,

Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap.
Has a very weak aroma but, fortunately a less weak flavor. Still, the flavor is meek, even for Blue Moon, with a slightly sweet balance.

Feel: Near medium body and medium+ carbonation.

O: decent but too mild. Very light flavored compared to the Abita Amber sampled after it.

Photo of azorie
3.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had the whole six pack.
IT is a red brown ale that had about 1/2 to 1 inche head, nice lacing. no cloud, so it was filtered.
rich dark amber malt notes, some light hop notes. chocolate and toffee some burnt sugar.
Very rich malt front end with lots of character. nice balance to the malt side, still there is a slight hop bite. easy to drink, refreshing even
medium carbonation, kind of thin though, not quite a medium body. semi watery should have been IMHo a strong beer with more malt for winter.

its a decent brew. Nothing world class but drinkable. sweet refreshing beer. its a nice try and I know they could do it a tad better. and hey its not a wit or a PA, go figure. no fruit needed.


Photo of leegrow24
3.79/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a great winter beer. I really love the look and taste of this more common beer.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a generous buff head that falls to a thin layer and leaves some lacing. Deep brown color. Aroma is brown sugar, pale malts and roasted nuts. Flavor is sweet and nutty with a clean finish. There is nothing Belgian about it. Mouthfeel is like all other Blue Moon products. Tastes decent and easy to drink; tastes like a Coors product, not offensive but not quite "craft".

This was purchased in an Oklahoma grocery store so it had to be a 4.0 abv (3.2 abw) version. Would like to try it at a full 5.6% abv, it would probably have more warmth and character. Or then again it might be worse seeing that others have said it reminds them of malt liquor.

Photo of Ohiolager
2.68/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Blue Moon mountain abbey ale 6pk bottles $8.99(OH)

12 oz twist off brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. freshness date marked in yellow on bottle neck.

pours a dark reddish brown. very deep copper. two fingers of off white head that dissipate rather quickly. leaving a nice skim layer, but no lacing.

i agree with RETROMAN40 it has a rather adjunct smell. kind of like Busch copper lager. i smell some roasted malts, some spices, a sugary backbone and caramel.

malt at fist, then caramel taste with a coppery feel. a sugary warmth on the finish, which is bad since this brew is only 5.6%ABV. the after taste is gone in seconds, just leaving a sugary syrup feel/taste in the mouth.

mouth feel is light, coppery, and sweet. the brew is not watery, but lacks a quality feel.

overall this is not what i expected. Original Blue Moon was great, this however is not a great brew. its simply OK. the sugar content takes away from the smell and taste.

Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty amber/brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some sweetness. Taste is malty, sugar, a bit of nuttiness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and decent beer.

Photo of JamesInLiquor
3.67/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours we'll. Dark amber color. Nice head, but thin to no lacing. Smells pretty average, but tastes much better—malty, smooth, slight Carmel. Light hop on the end. Easy drinking. O: enjoyable.

On a side note, I am a bit disappointed they departed from their usual "Winter Abby Ale" (dubble), which I always felt was a nice 'light' version of an Abby Ale—and instead went to this brown ale as their current (2013) winter style.

Photo of metter98
3.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear dark garnet red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge. The head further faded away and left only a ring of bubbles encircling the glass.
S: Light aromas of malt extracts and candi sugars are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a little sweet and has flavors of malt extracts and candi sugars. There are also some hints of nutty malts and toffee.
M: It feels light- bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like a watered down version of a Belgian abbey ale and also lacks any complexities from the yeast.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Rhf9120
4.39/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Didn't pour this one i drank ti straight from the bottle. The smell is of roasted malts caramel and spices. The flavor is a nice balance of malts, caramel, brown sugar, and winter spices. The overall mouth feel was pleasant although was a little more carbonated than i would have liked/expected.

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.91/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Blue Moon's Mountain Abbey Ale (formerly Winter Abbey Ale) is surprisingly not as good as I remember it. I had this beer two years ago when it went by Winter, but now that they changed it call it Mountain, I'm left a tiny bit disappointed. The appearance is good - very strong and dark caramel color. The smell is truly superb - you can sense the hints of toffee and roasted malts. You can even taste them, distantly. But there's way to much carbonation, taking away from what would otherwise be a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, it's good but nothing as good as I remembered it a while ago.

Photo of Pegasus
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear reddish.-amber in color, with a small off-white head, which soon collapses to a dusting of foam. the lacing is thin and fine, but thoroughly coats the glass walls, the carbonation is modest and slow-rising.

Aroma: Sweet caramel, cloves, cinnamon, and a hint of dark fruit comprise the aroma, there also seems to be a faint hint of spicy alcohol.

Taste: Begins with mildly sweet caramel malt, soon followed by ginger and cinnamon. As the taste progresses, there is a bit of spicy alcohol, surprising, with the modest ABV of 5.6%. Later, there are flavors of brown sugar, dark fruits, and a hint of orange rind. Late in the taste, there is a restrained flourish of herbal hops to balance the bitterness. Finishes with a lingering note of dark caramel.

Mouth feel: Smooth, fairly full, with soft carbonation..

Drinkability/notes: Not bad, like a light version of a brown ale with a dash of spices, certainly more appealing than Coors flagship product.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, packaged in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of mooseisloose
2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Son-in-law spotted a twelve of this for birthday party, so lets give it a whirl. Twisting off the top I get a waft of some caramel and a zesty hint of spice. Pours to a nice light root beer color with a tan head that recedes to a quarter inch then holds. On the taste this brew is slightly roasted caramelly flavor with a tad bit of bitters in the background. Mouthfeel is ok but not outstanding. It kind of has a funky twang in the aftertaste that is niether sweet or bitter. This brew is drinkable and inoffensive but a long way from what I expect in a brown ale. Sad to say for BMC the apple never falls far from the tree as they can't seem to go out on a ledge and need to try to please a general population. Expected more just based on Blue Moon's Belgian White that is a good drinker for a BMC.

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a darkish brown color, with a head of foam that disappears.

Smell - It is of the sweet caramel malts.

Taste - a sweet toffee/caramel malts taste.

Mouthfeel - a good thickness for a brown ale.

Overall - I prefer this one over the Blue Moon Gingerbread Ale.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.26/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: The body is a dark mahogany color, more ruby in the light. The head is cream colored and recedes quickly to a film. Very light lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Toasted bread, grains, toffee.

Taste: The beer tastes much like the aroma but with a lot of brown sugar in the body. There's a metallic note in the finish. Very malty and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: Pretty tasty, definitely has the brown ale idea. Would like it better at a lower price point.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.27/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear reddish brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some moderate amounts of garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, and toasted + roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted + roasted malts with a hint of dark fruits (plum) sweetness. There is a light to moderate flavor of spicy Belgian yeast and a light amount of candi sugar adding a little bit more to the sweetness. Hints of alcohol in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Not bad but nothing special here - slightly too sweet for me. Easy enough to drink but not interesting enough to get again.

Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It seems silly to be drinking Winter beers on the fourth day of Summer 2014, but such is the nature of my backlog. I am anxious to reduce some of these beers so that I may return to what really matters - The CANQuest (TM), but nothing, no trades, no purchases, nada, until I get caught up.

From the bottle: "This copper-colored ale is crafted with roasted malts, Belgian sugar and a touch of wheat for a rich caramel flavor and a smooth toffee finish."; "We crafted our single-style abbey ale with select roasted malts, a hint of Belgian sugar, and a touch of wheat for a rich, caramel flavor and a wonderfully smooth toffee finish. It's perfect for those chilly winter days."; "Taste Responsibly".

I was anxious to get started with this one, so I employed a heavy hand in terms of the pour, resulting in a pretty pseudo-cascade. This settled into just over two fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention. "Copper" was exactly the word for the color on this one (SRM = > 17, < 22)! The clarity was button-bright and I was getting excited to try it. Nose had a light caramel quality, which was disappointing, since I expected more. Mouthfeel was medium and the flavor was definitely caramel, but still kind of muted, given their verbiage on the label. Likewise, I agreed with their calling the finish "toffee". In fact, I would say that the overall flavor was more toffee than caramel anyway. Call the finish semi-sweet as it was not outright sweet and just about as much as this hophead can tolerate. Once again, tis would be much more apropriate during the colder months, but c'est la guerre!

Photo of vkv822
2.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz : tulip

Pours a dark mahogany with a short-lived thin, foamy off white head.

Lots of caramel malts wih a light Belgian sugar sweetness. Not much going on besides that though.

Medium body with low foamy carbonation.

Not a bad beer, but not much going on besides a malty sweetness.

Photo of burntoutphilosopher
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

i liked this beer, but it's consistently bland. 1$ a bottle makes it a fair choice for while playing pool.

Photo of justintcoons
2.35/5  rDev -28.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Nice clean copper color with moderate carbonation.

Biscuit, brown sugar, and dark candy sugar.

Biscuit and brown sugar. Dark Belgian candy sugar and medium roasted malts. A hint of peppery alcohol (in a 5.6% beer??).

Light bodied and smooth.

The Belgian candy sugar takes over the flavor profile. In short, it tastes like sugar.

Photo of Svingjo
2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This poured a nice coppery orange. The nose was malty along with a brown sugar syrupy smell. No hops to be found. The taste however was very thin. I was expecting some of that malty sweetness to come through but it ended very quickly. I thought the mouth feel was a bit too bubbly, almost soft drink fizz. It wasn't a bad beer, it was however average. I also tasted the Winter Abbey Ale at the same time and they tasted like the same beer, had a hard time deciphering any difference so they review near identical.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Some guys about crucified me on a facebook group for having this in a beer photo collection today.

Let's see if it's really bad or just okay.

Appearance : Pours a nice 1 finger head, pretty fluffy, off-white in color. The body is a beautiful orange-cranberry-copper hue. It's about 70% transparent. It looks good so far.

Aroma : There's not much here, it's pretty weak, but I'm getting nutty aromas, clove, caramel, coriander, and wheat malts. Real easy to identify the aromas, in fact I didn't even take longer than a minute to type this category out. They're all just so faint.

Taste : The nut and caramel come out immediately, walking hand in hand with a slightly coppery and wheat-y flavor profile from the coriander and malts respectively. It has a malty finish and faint hop can be tasted as well.

Mouthfeel : About medium bodied. The carbonation is sharp and severe, and the drink ends slightly sandpapery, perhaps pasty even, but heavily malted.

Overall : This beer isn't really that bad. It's an easy drinker, heavy on malts, light on hop, and has some real Belgian feeling to it. Try it if you haven't yet.

Photo of Dodt
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

always being a sucker for seasonal's from blue moon , i thought i would give this one a whirl. a nice amber color not to much on the head and no lacing . roasted malt flavor with a after taste that reminds me more of apples then of toffee. a nice solid beer if offered to me but i probbly wouldn't want a whole case of it.

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Blue Moon Mountain Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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