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Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale - Coors Brewing Company

Blue Moon Belgian Pale AleBlue Moon Belgian Pale Ale

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Ratings: 902
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.49%


Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NCSUdo on 05-26-2008)
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adamette

Ohio

2.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into clean clear glass courtesy of my brother Peter. Thanks Pete.

A Light brown body under a less than impressive thin light head that dissapeared quickly.

S Not much..some wimpy hops could be smelled.

T Boring watered down Pale Ale. Really, there are some malt, grain, hops tastes but it is all very distant, diluted by water(?).

M Light. There is a touch of moderate mouthfeel due to the distant tastes.

D Average at best due to the lack of tastes.

Notes. My least favorite of the three "Moons" that I have tasted. (Blue, Full, Pale). I am not even sure that this can be considered a Pale Ale let alone a "Belgian" Pale Ale. Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 05:33:54 | More by adamette
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gpogo

California

3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Copper with large creamy slightly off-white head. Head sticks around later dissipating into a foamy covering leaving a light and sparse lacing. Very clear showing off a lively carbonation. Seems to be a filtered beer as there was no yeast in the glass, nor the bottle.

A- There is a slight bitter hop aroma, though it smells like no cascade hop aroma I've known. Sweet malt aroma. I smell no hibiscus or orange as the bottle says.

T- A rather dry beer. Upfront I get some fruity sweet malt with a slight taste of alcohol. Sortof grainy tasting, finishes off dry giving it a bit more of a bitter taste. As far as fruity tastes I am noticing a light pear taste with a bit more of a citrusy orange note.

M- The body seems to be on the light side, at times feeling a bit watery. The carbonation is moderate-high to high. Leaves my mouth a bit sticky feeling afterwards.

D- I've never been too fond of Blue Moon seasonal's. This is one of the few I could tolerate drinking. It's not too alcoholic and is rather plain(especially for the Belgian style).

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 04:17:30 | More by gpogo
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nick76

Florida

3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma is inviting with pine hops, yeast, bread, citrus and maybe a touch of spice. The elements are good but somehow they fail to completely impress. The appearance is deep gold with an orange hue. The head is average. The taste is not as complex as the aroma. It's got some soapy and astringent bitter elements but mostly it's got a macro twang to the malt and a touch of citrus. Like the aroma the taste doesn't work 100%. The palate is thin. Overall it's better than most macro's but suffers some of the same problems.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 08:25:03 | More by nick76
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DoubleJ

California

3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I thought there was Blue Moon and its seasonals, nothing else. So this was a surprise when I spotted it. Made with cascade hops, hibiscus, and orange peel...is this going to be a hoppy Blue Moon? On to the beer:

Poured into a flute...now I'm thinking they wanted to copy Budwieser Ale. Red, orange, yellow hues, this is a lovely array of color. The head is thick on top and retains adequately. The aroma is sweet and hoppy. There's the hibiscus, but the cascades and faint esters are easier to detect. This could be refreshing.

It's unusual to taste these flavors in a beer of this color, but I'm liking it. Faint esters and orange peel, the beer turns into bready caramel with fruity esters tagging along. A touch of flower pedal, it's sweet. The cascade hops provide some flavor in the finish. This beer is crisp and light in the mouth, and it goes down without a hiccup.

Belgian-style Pale Ale might be misleading for this beer, but who cares if you enjoy it? A welcoming addition to the Blue Moon line of beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 06:10:44 | More by DoubleJ
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erosier

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice darker amber color with a very tall and very thick tan colored head that takes some time to fade and laces the glass very nicely all the way down.
S: Smells of very sweet malts with hints of caramel but no yeast aromas are present.
T: Tastes of a very sweet caramel malt with some candy sugar added perhaps. The sweetness fades a bit but does't leave a bitter taste afterwards. A hint of fruity flavors at the end.
M: Very smooth, sweet, with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer. I would say this is what the Budweiser American Ale was striving for but fell way short. This is a much much more enjoyable option and a good solid beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 13:16:12 | More by erosier
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SJI

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

More of the same from the Blue Moon Brewing Company - a highly drinkable, delicious ale. The aroma and flavor are both quite fruity, although neither the orange nor hibiscus can be easily distinguished from the characteristic Cascade presence. If there is a true Belgian aspect to this pale ale, it's lost on me. But beyond that, this one has few flaws.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 02:08:00 | More by SJI
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear copper, almost peachy or sunset colored. Two fingers of white head emerge and settle fairly quickly with some minimal lace.

S - There's a beautiful aroma, something floral and spicy. Hops are here but the hibiscus mentioned on the bottle is very well represented as well. There is a sweet graininess behind the floral aroma with hints of butter and caramel.

T - Big floral taste from what I assume to be the hibiscus. Sweet, fruity malt pulls through with hints of apples and grapes along with nutty flavors pulling through late palate. Minimal hop bitterness in the finish. Great harmony of flavors here.

M - Light to medium bodied with a soft to moderate carbonation.

D - A good, solid beer with plenty of flavor. I could see myself sessioning this stuff regularly. Overall a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 07:38:48 | More by PatrickJR
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wagenvolks for the freebie. 12oz bottle into a Piraat snifter. Pours a crisp copper with a decent off-white head that slowly diminished to a ring. Aroma is a somewhat fragrant amount of crisp citrus hops and a hint of Belgian yeast. The taste is a litte bit more bland with some caramel malt and slight hops with a hint of yeast. The beer is somewhat crisp and refreshing but slightly heavier than the alcohol suggests. This is probably the best Blue Moon beer I've had yet, but that's not exactly saying that much.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 07:40:47 | More by atsprings
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JamesS

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice copper color with some good head and nice lacing, and a fair bit of carbonation. It has a nice floral scent, hints of hops and bitterness, although a little weak. Nice taste, very clean, crisp, and refreshing, with a very nice hoppy/pale ale flavor and a nice bit of bitterness in the aftertaste, athough it wasn't as strong as it could have been, and it tasted more like it contained American hops rather than anything used in a Belgian pale ale, but it was still quite good. It goes down extremely well, very smooth.

Considering its a 'macro' pale ale, this is a great pale ale. It was inexpensive and would be a fantastic starter beer for someone who hasn't tried a sturdier pale ale. Even on its own, it's really quite good.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 01:54:13 | More by JamesS
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.43/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with 1+ finger of pearl white head. Zero head retention & not much more lacing

S: Slight orange blossom & apple peels

T: Caramel, appleskins & pears up front. Dryness, appleskins & faint lemon hops as this warms. Finishes with apple peels & citric hop crispness, plus some caramel & more dryness

MF: Medium bodied with slight carbonation & some stickyness

Drinks alright, not a good or great BPA, but would do in a pinch. a touch too dry for my liking

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 00:08:16 | More by russpowell
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearace: Clear coppoer color with a creamy off-white colored head. Decent retention.

Smell: Very malty, a little sweet. Hint of a fruit note (likey the orange peel). Some hop aroma (would have been fine with more).

Taste: Surprisingly sweet with a late spicy finish. Not as carbonated as many in the Blue Moon lineup. Hop presence blends well.

Mouthfeel: Meduim bodied, subtle carbonation.

Drinkability: Found it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 22:21:05 | More by Haybeerman
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with slightly redish tones. a decent white head sticks around and even leaves some decent lacing.

Smells are... yes I do believe that might be Belgian candy sugar, hint of orange peel, cascade hops don't add a ton to the aroma but its there.

Taste is sweet with some spiciness and herbal notes late. Finish is a bit weak, but still ok for the style. Mouthfeel is lighter side of medium with good carbonation that isn't too much. As I drink it, the hop presence shows up a bit more and blends well. Very simple and understated, not over the top and a charicature of what the style should be. Yet it still maintains solid flavor.

So far, my favorite from the Blue Moon line outside of the original Blue Moon.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 22:01:00 | More by rtratzlaff
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.65/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Surprised to already see this one distributed to my local Food Lion. Pours a pale copper body, clean with a decent carbonation level and a small khaki head. Average retention and lacing. Aroma is a nice blend of hoppy pine and citrus alongside a touch of biscuity-caramel malt.

Flavor profile brings a spicy-pine hop note paired with pale malts, fruity belgian yeast, and a metallic, grainy flavor seemingly inherent in most Coors beverages. Not too off-putting, though. Mouthfeel is a bit watered down...I'm not sure why they're so against the "lingering hop aftertaste", because something is definately needed to finish off this beer. All in all, this one actually has potential, as I've certainly come across worse brews from the mass-producing BMC. I'd definately buy it over most grocery store beers, as it does have quite a few merits.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 02:19:42 | More by wagenvolks
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rowew

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, date stamped on the neck. Same style design as the other Blue Moons with a red theme to the label. I had this on tap at Coors field too, but basing review on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with a nice off white head, decent retention but very little lacing.

Smell: Bready malt, a bit of what I think of as belgian yeast notes, and a little bit of floral hops late.

Taste: Medium bodied, tastes right along with what I would expect from the aroma. Dominated by a nice malt backbone with a mild hop and yeast component.

Overall impression: Just what I've come to expect from Blue Moon - nothing stellar, but a drinkable offering that may just be your saving grace at a BMC bar.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 22:32:20 | More by rowew
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Clear amber/copper under a small head. Very sight retention and no lace.

S: Very malty, sweet, a little syrupy smelling. Bottle says brewed with some orange and hibiscus but I don't get any. Edit to say that after having another bottle, I did pick up some piney hop and a bit of fruitiness.

T: Again, mostly malty and sweet. Maybe some Belgian character trying to come through, a little fruitiness and a little bit of vegetable.

M/D: Nice mouthfeel, very subtle carbonation, nice on the tongue. Decent drinkability as well. Nothing special by any means but also a very easy drinking, easy to find beer that actually brings a little something to the table.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 20:44:45 | More by NCSUdo
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Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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