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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale - Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Winter Abbey AleBlue Moon Winter Abbey Ale

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BA SCORE
70
okay

1,529 Ratings
THE BROS
57
awful

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Ratings: 1,529
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.39%
Wants: 10
Gots: 230 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thornside on 11-03-2006

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Ratings: 1,529 | Reviews: 544
Photo of rossracing
2/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

ok if your in a pinch not really

Photo of Doonzman
4.18/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Best blue moon beer. When I see it I buy it

Photo of Winston3737
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The best BM offering by far.

Photo of Plissken
1.94/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

This is a ghastly beer.

Photo of tinas
4.08/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very Good But not favorite of all time

Photo of Sharbhund
4/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Personally don't understand the bad reviews. Yes, it's produced by Coors, but I don't hold that against it. Nice smell, nice colour, great taste, my favourite production from the Blue Moon family.

Photo of SensorySupernova
3.26/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark with an off-white head.

Smell: Wheat, a little yeasty, faint citrus and spices.

Taste: Same as the nose. Very little bitterness. Some caramel.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick and carbonated

Overall: Hard not to compare this to the standard Blue Moon Belgian White. It is similar, but more spice and less citrus, a little more roast. Something is missing from the flavor; not sure what. Overall, it is not offensive, but it is hard to get excited about.

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.24/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A dubbel? Well, not sure about that. Abbey? umm...k

A dirty water pour, some copper. Not much head, a bit soapy.

Sweet, hollow aroma. Added sugar most likely. Candied and fruity. Fake. eww

Fairly light bodied...or at least in the feel. Not a good representation of the style

Photo of Ranger337
2.13/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Not what I expected from Blue Moon. I'l stick with the regular Blue Moon

Photo of gonzo000
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Better than expected - but did not expect much. Nice brown type ale, not too spiced. Smooth, nice mellow beer that will not seek out, but would accept if offered.

Photo of StevenMilligan
2.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours a nice dark copper color with a quickly fading head.

Smells of roasted malts, toffee, and carmel. Very sweet.

First sip I noted the same thing, sweetness. Too much. It's like a Desperados with roasted malts intstead of tequila.

Mouthfeel is lIle that of a fountain soda, and carbonation is fierce but not too much.

Overall this beer is a pass, too sweet for my palate and it lacks spice and depth of flavor.

Photo of Svingjo
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

Photo of Paulieblaze
2.52/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Beer is an average season beer not my favorite

Photo of Kris450
2.64/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

For a double, it's pretty thin tasting. Acidic alcohol finish, no real Carmel or accompanying notes. Kind of disappointed really. I was hoping for more Spice and flavor.

Photo of bmeehan
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Solid beer.

Photo of ThrowinFatCats
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

my go to winter beer besides shiner cheer. love the sugary taste. it's simple, but i enjoy it.

Photo of Dude_Abides
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

No real complaints. It's winter warmth and very drinkable. I am just struggling to taste much in this brew. That said, loved the pumpkin a couple months ago.

Photo of Beerma
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Has a bit of the taste of the pumpkin! A decent beer

Photo of Trooper92292
3.77/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Honestly, it's not the best beer out there but I like it. It's great for the cold season. If this is on the shelves at a local Jewel, I'll buy it.

Photo of Merticois
4.5/5  rDev +48%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Drank this from the bottle at a holiday party. I thought it had a nice enough presentation.

Smell:
Smells of cinnamon and nutmeg with a hint of a pleasant beer scent.

Taste:
Tastes like it smells like. The balance between the spices and the beer was really good.

Mouthfeel:
It was a nice medium mouthfeel with a pleasant, mildly spiced, finish.

Overall:
This was a pleasant Dubbel with a nice balance of cinnamon and nutmeg flavors.

Photo of BierJager89
4.06/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Translucent mahogany with a tan head.

S: Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, basic Christmas spices, and malt in the nose.

T: Cinnamon and nutmeg up front followed by clove then malt in the finish.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: While I definitely would not call this a winter abbey ale, I would call this a winter ale. It has the characteristic spiciness of the american style winter ale. It's nice and spicy, with a decent malt backbone. Typically, I find orange in the mix in Belgian christmas ales. Recommended, worth a try, and definitely underrated.

Photo of mterrence5
2/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The bottle is a nice looking snowy village which is perfect for the storm were about to have. Hoping to sit down to a nice sweet warm beer for the winter.

I'm on my third bottle and still waiting for something. Maybe my taste buds are broken but there is not much (a little sweet bread taste) here besides carbonation and dark coloring.

Maybe I'll have a coke.

Photo of fank2788
3.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Average in the glass, it is a clearish dark brown with a thin off white head that settles quickly and laces a bit. There is quite a bit of caramel and a bit of toasted malt in the smell, the background may also hold some belgian yeast character as well but if anything it is weak. The taste is dominated by the caramel as well, it's a bit slick with maybe a touch of metallic twang in there as well. Really no bitterness to speak of as this beer is sweet all the way through with a slightly sticky finish that really doesn't do much to invite the next sip. The body is heavier than I would have expected but the weird flavor combinations and finish prevent a higher score in this category. Overall this isn't very good I see how this may appeal to hardcore Blue Moon fans but I'll leave it for them.

Photo of philbe311
3.39/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - A fairly active pour yields a fingers worth of slightly airy slightly fizzy head that is a pale brown in color... Limited to no retention as this one fizzes away rather quickly... Just a slight bit of splotchy lacing and an uber thin collar... The color is a completely translucent light-to-medium caramel brown... Perfectly still...

S - Brown sugar... Dark fruits... Caramel and toffee... The Belgian yeast is buried a bit beneath the surface... A slight touch of bubble gum... There is also a very subtle spice component that lingers - perhaps some cinnamon and nutmeg...

T - The palate is amazingly subdued... Much of what was expected from the nose never materializes... Nothing particular stands out as a lot of flavors seem to get muddled together... The end result is a slightly cottony, artificially sweet ale with some faint brown sugar notes...

M - Medium bodied... Some crisp fizzy carbonation... Even and consistent...

D - A so so at best beer... The appearance and aroma led me to think this one may have a chance of surprising, but the flavor profile turns a bit messy... A few minor tweaks could go a long way... Not terrible, but in its current form it is not anything I would recommend nor revisit...

Photo of ortovox
3.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - looks good to me

S - sweet, mild toffee

T - nothing really making me go 'wow', but a nice, mild balance of flavors. some sweetness, but not too much. totally drinkable, but not exciting.

M - a little watery, would like it more chewy for a nice winter ale

Damn marketing people. I have to confess that the label sold me. It was the cozy, snowy winter cabin. But, it's basically a coors banquet beer with some specialty malts added. Ok, that might be harsh, but I definitely taste the 'coors' in it. One of those beers that you buy on a impulse just to try it, (cause it is on sale, even though you know it's not really craft beer) drink the 6 pack, say "that was decent", and then never buy it again.

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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,529 ratings.