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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
71
okay

535 Reviews
THE BROS
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awful

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Reviews: 535
Hads: 1,538
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 17.59%
Wants: 10
Gots: 256 | 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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Photo of MaximalC
2.97/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent bronze color with plum highlights and a solid head of khaki foam that’s gone before you can blink. Aroma smells of skunk, toffee, figs, and something objectionable (even more than skunk). Serves me right for cracking it open past the best-by date...

The taste features caramel, toasted bread, and slightly herbal hops. There’s also a vague juiciness and something resembling cinnamon in the finish. Belgian yeast character is surprisingly absent for an “abbey ale”. Medium-light body and fine, prickly carbonation lend a perky, drinkable mouthfeel.

Overall, this is another paint-by-numbers Blue Moon adjunct that’s missing a number or two. It’s not terrible, but it’s hardly memorable. (728 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
2.88/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not here for a re-review, but upon looking at some old notes, I have had, and posted this beer before so I have no idea why it isn't showing up as rated. (157 characters)

Photo of Sharbhund
4/5  rDev +30.3%
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. (196 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
3.26/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.24/5  rDev -27%
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 (278 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.43/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (164 characters)

Photo of StevenMilligan
2.56/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of Svingjo
2.83/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of Kris450
2.64/5  rDev -14%
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. (169 characters)

Photo of Dude_Abides
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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. (160 characters)

Photo of Merticois
4.5/5  rDev +46.6%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.06/5  rDev +32.2%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of mterrence5
2/5  rDev -34.9%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of fank2788
3.04/5  rDev -1%
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. (834 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.39/5  rDev +10.4%
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... (1,229 characters)

Photo of ortovox
3.41/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deeper amber color bordering on mahogany with a big fizzy white head. The head of the brew fades fast at first, but then greatly slows in recession as time moves on. Once the head has eventually faded away a light film is left on top the brew with almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet with tons of caramel and molasses with some bready aromas mixed within. A little bit of spice smells are there as well producing a malty very lightly roasted and sweet smell overall.

Taste – The taste is very much as the nose would have suggested. It begins with a lightly toasted and bready flavor mixed with lots of caramel and some molasses. As the flavor advances spices of cinnamon and some allspice come to the tongue with some lighter fruit flavors. In the end, the mix of flavors, leaves a sweet and malty and lightly spiced flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Both are rather nice for the sweet flavors of the brew and make for a very easy drinker.

Overall –An easy drinking sweeter darker Belgian. Nothing exceptional, but for the price it was a good go to. (1,292 characters)

Photo of Carlton1964
3.39/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice looking brew with a nice lacing effect. VERY nice smell....kinda had a holiday feeling just upon smelling this stuff. Tasting it was very pleasant at first, but the spicy effects were a little overwhelming as I got closer to the end of the bottle. Some may like this, but a little went a long way with me. Worth a try if you like unique spicy brews. Left a pleasant spicy taste in mouth. (392 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.28/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Utobeer, Borough Market, London (355ml, £2.50):
Dark brown colour with a thin, half centimetre tall and bubbly head that settles to a thin, patchy lacing on top of the beer after about a minute.

Light caramel malts and a very sweet aroma with a few toffee notes and some sugar. There is a lot of spice coming through and a nutty aroma near the end.

Spicy and a stronger caramel taste to begin with, there is some sweetness shinning through and a nutty base with some darker fruits in there to. I could detect a small amount of wheat and a light bitter finish.

Light bodied and a little thin but nothing major, the carbonation was medium and the beer was very sweet with a bit of spice thrown in too.

Fairly ordinary although not bad, however it was a little too sweet and started to become slightly sickening nearer the end. I'd stick to the original if I was you but it wasn't enough to put me off seeking out other Blue Moon varieties in future. (964 characters)

Photo of tronester
2.94/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear brown, with an almost non-existent head. aromas of lightly roasted grain. Taste begins with some brown sugar, then some licorice, then an astringent grain finish. Light mouthfeel. Overall this is just not that good of a beer. It doesnt taste that much like a Dubbel, but even for a quasi brown ale its pretty watery. (330 characters)

Photo of LCB_Hostage
3.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my first experience with one of Coors' Blue Moon products and I'm actually not as disappointed as I expected to be. Someone had brought this to my house knowing that I like "good beers" and it sat in my fridge for a month or so. I figured it was time to open it and either drink or drain-pour it.

It isn't something I'd go out looking to buy, but I've definitely been at parties where all the options were way worse than this. My main criticism would be that, true to Blue Moon's rep, this is a little thin. But given that I'm not a huge Belgian aficionado, I'm not someone who would be overly offended by a "lite" take on the style.

Overall, this was a reasonably crisp, refreshing quaff with enough character to distinguish it from typical BMC offerings. It was malty with enough bite to keep it from being overly sweet (and this coming from a serious hophead). You could do worse. (895 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a ruddy amber, with average head. Lace is spoke/web-like.

Nose is caramel-toffee malts. Fair enough.

Taste is heavily malted, as well, with a hint of the Belgian candy sugar and a little spice. Still, the toffee-caramel notes ride highest here. Not very representative of a Belgian abbey ale in the least, but drinkable enough, and probably a nice place for a less-discerning palate to start with "craft-like" beer.

Points off, though, for being a really disappointing example of the style. (499 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best by 4/15/13.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with a malty flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but pretty one dimensional with emphasis on malty aromas and flavors. (537 characters)

Photo of duchat
3.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I don't quite see why there are so many negative reviews for this beer, as I found it rather enjoyable overall.

There is a large head for an dubbel ale, that settles down to a good and substantial carbonation.

The taste was surprisingly sweet for an ale, almost as sweet as Mackeson Stout, arguably the sweetest non-fruit based beer. I could see finding it hard to drink more than one or two of these, as the result could become a bit cloyingly sweet, with a strong molasses-like quality.

Mouth feel is on the lighter side for a dubbel ale, but not unexpected for a cheap domestic.

Overall a decent, very drinkable beer, great for those who don't like their beer to taste bitter, sharp or skunky. (700 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

The first sign of trouble was the spew when I cracked the twist-off. Fortunately I was using a towell so I had a handy wipe. The coppery color is nice, and it has a foamy head with a full carbonated mouthfeel. These guys know how to get the bubbles right.

The smell is musty and woody with a hint of sweet vermouth. I taste wintergreen rather strongly along with bubblegum. Surprisingly sweet and simple. I don't see how this can be classified as a Dubbel, but that's how I'll rate it. I'd call it a Red Ale, but maybe there is a tang of Belgian yeast in it. It tastes like I remember Killians Red. There is an odd, bitterish aftertaste, like burnt raisins and something from that trunk in the basement.

I would avoid this, whatever it is. I don't remember it being so unpleasant when I bought a six a few years ago, but then I never bought another one. From the 12 oz bottle, a single I picked up. (900 characters)

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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.