Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale - Coors Brewing Company
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3.55/5 rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
The most important thing to note is that they have clearly changed the recipe since last year's debut (and, obviously, the name). It is now "Full Moon." In fact, i can't help but wonder if perhaps the new version deserves to be entered in the database as a new beer.
The most common thread i see in reviews from last year's version is a strong presence of imitation vanilla. There is nothing like that in this year's version, thank God. So whatever this is, it's better than a fake vanilla beer.
Sadly it was a bit of a disappointment. I got excited when i bought it because the label claims it is "An Abbey Ale brewed with a hint of dark Belgian sugar." Which, not surprisingly, made me think this was a Belgian Abbey ale. Can't imagine where i got that idea from. Unfortunately, it is clearly not fermented with Belgian Abbey yeast. It doesn't have any of the spiciness or complexity that would be bestowed by the use of such a yeast. Instead, i'm tasting standard American Amber sort of flavors here. It's malty and it's a nice basic amber colored ale, but it's no Belgian beer by a long shot.
What a shame. I cannot begin to imagine why Coors didn't just ferment this guy with Belgian yeast. Why the hell not? It couldn't possibly have increased the cost much, if at all. That certainly would have lended this a much more authentic character. Instead we get a basic American ale masquerading as a Belgian.
Serving type: bottle
10-13-2007 23:44:30 | More by Bonhoeffer
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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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