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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1,532 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,532
Reviews: 546
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.39%
Wants: 10
Gots: 238 | 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 oberon
3.51/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife bought this for me today while shopping at I love my wife.Poured into a standard pint glass a slight hazed bronze color with a tight formed 1/2 finger white head that actually held some decent retention,faint toasted malt aromas a touch of brown sugar-like sweetness as well as a touch of clove.Much better than I thought it would be flavor wise its a bit toasty with some residual caramel sweetness that vanilla that everyone talks about to me is faint it seems a little spiced but not overly so it has a spicy finish but not overdone.Anew recipe for 2007?Iam not flabbergasted by it by any means but you know its not horrible I wouldnt be ashamed to serve this to by beer-liking friends....really Iam serious.

Photo of marvin213
2.91/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

It looks like clear mahogany, and there is some head to top this one off. I believe this is my first dubbel review, so I don't really know if it's expected or not, but I nod approvingly at the lacing left as I swirl this one around.

Nothing much in the nose. I smell the dark Belgian sugar, but it hardly inspires an "ah." Other than that, it's water.

I taste what I now acknowledge is an abbey ale. Not a tremendous proponent, this one tastes on average with others I've had. It's pleasantly sweet, with a bit of twang from the Belgian sugar. It provides a subtle tartness that's far more apparent in real Belgian Belgians. While trying to maintain some objectivity, it's what I'd expect from an Coors Abbey Ale.

The tart, twangy, dark-sweet mouthfeel is actually a good one, particularly within such a watery-light medium. Again, aligned with expectations from a macrobrewery, the carbonation is more than ample. The feel of Full Moon is its superior attribute.

It's a blah beer overall, and I'd imagine most dubbels dwarf this selection. Though not horrible and a seemingly true representative of the style, it ain't to be sought after.

Photo of generallee
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There is a best before date on the bottle.

Appearance: It has a creamy tan head which quickly faded down to a small ring of slick lacing that hangs on till the last sip. The body has a slightly hazy appearance with a dark amber color.

Smell: The aroma is rather light and simple. Only a light hint of sweet malt with maybe a touch of caramel is detected in the nose.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor is ok but very simple for the style. It has a dark sweetness with notes of caramel candy, brown sugar and some very, very light spice like cinnamon. There were no noticeable hops at all and it finished sweet but watery. The overall texture was light for the style and thinner in the finish with a medium body and light carbonation.

Notes: This was a very simple example of a Belgian Dubbel.

Photo of Jason
2.36/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date printed on the bottle. "An ale brewed with natural flavor & caramel color" on the label.

A- Foamy with a good retention, crystal clear tawny hue.

S- Light vanilla extract in the aroma with a faint toasted malt, sweet smelling.

T&M- Lighter body than expected with a flash of crispness and then right to a slick mouth feel. Odd vanilla flavor mixes with a muted malt flavor, minimal hops with a slight warmth from the clean alcohol. Finishes dry with very little after taste ... the vanilla is a distant memory until the next sip.

D- There is something just not totally right with this beer. Lack of body and odd vanilla flavors just at me first. Lack of real malt density & flavor does this one is when it comes down to it. Take this one back to the chalk board ...

Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, label calls this a "single-style abbey ale", looks like a dubbel, drinks like dubbel "lite"

Pours clear glowing dark reddish amber, moderate retention on the light tan head, that goes to a nice looking film, collar and moderate bits of lace.

Toffee, maple and light nuts in the nose.

Super easy drinking Belgian style offering, more toffee, some caramel, light nutmeg. Pleasant enough, but fizzles out in the finish and perhaps a bit on the watery side.

Belgian with training wheels and less complexity then us geeks would like. Good beer to entice some newbees or as a winter, lighter sessioner. Also would/will work in a marinade or holiday dish.

Photo of MisterDeeds
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was somewhat confused about a seasonal beer from Blue Moon. Is it a wheat beer, is it a Winter Ale, is it worth trying? It turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Not much of an aroma to it, but the Caramel kicks in on the first taste. Not in the same league as Sam Adams or Harpoon, but definitely worth a taste.

Photo of tigg924
3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, brownish-red in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: bread, toffee, and holiday spices

Taste: bread, toffee, and holiday spices--there is some dark fruit and caramel as the beer warms

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness, high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: There are way better dubbels out there no doubt. That said, this is not a bad beer and would make an excellent introduction to craft beer..It may be the best of the seasonal moon beers I have had. If I was looking for a cheap dubbel that I could have several of during a game, I would pick this up.

Photo of kjh5040
2.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Medium amount of off white head, caramel brown in color, maybe a little darker, but can see through it

Aroma is relatively faint, sugar and caramel mostly

The taste, like the aroma, is a little weak, but not bad. Tastes like it smells, with a hint of spice.

Mouthfeel is average, a little watery but I guess that's expected with coors.

I could definitely have a few of these but for the price its nothing special. Might get it again, but not in the near future.

Photo of Mora2000
3.21/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of a lot of cocoa and toffee notes and actually smells a lot better than I expected it to. The flavor is similar to the aroma. I get a lot of lightly roasted malts, as well as some toffee, caramel, cream and grass notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of mattster
1.69/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Opened cold 12oz bottle, poured into snifter. Nice white head of 1" to 1.5" that dissipates rather promptly. Brew is clear, dark reddish-brown.

Smell is not pleasant. Somewhat metallic and hints of malts. Taste also follows through with the metallic, definitely bitter on the palate. Not a smooth drink.

I tried to let it warm up to see if the taste/flavors extracted better, but it never happened.

I was really expecting more from this beer...

Photo of NicholasCasber
2.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: This beer was darker than I expected, produced little head, and what head there was was dissipated in a matter of a minute or two.

S: The smell wasn't overly pleasing, but very pungent, not necessarily in a good way.

T: Surprisingly, the taste, despite the look and the smell was better than I expected, and I could taste the roasted malt flavor, and the sweet end of the belgium sugar.

M: This beer felt, overall, a bit too bubbly in my mouth.

D: I rated this beer fairly low, only because it's a bit too roasted for my taste.

Overall, this beer was an interesting try, but not one I'd get again, unless it was a cold winter's day.

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 deebo
1.9/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A-Dark amber color with slight haze-loose tan head that dissipates within a few seconds
S-Slight toasted malt aroma with the typical large scale lager notes. Not much overall aroma.
T-Not much backbone. Slight hop bitterness. Alcohol is evident and not hidden well.
M-Thin for the style, a little too much carbonation.
D-I've had stronger abbey ales that have a much better drinkability so this one misses the mark.

Overall-lacks the overall aroma, taste, and mouthfeel of a good "dubbel" abbey ale. Probably the worst "abbey ale" that I've had. Ok overall given the price.

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

The beer came on tap, served in a tall glass and rimmed with a cocoa poweder/sugar mix. The ale had a red amber colour to it with a reduced tan/cream head. Good clarity. There was slightly sweet nose, but the smell was mostly muted. Tasted like a belgian-style ale; no lingering aftertaste... not bad, but average.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.26/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, coppery hue straight out of the bottle with a fluffy, creamy head, about two-fingers. Scents of oak, dried fruits and coriander wafted up to my nostrils. Taste was pretty decent, heavy maltose sweetness with just a hint of bittering hops. Reminded me of dried fruits in the nose and taste. Mouthfeel dissipated quickly. Not a bad brew at all. Very sessionable, but then again doesn't stand out among other excellent winter ales.

Photo of jondeelee
2.65/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smells mainly of malty toasted grains, with just a hint of spice and fruit at the edges. Fruity malts are the first flavors to come across on the tongue, blossoming in fruit esters such as orange and apricot. These esters are followed almost immediately by the tang of the "Dark Belgian sugar" mentioned on the label, which adds a nice caramel layer to the fruit. Light vanillas and toffees may also be found here. The hops don't seem to really kick in for me, which is surprising since the original label description said that there were "multiple hops" present. Either the recipe has changed, or the hops are simply too weak to be immediately noticeable, and instead constitute a slight background fuzz. For me, the ale's weakest point comes near the end: all of the fruity, caramel flavors fade away, leaving only a stale beer taste on the back of my throat. If I had to rate only the first half of the mouthful, I would have given it at least a four--but the aftertaste is only a one.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown beer, lots of clarity revealing ruby highlights, not bad, dirty cream colored head, again, good. Aroma, dark fruit and sugar, cinammon?

Taste, dark fruit, very sweet, very smooth. Alcohol warmthto it, this beer seems to deliver more to style relatively than the other Blue Moon offerings. Ol' homegirl used to get tore up on it and still be pleasant, usually she'd be a raging out of control you know what, so this gives a real mellow drunk to chicks. It's got that going for it.

Photo of MOShepp
2.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber color with a big head and some lacing.

Aroma of grain and honey, but nothing really significant.

Taste of honey and slight herbs, slight bitterness, semi-crisp.

Tastes a bit watered down, but easy to drink and went well with my dinner of chicken and rice.

Good beer for someone trying to branch out of the big brand pilsners and looking for a mellow beer without too much going on.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.25/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It's disappointing when every other Blue Moon beer out there comes out, you get all excited and than it tastes just like generic beer. I'm kinda insulted by it, why do something interesting and dare I say trailblazing and then turn around and churn out craft beer labeled bottles filled with pretty much shit. Appears a clear light amber hue with a large off white head forming fine even lacing as it dwindles nice look let's take a smell. Aromatics a muted grainy sweetness touch of spiciness and generic beer scent no real hop factor arising. Flavor touch of caramel sweetness with a grainy lingering quality that turns sour, dark Belgian sugar whatever dude this tastes like candy corn and caramel popcorn. Not impressed weak and one dimensional in nature. Mouthfeel is thin and overly carbonated you can actually tell just from the pour the way the foam forms and dissipates. Light to medium nothing really artificial Co2 floods the palate. Drinkability is a one and done analyze this type situation, no more needs to be said.

Photo of chinchill
3.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in pint glass.

Pours a nice reddish copper with a 2-3 finger light tan head. A = 4.5 if not for the limited retention of the head.

Aroma is a partly unpleasant. Fresh cut weeds or hay (from the "touch of wheat"?), soap, yeast and toasted malt. Flavor is much better; moderately enjoyable.

Some resemblance to a Killian's Irish Red, which stuck me as odd for a moment before I realized they are made by the same parent company. In any case, this is NOT a dubbel (as currently classified on BA); it's more of a red ale mixed with a light witbier.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a pint mug)

A- This beer has a warm light brown clear body with an off-white head that last for a little bit. There is a gentle carbonation of big bubbles.

S- This beer has a big smell of syrupy vanilla with some slightly sweet caramel syrup notes in the background.

T- The flavor of caramel comes through before the softer flavor of vanilla and the finish has a soft dry finish with a little hop bitterness in the after taste.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight fizz in the finish that helps dry out the finish.

D- Although this beer has some syrupy flavors they are not overly sweet just a little chemical tasting. There isn't much malt flavor behind the caramel notes but the finish is clean so the flavors don't hang on the tongue.

Photo of richkrull
3.91/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark reddish brown color. Nice creamy head on it.

S - Nice malt smell. Nothing really overpowering though.

T - Really rich malty flavor. Almost tastes like a hint of chocolate at the end.

M - Nice medium body, very smooth.

D - Really nice easy drinking beer. I wouldn't mind a few more of these. Great winter ale.

Photo of LXIXME
2.29/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an inch or so above the glass gives this beer a big light brown head above a clear wine reddish colored ale that fades into a light lacing.

Aroma is spiced sweet caramel malts with a slight hint of some dark fruits in the background.

A light sweet caramel malt taste that is laced with hints and bits of dark fruits and spices akin the aroma.

A dryish aftertaste on this medium bodied beer seems to be the highlight of this beer, although this Winter Abbey has some spices, malt, and fruits coming through in the taste they seem to miss the point or not fulfill its potential.

Photo of FleeVT
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no date poured into a goblet.

A: Pours a hazed, dull copper with a small head. The head dwindles to a thin layer.

S: As advertised on the label, roasted malts and dark Belgian sugar. Faint grains and that's about it. Nothing to strong on the nose.

T/M: Light bodied, border-line watery, for the style. This is like a macro version of a Belgian Pale Ale. The palate presents sweet malts and some coriander spice, with a crisp finish that teases hops.

D: It's definitely drinkable, especially at $6 a sixer. If you're looking for a real Belgian Style, pass on this one. But if you want a cheap session ale with a nice macro malt flavor, stop and collect six.

Photo of Brenden
2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Good thing I made notes before this was retired. I had some bottles at a Christmas party and was just getting into reviewing.

The color is a deep coppery amber with some carbonation active and decent head retention.

There's a toasted malt right on the nose with very subtle spices and vanilla. It's not a bad smell, but it's a little weak and there's something odd in there.

Light hops and malt are present with a vanilla flavor that fades quickly. The finish is a little disappointing as it doesn't linger at all. The spice is there in the back but, again, there's something odd in here...

The body is light, actually a bit weak, with moderate carbonation. It's a little oily as well, a little crispness but then it's not such a pleasant feel.

Well...take it or leave it.

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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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