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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

1,434 Ratings
THE BROS
56
awful

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Ratings: 1,434
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.72%
Wants: 9
Gots: 97 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 11-07-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by beerphilosopher:
Photo of beerphilosopher
2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This offering from Coors under the Blue Moon label pours a medium amber color with an impressively tall, rocky head of foam that presents a wet sand color on top of the beer. Active carbonation bubbles rise quickly from the base of the glassware through the crystal clear amber hue of the beer they're swimming in.

The nose is where things go awry a bit - queue the record-scratching stop here. Perhaps it is the fact that this beer purports to be a Belgian Abbey-style beer, but this is certainly not what I expected in the nose. I get notes of bready crystal malts, roasted grains and a very slight spiciness coming through. I don't get the tell-tale fruity esters you'd expect in an abbey-style beer. In fact, I'd seriously question whether this beer was brewed with an abbey ale yeast strain at all. If it was, it was at a very low fermentation temperature, as there are no detectable esters here. Phenols (spiciness) is minimal as well. The hop addition is a little aggressive for a Belgian abbey beer as well. Bottom line, this beer doesn't smell bad, in itself, it just doesn't smell right for the style it claims.

The palate confirms all of this with bready/biscuity malts, some minimal molasses-like character and English hops. The label also reports the use of Belgian dark candi sugar - perhaps a touch only. The beer is not dark enough or high enough in alcohol to have much of a dark candi sugar addition. Since candi sugar (derived from beets) is 100% fermentable, it doesn't contribute sweetness, really ... just some color and food for the yeast. I get dry grainy and bready amlts, some roasty notes and slightly spicy hops here - nothing to make me think this is a Belgian-style beer.

The beer is thin and aggressively carbonated. This is certainly consistent with the use of some candi sugar, but at 5.6 % ABV, this isn't a "big" beer by any account. The finish is very dry and slightly bitter.

At under 6% ABV, this is a user-friendly beer and not horrible in any respect. Again, if it didn't claim to be an abbey-style ale, I'd be much more forgiving. In fact, I'd be more inclined to believe this was an attempt at a British mild than I would a Belgian-style beer. The yeast is just not kicking out the fruity esters you need here and the mouth feel is just too thin for even a small Belgian-style ale.

I can't say I'd return to this one again any time soon, but points for the effort. At least the "Blue Moon" line is trying something new to appeal to the masses. That is, after all, who they're after much more than the beer geeks who might have issues with this beer posing as a style it just doesn't match.

beerphilosopher, Dec 22, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife bought this for me today while shopping at Wegmans...man 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.

oberon, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

tbryan5, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of markallmon
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

markallmon, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of jonny1138
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

jonny1138, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of TheAdamConners
2/5  rDev -34.2%

TheAdamConners, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of danthehopslamman
3/5  rDev -1.3%

danthehopslamman, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of WuAnquo1
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

WuAnquo1, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of marvin213
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

marvin213, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of generallee
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

generallee, May 09, 2009
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

SmellsofMahagony, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of VernonKell
3/5  rDev -1.3%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
1.5/5  rDev -50.7%

Doomcifer, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

iemailjack, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Jason
2.3/5  rDev -24.3%
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 ...

Jason, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of joannajax
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

joannajax, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

Billolick, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of eric_berge
1.5/5  rDev -50.7%

eric_berge, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of sbartnik01
2/5  rDev -34.2%

sbartnik01, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of MisterDeeds
3.78/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

MisterDeeds, Apr 07, 2007
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.

tigg924, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of kjh5040
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

kjh5040, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Mora2000, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of IDYVM
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

IDYVM, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of mattster
1.68/5  rDev -44.7%
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...

mattster, Dec 29, 2007
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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,434 ratings.