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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

1,486 Ratings
THE BROS
56
awful

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Ratings: 1,486
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.72%
Wants: 9
Gots: 132 | 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 scratch69:
Photo of scratch69
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured a bottle into tulip glass.

Appearance- Clear brown-amber color with a half a fingers worth of quickly disappearing head. Hardly any lacing.

Smell- Strong aroma of toasted bread with caramel malt and bitter hops notes.

Taste- Caramel malt flavor with some hop bitterness toward the finish. After taste is too sweet.

Mouthfeel- On the light side of medium bodied with a below average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Not very good. I am glad I only purchased this as part of a pick-six pack instead of a whole six pack. It had a good aroma but was a total disappointment after that.

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.

Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of markallmon
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of jonny1138
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of TheAdamConners
2/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of WuAnquo1
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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.

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.

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of VernonKell
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Doomcifer
1.5/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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 ...

Photo of joannajax
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

Photo of eric_berge
1.5/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of sbartnik01
2/5  rDev -34.2%

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.

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
2.9/5  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.

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.

Photo of IDYVM
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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...

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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 1,486 ratings.