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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

1,522 Ratings
THE BROS
57
awful

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Ratings: 1,522
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.39%
Wants: 9
Gots: 206 | 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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Ratings: 1,522 | Reviews: 544
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4.24/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a dark orange amber with a thin off-white layer of bubbles. Light but decent lacing.

Aroma - a nose of sugar cookies and vanilla. Mmmmm...

Taste - toasty malts with a sweet mild Madagascar vanilla flavor. Some very light hops on the swallow, ending with a mellow vanilla finale. A bit of a one-trick pony, but it's good if you like vanilla in this form.

Mouthfeel - medium body, crisply carbonated and good smoothness as well.

Drinkability - for me, a very easy beer to drink. The vanilla flavor doesn't come off as syrupy or cloying to me, keeping this 'beery' enough for session consumption.

Photo of CS1971
4.18/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a huge Blue Moon fan, and honestly this beer doesn't disappoint me one bit. I read the other reviews and felt I may not like it, but I was actually really impressed. I love the complexities of the beer, and think it's full of flavor. Thanks for another great offering Blue Moon!

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4.18/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Best blue moon beer. When I see it I buy it

Photo of larsee01
4.17/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A--Deep, reddish-brown pour. Not cloudy. Relatively aggressive pour yields a nice frothy head. Not aggressively carbonated, and minimal lacing.

S--Dark Belgian sugar as advertised. Notably sweet, brown sugar-ish with nice caramel malt and a touch of yeasty twang. Mild but very nice.

T--Sweet at the tip of the tounge. Malty for sure, super-minimal hop for balance. Quite mild. A well-balanced but tame beer. Just enough roasted malt taste for some substance. Mild yeast sourness...adjunct grains detected?

M--Medium bodied...definitely not full-bodied. Pleasant. Not sticky, oily, dry. Just right.

D--Big time. Certainly an entry-level beer if you are curious about climbing the "Belgian" ladder. At 5.6% ABV it is VERY sessionable, smooth and enjoyable. Not a challenging beer, but definitely knock some back watching Thanksgiving football!

Photo of hockeyhead
4.17/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

poured into woodchuck pint glass
A: pours very dark brown with a honey ruby color body and a tan cream colored head
S: smells of heavy malt sweetness and some what of spice notes but mostly bready like sweetness
T: very sweet beer right up front overwhelming sweetness and touch of spice not real hop flavor i can detect maybe the drying effect at the end of the drink
M: medium to full body with lots of carbination not to good for a dubbel but i think it taste pretty good
D: i can slam alot of these fast good for a winter beer that u wanna pound some but still have flavor but no where near a dubbel

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4.16/5  rDev +36.8%

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4.13/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant ruby in the glass with medium foam and carbonation. Dark caramel blends in with a subtle clove spice to make a wonderful cooked-raisin Christmas taste. Fruit esters linger with just a hint of roasted malt and lingering sweetness. Bottle says this is an Abbey ale, which it is not. The yeast may be a much-cleaned up version of a Belgian strain, accounting for the "Abbey" designation, but no matter! -- This beer is average in alcohol and medium in body, so the light esters and phenols (whether they come from the yeast or added spices) bring out dark crystal malts beautifully. Drinkability is far above-average for a Christmas beer, making this a Session Winter Warmer. Predictably, users have under-rated this beer because of its monolithic parentage, not because of the quality of the beer itself.

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4.13/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - beautiful dark copper color. about a half inch of semi-persistent cream colored foam and little lacing.

S - rich and malty. very robust.

T - spicy and rich. lots of evident autumnal spices.

M - chewier than average. tingles on the tongue.

D - the drinkability of this beer is great. it tastes and feels like a beer with higher ABV but doesn't catch up with you like one.

Overall - appropriately flavorful winter ale. well above average. i will definately drink this one again.

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4.08/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very Good But not favorite of all time

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4.06/5  rDev +33.6%
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.

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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,522 ratings.