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

On-tap at Kelly Cole's Improper. This is a mild Belgian more than a spicier English winter warmer. Medium bodied with carbonation bubbles prominent in a lighter colour. Malty fruity aroma. Sourish. Not bad for Coors but a below-average beer for sure.

Sammy, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -1.3%

t0rin0, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best by 4/15/13.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with a malty flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but pretty one dimensional with emphasis on malty aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

djrn2, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -1.3%

zestar, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of spycow
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. Pours a dark amber color with some reddish hues. Off-white head with a bit of lacing. The nose brings some caramel as well as hints of dark fruits and cherries, but mostly just caramel. The taste is lacking in complexity and while it's not a bad-tasting brew, it really pales in comparison to better examples of the style. Simply a bit of caramel with very light amounts of dark fruits and a hint of yeast. Feel is a bit full. Drinks fairly well, but just doesn't hit the right marks.

Thorpe429, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -1.3%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of metter98
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a very light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly faded away and transitioned into lacy patterns of bubbles, which eventually disappeared.
S: The nose is rather sweet, but the smell resembles artificial sweeteners or syrup instead of that from candi sugar, brown surgar or malts. There are also some hints of caramel.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste has a moderate amount of sweetness that seems to be the result of the addition of adjunct syrup. The taste lacks complexity and doesn't have any other flavors besides the sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and a bit watery with a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is drinkable, but the taste wasn't interesting. I would definitely try another dubbel before having another one of these.

metter98, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road all the way to your door."

--Irish blessing

Dark coppery pumpkin with Sunkist orange edges. The several finger head is ecru in color and has a quality look. It looks even better as it melts and is beginning to grace the glass with delicate squiggles of lace... that become impressive sheets in the end.

The label says that Full Moon is brewed with 'roasted malts and a hint of dark candi sugar'. That sounds like a dubbel, right? I think it smells like a cream ale brewed with a handful of crystal malt. Not bad at all.

Unfortunately, this Coors product tastes like a macrobrewery's attempt at a craft beer. It's decent at first, but things don't develop in a positive direction from there. To be fair, they don't develop in a negative direction either.

This isn't bad beer at all and is actually one of the better 'Blue Moon Seasonal Collection' ales. For the most part, it splits the difference between pale and dark, with leanings toward the dark side. Calling it an 'Abbey Ale' has to be someone's idea of a joke.

The dark candi sugar helps by adding a bit of dark caramel and a sweetness that winter warmers need. Note: the beer has since been reclassified as a dubbel. There isn't much going on with the flavor profile outside of ripe, dark(ish) fruit, a subtle spiciness and an almost vanilla-like flavor that brings me back to cream ale.

The mouthfeel is actually somewhat enjoyable, all things considered. It's nowhere near thin and develops some supple creaminess as it warms. Nice job on the carbonation too.

Full Moon Winter Ale is okay beer that is close to earning the next highest flavor score. It has no business being called a Belgian *anything*, but then you already knew that. Kudos to the brewery for trying to straddle the divide that exists between their usual customers and us beer geeks.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
2.65/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yea, ok. We can do this... Well, the bottle says, "An abby ale brewed with a hint of dark Belgian candy sugars." as if they are passing this beer off as a true Abbey. In all actuallity, the beer begins with an aroma that's chocked full of raw cereal grains and with a peculliar acrid, chalky character due to added sugars. The beer holds no depth into anything abbey-like. However the beer does have some underlying malt / barley flavors and aromas, decorated with a dry spiciness and light fruitiness (apples and peaches). Beyond that, the hop character may offset the sweetness, but offers no flavor / aromatic qualities. Is the beer a disaster? Well, no. But it surely falls short of it's timid claims. It's drinkable because the flavors are quite clean. But it's a far cry from true abbey-style beers.

BEERchitect, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -1.3%

kjkinsey, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

actually managed to make it through all the blue moon seasonals this year, not that i should brag, but what can you do, served cold and into a pint glass.

a little jaded after having just enjoyed one of the best dubbels i had ever had the other day, i decided to open this one up and see what happened. the pour was a decent light brown with hints of caramel around the edges and a small, fleeting head of off white, not terrible. but the aroma was off, way off. fake toffee and caramel, with hints of roasted nuts just seemed to be pushy and not naturally coming together at all. not really thrilled here with the flavors at all either as the taste of caramel dominated and just did not have any sort if depth to it. a bit thicker then i thought it would be and it was drinkable just not the style at all. a mild winter warmer at best.

overall nah, i will pass on this one,. they need to go back to the drawing board here.

mikesgroove, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -34.2%

ygtbsm94, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -1.3%

jaydoc, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head on a hazy deep amber and red body, nice lacing. Aroma is almost all caramel malt with a slight earthy note. Flavor again is like a red with sweet Carmel malt dominating and some brown sugar notes. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Very drinkable and refreshing. Not a bad offering from a macro brew.

kylehay2004, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured out with a reddish brown color. The head was white and faded quickly. The smell of the beer had some very light Belgian aromas but nothing too true to the real Belgian Dubbels. The taste is very weak compared to most real Dubbels. The beer has some sweet flavors with some earthy notes. The mouthfeel was too light for a winter brew. Overall not too much to really say, I wasn't really impressed on this brew.

Knapp85, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle - $1.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. As it is not yet March 08, 2009, I'll assume that's a 'best by' date.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark, reddish-brown body with a medium-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Faintly sugary, ever so roasted, nut-strewn malt nose with some fruit notes and, like the taste, some odd, distant metallic twang.

Taste: Lightly roasty, lightly nutty malts with a meager dose of dark Belgian candi sugar for sweetness. A bit of apricot and apple fruitiness. Hint of yeast. There's a curious, though light metallic kick coursing through this beer -- like smuggling out a rare coin in your mouth. Crisp, lightly roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: It's no dubbel, that's for damn sure, but I guess you gotta shove it somewhere. However, it did pair well with the flick It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. It does have that going for it.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 03, 2009
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 TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Old Chicago.

Started a Winter Mini-Tour with this bottle. I wants my T-shirt! The liquid portion here pours a fairly clear ruby-brown topped by a finger of relatively short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, honey, raisins, and a touch of rye bread. The taste holds notes of toffee, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, rye bread, raisins, a light chocolate-ness, and some musty wheat. It just doesn't come together quite right, you know what I mean? The body is a straight medium, with a moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a slightly sub-par dubbel, too bubbly, two sweet at times, and does not not finish well.

TMoney2591, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -1.3%

SocalKicks, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of emerge077
2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, it's a transparent dark copper color, with a thin head that becomes pock-marked with evaporating bubbles that soon fade to thin thread of bubbles around the edges of the glass.

Faint caramel and yeast esters, pretty marginal though.

Malt sweetness, lightly grainy and nutty, some raisin, apple, and caramel notes. Light bodied, more a single than a dubbel. Light to medium bodied, carb seems faint. Overall a little one note and basic. A more expressive Belgian yeast strain would improve it greatly.

Thanks for the freebie Nick!

emerge077, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of zeff80
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out an orange/amber hue with a good deal of carbonation. It had a small, tan head that did not leave much in the way of lace.

S - It smelled of corn and light malt.

T - It tasted somewhat spicy. It had a good malt flavor and some caramel taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Not bad. A descent attempt by Coors at a Belgian-style beer.

zeff80, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Semi-clear crimson-tinted body beneath a frothy head of tan. The head retention could be better, but it leaves nice sheets of spotty and craggy lace behind.

Aroma: Gently toasted malt. Mild fruitiness. Very little yeast character though.

Flavor: Some spicy/phenolic yeast characteristic enters with some clove and black pepper. More dark fruit. Finishes with an edge of sweet apple and some tannic dark fruit skin over soft malt notes. Towards the end I find a dollop of honey. Superbly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation; medium body.

Drinkability: Easily accessible, but also somewhat restrained. It lacks a bit of complexity but there are Abbey style ales from Belgium that taste exactly like this (and there are some that are even lighter) so it's actually hard to fault. It's a really nice, easy drinking beer. It's tasty and charming. One note - allow it to warm a bit to display its full range of flavor.

NeroFiddled, Jan 05, 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
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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,434 ratings.