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

534 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 534
Hads: 1,535
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 17.59%
Wants: 10
Gots: 249 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 534 | Hads: 1,535
Photo of Sammy
3.39/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev +2%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.41/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (846 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (527 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
2.68/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (805 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (1,910 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.83/5  rDev -7.8%
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! (558 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
2.78/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (925 characters)

Photo of zeff80
2.88/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.51/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.81/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (926 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +29.6%
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. (931 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.88/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap 1/11/07 at The Abbey in Providence, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep copper color, with a short foamy off-white head that fades at a decent and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: It has a very strong aroma of vanilla that jumps out at you along with some caramel and roasted malt.

T: The taste is very malty with a heavy taste of vanilla. It tastes just like cream soda. It’s very sweet with no hops.

M: Very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Kind of tasty but way too sweet for me, goes down easy, slightly filling, I definitely would not drink this one again. (651 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.32/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Never got a chance to try this guy last year and I enjoy most of the Blue Moon seasonals already so it was worth a shot.

Pours a hearty looking dark black and has a sweet smell to it. Overall flavor is a bit subdued but still has some of the Belgian sugars being noticeable and the mouthfeel and body are excellent. Could use a tad more in the actual taste department but this beer was super easy to drink and went down smooth... a nice winter seasonal. (454 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

The first sign of trouble was the spew when I cracked the twist-off. Fortunately I was using a towell so I had a handy wipe. The coppery color is nice, and it has a foamy head with a full carbonated mouthfeel. These guys know how to get the bubbles right.

The smell is musty and woody with a hint of sweet vermouth. I taste wintergreen rather strongly along with bubblegum. Surprisingly sweet and simple. I don't see how this can be classified as a Dubbel, but that's how I'll rate it. I'd call it a Red Ale, but maybe there is a tang of Belgian yeast in it. It tastes like I remember Killians Red. There is an odd, bitterish aftertaste, like burnt raisins and something from that trunk in the basement.

I would avoid this, whatever it is. I don't remember it being so unpleasant when I bought a six a few years ago, but then I never bought another one. From the 12 oz bottle, a single I picked up. (900 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
2.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes, this bottle was purchased at Quick six- West York
Decanted at cellar temp into my DFH shaped pint.

A - Deep copper w/ a slightly caramel brown color. The head is off white and measures 3 fingers, I poured twice to get it all in. The lace is moderate and has great stickage.

S - A malty, sugary slightly caramel odor w/ spiced rum scent. The yeast odor is fruity.

m - Medium body w/ moderate carbonation and subtle sweetness. The feel is nutty in a light kind of way w/ tinges of spice in the feel.

T - Better than average taste at firstw/ malty flavors and woody hops w/ candy sugar notes that are faint working in tandem to make a medium dark light dubbel flavor. Just a shade darker than a Belgian pale w/ subtle caramel malt flavor and a light metallic taste w/ the brown sugar trailing w/ a gentle fruit hint. The taste is slightly apple tinged in the finish.

D - A fair attempt, yet just average for a winter seasonal IMO. I expect a lot more for a belgian style winter ale. This is drinkable, but there are so many other better choices. Just not my thing - I would still drink this if it was the only seasonal option. (1,140 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
2.29/5  rDev -25.4%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of Jason
2.36/5  rDev -23.1%
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 ... (818 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This year's offering pours an effervescent copper with 2 fingers fluffy of sand colored head. Good head retention & average lacing in my Douglass Scotch Ale glass

S: Slight breadyness, grainy notes & lemony hops?

T: Some breadyness, dryness & caramel up front. Some smokeyness, grainyness & butterscotch as this warms. Finishes dry, a little smokey & grainy

MF: Medium-bodied with slight over-carbonation, almost prickly

Drinks pretty good, but a bit of a weak sister of a winter warmer. Buck this up more with malt & you have a winner (540 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.25/5  rDev -26.7%
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. (1,030 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations aren't horribly high.

A: Pours a five finger head of fair cream, nice thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a semitransparent dark copper.

Sm: Light spice, very light candied sugar, and caramel. A mild strength aroma.

T: Light spice and candied sugar over a pretty full barley foundation. It's decently balanced but rather blandly built. Pretty simple, especially considering the style. It's okay.

Mf: Smooth and wet, and not too thick either. It doesn't really feel complementary to the flavours.

Dr: Pretty drinkable for the flavour. The candied sugar is nice but a bit overdone. I'd try in on draught in the name of beerdom but I wouldn't bother getting it again. (846 characters)

Photo of jwc215
2.63/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Freshness date of Apr. 06, '08 printed on bottle:

12 oz. twist-off capped bottle, poured into glass chalice:

Pours copperish orange with a thin white head that becomes patchy almost immediately. Very little trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of grainy malt with a touch of caramel. Mild sugary spicing if you really put your nose in it. Sourdough mixed in, along with a touch of metallic notes.

The taste is of carbonated blandness at first. Some bland hop bitterness balances out a sugary sweetness without adding to taste. Maltiness joins a metallic tinge as it warms - more of an amber ale caramelish than a Belgian...Not wintery - maybe autumn-like. Thin taste.

Effervescent with quite a bit of harsh carbonation, it doesn't have much of a mouthfeel or finish to it.

Not undrinkable, but too mild/lackluster. Doesn't fit with Belgian nor with winter so well, IMO. (888 characters)

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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.