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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

1,455 Ratings
THE BROS
56
awful

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Ratings: 1,455
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.72%
Wants: 10
Gots: 115 | 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 WVbeergeek
2.23/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
2.98/5  rDev -2%
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.

Slatetank, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
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

russpowell, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of mactrail
2.66/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

mactrail, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.75/5  rDev +56.3%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of beernads
2.25/5  rDev -26%

beernads, May 24, 2013
Photo of WesWes
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry pale, roasted, and crystal malt scent along with a sweet candy sugar and Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is average as well. It has a dry, roasted malt flavor with a touch of caramel and candy sugar sweetness. There are some light yeast esters in the finish, but they're quite tame by Belgian standards. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty horrible example of a Belgian Abbey ale. It's not a bad drinker, but it's not in the same ballpark as a traditional example of the style.

WesWes, Dec 15, 2010
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 jwc215
2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

jwc215, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.31/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

oriolesfan4, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

kojevergas, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled December 2009
The beer pours into my cheepie wine goblet with a finger of lightly amber-brown tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark plum color that shows a clear, rich amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of grain, plums and lightly caramelized notes and a fair amount of clove character that becomes more apparent after a little bit. The nose is actually quite fruity smelling in a raisin / plum / fig sort of way.

Sweet up front with a touch of balancing phenolic clove character, a textural carbonic fizz and a faint hop bitterness. The sweetness definitely accentuates a solid fruit character that reminds me of a mix of raisins on concentrated, not quite dried, plums. The maltiness gets a boost as the beer warms up; rich Maillard notes combine with a soft, rum like caramelization. A touch of bubblegum character couples with the clove as it warms up even more and as the carbonation dies down it takes on a nice creamy texture. There is a touch of toasted grain character underneath the sweetness. This beer also has a soft fullness to it, it is still quaffable, but definitely is on the full side for the Dubbel-like thing that it is.

Not a bad beer, one I would happily drink again. Part of my like of this beer is that it is from Coors and it actually tastes decent enough for me to finish my bottle if not have a second. Perhaps a bit too sweet and not light enough for the style, but it aint half bad.

Gueuzedude, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with a picture full of snow,

A: Pours a light amber, honestly, if I had not checked the style before I drank this, I would have assumed it would be dark brown. Nice head, full white colour, great retention, no real lacing.

S: Light smell of apples, though it grows as the beer is drunk, some malt comes through as well.

T: Not a bad tasting beer, but the flavour is struggling to break through in my opinion. Tastes a lot like apple cider to tell the truth. Nice bready malt character, and a bit of noble, floral hops, as well.

M: Smooth, creamy, too light for the style, too fizzy in the end.

D: Not a bad winter beer from Coors, interesting that they made an abbey style beer, but only put it at 5.6%, they should have gone for a more alcoholic brew, IMO, all and all, a fair beer, but not something I'll go back to, with so many great Winter Warmers on the market.

Halcyondays, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

wrightst, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of orangesol
3/5  rDev -1.3%

orangesol, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of duceswild
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

duceswild, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of weeare138
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears a dense, haze of russet toned brown with small, light tan head that slowly fades out into a collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of doughy yeast, mild caramel, toffee, and cracked grain.
Taste is very light but the subtle Belgian yeast influence is there. Reminds me of a watered down Chimay Red. Hints of caramel, vanilla, and raisins with cracked, chewy grain.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit thin, and spritzy in the swallow.

weeare138, Dec 29, 2010
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 tempest
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hmm, at first sniff and taste it seems like a toastier version of Blue Moon. Sure, it's not bad, but there isnt much abbey about this. The mouthfeel isn't bad and there's nice lacing. But it's a little heavy on the spice, nutmeg and cinnamon, I think. I wouldn't call this Belgian or even very good, but kudos to Coors for making a decent beer.

tempest, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a weird orange colorwith no head. Nose smells rather weak. Lightly flavored with some caramel sweetness and an interesting spicing on the finish. The body is very thin and weak. Mouthfeel is watery with some malts and hops and a tad bit of caramel. Bad excuse for a Warmer.

barleywinefiend, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of LXIXME
2.28/5  rDev -25%
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.

LXIXME, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of mothman
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours a 1 and 1/2 finger slight tan head. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a hazy dull copper. Very good looking beer.

Aroma: Very weird, but the first scent reminded me of McDonald's french fries. Sweet malts and roasty camel as well.

Taste is of brown sugar, carmel malts. A dark beer but not too many distinct flavors. This is only my 2nd dubbel I have had and the 1st was the same way.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A little alcohol comes out in the aftertaste along with it being slightly dry. Good carbonation.

Overall a great product from Coors as it was pretty close to the other dubbel I have had. It is pretty easy to drink and I'd definitely pick it up again at the sale price I got it at.

mothman, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -1.3%

ejimhof, Nov 23, 2011
Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 1,455 ratings.