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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

1,488 Ratings
THE BROS
56
awful

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Ratings: 1,488
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.72%
Wants: 9
Gots: 133 | 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 GossageBrewery
2.4/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this Belgian Dubbel from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a deep golden clear color. Decent head, retention and nice amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is comprised of toasted malt and hints of vanilla. Light in body, malt backbone with some vanilla mixed in....I usually like vanilla beers but something is off with this one...im sure they dont use real vanilla probably some artificial extract. Semi dry finish....Overall not a very good beer.

Photo of LostHighway
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of CS1971
4.15/5  rDev +36.5%
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!

Photo of PhatAtUT
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of QueenBCarter
5/5  rDev +64.5%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In a pint glass (also tested in a chalice, but nothing changed):

A: brown colored body with a one finger off white head, moderate foamy white lacing

S: malts and sugar, really super light fruit very subdued in the background

T: overly sweet suggary maltiness, no balance

M: medium, fairly sessionable, sugary dry finish, bland sugary aftertaste

O: definitely a beer to have with dessert or for dessert, good for a malt drinker who wants a beer, I probably won't come back to this

Photo of Stunner97
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance- brown in color with low amount of head off the pour, and then just thin white lacing along the glass, little to no carbonation to be seen

smell- slight malt spice, not a whole lot on the nose

taste- sweet malty beer where the belgian sugar can be noticed and even the slight twinge of wheat as they mention, flavor not ultra complex but some what enjoyable, not a ton of belgian characteristics just more malty brown ale

Mouthfeel- medium bodied and drying on the finish

Drinkability/overall- this beer was certainly easy to drink though not overall complex, goes down smooth and easy, would make a decent sessioning option in the winter time, not complex and not what you should look for if looking for real complex dubbel, but for looking at malty brown ale i didnt mind it at all and is the only blue moon i would ever see my self consuming

Photo of harrymel
2.08/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Best by: 14APR12

A: brown with a finger of off-white foam. spotty lace excellent clarity.
S: Faint, not much here in the nose, except a weird smell of carrot.
T: Tastes like wood and cherries (marachino) and alcohol.
M: Thin with moderate carb.
O: Meh, last one I will have.

Photo of akinsja
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a translucent dark amber/ruby with a little head.

Smell is sweet and malty. Grainy with hints of toffee and spice.

Taste is similar to nose with sweet cereal grains and toffee. Some clove and honey with little to no bitterness.

Decent body but easy to throw back.

Given to me at a dinner, probably won't try again.

Photo of thebfg
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of thespk2011
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of DeezGunz14
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of beerrooster
2/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of blackened1339
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of daliandragon
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Of course I am a little wary of any products from Golden, Colorado but I needed a sixth for my winter themed mix six so this is it. pours decent, with wet beige head showing decent staying power atop a basic caramel brown, transparent body. nose is not as malty or pungent as I would expect but does have notes of vanilla and allspice. Where is the Belgian yeast?

A sip reveals the answer, there is no aroma of Belgian yeast because apart from the name, this isn't remotely a Belgian beer. Basic sweet malt profile with caramel and vanilla. Easy to drink but not a whole lot of complexity or balance as I would expect in the style.

So so. Moderate. Mediocre. Forgettable. For Coors, this is a shining triumph, for any half serious brewer, it is back to the drawing board.

Photo of cgarcer
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of kdawg105
4.08/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel in color with a nice head! It has a small spice smell with a bit of sweet malts in there not impressed with smell, other than that the Taste is quite refreshing the mouthfeel was a little lighter that I had hoped but overall a good Winter Ale.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap an opaque chocolaty brown with a nice light tan head. Aroma is weak but appealing, with malty, chocolaty and subtle spicy tones. Rich flavor has fruity and malty tones with just a hint of caramel. Average body has some decent fizz that doesn’t stick around too long. Overall, not great, but worth a try.

Photo of chapcat
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of iguana1010
4/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Squidly
3/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 1,488 ratings.