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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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1,434 Ratings

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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 CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From winter brew tasting notes (2010): Pours a mostly clear, deeper amber-ruby colored body with a finger-width, frothy, light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is sweeter caramel and dark fruit with some toffee, toasty bread, and a few spicy nuts. Much better than I anticipated this being. Flavor is alright. Some thinner, sweeter caramels with a few toffees and toasted bread malts. A bit nutty, a few spices, and some dark fruits with a light straw bitterness as this finishes mostly dry before leaving a medium length aftertaste. Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation.

CuriousMonk, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty copper color with a thick yellowish white head and a ton of lacing. Smells of hops and wheat and a little vanilla. Tastes of wheat and a little vanilla. Odd for the style maybe some raisin. Mouthfeel is normal and not really that different from the Blue Moon normal beer. Drinkability is really just okay.

TheKingofWichita, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of chaunur
3.95/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with very nice clear coppery hue, decent off-white head, some lacing. Clean crisp aroma with hints of vanilla. Smooth flavor, slighty sweet, some malts present and just a hint of bitterness. A little thin but a well balanced and very drinkable ale.

chaunur, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of richkrull
3.93/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark reddish brown color. Nice creamy head on it.

S - Nice malt smell. Nothing really overpowering though.

T - Really rich malty flavor. Almost tastes like a hint of chocolate at the end.

M - Nice medium body, very smooth.

D - Really nice easy drinking beer. I wouldn't mind a few more of these. Great winter ale.

richkrull, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of minterro
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark red colored beer. translucent. almost no head, whats there is light yellow and leaves no lacing. bubbles rising from the top

S: sweet and malty

T: the taste grows on you. a little too sweet for my taste buds.

M: not much carbonation. mid mouth-feel

D: pretty easy to drink

overall: overall pretty good. tried it for the first the last week during the packers game, didnt like it at first but i kinda grew on me.

minterro, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of Meerkey
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very pretty. Clear burnt umber with a dash of crimson to add to the richness.

S: Caramel malts.

T: Fruity malts and more caramel, wheat and apples.

M: Taste lasts briefly. Nothing much to say about it.

D: Easy to drink, pretty good, not amazing.

Meerkey, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of shand
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a deep reddish amber with head just cresting the top of my glass. Retention is about average, but lacing is very good. Makes a good first impression, then does a bit to lose this on the nose, which is bit of a a mess. Grains, skunk, caramel, and a bit of roastiness. Doesn't really work. The taste fairs a bit better than the smell - I like this well enough. The caramel stands front in center here, with roasted malts and a grainy aspect in the back. There's probably some artificial nut flavoring in here as well. It's very sweet, and also very average.

The mouthfeel is probably a little too full-bodied for what you get here, it coats the whole mouth and throat on the way down, which is not really what a simple brew like this should do. It's fairly drinkable though, probably due to the fairly low ABV. The sweetness can be grating though. This winter seasonal is completely average. Nothing to really make it stand out (besides the extremely inviting appearance), nothing to love here.

shand, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of MetalandBeer
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz.twist-off bottle into a tulip glass.

A: medium/dark amber, one finger off-white head with a bit of lacing.

S:Sweet,caramelized sugar, some nutiness & vanilla.

T: vanilla,caramelized sugar,nuts...tastes like it smells. Not really a bad thing!

M:Moderate carbonation, a bit syrupy, sticks in your mouth, somewhat dry finish. drier than I expected. No alcohol warming as youwould expect from a dubbel, but it is only 5.6% ABV.

D: Smooth, goes down nicely, nothing over powering or overly impressive, just easy to drink. I definately could have a few of these!

MetalandBeer, Jan 12, 2011
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 jmdrpi
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

stamped APR0411 - so I guess this means best buy April 04, 2011?

a reddish copper color, with thin white head. not the head of a true abbey dubbel.

some sweet malt aroma, but also a bit of a sale smell. taste is of sugar and toffee flavors. decent, just not very complex. body is fairly thin, medium to higher carbonation.

tastes more like a standard winter ale. as expected, this poser Coors beer does not live up to the "Abbey Dubbel" style indicated on the label

jmdrpi, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium amber-brown hue with almost no haze. Head is a thin layer of fizzy tan foam; an authentic dubbel this is not. Still, it's not a bad looking beer overall.

Smell: yeasty, mildly fruity malt aroma. Not terribly strong, but I find it pretty well-composed; again, not precisely authentic, but not bad.

Taste: nutty malt flavor with less flavor character than the aroma might suggest. There's a wateriness to it that I don't particularly like, but it's not really offensive.

Mouthfeel: thin and somewhat fizzy; mouthfeel is not this beer's strong suit. Again, though, it's not offensive.

Drinkability: a middle-of-the-road beer, quality-wise. I wouldn't make this a common addition to my beer calendar, but one once in awhile ain't bad.

flagmantho, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of SamN
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A limp looking dark brown/amber color with a thick but flimsy head of fine bubbles, juice-like looks. Weak appearance for an dubbel, honestly. Smells of bland spices, cheap malts, no real depth. Some very toffee sweetness. Not bad smelling, just faded and a little bland. Taste is a little better; toffee malt sweetness again, the spices fill out and play nicely, no noticeable hops, except maybe some in the finish. Malt forward beer, not too bad. A fuller body, which is great, I expected a thinner beer from Coors. Points there.

Overall, a rather bland dubbel, but might serve as a very basic intro to Belgian brews. Spiced and toffee, not a bad combination for playin' dominos in the winter.

SamN, Jan 08, 2011
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
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz into Ommegang Chalice, from notes.
A: A nice hazy, wood brown in the body, with a lightly frothed head. Steady carbonation and a slight bit of head retention.
S: Nice aroma, a good use of malts giving off a warm caramel smell. Not too many complex layers for the style, but still a nice and welcoming aroma.
T/M: The front has a light hearted feel like blue moon, but then a bigger malt body holds true to this winter warmer. As for a Dubbel, this is a little short on flavor profiles and complexities. Body is a bit watery and short on finish. The flavors do tend to be a bit rust like on the finish and as this brew warms.
D: As for the drinkability of this one, there is no harsh characteristics that tend to be undrinkable. There also is nothing very note worthy of it either, A very good representation of the style by a major BMC beer.

GDBEERMAN, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of kemoarps
2.38/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've realized more and more recently how overrated I think Blue Moon is, and this offering only serves to reinforce that.
It pours pretty enough, a rich ruby amber, though the thin head dissipated relatively quickly. The smell offers very little, but a light malty sweetness, while drinking the beer doesn't bring out too much more. Taste is dominated by this caramel-malty-sweetness, with a little bit of wheat-y American feel to finish it off. Not really sure where the 'belgian abbey ale' is in this beer.
Ultimately forgettable and disappointing. Not worth going out and getting.

kemoarps, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of Distilled10
3.6/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is a nice amber color. When poured correctly it gives a thin white head that quickly goes away and leaves a trace of bubbles.

S: It's a rather sweet sent. Not too strong though. You can definatly smell some what of an artificial sweetener in it such as processed tastes.

T: Just as the smell, it has some what of a sweet taste, but again, it's not too strong to make you think that it's not a beer.

M: A bit watered down, and has a light amount of carbonation.

D: It's a "drinkable beer" not one that I would not drink it on a regular basis, but to be honest I would rather choose another beer to drink more often than this one.

Distilled10, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of biteme398
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brownish or perhaps amber color with a head of about a finger, recedes fairly quickly. Not too much in the aroma, a fairly 'clean' smell overall. Some sweetness immediately as well as some bitterness at the end. Maltiness is present as well, holding the beer together in a way. In terms of mouthfeel, carbonation is noticeable but not overwhelming and there is a bit of a smoothness to it. Overall, not bad at all but probably not something I'd go out of my way to buy again.

biteme398, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When i poured this beer into my glass it had a nice 2" white head that sat on top of a nice dark brown body. The aroma is not much but a little maltiness. The taste is nice and malty with a caramel and toffee taste. This beer is nice and smooth, not much else to talk about here other then a nice mouth feel and i think it is drinkable.

chefhatt, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of allengarvin
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at the grocery store... it pours out a nice deep mahogany color with a slight, quickly fading head. The nose is very bland, with just a faint maltiness. The flavor: well, there's absolutely zero Belgian yeast character. Instead, it's mostly sweet caramel, a touch of toffee, little else. If it had a little more bitterness, it'd make a nice competitor to Fat Tire, but it's not a Belgian-style beer by any means.

allengarvin, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one wasn't too bad. It's nice, but nothing special. It's a dark brown with fairly low carbonation. The aroma was weak producing a tine amount of malty spices. Taste was decent, the spices and a touch of plumb and caramel had to be hunted down to be noticed. It's very smooth. Not an excessive amount of character here but it's nothing to turn away.

DesMoinesMike, Dec 30, 2010
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 yemenmocha
2.35/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a tawny color with light fan head. Looks good, but the love ends there. Nose is light to nonexistent with some faint caramel. Artificial-like caramel toffee candy on the palate through to the finish, almost sickly. Nutty aftertaste too with heaps of that god awful caramel. Fail.

yemenmocha, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Jadjunk
2.48/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

#15. One of the last beers I've saved that have a holiday or "wintery" appeal name tag. I've had Blue Moon in the past, pleasantly surprised, but haven't tried this one. Not sure what to expect. It's brewed by Blue Moon Brewing, which is overseen or distributed through Coors. 2010 Season.

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a room temp pint glass.

(Appearance) About 1 finger depth medium thick head pours, retains poorly. Gone within about a minute, leaving very little surface cover. Very little lacing. Beer is medium brown with copper-gold accents when held to the light. It's a good bit darker than Belgian White Blue Moon. Carbonation is medium-high. Beer is quite clear. Not phenomenal in appearance. 2.5

(Smell) Nothing special. Sweet malts, with caramel, some faint fruits and spices lingering in the background. I can get a subtle touch of wheat here and there, which balances well with the malty aromas. I'm anticipating a heavy sweet side to this beer. It's pretty average. 3

(Taste) There's a roasted edge to the malts, which I didn't pick up much on in the smell. Beer is not very sweet, but balance is still far off with the flavors. Some fruity flavors and spices are there, but barely. They should be more dominant. The body is almost entirely malty sweetness without much else. A wheat finish is what I get most of in the end, but it's not pleasant. All in all, it's roasted malts plus wheat. It's not that great. 2

(Mouthfeel) Carbonation is rough, the tongue can feel it. It makes this beer a great deal more crisp and on the bitter-dry end. Luckily, not overly thin or watery, but I'm just not feeling the lack of flavor diversity here. It goes down fairly smooth, but the thin wheat finish leaves a dry palate. 2.5

(Drinkability) This isn't a terrible beer, but it's on the heavy side of a few basic ingredients that might overpower some of the better subtle qualities. It has a medium body, but the balance of flavor isn't right. I wouldn't severely regret a 6-pack of these if I had somebody to share them with, but by myself, I couldn't have more than 1 or 2 per sitting. The dry finish is a turn away. It is a lot heavier on the palate than I expected, but isn't hard drinking. Overall, average again. 3

Verdict: I'm thinking that the potential of this beer has been overshadowed by the malts and wheat flavor. It isn't bad tasting, but needs much more than what it's giving to carry my interest. It isn't too sweet, but due to there not being much else here, it might be hard to tell otherwise. Prepare to share a six pack with a friend should you not enjoy this brew, which may be likely. For a select audience only. D+ (2.45)

Jadjunk, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Transatlantic
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - Nice dark copper color with a slight bit of haze. A surprisingly fine bubbled head that dissipated quickly. Zero lacing

S - ....whoa. The name "Blue Moon" and "Winter Abbey Ale" would have you assume it to be at least a good beer. Skunky wet grass on the nose. There's an attempt at spice somewhere in the mess but it's hard to make it out. ....citrus?

T - Well...this is a so-so combination here. There is some sweetness to the taste and there's some Christmas spice i'm getting, but it's hardly noticeable. I feel like i'm drinking water with molasses stirred in.

M - Very light and watery. Taste goes in and taste goes down.

D - Despite the name "Winter Abbey Ale", this would be a great summer beer to quench your thirst after a mowing the lawn.

Transatlantic, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber color with reddish tint. Fuzzy light beige head. Little stick, unfortunately. The nose is light, with some sweetness. Thin notes of caramel and toffee along with some fruits. Light version of the real thing.

Same story with the flavor, which is that everything is dubbel-like but dumbed down to the lowest common denominator. Some pale malt alongside maybe Vienna or crystal. Belgian candy sugar does some things, but this is just one thin over carbonated beer.

Give this one to a newbie, or use it in the kitchen. Don't bother otherwise.

BretSikkink, Dec 25, 2010
Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,434 ratings.