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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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1,457 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,457
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.72%
Wants: 10
Gots: 116 | 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 champ103
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a ruby/brown color. A two finger white head forms, and recedes in a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: Sweet malt, caramel, raisins, some wood as well. Really not bad.
T: Follows the nose, but much sweeter. Caramel and raisins. Not bad, but a little cloying and a bit of alcohol as well.
M/D: A lighter body and a bit over carbonated for my tastes. Not hard to drink, but a bit to much alcohol is noticeable. Which I find odd considering there is not much alcohol here.

It is really not bad. Enjoyable for the most part. Plenty of other options I will take over this, but you could do a lot worse.

champ103, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of merryjoulton
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty decent winter brew. I am glad to see that the Blue Moon label is trying to switch things up and bring out new brews with their seasonals. This is an expectedly consistent and fairly good beer. The aromas and tastes are straightforward and intentional. I hope that this beer is one that reaches out to people who don't normally branch out with their beer selections. Because of the Blue Moon brand, I think it has potential.

merryjoulton, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of AdamBear
2.4/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-dark chestnut with cream colored uneven head

S-dark roasted malts, some dark honey. for a dubbel...this is quite embarrassing...but hey what do you expect from Coors?

T-comes in with a very weak taste of dark roasted malts. ends with a gross dark wheat taste. i'm upset that this might be the first impression of a "belgian" for some BMC people. the botle talks of caramel and toffee...you'd have to search real hard to find these. if this is a dubbel, then i'm and NFL star. this is extremely light bodied as well.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish, very light as well.

D-the more you drink it, the more the belgian sugars come out, but still only slightly. its not a fun beer to drink. you'll regret buying a 6-pack.

AdamBear, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of AgentMunky
3.65/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Best before 23 May 2011.

A: A beautiful ruby molasses colour. Clear. Light, short-lived head. No lace.

S: Sweet, caramel malts.

T: Sweet, fruity malts. Candy sugars. The aftertaste has overripened apples and wheat. Quite a nice taste in my opinion.

M: Plain, smooth, and almost instantly forgettable.

D/O: An underrated beer. It may not be winning any awards, but it's a very consumable beverage and probably the best Blue Moon I've tried.

12/10 Edit to convert Drinkability (4.5) to Overall (3.75)

AgentMunky, Dec 21, 2010
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 MadTown1000
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass an orangish-brown, basically the look of an English brown ale, with relatively little foam which quickly dissipates into a patchy thin film.

Smell is not that strong, sweet and malty. Not much there.

Flavor is interesting - a little bit more of a bit on the tongue than I expected, with a wash of toasty, slightly smoky sweet malt coming after. The label says there's a little bit of wheat in it - I wouldn't have put my finger on it at first, but it's definitely present now that it's been pointed out. Aftertaste sticks around for a good long time, really the same taste as the initial flavor.

An interesting winter beer - Better than regular Blue Moon, but still not one I'd pick myself.

MadTown1000, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of dstc
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper brown color with a huge tan head. Head falls to nothing. No real lace to speak of.

Aroma is of sweet, caramel malts. Bit metallic smelling as well.

Taste is not bad. Sweet caramel malts with a hint of spice. Still has that big brewer quality but flavor makes up for it.

Rather thin and a bit watery in the mouth.

Easy enough to drink and not bad at all. I think a lot of people want to hate it because of who brews it but in all honesty there is nothing wrong with this beer.

dstc, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of aepb1
2.42/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown, translucent body with an airy off-white head that dissipates quickly

S- Faintly... uh... malty?

T- Caramel malts and roasted, not a whole lot going on here

M- A little watery but good carbonation

D- Easy to drink and I can appreciate trying to get BMC out of their box but this falls short

aepb1, Dec 16, 2010
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 jmich24
2.1/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured in to Duvel Tulip

A: Big one finger head. Light brown color touch of red.
S: Sweet, spicy, fruity, orange. Has a off sweet Ajunct smell to it.
T: Sweet tart, fruity spicy all very mild and comes off very bland over all.
M: This and watery.
D: Drinkability is low due to the flavor sucking!


jmich24, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of chchchchia
1.88/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a chalice.

A - Dark amber, slighty translucent.
S - Malt, currants, plums, but very mild, especially for this style.
T - Weak. Malt but none of the yeast that makes up a dubbel's style. No alcohol bite either. It's a major letdown, in all departments of taste.
M - watery, low carbonation.
D - high, but only because of the wateriness.

A very poor representation of the dubbel style, and not even that great of a beer to drink. Skip on this one if you see it.

chchchchia, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of nas5755
1.53/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A- a solid dark brown with red hues and a large head with nice retention and good to decent lacing.

S- Malty, no spice or yeast notes(odd for a Belgian)

T- Malty, light yeast with some light raisin and dark fruit flavors. Zero complexity.

M- Way to over-carbonated.

D- drain-pour. I would prefer Miller-lite over this.

nas5755, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of claspada
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of sweet caramel with brown sugar, vanilla and toffee in the background. No hop character here.

The tastes are quite sweet and spicy with no bitterness; a little earthy/woody character in the finish. Some lesser maple syrup/vanilla notes that I can vaguely detect as this warms a little. Very malt centric. Roasty and toasted malts dominate.

Overall, this a mild hybrid Belgian dubbel combined with a spicy English winter warmer.

claspada, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of StoutHunter
2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I saw this at the store a couple a weeks ago, that fact that blue moon was marketing a beer as an abbey ale made me want to try to see if they could do it justice, lets see how it goes. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- This beer poured a slightly dark copper color with a fingers worth of white head that dissipated to a thin layer that stayed till I drank it all.

S- The aroma starts off with a good amount of sweet malts that are followed by some light fruits at the end.

T- This beer come off a little too sweet. The sweet malts dominate the flavor just like the aroma. The wheat comes out a lot more in the taste then it does in the aroma. You can't really taste the yeast that makes most dubbels a dubbel.

M- On the thin side for a medium bodied beer but the carbonation was on par.

D- This beer is not strong or that flavorful so drinking a few of these in a row wouldn't be a chore but wouldn't be that enjoyable either. I don't think I will be buying this again any time soon. Blue moon shouldn't call this an abbey ale, its just a lack luster attempt at a dubbel.

StoutHunter, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.88/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with about a half finger of off white head that quickly goes away.

S: Very malty. Caramel with a bit of chocolate.

T: Follows the smell with the caramel malt along with some wheat. A bit of bitterness in the after taste.

M: Medium with some noticeable carbonation.

D: Good for a winter night.

This beer was better than I'd expected. I didn't have very high hopes for it but it turned out to be pretty solid.

RunForYourBeer, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of hdofu
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much to say about this one other then it is pretty boring for a dubel. Nothing bad about it, but given the style its not striking, the malt isn't right, it doesn't have the characteristics one comes to expect of the style. It's essentially pretty boring.

hdofu, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of SteveoNY
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours almost bright orange amber in color, crystal clear beer no cloudyness, very few bubbles. little to no head or lacing on a 45 to straight pour.

Smell: moderate to rich smell of malty carmels with a hint of fruits.

Taste: semi sweet malty to start gets sweeter in the middle, bitter hoppy in the after taste, then back to sweet a moment later. cant really sense any roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: heavy to over carbonated, almost overwhelming at first.(maybe to cold)

Drinkability: worth a try but dont expect to much. good kick, not bad for Coors, good enough to keep em coming. would not recommend over sam adams winter lager..

SteveoNY, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of scarfield
3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, served with no fruits. A dark amber with a slight head that dissipates, no lacing.

Smell is rich, malty, some floral tones coming through and a bit of alcohol can be sensed as well.

Hits hard at first with bitterness. Some sour fruity and sweet flowery tastes in the middle, with an alcoholic malty sweetness coming through in the end, and the aftertaste is one of a dark roasty wheat beer.

Smooth drinking, clean finishing. Probably session-able.

scarfield, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of beertunes
2.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear reddish brown with just a very thin cap of light tan head that dissipated very quickly and left no lacing.

The aroma was very subdued version of the expected earthy, fruity and yeasty scents. Same goes for the taste, just a very benign and soft example. The body was far too thin for a Dubbel. Drinkability was OK, but with the beer being this boring, why bother?

I suspect this beer has never been near an actual Abbey, I'm not sure how they get away calling this an Abbey Ale. Perhaps this could be used as a training wheel example of the style for someone just discovering the style, otherwise avoid.

beertunes, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of kneeland
3.88/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Is this any different from their winter ale from years past, Full Moon? I don't know why the switch, but it's all good by me. Blue Moon does certain things right, and winter ale is at the top of that list.

A nice, mild copper color, nice, mild caramel taste, and a nice, mild head. The foam is a little thin, but it works well with the beer.

I liked Full Moon better, but I think mostly because of the name. It's not fun to say abbey ale.

kneeland, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of msjacilynn
2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours clean brown with a reddish hue. Creamy tan head.

S: really unimpressed... Sweet malts but that's about all.

T: wheat, caramel not much else. Really just tasted like a wheat beer with added sugar.

M: thin body, mild carbonation

D: easy drinking but I really thought that was all the beer had going for it.

msjacilynn, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of BucBasil
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a large mug.

A: The beer is a dark pure brown, clear with visible carbonation. Head is very light tan and 2.5 fingers thick with good retention.

S: Surprisingly light smell of light fruits, especially green apples and pear. I was not expecting this in a dark beer (other than a dunkelweizen), especially not a dubbel, which makes me think they used coloring. Slightly sugary character and wheat (obviously) round things out.

T: Starts out slightly sweet with hints of brown sugar and some wheat. Light fruits come into play for a bit, and then an off-style grain note that exposes the beer for being macro. Finishes fairly light with a grainy and slightly sweet citric character. This seems to be just Blue Moon with coloring and brown sugar.

Not bad for Coors. I'm not sure this is better than regular Blue Moon, but ranks up there with the Sam Adams winter seasonal surprisingly. Just OK.

BucBasil, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
2.08/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Coors Abbey Dubbel: ? !

Appearance: Pours a light amber in color, crystal clear beer. Was hoping it would be the least bit cloudy from the yeast but such was not the case.

Smell: A small whiff of malt.

Taste: A one dimensional bland wheat malt flavor, unfermented sugar, almost cloyingly sweet. Astringent grain also makes its presence known. No depth or anything else to report.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated, watery.

Drinkability: Should be called Coors Special Dark, labeling this as an abbey beer is simply false advertising.

Stinkypuss, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of FosterJM
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

82nd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

App- A medium brown with really no head to speak off. A lot darker than I thought from Coors.

Smell- Mostly just get some wheat smells, nothing really comes to mind

Taste- Some wheat flavor, a little sweet but pretty nicely blended.

Mouth- A bit thin and more watery.

Drink- Wasn't overtly bad but the mouth feel brought the total down.

FosterJM, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of bturton
3.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I saw this beer when i was at the Liquor store the other night at was admitedly hesitant, since I wasn't at all a fan of the Blue Moon Harvest Moon (which I think i expected to much from). The guy at the store said it was a great beer (having had the same experience I did with the Harvest) so I gave it a try.
Appearance: Had a amberish color to it with a relatively small head
Smell: wasn't anything to special, but there was a bit of fruitiness to it
Taste: Much better than I was expecting. it was not at all bitter, and I found there was a nice sweetness to it.
Mouthfeel/Drinkablitiy: Not overly carbonated making it easy to drink. There was not any lingering bad taste in my mouth when the beer was gone.

bturton, Dec 02, 2010
Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 1,457 ratings.