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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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1,522 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,522
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.39%
Wants: 9
Gots: 206 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: thornside on 11-03-2006

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Ratings: 1,522 | Reviews: 544
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into tulip. Deep brown color with off white head. Nice malty sweet aroma.
Taste is of toffee, malt, and belgian notes.
It smells very nice...I was anticipating something great by the smell...but the flavor lacked. It just needs something...probably more alcohol for starters; but some more belgian flavor would also help. Again, just about average overall...but I based my review not agains other Abbey's but against other Macros...
do with it what you will, but its not bad for a Blue Moon.

Photo of BellsFan
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Donutos
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of teyuders
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Jwren5
4/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of wreckem8010
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of KidRagnarok
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of fmccormi
4/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of videofrog
2/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of bpfrush
2/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of JRod1969
3/5  rDev -1.3%

2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of allstar255
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of augustgarage
2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It's not really clear what the brewer (or more likely the marketer) was going for with this one...calling this a "single style" abbey ale seems a confused reference to an enkel, the base beer for an abbey's other styles...but this is about as far from Rochefort 6 as could be...

For full sacreligous effect, poured from a 12oz bottle into my Westvleteren goblet.

Nearly clear rusty copper body with a thin khaki head. Decent retention, thin pasty lacing.

Toasted malt and toffee in the nose along with very faint golden raisin and wheat notes. A little bland but not unpleasant.

Flavor goes through an unusual progression from initially sharp, vaguely acidic (from wheat) and nearly metallic into an increasingly malty, dough-y, and sweet finish. Caramel, toast, and a big dose of wheat comes through in the finish along with hints of banana and orange zest.

Thin, fizzy mouthfeel. Spritzy but in no way effervescent.

Very drinkable, but quite unfocused. I'd rate this lower if I really thought they were trying to brew a "Dubbel," but as a generic misguided "abbey ale" this is more flavorful than much of New Belgium's regular offerings for example...

Photo of enzocc
3.56/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark Hazelnut color. Like a dark honey or caramel color. Nice thick head with an stupendous tan color. It's a little bit heavy, but not so much; you can see a little bit through the beer.

S - Light hops, smoky caramel, sugary notes coming from everywhere.

T - Very lean beer. Lack of flavors, and its messing something. Caramel, sugar, nuts, hops, chocolate?, some floral notes, very light!

M - Medium body. Not light, but a little heavy. Sticky,but it's normal on this style. You can drink it without problems.

O - Could be an excellent beer, but something is missing. Excellent ingredients, but not a perfect balanced beer.

Photo of PorterLambic
1.98/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a nice, rich brown color with a huge head of light tan foam. Retention is poor, a three inch head drops to a film in about a minute. No lace at all.
Smell is cardboard, a odd roasted note and sweet caramel. The combination is not at all like one would expect from a dubbel.
Taste is sweet with an artificial roasted note that turns ashy in the aftertaste. The only other presence in the aftertaste is sugar.
If I'm generous this is medium-bodied. Effervescence is light. This drinks much more light a dark lager than anything else. Its not an offensive beer to drink, but not one I would ever seek out again.

Photo of keysofebony
3.66/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me start off by saying I enjoy regular Blue Moon Belgian white. It's one of my go to beers for hanging out with friends (they aren't very adventurous with beer)

Appearance- poured this into a fat pilsner glass. Definitely a lot darker than I though Blue Moon would pull off. It's a brown/amber color, still transparent. The head isn't anything to write home about but it's a slightly tan white that fades thin and comes back with a little swirl.

Smell- hmm, still get a blue moon smell, with a bit of nuttyness and mayyybe caramel and maple syrup. Isn't bad, but not perfect.

Taste- A little nutty caramel, semi-sweetness. Definitely some spice to it, a good amount too; not overpowering and not too little. Still makes for a thin, easy drinking beer. Good tasting

Mouthfeel- A little sweetness at first, but the after taste gets dry, leaving me wanting more. Very thin and sessionable.

Overall- I think just gets a bad rep cause Coors is so heavily associated with Blue Moon and we all know they can't make beer for the life of them, but Blue Moon has really surprised me with this beer and their pumpkin seasonal. Didn't like Pale Moon, but if you're looking for a good seasonal beer to bring to a party or sit at home and have a few, this is worth trying. It's just as good, if not better than some of the micro-brewed winter seasonals I've had so far (and I work at a liquor store, so I've tried all the ones we got in so far) Will buy again for the right occasion.

Photo of Knapp85
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
2.29/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Photo of DaveBlack
2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brownish red color with a thin, watery off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves almost no lacing. I don't usually dock a beer points in appearance, but this looks like a bad Irish red, not a Dubbel...

S: Sweet caramel, a slight hint of Belgian yeast/sugar. Underneath the Belgian smells is a lot of cereal grain.

T: Thick caramel malts flavor up front, but it quickly fades away leaving only the taste of cereal grains and a cloying sweetness.

M: Thick syrupy body, low carbonation. I can understand why they call this a winter beer, it's slightly reminiscent of drinking molasses. Actually rather unpleasant.

O: In all fairness to the beer, it isn't terrible. It is, however, distinctly NOT a dubbel, reminiscent of a dubbel, related to a dubbel nor does it have any other connection to a dubbel. So, as a dubbel it fails miserably in all categories except smell. As a beer, however, it's drinkable, but still not very good.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Very thin head that dissipates quickly. Carmel colored, mostly clear body. Appears thin and watery.

S- Fairly faint. Some malt mostly, maybe a little bit of a sweet tinge to it. I couldn't smell any hints of hops.

T- Ummm...I'm not really sure what it's supposed to taste like. The malts are there, but like the smell, they are faint. There is also a bit of a sweet taste like in the smell. Ends on a little bit of a hop kick, not much. More of a wheaty taste at the end.

M- Way to carbonated in my opinion. Would need to be twice as heavy to handle that much carbonation, instead, it is fairly watery.

Overall, way better than macros, but not really good. I won't seek this out again soon. Apparently the label claims it has a toffee finish. Well, that didn't happen.

Photo of UDbeernut
2.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

amber hue into my chalice. Minimal head, little retention. Scent is clean up front if not outright dull. Taste is a blast of sweetness with dark fruit on the edges. A bit watery but sits heavy in my stomach. Alchohol is rough around the edges. Even with the lower ABV, this is by no means a more seesion able "belgian" style. Blah.

Photo of jondeelee
2.65/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smells mainly of malty toasted grains, with just a hint of spice and fruit at the edges. Fruity malts are the first flavors to come across on the tongue, blossoming in fruit esters such as orange and apricot. These esters are followed almost immediately by the tang of the "Dark Belgian sugar" mentioned on the label, which adds a nice caramel layer to the fruit. Light vanillas and toffees may also be found here. The hops don't seem to really kick in for me, which is surprising since the original label description said that there were "multiple hops" present. Either the recipe has changed, or the hops are simply too weak to be immediately noticeable, and instead constitute a slight background fuzz. For me, the ale's weakest point comes near the end: all of the fruity, caramel flavors fade away, leaving only a stale beer taste on the back of my throat. If I had to rate only the first half of the mouthful, I would have given it at least a four--but the aftertaste is only a one.

Photo of Jerone
3.65/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown with a shade of red. Smells of malt, caramel, and brown sugar. The taste is pretty good with some nice malt flavor and a little bit of sweet brown sugar, the ending is very slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is light to medium body with medium carbonation. It is a decent beer that is quite enjoyable on a cold night.

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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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