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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Ratings: 1,494
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.72%
Wants: 9
Gots: 137 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 11-07-2010)
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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.

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.

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.

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..

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of LimoBarbie
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It was OK. A little thin on the flavor and mouth feel. It could have been a lot better and I am disappointed since I really like Blue Moon as a day to day beer that everyone seems to like. It wasn't as good as regular Blue Moon and it was even less spiced that the Harvest Moon that was their pumpkin ale.

Photo of diamondc
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Paid $1.79 for a 12 oz. Best before Apr 25 2011.

A: Not much head or lacing. Surprisingly filtered unlike regular Blue Moon. Looks like prune juice.

S: Some faint hints of brown sugar, dark fruit and a bit of roastedness.

T: Some burnt brown sugar, bit of an orange peel zest to it. No hops or bitterness here. Simple stuff, here.

M/D: Way too carbonated, needs more malts to thicken up this beer or a better yeast strain for some flavor complexity. An average beer, acceptable if its cheap, but there are a lot more better Dubbel's to drink.

Photo of echoes
4.05/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a glass.

A: Pours a cloudy, heavily carbonated, mild head. A lot of action. Not much lacing left. Color is brownish-amber/copper.

S: Smells good. Can smell wheat, malts/hops, spices (and fruitiness?)

T: Wheat, roasted malts/hops, spiciness, toffee and possibly smoke flavors. Ever so slightly sweet. Not much bitterness to speak of. Flavors are blended quite well together.

M: Smooth, bubbly and medium bodied.

D: Quite good drinkability. Could definitely have another quite easily.

A good Dubbel in my opinion. Certainly unique and executed well. Flavors blend well with the mouthfeel. I would recommend this to others.

Photo of h00dak
3.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six pack of this at the corner because I have never seen it before and the picture on the case pretty much sums up the feeling I want to get when I drink a winter beer. I want it to give me the feeling like I'm next to a roaring fire in a cabin, snowed in in the mountains.

It tastes pretty good for a product of Coors. I think they dialed in the brown sugar taste just right. It's not overpowering by any means. These go down nice and smooth, bringing out some nice holiday flavors and sweetness. No hoppy bitterness in this brew and I like that since there is no room for bitterness around Christmas time.

Photo of Frosty80
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: pours clear, light brown. sits clear, dark copper with light amber hue

Smell: very faint notes of dark fruit, wheat and candi sugar. i mean you have to get your nose wet

Taste: translates pretty well from aroma. finish is slightly sweet with a hint of bitterness and wheat flavor

Mouthfeel: low-medium body with moderate carbonation

Notes: i would consider this an entry level beer, naturally. i guess just like everything else they do. not bad, just not outstanding

Photo of tehawful
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm usually not a big fan of the Blue Moon selection, as a part of me has always found it somewhat overrated. With that being said, I recently decided to forgo my normal winter selections and picked up a six of the Winter Abbey Ale. This Blue Moon pours a deep reddish-copper color...unfortunately the the head completely vanished almost before I was done pouring. The smell doesn't have a lot of character, mostly roasted malts and wheat...pretty faint all around.

Taste consists mostly of roasted malts, with hints of caramelized sugar and nuts in the background. The smooth toffee finish referenced on the label only seems present when you are really looking for it. While there are a couple different flavors going on here, they seem to struggle against one another. I also found the carbonation to be a little higher than what I would have liked.

While the Winter Abbey is drinkable, its probably not something I would come back to. The flavors never really came together for me, and there is a strong selection of seasonal ale's already out there.

Photo of DrewKid4
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark Amber with hardly any head to speak of. More of a freshly poured soda's carbonation head than a beer head

S: Smells of malty malts. Slight sense of spices but not too sure.

T: Malts and some spices, maybe a little nutmeg. Don't really see why this could be considered a Dubbel style because it doesn't really have the same strong tastes as such.

M: Too much carbonation for me but thats not a completely written off downside. Average body with a clean finish.

D:This isn't going to be a winter warmer for anyone so if the price is all that gets ya, go for it. There are nicer winter ales for about the same that are far more worth getting.

Photo of thegodfather1076
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Blue Moon always has some very nice label artwork and this one is no exception. Has a very winter evening feel.

Appearance - This beer is very dark, deep, rich amber in appearance with a off white to very light tan head.

Smell - Right off the bat you can smell the blend of malts in this beer...There is a hit of a hoppy aroma but not much.

Taste - The malt taste is also very strong in this offering. This is a sweeter tasting beer as it does not have a very strong bitter taste to it. Strong hints of caremel, toffee, and most likely dark brown sugar are very prevalent.

Mouthfeel - Light and smooth in the mouth. This beer is lightly carbonated which I think adds to its light and smooth feel.

Drinkability - A very drinkable beer that is smooth going down and not very filling.

Overall I enjoyed this beer but it was nothing spectacular. I was expecting it to be thicker and more filling after I read the description on the bottle, however I was pleasently surprised by the light and smooth feel. Would not be my 1st choice for a winter beer but def not my last either.(Note: 2010 Edition)

Photo of wmtxbb
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Dark amber that almost looks like food coloring added to make the beer darker and not darkness as a result of malts. There is not head to speak of... something appeared at the top that resembled a head and then disappeared.

Smell: has a very light malt scent.

Taste: Amber malt flavor, some spices like orange peel. There is also an off flavor somewhere in this beer I can't quite put my finger on like a light burnt flavor from someone burning malt extract. Maybe that is where the darker color is from, burnt malt extract.

Mouthfeel: Way too much carbonation. The over carbonation seems to have been done to cover-up the lack of malt character. Feels kind of like an empty beer.

Drinkability: If there were more malt character this might be a decent brew.

Photo of hockeyhead
4.22/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

poured into woodchuck pint glass
A: pours very dark brown with a honey ruby color body and a tan cream colored head
S: smells of heavy malt sweetness and some what of spice notes but mostly bready like sweetness
T: very sweet beer right up front overwhelming sweetness and touch of spice not real hop flavor i can detect maybe the drying effect at the end of the drink
M: medium to full body with lots of carbination not to good for a dubbel but i think it taste pretty good
D: i can slam alot of these fast good for a winter beer that u wanna pound some but still have flavor but no where near a dubbel

Photo of Skeeter206
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A~ Dark brownish amber, one finger head settles quickly after pour.

S~ Not much of a smell especially for the style. Some malts, slight underlying spices.

T~ Tastes pretty good, definitely a darker beer from the blue moon series. Dark malts, light caramel, slightly sweet, some slight hints of herbs and spices.

M~ On the light/medium area, definitely a lighter winter warmer then it looks. Slightly carbonated.

D~ Can drink a few of these without it filling me up. Its pretty smooth going down and not fully true to the style.

I've always been a blue moon fan and this beer is not a bad beer. It doesn't stand out in any way, but a blue moon variety pack is worth getting because it is so readily available.

Photo of yaegerje
2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle to a pint glass.

A completely clear orange/copper color, no head

Smelling a lot of corn, malt, and some yeast notes

Tastes a lot like it smells, not great, not much spice or fruit notes for an 'abbey' ale

Mouthfeel is a bit harsh, over carbonated and almost greasy feeling

I could buy something cheaper that tastes better, totally average, I really like Blue Moon, don't really mind that it's from Coors, but this one just tastes like it came off of the i don't care assembly line

Photo of zimm421
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Appears a dark amber color with a decent off-white that sticks around for a while. Doesn't leave a large amount of lacing, but there is some.

The aroma is sweet and full of malts, some caramel and a little brown sugar as well. Not a lot of hop scent in the nose. The taste is very sweet as well, almost no bitterness except for a slight touch in the end. Some caramel stands out again, but not much else. Not a large aftertaste, and again, very sweet.

The carbonation level is average, not too heavy, pretty much medium bodied. This is very drinkable except for the sweetness. If there was s light bitterness added to the end it would make it go down easier. Not something that needs to be sipped, it's not quite rich or heavy enough for that. Overall a decent beer.

Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,494 ratings.