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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
70
okay

1,502 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,502
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.39%
Wants: 9
Gots: 171 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: EgadBananas on 11-07-2010

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Photo of skyline31687
3.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

sampled from bottle, poured into blue moon pint glass.

A - pours an attractive reddish-brown with a thin, cream colored head that had moderate retention and decent lacing throughout.

S - smells of roasted malt prominent; smells like a good winter beer.

T - roasted malts are evident, as well as a cleverly hidden note of cream. not as robust as some other beers in the style.

M - great mouthfeel, proper carbonation, no real issues here.

D - good. i am reviewing this off of the first one from the six pack i purchased earlier, and plan on having a couple more before the night is up.

Overall - while it is not the most robust winter-style beer i have experienced, it has a great mouthfeel and a better than average drinkability (for the style). definitely worth a try.

Photo of biggred1
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Russet amber with a creamy eggshell cap. Malty, caramel aroma. Sweet, caramel and I think I can taste a tiny bit of wheat, either that or the suggestion of added wheat on the label is influencing my palate. While not really a bad beer Blue Moon WAA is a pathetic excuse for a Dubbel or "Abbey ale" and really more of a run of the mill American amber ale. Medium light bodied and easy to drink.

Photo of macrent2
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance:
This beer came in a bottle. After pouring this beer into a clear glass, I noticed that it had an "muddy river" red colour (reddish brown) with a nice amount of carbonation and a short head that disapated quickly. Some noticable lacing seen.

Aroma:
Light smell. A bit of malt.

Palate:
Nice very subtle malt palate.

Flavour:
Light with a hint of vanilla and malt, some very subtle spices underline!

Overall:
Good, but a bit faint for my liking. May drink again.

Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some hints of caramel. Taste is very mild, some malts, rather bland. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.59/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - roughly a dark amber in color, clear. About 2 fingers of foam that dissipates quickly. Good carbonation.

Smell - Interesting charcoal/toasty smell. Maybe somewhat malty in the aroma. It's hard to tell as it's rather faint.

Taste - More malty in the taste. Faint fruitiness in the taste..maybe something along the line of cranberries? Texture is fairly well-balanced, but more on the watery side.

Drinkability - Pretty decent in the taste, but I wish the complexities were a little less subtle so that one could really focus on them better. Not a bad brew though. Worth a six-pack.

Photo of BMoldy
2.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pleasant dark reddish amber. Head is fizzy and almost nonexistent, as is the lacing. The smell is extremely weak, only a small step up over your average commercial "corn" beer, and perhaps a little less remarkable than the regular BM Belgian White. The candied sugar is obvious in both smell and taste, although it is still a very weak scent. A malty/husky odor makes up the rest of the aroma. The body is watery and predominately malted barley and caramelized sugar. Hops are lacking and would have helped add some more robustness. While it finishes on the lighter side, it isn't quite clean and there is a lingering malt flavor. The mouthfeel is unimpressive and probably a bit more fizzy than bubbly- certainly more so than it should be. It isn't too unpleasant, however.

Overall, a poor impersonation of a style that's very dear to my inner Belge. If my friend had brewed this beer in his kitchen, I probably would have congratulated him for giving it a try and politely suggested some tweaks. But for a commercial brew, this is really terrible (though I'm not surprised, coming from Coors). They tried to mass-produce a very respected and careful style of beer in the American tradition of maximizing cost-effectiveness just by throwing in some candied sugar and "a touch of wheat." If one ignores what they were aiming for, however, the beer isn't toooo difficult to drink and if given the choice between this and a regular Blue Moon, I might choose this for something different. Otherwise, I won't be buying this beer again.

PS I should have been kinder to the appearance; it was probably my favorite part about this beer.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. Pours a dark amber color with some reddish hues. Off-white head with a bit of lacing. The nose brings some caramel as well as hints of dark fruits and cherries, but mostly just caramel. The taste is lacking in complexity and while it's not a bad-tasting brew, it really pales in comparison to better examples of the style. Simply a bit of caramel with very light amounts of dark fruits and a hint of yeast. Feel is a bit full. Drinks fairly well, but just doesn't hit the right marks.

Photo of jmbranum
3.68/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(I'm reviewing the Oklahoma 3.2%ABW/4.0% ABV volume version of the beer that is sold in grocery stores here.)

I was suspicious whether you could brew an Abbey Ale with this low of an alcohol content. When drunk cold, this beer confirms my suspicions.

But as it warms up, something happens to this beer and it really is a halfway decent.

The aroma when cold is weird and unpleasant, but when it warms to more like cellar temperature it is better with a fair amount of maltiness.

Very pretty in the glass. Deep amber color with a big lingering light tan head.

Flavor when cold is a mess. Everything is kinda jumbled and it just doesn't work. As it warms though (and on my second bottle so bear that in mind) it gets better. Lots of malt. Some caramel and warm whole wheat bread. A tiny bit of coppery minerally notes. Just a smidgeon of sprucey hops.

Mouthfeel is decent. Kinda thin but a little bit of a velvety feel.

Extremely drinkable.

The key to this beer --- let it warm up!

Photo of EgadBananas
3.68/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent dark mahogany in color with a slightly tan two finger head. Dissipates rather quickly to a thin film. No lacing

Aroma is slight malts and sweetness. It's not very aromatic, but it's pleasant what I do smell.

Taste is good, with a good amount of malts, and some candied sugar with a bit of roasted-ness.

Feel is rather thin, but a little slick. Carbonation level is nice.

Drinkability is actually pretty good. It's off in areas for the style, but for what it is it's pretty tasty, and there's nothing offensive about it in the end. I'd easily take it if it were offered to me.

Photo of fourplayed
3.7/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle to 12oz mug. Hazy dark amber with a sticky foam head.

Smells are sweet citrus, oranges mostly and some bitter notes, spices present and carmalized sugars.

Taste of Citrus sweetness, malts, some fruity notes with mild hops and yeast.

Body is lte to medium, malts are creamy, carbonation is medium.

Overall a good value for the price. But, not a world class dubbel. A good entry if your exploring beer options rather than the usual bud, mgd, coors fare. very sessionable.

Photo of bourbonbock
2.48/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a fresh glass.

A. The beer pours a light chestnut color with little if any bubbly head.

S. It smells malty and almost octoberfest in nature not much else going on.

T. This is a terrible winter warmer. It tastes like budweiser with a little bit of dark malts mixed in. I can taste a faint belgian flavor but it could be anything.

M. Smooth and clean which is not what I expect from a "winter warmer"

D. I'll finish the sixxer but never buy it again.

It's not that this is a bad beer but Coors really missed the mark in either the marketing or brewing department. Can't figure out which one.

Photo of Dadoftwogirls
3.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am typically a Blue Moon fan. However, they seem to have missed the boat here a little bit. I saw a special on this at the store and picked up a 12 pack. I drank all 12 of these over a few days and one day with them was no better than the next. It pours and looks great in the glass. You have great expectations... and then you taste it. Nothing. Nothing grabs you. Nothing says have another. Nothing says buy this again. Where it the Belgian brown sugar... the smooth flavor or unique taste. It just seemed to lack any character or depth and definitely won't be on my list again.

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

Sampled December 2009
The beer pours into my cheepie wine goblet with a finger of lightly amber-brown tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark plum color that shows a clear, rich amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of grain, plums and lightly caramelized notes and a fair amount of clove character that becomes more apparent after a little bit. The nose is actually quite fruity smelling in a raisin / plum / fig sort of way.

Sweet up front with a touch of balancing phenolic clove character, a textural carbonic fizz and a faint hop bitterness. The sweetness definitely accentuates a solid fruit character that reminds me of a mix of raisins on concentrated, not quite dried, plums. The maltiness gets a boost as the beer warms up; rich Maillard notes combine with a soft, rum like caramelization. A touch of bubblegum character couples with the clove as it warms up even more and as the carbonation dies down it takes on a nice creamy texture. There is a touch of toasted grain character underneath the sweetness. This beer also has a soft fullness to it, it is still quaffable, but definitely is on the full side for the Dubbel-like thing that it is.

Not a bad beer, one I would happily drink again. Part of my like of this beer is that it is from Coors and it actually tastes decent enough for me to finish my bottle if not have a second. Perhaps a bit too sweet and not light enough for the style, but it aint half bad.

Photo of rtratzlaff
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The bottle claims it is a full bodied ale with roasted malts and a hint of dark Belgian Sugar for a perfect balanced taste.

The look is a clear Ruby reddish tone with a slightly off white head that leaves little lacing, but does hold up someone around the sides of the glass.
The taste is somewhat simple, but still decent. Roasted malts hit about mid sip and finish off with enough sweetness and bitterness to create the flavors of dark fruits and some spice. Part of me feels there should be more of a clove like spice present.
The mouthfeel is pretty creamy and full along with just enough carbonated.
A dubbel at 5.6 gets good drinkability points in my opinion, but too bad the flavor is lacking.

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

A - Deep copper amber with a good sized off-white head. Decent retention with adequate lacing remaining.

S - Decent malt character with some dark sugar. Also a little bit of spice and fruitiness.

T - Some caramel malt with a bit of dark candi sugar. A decent amount of dark fruit, mostly raisin. Also some apple flavor. Very little, almost non-existing, Belgian yeast taste. A little bit of spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove) and a touch of vanilla.

M - Medium to light body. Fairly creamy but also fairly watery.

D - Decent. It is pretty easy to drink and the flavors won't overload your palate, but there are definitely better beers to try.

Notes: Maybe a Belgian dubbel light. Won't be mistaken for an actual Belgian beer, but it isn't bad. For a Coors product it is pretty good. Demonstrates what flavors are in a dubbel (for the most part definitely lacking some, especially the yeast). The flavors are just a little watered down. Good beer to bridge Coors (and others) to good tasting beers.

Photo of jwinship83
2.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle drank from a duvel tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a murky reddish brown colored body with a beige colored head. the head fades fast leaving almost nothing behind.

S- belgian yeast comes through the strongest. very sweet smelling. brown sugar and some fruits.

T- the taste is very sweet and yeasty. a little bit of toffee in here too. a bit of plum and cherry.

M- thin and watery.

D- this wasnt really for me. i dont think ill be having another one of these any time soon.

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

Pours a brownish copper color mixed with a big tan head that falls quick to cap not any real lace on this one.

Aroma is light malty mixed with light spice. Kind of on light side for the style.

Taste is light malts little dark caramel with lingering hints of liquorish maybe. On the light side finish is lingering herbal notes and that liquorish flavor.

Mouthfeel is light side of medium with lightly peppy carbonation.

Drinkability is kind of bland not really a warmer but not to terrible bad just nothing great. Might be in choice in some restaurants where beer is limited. But not something I would try again.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle

Coors Full Moon Winter Ale poured a clear, dark reddish brown/amber body with a nice light tan head that formed lacing that clung to my glass mug. Aroma [is a little faint] of light roasted malts and dark sugar. Taste is of roasted malt flavors, a little nutty, and of dark candy sugar that adds a bit of dark caramel flavor. This brew is dominated by malt with mild hop bitterness.

The flavor is a bit mild and weak for a Belgian dubbel. However, if you are new to craft beer you should enjoy this - a "stepping-stone" to better ales of the style.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.12/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: basically completely headless with just one or two weak wisps; lots of movement in the amber/burgundy body

s: grape jam; wheat husk; light toffee; sweet syrup

t: dry wheat; sweet syrupy malts; some mild spiciness; light wateriness; not very good and has that same really intesnse wierd grape taste that raison d'etre has that i am not into

m i think too much cloyl light but tiny bubbles make it sting the tongue a little bit; medium body

d: I was pretty dissapointed with this beer; i wouldn't try it if i were you

Photo of WwRGSwW
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: deep amber. little head, little lacing

Smell: Toffy

Taste: bready malt sweetness finishes with a slightly metallic hop bitterness. pretty straightforward.

Mouthfeel: thin and watery for the style

Drinkability: i'm not a huge malt fiend, so its not one of my top choices, but I will be sure to finish what I have.

Photo of ruckus232
3.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Amber color with a nice white to off white head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Has a very sweet corn smell similar to the adjunct lagers out there but with a little bit better scent.

Taste: Simalar to the smell but with a little bit more of the wheat beet taste, Not bad but nothing exceptional either.

Photo of pasdachuri
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a hint of a red tint. Nice head with little lacing down the sides.

Sweet smell of toffee, caramel, a lil bit of a brown sugaryness with a slight dark chocolate undertone.

Not bad, but not great. A toffee bittersweetness gets things going. The beer dries out in the middle with a mild roasted grain flavor and a bit of cinnamon spiciness.

Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation

Photo of greengorilla
4/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a goblet. It is a dark amber with good clarity and impressive light tan two finger head. There is minimal lacing.

Its smell is dominated by the malt, but the spices come through in the taste. It smells and tastes pretty good. It is allot bette than I was expecting.

It has a good carbonated mouthfeel, and it is very drinkable. Overall, I like this beer.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.3/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 1-24-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Dark brown with 2 fingers of foam and after it settled with a thin layer of lacing

S - Roasted coffee with a sweat caramel smell, hints of citrus but over shadowed by the coffee/caramel aroma

T - Smooth caramel and coffee taste, couldn't pick out any citrus taste. Light aftertaste but nothing that turned me way

M/D - A real drinkable medium bodied brew. Very smooth tasting seasonal from Coors or Miller/Coors or whatever their name is now. I well done seasonal that should be tried. Easy for me to have a couple in an evening

Photo of jonziefle
2.97/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a mostly clear brown color. One finger head that diminishes quickly to almost nothing. No visible carbonation. No real lacing. Not much life to this one.

Smell: Dark lager malt flavors and a brown sugar/molasses sweetness. Some spices, but mild overall.

Taste: Very malty, lager like, but smoother. Caramel and nutty flavors. Moderate brown sugar sweetness. Little to no hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Very smooth, as it seems to coat your mouth. A little “flat” tasting without much carbonation.

Drinkability: An okay winter warmer, but nothing special. Dark lager flavors, with moderate sweetness and alcohol level. It is relatively smooth going down, but I couldn’t see drinking to many of these; they’re self limiting.

Buy Again? Probably not.

Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,502 ratings.