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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 mothman
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours a 1 and 1/2 finger slight tan head. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a hazy dull copper. Very good looking beer.

Aroma: Very weird, but the first scent reminded me of McDonald's french fries. Sweet malts and roasty camel as well.

Taste is of brown sugar, carmel malts. A dark beer but not too many distinct flavors. This is only my 2nd dubbel I have had and the 1st was the same way.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A little alcohol comes out in the aftertaste along with it being slightly dry. Good carbonation.

Overall a great product from Coors as it was pretty close to the other dubbel I have had. It is pretty easy to drink and I'd definitely pick it up again at the sale price I got it at.

mothman, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of OldYoda
2.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up in a mixed 6 and was unaware it was a Coors product until after I had composed my review.

Poured out a semi opaque brown into a standard pint glass. Leaves a small head and no lacing.

Smell is very faint and all I get is mainly a sweetish malt characteristic.

Taste is basically sweet and blah. Just not much to like or dislike. It isn't awful, but there is nothing here that invites you to take that next sip.

Mouthfeel is smooth and clean, it's not bad.

Drinkability is ok, you could have several of these. But why would you want to?

OldYoda, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of joerodiii
1.8/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bought one for kicks off the singles shelf at my local place.

It looks light for a dubbel; it is more the color of a belgian pale.

The smell is of a stale Light American Lager with a hint of Belgian dark sugar. The taste is pretty much like the smell. Not much in the way of malt flavor, no yeast character, and a watered down candi sugar taste. Mouthfeel is light, and there is an unpleasant aftertaste.

I haven't had Blue Moon in a couple of years, but I remember liking it. This stuff, however, I won't drink again.

joerodiii, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of MPLS
2.42/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

My father bought this thinking it would be "good beer" to enjoy with his son. My intuition told me not to do it at all cost, but my love for my father outweighed my general disgust for Coors.

A: Poured into an improper beer glass, the glass was extremely clean though. Nice amber body with a semi clingy head. Best looking beer with the Coors name attached to it.

S: Smells like sweet caramal, hint of spice, winter smelling, but nothing superb.

T: Hmmm...well it has some taste. Unpleasant sweetness, with some spice and slight hop in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation evident, maybe mild effervescent fizz.

D: I honestly attribute this thing to giving my diarrhea. Perhaps this is contagious as I later found out my father felt he had quote "shit his brains out" after drinking this. We ate completely different foods that day.

Really not trying to hate on the BMCs, but diarrhea makes it all too easy.

MPLS, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of mikeal1917
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Since I was such a fan of Blue Moon, I figured that Full Moon wouldn't be a huge leap of faith.

Appearance: The pour creates a nice head that settles quickly to a thin quarter inch that stays throughout the drink. The coloring moves from an almost red at the bottom of the glass to a deep amber/copper color right below the head line.

Smell: A strong fruit-like smell comes from the brew, and isn't super appetizing. I found myself avoiding smelling it once I started drinking it.

Taste: Tastes nothing like the witbier Blue Moon, has a overly hops filled taste, with a definite sweetness from the Belgian sugar

Mouthfeel: A little thin for my taste, typical of an ale

Drinkability: Goes down smooth, easy to drink. Can finish a six pack with drinking time to spare

mikeal1917, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of JRed
1.9/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Reddish brown with off white rather large head (I put forth an aggressive pour). Almost nonexistent aroma, picking up some sugar, molasses, and some offensive aroma that I can't quite pin down. Definitely made by Coors, it seems like old sugar and synthetic syrup made their way into the Coors Light bottles and they decided to just call it a winter ale. Extremely light in body and fizzy mouthfeel. After a few sips the overwhelming Sweet N Low packets start to stale the taste and turn me off. There's no balance in this brew, just malt and dark sugar water.

JRed, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of ThePeskyDingo
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Actually drank this from the bottle, split a couple with a friend.

Looked dark in the bottle, can't comment much more on that though..

Smells sweet and malty, maybe even a bit of light sugary notes, like caramel or toffee.

Tastes a bit like the smell, malty with a light sugary sensation.

Mouthfeel was ok. It could have had a bit of a heavier feel to it.

Easy to drink, probably too easy for the kind of beer it is trying to be.

ThePeskyDingo, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of colts9016
2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Okay, when I found out that this beer was a dubbel made by Coors, I just shook my head.

Poured into a chalice at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A brown color with a dark copper hue. There is a quarter inch ring around the glass and no head to speak of. There is some effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear with some brilliance.

Nose: A complex rich maltiness with some sweetness. In the background of the beer there is some spices with oranges and dried cherries.

Taste: There is some complex with some maltiness and sweetness. There is some spices and oranges.

Overall: The beer mouth feel is slightly carbonated and sweet. The body of the beer is medium. The finish is slightly bitter. The beer is an okay beer there is not a lot of body and complex malt in the beer. The spice is muted and so is the citrus. It is not a terrible beer but it is no where near a great one.

colts9016, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of PAarcher
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this beer upon first pouring it. It has a deep amber color with a thick tan head. Very attractive.
The smell was less than overwhelming. Very bland and just slightly "off"
The taste was somewhat better than was indicated by the smell. It is fairly sweet, not much in the way of spice. The faintest hint of hops. Overall it has a very thin, watery flavor. It's not aweful, just not very good.
Mouthfeel was also fairly thin. The carbonation was decent it just didn't feel like it had much body to it.
Again, it's not a terrible beer. It is drinkable but disappointing considering it's wonderful appearance.

PAarcher, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.2/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 11/20/2007 (bottle BB MAR1608):

Pours a very clear, amber brown color. Frothy light tan head, good lacing, lasting. Malty fresh aroma, but weak. Fresh clean taste, malty, watery. Some spice on the finish. Weak flavor. Letting it warm up. More spice but still bland.

jujubeast6000, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of bowersdm
2.2/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a bavarian pilsner.

A - ruby-red/brown color, very thick 3cm strong, stiff head. all around, it was beautiful.

S - roasted malt, sugary sweetness (i'm guessing the dark belgian sugar that is used in this beer)

T - roasted malt, then a strong bitterness reminiscent of seltzer water, has a slightly sweet, sugary finish (again, the special dark belgian sugar probably). overall, it was pretty weak for a dubbel.

M - too much carbonation.

D - this is low on my list of favorite dubbels.

bowersdm, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of bmwats
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium amber. Medium carbonation pours into a half finger foamy white head. Quickly settles. No real lacing.

S: Roasted malt. Maybe and little cinnamon and nutmeg.

T: Malt is a roasted coffee flavor. Has a subtle winter spice.

M: Coating, and has a certain robust quality. Nice filling hearty aftertaste.

D: Good drinkability. Solid flavor, and feel.

Pretty solid atmosphere, in particular the nose. Hearty roasted flavor and feel. Really pleasant to drink. Good quaff.

bmwats, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of WalterSobchak
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany/amber with a 2 finger off-white head, slow to dissipate.
Mild malty smell, nothing much else.
Balanced but bland and a little syrupy...needs something else to give it any life.
Really drinkable though! It's pretty easy to crush a bunch of these if you needed to. Wouldn't do it again for a one beer night though...bland and boring.

WalterSobchak, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of boynabubble
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Respectable head which fizzles down to a decent lacing. Dark amber in color.

S- A light nutty smell and a touch of hops.

T- Seems really vague and watered down. It takes multiple sips to key in on any flavor. I can faintly taste something like brown sugar followed by a light hop bitterness. The more I drink, the more watered down it seems. Not exciting in the least bit but not offensive either.

M- Watery.The slightest of slickness on the tongue.

D- Drinkable in the same sense that water is drinkable, not good beer.

It's kind of pleasant. It could be much better if they'd take a chance and amp up the flavor a bit. But I guess they have to appeal to their target consumers; the average macro drinker who's palate might be offended by flavorful beer.

boynabubble, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of whynot44
3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear mahogany brown color with a decent but short lives off white head that does produce a bit of lacing.

The aroma is roasted malt, nuts, hints of plums and nutmeg.

The taste is also predominately nutty roasted malt with notes of raisins and plums with some dark sugar. Although lacking the depth and complexity of a real Belgian abbey dubbel ale, this milder, thinner version is still worth a try.

Medium bodied, fairly drinkable. A decent winter brew.

whynot44, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of craytonic
3.6/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark amber. Decent head and lacing.

Smell: Ripe dark fruit, sweetness, faint spice, yeast, vanilla, hint of pear

Taste: Nice amount of caramel and sweetness. But, lacks the complexity of a true abbey/belgian dubbel. A little bit of a candy / corn syrup sweetness to it.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is well done.

Drinkability: At some bars this is the best choice, a little heavy on the candy sugar. Certainly not great, but not bad either; some people se Coors and can't give anything other than "F".

craytonic, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle - $1.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. As it is not yet March 08, 2009, I'll assume that's a 'best by' date.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark, reddish-brown body with a medium-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Faintly sugary, ever so roasted, nut-strewn malt nose with some fruit notes and, like the taste, some odd, distant metallic twang.

Taste: Lightly roasty, lightly nutty malts with a meager dose of dark Belgian candi sugar for sweetness. A bit of apricot and apple fruitiness. Hint of yeast. There's a curious, though light metallic kick coursing through this beer -- like smuggling out a rare coin in your mouth. Crisp, lightly roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: It's no dubbel, that's for damn sure, but I guess you gotta shove it somewhere. However, it did pair well with the flick It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. It does have that going for it.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of Boto
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught: This one poured a somewhat reddish-brown color. It was also fairly clear. Unfortunately, it was poured into a heavily frozen/frosted mug, so I can't judge or lacing. The aroma was a bit light. Some sweet malts and spices. The taste was a little light. It was a little tasty, and certainly not offensive to anyone. Some sweet caramel malt and spices. Not bad, but it is a dumb-downed dubbel.

Boto, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of kjh5040
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Medium amount of off white head, caramel brown in color, maybe a little darker, but can see through it

Aroma is relatively faint, sugar and caramel mostly

The taste, like the aroma, is a little weak, but not bad. Tastes like it smells, with a hint of spice.

Mouthfeel is average, a little watery but I guess that's expected with coors.

I could definitely have a few of these but for the price its nothing special. Might get it again, but not in the near future.

kjh5040, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a weird orange colorwith no head. Nose smells rather weak. Lightly flavored with some caramel sweetness and an interesting spicing on the finish. The body is very thin and weak. Mouthfeel is watery with some malts and hops and a tad bit of caramel. Bad excuse for a Warmer.

barleywinefiend, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of RodBurg
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown with a thick off-white head and decent lacing.

Smells of caramel, toasty malt, and toffee.

Sweet flavors of malty caramel, toffee and brown sugar blend nicely. Mouthfeel is weak and watery. Finishes with a sweet hint of spices.

Not bad. Reminds me of a watered down dubbel. Pretty sessionable.

RodBurg, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light brown color, bordering on red. Nice clarity with a medium off-white head that fades at a decent clip and doesn't leave much behind.

Sweet sugary notes greet the nose first. Followed by a lot of toasty, caramel maltiness. No hops are discernable in the nose and very little Belgian 'style' yeastiness. Does not smell too bad, but I am not a big fan so far.

Has an adjunct-esque sweetness that seems a bit out of place, it surely is not from the malts. Plenty of burnt toast flavors and caramel notes. High carbonation and clean water taste contribute to an almost 'thirst' quenching quality that is (surprisingly) ok. A bit thin bodied, but not really lacking in quantity of flavor.

Dubbels are not really my gig, but this one is not a horrible stab at the style by an American macro.

twiggamortis420, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of selecter70
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sad to see this guy retire. A nice offering from Blue Moon and formerly available even where most other offerings were quite frightening. A nice dark honey pour with light beige head that clung nicely to the glass dissipating from a 1 finger width. A nice, basic spiced-orange & nut malt aroma that opened to include a lemon-hop zesty flavor upon tasting. A good, decent Christmas-time ale that only made Coors' "wee division" a little bit better.

selecter70, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of Juggernaut
2.1/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance was good with a nice brown color and good formed head.

Smell was chemically, nothing distinct, and not smell of hops.

Taste was kind of pungent, and overly sweet, not balance or taste of hops.

Mouth feel was decent, though a little sweet.

Drinkability is very poor, i'm debating of even finishing this one.

Juggernaut, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of Cylinsier
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep wood brown, fairly hazy. The head was gone before I had a chance to see it.

Smells a bit of chocolate and brown sugar, but the scent on this one is kind of faint.

The taste is a little disappointing. A bit barley with hints of chocolate in there, but very weak to me, almost like its watered down. The taste is good but there isn't enough of it.

The mouthfeel is tingly despite an apparent lack of carbonation but it just seems to hide the taste more.

Drinkability is fine. Nothing more, nothing less.

Ultimately, a beer that could be very good but seems like it is just too weak. It's like the taste was siphoned out of it.

Cylinsier, Jan 06, 2009
Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,434 ratings.