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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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1,521 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,521
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.39%
Wants: 9
Gots: 203 | FT: 0
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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: 1,521 | Reviews: 543
Photo of mrunseen
2.06/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: This poured a stereotypically "abbey ale" color of mahogany with almost no head and very little lacing as I finished my beer.

Smell: Nothing to get excited about. The nose did absolutely nothing to entice me to drink this beer. My initial impression was that this beer was to be a drain pour

Taste: Not great. For a beer that claims to be an "abbey ale", I certainly expected a little bit more than what this beer offered.

Mouthfeel: Watery. That is the first description that comes to mind. There was some carbonation, but no real kicker to set this beer off.

Drinkability: It's drinkable, but I wouldn't recommend it. Perhaps it would be better if served from a tap.

Photo of marvin213
2.91/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

It looks like clear mahogany, and there is some head to top this one off. I believe this is my first dubbel review, so I don't really know if it's expected or not, but I nod approvingly at the lacing left as I swirl this one around.

Nothing much in the nose. I smell the dark Belgian sugar, but it hardly inspires an "ah." Other than that, it's water.

I taste what I now acknowledge is an abbey ale. Not a tremendous proponent, this one tastes on average with others I've had. It's pleasantly sweet, with a bit of twang from the Belgian sugar. It provides a subtle tartness that's far more apparent in real Belgian Belgians. While trying to maintain some objectivity, it's what I'd expect from an Coors Abbey Ale.

The tart, twangy, dark-sweet mouthfeel is actually a good one, particularly within such a watery-light medium. Again, aligned with expectations from a macrobrewery, the carbonation is more than ample. The feel of Full Moon is its superior attribute.

It's a blah beer overall, and I'd imagine most dubbels dwarf this selection. Though not horrible and a seemingly true representative of the style, it ain't to be sought after.

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

My bro offered me a beer and it was either this or coors light.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this beer. Blue moon is an ok but drinkable beer. I expected the same from this.

Looks almost like a marzen when poured but a shade or two darker. A thin 1 finger head on top.

Smells a little sweet with a small bit of spice and candied dark fruit. A bit of herbs and some sour apple too.

Light but sweet flavor. Some roasted sugary pear like flavor. I think this beers biggest downfall is calling itself a A dubble. It falls way short of that namesake and because of that becomes a disappointment. Like someone else stated somewhere, its a macro's attempt at a craft beer and it comes up short imo.

Mouthfeel is watery albeit somewhat smooth and not hard to drink.

Probably not a beer i would ever drink or even want to drink again.

Photo of diechipmunk
2.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle into a red plastic pint cup, so I didn't get a great look, but it poured a coppery stream with a finger ot two of head, that faded quickly.

S: Has malty aromas, with very little spice evident, not much evident aroma other than sweet.

T: Flavor was better than I expected, nothing to celebrate, but not unpleasant. Sweet malt, not overly thick. Faint winter spices, could have used more. It did finish with slight hop bitterness and a trace of tinniness.

M: Mouthfeel was thin for a winter beer, moderate carbonation. Neither good nor bad.

D: It's certainly drinkable, but nothing special.

All in all, it's not a bad beer, but nothing I'd stock my fridge with.

Photo of SpdKilz
2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pours a dark, chocolate color which shows light peaking through when held up toward the sun. About two fingers of head that dissipate relatively fast, leaving minimal lacing.

Smell - Sweet malts with toffee, caramel, a hint of chocolate. Finishes with more sweet malt smell - almost a bit "fake" in the sugary/sweet smell.

Taste - Honestly, maybe I purchased a bad six pack of these, but these were not good this year and I actually drain poured two of the six. Last year I feel they tasted much better. I get a very distinct metallic taste both up front and at the end of the sip. I honestly do not know why but this essentially masks the entire flavor. Obviously you can taste the sweet malts/toffee however your mind is constantly distracted by this odd, metallic taste. Not enjoyable whatsoever and was backup beer in the refrigerator.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Not this year. Just did not taste good and will avoid in the future. There are many other Christmas beers I'd rather have than chance getting a bad sixer of these again next year.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.22/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured a roasted chestnut brown with burnt amber highlights. The head was fizzy and tan-hide in color, almost immediately dissipating upon the pour. Visible effervesce was strong and steady producing a showering of microbubbles rising at a rapid rate. Overall a decent coloring that was only marred by a weak holding head and lacing appearance wise.

S: The nose surprised me a bit with a rich maltiness of semi-dry and semi-sweet caramel with a touch of caramelized dark candy sugar. Medium in strength the aroma was respectable with hints of lightly dried caramel apples lurking beneath.

T: The initial flavor was sweet, of caramelized malt and sugars. The flavor is worty wit a dried sweetness of toffee and maple syrup while finishing up with a light fruitiness of apples and fresh caramel raisins. Of all the Coors Moon series, this is by far the best tasting one I have encountered. While it wont rival the average Belgian abbey or even any of the moderate American style abbeys, considering the brewer, this is probably one of their best and most flavorful beer.

M: smooth and creamy with a medium fullness and a tight bubbly carbonation. Luscious as it rolls around the tongue makes this a pretty good hold.

D: average in limited moderation. You would be hard press to guess this was brewed by Coors. Sweet, but I would have no problem having a second one, but 3 may be pushing it. Worthy a single purchase.

Photo of boudreaux
2.71/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Terrapin Beer Co. pint glass. Bottle stamped with May 3, 2010 freshness date.

A - Pours a deep ruby color, clear and filtered; puffy, off-white head 2 fingers thick, which quickly dissipates; swirling foam lacing lingers

S - Smell of sweet maltiness, with notes of chocolate and sugar; something in the smell also reminds me of cream soda?; overall underwhelming aroma

T - Underachieving flavor; definitely didn't meet expectations; yeast seems out of place, leaving a metallic aftertaste; little to know bitterness; once again, hints of cream soda; however, since I like cream soda, I hate to say it truly tastes the same

M - watery; leaves mouth slick and oily

D - definitely could session this one

Photo of anexetastos
2.52/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Rather disappointing offering from an otherwise respectable label (even if it is Coors in disguise). The yeast used here is inappropriate, distracting, and has an overall negative impact on the final product. As you would expect from this brewery, the product was clean, no off-flavors or tastes due to contamination, but the flavor profile was a train-wreck. If you're going to brew a Belgian dubbel, which this is characterized as, have a yeast that produces the proper esters, and malt to match it. I won't bother with my usual BJCP grading by category, as i don't believe this offering merits it. The Blue Moon clone of Hoegaarden is at least on-point. This beer, whatever it may be, is not.

Photo of bob3701
3.24/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint. Clear light mahogany color with a large fizzy head that disapates rapidly. Almost no lacing to speak of. Smelled great very rich and malty. Unfortunantly that aroma did not carry over in the taste which was on the weak side. It drinks OK and for a novist it might be a good jumping off beer for an abby Belgian but very weak for a seasoned drinker.

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

A. Poured a clear dark amber with a short, off white head. No lacing on the glass.

S. Roasted malt, leaves, carmel, cinnamon, nutmeg

T. Medium roasted malts, with some fall spices nutmeg, cinnamon, some sweetness brownsugar or light molasses. Some cream soda characteristics.

M. Medium bodied, fizzy carbonation, short duration.

D. Not a great brew but I would drink this brew again. It kind of reminded me of cream soda, I think this would appeal to people who like a sweeter less hopped beer.

Photo of NicholasCasber
2.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: This beer was darker than I expected, produced little head, and what head there was was dissipated in a matter of a minute or two.

S: The smell wasn't overly pleasing, but very pungent, not necessarily in a good way.

T: Surprisingly, the taste, despite the look and the smell was better than I expected, and I could taste the roasted malt flavor, and the sweet end of the belgium sugar.

M: This beer felt, overall, a bit too bubbly in my mouth.

D: I rated this beer fairly low, only because it's a bit too roasted for my taste.

Overall, this beer was an interesting try, but not one I'd get again, unless it was a cold winter's day.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. (I do not own a goblet glass at the moment)

Appearance is a deep amber with a foamy 1 1/2 finger off white head that dissipates after a few minutes. Plenty of bubbles rising to the top.

Smell is pretty faint consisting mostly of sweet malts.

Taste is better than the aroma would lead me to think with a sweet caramel malt, sugar and spices that give a little bite towards the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation making it pretty crisp.

Drinkability is pretty good. While certainly not a great example of the style, it is a pretty easy drinking brew and would be a decent session beer. Not amazing but I wouldn't mind having it again.

Photo of lenin2040
2.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bought a sixer on sale to bring to a tailgate for a crowd i know is big fans of blue moon

A: deep amber. little head, little lacing
S: pronounced cocoa, toffee notes. yum!
T: bready malt sweetness finishes with a slightly metallic hop bitterness. pretty straightforward. not a lot of fruit or spice at all, or any alcohol warmth.
M: thin and watery for the style
D: i'm not a huge malt fiend, so some darker belgians, get a little cloying for me. this not at all, but the mediocre flavor means ill hardly be raring to finish the sixpack.

Photo of Spineypanda
3.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A well rounded beer!

Darker amber, nice large head.
Smells of malts, maybe roasted malts and some yummy spice.

Tastes like roasted malts and spices, somewhat of a Christmas spice feel to it.

Nice carbonation!

I enjoy this beer and would buy it again.

Photo of EStreet20
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off I'm stepping out of line here and not reviewing to style for a dubbel, as this is listed. It's a Belgian dark.

I remember trying this last year and thinking it was actually pretty good so I grabbed a six pack. The ABV was lower than I remember and I have to say the flavor also changed a bit for the worse. I'm reviewing this as a Belgian Dark Ale.

12 ounce bottle poured into a large wine glass.

A - Looks nice on first pour. A deep red color, nearly brown with a finger of off white head. The brew is a tad hazed and the head dissipates as you sip.

S - Faint aroma of sweet malts.

T - Taste is very subdued. That's a shame because amped up a bit these flavors could be nice. Definitely some dark caramel malts in there with a touch of roastiness. Nice subtle fruity/sugary aftertaste with some spice.

M - MEdium bodied ale. Carbonation is just a tiny bit much.

D - Omne can drink a few of thse, but the real drinkability suffers from the "Belgian" flavors (the sweetness, the yeast hit/spices etc) being underdone.

Notes: Not a bad Winter beer. Still I think it's a case of Coors being afraid to offend. Amp up the sweet flavors of this brew to something big and bold and we're looking at a decent small Belgian beer.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with freshness date clearly denoted into a tulip glass.

A beautiful pour produces a clear cherrywood-colored brew with a thick capping of rich beige foam that fades somewhat slowly to a ring that lacks much grip, leaving behind just a slight smattering of lace on the glass.

The nose is a mild combination of light grainy/breadlike malt notes, slight herbal hops and a bit of cinnamon/nutmeg spiciness.

A fairly light body holds a prickly carbonation and mostly mild, inoffensive yet not altogether uninteresting palate of lightly caramel malt sweetness, essence of slightly burnt sweetbread, a middle of mildly bitter earthy hops and allspice, and a finish that is mostly dry but with an underlying bready malt sweetness.

As a representation of a dubbel, this brew lacks heavily. As an inoffensive, inexpensive, mass-marketed "craft" interpretation of an abbey ale, a bit warming and easily accessible, Full Moon excels. Nowhere in the realm of bad beer, for sure.

Photo of Shumista
3.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Full Moon pours a clear red/brown with a small off white head.
S- Very mild smell. Sweet candy like malt and and some dark fruit.
T- Pretty mild taste as well. The "Dark Belgian sugar" is there in the in sweetness, kind of a thin malt backbone and dark fruits, mostly cherry.
M- Medium bodied.
D- Drinkable but unremarkable.

This is an ok tasting beer, but if you've had any higher quality Dubbel's you will understand that calling Full Moon a Dubbel is not quite right. For 8 bucks a six back though its a mild, pleasantly drinkable beer.

Photo of rfabian
3.88/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured gently into a glass tumbler it produces a small white head with slight lacing. The color is amber-brown. There is a slight aroma of earthy hops, and the taste is mildly malty, mildly sweet with ... um ... mild hops. A mild brew, but nice.

The carbonation is fair with a smooth to medium feel.

Drinkable, but it does not stand out.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
2.96/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice rich brown/slight red color, clear but not much of a head at all and lacing is M.I.A. Pretty clear for a dark beer

S - VERY faint. I was expecting a lot more of the Belgian dark sugar or sweet malty flavors, maybe even some raisins, cherries, etc. Nope, nothing...there's a very small malt aroma and that's about it

T- Makes up a little bit for the aroma but still a little on the weak side. Nice sugary/malt flavor and there are hints of raisin and caramel. Slight dark cherry aftertaste but fades very quickly.

M/D - It has a medium body with normal carbonation. It is kinda rough for a belgian style beer...a little smoother and denser would be nice.

I guess if you want anything good from Blue Moon...you might as well get Blue Moon, which is still mediocre at best.

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

A- Poured into a corsondonk tulip... finger thick fizzy off white head that mostly disappears. Dark mahogany color, transparent ruby when held up to a light

S- Almost nothing to smell. Very faint smell of dark fruits, raisin, and maybe nutmeg or cinnamon

T- Very bland... Kind of a sour start followed with a bit of sweet malt flavor and a hint of the belgian sugar

M- Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation

D- Eh... its ok. I would drink more if I had very limitted options and would probably never pay for one unless I had very limitted options


Photo of clayrock81
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clearish brown w/ a gigantic frothy tan head on top of a mild malty smell w/ a little sweetness. Light bodied, with hints of caramel malt along with some barely noticeable spice and hop bitterness. Finishes clean and smooth. Not bad for a macro, but garbage if you're looking for a true Belgian ale.

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

Poured into a goblet.

A: Deep walnut with a fizzy beige cap. Head retention is decent and bits of lace are left behind.

S: Smells mostly of toasted grains, with perhaps a touch of toffee thrown in.

T: 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. It finishes dry and remarkably clean.

M: The light body is dry, slightly chalky. Carbonation is low for this style.

D: This is an OK session brew. It's by no means a Dubbel, in the traditional sense of the style. Too light and low in alcohol for that. A decent beer, but not one I'd seek out in the future.

Photo of 1759Girl
2.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance> dark red, golden head thick with large bubbles, foamy. Light lacing. Nice effort.

Smell> malty, alcoholic.

Taste>Triple punch first> spicy intro, second> full banana belgian taste, but followed by third>a metallic finish with tons of alcohol heat. Loved parts. Hated parts. Let's just call it average for the sake of the good parts.

Mouf> too fizzy for the style.

Drinkability> I wouldn't throw it back in your face, but if you had something else in your fridge, I'd probably take it.

Photo of Wisconsin
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a one finger head that is off white and frothy in appearance. Body is a clear dark brown. There is also signs of carbonation rising up towards the top. The head fades to a lace after a couple of minutes.

S - A rather weak smelling beer. There are some malts and grains that standout initially. After a couple more whiffs some caramel and other roasted notes come out, but none are very strong.

T - Roasted malts and grains are apparent with a moderate, not great amount of carbonation. Caramel notes along with a slight bitterness are what's leftover after the beer exits your mouth. Very faint amount of alcohol left over as the beer exits.

M - The flavor entering your mouth is quite bland. In fact, I have a hard time picking out a flavor initially before the carbonation comes in. To me, the entire balance of this beer is off. It seems like the first noticeable aspect of the beer is a slight amount of carbonation followed by roasted malts and grains with a slightly dry and bitter caramel finish. This would be much better if the carbonation was a transition between the roasted malts and the caramel, not the leading characteristic. Medium-bodied beer overall.

D - I was a bit disappointed with this beer. However, until reviewing this beer I had no idea Coors brewed this so I guess the joke is on me. I couldn't see myself having too many of these in a sitting.

Photo of wcudwight
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown with some plum highlights. Especially when held up to the light. Thin wispy tan head. Head looks watery.
Smells of brown sugar and other candy sugars. Nothing Belgian in the aroma. Still though it smells fairly good.
Husky grain flavor with a large dose of candy sugar. Hints of spice and some brown sugar. Not a bad flavor but certainly not a dubble.
Good medium to full mouthfeel.
It's easy to drink and could be a good cross over beer. Someone new to craft beer would enjoy this. What gets my pannies in a wad is they Blue Moon(Coors) advertise this as an Abbey Ale. There is nothing Abbey about it.

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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,521 ratings.