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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
71
okay

1,372 Ratings
THE BROS
56
awful

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Ratings: 1,372
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 20.66%
Wants: 9
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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mooseisloose

Florida

2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much smell to speak of but for a sweet malt background. Color is a very pale translucent brown. Head is there but not for too long. Taste starts out sweet then immediately has a flat bitterness followed by a sweet malty finish. Carbonation seems high and without it the brew doesn't seem to have much backbone. No flavors really stand out. This is usually served with an orange slice and that probably adds the flavor it lacks. Not much of a statement maybe trying to please too many.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 04:31:48 | More by mooseisloose
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another purchase from Cellar 70 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Appearance - Nice amber tone with a purple glow. The head started at a 1/2 inch and faded to a thin cloudy cover at the surface. Nice lacing as the Full Moon fades from the pint glass.

Smell - It has a sweet fruitiness in the scent that doesn't overtake the robust malt aroma. Tempting!

Taste - Not as full and complex as I had anticipated. The flavor is malty but really doesn't take me anywhere else.

Mouthfeel - The feel is watery with obvious carbonation. I wouldn't say this is smooth or coarse. I will call it average.

~ This is the last of a six pack that I purchased about 2 months ago. Let's just say I wasn't very anxious to review this one. I can't see myself going out of my way to try it again either.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 03:06:00 | More by cdkrenz
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scottblaze

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date on bottle: APR0608 I assume this is the sell by.
Batch # ??? 110 57 N B Brown Bottle

Pours medium amber, decent head, fair retention and minimal lacing. Odeur of roasted malt, brown sugar, petunia blossoms and just a hint of cooked veggies. This ale is quite tasty, an amalgamtion of sweetish malty flavors, vanilla and cherries, mildly bitter hop profile. Good mouthfeel and very good drinkability.

Not a good example of the style but certainly an enjoyable one...regardless of the brewer.

EDIT:
Date: APR2708
Batch: 12737NA Bottle dark(er) brown

When I first wrote this review, it was really quite a pleasant experience, I liked it a lot but something is dramitically different (for the worse) with this batch. I've felt compelled to write this edit because this batch ( I guess thats what the # means) is borderline undrinkable..literally needs to go down the drain. I'm not changing my #'s because this has to be the fluke..it is that bad.

Appearance is decent enough... Pronounced smell of cooked vegetables, taste is astringent, unpleasant aftertaste. Where in the hell was QA? A big company like Coors should have better control than this, something had to have gone wrong. Completely unlike the beer in my other review. The bottle is even a different color, a darker shade of brown. The style of the #'s was different...Does Coors brew this stuff in different places?

I now understand why reviews were all over the place.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 02:10:31 | More by scottblaze
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours out a mostly clear dark amber colour, with a huge frothy head. lace is ample and chunky, making for a nice looking beer in the glass. sweet nose; bright fruitiness mixed with a hint of milk chocolate and caramel...smells pretty nice, also. flavours of sour fruit, alcohol spice, hints of straight belgian candi sugar and nice notes of yeast and earthy malts. hops are subdued...just enough too try to balance out the sweetness. now all these flavours are subtle and agreeable, without any standing out in any way, making for a nicely balanced, yet timid belgian style ale. granted it lacks any depth or complexity but it has a nice body to hold up the taste profile, and although the mouthfeel may seem a somewhat thin compared to genuine dubbels, it's a unoffending ale. sessionability is good... i can see this as a nice accompaniment to some holiday cheese and meat and cracker platters or other snack food.

as a product of coors, this is a nice attempt to appeal to the masses without being over the top.

probably worth a six pack every december.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 00:41:23 | More by budgood1
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Beer was brown topaz and quite clear. Medium off white head. Stays around.

Smells like cinnamon and faint candy sugar smell.

Nice balance between dryness of the spice and the sugary candylike finish.

Not a bad offering. One of the more better holiday drinks.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 04:16:37 | More by jneiswender
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kevman527

New York

2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Was at my local beer store, and they were selling it for $5.99 a six pack, so I thought I'd give it a try. Poured into a room temp pint glass.

A - Two finger head, which went away quickly, leaving just a thin layer. Very light amber color, with a tint of orange.

S - Has a citrusy smell with notes of cinnamon, cloves, and ginger.

T - Tastes a little like regular blue moon, but with a little more spiciness and a a citrusy flavor. (Next time I would try with a slice of lime or lemon.)

M - To me it felt like it had a lot of zing to the carbonation, not sure if I really like that.

D - Probably won't buy more than the six-pack, but its not a bad beer, about average.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 03:21:33 | More by kevman527
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I thought this wasn't a bad beer at all. Now, it wasn't the best Dubbel I've had, but for a macrobrewery, it's pretty good. I thought it had a nice warming taste, with hints of brown sugar, faint spices, a faint "kiss" of the hops, and good caramel taste as well. I thought it looked pretty damn good in the glass after I poured it. It had a solid/thick head on it that lasted for a long time afterwards. To me, you can't ask for much more than that. Overall a nice beer from the big guys. At least they are making something other than the swill they usually put out. Who knows, some poor unsuspecting "joe schlub" might be turned onto different styles after having this. I think it's a great tool to get people to try different beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 22:17:17 | More by JISurfer
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Gehrig

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I saw this at the local grocer's today, and a fellow shopper recommended it as "very tasty." After trying this, I disagree. It's a decent beer with a nice, smooth texture, and there is some decent flavor in it. But everything about it is too subtle, and all that stands out is its middle-of-the-road quality.

It has a decent appearance, a medium brown with a thin head, and spotty lacing on the Yankees pint glass. Not enough of a smell. There is some caramel, some roasted sugary flavor, but nothing stands out.

Overall, it's OK, but somewhat of a letdown.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 21:11:34 | More by Gehrig
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Zorro

California

2.68/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A Dubbel? We shall see.

Clear bronze colored beer with a good tall tan colored head.

The smell is sweet and fruity with a buckwheat aroma, not that great I hate buckwheat. Cherry fig and Candi sugar along with some sort of funk that must be coriander. The coriander does not mesh so great with the hops used and or bitter orange peel; it is a little messy to evaluate.

The taste starts off malty and bitter with basically Belgian witbier flavor. A bit of extra malt in the taste and extra bitterness and maybe a little spice, not that much like a Dubbel.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not much to recommend here. Take Blue Moon, add some extra crap and call it a new beer. Inferior to the regular beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 04:07:09 | More by Zorro
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KodyBrannon

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pub Glass.

This beer pours a golden amber/copper color, with a creamy head. That left, good lacing all the way down the glass. The taste was a fairly decent. Not quite the full bodied flavor that the label promises. The overall smell reminded me of caramel characteristics. And the mouth feel with light, with a decent carbonation. All in all the drinkablity of this beer is good at best. You kind of expect more, but the beer leaves you a little less than impressed. I could drink this one agian very easily, but probably won't just becuase I know there is way better out there

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 14:07:24 | More by KodyBrannon
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marksto

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a sixer at Publix the other day, surprised to see how few reviews are here so far. Then again, after tasting maybe that's why...

Pours a light amber color and very clear, with a thick fluffy head that lasts. Leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is very sweet with a little carmel and some other kind of odd element I can't identify - kind of like burnt sugar. That sugary-ness carries over into the flavor. Sugary sweetness dominates, and it seems like at least some of the sugar was added post fermentation and has not finished out. There is no compexity or depth of flavor like one would expect with a belgian style ale. Though the label claims "full bodied" it is more like medium bodied at best.

Overall, tastes like a Herman Joseph's dosed with sugar at bottling. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 00:19:56 | More by marksto
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dedrinker

Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, medium amber with a thin beige head. Nose of pastry dough - like a powdered donut without the powder. The first sips revealed grainy wheat husk/ hull flavors with a little candy sugar, but the body is all wrong; sliding around from medium to light and back again. This tastes like someone made a half-n-half with Chimay Red and Coors Original. I want to say it was a decent attempt, but the finish has a hint of depressing pizza from a Delaware beach town.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 20:47:37 | More by dedrinker
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my konings glass. Decent head that fades after a short while, but retains good retention. Amber in color.

Some caramel and roasted malt with a belgian candy sugar sweetness on the nose (you know what I mean).

Nice caramel and well balanced overtones of roasted barley come through a sweetness from belgian candy sugar. Slight astringency from the alcohol and very mild hop presence on the finish. Not bad, just a little bit oversweetned. Could bring out the malting a little more for improvement as the malting that tastes very good.

The beer is a little overcarbonated and the crispness is not appropriate for a dubbel, however the flavor clings well and are very clean.

Not a bad beer. It probably won't get the credit it deserves because it is a blue moon product, but I like it and could make a session out of it easily.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 07:05:16 | More by jasonjlewis
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mithrascruor

California

2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Apperance: Pours a clear copper color with a fair amount of visible carbonation. Big white head leaves some lacing on the glass... seems more to just separate from the glass rather than becoming rocky.

Smell: Aroma of corn and light, sweet malts. Hardly impressive.

Taste: Lots of lightly sweet and slightly spiced malts, but also a lot of corn flavor. Has a bit of a warming taste. And a hint of alcohol in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with light/moderate carbonation. Quite smooth.

Drinkability: It's easy to drink, but after a while it doesn't taste at all like a winter beer.

Central American Lager meets Winter Warmer? That's what this seems like. It has a slightly warming alcohol feel, with some malty spices, but seems to be made out of a corn base. I guess it's decent enough for "just a beer to drink", but really not worth the money.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 23:17:36 | More by mithrascruor
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GoreStorm

California

2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poors a coppery color, transparent. decent size frothy head. decent retention. some decent beading with the carbonation.

S - malty and yeasty, a bit of peppery alcohol smell i think.

T - okay, some spices, malt and a decent hop balance.

M - allright, an average finish, some dryness, some tingling.

D - okay, you could drink several of these in a night i suppose.

Additional notes - overall i was a bit underwhelmed, it wasn't bad but i wouldn't hurry to purchase it again. allthough i did like it better than their fall seasonal harvest moon pumpkin ale.
they really need to step it up with these seasonal offerings.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 19:01:30 | More by GoreStorm
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.1/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean orange-ish/ copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, dry wheaty, and hints of sweet citrus/ orange. In the taste, same as smell, a dry wheatiness, hints of a sweet orange flavor, very much like a Belgian wit. A smooth, decent bodied mouthfeel and a dry sticky sweet aftertaste. Light, and very much like a Belgian wit style.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 12:36:51 | More by OWSLEY069
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cjgator3

Florida

2.28/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an orangish amber color with an off-white head with good retention that leaves a pretty decent amount of lacing. The aroma is pretty faint with some roasted malts and a touch of spices with not much else. The taste much like the aroma is pretty flavorless and on the watery side. There is some roasted malts and spices with just a hint of hops in the finish. Overall, this is a pretty weak and flavorless seasonal that I would not recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 03:29:18 | More by cjgator3
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zeff80

Missouri

2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out an orange/amber hue with a good deal of carbonation. It had a small, tan head that did not leave much in the way of lace.

S - It smelled of corn and light malt.

T - It tasted somewhat spicy. It had a good malt flavor and some caramel taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Not bad. A descent attempt by Coors at a Belgian-style beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 19:19:42 | More by zeff80
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Halcyondays

California

3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with a picture full of snow,

A: Pours a light amber, honestly, if I had not checked the style before I drank this, I would have assumed it would be dark brown. Nice head, full white colour, great retention, no real lacing.

S: Light smell of apples, though it grows as the beer is drunk, some malt comes through as well.

T: Not a bad tasting beer, but the flavour is struggling to break through in my opinion. Tastes a lot like apple cider to tell the truth. Nice bready malt character, and a bit of noble, floral hops, as well.

M: Smooth, creamy, too light for the style, too fizzy in the end.

D: Not a bad winter beer from Coors, interesting that they made an abbey style beer, but only put it at 5.6%, they should have gone for a more alcoholic brew, IMO, all and all, a fair beer, but not something I'll go back to, with so many great Winter Warmers on the market.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 00:53:36 | More by Halcyondays
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berserker256

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good for Coors product. Nice and sweet aroma also detected in the taste. That Belgian brown sugar that the label boasts about must be the reason. Not too thick... pleasant consitancy and good carbonation. Nice head and lacing and easy to drink. Good beer taste-for-the-price ratio.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 18:09:57 | More by berserker256
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RJLarse

Washington

2.6/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a six-pack of Full Moon Winter Ale at a grocery store. Poured in to a tulip.

Pours a red/amber color and is clear. Rich foamy head right off the pour, but it fades fairly quickly, leaving a frothy film on the surface of the beer. Marginal lacing.

The smell is faint, with a sour aroma like spoiled milk. Fortunately it is faint, and would likely be unnoticeable in a pint glass.

Taste is unremarkable. Cereal, with a little burned sugar flavor, and bitter hop finish. Bit of a metallic taste as well.

Mouthfeel is OK. Light a dry, with a bitter chalky presence after the swallow.

Drinkable enough but not a real good abbey. There are better beers out there for the money.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 01:24:57 | More by RJLarse
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.38/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle marked "Full Moon" into a Sunset Grill & Tap pint glass.

A: Poured a light-brown amber color with a two finger head of frothy white foam. Carbonation looked good and lacing followed suit.

S: Smells malty sweet and slightly spiced, but mostly of muted vanilla bean and brown sugar. Almost like a candle aroma.

T: Taste was mostly malt, with a hint of sugar, cinnamon and other faint, sweet spices. Not all that impressive.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and rich textured. Not the heartiest of brews, but very solid drinking.

D: Easy to split a six-pack of this on a chilly fall/winter evening. Not the most exciting, but good enough to drink a few.

The label on the bottle is what drew me to this one more than anything; all cozy in a snow covered cabin. The brew isn't stellar, but it's worth a look, like the other Blue Moon "seasonals."

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 23:54:45 | More by Gambrinus1184
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a five finger white head fading quickly to a thin layer and leaving some lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. The nose is slightly malty. Medium carbonation and medium body. Flavor is a balance of malts, sugar and hops. Clean finish. $1.50 for 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience, Concord, NH. Label says this is brewed by BMBC in Toronto, Canada.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 23:36:09 | More by jdhilt
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genog

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt orange color with a generous amount of thick and creamy off white head. Smell is of sweet malt, and dried fruits with some raisin, prune type scent and lots of grains which was weird for this style. Taste is rich in grain flavor with a copper like strange bitter finish. Watery mouthfeeling with a fruity like after...after taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 17:26:24 | More by genog
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp pale orange with a thin off-white head that quickly diminishes to a ring. Aroma was some caramel malt with a hint of spice. Taste was caramel with some cinnamon and nutmeg, even a hint of vanilla. The beer was light and crisp with low carbonation. This one is somewhat enjoyable, but there are many better winter brews out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 04:51:24 | More by atsprings
Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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