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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

1,459 Ratings
THE BROS
56
awful

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Ratings: 1,459
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.72%
Wants: 10
Gots: 115 | 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 Wetpaperbag
2.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- This is dark and not pale, and the head is not like what someone would expect from a BPA....there is no head.

S- There isn't much smell with this beer. Smells more like a coors brewed with roasted malts instead.

T- I would have to say that this beer tastes more like an Octoberfest type beer. There is lots of malt taste and this doesn't taste at all like a Belgian styled beer. I would just hope that American breweries stick to IPA's and other things they are better at.

M- For what its worth it feels good in the mouth, but not what I would want in my "Belgian Pale Ale's". This is too thick.

D- Other then not being to style, but very roughly to style (1 grain sand paper rough), this does drink well for a 'beer'.

Wetpaperbag, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of gabe23
2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Off-white head with a dark amber color. Dissipates quickly with minimal lacing

S - Mild malty aroma with a bit of sugary sweetness.

T - Sweet and malty, with very little hops bitterness. A bit of spiciness and warming that fades quickly. Overall, this is a pretty weak tasting beer, but it's not bad.

M - Fairly thin with plenty of carbonation.

D - This is a good beer to share with friends and family that are accustomed to drinking macro brews. The mild flavor makes it easy to drink a few, but don't expect a lot of complexity.

gabe23, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of MarzenMan
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Nice head on a brown body.

S - Malty and maybe a touch of alcohol.

T&M - Mouthfeel is pretty typical. A little light and fizzy. Taste is all malt but not very strong. A little alcohol/candy sugar taste in there somewhere.

D - Pretty high but not much flavor. Kind of falls in to the Fat Tire, Sam Adams category for me. More of the micro impersonation you would expect.

MarzenMan, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of OtherShoe2
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish amber with a decent sticky head.

Smells lightly of toasted malt an some sweet aromas

It is beer brewed with brown sugar. That's what you get. The sugar dominates, but not in a true caramel way, but rather in a strong sweetness, then some malt. Eh.

Some fair carbonation and mouth coating elements. Does not leave you with anything unpleasant. Decent in this department.

I grabbed one out of the cooler and figured why not try it. Not horrific, but not great. Pass.

OtherShoe2, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of BierFan
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass. It has an expiration date printed on it of "MAR2909".

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with a light tan head.

Smell: Sweet dark maltiness, much like a brown ale. Nothing else going on in the smell department.

Taste: Like a brown ale with a sorta brown sugar taste. Not bad, but it's kinda boring and not very complex.

BierFan, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of adamette
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle courtesy of my brother Peter. Thanks Pete. Poured into a clean, clear glass.

A Ruby red brown but translucent. Little head despite my effort to get a head by pouring vigorously.

S Not strong. Sweetness to the nose is subtle. I enjoyed this smell.

T Some sweet, malty tastes, not much hops at all. A little thin but not unpleasant. The taste is wimpy.

M Light to moderate.

D Good. I thought about it and I have nothing to add here. It has a good drinkability.

Notes: Fair offering from Coors. More interesting than the Pale Moon but not as good as Blue Moon.

adamette, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of harpo111
2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was expecting more...since I love blue moon wheat ale.
A: Dark brown, almost cola like..with a medium head..not much lacing.
S: you can smell the sugar and malts in this one.
T: malty with a little hops...more carmel/sugar and slight hint of spices.
M: average..
D: Unlike BMWheatsbeers...I can't drink these very fast, or do more than two of them...too sweet or something else. Just not as pleasant a brew. Still not bad..I just was expecting better.

harpo111, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of n00tz
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - tight foamy head, super-active carbs, and a toasted brown body.

S - Little bit of flowery hops, slight grain.

T - Sweetness of a molasses/caramel followed quickly by the flowery hops and slight grain taste from the nose.

M - Light clean and quickly fading. Not the smoothness I'd expect from anything that calls itself a winter brew.

D - Fairly average drinkability: the presentation is mellow and uneventful, much like a cheap beer.

n00tz, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of nick76
2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma is sweet with some macro twang corn malt, brown sugar, and a tiny bit of toast. The appearance is light brown with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. The aftertaste is cloying yet astringent. Overall I don't care much for this one.

nick76, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single bottle poured into a chalice, on to the beer:

Wait a minute...this isn't pale at all! It's a dark ruby red color, the head is fizzes away into a paper-thin sheet on top. The aroma is faint overll. Some esters, faint sugar, wet cardboard. Not much here. Taste...almost as faint as the aroma. But fortunately there's none of that wet cardboard note. It tastes like esters mixed with caramel. The taste intensifies as it warms, and it is enhanced by the smooth and somewhat crisp mouthfeel.

Decent is the best way to sum up this beer. Good balance, but low on firepower.

DoubleJ, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of TeeCee
2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Quick review - medium thick in the mouth , slightly hoppy smell, with a bitter hoopy taste.

I poured it in a 16oz. pint glass. The color was a dark reddish brown with a medium head that all but dissapeared..

About the only scent I could place was the hops.

The taste was bitter hoppy with not much else to mention. I was hoping for the "dark Belgian sugar" mentioned on the label to come through as a malty sweetness.

The mouthfeel was medium thick with no fizzy feel to it, thinning slightly as it warmed.

I can stomach this beer and I'm glad I bought a six pack as I feel the need to try almost every beer I see, but I won't be picking this beer up until next year when I've forgotten what it tastes like.

TeeCee, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of Biscuit033
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep ruby-amber color with a two finger off-white head that settles to a layer atop the beer with moderate lacing.

S: Candy sugar and syrup with a bit of date and fig.

T: Watery and sugary with only fleeting hints of dark fruits and some spice.

M: Thin and watery yet dry in the finish.

D: This goes down easy but mainly because it has no character. Too many better Belgian ales out there.

Biscuit033, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of Drew966
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Full Moon Winter Ale pours a dark reddish copper with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is mild, a bit malty. The flavor is very mild, sweet and malty. Pleasant enough, but not the least bit challenging. Better than a standard macro lager.

Drew966, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of happybear
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looked like cola in my pint glass with a thick head that disappears quick.

S: Not much, slight malt smell but fading

T: For a Belgian pale ale, they missed. malts are like a drive by and there is nothing else.

M/D: Carbonation was good, flavor was decent for initial sip then gone. Like another reviewer stated, it has a weird aftertaste.

Would not recommend or purchase again.

happybear, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of angelmonster
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a huge tan head, with nice retention throughout and good lacing. Very dark brown in color with lots of carbonation

Smells of roast copper malt and some sweet toffee.

Tastes medium bitterness with a metallic taste. Slight roast toffee flavors are also present

Leaves a bitter taste in mouth after a few sips. Light and smooth going down with slightly high carbonation

Overall average dark beer a little too bitter for me, was not expecting that from this beer.

angelmonster, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of PhillyStyle
1.8/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: The beer poured a hazy brownish, call it cola, color with hints of red when held up to light. The head that was produced a slightly off white and it was not well retained.

S: The aroma was faintly malty with a very light hint of sweetness. Not much there really.

T: They were going for a Belgian beer, but they did not get there with the taste. Some malt and brown sugar or fruits for sweetness and I got some kind of metallic flavor. The combination of flavors was poor.

M/D: The beer had a medium body to it and the carbonation seemed to be right, but it leaves a strange aftertaste. I cannot really describe it, but it is not good. I bought a six-pack and have yet to finish one, let alone drink more than one at a time.

For some reason, I expect more since Blue Moon is a decent beer and they seem to try but just cannot seem to get any of the other seasonals right.

PhillyStyle, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of repeal06
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a caramel color with light carbonation, looked like a flat, generic cola. Slight, pale foam head.

S: sticky sweet, with a very faint hint of spice

T: malty, not nearly as sweet as it smelled. A little spice up front. No aftertaste.

M: a definitive "meh" in my book. Felt like it looked - flat cola.

D: Quite easily drinkable. Nothing about this beer is overwhelming, and it goes down smooth. That said, nothing terribly memorable or special here, either.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 11-08-2008 00:12:41

repeal06, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of BeerandBlues2
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours clear dark brown, mahogany in fact, with a small, frothy, off-white to light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, bread, caramel), light to non-existent hops, average yeast (leaves, dough, cheese) with notes of dates, brown sugar, and wet paper sacks. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a metallic finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness. Not a bad beer, and certainly warms the holiday mood. It is nice to see such a large brewer buck the norm and go for a less mainstream style.

BeerandBlues2, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of Onenote81
3.7/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

About time to start trying some of these winter seasonals. This brew pours a deep ruby color with a monstrous tan foamy head that lingers for awhile. Excellent retention and lacing. I'm impressed.

Smell some of the sweet sugar and malt. Some bread tones and a little floral wafting through.

I like the taste of this this. It's a little weak on the typical abbey ale flavors as others stated, but still good nonetheless. Nice mild hop bitterness in this that keeps me sipping.

Mouthfeel is also a tad weak. A little too watery. Good carbonation though. Overall, I've enjoyed the seasonals from Blue Moon, and this is no exception. I would drink this again.

Onenote81, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of Shaw
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, deep ruby in color with a nice foamy head.

It smells lightly of caramel and candy sugar. I wish the aroma were a little stronger, though.

It's got the abbey ale flavors, just not much of them. I (barely) taste caramel and dried fruit. Man, it's just hardly there, though.

The body is hefty and more impressive than the taste.

Overall, I'd call this Abbey Ale Light. They need to put more of everything into this beer.

Shaw, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of Clydesdale
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cola brown with some reddish hues when held up to light. A large head with good retention, lacing is nice as well.

S: The sweetness is most noticeable. There are also some caramel and spice notes as well. Maybe some vague dark fruit and alcohol, but it's an effort to say anything other than "sweet" for this smell.

T: Mild toasted and husky malts, followed by a pleasant sweetness. Hops are barely noticeable, adding only a vague drying crispness. Some subdued spice notes, with hints of fruit and alcohol.

M: Medium body with fairly active carbonation. Mouthfeel is rather coating and slightly dry. A somewhat sticky feel.

D: It's not bad by any means. Some nice flavors are present, just in a watery/moderate fashion. It's very drinkable and certainly sessionable, which is probably what they were aiming for. You could do worse, but it's nothing to rave about.

Clydesdale, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of dfolmste
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A reddish-brown color. Almost looks like a Coca-Cola if not held up to a light. Little carbonation with only a few strands of bubbles. Head is a light caramel color that fades from about 2 inches to a fine off-white line. Moderate lacing.

Smell: The caramel scent matches nicely with the color. The bottle advertises a hint of dark Belgian sugar. Even from a foot away I can smell the rich sweetness. Not overpowering though.

Taste: Very flavorful and yet leaves almost no aftertaste. It is a thick flavor cut by a hint of what must be the Belgian sugar. Matches well with the smell and distinct from a normal Blue Moon. For a beer with 5.6% alcohol, it does not taste that way.

Mouthfeel: A heavy beer with a mouth coating effect that is not unpleasant. The taste evolves the longer it is held with even a hint of citrus coming later.

Drinkability: Heavy at first, but as I worked my way down the glass, I did not feel the same way. Between 1 and 3 is how much I would probably be willing to drink in a row.

dfolmste, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.31/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Never got a chance to try this guy last year and I enjoy most of the Blue Moon seasonals already so it was worth a shot.

Pours a hearty looking dark black and has a sweet smell to it. Overall flavor is a bit subdued but still has some of the Belgian sugars being noticeable and the mouthfeel and body are excellent. Could use a tad more in the actual taste department but this beer was super easy to drink and went down smooth... a nice winter seasonal.

oriolesfan4, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of jdmorgan
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark brown hue with a two-finger white head.

The smell had a malty sweet aroma and a slight bit of hops present as well. The body of the taste was not as thick has I thought, with some toasted malt sweetness dominating a lighter hop flavor. There were some spicy yeast flavors present as well. Consistency was medium and carbonation was medium as well.

Not a bad beer overall and worth the purchase. It was a bit light overall for this style, but a good beer to introduce others to other tastes out there.

jdmorgan, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear, deep, garnet/brown with a 2 finger tan head. Retention is moderate with a thick cap remaining. Some lacing is evident as well.

S - A lot of dark fruits and brown sugar going on, but nothing very distinct. Faint aromas of raisins and currants. A strange metallic odor is getting stronger and stronger as the beer breathes.

T - A pleasant but simple sweetness starts things off with a hint of the fruitiness from the nose. There's a bizarre sour-ish flavor mid to late palate before mild roasted and slightly bitter flavors kick in. Simple overall.

M - Medium bodied, but a little prickly with the carbonation. High carbonation probably helps to lower the taste.

D - An OK brew, but like most of Blue Moon's seasonals, it falls short. Not bad, but entirely forgettable.

PatrickJR, Nov 03, 2008
Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 1,459 ratings.