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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

1,504 Ratings
THE BROS
57
awful

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Ratings: 1,504
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.39%
Wants: 9
Gots: 175 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: EgadBananas on 11-07-2010

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Photo of JRed
1.92/5  rDev -36.8%
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.

Photo of ThePeskyDingo
3.47/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of colts9016
2.72/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of PAarcher
2.92/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.22/5  rDev -27%
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.

Photo of bowersdm
2.23/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Photo of bmwats
3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of WalterSobchak
3.16/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of boynabubble
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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.

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".

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.81/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of Boto
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of kjh5040
2.89/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of RodBurg
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.76/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of selecter70
3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of Juggernaut
2.12/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.13/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of CityBoy1986
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is a dark copper. The small thin head is gone very quickly, and little lacing is left on the glass.

The nose is mostly of caramel with just a small hint of coffee. Tasting the brew allows some biscuity flavours to come through.

Mouthfeel is quite thin with heavy carbonation. Drinkability would be high if not for the aftertaste, which is somewhat metallic.

I won't be having another this year, but I might revisit it next winter to see if there is any improvement.

Photo of HopEnthusiast
2.94/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep ruby color with an average foam head that stays a very short while. It dies quick, and retains no lacing. It's weak on flavor, but, it's a bit better than I antisipated from Coors. A very mild hop bitterness, with a little bit of spices in it. It has weak mouth feel, and not enoigh carbonation for my taste. No real high class "body" This ale is nothing to rave about.

Photo of CHSLBrew
2.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Clear, light copper beer with a thick, frothy tan head. Head persisted nicely, no lacing. Carbonation appears high from the looks of the rising bubbles.

S-Overall, very little aroma. Sligh spiciness with hints of toasty malts, but very subtle.

T-Hints of spiciness float within a sea biscuity, toasty malts with nuances of sweet Belgian sugars. At times, just seemed a little lacking for the style.

M-Medium-high carbonation complements the medium-full body of this beer.

D-Decently drinkable. Not a spectacular beer, not overly complex (especially considering the style), but still an enjoyable drink. I'd drink it again in the future, though I won't be searching for it.

Photo of wheatyweiss
2.94/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice.

Pours a deep copper, with no head. This looks to be a good Belgian dubble, based on the retention.

Smell is weak, faint caramel malt and slight sugary adjunct aroma.

Taste is of caramel malts. Slight touch of raisins and dates. Very small sweetness profile to laud the grain bill. Not much going on here. Tastes watered down...severely.

Mouthfeel is thin and pathetic..for a beer that calls itself an abbey ale. This is really thin, like a macro with flavor.

Sorry....I do not recommend, this is an atrocious example of a Belgian beer.

Photo of discovolante65
1.84/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Someone left this in my fridge from Christmas, and I felt the need to give you all my findings.

A- looks like a belgian dubbel. nice caramel color, finger-width head with nice carbonation.

S- Honestly, have you ever had a carpet in a basement that a dog pissed on repeatedly, and had possible water damage/mold? This beer smelled like old dog piss on a carpet. It had a fruity, sugary smell at first but finished with urine.

T- Awful. It started nice and finished like I brushed my teeth and at a grapefruit. just plain disgusting.

M- Felt like it should be a good dubbel. Light and watery.

D- I dumped it out halfway through drinking it.

I got this fresh out of the fridge, put it into an SA pint glass and expected to enjoy it. I know it was fresh, so it wasn't a case of old beer, maybe it was skunked? Dunno. I don't hate this company and have been pleased in the past with their macros in sheeps clothing, but this thing is not drinkable in the least. Fortunately for me, this was the only one I had to suffer through.
I feel bad, having enjoyed previous offerings from this company. It won't in any way influence my decision to have another beer from Blue Moon, but I wouldn't touch this one again even if you threatened to make me listen to you strangling my first born to death.

Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,504 ratings.