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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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1,422 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,422
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.72%
Wants: 9
Gots: 90 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 11-07-2010)
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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.23/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It's disappointing when every other Blue Moon beer out there comes out, you get all excited and than it tastes just like generic beer. I'm kinda insulted by it, why do something interesting and dare I say trailblazing and then turn around and churn out craft beer labeled bottles filled with pretty much shit. Appears a clear light amber hue with a large off white head forming fine even lacing as it dwindles nice look let's take a smell. Aromatics a muted grainy sweetness touch of spiciness and generic beer scent no real hop factor arising. Flavor touch of caramel sweetness with a grainy lingering quality that turns sour, dark Belgian sugar whatever dude this tastes like candy corn and caramel popcorn. Not impressed weak and one dimensional in nature. Mouthfeel is thin and overly carbonated you can actually tell just from the pour the way the foam forms and dissipates. Light to medium nothing really artificial Co2 floods the palate. Drinkability is a one and done analyze this type situation, no more needs to be said.

WVbeergeek, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of iceball585
2.65/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Reddish amber color, semi-clear, one finger thick head that lowered to a thin lacy cover

S- Caramel malts, winter spices, sweet smelling (possibly honey)

T- Toasted caramel malts, sugar, grains, hint of spices, hint of fruits, slightly watery

M- Light/medium weight, medium carbonation, fairly watery overall

D- Decent, but not great

This beer is really lacking in taste. Most winter beers are full of auroma and flavor. I think that they were afraid to make a beer too flavorful because some people might not like it.

iceball585, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of sauron681
2.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber color with thick head, but no carbonation, and no lacing. A malty aroma with slight sweetness to it. Medium feel in the mouth.
Taste is very dry and bitter. With burnt caramel that has a sour tang to it. Tastes like over roasted or almost burnt malt. Unfortunately, I was not very impressed with this winter ale.

sauron681, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of xare
1.53/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured as a straw-caramel color with nearly no head that went away almost as quickly as it was served to me. It leaves behind what can best be described as a soapy film on the glass.

Smell was very hard to distinguish - somewhat of a mixture between citrus and coriander (very light aromas). Definitely didn't whet my appetite any for this brew.

The taste was basically corn, some spices, some citrus, and a bit of alcohol flavor to it. Not really appealing at all and not well executed in my opinion.

Mouthfeel suffered from overcarbonation, probably to cover up its thinness in the flavor and feel department.

Drinkability wasn't good as it has no real festive flavor, or even flavor in fact, to continue drinking this brew. I would recommend finding almost anything else to replace this. Overall, the beer tries but doesn't execute.

xare, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of SetarconeX
2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I always considered Blue Moon my favorite member of the Coors family. Fairly drinkable, unusually cloudy for a big brewery, and even, dare I say it, tasty. So I had at least moderate expectations for a slightly tweaked winter version.

None of which were met.

We're back to crystal clear with this one, and enough carbonation that it seems the beer wants to escape from the glass. Smells like a slightly malted lemon, with a bit of spice. More spice and less lemon than a normal Blue Moon.

Tastes nothing like it's papa. The wheat seems to have been given a day off (BA lists it as a Belgian, instead of a whit, which would have been nice of Coors to tell me on the bottle somewhere so I knew what to expect.) A bit of malt, followed up by a dash of citrus, and a weird aftertaste.

It's slightly bitter, but not hop bitter. They're using some sort of spice in there (Coriander?), and I wish they wouldn't.

More than a little disappointing.

SetarconeX, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of jar2574
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very thin tan head. Dark orange color. The head dissapates too quickly. Not impressive.

Citrus, malt smell. A bit weak. A metallic quality in the scent.

Watered down beer with citrus leanings and a slight touch of sweetness. Not worth drinking again.

jar2574, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of dgfair
2.25/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle marked Full Moon Winter Ale - An Abbey Ale brewed with a hint of Dark Belgian Sugar.

A - Pours a burnt copper color with a fizzy off white head that diminishes very quickly, but leaves a slight foamy ring around the glass.

S - The scent is pretty bland. Kind of sweet, a little of a citrusy coriander smell. Not a whole lot here, and pretty difficult to single out any aromas...even though served at about 50 degrees.

T - Just like the smell, the taste really doesn't bring much to the table. Slightly caramel sweet, no real hop flavor to speak of, a tad peppery, but the overriding taste here is a macro type corny flavor that really seems like they were just trying to get a higher alcohol content on the beer. It's just not a real malt flavor. Overall, this is not a very tasty beer.

M - A little too fizzy in the mouth and kind of thin. Just like the other aspects of the beer, it's not bad, but it's certainly not good.

D - To summarize, this beer is pretty bland, and wouldn't even make a good introduction to a winter seasonal for a non beer lover. There are plenty of other winter seasonals out there for the same price...do yourself a favor and try one of those instead.

dgfair, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance - Copper-orange color with a white head and some lace. Head decended.

smell - Malts, caramel, and grains here.

taste - You can taste rosated malts, but they are not smokey, Does have some hops taste to it with some sugar here.

mouthfeel - thin-medium body. Label says "full bodied ale"?

Drinkability - Easy drinking beer, seems last years beer was a winter warmer. They changed the name from Winter Ale, to Full Moon Winter Ale. Get rid of the screw cap!

auxiliary, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of mattster
1.68/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Opened cold 12oz bottle, poured into snifter. Nice white head of 1" to 1.5" that dissipates rather promptly. Brew is clear, dark reddish-brown.

Smell is not pleasant. Somewhat metallic and hints of malts. Taste also follows through with the metallic, definitely bitter on the palate. Not a smooth drink.

I tried to let it warm up to see if the taste/flavors extracted better, but it never happened.

I was really expecting more from this beer...

mattster, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of jwc215
2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Freshness date of Apr. 06, '08 printed on bottle:

12 oz. twist-off capped bottle, poured into glass chalice:

Pours copperish orange with a thin white head that becomes patchy almost immediately. Very little trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of grainy malt with a touch of caramel. Mild sugary spicing if you really put your nose in it. Sourdough mixed in, along with a touch of metallic notes.

The taste is of carbonated blandness at first. Some bland hop bitterness balances out a sugary sweetness without adding to taste. Maltiness joins a metallic tinge as it warms - more of an amber ale caramelish than a Belgian...Not wintery - maybe autumn-like. Thin taste.

Effervescent with quite a bit of harsh carbonation, it doesn't have much of a mouthfeel or finish to it.

Not undrinkable, but too mild/lackluster. Doesn't fit with Belgian nor with winter so well, IMO.

jwc215, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is an orangish-amber color with a two-finger, bubbly, creamy looking head. Looks sort of watery sitting in the glass. Smell is not overwhelming, slightly sweet with a hint of brown sugar and possibly vanilla. Taste is also slightly sweet, but not cloying - the brown sugar is slightly noticeable. Smooth finish, medium mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. Overall, a decent beer - nothing to write home about but not offensive either.

gmfessen, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
2.1/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Not at all a Blue Moon hater, I thought this would hit the spot in a similar way. Unfortunately Full Moon doesn't live up to what it advertises itself as (an "Abbey Ale").

Looks good enough, with a thin soapy head that thins quickly. The body is a gleaming copper color. Some nice lace patterns are left as the head all but vaporizes.

Aroma is mostly metallic in nature, with insanely minuscule hints of brown sugar and honey.

This beer puts up big losing points where it counts most...too bad. The flavor is unattractive from every angle. The sweetness promised by the "Dark Belgian sugar" is muted; the yeast is hiding; the malts seem dead; the metallic character of the aroma comes out even stronger in the flavor. In general it's just a mess. Having had several over the past week, I now know that I will never, ever buy this one again. Not even in a pinch.

Metalmonk, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of beerking1
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazy, orange-amber with a decent head that lingers well. Aroma is juicy malt, raisins and some alcohol, but faint. Flavor is watery, some dark fruit malts and some alcohol. Not bad, but not great. Overall kind of what you would expect from Coors, but worth a try.

beerking1, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of chilidog
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First winter seasonal of the season. That said, this Blue Moon, Full Moon was ok. Just that, ok.

It poured a dark,orange-like amber. A dirty-off-white head that does maintain alittle, and lace abit.

The aroma is of sweet vanilla, and toasted malts. Almost bock like.

The taste, a splash of vanilla malt. toasted bean, and toasted caramel. Sweet with little to no hop.

Mouthfeel fades this brew, while feeling abit thin or watery.
Vanilla gets washed away.
No alcohol sting or warming for that matter.

chilidog, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of Slynger
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was from last winter's batch.
Pours an orangey-brown pumpkinish color with a light brownish-white head and some sticky lace.
Smell is sweet and malty with some winter spices. I detect vanilla, caramel, and cinnamon.
The taste is milder than the nose indicated. Slightly sweet and malty with the aforementioned winter spices, but less potent. Maybe it's just because of who made it, but I also detect some orange in the aftertaste.
This beer is medium in carbonation and body. Worth a try, not a bad winter offering from Blue Moon.

Slynger, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of koolchas
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass... "ditto" on what most said here already.

for what it is, this is actually not a bad "macro" winter beer. of course, i would not consider it a "real" belgian, but this brew is worth trying this season or at least having if thowing a holiday party with guest who are apt to drink down typical macros.

this beer has grown on me. it's light, refreshing, and it's low abv makes it a good session brew for this holiday season. it's also a decent choice when taking a break from larger abv and fuller winter seasonals.


koolchas, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear brown with a big head – tight bubbles, but quickly dissipating head. The smell is hoppy and a bit spicy, but not strong. The taste is bitter and a bit sweet. There is a spicy quality to the taste. The mouthfeel is somewhat shy of medium, but seems suited. Overall, this isn’t a bad offering from Blue Moon – it’s at least worth a shot.

barefootbrewer, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of brandoneast
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this brew from the twist-off caped brown bottle into a stemless pinot noir glass. Full Moon had a copper color with loose bubbles and little head retention yet looked very impressive in the glass. The aroma was slightly malty with a dim fruit nose. The taste started off with candi sugar and faint malt notes then hit with balanced hops in the back. Only as the beer warmed did it begin to work in more malt character with hints of vanilla, toffee and caramel. It finished with mild spice and sweet fruit. Full Moon’s uneven character led to a surprisingly higher alcohol presence that I rarely expect from a beer with a relatively low ABV of 5.6%. The mouthfeel was lightly creamy and medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

This is a very accessible beer and would be one to have in the fridge this season for those who are beginning to approach different beer styles and flavors. For the students of the traditional Belgium brewing methods and varieties this may not hit the mark. The bottle had an expiration stamp of March 9th, 2008.

brandoneast, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of Dogbrick
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draught at Winking Lizard in Columbus. Pours a clear copper color with a medium thin and foamy off-white head that dissipates steadily. Sticky patches of lacing. Mild aroma of grain, spice and fruit. Light effervescent body with a subtle malt and spice character. Light nuts and dough in the flavor as well. The finish is mildly spiced and leaves a nutmeg and malt aftertaste. Does not meet my expectation of what an Abbey Dubbel should be, but does meet my expectation of Coors’ expectation of what an Abbey Dubbel should be.

Dogbrick, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tonight I had Blue Moon's Full Moon and I believe it is actually the same recipe for the Abbey Ale I enjoyed many years ago.

It pours a clear reddish-orange and is topped by a thin ivory head. Smells lightly spicy and fruity.

It tastes lightly metallic. Some candy sugar flavor, some estery flavors. Is a bit sticky in the mouth but finishes cleaner than you would expect.

Don't expect your typical Belgian abbey but it's pretty good stuff.

ViveLaChouffe, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of FenwaySquid
2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, twist off cap, BBD of March 9, 2008 printed on the bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear reddish amber color, carbonation rising inside. The head formed 1-2 fingers thick and faded quickly into some lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, sugary, some fruity aromas as well. Not very complex.

Taste: Sweet malts up front, in the middle, and the end. A little spiciness comes through in the finish. Again, not very complex.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, a little watery. The carbonation was there, didn't do much one way or the other though.

Overall: If you're new to microbrews you'll probably like this. If you're into authentic Belgian beers, you probably won't. Nothing awful, but nothing special either.

FenwaySquid, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of Brad007
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a mild amber color with little if any head. Aroma is mostly spice and raisin on the nose. Taste is somewhat sweet and bitter at the same time. Tastes like any other macro beer. I can't really find anything impressive in this beer except that the spices fade towards the back of the tongue. Maybe it's something I'm not detecting but at the same time, this beer is quite unimpressive.

Brad007, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a typical looking amber colour with a quick to dissolve frothy white head that leaves patches of itself on the glass.

The aroma has a bit of an earthiness to it along with some candy sweetness from the Belgian sugar that is apparently used here. There is a touch of general spice in the mix as well, along with a hint of vanilla.

The flavour is much like the aroma: earthy notes plus a bit of candy sweetness and even a bit of tartness from some orange fruit that was picked up. There are some nut notes here as well, along with vanilla at the finish of each sip. The problem here: there's too much going on and it doesn't necessarily mesh all that well. It's not terrible, just not right on. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a slight hint of slickness.

This one isn't bad, but could be much better. Pull back the arsenal of flavour and simplify it by bringing out one or two key flavours and balancing them well. Give it a try I guess but don't expect much.

SixpointJMH, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of BradLikesBrew
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with "APR2708" printed on the side.

The Big Boys make a dubbel, interesting...

a: Nice copper color with white head. Good retention, poor lacing.

s: Caramel malt, little else.

t: Sweet caramel malt, a hint of dark belgian sugar (as the label suggests), and just a touch of hops in the finish. Completely lacking the depth and complexity that define a good dubbel.

m: Medium to light body, pretty smooth, watered down feel.

d: A dumbed down dubbel that may be good for newbies or those looking for a different "let's get drunk" beer, but little else. Its an okay beer, I could put down many of them thanks to its lack of flavor and watery consistency, but calling it a dubbel is a bit of a stretch. A decent effort by MolsonCoors and Co. that seems to fit in with the rest of the Blue Moon label.

BradLikesBrew, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of TheTrevor
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a copper color with a single-finger off white head. The smell is a little sweet maltiness, although it's a little faint. The taste reflects the smell with a lot of malty sweetness up front, followed just a tiny bit of hops. This is a nice drinkable beer with a fairly average mouthfeel with lots of carbonation.

TheTrevor, Dec 16, 2007
Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,422 ratings.