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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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1,378 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,378
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.72%
Wants: 9
Gots: 68 | 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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3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
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
Photo of RJLarse


2.6/5  rDev -14.5%
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
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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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New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
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
Photo of genog


3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
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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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +24.3%
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
Photo of orangemoustache


2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5






Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 04:02:59 | More by orangemoustache
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New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was given to me by a friend in exchange for some beers that I had. Many moon's ago, their flagship Belgian White was one of my favorites and I was amazed to learn that they had a whole line of brews beside that one. Even though fall took a while to get here this year, I gave this a shot now because I was pretty eager to see what this tasted like. It's been a long time since I've had a winter warmer, but I get the impression that they're off the mark here...

The pour wasn't bad at all - this had a nice head to it and a radiant medium brown hue to it. Add in a light aroma, nut and roasting flavors, and heavy maltines, and we have a bock...except for one little problem - this isn't a bock! I always thought that winter warmers were spicy and had a pretty strong kick to them, and as good as this is, it seems much more appropriate for mid-to-late winter drinking that anticipates the spring ahead.

This would make a great session beer, even though the ABV % is over 5.0. It has a nice finish to it, a mellow, yet lingering aftertaste, and is neither too thick nor watered down. I'm not sure what Blue Moon was aiming for with this, but like their Belgian White, this would be a decent choice for a vast majority of beer drinkers. I'm glad I gave this a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2007 07:03:37 | More by JerzDevl2000
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3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a decent size head. I love the way this beer looks. It looks very warm yellow, honey color. It smells like a macro lager, tastes like a toastier macro lager. Not impressive, worth a try and only buy one if you like blue moon, but not a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 05:02:39 | More by Murchmac
Photo of ism

New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Initially, the tan head is full of life, but quickly lies dormant, leaving not much but a memory. Atop the slightly hazy honey-coloured body it offered promised, but is a letdown, much like the nose that lacks character beyond basic wheat and sweet. The flavor profile logically follows, with an active carbonation leading an artificially sweet wheat with a touch of citrus bitterness that melds together in a rather incongruent way. Read into it and it comes off more like pear than berries. The thin and watery body does not help. A bastardization of Blue Moon, not a winter warmer, far from a Belgian's complexity or darkness, nor interesting in a good way. Reeks of marketing capitalizing on a brand name's proven formula. Stick with the original.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 03:49:06 | More by ism
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3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hmm, at first sniff and taste it seems like a toastier version of Blue Moon. Sure, it's not bad, but there isnt much abbey about this. The mouthfeel isn't bad and there's nice lacing. But it's a little heavy on the spice, nutmeg and cinnamon, I think. I wouldn't call this Belgian or even very good, but kudos to Coors for making a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 02:55:33 | More by tempest
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1.88/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Since I had not sampled a Coors product in at least 10 years, I wanted to give this one a real honest shot. It poured great and had a nice amber color that reminded me of a darkish Maerzen. The first sip wasn't too bad, either, because I could detect a wisp of malt. It was all down hill from there. There was this synthetic or artificial mouthfeel that didn't make me feel comfortable. The aftertaste was a bit too bitter, too. I need someone to finish off the rest of this six pack for me...

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 22:40:24 | More by Upgrayedd
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3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured well, a nice looking golden amber with a decent head that is suprisingly lacey. The smell wasn't anything special, no hints of any special flavors. Taste was mediocre at best. Not the kind of thing I'd expect from Blue Moon. Nothing special again. Mouthfeel was alright, again, nothing noticable. Drinkablility for this was average. This is an average beer, if you like Blue Moon, get original.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 12:44:12 | More by DackAchan
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3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a darker amber with a moderate cushy head. Smells of spice and malt with a metallic hint. Tastes warm and sharp, more alcohol than spice. Feels moderate with a lingering spicy metallic finish. Wouldn't be bad to drink on a cold day. There isn't much more to say, screw this comment length.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 01:16:19 | More by jordanmills
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2.2/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium amber with ruddy brown overtones and an initially fluffy head that dissipates in no time. Dull aromas of sweetness and cooked grains. Some faint doughy spices linger in the background, but the overall effect is shapeless and uninspired. On the palate, sweet, with some gingery citrus notes first off, before off-sweet adjunct flavors take over the mid-palate. The finish sticks to the palate with sour-sweet tenacity. Ugh. There is really nothing to recommend this beer. If you want a Belgian-style beer (I assume that's what they're going for, since the label calls this an "abbey ale"), there are many other places to go. If you want a full-bodied winter beer, the same applies. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 23:32:46 | More by geexploitation
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3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Blue Moon Seasonal Collection - Full Moon Winter Ale on the 12oz bottle from a sixer. Poured into a wine glass (the only thing available).

A - This transparent amber ale is populated with lots of rising suds. Produced a nice frothy head and surprisingly displayed some decent lacing.

S - Sour and malty aroma, a bit of brown sugar with an alcohol tinge. Not bad at all.

T - Mild bitterness, a bit watery, with a sour finish. There are some sweet notes and malts in there as well. It's quite one-dimensional, yet not necessarily bad.

M - Crisp light body with a clean macro finish. Nothing spectacular.

D - Pretty drinkable stuff, I could easily down this sixer and be content. I'd pick it up over the regular Blue Moon any day of the week. Overall not bad, I'd say it's worth picking up a single and giving it a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 22:53:10 | More by PhageLab
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New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Actually a pretty decent beer. For a commercialized seasonal offering, I was not sure what I was getting.

Poured with a nice foamy head. A good supply of lacing clung to the sides of the glass. It remained fixed there throughout.

A cloudy orange, almost brown-like color. Not much to describe in the scent...perhaps a tad bit of a yeasty smell.

A hint of sweetness in the flavor. Rather mild, not too much of a Belgiany-yeasty flavor...drinkable and smooth....not incredible but decent nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 20:28:42 | More by Nutleybeer
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2.42/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear light copper color with georgeous white head that lasted for a long time. Aroma was almost non-existent, and nothing was really discernible. The taste did not live up to the beautiful appearance. Very bland. Slightly sweet. The mouthfeel was good and the lacing on the glass was excellent. The aroma and taste were severely lacking, but since nothing was really offensive, the drinkability is average.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 20:03:52 | More by biggmike
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New Jersey

2.2/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bought a six pack of Full Moon since I have enjoyed Blue Moon products in the past. Anyway i was very disappointed after I had one. Smell was very sugary with little else. Taste was bland with the taste of you guest it sugar! Not recommended by me there are much better winter beers out there then this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 23:55:09 | More by jerseyjoe
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2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Light orange color

S-Mild....biggest impression is a sweet sugary aroma..

T-Lightly flavored...some caramel sweetness...an interesting spicing on the finish which I can't identify

M-Creamy smooth, almost as if on nitrogen...velvety but thin to medium bodied...

D-A decent winter ale for the person who drinks a basic macro as his go to beer. This is just too lightly flavored for my tastes in a winter ale...but it's not a horrible beer by any means...

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 05:42:44 | More by ZAP
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New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now called Full Moon, let's take a look at this 12 ounce offering from our friends at Blue Moon (yes I know it's Coors, thanks)...

5.6% ABV on the label, right under this description: "Abbey Ale brewed with a hint of dark Belgian sugar." Hmmm...

Appearance - A careful pour reveals a very clear copper body, topped with a rocky head. Foam dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving some pasty lacing around the glass.

Smell - Caramelized malt, licorice, maybe some cinnamon. Mild spices in general. Not very assertive, just ok.

Taste - Interesting. Definite sense of ginger, balanced by some raisins, and an overall malty sweetness. A little bit of holiday spice, with a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon. Somewhat complex initially, but finishes sweet, in a good way. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel - Slightly tart, medium body. Heavily carbonated.

Drinkability - Seems pretty sessionable for a winter ale. A bit of malty goodness, complemented by enough complexity to keep things interesting.

Full Moon delivers as an enjoyable, mild, Belgian-style Winter Warmer. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 02:04:32 | More by StonyB
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2.28/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Pours a reddish amber color with little head that leaves very little tracing.

Smell- Nose of alcohol, malt, and a hint of yeasty wheat.

Taste- Taste initially starts very slow, initial period of no taste, which soon becomes a strong taste of malt. Honestly this tastes more like a malt liqour than anything else.

Mouthfeel- Very thin on the palate, quite watery.

Drinkability- Personally I would avoid this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 03:13:44 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lighter winter offering for this style of ale but on the plus side
these go down really easy, sure there are winter brews with
so much more character and usually high in alcohol. I will find
those as the season comes around but this isn't bad ale by
any means. It has some light spice and malts and the sugars
don't really offend, must be a slight bitteness that keeps this
from being to sweet. I let the second bottle sit a bit in the glass and
its tastes do come out and is more balanced. Some metallic tastes. As with the honey
moon ale its an ok brew that I wouldn't pour down the drain, I don't
care if they're made by coors, good people work hard to make
these, its better than middle of the road but not a classic , I'll
save those brews for special occassions when I can find them
and have the extra cash to buy them. I was hoping I could
get some vanilla out of this, (as some reviews noted, I love Magic Hat Ravell for its
vanilla porter winter brew but that brew
is so hard to find during the season, this is ok stuff , next....

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 01:05:43 | More by littlebibs
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2.38/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Clear standard amber hue with a light tan head that quickly fizzes to almost nothing.

The aroma is a light caramel aroma on top of a crisp malt base. Maybe a little spice.

Biscuity malts with a metallic finish. Maybe a hint of spice. A touch of hop bitterness. Light bodied, plenty of fizzy carbonation.

This is, yet again, Coor's attempt at gaining money from the craft market. I mean, this is a craft beer in a craft style. For whatever reason, it just doesn't impress me. On top of that, something seems wrong with it. This isn't oxidation or skunking, it's just not a good beer. Glad I only bought one bottle. Not recommended (at all, give your money to a smaller brewery).

Edit: The beer's taste does improve a little after it warms. Still not great though.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 18:00:39 | More by BeerSox
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3.98/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color, not as dark as usual, but not bad. Has a decent head and pretty good lacing. It does not have much of a scent, a light maltiness with almost no spiciness. You get a bit of a hint of spice in the taste, but just on the edge. For the most part you get a decently average ale, but as a winter warmer its barely average. Goes down all right, a bit too fizzy from the carbonation. Worth a try if it's the only winter warmer you can find, but so far the only above average Blue Moon I've had is their pumpkin.

2008 version update -- MUCH better. Nice head and some decent lacing, good crisp scent, nice hint of cherry and sugar in the taste. Goes down smooth. I really enjoyed it this year.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 23:22:25 | More by JamesS
Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,378 ratings.