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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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1,514 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,514
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.39%
Wants: 9
Gots: 193 | 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 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.

Photo of hoplover82
3.51/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium beige head that mostly dissipates to a creamy coating, crystal clear copper body.

Aroma is moderately sweet, candi sugar, caramel.

Taste is moderately sweet, brown sugar, caramel, light astringency.

Creamy light-medium body, light acidity.

Very drinkable.

Photo of cottonkoozie
3.22/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A clear brown color, similar to a dark soda. Brown foamy head, that didn't last very long. No real lacing.

S - Sweet caramel smell. Not much else.

T - Sweet caramel and brown sugar taste. Not bad, not the type of beer i usually care much for, but this wasn't bad to me. Reminds me of an english brown ale

M - Kind of syrupy, and not full bodied at all.

D- I could drink a couple of these, but not really much more than that.

Not to bad, but also probably not a beer I would buy again. It was worth a try though, and I could see some people really liking this a lot depending on your taste.

Photo of peabody
2.28/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out a clear dark coffee/tea color with one finger of brown suds and some lacing.
All is smell is caramel and yeast. Not much else.
Taste is a little bland but there is some caramel and some malt in all that water. Great water though.
Mouthfeel is nothingness in water.
Drinkability would be through the roof if this tasted(had any taste)better.

Photo of supercolter
3.31/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok so this is about what I expected. Appearance is meh, straw yellow, no real head or lacing. Smell and taste are quite similar- very clean tasting, a touch of hops and barley any malt taste. Mouth feel is too weak, even for a belgian pale. Drinkability is good, but only because the taste and mouthfeel are weak.

Photo of beerphilosopher
2.71/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This offering from Coors under the Blue Moon label pours a medium amber color with an impressively tall, rocky head of foam that presents a wet sand color on top of the beer. Active carbonation bubbles rise quickly from the base of the glassware through the crystal clear amber hue of the beer they're swimming in.

The nose is where things go awry a bit - queue the record-scratching stop here. Perhaps it is the fact that this beer purports to be a Belgian Abbey-style beer, but this is certainly not what I expected in the nose. I get notes of bready crystal malts, roasted grains and a very slight spiciness coming through. I don't get the tell-tale fruity esters you'd expect in an abbey-style beer. In fact, I'd seriously question whether this beer was brewed with an abbey ale yeast strain at all. If it was, it was at a very low fermentation temperature, as there are no detectable esters here. Phenols (spiciness) is minimal as well. The hop addition is a little aggressive for a Belgian abbey beer as well. Bottom line, this beer doesn't smell bad, in itself, it just doesn't smell right for the style it claims.

The palate confirms all of this with bready/biscuity malts, some minimal molasses-like character and English hops. The label also reports the use of Belgian dark candi sugar - perhaps a touch only. The beer is not dark enough or high enough in alcohol to have much of a dark candi sugar addition. Since candi sugar (derived from beets) is 100% fermentable, it doesn't contribute sweetness, really ... just some color and food for the yeast. I get dry grainy and bready amlts, some roasty notes and slightly spicy hops here - nothing to make me think this is a Belgian-style beer.

The beer is thin and aggressively carbonated. This is certainly consistent with the use of some candi sugar, but at 5.6 % ABV, this isn't a "big" beer by any account. The finish is very dry and slightly bitter.

At under 6% ABV, this is a user-friendly beer and not horrible in any respect. Again, if it didn't claim to be an abbey-style ale, I'd be much more forgiving. In fact, I'd be more inclined to believe this was an attempt at a British mild than I would a Belgian-style beer. The yeast is just not kicking out the fruity esters you need here and the mouth feel is just too thin for even a small Belgian-style ale.

I can't say I'd return to this one again any time soon, but points for the effort. At least the "Blue Moon" line is trying something new to appeal to the masses. That is, after all, who they're after much more than the beer geeks who might have issues with this beer posing as a style it just doesn't match.

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a snifter glass.

A - Nice dark brown almost like Coke or Pepsi. Thick light brown head that stays for a while.

S - Good sweet malty aroma.

T - Light and smooth. The malts are very present. Almost creamy, leaves a nice coating in your mouth.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - I like this a lot. I know the reveiws aren't as good as this overall but I like it.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.51/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a light brown color with some auburn highlights. Nice, creamy white head. No lacing.

Aroma is subtle. Mostly grainy and husky. A little caramel and some sweetness as well.

Flavor is okay. Kind of sweet with a peppery spice. Slightly bitter but that counters the sweetness rather nicely. Raw grains and cereal dominate the flavors. I dont get ANY Belgian qualities (well, maybe a little candi sugar, but I mean a little) in this one so where the categorization came from is beyond me.

A pretty good beer overall. A little overcarbonated. Certainly an option for those nights when you have some leftover after your parents are in town and you just want something nice and light (me, by the way). I cant say I would seek this out but I would certainly drink this again if given an opportunity, and nothing better is available.

Photo of theopholis
2.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- A clear, deep amber/crimson with an off-white, fluffy head. The head was 4 fingers, settled a tad quickly and produced very little lacing. Continued to slowly effervesce for quite some time.

Smell- Fairly crisp and clean. Decent malt profile, hints of brown sugar and maybe a dash of maple. Nothing cloying or overwhelming. Absolutely no spice in the nose.

Taste- Decent malt profile, but nothing to write home about. No toasty malt overtones. Has an odd taste in the aftertaste. Might be slightly oxidized.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Decent carbonation. Not as much as I'd expect from an alleged bottle conditioned (this one isn't) Belgian pale Ale.

Drinkability: Not wretched, but not great. I'll probably not buy it again, but if a friend offered me one, I'd drink it.

Photo of Bagman007
3.78/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Deep brown amber coloring with a tad bit of head. The perfect coloring for a beer.

S- Very hoppy scent with a slight hint of malts and spices.

T- Tastes as hoppy as it feels. Definitely has a kick to it, which is something I think is good in this style. A slight malt taste, but not much.

M- Very bitter and dry as to be expected with a beer this hoppy.

D- Can probably only drink a couple of these in a sitting. A little too bitter for it to be a session beer.

Photo of ncstateplaya
2.38/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: A deep crimson with a tan colored head. The head was minimal and produced selective fingerlike lacing. The surface was very noisy due to the carbonation.

Smell: Brown sugar and malts with hints of musty yeast. Nothing overbearing or overly impressive. I missed the "winter" spices - not quite what I was expecting I guess is a better way to put it.

Taste: Sweet flavors like brown sugar dominate the palate. Other than that, nothing jumps out. The taste leaves something to be desired.

Mouthfeel: Over carbonated! The carbonation gets in the way of the creaminess character of the malts. I know they are in there, but are scondary to the carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a favorite of mine, nor a beer that I would actively seek out. It is easy drinking but doesn't have the complexity nor body I am looking for in a winter ale. Of the twelve, this will probably be my only sample...the rest will be drank by my girlfriend or at a party.

Photo of Spikester
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with one finger cream head. Very modest amount of lacings.
Aroma of brown sugar and spices.
Taste is sweet with bitter hops in the middle. Can taste the spices but the sweetness dominates. Mostly dry bitter finish.
Mouthfeel was good but I could taste a bit of alcohol. Good until Apr. 5, 2009.
Drinkability was good if you like sweet beers. Tastes like many of the "winter warmers" I have had this year.

Photo of drxandy
3.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz to footed ale glass, pours a deep amber brown, cream colored head fades to lacing.

smells of belgian yeast, deep roasty malts

taste is of apples, yeastliness, roasty malts, all flavors are quite light, high carbonation, a weak belgian take..

mouthfeel is light, crisp, slightly roasty... leaves much to be desired.

Photo of drseamus
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pretty good looking beer. Ruby body with a nice off-white head that lasts til the cows come home.

S: Nice sweet aroma. Decent malt aroma considering and a touch of spice.

T: Everything in the flavor is great except for one tiny thing which bothers the hell out of me. It has a macro beer flavor in there that is totally out of place. Also, there isn't enough flavor. Decent sweetness though.

M: Fairly creamy and smooth. Medium bodied.

D: Not too bad, especially for Coors. I'd drink it if I was in macroville.

Photo of heath1agnew
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance- i gave this an aggressive pour which gave me a two finger head that went away slowly. it was a nice amber color and carbonation bubbles were visible. to me it looked pretty appealing.

smell- really just kind of smelled like roasted malts slightly sweet.

taste and mouthfeel- i was really hoping for more, it wasn't bad...it just wasn't all that great. i did like the mouthfeel, for what it was trying to do i didn't think it felt to thin and i did like the carbonation.

drinkability- this was easy to drink but overall there was no WOW factor.

Photo of Hoagie1973
2.11/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance isn't bad. Frothy head that retains pretty well. Clear amber color. Unfortunately, that's all this beer has going for it.
Smells grainy and corn-like with a touch of yeast and sugar.
Tastes very grainy and strange, with the "dark belgian sugar" (brown sugar) being way overdone resulting in an overly sweet mess. Also a weird metallic taste. There's a touch of hops in there to give it a flash of grassy bitterness, but that succumbs quickly to the sugary sweetness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is.... meh; doesn't really matter at this point.
Drinkability is low, hard to finish more than one.
Not recommended.

Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,514 ratings.