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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

1,457 Ratings
THE BROS
56
awful

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Ratings: 1,457
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.72%
Wants: 10
Gots: 116 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 Gmann
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid brown color with amber highlights at the edges, tight off-white head that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of a light roasted malt and sweet candi sugar. The taste is of light roasted malt, grainy, enough dark candi sugar to balance out the grainy flavor. Definitely a BDA in 2008, it appears that they may have changed the style over last year, according to the reviews. The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation, quite balance perhaps tipping towards the sweet end. Not a terrible abbey ale, has some roasted flavor and sweetness but lacks the belgian yeast spice. Easily drinkable.

Gmann, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of phishgator
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. Nice clear brown look with a tight head. Carbonation is fair. The head dissipates rather quickly. The aroma is of sweet candi sugar, caramel malt, and a bland brand of dried fruit. The taste is a little weak with the first couple of sips, but then after half a glass the flavors of chocolate, sweet malt, and slight tartness come through. The body is a little weak. The coating of the mouth and slick aftertaste hide the body after the first brew. A great session beer that I would drink at least every winter/fall.

phishgator, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of larsee01
4.18/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A--Deep, reddish-brown pour. Not cloudy. Relatively aggressive pour yields a nice frothy head. Not aggressively carbonated, and minimal lacing.

S--Dark Belgian sugar as advertised. Notably sweet, brown sugar-ish with nice caramel malt and a touch of yeasty twang. Mild but very nice.

T--Sweet at the tip of the tounge. Malty for sure, super-minimal hop for balance. Quite mild. A well-balanced but tame beer. Just enough roasted malt taste for some substance. Mild yeast sourness...adjunct grains detected?

M--Medium bodied...definitely not full-bodied. Pleasant. Not sticky, oily, dry. Just right.

D--Big time. Certainly an entry-level beer if you are curious about climbing the "Belgian" ladder. At 5.6% ABV it is VERY sessionable, smooth and enjoyable. Not a challenging beer, but definitely knock some back watching Thanksgiving football!

larsee01, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark Brown with a decent head and respectable lacing that had good retention.

The aroma was of roasted malts and some toffee hints.

The taste was at first sweet and sugary,then followed with some caramel malts that seemed quite tamed. It was sort of nutty with some fruit notes.

The feel was light body for the style and medium carbonation and a smooth yet yeasty finish.I have to add that it was also very dry in the finish and the balance was off.

Notes: For the style it claims to be inspired by it does no justice to the brew. Not nearly enough character or complexity. I would not bother with this one again and not because it was horrible,just because it lacked soul.

Lexluthor33, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
3.73/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle(2008 Abbey Ale)into a Konings Hoeven goblet.

A - Poured a dark brown color with ruby edges. The pour produced a thin head of tan foam that quickly dissapated into a thin bubbly film. Sticky lacing.

S - Aroma of roasted malts with hints chocolate and nuts.

T - More of the same.

MF&D - A little on the watery side, but not bad. Lacks the flavor of a true Abbey Ale, but not bad in a pinch. Better then I had expected it to be. I would drink this again.

nasty15108, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of KI9A
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated best by Mar 8 2009

A: Bottle pour, coke black, small, fading head.

S: Malts, cinnamon. Vanilla.

T: Malty as heck, love that. a vanilla-cinnamon front, and a neat Belgian-sugary yeast finish.

M/D: I like it. Label tells of a hint of "Dark Belgian Sugar", and I do taste that..Not sure of the ABV, but, I can certianally down more than one of these.

KI9A, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep. clear amber. Poured with a thin half inch and it that dissipated quickly. Very light inconsistent lacing

S: Sweet malts and roasted nuts.

T: Roasted nuts and caramel malts. Sort of dry finish.

M: ight body, very thin. Slightly coating.

D: Easy enough, but not special enough to want more.

Haybeerman, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of FleeVT
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no date poured into a goblet.

A: Pours a hazed, dull copper with a small head. The head dwindles to a thin layer.

S: As advertised on the label, roasted malts and dark Belgian sugar. Faint grains and that's about it. Nothing to strong on the nose.

T/M: Light bodied, border-line watery, for the style. This is like a macro version of a Belgian Pale Ale. The palate presents sweet malts and some coriander spice, with a crisp finish that teases hops.

D: It's definitely drinkable, especially at $6 a sixer. If you're looking for a real Belgian Style, pass on this one. But if you want a cheap session ale with a nice macro malt flavor, stop and collect six.

FleeVT, May 31, 2008
Photo of rye726
2.15/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This ale pours a clear golden color and has a thin whitish head with poor retention. The nose has grainy malts and a light sweetness. No real citrus or spicy aromas. The taste is also a bit lacking for the style. Sweet malts and grassy hops. The light body has considerable carbonation. I thought the older version was better.

rye726, May 24, 2008
Photo of josiahschlender
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look on this beer is surprisingly good, it's an attractive amber color with an ample, long lasting beige head that left more lacing than most.

Aromas are mild and subdued. Sweet malts, a bit of spices and yeast.

Flavors are also middle of the road. Adequate sweet malts, just a little bit of spices. I noted a little bit of an unpleasant metallic taste. Pretty good malt backbone for an easy drinking ale, but pretty much nothing resembling a Belgian abbey ale. If they'd billed it as something less exotic, I'd be more inclined to be more generous with its score.

Mouthfeel is quite pleasing and plenty creamy and adequate for this beer. Too bad the flavors don't linger as long as they should.

Overall, this beer was better than I expected from Coors, but much less than I expect from a beer billing itself as a "Belgian Abbey Ale." I have mixed feelings about this one, but wouldn't pick it up off the shelf over many good craft brews unless it was at a significantly lower price point.

josiahschlender, May 04, 2008
Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, deep golden orange in color, with a modest off-white head, which retains rather well. the lacing is thin and fine, but thoroughly coats the glass walls, the carbonation is modest.

Aroma: Christmas spices and orange peel dominate the aroma, as well as caramel and honey.

Taste: Opens with toasted malt and rather strong earthy notes, possibly from the yeast. As the taste progresses, clove notes appear. The finish is dominated by rather sharply bitter herbal and grapefruit rind-flavored hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth, but feels a bit thin. The carbonation is quite soft.

Drinkability/notes: Well-crafted, although not outstanding, compares poorly to exemplary examples of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, packaged in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of giblet
2.38/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

had to try this to see how close it was to blue moon. it poured nice with a nice head and carbonation. smells sweet. tastes sweet, not my bag. did not feel to bad in me mouth. this is ok to try and compare but not a great example of a beer that has so many greats to choose from.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

giblet, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of Portertime
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This isn't the best winter ale I've had but it was worth a shot. Pours a dark auburn color with a meager head that fizzles quickly. Smells of wheat, hint of cinnamon, bready. Tastes of weak spices like the brewer accidentally dropped some in. Didn't exactly "warm" me.

Portertime, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear, dark amber with light tan head. It smelled very faintly of blended malt and yeast. Its taste was more pronounced than its scent, with noticeable malt and sour apple flavors mixing with slightly bitter hops and some brown sugar sweetness. It was watery with slight carbonation and a sweet aftertaste. Overall this was a very clean and interesting beer. Surprisingly good!

Pencible, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally tasted on 10/23/07.

This is my first winter ale of the year. A deep amber colored body hosts a light tan head that has lots of rocky fat crackling bubbles that stand two fingers tall. It has decent retintion. Nose is a fresh raw mix of wheat, soft cinnamon, yeasty dough with an overall spicey feel. Peppery wheat hit the tongue and carry a timid but consistant spicey feel throughout the palate. A hue of ginger and cinnamon is all over the mouth and carry a bit of sweetness. A slight hint of hops are noticeable twords the finish bringing a little balance and bitter. Could use a little more malt balance. Mouthfeel is very thick with a dry sugared bitter. This isnt bad, just not special at all. Average Drinkability.

SPLITGRIN, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of lastnightintown2
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is not all I thought it was going to be. I am a fan of regular ol' Blue Moon, but this doesn't do much for me. The smell I would say is only a hair above opening a Miller Light. Not too good. Taste is sweet, but finishes like a Miller Light. Just for reference, I hate Miller Light. It is drinkable though and not terrible by any means. Its a good beer to get drunk on, not to drink for the sheer purpose of taste. I would probably buy it again. Maybe.

lastnightintown2, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of bassmantin
2.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The only thing I have in my collection right now is stouts, so I picked this one up to give me something refreshing.

Pours a nice transparent orange/brown with a good fine tan head that clings for quite some time.

Smells strongly of alcohol and malts, fairly sweet. The taste is much too sweet for me with not much to balance it out. Tastes like a bad barleywine. There's not much going on here, just an overwhelming sweetness, which is not appealing.

Overall: Too sweet. Avoid

bassmantin, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of satowns
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Stamped with APR0608

Deep amber in color, thin layer of white active bubbles. Highly carbonated.

Malty sweet aroma with a little ester (figs). Mild toast aroma and some caramelized sugar.

Flavor is a bit watered down. Metallic with a bready aftertaste.

I read Abbey ale and bias the beer towards a dubbel, but this falls more into the single or table beer. For a Coors product it is a great attempt. For a Belgian styled beer, it's average at best. I probably wouldn't buy a sixer for myself next year, but if someone were serving it at a party I wouldn't have a problem drinking it. But if they were serving Pinot or Zin, I'd have to switch to wine.

Music enjoyed whilst sampling: Blue Moon by Elvis

satowns, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of MOShepp
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber color with a big head and some lacing.

Aroma of grain and honey, but nothing really significant.

Taste of honey and slight herbs, slight bitterness, semi-crisp.

Tastes a bit watered down, but easy to drink and went well with my dinner of chicken and rice.

Good beer for someone trying to branch out of the big brand pilsners and looking for a mellow beer without too much going on.

MOShepp, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes, this bottle was purchased at Quick six- West York
Decanted at cellar temp into my DFH shaped pint.

A - Deep copper w/ a slightly caramel brown color. The head is off white and measures 3 fingers, I poured twice to get it all in. The lace is moderate and has great stickage.

S - A malty, sugary slightly caramel odor w/ spiced rum scent. The yeast odor is fruity.

m - Medium body w/ moderate carbonation and subtle sweetness. The feel is nutty in a light kind of way w/ tinges of spice in the feel.

T - Better than average taste at firstw/ malty flavors and woody hops w/ candy sugar notes that are faint working in tandem to make a medium dark light dubbel flavor. Just a shade darker than a Belgian pale w/ subtle caramel malt flavor and a light metallic taste w/ the brown sugar trailing w/ a gentle fruit hint. The taste is slightly apple tinged in the finish.

D - A fair attempt, yet just average for a winter seasonal IMO. I expect a lot more for a belgian style winter ale. This is drinkable, but there are so many other better choices. Just not my thing - I would still drink this if it was the only seasonal option.

Slatetank, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of tgbljb
3.68/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal-clear deep amber color with minute white head.
Smell has a light caramel note, but not much else.
Taste has a stranger caramel character, but the taste is really rather sudbued.
A nice dryness at the ending which somewhat saves the beer.
Probably more of a winter warmer than a belgian ale. Rereshing. Very middle of the road.

tgbljb, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear and glassy reddish orange. Like shiny triaminic. Some lace.

Sweet winter ale aroma with mild cherry. Nutty and malty. A little weak.

Sweet taste of bitter cherry and slightly bitter malt. Not too shabby, but not amazing.

Watery but a bit creamy. Slightly bubbly feel. Not bad overall. A bit too sweet in parts for my taste.

williamherbert, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of Bamabrew22
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, coppery hue straight out of the bottle with a fluffy, creamy head, about two-fingers. Scents of oak, dried fruits and coriander wafted up to my nostrils. Taste was pretty decent, heavy maltose sweetness with just a hint of bittering hops. Reminded me of dried fruits in the nose and taste. Mouthfeel dissipated quickly. Not a bad brew at all. Very sessionable, but then again doesn't stand out among other excellent winter ales.

Bamabrew22, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road all the way to your door."

--Irish blessing

Dark coppery pumpkin with Sunkist orange edges. The several finger head is ecru in color and has a quality look. It looks even better as it melts and is beginning to grace the glass with delicate squiggles of lace... that become impressive sheets in the end.

The label says that Full Moon is brewed with 'roasted malts and a hint of dark candi sugar'. That sounds like a dubbel, right? I think it smells like a cream ale brewed with a handful of crystal malt. Not bad at all.

Unfortunately, this Coors product tastes like a macrobrewery's attempt at a craft beer. It's decent at first, but things don't develop in a positive direction from there. To be fair, they don't develop in a negative direction either.

This isn't bad beer at all and is actually one of the better 'Blue Moon Seasonal Collection' ales. For the most part, it splits the difference between pale and dark, with leanings toward the dark side. Calling it an 'Abbey Ale' has to be someone's idea of a joke.

The dark candi sugar helps by adding a bit of dark caramel and a sweetness that winter warmers need. Note: the beer has since been reclassified as a dubbel. There isn't much going on with the flavor profile outside of ripe, dark(ish) fruit, a subtle spiciness and an almost vanilla-like flavor that brings me back to cream ale.

The mouthfeel is actually somewhat enjoyable, all things considered. It's nowhere near thin and develops some supple creaminess as it warms. Nice job on the carbonation too.

Full Moon Winter Ale is okay beer that is close to earning the next highest flavor score. It has no business being called a Belgian *anything*, but then you already knew that. Kudos to the brewery for trying to straddle the divide that exists between their usual customers and us beer geeks.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber color with a very faint but consistent head. Fair amount to very little lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet with a hint of mild malts and alcohol. The taste is also sweet, malty, and a little bit fruity. A tad too much carbonation in my opinion--a little less, and I think this would be a better beer. That said, it's easy to drink and has a little bit of a kick to it. Nothing to write home about, but very solid.

oldirtycaffrey, Feb 03, 2008
Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 1,457 ratings.