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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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1,504 Ratings

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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 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.

Photo of kshankar
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Darker, but not black, or even brown. Its got a reddish tint going for it. Some brown maybe. Perhaps a really dark red? Maroon? Small head. No lacing really.

Aroma: Roasted malts, sweet. Otherwise, nothing else too complex.

Taste: Sweetish, malty (especially in the finish, which is clean). Little bitter. Otherwise, just like the aroma..nothing overly complex in this one.

Mouthfeel: Light. Goes down smooth, but it does that only. Not too much complex flavors and then goes down good..which is expected since its somewhat bland...

Drinkability: Sweet, smooth, easy to drink.

I liked this a lot the first time I tried it, so I bought a couple more. Its taste isn't different from when I first had it. I don't know why I liked it so much. Its not bad, and I can certainly have more than one. But its not complex enough. Goes down way too well with very little...flavor. Worth a try, but not stellar.

Photo of Clockwork420
3.84/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$5.97 a sixer.

A friend and I got shot down at Shop and Save tonight. So we went to a gas station where they gladly would sell. Got 4 six packs. 2 of these bad boys and 2 blue moons.

A - Wow. Its alot ruddier than I expected. Its dark brownish red. Pretty. Nice little slick white ring of white at the top. Clean. Not murky at all.

S - Not much of a smell. Its smelled like sugary malty sweetness.

T - Sweet not over the top. Easy to drink. Not a high alcohol taste. Super easy to drink but sweet nonetheless.

M - Slippery and lower carbonation.

D - Fairly easy to drink. I dont know how it would rate against the others I have rated. Its good but were gonna see how far we get. I reviewed on beer #1. Like im suppost to.

I think I rated this fair for what it is.

Photo of DocTheDJ
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Full Moon?
(Seasonal, Winter):

Color, Dark with a tinge of red- orange like a Cherry Coke. Not much of a head to speak of ½ inch at best which soon disappears not much for lacing either.

Smell, like a caramel cider, with a bit of musky floral/Vanilla? smell.

Taste, smokey a bit toasted taste with a low key smooth bitterness (odd bitterness taste on swallowing though a bit sour) just a hint of nutty-oatmeal taste.

Texture, medium carbonation a bit to sparky, it is smooth with a light-to-medium coarseness. Drink ability one or two is plenty! Dry enough to have another (while actually longing for something else to drink)

An okay place to start in the realm of more flavorful beer.

Needs just a bit more of something to be good... other reviews may have insight on that.

Food: Was most excellent compliment with hearty sweet garlic spaghetti.

Photo of benclimbs
3.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strikes me as a strange mix between an abbey ale and a blue moon----huh maybe thats cause it is! crazy stuff. Ok, Ok it isn't a trappist brew, and it would shudder in the presence of a westmalle or a Rochefort, but it kicks the hell out of blue moon, that being said, there are much better ways to spend your hard earned cash.

Photo of gpogo
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Slightly hazed dark amber brown with large tan head that dissipates into a small covering.

A- Roasted malt aroma.

T- Dry roasted malt flavor, slightly watery tasting. I remember a few winters ago absolutely hating this beer and comparing the flavor to instant/powedered mashed potatoes.

M- Medium-light body with high carbonation. I wish this had a bit more body(and flavor!).

D- Another alright Blue Moon Seasonal. It is drinkable and just slightly more alcohol than Blue Moon. However I'd stick to other beers over this.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
2.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- This is dark and not pale, and the head is not like what someone would expect from a BPA....there is no head.

S- There isn't much smell with this beer. Smells more like a coors brewed with roasted malts instead.

T- I would have to say that this beer tastes more like an Octoberfest type beer. There is lots of malt taste and this doesn't taste at all like a Belgian styled beer. I would just hope that American breweries stick to IPA's and other things they are better at.

M- For what its worth it feels good in the mouth, but not what I would want in my "Belgian Pale Ale's". This is too thick.

D- Other then not being to style, but very roughly to style (1 grain sand paper rough), this does drink well for a 'beer'.

Photo of gabe23
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Off-white head with a dark amber color. Dissipates quickly with minimal lacing

S - Mild malty aroma with a bit of sugary sweetness.

T - Sweet and malty, with very little hops bitterness. A bit of spiciness and warming that fades quickly. Overall, this is a pretty weak tasting beer, but it's not bad.

M - Fairly thin with plenty of carbonation.

D - This is a good beer to share with friends and family that are accustomed to drinking macro brews. The mild flavor makes it easy to drink a few, but don't expect a lot of complexity.

Photo of MarzenMan
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Nice head on a brown body.

S - Malty and maybe a touch of alcohol.

T&M - Mouthfeel is pretty typical. A little light and fizzy. Taste is all malt but not very strong. A little alcohol/candy sugar taste in there somewhere.

D - Pretty high but not much flavor. Kind of falls in to the Fat Tire, Sam Adams category for me. More of the micro impersonation you would expect.

Photo of OtherShoe2
2.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish amber with a decent sticky head.

Smells lightly of toasted malt an some sweet aromas

It is beer brewed with brown sugar. That's what you get. The sugar dominates, but not in a true caramel way, but rather in a strong sweetness, then some malt. Eh.

Some fair carbonation and mouth coating elements. Does not leave you with anything unpleasant. Decent in this department.

I grabbed one out of the cooler and figured why not try it. Not horrific, but not great. Pass.

Photo of BierFan
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass. It has an expiration date printed on it of "MAR2909".

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with a light tan head.

Smell: Sweet dark maltiness, much like a brown ale. Nothing else going on in the smell department.

Taste: Like a brown ale with a sorta brown sugar taste. Not bad, but it's kinda boring and not very complex.

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