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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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Photo of scottyshades


2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am somewhat disappointed in this beer, but then again what did I really expect from Coors...I figured a Blue Moon winter warmer would be a good try...($1.52 per bottle)

A: Pours a transparent copper color with a decent white head that leaves no lace

S: Sweet smells, caramel, malts, brown sugar, and a few other ingredients...much less spicy than I anticipated

T: Sweet taste as well, mostly malts and some bitterness

MF: Good mouthfeel, this is pretty much the only thing the beer has going for it...light-ish body

D: Eh

This beer looks very interesting but I found it to be subpar

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 18:12:36 | More by scottyshades
Photo of Winter


3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear copper with a creamy khaki head. Aroma consists of sweet malt, candy sugar and yeast. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with sharp carbonation. I can see where this is an attempt at an abbey ale. Too bad it falls short and comes across as more of a "dumbed-down" version. Flavor lacks complexity and the alcoholic strength of an abbey ale. Full Moon does have a malty and yeasty quality to it in the taste, but it lacks any real depth of flavor. The taste almost has a seltzer-like quality, that although it doesn't completely wreck the experience, doesn't do anything to enhance it either.

Not quite sure why I keep pursuing Coors' Blue Moon brand. The white is average, at best. The pumpkin is lacking and this winter offering falls short also. I keep hoping for something from this brand that just never really materializes.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 04:16:40 | More by Winter
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like most selections from the Blue Moon Brewing Co., this is a pretty good beer. A wonderful seasonal variety that's definitely worth a try. The distinct taste of Belgian sugar definitely stands out, and a nice combination of oily-sweetness dominates this brew. Although released in the late fall/early winter, I would enjoy this drink year 'round. It is definitely worth a try if you are a fan of Blue Moon and winter varieties. The candied sweetness lingers on your tongue after one or two beers. Can be enjoyed with just about anything... especially sweets. I really liked this beer...

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 00:49:34 | More by dsa7783
Photo of BubbaSteve

North Carolina

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

Tried this on a whim as it is not really cool enough yet for a Winter Ale in my area. Appearance was average, looked a lot like a big brewery attempt at an amber. Nice head on first pouring but I didn't get a lot of retention. The aromas were a bit weak, to my mind. I like a more assertive aroma from my beer, light hoppy scent, just the merest hint of spice, malt seemed to come through the strongest. Taste was the same, not very assertive. I agree with some of the other reviews that this is less an attempt at crafting a good winter ale than it is an attempt to garner some of the Winter Ale market share without offending anyone. A little better than most large brew concoctions but no need to worry about cluttering your walls with awards on this one. The fact that the taste is so inoffensive makes it quite drinkable but this will not become my standard ale for the cold weather.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 14:00:27 | More by BubbaSteve
Photo of armock

New York

3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured an amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Sweet malt and some cinnamon stand out

T - Is mostly of sweet malt

M - Has medium carbonation pretty smooth

D - It has a good taste and is smooth I think I could drink this all X-mas morning while opening gifts up.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 19:39:10 | More by armock
Photo of BEERchitect


2.65/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yea, ok. We can do this... Well, the bottle says, "An abby ale brewed with a hint of dark Belgian candy sugars." as if they are passing this beer off as a true Abbey. In all actuallity, the beer begins with an aroma that's chocked full of raw cereal grains and with a peculliar acrid, chalky character due to added sugars. The beer holds no depth into anything abbey-like. However the beer does have some underlying malt / barley flavors and aromas, decorated with a dry spiciness and light fruitiness (apples and peaches). Beyond that, the hop character may offset the sweetness, but offers no flavor / aromatic qualities. Is the beer a disaster? Well, no. But it surely falls short of it's timid claims. It's drinkable because the flavors are quite clean. But it's a far cry from true abbey-style beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 03:54:39 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light amber in color with a clear white head.

S Not that aromatic. Mostly malt with a hint of the brown sugar they used in this.

T Very pleasant. A little on the light side for a winter ale but there is something to be said for that.

M: Nice medium body. Perhaps a little too much carbonation on this one.

D Very drinkable. Not a bad candidate for a winter session with a few friends. For the price not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 01:47:10 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.58/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Labeled Full Moon on my bottle. Pours a golden amber,with a nice white head. Very good retention,and lacing. Aroma was of malts,and spices. Nice,but weak. Medium bodied,with carbonation. Taste was of carmel,vanilla,and spice. Very nice,from start to finish. Good session beer this winter!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 23:43:30 | More by riversider76
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife bought this for me today while shopping at Wegmans...man I love my wife.Poured into a standard pint glass a slight hazed bronze color with a tight formed 1/2 finger white head that actually held some decent retention,faint toasted malt aromas a touch of brown sugar-like sweetness as well as a touch of clove.Much better than I thought it would be flavor wise its a bit toasty with some residual caramel sweetness that vanilla that everyone talks about to me is faint it seems a little spiced but not overly so it has a spicy finish but not overdone.Anew recipe for 2007?Iam not flabbergasted by it by any means but you know its not horrible I wouldnt be ashamed to serve this to by beer-liking friends....really Iam serious.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 22:35:48 | More by oberon
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a very clear prehistoric amber. Two fingers of light tan head are surprisingly ephemeral. Lacing is thin and sparse.

The aroma is especially challenging to note specifically. Sweet malt and a vague spiciness are about as identifiable as I can manage, though with a backwind some doughiness is possible.

Upon tasting, the malt is moderately sweet but also quick to wane, and in its wake a general spice note is joined by a yeasty bread dough inflection. Some residual sweetness this time presents as candy sugar, and a citrus crispness carries a short finish. The flavor doesn't seem to be able to assign any real character to itself.

Between light and medium bodied, it flows more watery than expected, and the crisp spiciness is fleeting.

I went into this not having had a Blue Moon beer in years, and with an open mind. Still, what I find is a step in the right direction, but ultimately a very short journey to a place that is smack dab in the middle of Mediocre-town. If they can manage to bolden those flavors, make some things stand out, and replace the blandness with some character, then this could be a winner. Until they do that, though, it's drinkable only if nothing else better is available. I guess not everybody wants to aim high.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 18:50:08 | More by Foxman
Photo of Reidrover


3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Labelled "Full Moon" on my bottle. Amber beer with a small light tan head, that does not linger. Not much aroma, what there is is sweet malts and maybe some yeast. Taste is mostly malts, sweet, touch of spice especially on the back of the throat and some yeast Ok on the palate, I found the highish carbonation cleaned the sugary taste out fast which is good. Over all not really a bad beer at all. Rather drinkable. the label claims this is "Abbey Ale brewed with a hint of dark belgian sugar, I think not.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 13:20:41 | More by Reidrover
Photo of hiikeeba


3.7/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours up amber with golden highlights, and a thick creamy head

S: Slightly sweet malt dominates, with cinnamon like notes.

T: Kind of bland. Roasted malts are in the background. Caramel flavor makes this sweet. Finishes with a light touch of hops on the back of my tongue, which quickly fade into the malty taste. Difficult to describe.

M: Full

D: Maybe a bit to sweet to drink all afternoon. But not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 20:22:32 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of russpowell


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

This year's offering pours an effervescent copper with 2 fingers fluffy of sand colored head. Good head retention & average lacing in my Douglass Scotch Ale glass

S: Slight breadyness, grainy notes & lemony hops?

T: Some breadyness, dryness & caramel up front. Some smokeyness, grainyness & butterscotch as this warms. Finishes dry, a little smokey & grainy

MF: Medium-bodied with slight over-carbonation, almost prickly

Drinks pretty good, but a bit of a weak sister of a winter warmer. Buck this up more with malt & you have a winner

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 03:28:51 | More by russpowell
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

On-tap at Kelly Cole's Improper. This is a mild Belgian more than a spicier English winter warmer. Medium bodied with carbonation bubbles prominent in a lighter colour. Malty fruity aroma. Sourish. Not bad for Coors but a below-average beer for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2007 03:15:13 | More by Sammy
Photo of BDIMike


3.88/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure I am reviewing the right beer. Blue Moon Full Moon is the winter seasonal for Blue Moon. It is a completely new recipe and new beer from last years winter. I guess we have kind of combined the two of them on this website. This year's version is an abbey ale. The appearance is amber and strong with little smell. The taste, however, is strong, dark, and sugary. Very nice on the palate. The mouthfeel is as good as it gets, the perfect thickness and I could drink a lot more of these than I could most Abbey Ales.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 02:54:07 | More by BDIMike
Photo of Gusler


3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear reddish Amber with a three fingered creamy off white head that fades leaving a decent covering of lace. Nose has a nice malt sweetness, hints of spices, caramel, fresh and pleasant. Start has an adequate grain presence, the spices sweet and a bit tart, top is light. Finish has a nice spice presence, hops acceptable, quite dry and sweet lingering aftertaste, must say I found this beer quite drinkable, and the best of all the “Blue Moon” beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 20:50:05 | More by Gusler
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is essentially a sweetened amber ale. It has the flavor profile of an amber with some of that familiar, sometimes off putting bitterness. The "hint of Belgian sugar" the bottle claims is in here tones down or covers up some of the potentially less appealing characteristics. Frankly, I enjoyed the winter warmer that was released directly under the Coors label. It struck me as being a bolder, a bit spicier and a bit more flavorful. This stuff ain't so bad, though when consumed straight from the bottle the flavors seem more concentrated. If you're looking for a stronger presence out of this winter warmer I recommend that course. For something lighter, pour it in a glass and let it warm.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 01:37:30 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of asabreed

New York

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden with amber highlights and a head that billows but doesn't leave much to the glass as you drink. A lot of bubbles start inching to the top, but they die into a long session with a bottle.

Smell: Not really getting any semblance of anything Belgian here. How is this an Abbey ale? Sugars, yes. Some mild vanilla and maple. A bit of bread crust or tree bark, which is odd and interesting. Still, that's it. A lot to be desired, especially for the touting of the label.

Taste: Again, not as complex as I'd hoped for what the label was letting us know. A nice winter sweetness, and not overly sweet, with mild malts, mild candi sugar, and hints of citrus hops. Finish is sweetness and some bread crust dryness and mild hops.

Mouthfeel: Could be better, but pretty much the best thing about it overall aside from the appearance, which could also be better. Not too cloying, though by the end, after the dissipation of the carbonation, it can get there slightly. Nicely coating overall, though.

Drinkability: I wouldn't buy this again, but it looked interesting, and I wanted to see what they could do with what they tout as an Abbey ale. Turns out I probably should've opted for something else. Not too bad, but if you're thinking of a Belgian (which should probably not be domestic, in this case), you may want to stick with something you know and like.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 02:57:58 | More by asabreed
Photo of IntriqKen


2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a medium golden orange topped with a full 2 fingers of craggy off-white foam that melted slowly to very sticky lace.

Aroma is only faintly the advertised Belguim candied sugars with some light imported hop aroma mixed in.

Taste is mildly toasted amber malt and almost a synthetic Belgium candied sugar which seems to leave an unpleasant aftertaste in the mouth. A light hop bite follows with a citrus peel quality to it.

Aftertaste is slightly cloying and unpleasantly synthetic.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 03:11:00 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of WaveRebel51


2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks good, smells good, but ... umm ... well. That's about it. This does not taste spit-it-out bad, and its okay once it warms up a little. It's too sweet and sugary, which may appeal to some people, but not me. This definitely has some potential, but for now, I'd pass unless you don't mind a sweet tasting brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 22:33:56 | More by WaveRebel51
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

2.15/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a medium amber . Little head and decent carbonation.
Actually darker than anticipated. Faint smell of roasted barley and hops.
Pretty nice body. A little metallic in the taste. Taste kinda like the cap or bottle itself.
Dated to consume by 3/8/08, but I would swear by the taste, its a bit old.
Oh, well. Not one I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 00:32:20 | More by dmamiano
Photo of acrawf6


2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a rich clear brown amber with a fluffy and light tan head.

Smell. Has some darker fruits that i get of raisons. Certainly on the sweeter side with a touch of vanilla.

Taste. Has a sweetness, but nothing like an abbey ale. The most flavors i get are a cherry sensation and even a little woody bit to it. Aftertaste is rather unpleasant, as it turns a little puckery.

Mouthfeel is ok, body is medium with ample carbonation.

Overall, i was hoping for better. There are no flavors in here that i really like. I could see myself only having this one time a night.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 22:24:30 | More by acrawf6
Photo of Bonhoeffer


3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The most important thing to note is that they have clearly changed the recipe since last year's debut (and, obviously, the name). It is now "Full Moon." In fact, i can't help but wonder if perhaps the new version deserves to be entered in the database as a new beer.

The most common thread i see in reviews from last year's version is a strong presence of imitation vanilla. There is nothing like that in this year's version, thank God. So whatever this is, it's better than a fake vanilla beer.

Sadly it was a bit of a disappointment. I got excited when i bought it because the label claims it is "An Abbey Ale brewed with a hint of dark Belgian sugar." Which, not surprisingly, made me think this was a Belgian Abbey ale. Can't imagine where i got that idea from. Unfortunately, it is clearly not fermented with Belgian Abbey yeast. It doesn't have any of the spiciness or complexity that would be bestowed by the use of such a yeast. Instead, i'm tasting standard American Amber sort of flavors here. It's malty and it's a nice basic amber colored ale, but it's no Belgian beer by a long shot.

What a shame. I cannot begin to imagine why Coors didn't just ferment this guy with Belgian yeast. Why the hell not? It couldn't possibly have increased the cost much, if at all. That certainly would have lended this a much more authentic character. Instead we get a basic American ale masquerading as a Belgian.


Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 23:44:30 | More by Bonhoeffer
Photo of beeragent


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

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer pours a medium copper, forming a 1 inch slightly tan head. The head fades to a 1/4 inch head, leaving medium spots of lace. The aroma is slightly sweet, sugar and spice, along with a hint of sweet malt. The taste consists of a light vanilla flavor, along with light malt, and maybe a hint of spices. The taste reminds me of a not-as-intense version of AB's vanilla cask ale. Not bad, but not as good as the label would lead you to think. Go figure. Medium mouthfeel. Not bad for a holiday beer, but there are still others way better. Overall, worth the $6 for a sixer. Try it.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 22:25:31 | More by beeragent
Photo of dalepryor


2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i bought this beer from an abc liquor store a couple days ago, winter ale in october? i thought it was a decent brew, has a nice smell of spice and winter, not a bad job from coors honestly. very drinkable, the spice is not overpowering but i believe balanced well with the dark sugar.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 17:07:31 | More by dalepryor
Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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