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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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1,372 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,372
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 20.66%
Wants: 9
Gots: 66 | 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 aerozeppl

New York

3.38/5  rDev +10.8%
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 +17.4%
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 +15.7%
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 -0.7%
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 +2.6%
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 +21.3%
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 +9.8%
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
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Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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 +27.2%
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 +14.8%
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%
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 -2.3%
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 -9.8%
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 -8.9%
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 -29.5%
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 -10.5%
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 +16.4%
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
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3.55/5  rDev +16.4%
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
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2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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
Photo of erosier


2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up this earlier this week. I don't know why it's already out (now called Full Moon) in the second week of October. Where's the pumpkin spice?! Very nice copper amber color with a nice thick white head with a tint of copper. Sweet malty aroma. Tastes alot like a darker sweeter version of the original blue moon. Very malty with hints of light hops that give it some bitterness. The aftertaste isn't bad but it is a bit dry. It is pretty good for a winter ale. Like it says, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 02:39:41 | More by erosier
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2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My wife brought home a couple bottles of this beer last winter, given by a co-worker working on a CBC ad account. Held on to this just about til the end - best by: APR1507. Tried on April 13, 2007. 12 oz. twist-off longneck bottle, poured to a pint glass.

A: Striking warm auburn color. A frothy, then creamy, 2-finger+ eggshell-colored head. Very clear, with a copious amount of carbonation. Very nice bands of sticky lace.

S: Wow, vanilla extract! Cinnamon! Caramel! Like a gooey baked roll, laden with frosting. And, honestly, I like it...

T: A notch or two down from the drippy sweet aroma, but still amply flavored by sugary maltiness. Vanilla is front and center, some "holiday" spice (faint nutmeg & cinnamon) and caramel. Enough hops to round off the flavors, cleaning things up a little. Still a pretty unbalanced mess of flavors. Definitely NOT the 'winter warmer' most would want...

M: Light bodied but heavily carbonated. Not one to sit, sip and savor...this is a fizzy lager under a heavy layer of syrupy flavor and spice. Sticky finish.

D: Barely average, but I'll give it a '3' based on a gorgeous look & a good/interesting aroma. Flavor was muddy but fair and mouthfeel is a detractor. Liked this the first couple sips then the novelty wore off; by mid-glass I was looking forward to the finish and even considered dumping some. Somewhat fun, worth a try, then move on...

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2007 04:08:11 | More by msubulldog25
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3.78/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was somewhat confused about a seasonal beer from Blue Moon. Is it a wheat beer, is it a Winter Ale, is it worth trying? It turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Not much of an aroma to it, but the Caramel kicks in on the first taste. Not in the same league as Sam Adams or Harpoon, but definitely worth a taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 23:37:27 | More by MisterDeeds
Photo of Jason


2.3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date printed on the bottle. "An ale brewed with natural flavor & caramel color" on the label.

A- Foamy with a good retention, crystal clear tawny hue.

S- Light vanilla extract in the aroma with a faint toasted malt, sweet smelling.

T&M- Lighter body than expected with a flash of crispness and then right to a slick mouth feel. Odd vanilla flavor mixes with a muted malt flavor, minimal hops with a slight warmth from the clean alcohol. Finishes dry with very little after taste ... the vanilla is a distant memory until the next sip.

D- There is something just not totally right with this beer. Lack of body and odd vanilla flavors just at me first. Lack of real malt density & flavor does this one is when it comes down to it. Take this one back to the chalk board ...

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 04:42:18 | More by Jason
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.22/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a dark orange amber with a thin off-white layer of bubbles. Light but decent lacing.

Aroma - a nose of sugar cookies and vanilla. Mmmmm...

Taste - toasty malts with a sweet mild Madagascar vanilla flavor. Some very light hops on the swallow, ending with a mellow vanilla finale. A bit of a one-trick pony, but it's good if you like vanilla in this form.

Mouthfeel - medium body, crisply carbonated and good smoothness as well.

Drinkability - for me, a very easy beer to drink. The vanilla flavor doesn't come off as syrupy or cloying to me, keeping this 'beery' enough for session consumption.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 20:45:48 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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North Carolina

2.03/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bought this because my girlfriend really loves the regular Blue Moon, so we thougth we'd give it a try. Neither of us can drink it. I don't know what I'm going to do with the rest of the 6 pack, I had to pour out half of my bottle because I just couldn't stomach it.

It pours to a nice amber color, with a decent head, so it starts off well. It smells decent too, some nice carmel and maybe some chocolate smells. However after the first sip is when it all goes wrong. The caramel and chocolate tastes mix together with the alcohol to make it taste like I'm drinking a shot of irish cream on every sip. The sweet caramel and chocolate flavors dominate everything, it's almost like they've added some sort of flavored syrup to it. I've had barlewines and double IPAs at 10% ABV or more that do a better job of hiding the alcohol than this. Heck, even Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA at 20% ABV does a better job than this. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth, and not acidic or anything. It's a nice try, but way off the mark, seriously lacking in balance.

I can say that I'd rather drink this than Icehouse or Coors light (interesting because Coors makes this), but that's about the only good thing I can say about it. Stay away from this one, or just buy one bottle and see if you like it first before buying a whole 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 23:43:48 | More by theWrkncacnter
Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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