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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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1,521 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,521
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.39%
Wants: 9
Gots: 204 | 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: thornside on 11-03-2006

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Ratings: 1,521 | Reviews: 543
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.

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

Poured from a bottle courtesy of my brother Peter. Thanks Pete. Poured into a clean, clear glass.

A Ruby red brown but translucent. Little head despite my effort to get a head by pouring vigorously.

S Not strong. Sweetness to the nose is subtle. I enjoyed this smell.

T Some sweet, malty tastes, not much hops at all. A little thin but not unpleasant. The taste is wimpy.

M Light to moderate.

D Good. I thought about it and I have nothing to add here. It has a good drinkability.

Notes: Fair offering from Coors. More interesting than the Pale Moon but not as good as Blue Moon.

Photo of harpo111
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was expecting more...since I love blue moon wheat ale.
A: Dark brown, almost cola like..with a medium head..not much lacing.
S: you can smell the sugar and malts in this one.
T: malty with a little hops...more carmel/sugar and slight hint of spices.
M: average..
D: Unlike BMWheatsbeers...I can't drink these very fast, or do more than two of them...too sweet or something else. Just not as pleasant a brew. Still not bad..I just was expecting better.

Photo of n00tz
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - tight foamy head, super-active carbs, and a toasted brown body.

S - Little bit of flowery hops, slight grain.

T - Sweetness of a molasses/caramel followed quickly by the flowery hops and slight grain taste from the nose.

M - Light clean and quickly fading. Not the smoothness I'd expect from anything that calls itself a winter brew.

D - Fairly average drinkability: the presentation is mellow and uneventful, much like a cheap beer.

Photo of nick76
2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma is sweet with some macro twang corn malt, brown sugar, and a tiny bit of toast. The appearance is light brown with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. The aftertaste is cloying yet astringent. Overall I don't care much for this one.

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

Single bottle poured into a chalice, on to the beer:

Wait a minute...this isn't pale at all! It's a dark ruby red color, the head is fizzes away into a paper-thin sheet on top. The aroma is faint overll. Some esters, faint sugar, wet cardboard. Not much here. Taste...almost as faint as the aroma. But fortunately there's none of that wet cardboard note. It tastes like esters mixed with caramel. The taste intensifies as it warms, and it is enhanced by the smooth and somewhat crisp mouthfeel.

Decent is the best way to sum up this beer. Good balance, but low on firepower.

Photo of TeeCee
2.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Quick review - medium thick in the mouth , slightly hoppy smell, with a bitter hoopy taste.

I poured it in a 16oz. pint glass. The color was a dark reddish brown with a medium head that all but dissapeared..

About the only scent I could place was the hops.

The taste was bitter hoppy with not much else to mention. I was hoping for the "dark Belgian sugar" mentioned on the label to come through as a malty sweetness.

The mouthfeel was medium thick with no fizzy feel to it, thinning slightly as it warmed.

I can stomach this beer and I'm glad I bought a six pack as I feel the need to try almost every beer I see, but I won't be picking this beer up until next year when I've forgotten what it tastes like.

Photo of Biscuit033
2.96/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep ruby-amber color with a two finger off-white head that settles to a layer atop the beer with moderate lacing.

S: Candy sugar and syrup with a bit of date and fig.

T: Watery and sugary with only fleeting hints of dark fruits and some spice.

M: Thin and watery yet dry in the finish.

D: This goes down easy but mainly because it has no character. Too many better Belgian ales out there.

Photo of Drew966
3.26/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Full Moon Winter Ale pours a dark reddish copper with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is mild, a bit malty. The flavor is very mild, sweet and malty. Pleasant enough, but not the least bit challenging. Better than a standard macro lager.

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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,521 ratings.