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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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1,413 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,413
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.72%
Wants: 9
Gots: 82 | 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 KodyBrannon
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pub Glass.

This beer pours a golden amber/copper color, with a creamy head. That left, good lacing all the way down the glass. The taste was a fairly decent. Not quite the full bodied flavor that the label promises. The overall smell reminded me of caramel characteristics. And the mouth feel with light, with a decent carbonation. All in all the drinkablity of this beer is good at best. You kind of expect more, but the beer leaves you a little less than impressed. I could drink this one agian very easily, but probably won't just becuase I know there is way better out there

KodyBrannon, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of marksto
2.25/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a sixer at Publix the other day, surprised to see how few reviews are here so far. Then again, after tasting maybe that's why...

Pours a light amber color and very clear, with a thick fluffy head that lasts. Leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is very sweet with a little carmel and some other kind of odd element I can't identify - kind of like burnt sugar. That sugary-ness carries over into the flavor. Sugary sweetness dominates, and it seems like at least some of the sugar was added post fermentation and has not finished out. There is no compexity or depth of flavor like one would expect with a belgian style ale. Though the label claims "full bodied" it is more like medium bodied at best.

Overall, tastes like a Herman Joseph's dosed with sugar at bottling. Not recommended.

marksto, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of dedrinker
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, medium amber with a thin beige head. Nose of pastry dough - like a powdered donut without the powder. The first sips revealed grainy wheat husk/ hull flavors with a little candy sugar, but the body is all wrong; sliding around from medium to light and back again. This tastes like someone made a half-n-half with Chimay Red and Coors Original. I want to say it was a decent attempt, but the finish has a hint of depressing pizza from a Delaware beach town.

dedrinker, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.73/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my konings glass. Decent head that fades after a short while, but retains good retention. Amber in color.

Some caramel and roasted malt with a belgian candy sugar sweetness on the nose (you know what I mean).

Nice caramel and well balanced overtones of roasted barley come through a sweetness from belgian candy sugar. Slight astringency from the alcohol and very mild hop presence on the finish. Not bad, just a little bit oversweetned. Could bring out the malting a little more for improvement as the malting that tastes very good.

The beer is a little overcarbonated and the crispness is not appropriate for a dubbel, however the flavor clings well and are very clean.

Not a bad beer. It probably won't get the credit it deserves because it is a blue moon product, but I like it and could make a session out of it easily.

jasonjlewis, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Apperance: Pours a clear copper color with a fair amount of visible carbonation. Big white head leaves some lacing on the glass... seems more to just separate from the glass rather than becoming rocky.

Smell: Aroma of corn and light, sweet malts. Hardly impressive.

Taste: Lots of lightly sweet and slightly spiced malts, but also a lot of corn flavor. Has a bit of a warming taste. And a hint of alcohol in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with light/moderate carbonation. Quite smooth.

Drinkability: It's easy to drink, but after a while it doesn't taste at all like a winter beer.

Central American Lager meets Winter Warmer? That's what this seems like. It has a slightly warming alcohol feel, with some malty spices, but seems to be made out of a corn base. I guess it's decent enough for "just a beer to drink", but really not worth the money.

mithrascruor, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of GoreStorm
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poors a coppery color, transparent. decent size frothy head. decent retention. some decent beading with the carbonation.

S - malty and yeasty, a bit of peppery alcohol smell i think.

T - okay, some spices, malt and a decent hop balance.

M - allright, an average finish, some dryness, some tingling.

D - okay, you could drink several of these in a night i suppose.

Additional notes - overall i was a bit underwhelmed, it wasn't bad but i wouldn't hurry to purchase it again. allthough i did like it better than their fall seasonal harvest moon pumpkin ale.
they really need to step it up with these seasonal offerings.

GoreStorm, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.1/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean orange-ish/ copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, dry wheaty, and hints of sweet citrus/ orange. In the taste, same as smell, a dry wheatiness, hints of a sweet orange flavor, very much like a Belgian wit. A smooth, decent bodied mouthfeel and a dry sticky sweet aftertaste. Light, and very much like a Belgian wit style.

OWSLEY069, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
2.28/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an orangish amber color with an off-white head with good retention that leaves a pretty decent amount of lacing. The aroma is pretty faint with some roasted malts and a touch of spices with not much else. The taste much like the aroma is pretty flavorless and on the watery side. There is some roasted malts and spices with just a hint of hops in the finish. Overall, this is a pretty weak and flavorless seasonal that I would not recommend.

cjgator3, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of zeff80
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out an orange/amber hue with a good deal of carbonation. It had a small, tan head that did not leave much in the way of lace.

S - It smelled of corn and light malt.

T - It tasted somewhat spicy. It had a good malt flavor and some caramel taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Not bad. A descent attempt by Coors at a Belgian-style beer.

zeff80, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with a picture full of snow,

A: Pours a light amber, honestly, if I had not checked the style before I drank this, I would have assumed it would be dark brown. Nice head, full white colour, great retention, no real lacing.

S: Light smell of apples, though it grows as the beer is drunk, some malt comes through as well.

T: Not a bad tasting beer, but the flavour is struggling to break through in my opinion. Tastes a lot like apple cider to tell the truth. Nice bready malt character, and a bit of noble, floral hops, as well.

M: Smooth, creamy, too light for the style, too fizzy in the end.

D: Not a bad winter beer from Coors, interesting that they made an abbey style beer, but only put it at 5.6%, they should have gone for a more alcoholic brew, IMO, all and all, a fair beer, but not something I'll go back to, with so many great Winter Warmers on the market.

Halcyondays, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of berserker256
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good for Coors product. Nice and sweet aroma also detected in the taste. That Belgian brown sugar that the label boasts about must be the reason. Not too thick... pleasant consitancy and good carbonation. Nice head and lacing and easy to drink. Good beer taste-for-the-price ratio.

berserker256, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of RJLarse
2.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a six-pack of Full Moon Winter Ale at a grocery store. Poured in to a tulip.

Pours a red/amber color and is clear. Rich foamy head right off the pour, but it fades fairly quickly, leaving a frothy film on the surface of the beer. Marginal lacing.

The smell is faint, with a sour aroma like spoiled milk. Fortunately it is faint, and would likely be unnoticeable in a pint glass.

Taste is unremarkable. Cereal, with a little burned sugar flavor, and bitter hop finish. Bit of a metallic taste as well.

Mouthfeel is OK. Light a dry, with a bitter chalky presence after the swallow.

Drinkable enough but not a real good abbey. There are better beers out there for the money.

RJLarse, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle marked "Full Moon" into a Sunset Grill & Tap pint glass.

A: Poured a light-brown amber color with a two finger head of frothy white foam. Carbonation looked good and lacing followed suit.

S: Smells malty sweet and slightly spiced, but mostly of muted vanilla bean and brown sugar. Almost like a candle aroma.

T: Taste was mostly malt, with a hint of sugar, cinnamon and other faint, sweet spices. Not all that impressive.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and rich textured. Not the heartiest of brews, but very solid drinking.

D: Easy to split a six-pack of this on a chilly fall/winter evening. Not the most exciting, but good enough to drink a few.

The label on the bottle is what drew me to this one more than anything; all cozy in a snow covered cabin. The brew isn't stellar, but it's worth a look, like the other Blue Moon "seasonals."

Gambrinus1184, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a five finger white head fading quickly to a thin layer and leaving some lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. The nose is slightly malty. Medium carbonation and medium body. Flavor is a balance of malts, sugar and hops. Clean finish. $1.50 for 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience, Concord, NH. Label says this is brewed by BMBC in Toronto, Canada.

jdhilt, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of genog
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt orange color with a generous amount of thick and creamy off white head. Smell is of sweet malt, and dried fruits with some raisin, prune type scent and lots of grains which was weird for this style. Taste is rich in grain flavor with a copper like strange bitter finish. Watery mouthfeeling with a fruity like after...after taste.

genog, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of atsprings
3.78/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp pale orange with a thin off-white head that quickly diminishes to a ring. Aroma was some caramel malt with a hint of spice. Taste was caramel with some cinnamon and nutmeg, even a hint of vanilla. The beer was light and crisp with low carbonation. This one is somewhat enjoyable, but there are many better winter brews out there.

atsprings, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of orangemoustache
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5






orangemoustache, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was given to me by a friend in exchange for some beers that I had. Many moon's ago, their flagship Belgian White was one of my favorites and I was amazed to learn that they had a whole line of brews beside that one. Even though fall took a while to get here this year, I gave this a shot now because I was pretty eager to see what this tasted like. It's been a long time since I've had a winter warmer, but I get the impression that they're off the mark here...

The pour wasn't bad at all - this had a nice head to it and a radiant medium brown hue to it. Add in a light aroma, nut and roasting flavors, and heavy maltines, and we have a bock...except for one little problem - this isn't a bock! I always thought that winter warmers were spicy and had a pretty strong kick to them, and as good as this is, it seems much more appropriate for mid-to-late winter drinking that anticipates the spring ahead.

This would make a great session beer, even though the ABV % is over 5.0. It has a nice finish to it, a mellow, yet lingering aftertaste, and is neither too thick nor watered down. I'm not sure what Blue Moon was aiming for with this, but like their Belgian White, this would be a decent choice for a vast majority of beer drinkers. I'm glad I gave this a try.

JerzDevl2000, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of Murchmac
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a decent size head. I love the way this beer looks. It looks very warm yellow, honey color. It smells like a macro lager, tastes like a toastier macro lager. Not impressive, worth a try and only buy one if you like blue moon, but not a very good beer.

Murchmac, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of ism
2.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Initially, the tan head is full of life, but quickly lies dormant, leaving not much but a memory. Atop the slightly hazy honey-coloured body it offered promised, but is a letdown, much like the nose that lacks character beyond basic wheat and sweet. The flavor profile logically follows, with an active carbonation leading an artificially sweet wheat with a touch of citrus bitterness that melds together in a rather incongruent way. Read into it and it comes off more like pear than berries. The thin and watery body does not help. A bastardization of Blue Moon, not a winter warmer, far from a Belgian's complexity or darkness, nor interesting in a good way. Reeks of marketing capitalizing on a brand name's proven formula. Stick with the original.

ism, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hmm, at first sniff and taste it seems like a toastier version of Blue Moon. Sure, it's not bad, but there isnt much abbey about this. The mouthfeel isn't bad and there's nice lacing. But it's a little heavy on the spice, nutmeg and cinnamon, I think. I wouldn't call this Belgian or even very good, but kudos to Coors for making a decent beer.

tempest, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of Upgrayedd
1.88/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Since I had not sampled a Coors product in at least 10 years, I wanted to give this one a real honest shot. It poured great and had a nice amber color that reminded me of a darkish Maerzen. The first sip wasn't too bad, either, because I could detect a wisp of malt. It was all down hill from there. There was this synthetic or artificial mouthfeel that didn't make me feel comfortable. The aftertaste was a bit too bitter, too. I need someone to finish off the rest of this six pack for me...

Upgrayedd, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of DackAchan
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured well, a nice looking golden amber with a decent head that is suprisingly lacey. The smell wasn't anything special, no hints of any special flavors. Taste was mediocre at best. Not the kind of thing I'd expect from Blue Moon. Nothing special again. Mouthfeel was alright, again, nothing noticable. Drinkablility for this was average. This is an average beer, if you like Blue Moon, get original.

DackAchan, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of jordanmills
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a darker amber with a moderate cushy head. Smells of spice and malt with a metallic hint. Tastes warm and sharp, more alcohol than spice. Feels moderate with a lingering spicy metallic finish. Wouldn't be bad to drink on a cold day. There isn't much more to say, screw this comment length.

jordanmills, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
2.2/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium amber with ruddy brown overtones and an initially fluffy head that dissipates in no time. Dull aromas of sweetness and cooked grains. Some faint doughy spices linger in the background, but the overall effect is shapeless and uninspired. On the palate, sweet, with some gingery citrus notes first off, before off-sweet adjunct flavors take over the mid-palate. The finish sticks to the palate with sour-sweet tenacity. Ugh. There is really nothing to recommend this beer. If you want a Belgian-style beer (I assume that's what they're going for, since the label calls this an "abbey ale"), there are many other places to go. If you want a full-bodied winter beer, the same applies. Avoid.

geexploitation, Nov 11, 2007
Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,413 ratings.