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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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1,502 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,502
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.72%
Wants: 9
Gots: 172 | 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 n00tz
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
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
2.95/5  rDev -3%
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
2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
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
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of happybear
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looked like cola in my pint glass with a thick head that disappears quick.

S: Not much, slight malt smell but fading

T: For a Belgian pale ale, they missed. malts are like a drive by and there is nothing else.

M/D: Carbonation was good, flavor was decent for initial sip then gone. Like another reviewer stated, it has a weird aftertaste.

Would not recommend or purchase again.

Photo of angelmonster
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a huge tan head, with nice retention throughout and good lacing. Very dark brown in color with lots of carbonation

Smells of roast copper malt and some sweet toffee.

Tastes medium bitterness with a metallic taste. Slight roast toffee flavors are also present

Leaves a bitter taste in mouth after a few sips. Light and smooth going down with slightly high carbonation

Overall average dark beer a little too bitter for me, was not expecting that from this beer.

Photo of PhillyStyle
1.8/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: The beer poured a hazy brownish, call it cola, color with hints of red when held up to light. The head that was produced a slightly off white and it was not well retained.

S: The aroma was faintly malty with a very light hint of sweetness. Not much there really.

T: They were going for a Belgian beer, but they did not get there with the taste. Some malt and brown sugar or fruits for sweetness and I got some kind of metallic flavor. The combination of flavors was poor.

M/D: The beer had a medium body to it and the carbonation seemed to be right, but it leaves a strange aftertaste. I cannot really describe it, but it is not good. I bought a six-pack and have yet to finish one, let alone drink more than one at a time.

For some reason, I expect more since Blue Moon is a decent beer and they seem to try but just cannot seem to get any of the other seasonals right.

Photo of repeal06
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a caramel color with light carbonation, looked like a flat, generic cola. Slight, pale foam head.

S: sticky sweet, with a very faint hint of spice

T: malty, not nearly as sweet as it smelled. A little spice up front. No aftertaste.

M: a definitive "meh" in my book. Felt like it looked - flat cola.

D: Quite easily drinkable. Nothing about this beer is overwhelming, and it goes down smooth. That said, nothing terribly memorable or special here, either.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 11-08-2008 00:12:41

Photo of BeerandBlues2
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours clear dark brown, mahogany in fact, with a small, frothy, off-white to light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, bread, caramel), light to non-existent hops, average yeast (leaves, dough, cheese) with notes of dates, brown sugar, and wet paper sacks. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a metallic finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness. Not a bad beer, and certainly warms the holiday mood. It is nice to see such a large brewer buck the norm and go for a less mainstream style.

Photo of Onenote81
3.7/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

About time to start trying some of these winter seasonals. This brew pours a deep ruby color with a monstrous tan foamy head that lingers for awhile. Excellent retention and lacing. I'm impressed.

Smell some of the sweet sugar and malt. Some bread tones and a little floral wafting through.

I like the taste of this this. It's a little weak on the typical abbey ale flavors as others stated, but still good nonetheless. Nice mild hop bitterness in this that keeps me sipping.

Mouthfeel is also a tad weak. A little too watery. Good carbonation though. Overall, I've enjoyed the seasonals from Blue Moon, and this is no exception. I would drink this again.

Photo of Shaw
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, deep ruby in color with a nice foamy head.

It smells lightly of caramel and candy sugar. I wish the aroma were a little stronger, though.

It's got the abbey ale flavors, just not much of them. I (barely) taste caramel and dried fruit. Man, it's just hardly there, though.

The body is hefty and more impressive than the taste.

Overall, I'd call this Abbey Ale Light. They need to put more of everything into this beer.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cola brown with some reddish hues when held up to light. A large head with good retention, lacing is nice as well.

S: The sweetness is most noticeable. There are also some caramel and spice notes as well. Maybe some vague dark fruit and alcohol, but it's an effort to say anything other than "sweet" for this smell.

T: Mild toasted and husky malts, followed by a pleasant sweetness. Hops are barely noticeable, adding only a vague drying crispness. Some subdued spice notes, with hints of fruit and alcohol.

M: Medium body with fairly active carbonation. Mouthfeel is rather coating and slightly dry. A somewhat sticky feel.

D: It's not bad by any means. Some nice flavors are present, just in a watery/moderate fashion. It's very drinkable and certainly sessionable, which is probably what they were aiming for. You could do worse, but it's nothing to rave about.

Photo of dfolmste
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A reddish-brown color. Almost looks like a Coca-Cola if not held up to a light. Little carbonation with only a few strands of bubbles. Head is a light caramel color that fades from about 2 inches to a fine off-white line. Moderate lacing.

Smell: The caramel scent matches nicely with the color. The bottle advertises a hint of dark Belgian sugar. Even from a foot away I can smell the rich sweetness. Not overpowering though.

Taste: Very flavorful and yet leaves almost no aftertaste. It is a thick flavor cut by a hint of what must be the Belgian sugar. Matches well with the smell and distinct from a normal Blue Moon. For a beer with 5.6% alcohol, it does not taste that way.

Mouthfeel: A heavy beer with a mouth coating effect that is not unpleasant. The taste evolves the longer it is held with even a hint of citrus coming later.

Drinkability: Heavy at first, but as I worked my way down the glass, I did not feel the same way. Between 1 and 3 is how much I would probably be willing to drink in a row.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.31/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Never got a chance to try this guy last year and I enjoy most of the Blue Moon seasonals already so it was worth a shot.

Pours a hearty looking dark black and has a sweet smell to it. Overall flavor is a bit subdued but still has some of the Belgian sugars being noticeable and the mouthfeel and body are excellent. Could use a tad more in the actual taste department but this beer was super easy to drink and went down smooth... a nice winter seasonal.

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

This beer poured a dark brown hue with a two-finger white head.

The smell had a malty sweet aroma and a slight bit of hops present as well. The body of the taste was not as thick has I thought, with some toasted malt sweetness dominating a lighter hop flavor. There were some spicy yeast flavors present as well. Consistency was medium and carbonation was medium as well.

Not a bad beer overall and worth the purchase. It was a bit light overall for this style, but a good beer to introduce others to other tastes out there.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear, deep, garnet/brown with a 2 finger tan head. Retention is moderate with a thick cap remaining. Some lacing is evident as well.

S - A lot of dark fruits and brown sugar going on, but nothing very distinct. Faint aromas of raisins and currants. A strange metallic odor is getting stronger and stronger as the beer breathes.

T - A pleasant but simple sweetness starts things off with a hint of the fruitiness from the nose. There's a bizarre sour-ish flavor mid to late palate before mild roasted and slightly bitter flavors kick in. Simple overall.

M - Medium bodied, but a little prickly with the carbonation. High carbonation probably helps to lower the taste.

D - An OK brew, but like most of Blue Moon's seasonals, it falls short. Not bad, but entirely forgettable.

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

poured into my duvel tulip, mid-brown with orange highlights, three fingers of head, sheets of lacing that leave quickly.
smell belgianish, not real notes of any one
thing, jsut a sense of oh, this kinda reminds me of a belgian.
taste is even weaker than the smell, lagerish, but not in that good crisp clean sense of a good pils, its just weak.
mouthfells suprise suprise is thin as hell too, its a decent tasting session beer, but its no " abbey ale"

Photo of thespaceman
2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: The best part of this beer. Dark brown in color, minimal white head with suprisingly good lacing, a pretty nice looking Belgian pale..

Smell: This is the worst part of this beer. The hops are way too grassy smelling, almost unbearable to smell. I like when my winter beers have a touch of spice and maltiness in the smell but this is the opposite. Too much of an earthy tone to make me like the smell of this one.

Taste: A good toasted element, but that's basically it. This beer is too bland to enjoy. I got a quick taste of peanuts, minimal spices and a small touch of nothing, the taste of this is way too boring to excite me.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, creamy in the body yet it get's watery like alot of Coor's products once they sit on the tongue for a while.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to session but the taste wouldn't make that possible. Alot of these so-called Winter's should just be left untouched, because years ago, I can remember this beer actually being pretty quaffable, not anymore. Besides the appearance, this beer is pretty forgettable. Coors needs to go back to the drawing board and fix the blandness and the horrid, grassy smell this beer emits.

Photo of Gmann
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid brown color with amber highlights at the edges, tight off-white head that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of a light roasted malt and sweet candi sugar. The taste is of light roasted malt, grainy, enough dark candi sugar to balance out the grainy flavor. Definitely a BDA in 2008, it appears that they may have changed the style over last year, according to the reviews. The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation, quite balance perhaps tipping towards the sweet end. Not a terrible abbey ale, has some roasted flavor and sweetness but lacks the belgian yeast spice. Easily drinkable.

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

Poured into a chalice. Nice clear brown look with a tight head. Carbonation is fair. The head dissipates rather quickly. The aroma is of sweet candi sugar, caramel malt, and a bland brand of dried fruit. The taste is a little weak with the first couple of sips, but then after half a glass the flavors of chocolate, sweet malt, and slight tartness come through. The body is a little weak. The coating of the mouth and slick aftertaste hide the body after the first brew. A great session beer that I would drink at least every winter/fall.

Photo of larsee01
4.18/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A--Deep, reddish-brown pour. Not cloudy. Relatively aggressive pour yields a nice frothy head. Not aggressively carbonated, and minimal lacing.

S--Dark Belgian sugar as advertised. Notably sweet, brown sugar-ish with nice caramel malt and a touch of yeasty twang. Mild but very nice.

T--Sweet at the tip of the tounge. Malty for sure, super-minimal hop for balance. Quite mild. A well-balanced but tame beer. Just enough roasted malt taste for some substance. Mild yeast sourness...adjunct grains detected?

M--Medium bodied...definitely not full-bodied. Pleasant. Not sticky, oily, dry. Just right.

D--Big time. Certainly an entry-level beer if you are curious about climbing the "Belgian" ladder. At 5.6% ABV it is VERY sessionable, smooth and enjoyable. Not a challenging beer, but definitely knock some back watching Thanksgiving football!

Photo of Lexluthor33
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark Brown with a decent head and respectable lacing that had good retention.

The aroma was of roasted malts and some toffee hints.

The taste was at first sweet and sugary,then followed with some caramel malts that seemed quite tamed. It was sort of nutty with some fruit notes.

The feel was light body for the style and medium carbonation and a smooth yet yeasty finish.I have to add that it was also very dry in the finish and the balance was off.

Notes: For the style it claims to be inspired by it does no justice to the brew. Not nearly enough character or complexity. I would not bother with this one again and not because it was horrible,just because it lacked soul.

Photo of nasty15108
3.73/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle(2008 Abbey Ale)into a Konings Hoeven goblet.

A - Poured a dark brown color with ruby edges. The pour produced a thin head of tan foam that quickly dissapated into a thin bubbly film. Sticky lacing.

S - Aroma of roasted malts with hints chocolate and nuts.

T - More of the same.

MF&D - A little on the watery side, but not bad. Lacks the flavor of a true Abbey Ale, but not bad in a pinch. Better then I had expected it to be. I would drink this again.

Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,502 ratings.