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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 11-07-2010)
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Photo of PhageLab
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Blue Moon Seasonal Collection - Full Moon Winter Ale on the 12oz bottle from a sixer. Poured into a wine glass (the only thing available).

A - This transparent amber ale is populated with lots of rising suds. Produced a nice frothy head and surprisingly displayed some decent lacing.

S - Sour and malty aroma, a bit of brown sugar with an alcohol tinge. Not bad at all.

T - Mild bitterness, a bit watery, with a sour finish. There are some sweet notes and malts in there as well. It's quite one-dimensional, yet not necessarily bad.

M - Crisp light body with a clean macro finish. Nothing spectacular.

D - Pretty drinkable stuff, I could easily down this sixer and be content. I'd pick it up over the regular Blue Moon any day of the week. Overall not bad, I'd say it's worth picking up a single and giving it a try.

PhageLab, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of Nutleybeer
3.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Actually a pretty decent beer. For a commercialized seasonal offering, I was not sure what I was getting.

Poured with a nice foamy head. A good supply of lacing clung to the sides of the glass. It remained fixed there throughout.

A cloudy orange, almost brown-like color. Not much to describe in the scent...perhaps a tad bit of a yeasty smell.

A hint of sweetness in the flavor. Rather mild, not too much of a Belgiany-yeasty flavor...drinkable and smooth....not incredible but decent nonetheless

Nutleybeer, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of biggmike
2.42/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear light copper color with georgeous white head that lasted for a long time. Aroma was almost non-existent, and nothing was really discernible. The taste did not live up to the beautiful appearance. Very bland. Slightly sweet. The mouthfeel was good and the lacing on the glass was excellent. The aroma and taste were severely lacking, but since nothing was really offensive, the drinkability is average.

biggmike, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of jerseyjoe
2.2/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bought a six pack of Full Moon since I have enjoyed Blue Moon products in the past. Anyway i was very disappointed after I had one. Smell was very sugary with little else. Taste was bland with the taste of you guest it sugar! Not recommended by me there are much better winter beers out there then this one.

jerseyjoe, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of ZAP
2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Light orange color

S-Mild....biggest impression is a sweet sugary aroma..

T-Lightly flavored...some caramel sweetness...an interesting spicing on the finish which I can't identify

M-Creamy smooth, almost as if on nitrogen...velvety but thin to medium bodied...

D-A decent winter ale for the person who drinks a basic macro as his go to beer. This is just too lightly flavored for my tastes in a winter ale...but it's not a horrible beer by any means...

ZAP, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of StonyB
3.73/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now called Full Moon, let's take a look at this 12 ounce offering from our friends at Blue Moon (yes I know it's Coors, thanks)...

5.6% ABV on the label, right under this description: "Abbey Ale brewed with a hint of dark Belgian sugar." Hmmm...

Appearance - A careful pour reveals a very clear copper body, topped with a rocky head. Foam dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving some pasty lacing around the glass.

Smell - Caramelized malt, licorice, maybe some cinnamon. Mild spices in general. Not very assertive, just ok.

Taste - Interesting. Definite sense of ginger, balanced by some raisins, and an overall malty sweetness. A little bit of holiday spice, with a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon. Somewhat complex initially, but finishes sweet, in a good way. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel - Slightly tart, medium body. Heavily carbonated.

Drinkability - Seems pretty sessionable for a winter ale. A bit of malty goodness, complemented by enough complexity to keep things interesting.

Full Moon delivers as an enjoyable, mild, Belgian-style Winter Warmer. Worth a try.

StonyB, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
2.28/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Pours a reddish amber color with little head that leaves very little tracing.

Smell- Nose of alcohol, malt, and a hint of yeasty wheat.

Taste- Taste initially starts very slow, initial period of no taste, which soon becomes a strong taste of malt. Honestly this tastes more like a malt liqour than anything else.

Mouthfeel- Very thin on the palate, quite watery.

Drinkability- Personally I would avoid this beer.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of littlebibs
3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lighter winter offering for this style of ale but on the plus side
these go down really easy, sure there are winter brews with
so much more character and usually high in alcohol. I will find
those as the season comes around but this isn't bad ale by
any means. It has some light spice and malts and the sugars
don't really offend, must be a slight bitteness that keeps this
from being to sweet. I let the second bottle sit a bit in the glass and
its tastes do come out and is more balanced. Some metallic tastes. As with the honey
moon ale its an ok brew that I wouldn't pour down the drain, I don't
care if they're made by coors, good people work hard to make
these, its better than middle of the road but not a classic , I'll
save those brews for special occassions when I can find them
and have the extra cash to buy them. I was hoping I could
get some vanilla out of this, (as some reviews noted, I love Magic Hat Ravell for its
vanilla porter winter brew but that brew
is so hard to find during the season, this is ok stuff , next....

littlebibs, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
2.38/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Clear standard amber hue with a light tan head that quickly fizzes to almost nothing.

The aroma is a light caramel aroma on top of a crisp malt base. Maybe a little spice.

Biscuity malts with a metallic finish. Maybe a hint of spice. A touch of hop bitterness. Light bodied, plenty of fizzy carbonation.

This is, yet again, Coor's attempt at gaining money from the craft market. I mean, this is a craft beer in a craft style. For whatever reason, it just doesn't impress me. On top of that, something seems wrong with it. This isn't oxidation or skunking, it's just not a good beer. Glad I only bought one bottle. Not recommended (at all, give your money to a smaller brewery).

Edit: The beer's taste does improve a little after it warms. Still not great though.

BeerSox, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of JamesS
3.98/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color, not as dark as usual, but not bad. Has a decent head and pretty good lacing. It does not have much of a scent, a light maltiness with almost no spiciness. You get a bit of a hint of spice in the taste, but just on the edge. For the most part you get a decently average ale, but as a winter warmer its barely average. Goes down all right, a bit too fizzy from the carbonation. Worth a try if it's the only winter warmer you can find, but so far the only above average Blue Moon I've had is their pumpkin.

2008 version update -- MUCH better. Nice head and some decent lacing, good crisp scent, nice hint of cherry and sugar in the taste. Goes down smooth. I really enjoyed it this year.

JamesS, Nov 02, 2007
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

scottyshades, Nov 02, 2007
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.

Winter, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of dsa7783
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...

dsa7783, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of BubbaSteve
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.

BubbaSteve, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of armock
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.

armock, Oct 27, 2007
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.

BEERchitect, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of aerozeppl
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.

aerozeppl, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of riversider76
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!

riversider76, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of Foxman
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.

Foxman, Oct 23, 2007
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.

Reidrover, Oct 23, 2007
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.

hiikeeba, Oct 21, 2007
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

russpowell, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Oct 21, 2007
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.

BDIMike, Oct 21, 2007
Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,413 ratings.