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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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1,488 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,488
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.72%
Wants: 9
Gots: 133 | 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 jwc215
2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Freshness date of Apr. 06, '08 printed on bottle:

12 oz. twist-off capped bottle, poured into glass chalice:

Pours copperish orange with a thin white head that becomes patchy almost immediately. Very little trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of grainy malt with a touch of caramel. Mild sugary spicing if you really put your nose in it. Sourdough mixed in, along with a touch of metallic notes.

The taste is of carbonated blandness at first. Some bland hop bitterness balances out a sugary sweetness without adding to taste. Maltiness joins a metallic tinge as it warms - more of an amber ale caramelish than a Belgian...Not wintery - maybe autumn-like. Thin taste.

Effervescent with quite a bit of harsh carbonation, it doesn't have much of a mouthfeel or finish to it.

Not undrinkable, but too mild/lackluster. Doesn't fit with Belgian nor with winter so well, IMO.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is an orangish-amber color with a two-finger, bubbly, creamy looking head. Looks sort of watery sitting in the glass. Smell is not overwhelming, slightly sweet with a hint of brown sugar and possibly vanilla. Taste is also slightly sweet, but not cloying - the brown sugar is slightly noticeable. Smooth finish, medium mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. Overall, a decent beer - nothing to write home about but not offensive either.

Photo of Metalmonk
2.1/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Not at all a Blue Moon hater, I thought this would hit the spot in a similar way. Unfortunately Full Moon doesn't live up to what it advertises itself as (an "Abbey Ale").

Looks good enough, with a thin soapy head that thins quickly. The body is a gleaming copper color. Some nice lace patterns are left as the head all but vaporizes.

Aroma is mostly metallic in nature, with insanely minuscule hints of brown sugar and honey.

This beer puts up big losing points where it counts most...too bad. The flavor is unattractive from every angle. The sweetness promised by the "Dark Belgian sugar" is muted; the yeast is hiding; the malts seem dead; the metallic character of the aroma comes out even stronger in the flavor. In general it's just a mess. Having had several over the past week, I now know that I will never, ever buy this one again. Not even in a pinch.

Photo of beerking1
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazy, orange-amber with a decent head that lingers well. Aroma is juicy malt, raisins and some alcohol, but faint. Flavor is watery, some dark fruit malts and some alcohol. Not bad, but not great. Overall kind of what you would expect from Coors, but worth a try.

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

First winter seasonal of the season. That said, this Blue Moon, Full Moon was ok. Just that, ok.

It poured a dark,orange-like amber. A dirty-off-white head that does maintain alittle, and lace abit.

The aroma is of sweet vanilla, and toasted malts. Almost bock like.

The taste, a splash of vanilla malt. toasted bean, and toasted caramel. Sweet with little to no hop.

Mouthfeel fades this brew, while feeling abit thin or watery.
Vanilla gets washed away.
No alcohol sting or warming for that matter.

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

This one was from last winter's batch.
Pours an orangey-brown pumpkinish color with a light brownish-white head and some sticky lace.
Smell is sweet and malty with some winter spices. I detect vanilla, caramel, and cinnamon.
The taste is milder than the nose indicated. Slightly sweet and malty with the aforementioned winter spices, but less potent. Maybe it's just because of who made it, but I also detect some orange in the aftertaste.
This beer is medium in carbonation and body. Worth a try, not a bad winter offering from Blue Moon.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass... "ditto" on what most said here already.

for what it is, this is actually not a bad "macro" winter beer. of course, i would not consider it a "real" belgian, but this brew is worth trying this season or at least having if thowing a holiday party with guest who are apt to drink down typical macros.

this beer has grown on me. it's light, refreshing, and it's low abv makes it a good session brew for this holiday season. it's also a decent choice when taking a break from larger abv and fuller winter seasonals.


Photo of barefootbrewer
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear brown with a big head – tight bubbles, but quickly dissipating head. The smell is hoppy and a bit spicy, but not strong. The taste is bitter and a bit sweet. There is a spicy quality to the taste. The mouthfeel is somewhat shy of medium, but seems suited. Overall, this isn’t a bad offering from Blue Moon – it’s at least worth a shot.

Photo of brandoneast
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this brew from the twist-off caped brown bottle into a stemless pinot noir glass. Full Moon had a copper color with loose bubbles and little head retention yet looked very impressive in the glass. The aroma was slightly malty with a dim fruit nose. The taste started off with candi sugar and faint malt notes then hit with balanced hops in the back. Only as the beer warmed did it begin to work in more malt character with hints of vanilla, toffee and caramel. It finished with mild spice and sweet fruit. Full Moon’s uneven character led to a surprisingly higher alcohol presence that I rarely expect from a beer with a relatively low ABV of 5.6%. The mouthfeel was lightly creamy and medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

This is a very accessible beer and would be one to have in the fridge this season for those who are beginning to approach different beer styles and flavors. For the students of the traditional Belgium brewing methods and varieties this may not hit the mark. The bottle had an expiration stamp of March 9th, 2008.

Photo of Dogbrick
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draught at Winking Lizard in Columbus. Pours a clear copper color with a medium thin and foamy off-white head that dissipates steadily. Sticky patches of lacing. Mild aroma of grain, spice and fruit. Light effervescent body with a subtle malt and spice character. Light nuts and dough in the flavor as well. The finish is mildly spiced and leaves a nutmeg and malt aftertaste. Does not meet my expectation of what an Abbey Dubbel should be, but does meet my expectation of Coors’ expectation of what an Abbey Dubbel should be.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tonight I had Blue Moon's Full Moon and I believe it is actually the same recipe for the Abbey Ale I enjoyed many years ago.

It pours a clear reddish-orange and is topped by a thin ivory head. Smells lightly spicy and fruity.

It tastes lightly metallic. Some candy sugar flavor, some estery flavors. Is a bit sticky in the mouth but finishes cleaner than you would expect.

Don't expect your typical Belgian abbey but it's pretty good stuff.

Photo of FenwaySquid
2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, twist off cap, BBD of March 9, 2008 printed on the bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear reddish amber color, carbonation rising inside. The head formed 1-2 fingers thick and faded quickly into some lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, sugary, some fruity aromas as well. Not very complex.

Taste: Sweet malts up front, in the middle, and the end. A little spiciness comes through in the finish. Again, not very complex.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, a little watery. The carbonation was there, didn't do much one way or the other though.

Overall: If you're new to microbrews you'll probably like this. If you're into authentic Belgian beers, you probably won't. Nothing awful, but nothing special either.

Photo of Brad007
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a mild amber color with little if any head. Aroma is mostly spice and raisin on the nose. Taste is somewhat sweet and bitter at the same time. Tastes like any other macro beer. I can't really find anything impressive in this beer except that the spices fade towards the back of the tongue. Maybe it's something I'm not detecting but at the same time, this beer is quite unimpressive.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a typical looking amber colour with a quick to dissolve frothy white head that leaves patches of itself on the glass.

The aroma has a bit of an earthiness to it along with some candy sweetness from the Belgian sugar that is apparently used here. There is a touch of general spice in the mix as well, along with a hint of vanilla.

The flavour is much like the aroma: earthy notes plus a bit of candy sweetness and even a bit of tartness from some orange fruit that was picked up. There are some nut notes here as well, along with vanilla at the finish of each sip. The problem here: there's too much going on and it doesn't necessarily mesh all that well. It's not terrible, just not right on. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a slight hint of slickness.

This one isn't bad, but could be much better. Pull back the arsenal of flavour and simplify it by bringing out one or two key flavours and balancing them well. Give it a try I guess but don't expect much.

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

12 oz brown bottle with "APR2708" printed on the side.

The Big Boys make a dubbel, interesting...

a: Nice copper color with white head. Good retention, poor lacing.

s: Caramel malt, little else.

t: Sweet caramel malt, a hint of dark belgian sugar (as the label suggests), and just a touch of hops in the finish. Completely lacking the depth and complexity that define a good dubbel.

m: Medium to light body, pretty smooth, watered down feel.

d: A dumbed down dubbel that may be good for newbies or those looking for a different "let's get drunk" beer, but little else. Its an okay beer, I could put down many of them thanks to its lack of flavor and watery consistency, but calling it a dubbel is a bit of a stretch. A decent effort by MolsonCoors and Co. that seems to fit in with the rest of the Blue Moon label.

Photo of TheTrevor
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a copper color with a single-finger off white head. The smell is a little sweet maltiness, although it's a little faint. The taste reflects the smell with a lot of malty sweetness up front, followed just a tiny bit of hops. This is a nice drinkable beer with a fairly average mouthfeel with lots of carbonation.

Photo of mooseisloose
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much smell to speak of but for a sweet malt background. Color is a very pale translucent brown. Head is there but not for too long. Taste starts out sweet then immediately has a flat bitterness followed by a sweet malty finish. Carbonation seems high and without it the brew doesn't seem to have much backbone. No flavors really stand out. This is usually served with an orange slice and that probably adds the flavor it lacks. Not much of a statement maybe trying to please too many.

Photo of cdkrenz
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another purchase from Cellar 70 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Appearance - Nice amber tone with a purple glow. The head started at a 1/2 inch and faded to a thin cloudy cover at the surface. Nice lacing as the Full Moon fades from the pint glass.

Smell - It has a sweet fruitiness in the scent that doesn't overtake the robust malt aroma. Tempting!

Taste - Not as full and complex as I had anticipated. The flavor is malty but really doesn't take me anywhere else.

Mouthfeel - The feel is watery with obvious carbonation. I wouldn't say this is smooth or coarse. I will call it average.

~ This is the last of a six pack that I purchased about 2 months ago. Let's just say I wasn't very anxious to review this one. I can't see myself going out of my way to try it again either.

Photo of scottblaze
3.83/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date on bottle: APR0608 I assume this is the sell by.
Batch # ??? 110 57 N B Brown Bottle

Pours medium amber, decent head, fair retention and minimal lacing. Odeur of roasted malt, brown sugar, petunia blossoms and just a hint of cooked veggies. This ale is quite tasty, an amalgamtion of sweetish malty flavors, vanilla and cherries, mildly bitter hop profile. Good mouthfeel and very good drinkability.

Not a good example of the style but certainly an enjoyable one...regardless of the brewer.

Date: APR2708
Batch: 12737NA Bottle dark(er) brown

When I first wrote this review, it was really quite a pleasant experience, I liked it a lot but something is dramitically different (for the worse) with this batch. I've felt compelled to write this edit because this batch ( I guess thats what the # means) is borderline undrinkable..literally needs to go down the drain. I'm not changing my #'s because this has to be the fluke..it is that bad.

Appearance is decent enough... Pronounced smell of cooked vegetables, taste is astringent, unpleasant aftertaste. Where in the hell was QA? A big company like Coors should have better control than this, something had to have gone wrong. Completely unlike the beer in my other review. The bottle is even a different color, a darker shade of brown. The style of the #'s was different...Does Coors brew this stuff in different places?

I now understand why reviews were all over the place.

Photo of budgood1
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours out a mostly clear dark amber colour, with a huge frothy head. lace is ample and chunky, making for a nice looking beer in the glass. sweet nose; bright fruitiness mixed with a hint of milk chocolate and caramel...smells pretty nice, also. flavours of sour fruit, alcohol spice, hints of straight belgian candi sugar and nice notes of yeast and earthy malts. hops are subdued...just enough too try to balance out the sweetness. now all these flavours are subtle and agreeable, without any standing out in any way, making for a nicely balanced, yet timid belgian style ale. granted it lacks any depth or complexity but it has a nice body to hold up the taste profile, and although the mouthfeel may seem a somewhat thin compared to genuine dubbels, it's a unoffending ale. sessionability is good... i can see this as a nice accompaniment to some holiday cheese and meat and cracker platters or other snack food.

as a product of coors, this is a nice attempt to appeal to the masses without being over the top.

probably worth a six pack every december.

Photo of jneiswender
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Beer was brown topaz and quite clear. Medium off white head. Stays around.

Smells like cinnamon and faint candy sugar smell.

Nice balance between dryness of the spice and the sugary candylike finish.

Not a bad offering. One of the more better holiday drinks.

Photo of kevman527
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Was at my local beer store, and they were selling it for $5.99 a six pack, so I thought I'd give it a try. Poured into a room temp pint glass.

A - Two finger head, which went away quickly, leaving just a thin layer. Very light amber color, with a tint of orange.

S - Has a citrusy smell with notes of cinnamon, cloves, and ginger.

T - Tastes a little like regular blue moon, but with a little more spiciness and a a citrusy flavor. (Next time I would try with a slice of lime or lemon.)

M - To me it felt like it had a lot of zing to the carbonation, not sure if I really like that.

D - Probably won't buy more than the six-pack, but its not a bad beer, about average.

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

I thought this wasn't a bad beer at all. Now, it wasn't the best Dubbel I've had, but for a macrobrewery, it's pretty good. I thought it had a nice warming taste, with hints of brown sugar, faint spices, a faint "kiss" of the hops, and good caramel taste as well. I thought it looked pretty damn good in the glass after I poured it. It had a solid/thick head on it that lasted for a long time afterwards. To me, you can't ask for much more than that. Overall a nice beer from the big guys. At least they are making something other than the swill they usually put out. Who knows, some poor unsuspecting "joe schlub" might be turned onto different styles after having this. I think it's a great tool to get people to try different beers.

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

I saw this at the local grocer's today, and a fellow shopper recommended it as "very tasty." After trying this, I disagree. It's a decent beer with a nice, smooth texture, and there is some decent flavor in it. But everything about it is too subtle, and all that stands out is its middle-of-the-road quality.

It has a decent appearance, a medium brown with a thin head, and spotty lacing on the Yankees pint glass. Not enough of a smell. There is some caramel, some roasted sugary flavor, but nothing stands out.

Overall, it's OK, but somewhat of a letdown.

Photo of Zorro
2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A Dubbel? We shall see.

Clear bronze colored beer with a good tall tan colored head.

The smell is sweet and fruity with a buckwheat aroma, not that great I hate buckwheat. Cherry fig and Candi sugar along with some sort of funk that must be coriander. The coriander does not mesh so great with the hops used and or bitter orange peel; it is a little messy to evaluate.

The taste starts off malty and bitter with basically Belgian witbier flavor. A bit of extra malt in the taste and extra bitterness and maybe a little spice, not that much like a Dubbel.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not much to recommend here. Take Blue Moon, add some extra crap and call it a new beer. Inferior to the regular beer.

Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 1,488 ratings.