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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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1,514 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,514
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.39%
Wants: 9
Gots: 193 | FT: 0
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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 MOShepp
2.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber color with a big head and some lacing.

Aroma of grain and honey, but nothing really significant.

Taste of honey and slight herbs, slight bitterness, semi-crisp.

Tastes a bit watered down, but easy to drink and went well with my dinner of chicken and rice.

Good beer for someone trying to branch out of the big brand pilsners and looking for a mellow beer without too much going on.

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

From notes, this bottle was purchased at Quick six- West York
Decanted at cellar temp into my DFH shaped pint.

A - Deep copper w/ a slightly caramel brown color. The head is off white and measures 3 fingers, I poured twice to get it all in. The lace is moderate and has great stickage.

S - A malty, sugary slightly caramel odor w/ spiced rum scent. The yeast odor is fruity.

m - Medium body w/ moderate carbonation and subtle sweetness. The feel is nutty in a light kind of way w/ tinges of spice in the feel.

T - Better than average taste at firstw/ malty flavors and woody hops w/ candy sugar notes that are faint working in tandem to make a medium dark light dubbel flavor. Just a shade darker than a Belgian pale w/ subtle caramel malt flavor and a light metallic taste w/ the brown sugar trailing w/ a gentle fruit hint. The taste is slightly apple tinged in the finish.

D - A fair attempt, yet just average for a winter seasonal IMO. I expect a lot more for a belgian style winter ale. This is drinkable, but there are so many other better choices. Just not my thing - I would still drink this if it was the only seasonal option.

Photo of tgbljb
3.68/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal-clear deep amber color with minute white head.
Smell has a light caramel note, but not much else.
Taste has a stranger caramel character, but the taste is really rather sudbued.
A nice dryness at the ending which somewhat saves the beer.
Probably more of a winter warmer than a belgian ale. Rereshing. Very middle of the road.

Photo of williamherbert
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear and glassy reddish orange. Like shiny triaminic. Some lace.

Sweet winter ale aroma with mild cherry. Nutty and malty. A little weak.

Sweet taste of bitter cherry and slightly bitter malt. Not too shabby, but not amazing.

Watery but a bit creamy. Slightly bubbly feel. Not bad overall. A bit too sweet in parts for my taste.

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.26/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, coppery hue straight out of the bottle with a fluffy, creamy head, about two-fingers. Scents of oak, dried fruits and coriander wafted up to my nostrils. Taste was pretty decent, heavy maltose sweetness with just a hint of bittering hops. Reminded me of dried fruits in the nose and taste. Mouthfeel dissipated quickly. Not a bad brew at all. Very sessionable, but then again doesn't stand out among other excellent winter ales.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road all the way to your door."

--Irish blessing

Dark coppery pumpkin with Sunkist orange edges. The several finger head is ecru in color and has a quality look. It looks even better as it melts and is beginning to grace the glass with delicate squiggles of lace... that become impressive sheets in the end.

The label says that Full Moon is brewed with 'roasted malts and a hint of dark candi sugar'. That sounds like a dubbel, right? I think it smells like a cream ale brewed with a handful of crystal malt. Not bad at all.

Unfortunately, this Coors product tastes like a macrobrewery's attempt at a craft beer. It's decent at first, but things don't develop in a positive direction from there. To be fair, they don't develop in a negative direction either.

This isn't bad beer at all and is actually one of the better 'Blue Moon Seasonal Collection' ales. For the most part, it splits the difference between pale and dark, with leanings toward the dark side. Calling it an 'Abbey Ale' has to be someone's idea of a joke.

The dark candi sugar helps by adding a bit of dark caramel and a sweetness that winter warmers need. Note: the beer has since been reclassified as a dubbel. There isn't much going on with the flavor profile outside of ripe, dark(ish) fruit, a subtle spiciness and an almost vanilla-like flavor that brings me back to cream ale.

The mouthfeel is actually somewhat enjoyable, all things considered. It's nowhere near thin and develops some supple creaminess as it warms. Nice job on the carbonation too.

Full Moon Winter Ale is okay beer that is close to earning the next highest flavor score. It has no business being called a Belgian *anything*, but then you already knew that. Kudos to the brewery for trying to straddle the divide that exists between their usual customers and us beer geeks.

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber color with a very faint but consistent head. Fair amount to very little lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet with a hint of mild malts and alcohol. The taste is also sweet, malty, and a little bit fruity. A tad too much carbonation in my opinion--a little less, and I think this would be a better beer. That said, it's easy to drink and has a little bit of a kick to it. Nothing to write home about, but very solid.

Photo of HardTarget
2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle Inspection: 5.6% abv. best by date of MAR 09 08 (sampled FEB 02 08)

Aroma: Mild marshmallow sweetness, lightly toasted, light spices, maybe clove?

Appearance: Lightly hazed amber brown with a full creamy cover of white that laces well

Flavor: Not a lot of taste to comment on. What taste there is isn't good. An odd light, but hot alcohol flavor. This tastes something like their pumpkin ale with different spices. Some buttery diacetyl in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin and dry

Overall Impression: Total package just isn't pleasing. Pass.

Photo of dpsychoholic69
3.93/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack at Kroger. Have had BM's Pale Ale before, liked it and thought I'd give this a try. This beer was called Winter Ale before and now is known as Full Moon.

A- Poured into a tall glass. Nice off-white head that stayed around for awhile, pretty good lacing. Color was a clear orange.

S- Smells of lightly roasted malts and an almost fruity aroma.

T- Kind of sweet taste, not unpleasant, not light but not heavy either. The roasted malts hit on the finish, slightly bitter but not bad.

M- I like the mouth feel of this beer, not as thick as a cream stout but a nice velvety feel. Very pleasing.

D- Very easy to drink. With an ABV of 5.6 a 6 pack is all I would need.

I must admit I almost didn't buy this beer. I was expecting a thin watery sweet beer with a nice wintery label. Although not my favorite overall this is a nice refreshing beer for a winter warmer, if you want to call it that. But this is a nice change from my thick stouts in the winter. I'll buy it again.

Photo of ChrisBuster
2.82/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Gold color with a small fluffy white head with nice lacing.

S- Sweet malt, but very weak.

T- Citrus, mild bite, little hops, with a warming alcohol feel and a sweet aftertaste.

M- Full with very nice carbination.

D- Not so great I probably won't have another.

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

The beer poured a basic amber with a light tan head. The aroma is light, but of spiced malt. The taste is basically sweet malt. The feel is light and dry. I bought a six pack and had a hard time getting to this last one. I had hoped for more when I saw this beer was out. It was really pretty weak and even lacked the signature Coors malt and yeast tastes which I do like.

Photo of JDK
3.81/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first Blue Moon I've tried. I see it all over the place but always figured it was simply the typical big brewery beer but after seeing it recommended by several readers and several stores I decided to buy a 6 pack tonught and was pleasently surprized!
Poured a very nice golden honey color with a 1 finger head that pretty much disappeared after a few sips.
Light to medium lacing that stuck around for most of the drink.
Light carbonation that quickly disappeared off the back of the tongue.
Smell was very light, as I expected,of spices and hops.
Tastes of citrus and some spices but nothing really stood out.
Actually a very good beer for the price and one worth trying. Definately could drink quite a few at a sitting, although I'll prefer Sam Adams or Anchor if I have a choice.

Photo of rgrholmes168
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- The head barely foamed up, maybe 1/2 inch and it quickly disappeared. The color is a nice amber, appealing and clear.

S- Not my best category to judge, but there seems to sweet aroma that I like coming from the beer.

T- Average, decent and light taste. Seems to be a caramel taste to the beer. Something that I was unable to place. A slight metallic aftertaste.

M- Activated my sweet taste buds. Very light/watery in my mouth.

D- Easy to drink. Went down smoothly, but it didn't leave me wanting more.

I will purchase again if I do not find something better on the shelf.

After letting the beer sit for about 15 minutes, I came back for the last quarter. I like the beer better after it was warmed up out of the fridge.

This is a decent beer that is drinkable. I recommend anyone taste it.

Photo of BigRedN
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of a mixed seasonal 6 pack at The Still in Lincoln on Dec. 22. I was surprized to see this marked as retired. I hope that does not mean that this bottle I have is old.

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is clear and coppery in color. Pour produces a nice 1/2 inch whitish head that has some good staying power. Leaves a full cover on the liquid and lacing down the glass.

Smell: Somw decent malt aromas, perhaps a hint of roasted nuts, along with some grains and a semblance of some dark fruits.

Taste: A mention on the bottle of this being like an Abbey ale. Seems a little light for that (in the taste department). Even as a winter warmer this seems a touch weak. The beer has a bit of a decent malt backing to it and is a touch sweet, but there is no pay off, no bitterness, or any spicyness here.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth, crisp with no aftertastes.

Drinkability: An easy enough drinker, a winter warmer you could session with if you wanted too. If this beer is released again next year I will probably purchase again, if not, well, I'm glad I got to try it at least once. Pretty decent.

Photo of garcia2a
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out a clear golden tone with a light head. The beer did have a fair amount of carbonation, that at times, wreaked a bit of havoc with the taste.

The bouquet was lightly malty, with just a hint of a golden ale smell. I found the bouquet to be thin, I wish it had more body as I wanted dark belgian sugars to come through.

The mouthfeel was good from the standpoint of the ease the beer's light body left the tongue. The taste, though, I felt suffered from the lack of a coherent body. While this may be an abbey styled ale in the most liberal sense, that really did not come through in the taste. The caramelized components of the wort did not come through. There was no pleasing lasting tasted that a more traditional abbey ale would leave.

To be fair, this is not a beer for the learned palate. It can be refreshing and fine, but not a belgian gustatory orgasm.

Photo of Beeryce
2.81/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Off white head dissipates quickly to a film and ring of bubbles that leave some good lacing. The beer is a clear light bronze color and low in carbonation.

Nose is soft, sweet malty aromas dominate a little yeast spiciness. Some grassy hop smells are discernable as the beer warms.

The taste is also muted, with a sweet malt base roughly balanced by hops. There is a nice spicy note, from the yeast, in the finish.

The mouthfeel is nice and full with a nice viscous, heavier than water feel.

The drinkability is average as I could drink maybe 3 of these.

Photo of Tuey13
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a nice head that quicly dissipated into some nice lacing with good retention.

The aroma was strong with malt with a sweet candy caramel scent.

This brew has a sweet taste with some caramel flavor mixing with the malt flavors, some mild carbonation with mild hopiness at the finish.

While not a heavy "winter warmer" this is a decent beer that gets too much bad press because of the parent company... perfect to session especially with a friend who might not be that adventurous with new beers!

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.25/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It's disappointing when every other Blue Moon beer out there comes out, you get all excited and than it tastes just like generic beer. I'm kinda insulted by it, why do something interesting and dare I say trailblazing and then turn around and churn out craft beer labeled bottles filled with pretty much shit. Appears a clear light amber hue with a large off white head forming fine even lacing as it dwindles nice look let's take a smell. Aromatics a muted grainy sweetness touch of spiciness and generic beer scent no real hop factor arising. Flavor touch of caramel sweetness with a grainy lingering quality that turns sour, dark Belgian sugar whatever dude this tastes like candy corn and caramel popcorn. Not impressed weak and one dimensional in nature. Mouthfeel is thin and overly carbonated you can actually tell just from the pour the way the foam forms and dissipates. Light to medium nothing really artificial Co2 floods the palate. Drinkability is a one and done analyze this type situation, no more needs to be said.

Photo of iceball585
2.66/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Reddish amber color, semi-clear, one finger thick head that lowered to a thin lacy cover

S- Caramel malts, winter spices, sweet smelling (possibly honey)

T- Toasted caramel malts, sugar, grains, hint of spices, hint of fruits, slightly watery

M- Light/medium weight, medium carbonation, fairly watery overall

D- Decent, but not great

This beer is really lacking in taste. Most winter beers are full of auroma and flavor. I think that they were afraid to make a beer too flavorful because some people might not like it.

Photo of sauron681
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber color with thick head, but no carbonation, and no lacing. A malty aroma with slight sweetness to it. Medium feel in the mouth.
Taste is very dry and bitter. With burnt caramel that has a sour tang to it. Tastes like over roasted or almost burnt malt. Unfortunately, I was not very impressed with this winter ale.

Photo of xare
1.53/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured as a straw-caramel color with nearly no head that went away almost as quickly as it was served to me. It leaves behind what can best be described as a soapy film on the glass.

Smell was very hard to distinguish - somewhat of a mixture between citrus and coriander (very light aromas). Definitely didn't whet my appetite any for this brew.

The taste was basically corn, some spices, some citrus, and a bit of alcohol flavor to it. Not really appealing at all and not well executed in my opinion.

Mouthfeel suffered from overcarbonation, probably to cover up its thinness in the flavor and feel department.

Drinkability wasn't good as it has no real festive flavor, or even flavor in fact, to continue drinking this brew. I would recommend finding almost anything else to replace this. Overall, the beer tries but doesn't execute.

Photo of SetarconeX
2.94/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I always considered Blue Moon my favorite member of the Coors family. Fairly drinkable, unusually cloudy for a big brewery, and even, dare I say it, tasty. So I had at least moderate expectations for a slightly tweaked winter version.

None of which were met.

We're back to crystal clear with this one, and enough carbonation that it seems the beer wants to escape from the glass. Smells like a slightly malted lemon, with a bit of spice. More spice and less lemon than a normal Blue Moon.

Tastes nothing like it's papa. The wheat seems to have been given a day off (BA lists it as a Belgian, instead of a whit, which would have been nice of Coors to tell me on the bottle somewhere so I knew what to expect.) A bit of malt, followed up by a dash of citrus, and a weird aftertaste.

It's slightly bitter, but not hop bitter. They're using some sort of spice in there (Coriander?), and I wish they wouldn't.

More than a little disappointing.

Photo of jar2574
2.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very thin tan head. Dark orange color. The head dissapates too quickly. Not impressive.

Citrus, malt smell. A bit weak. A metallic quality in the scent.

Watered down beer with citrus leanings and a slight touch of sweetness. Not worth drinking again.

Photo of dgfair
2.26/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle marked Full Moon Winter Ale - An Abbey Ale brewed with a hint of Dark Belgian Sugar.

A - Pours a burnt copper color with a fizzy off white head that diminishes very quickly, but leaves a slight foamy ring around the glass.

S - The scent is pretty bland. Kind of sweet, a little of a citrusy coriander smell. Not a whole lot here, and pretty difficult to single out any aromas...even though served at about 50 degrees.

T - Just like the smell, the taste really doesn't bring much to the table. Slightly caramel sweet, no real hop flavor to speak of, a tad peppery, but the overriding taste here is a macro type corny flavor that really seems like they were just trying to get a higher alcohol content on the beer. It's just not a real malt flavor. Overall, this is not a very tasty beer.

M - A little too fizzy in the mouth and kind of thin. Just like the other aspects of the beer, it's not bad, but it's certainly not good.

D - To summarize, this beer is pretty bland, and wouldn't even make a good introduction to a winter seasonal for a non beer lover. There are plenty of other winter seasonals out there for the same price...do yourself a favor and try one of those instead.

Photo of auxiliary
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance - Copper-orange color with a white head and some lace. Head decended.

smell - Malts, caramel, and grains here.

taste - You can taste rosated malts, but they are not smokey, Does have some hops taste to it with some sugar here.

mouthfeel - thin-medium body. Label says "full bodied ale"?

Drinkability - Easy drinking beer, seems last years beer was a winter warmer. They changed the name from Winter Ale, to Full Moon Winter Ale. Get rid of the screw cap!

Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,514 ratings.