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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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1,504 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,504
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.39%
Wants: 9
Gots: 175 | 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 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!

Photo of mattster
1.69/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Opened cold 12oz bottle, poured into snifter. Nice white head of 1" to 1.5" that dissipates rather promptly. Brew is clear, dark reddish-brown.

Smell is not pleasant. Somewhat metallic and hints of malts. Taste also follows through with the metallic, definitely bitter on the palate. Not a smooth drink.

I tried to let it warm up to see if the taste/flavors extracted better, but it never happened.

I was really expecting more from this beer...

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
3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
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
2.16/5  rDev -28.9%
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
3.36/5  rDev +10.5%
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
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
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
3.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,504 ratings.