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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale - Coors Brewing Company

Blue Moon Winter Abbey AleBlue Moon Winter Abbey Ale

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BA SCORE
70
okay

1,308 Ratings
THE BROS
56
awful

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Ratings: 1308
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.72%


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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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer came on tap, served in a tall glass and rimmed with a cocoa poweder/sugar mix. The ale had a red amber colour to it with a reduced tan/cream head. Good clarity. There was slightly sweet nose, but the smell was mostly muted. Tasted like a belgian-style ale; no lingering aftertaste... not bad, but average.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2012 03:56:55 | More by NilocRellim
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RickS95

Indiana

2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A mostly brown pour with a bit of copper thrown in. A bit too clear for my liking, but the attractive head makes up for it. Offwhite, a mixture of different-sized bubbles, and good retention. Slight lace with each swirl.

Some caramel scents, but nothing aggressive. Just nothing stands out. I've swirled it, let it warm and touched my nose to the bubbles, there's so little scent it barely registers.

A combination of pilsner and caramel malts and little else. Some generic spicy flavor that likely comes from the wheat.

A bit sweet, a bit spicy, a bit hot, slightly tangy. It's kind of complex, but not really in a way that works. I'm left with a stickiness on my tongue after each swallow that I can't get rid of.

This gives dubbels (it's so not a real dubbel) and abbey ales a bad name. Overall, it's not really sure what kind of beer it wants to be.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 04:15:04 | More by RickS95
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TheSixthRing

California

2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, rusty color with an off-white, 2 finger head. Poor retention. Lace is minimal with no stick.

Smell - Sweet aroma. Caramel, brown sugar and a slight vanilla.

Taste - Light on flavor. What's there comes across with bready sweetness, caramel, brown sugar and a touch of vanilla on the back end.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Fair carbonation. Too thin for the style.

Overall - As a beer in and of itself, it's decent. As a belgian, it's a total failure. Weak, underdeveloped flavors. A body that's not right for the style. No effort in making a true Belgian with this one, only a beer that will appeal to the masses, and you do that by minimizing flavor while cutting down on the body.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 02:28:00 | More by TheSixthRing
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Hendy011

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Red-brown with a finger head, fades over a short time, no lacing
S - Carmelly malt, sweet, a little fruity
T - Tastes like it smells, sweet, with a little vanilla flavor, pleasant toffee aftertaste
M - Some carbonation, not too much
O - Pleasantly surprised, will get again.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 07:39:12 | More by Hendy011
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laramis

South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured a reddish brown with a quarter inch head, no lacing

S: it was a pleasant mix of bread and malts, some seasonal scents, a very nice aroma

T: similar to smell very malty, i don't mind a sweet flavor but the after taste seemed to sweet and the flavor while similar to the scent was not as good

M: pretty average some carbination, not a suprising feel from a macro-owned brewery

O: this was an average beer, not bad not good i would drink it again if it was offered but i would not seek it out

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 05:20:41 | More by laramis
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, brownish-red in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: bread, toffee, and holiday spices

Taste: bread, toffee, and holiday spices--there is some dark fruit and caramel as the beer warms

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness, high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: There are way better dubbels out there no doubt. That said, this is not a bad beer and would make an excellent introduction to craft beer..It may be the best of the seasonal moon beers I have had. If I was looking for a cheap dubbel that I could have several of during a game, I would pick this up.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 15:15:48 | More by tigg924
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scratch69

Missouri

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

I poured a bottle into tulip glass.

Appearance- Clear brown-amber color with a half a fingers worth of quickly disappearing head. Hardly any lacing.

Smell- Strong aroma of toasted bread with caramel malt and bitter hops notes.

Taste- Caramel malt flavor with some hop bitterness toward the finish. After taste is too sweet.

Mouthfeel- On the light side of medium bodied with a below average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Not very good. I am glad I only purchased this as part of a pick-six pack instead of a whole six pack. It had a good aroma but was a total disappointment after that.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 19:59:44 | More by scratch69
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Winston_Smith

Kentucky

2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It was the only non macro-lager available where I was tonight. Oh well...

Appearance: A transparent kind of dark amber. It pours a little head, which quickly disappears to nothing. No lacing.

Smell and Taste: Smells just like it tastes... Totally one dimensional, and concentrated around a vanilla flavor. Too sweet for me.

Mouthfeel: I guess it feels okay, but not excellent. Kind of slick going down.

Overall: I won't buy it ever again. I think I had it last winter, and had forgotten how it was. For a seasonal offering, I was expecting something at least halfway special. I know this is a macro-owned brew, but even those can hit occasionally. This one missed. Pass on it unless its free.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 05:23:51 | More by Winston_Smith
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chrishensley

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disappointing for a Winter Ale; not as much flavor and body as I would want. A little bitter on the finish. The taste is good, but it disappears too quickly. Tastes very much like a typical lager, eg. Yuengling. I would like it to be heavier and more flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 02:04:36 | More by chrishensley
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fallopia

Indiana

3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an ale glass.

Appearance: Dark, honey-brown color with a thin, creamy head.

Aroma: Honey, toffee aroma with slight malt and cloves and spice.

Flavor: Somewhat off-balance with muted malt flavors and harsh, bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but lighter and weaker than expected. Short finish that is too bitter and off-balance.

Overall, the aroma profile is appealing, but the balance doesn't finish the job.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 00:31:40 | More by fallopia
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

2.18/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Lovely dark amber color, very little head though and it is almost entirely gone in seconds.

Almost no smell at all. Just the faintest hint of spice, though which one(s) I can't tell.

Smooth, caramel taste but it is gone almost instantly. Faint sweet aftertaste, almost sugary.

The actual taste of the beer is wonderful, however it is fleeting at best. Lacking substance. If the whole flavor of the beer was intensified, even just slightly, it would rate much better. Quite easy to drink, but not quite as much joy in drinking it as there should be.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 20:06:47 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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vfgccp

New York

2.48/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Red caramel ice tea.  Thin bone white head with low lace.

S - Small nose.  Light malt character, touch of caramel, light sourness.

T - Sour base over a deep malt body.  Light, dry hops make a quick cameo on the finish.

M - Medium/full body, but dives towards a thin dusty finish.

O - Definitely feels off.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 01:42:15 | More by vfgccp
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is bit underrated to me. Granted, it doesn't smell or taste like a true abbey ale, but for me this is actually preferrable. It's a really smooth drinker with a touch of cinnamon sugar & nutmeg spice. Perfect for the cold weather and a surprisingly decent offshoot of the Blue Moon label.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 21:16:57 | More by TheRealBigC
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle from CJ's NY for 1.69$

Appearance - Clear reddish brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, earthiness, butterscotch, herbal notes

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste raisins/grapes, malts, and some butterscotch/caramel. There are also some herbal notes and a touch of chocolate. It ends with a grainy slightly sweet dark fruit aftertaste.

Overall - This isn't as bad as some of the reviews make it out to be. It's in no way a world class dubbel, but it's not undrinkable. Not something I'd buy again, but I finished my glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 00:33:08 | More by spinrsx
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tjsmith910

Florida

1.5/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

clear deep brown in color with a 2 finger head and good drooping lacing but thats it. Blue moon dropped the ball here. taste is to bitter. mouth feel is tart and lasting. dont want this travesty of a beer again. still heavy like all the blue moon lines of beers but this beer missed the bus . wont have this one again

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 01:54:58 | More by tjsmith910
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

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

Picked this up for a dollar at the House of 1,000 beers. Worth the novelty I guess.

A - Not a bad looker even though it's old I got a 1/4 inch of sticky head with great lacing. Color is a dark amber brown, clear in color.

S - Skunked lager smells, mild with caramel and malt smells. Also mild. Not expecting much.

T - A pretty crappy beer as expected. Harsh grains clash with semi sweet malts into what I hope is a hop finish. The only salvation is that this one doesn't seem to bear the Coors "Hard water" metallic taste too much.

M - Light to medium OK at best.

Overall worth the dollar I paid not worth a repeat purchase and does not restore my faith that this brewery can produce anything palatable.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 02:45:39 | More by DrDemento456
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DannyDan

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an amber hue with some lacing and no retention. The aroma is of caramel, sweet malts and some dark fruits. The taste consists of caramel, sweet sugars and some dark fruit that leaves the mouth with a chalky dry feel from a watery beer. I admit that I am not an expert on Dubbels, but this seems to be decent for a blue moon beer. I might drink this again, but before I do i will want to try other dubbels to see how much better or worse other similar beers are.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 03:48:10 | More by DannyDan
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Clones21

Iowa

3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer. The smell is a bit strong. Smells like a harder Bud Light. The taste is actually not too bad. Has a nice sugar taste to it. Kinda sweet with a bite to it. I usually buy this once during the winter and that's about it. Solid beer and worth trying in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 01:10:28 | More by Clones21
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pweis909

Wisconsin

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

Lovely reddish color with a moderate head that dissipate rather quickly in the glass.

Fruity and caramel in the nose. The fruit seems malt derived (e.g., something like special b) rather than yeast derived. Taste and aroma are devoid of yeast complexity. Rather sweet in the mouth. Silky mouthfeel.

As an abbey ale imitator, this is not close to the mark. It works better as an "Irish" red ale; as a representative of that style, I'd prefer it to Coors' Killian product and most other beers that are marketed as an "Irish" red.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 22:12:34 | More by pweis909
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freebies from work continue...this is a little out of season at the moment but the best by date is 6/18/12.

Pours dark red with full clarity. Off-white head does retain pretty well, ending as a thick ring and cap.

Sweet, fruity malts in the scent. Candi sugar, dark fruits, some caramel, yeast. It's decent but weak strength.

Lots of toastiness and wheat come through in the taste, some sweet cherry and cranberry, yeast, candi sugar. A light cola vibe. Kind of comes off as an American lager with standard Belgian elements thrown in but not bad, just a bit tamed and average.

Kinda harsh on the carbonation but a decent mouthfeel.

Lacks the depth of an authentic Belgian (who woulda thought?) but not bad. Might work as a first step for getting into Belgian style beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 15:47:00 | More by Chico1985
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John1985

Tennessee

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

Ale pours a dark brown with a half finger head. Malty aroma, non descript malty taste with a brief finish. Medium bodied. This was non-offensive straight forward malty ale. It reminded of a flavored coke drink. I am unfamiliar with the dubbel style but this no very satisfying. I guess Blue Moon at best is a transitional brand that could introduce drinkers from a pure light lager style to one with more flavor. Hopefully this will be a brief transition.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 01:23:32 | More by John1985
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Beermazter310

Nevada

2.3/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - drank out of bottle, brown/amber color. Translucent when help up to the light.

S - chocolate, toffee, malts, a very VERY faint hop smell, not much flavor for this style

T- Too sweet, chocalate, toffee, roasted malts, wheat. Some off flavor

M - very light and watery for the style, good carbonation,

O - this is my 2nd time having this beer, only because I got it in a mystery pack from Bevmo. Its not a bad beer...it is not good either with an off taste and way too sweet. I would not buy this again. There are much better winter beers out there and this may be one of the worst ones I have had...the thing about this one is that its not too heavy, the alcohol content is that not high compared some other winter beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 19:58:29 | More by Beermazter310
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Mora2000

Texas

3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of a lot of cocoa and toffee notes and actually smells a lot better than I expected it to. The flavor is similar to the aroma. I get a lot of lightly roasted malts, as well as some toffee, caramel, cream and grass notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 04:27:33 | More by Mora2000
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burns1066

Iowa

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

This was a pretty good brew! Quite malty with almost no hops to balance the sweetness - a decent attempt at a Northern European winter ale. Pleasant, easy to drink, and the collection of spices are interesting enough to offset the beer's otherwise bland profile. Decent head on the pour, didn't linger too long. All in all, more than I expected from Blue Moon but not phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 20:57:25 | More by burns1066
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bundy462

Texas

3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brownish amber, white head.

S: Vanailla, caramel, toffee, slight wheat. No hops, all malt.

T: Lots of swiftly changing malty characters. Toffee and caramel are the strongest flavors. On the sweet side. Wheat is slight.

M: Almost a gritty mouth feel, unfiltered.

O: Different, glad I tried it, but nothing exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 00:47:58 | More by bundy462
Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,308 ratings.