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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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1,522 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,522
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.39%
Wants: 9
Gots: 206 | 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: thornside on 11-03-2006

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A - Slightly hay, but mostly clear brew. Wood varnish in color... slightly reddish brown. Nice thick and foamy head but not a whole lotta lace.

S - Odd. Bubblegum, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger. This is definitely going for the "Christmas spice" vibe. Not a lot of yeasty aromas that should come with the "Abbey" moniker.

T - A little more malty than the purely spice based nose. Thin chocolate malt up front, followed by a dry nutmeg and allspice finish.

M - Good balance of malt and spice, but it's a little thin. Boring but could be sessionable if you can find it on tap when there is nothing better available. Blue Moon seasonal brews tend to be ubiquitous at any decent restaurant around my neck of the woods.

This is like a store-bought Christmas gingerbread cookie. You can't honestly say that it doesn't taste good, but it sure ain't the same as Grandma's fresh from the oven recipe.

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Big full tan head with bubbles that aren't all that dense and not leaving much for lacing. Quite clear dark amber.
A really neutral aroma that has a soft am. lager year character. No real malt to speak of.
Kind of a crunchy malt character that is a lot closer to an English ale than a dubbel. Just a hint of a Belgian yeast character. Soft hop flavors. No discernible alcohol quality (not that I'd expect it with this abv, but it should be in a dubbel so I thought I'd note it). No drying on the finish.
Thin body for style. Soft carbonation that is filling.
This isn't a horrible drink, it's just not a dubbel. But it also isn't that great either.

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A - a finger and a half of light tan above a transparent body of red amber; moderate carbonation

S - caramel sweetness, wheat

T - lots of malt sweetness (notes of caramel and brown sugar), dark fruits, wheat bread; sweet malty finish

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A - Pours a clear, dark ruby-brown with a two-finger head of creamy foam. Small amounts of clumpy lacing.

S - Ok, this actually smells decent. Sweet caramel malt foward. Slight soapy hint, which flaws an otherwise good nose.

T - Candied caramel malt forward, with hints of brown sugar and vanilla. Some cinnamon in the mid-palate. Slighty spicy hops detectable in the background, but no lingering hop presence. A hint of metallic twang in the finish, but not enough to be distracting. Spice and hop choice actually complement the base beer nicely. Not complex, but the one note you get is pretty good.

M - Higher end of medium bodied, with prickly carbonation. Manages to be thick and sweet without being truly syrupy.

O - Hmm...BMC product. Not supposed to like this, right? Then how come I found this to be pretty decent? Man, if it wasnt for a few minor flaws, this would be really good. As is, it's definitely drinkable, and better than it's competition. (SA Winter Lager) Would gladly drink again if someone handed me one.

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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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