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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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536 Reviews

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Reviews: 536
Hads: 1,544
Avg: 3.05
pDev: 34.75%
Wants: 10
Gots: 267 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thornside on 11-03-2006

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Reviews: 536 | Hads: 1,544
Photo of kylehay2004
3.41/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head on a hazy deep amber and red body, nice lacing. Aroma is almost all caramel malt with a slight earthy note. Flavor again is like a red with sweet Carmel malt dominating and some brown sugar notes. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Very drinkable and refreshing. Not a bad offering from a macro brew.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.2/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a dark brown/amber color with a centimeter thick, frothy tan head that dissipates instantly.

Smell - Caramel, sugar cane, and subtle sweetness. The smell is kind of feint.

Taste - Toasted malts, strong caramel flavor, toffee, sugar, molasses, and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Feels a little creamy in texture.

Overall - Not too bad but I wouldn't wanna drink a lot of this..

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Photo of GregBlatz
2.97/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark ruby in color. head is tan and settles to nothing more than a thin layer. No lacing as it falls at this point. Slight haziness.

S - I'm struggling to pick up anything. A candy sweetness is there. Some breadiness.. I can't notice any belgian phenols or really anything. I should wait for it to warm up a bit but I'm going to dive in.

T - Crystal malts hit up front. Sweet and malty. I'm not picking up anything belgian here.

M - Very strong bite from the carbonation. No alcohol warmth perceptible. Somewhat thin.

O - I like the beer and I would drink another. The problem is I'm not getting any phenolic flavors. No dark fruit. Nothing belgian. It is a safe interpretation and it is good but not a good representative of an abbey style.

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Photo of Kendo
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into an Augustijn goblet. Body is dark amber (some mahogany around the edges when backlit) with a small ecru-colored head.

S: Faint notice of sugar, with a touch of dark malt.

T: Sweetness dominates. That candied sugar is there again, with a bit of caramel malt/toffee, some dark fruit and a slight nuttiness. Also some ripe apple. Finishes with a touch of cream soda that at times reminds me of black cherry soda. There's a bunch of things going on, but they don't seem to come together quite right.

M: This is where this beer really doesn't measure up. Carbonation is too active and the heft is too light.

O: Not bad for a Coors stab at a Belgian style, but nothing special.

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Photo of tony223366
2.61/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Actually has great clarity and color. Deep brown, but ruby red in the light. With a vigorous pour I got 1.5 fingers of fluffy head that quickly turned into nothing.

S: This is bizarre. It half fits the style and half doesn't. It's like it's wearing two different color socks. I get some caramel malt, candi sugar and dark fruits. And then... bam! Weird bread aroma. Totally out of place.

T: The taste is off balance too, but not nearly as much. I get candi sugar, caramel, dark fruits, some clean hop bite but that odd breadiness is there. Finish is a little sweet + cloying.

M: A shade too thin with a shade too much carbonation.

O: Actually better than I imagined. I think it's awesome Blue Moon (IE Coors) attempted a dubbel. They have just a few off-putting flavors and aromas that drag this beer down. I'm sure with a little tweaking this could be a solid offering.

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Photo of wedge
2.15/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright, clear crimson with a tall, but fizzy head that quickly dissolves to nearly nothing. Light aroma of toffee, nuts, and a whiff of dark fruit...cheap smelling overall though. Malty sweet flavor upfront, grain, bread, fruit, and a bunch of candi sugar. Increased plum and raisin as it warms. Medium-thin-ish and a bit dry in the finish. Not horrible as a beverage, but it fails at resembling any sort of Belgian ale. Needless to say, it can't hang with the real deal...

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Photo of TheCondor
3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was at a relative's house last night and was served this beer. He was pretty proud of it, but beer for consists of American Adjunct Lagers and not much else. He also insisted I put an orange slice in it, which after I had the first bottle I tried. Not recommended, and I knew better. Anyway, to the review of the beer (sans orange):

Appearance - Medium brown with a ruby tint, decent one finger head which dissipated fairly quickly. Nothing much seen for lacing. Looks like a pretty good beer.

Smell - A light fruit scent presents itself on the nose, with a hint of spice as well.

Taste - The brew has a mediocre feel on the palate. A real light caramel flavor, conmingled with a fruity and spicy undercurrents. Not bad, won't make you want to call your mom or anything.

Mouthfeel - Pretty thin, light carbonation. Kind of unexpected, but that's fine. The taste certainly doesn't linger on your palate long.

Overall - The score says it all: average. I did like the appearance of the beer, but everything else about it was kind of ho-hum. It's not bad, by any stretch, but I certainly wouldn't put it on a "wants" list or anything. Just average.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.13/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: I think this may be more of a Belgian dark ale than a dubbel because it pours a clear copper with a thick, pillowy khaki head. The head recedes quickly, but leaves a sticky trail of lace deep into the glass.

S: The nose of this ale is odd to say the least. Aromas of caramel, treacle, dark bread, and mildly earthy hops are joined by an off-putting wheat toast aroma that does not fit with this style at all.

T: Notes of dark bread, wheat toast, caramel, cream, cocoa, treacle, candy sugar, and earthy hops wash across the palate, leaving the most fleeting of impressions. The finish is thin and short with wheat toast, caramel, cocoa, and candy sugar notes.

M: Very light in body, thin, slick, and watery. Carbonation is almost nonexistent. Very still and flabby in the mouth.

O: Whatever this ale was intended to be, I think it is safe to say that it misses the mark. This is really subpar stuff.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a Shock Top weizen glass. Neck stamped MAY0712.

Appearance - Very reminiscent of a glass of Coca Cola. Medium dark brown body with constant carbonation flow. Tan head with decent to low retention and lacing.

Smell - Mild. Musky. Grainy. Some fig underneath.

Taste - Follows the nose. Pretty mild. Caramel and a bit of coffee.

Mouthfeel - A bit astringent. Light bodied for the style.

Overall Drinkability - Finding this out was supposed to be a dubbel ruined the beer for me. For the style, it's pretty bad. But if you think of it as a winter warmer, which was my initial impression, it's decent.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.75/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 12pk Winter variety pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Winter 2011.

Pours medium brown color with an average head. The scent is mostly of malts. A pretty heavy beer for Blue Moon. A nice blend of malts and grains especially the caramel and spice flavors. Perfect for a cold winter day. Perhaps this is not the best example of a Dubbel, but it is rather tasty for a Macro-brew.

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Photo of Cellach
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a stemless red wine glass. The color looks about right for an Abbey-style ale - a rich, nearly opaque ruby-mahogany. The absence of any real head reminds me this is certainly no bottle-conditioned Belgian delight. The nose is dark and vaguely fruity, with plum, fig, clove, allspice, and molasses or brown sugar. The palate is not unpleasant, with plenty of that molasses, clove, and dried fruit and some decent maltiness, but this beer is very light in body (hence my unusually low "mouthfeel" score - I rarely dock or add points here unless there is significant deviation from stylistic expectations). The finish lies somewhere between "clean" and "nonexistent."

Overall, a pleasant if boring spiced winter ale. An Abbey-style ale it is not, nor should it pretend to be. But for a mass-produced beer that I can find in any grocery store in town, it's pleasantly quaffable.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip

A: Deep clear ruby brown. Frothy tan head with yellowish tones. Spotty lace.

S: Alcohol carries notes of clove, brown sugar, and a little "rotten" banana (my y year old caught the rotten smell).

T: Light caramel, some allspice, some apple cider. Taste falls flat. Graininess finishes with a little bitter.

M: High carbonation, thinner than expected.

D: Pretty low points overall here. Wouldn't seek out.

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Photo of barleyroad
3.71/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber in appearance, nice an clear. Smell, has a light toated malt aroma. Mouthfeel is fullbody with a crisp feel to the mouth. Taste is very surprising, nice blend of flavors with the right amount of sweetness. Overall, this beer is good malty brew and one that will go well with some good old roast beef.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
2.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thin and watery dark brown with absolutely no head retention or lacing. Held to the light the beer is a pale, clear red with no sediment.

There is a light fruitiness, so maybe they did actually use some belgian yeast to make this beer. It's quite dull and i'm not convinced they didn't use rice, lager yeast, food coloring, and some aromatic extracts to produce this beer.

A touch of grain and a light, fruity aftertaste. Drinkable, but not rich and flavorful as beers in this class should be. There is no way this would be monk-approved for weathering the harsh winters of Belgium...

Thin, watery body with horribly deficient carbonation and flavor. The aftertaste is weak, but not gross. In fact, the slightly flavorful aftertaste is about the only redeeming quality of this beer.

I'm too used to getting growler fills of ommegang from the tap to drink this beer. It was free, and also about the best I can expect from a man who drinks busch like he's already on fixed income, so I'm not complaining. However, I can't recommend this beer to others, not even for the price and convenience that it offers.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.92/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to april 2012:

Pours copper colored body with beige head. Head lasted about thirty seconds and completely dissapears. No lacing whatsover. Aroma is slightly grainy. Flavour is sweet. Poorly carbonated and leaves an odd sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured unto a nonic glass.

Appearance: dark but clear amber, head thin white not too bubbly. Head was maybe 1/10".

Smell: Nutmeg, light hops.

Taste: Like I said above but super easy to drink. Comes off like a light winter lager. nothing to rave for.

Mouth: light-medium carbonation.

Overall: I like it but not the beer you will love. Yes it's real easy to drink but not full of the flavor you would truly want out of a winter beer. Try it be the judge, happy new years and cheers!

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Photo of fdw3
2.74/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep brown with a 1-2 finger off-white foam. spotty lace
S: Surprisingly muted -- not much going on here beyond typical malt scents.
T: Exceptionally average -- flavors were muted with a faint hint of sweetness at the end; includes a few earthy notes.
M: Average carbonation; quite thin feeling.
D: An OK beer, but nothing I'll come back to.

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Photo of scootny
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An interesting spin on a dubbel. Bottle states that this is a "Single style" Dubble. The idea being I guess to give the flavor with a lower alcohol and lighter body. With that in mind I have to give them a nod for bucking the trend to bigger and hopped up brews.

A clear pale brown with a nice sized head and retention. Decent lacing as well. Smell is kinda light with wisps of caramel and dark yeasty bread. Some roasted malt and mild grapey fruitiness with hints of dark fruits underneath. A touch of hop earthiness.
Taste is nice with a clean sweet malt front and a good mix of Belgian notes in the yeast and finish. Some nuttiness and darker roasted flavors. Finish is crisp with a clean bitterness and a mild lactic sourness. Feel is just a touch light even considering the "Single" target. Certainly not thin but I want a hair more chew. Mild tingly carbonation. Not a bad beer at all in general and while not something would seek out I would not hesitate to drink now and again. Certainly an easy drinker and it has some potential as a gateway beer.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle into a pint glass.

A- Poured a clear dark color with tinges of red, purple, and brown. Off-white soapy head that left no lace.

S- Grape, Belgian yeast, and sugary aroma. Not very powerful aroma, but not bad.

T- Big grape flavor, sugars, and Belgian yeast. As the beer warmed up some more, there was slight medicinal cherry flavor. Kind of watery taste and overly sweet.

M- Kind of watery, some good carbonation, but the beer lingered on the palate quite a bit.

O- This beer was too sweet and watery for me to recommend this beer, but not a bad Macro option if there is not much available where you are.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.28/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 fl oz bottle served in a generic weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a textbook, transparent amber color with a thin off-white head of 1.5 fingers. Retention is unsurprisingly bad.

S - Caramel, light spice, and some subtle fruit notes. Mild and simple.

T - Heavy toasted malts dominate the palate. Caramel and light spice round out the taste. No yeast at all. All too simple and boring, and I'm left wondering, where's the Belgian in this? Nothing about this beer says "Dubbel" or "Abbey".

M - Medium bodied, smooth until the climax where it's a bit crisp. Works pretty well.

D - In terms of macros, this isn't an entirely bad choice, but I'd never drink it again. It definitely loses points though for being a terrible representation of the style.

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Photo of socon67
3.3/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pour is amber, white foamy head, minimal lacing, and very little carbonation.

S - Slightly spicy smell. Scent of cinnamon and nutmeg. Behind that a bit of english malt.

T - Nothing speical. Tastes like a mcro and actually average at best for the style.

M - Light feel, and a decent drinker. You could do alot worse with choices at an average bar.

O - Am okay seasonal. Decent enough to have, but you won't be too excited.

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Photo of alpinebryant
2.68/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pour is a white head with an amber body slightly edging on nutmeg color.

S: Light in spices, slightly dry and watery.

T: Given the other choices of Bud Light , Coors light , Heineken etc at a bar, I chose to try this one out. It didnt surprise me that it wasnt the best beer I have ever had but there was nothing exciting about it. Some flavors that edge on being good, but definitely not anything to search out. Some Caramel, A light spicing flavor of nutmeg and winter seasonal spicing that is faint.

M: Light body and high carbonation.

O: A mediocre at best dubbel. I give Blue moon props for making a seasonal beer, but its just nothing spectacular. shelf space taker

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Photo of zakyj
3.32/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- White head, quickly dissappears however. Color is a transparent dark red/amber color. nothing outstanding at first glance.

S- A sweet, roasted non-hoppy aroma. complements the taste well.

T- sweet and with a slight caramel flavor, with a some what smooth ending.

M- Highly carbonated, that slowly dies out and allows for that smooth ending. taste lingers on for a moment or two after but nothing exceptional to mention.

O- It is a beer that does not excite me. It is drinkable but to me that is all it will be. A good cheap buy and that is all. I got it in the Blue Moon winter pack, and it isnt going to make the top of that list either.

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Photo of Cyrano41
3.64/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just had this on Tap at Baron's Pub in Portsmouth, VA. Served in a chilled mug.
Color was a very deep reddish-brown, only a faint glow of light shining through. A good finger of head with persistant lacing as I drained my mug. The smell was the most disappointing thing since I could detect almost nothing. This may be due to being overly chilled. The main event, when I poured some down my gullet, was in no way disappointing. Everything seemed to be in balance, not to sweet or bitter with a clean finish. Could taste the spices, but nothing stuck out, maybe cinnimon and corriander? In any case, the bottom line is it tasted good and I'll buy it again.

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Photo of tdm168
3.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a soft, creamy quarter inch of white head. The nose is grainy, metallic, and a little sweet; there are notes of caramel and apples, but they're faint. The flavor is apple-like sweetness with notes of caramel and a hint of spices. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but close to full. The carbonation is just right.

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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.