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Blue Moon Vintage Blonde Ale - Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Vintage Blonde AleBlue Moon Vintage Blonde Ale

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BA SCORE
77
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75 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 20.18%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-28-2011)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev +6.9%

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

2012 vintage.

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a mild yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is actually pretty nice for a Blue Moon beer.

12-02-2012 22:28:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -9.6%

11-22-2013 12:25:24 | More by djrn2
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kjkinsey

Texas

3/5  rDev -9.6%

06-22-2014 21:24:56 | More by kjkinsey
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spycow

Illinois

3/5  rDev -9.6%

01-17-2013 16:25:41 | More by spycow
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -6.6%

Served in a Founders shaker pint glass.

Figured I'd share a bottle o' this with VDubb during this visit, if for no other reason than to keep expanding his sense of how much of a ticker I am. This stuff pours a mostly clear golden straw topped by a half-finger at best of off-white foam that dies away almost immediately, no trace left behind. The nose comprises light lemon rind, white wine (very close to some oaked chardonnay), light funky wheat, and a glance of honey. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grapes trying to assert themselves in vain over a din of unsupportive citrus and wheat. It almost comes together, but falls apart at the end, like busy, unorganized people unable to get together for dinner. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice attempt at a beer/wine hybrid thingy, but one that just comes across as half-hearted.

10-16-2012 17:34:04 | More by TMoney2591
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev +13%

04-08-2012 14:26:20 | More by SocalKicks
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -0.6%

Thanks to Chad for this gem. It's Blue Moon brewed with Chardonnay grape juice. Served in a Cigar City tulip.

A - A quick-dissolving white foam settles to a thin ring and some tiny lace spots. Transparent pale golden body.

S - Wheat, phenolic Belgian yeast, white grapes, a bit of toasted grain. As it warms it gets increasingly sweet, just like many malt liquors I've had. Hmmm....

T - Taste is actually better, without the cloying sugary sweetness and more actual vinous grape flavor. Wheat and yeast round things out. Tastes like a blend of malt liquor and wheat ale.

M - Medium body, pleasant active carbonation, and a fairly well-hidden 8.5% ABV, with only mild heat at the back end.

D - It goes down pretty easy, but I'd rather have a regular Blue Moon or a Stack high-gravity lager if I'm going macro. There are a zillion better options for the price, so I'm not sure what market they're attempting to serve here.

11-28-2011 23:34:24 | More by MasterSki
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mactrail

Washington

2.91/5  rDev -12.3%

Clear golden color in the tall Stella glass. The carbonation doesn't seem to hold up so well. Starts out with just a hint of foam, and subsequent pours are virtually flat.

Fruity like mango nectar. The drying flavor becomes fairly pronounced, but it doesn't seem yeasty otherwise. With the meagre carbonation it emphasizes the apple cider taste. Altogether, this seems kind of sweet and a little cloying. A whisper of bitterness. I tried to like this, but there is not much to like, especially for 11 bucks.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Coit Liquor in San Francisco. 2012 vintage.

01-29-2013 06:32:17 | More by mactrail
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +10.8%

The beer pours a very clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat notes, with a lot of white wine notes and a hint of pepper. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of chardonnay notes in the flavor - mainly made up of grapes, apples and a hint of cream. I also get some nice wheat notes. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Somewhat surprisingly, I actually really liked this beer. Definitely the best Blue Moon beer I have tried.

07-12-2012 03:32:31 | More by Mora2000
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +13%

01-22-2013 01:38:18 | More by mendvicdog
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -4.2%

Appears like a white wine--no head at all, no lace naturally. No bubbles. A cross between straw and gold yellow color.

Sour apple aroma.

Sour apple flavor. Would pass as a cider. Mild wheat in the background. There's a surprising level of carbonation. Moderate body.

09-08-2012 16:14:24 | More by smcolw
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +26.8%

I was simply intrigued when I saw this recently at one of the many bottle shops now in my area. I know the back story and I really do not care at this point. As long as it tastes good, I do not care who brewed it.

From the bottle: "From our Reserve Collection comes our limited-edition Vintage Blonde Ale. Winning several medals, including Gold at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival, it's crafted with Chardonnay grape juice and all-wheat grain for a crisp, dry taste. Cellar-aged, this work of art is ready to enjoy now or can be set aside for the right moment."

I'm ready now! I have a champagne flute from the 1998 Seabee Ball, held on Diego Garcia while I was the POIC of the Honor Guard and this seemed an appropriate beer for this glass. I got a finger of fizzy, foamy, bone-white head with limited retention from my pour. Color was a gorgeous golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The effervescence really looked like champagne in the glass. Nose was quite fruity, not entirely vinous as the label had led me to expect, but instead, more like chewing gum, which is not a bad thing, given their use of wheat. Mouthfeel was medium and the flavor was very much of mixed fruit, very tasty and not cloying or over-the-top. Finish was actually quite dry and refreshing. This would be excellent during the summer, maybe in a picnic basket with a friend to share it with.

01-27-2013 22:38:34 | More by woodychandler
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -9.6%

06-27-2013 23:56:43 | More by ejimhof
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +6.9%

A - bright gold with a short-lived white head

S - grapes, grains, sweet

T - chardonnay grapes come through, sweet grains, a bit of warming alcohol

M - medium bodied, smooth, warm alcohol, well carbonated

This is a pretty winy beer. The grapes are very noticeable as is the traditional Coors grainy sweetness. This isn't very impressive, but Chardonnay lover will really enjoy it.

09-01-2012 20:34:06 | More by tdm168
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wrightst

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +13%

06-14-2014 19:14:00 | More by wrightst
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Zaphog

Michigan

3/5  rDev -9.6%

05-30-2012 17:44:49 | More by Zaphog
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev +2.4%

750 ml capped bottle poured into a Vintage Blonde Ale tulip.
8.5% ABV, 11913 on the shoulder of the bottle in yellow, 2012.

A - Extremely effervescent, Blue Moon Vintage Blond Ale pours a gorgeous golden honey color with fantastic clarity, but the beer is almost completely still. A soda-like fleeting white head disappears so quickly, I barely have a moment to capture it on camera, leaving no lace on the glass and barely a trace of bubbles around the perimeter. Blink and you could miss it's entire existence. This causes a major problem...

S - A musty, earthy, oak-like funk comes fourth first, but is quickly pushed aside by some of the bigger, cloyingly sweet aromas of the Chardonnay grape juices used in this beer. I don't find any yeast characteristics coming fourth, and the background smells like a simple pale and pilsner malt base. The most frustrating part of the aroma, though, is the fact that there's absolutely no head to retain the volatile, escaping compounds making it damn near impossible to smell!

T - Sweet pilsner malt is smooth and relentless, carrying through the whole beer with lingering sugar on the tongue. Chardonnay grape juice impacts the beer in two ways; further adding sweetness as well as a juice concentrate-like flavor that I find cyclical and a bit overused. Light buttered popcorn notes enter on the finish as it warms up.

Unfortunately, this beer is missing depth beyond the grape sweetness, lacking in wheat components, but mainly devoid of any yeast characteristics that would (greatly) serve to both balance the sweetness and keep it from being overly redundant.

M - While massively effervescent, a lot of the carbonation escapes solution leaving it with a pleasant spritzy tickle on the tongue. A touch slick-feeling, this medium-bodied beer lingers with a lip-smacking sweetness that's borderline cloying and reminiscent of honey. Vintage Blonde's lack of solvent alcohol (especially for 8.5%) and somewhat clean finish in mouthfeel is by far the high point of this beer.

O - Vintage Blonde Ale from Blue Moon it's a beer worth bringing to your wine-o friend's house who claims to hate beer. From the wine-like packaging to the combination of sweet pilsner malt and Chardonnay grape juice, it has a wine like feel to it, even if it's more akin to a wine-cooler.

This might be some sort of converting point for them (provided they're not the Wine Spectator-type), but it's lack of yeast components, fleeting head and subsequent vaporization of the aroma, and revolving sweetness make it a beer that I have no real interesting in drinking again.

06-09-2012 15:44:30 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

2.15/5  rDev -35.2%

I got this as a freebie from a store here, best by Jun 11, 2012.

Light golden colour, 2 finger head of foam, loads of bubbles and lacing.

It has kind of a yeasty smell but actually smells more like an American Adjunct Lager. I'm sniffing hard and long to try to draw out some of this grape Chardonnay that is mentioned on the label but I can't seem to get any.

Well, there's grape juice in the taste but it is not very tasty. The malt profile is weak, all of the flavours, both of them are weak. The only "strong" point of this beer is the alcohol. Every bit of the 8.5 is present and accounted for. Wow, I'm glad I didn't have to pay for this and I'm going to recommend that the store not carry it lest people looking to try something "craft" think this is typical.

This is just boring as hell and brings nothing to the table for the style it is under; I'm not going to finish the bottle.

04-01-2012 18:50:34 | More by Bitterbill
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claspada

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow/light gold color with a white, medium size head that slowly dissipates leaving some minimal lace.

Aromas begin with a ton of wheat malt and complementary biscuity pale malt. As it warms you get the more desirable aromas of phenolic Belgian yeast and lesser vinous white grapes.

The tastes follow the nose for me with generous amounts of lightly sour wheat malt and pale/biscuity complementary malts. Belgian yeast esters and a background flavor of the light vinous white grapes. A little sweat in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with adequate enough carbonation. Finish is a little sweet with the ABV only noticeable with the slightly heavier mouthfeel compared to other ales of this style. I am guessing lesser candy sugar and more malt was used to increase the ABV compared to the way most true Belgian ales are brewed.

Overall, this was an average Blonde Ale at best and I only bought it for my mother as a present to here for sitting in line at the Weyerbacher Idiot's Drool release. (She is a fan or the original Blue Moon, so I said why not.) It is drinkable but forgettable and not worth revisiting for me. For the price it is definitely not recommended.

12-14-2011 16:29:06 | More by claspada
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-06-2013 23:42:49 | More by Haybeerman
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Lare453

Florida

1.65/5  rDev -50.3%

22oz bottle into a goblet.

A light gold, no head,no lacing, tiniest whit ring around the glass. Crystal clear.

S bananas, green apples

T very simple... Banana runts and green apple jolly rancher. Nothing complex. Not very good.

M thin and flat

O I would not buy or drink this again... DON'T DO IT.

10-03-2012 02:14:10 | More by Lare453
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smartassboiler

Illinois

2/5  rDev -39.8%

10-02-2012 23:57:01 | More by smartassboiler
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -9.6%

09-10-2012 22:06:43 | More by thegerm87
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malfunxion

New York

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

08-23-2014 06:37:34 | More by malfunxion
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

07-11-2012 14:39:08 | More by JohnK17
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Blue Moon Vintage Blonde Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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