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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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 19.64%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-28-2011)
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Photo of GaryFields
2.25/5  rDev -32%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of mactrail
2.91/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of NODAK
2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I think it's sometimes tough to review beers like this because there's a tendency to roll your eyes at the maker being Blue Moon (or more specifically, Coors). However, we need to review the beer for what it is, fairly, as if it was produced by a craft brewery. So here goes.

Smell is very, very reminiscent of a white wine, which isn't very surprising, but it's actually pretty strong and sweet. I know chardonney tends to be a bit drier than many whites, but this has a real sweet white grape juice aroma going. I poured it into my glass...not too surprisingly, it's bright golden. Head fizzes away almost immediately. So that part isn't so hot.

Now for the taste. Carbonation is pretty average, but not too high for a beer that's supposed to be a Belgian style. Really, it's all semi-sweet white grape juice and notes of apple to me. I also get a bit of yeast on the finish, but that's about it. Honestly, it feels to me as if I'm drinking a decent, rather sweet white wine with carbonation. So if that's what they were going for, I'd say it's fine. As a beer?? Not as much, and not for the price tag.

So I think this "beer" doesn't quite hold up on its merits....not because of who makes it, but because it really just fails to be very distinctive or complex.

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2.25/5  rDev -32%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Lare453
1.65/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

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2/5  rDev -39.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +43.5%

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4/5  rDev +20.8%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of smcolw
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Blue Moon Vintage Blonde Ale from Coors Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.