Blue Moon Vintage Blonde Ale - Coors Brewing Company
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3.68/5 rDev +10.5%
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
3.4/5 rDev +2.1%
Poured into a large brandy snifter. The cap comes off with a loud, sparkling wine cork pop. The beer pours golden with a quickly dissipating white head. There is an abundant amount of carbonation present as evident by the prolific tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass and side of the glass. The smell is of lemon and Chardonnay grapes. There is some malt aroma, but the smells is largely reminiscent of white wine. The flavor of this beer betrays strong wine characteristics. The Chardonnay grapes come through strongly in the flavor along with citrus and some malt backbone. The body is light to medium with abundant carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. The drinkability is high. Overall, this is a very good beer that crosses over somewhat into sparkling wine territory with the taste profile and carbonation. It is definitely worth trying if you come across this one.
07-09-2012 00:58:36 | More by acevenom
3.19/5 rDev -4.2%
Poured a light golden hue with a small but concentrated head.
No question about citrus in this nose. Lemons were coming out of the glass.
The first taste was crisp and so refreshing. The lemon came through even more, but not pronounced like a Shandy. The overall mouthful was pretty full. I did detect some sweetness, but just to make it refreshing.
A nice summer brew
06-10-2012 19:14:09 | More by rdilauro
3.4/5 rDev +2.1%
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
4/5 rDev +20.1%
Poured this brew into a Duvel tulip glass. Makes a good appearance, with a two finger thick head, and a golden clear body. The head dissipates quickly, but the bubbly presence left behind reminds me of champagne.
The aroma is dry and arid. Some grape skin qualities, with candied sugar, some honey, and maybe hints of orange rind.
In the taste, I'm getting the grape qualities, some honey, and other fruity notes.
Feels dry to the palate at first, but leaves well quenched.
Overall I'm surprised at this product. Not bad for one of the big three to put together.
06-06-2012 01:43:07 | More by TheSarge
3.6/5 rDev +8.1%
A- Poured into an oversized wine glass... Starts with a weak white head that disappears quickly. Beer is a crisp straw color with light activity. It could almost be mistaken for a glass of wine if it weren't for the light flow of bubbles
S- Not overly pungent... Light dry wine nose
T- Starts with a hint of Belgian sweetness before being accompanied by a nice dry white wine flavor
M- Light bodied with light carbonation
O- I enjoyed this... The presentation in the appearance and the nose were a bit lacking, but all in all the flavor was pretty good and refreshing
04-20-2012 23:42:06 | More by bbeane
2.15/5 rDev -35.4%
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
3.08/5 rDev -7.5%
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
3.3/5 rDev -0.9%
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
Blue Moon Vintage Blonde Ale from Coors Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.