Blue Moon Rounder Belgian-Style Pale - Coors Brewing Company

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Ratings: 771
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 6
Gots: 181 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Amalak on 02-19-2013

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Reviews by BucannonXC5:
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone restaurant pint glass
From: Target in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $15.99 for the Brewmaster’s Seasonal Sampler variety 12-pack
Purchased: April 17, 2013
Consumed: April 19, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel copper color with two fingers of khaki white head. Sporadic foamy lacing on the sides. Good retention all the way down.

Definitely malt heavy on the sniff. Got lemon grass, honey, caramel, bread and cereal. Some lingering citrus hops (orange peel) after the forward malts. A little bit of iced tea as well.

Tasted pretty close to the nose. Really got that sugary iced tea taste more than anything else. Also lemon grass, honey, bread, faint caramel, orange peel and some rye.

Medium body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average-to-lively (above average) carbonation. Smooth, refreshing finish.

Very good Belgian Pale Ale. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with this Blue Moon variety 12-pack. I’d have this again for sure.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerma
4.27/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good! Loved it! Surprised I liked it so much! Not bitter smooth but flavorful! Didn't taste the orange! Which is good because I don't like orange beer!

Photo of Billolick
3.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best before (?) JUL2913 etched ontot he neck of the bottle. "Belgian Style Pale." Expressionist Collection, whatever that means...

Pours dark caramel amber, clear, under a puffy and loose medium khaki head, that stays pretty well and leaves less then impressive high strands of lace.

Biscuity malt nose, with a hint of smoke.

Mostly malty character, with notes of light caramel, vanilla, light smoke and just a slightly hop filled finish. Ehhh, nothing special, suprise, pseudo craft beer for newbies. Not sure where the "Belgian" comes in here, but I'm sure its a well researched buzz word that drives sales.

"A drinkable but pedestrian Belgian Pale" So true I had to lift this sentiment from another review. Best thing I could say...this would work in a maranaide for pork or chicken.

Photo of Cavanaghty
2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light brown with a thin white head that lingered. Lots of carbonation.

Smell: Mild nutty smell.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Light to medium bodied and smooth. Taste is watery with a nutty and malt flavor.

Overall: Drinkable, but another not so impressive beer from Blue Moon (Coors).

Photo of wattoclone
4.25/5  rDev +35.8%

I was surprised by this macro version of the Belgian Pale Ale. It poured a dark slightly cloudy brown with a medium head. The aroma was fruity with caramel and that mouthwatering Belgian aroma. The taste was great with caramel, earthy hops, moderately sweet malt and a hint of banana esters. Although I am not usually a big fan of this style, I enjoyed this one from a sampler pack at a neighborhood pig roast and would definitely purchase a case if it is affordable.

Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Spicy nose over fruit, mostly orange with some floral, herbal spice. Pours brilliant amber under a snow white, clingy 2" foam cap. Palate is primarily fruit - orange with some herbal and spice notes but lacks depth and character. Also has a little sweetness that needs something to balance it.

Photo of JonSC
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

I liked it for a basic beer, not hard to find and decent flavor. A bit of a heavy pour but a good taste, and nice long finish. Not that sweet compared to Blue Moon's other offerings.

Photo of DarrellK
3.03/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tried two bottles, one chilled and one a bit warmer. The warmer was slightly better.
Nice looking brew with a decent head that takes a while to dissapate and leaves a bit of lace. Amber color and very clear.
Nose was too subdued to detect any characteristics.
Taste was again not very telling with some hops.
Mouth was decent with some feel and carbonation.
Finish is a bit dry and almost sour on the back of the tounge.
Overall not a bad beer but very disappointing for a "Expressionist Collection" special editiion.
Have ri remark that this is pretty distant from and Begian Pale I had.

Photo of OKbrew89
2.23/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It looked right, smelled right, but was super bitter and ultimately not worth finishing. It didn't taste like a belgium pale ale. Overwhelmingly sour and one dimensional. The sourness overtook the hops substantially. I might've gotten a bad bottle and will re-review if I get another bottle.

Photo of Brenden
3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The color is dark, almost orange but perhaps closest to amber. The head is respectable, a big-bubbled but surprisingly tight head that fades none too fast from about a finger and a half's height. It leaves some solid and decently plentiful spotting on the glass.
The smell is nondescript and light, grains with a light metallic note. There's reasonable strength as it warms.
The flavor comes off a bit stronger and there's even a very light floral hops presence along with a light fruity sweetness.
It's got both smoothness and crispness consistently in an almost, maybe even, medium body with light but steady-flowing carbonation.

Photo of dacrza1
2.59/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

DATE TASTED: August 4, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky's Tavern pint... OCCASION: convincing wife Shan that "Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives" is a mockumentary, not a documentary ... APPEARANCE: nice, lively orange-amber body; creamy white head that settles slowly and laces surprisingly well!... AROMA: caramel malts "round" the fragrant flower pot hops with some doughier, breadier elements--the citrus is subdued by an oddly malty punch... PALATE: medium-bodied, oily, antagonistic in its presence--mildly sessionable, if not for its Blue Moon calling card funked up aftertaste...TASTE: mild coriander sits amid malts that belie this beer's objective; mostly caramel and a 40 oz. malt profile that kills the enjoyability for the drinker.... OVERALL: another "miss" from the Blue Moon Expressionist Collection, though not to the extreme of the Blackberry Wit or the Agave--still, like finding out Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives" is not real, one feels this Belgian pale really is a distant attempt of the original...

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.76/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Pours relatively clear and copper in color with an off-white head that sits a finger's width before quickly dissipating to a thin island of surface suds. No lacing.

Smell - Red apple, cardboard and distant floral notes.

Taste - Follows the nose. Red apple, cardboard, hints of caramel. Light floral character.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with low carbonation. Smooth in the least.

Overall - Pretty bad at first. Gets better as it warms, but still has an odd, stale cardboard character to it.

Photo of Retroman40
3.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a chilled pint glass.

A - A copper/orange color with a fleeting head that retreats to a thin lasting lace.

S - Very neutral, just a hint of grain and hops.

T - A little on the fruity side but pleasant.

M - A little thin, but good carbonation throughout.

O - This wasn't what I was expecting but it was overall a decent enough beer.

Photo of tdm168
3.14/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - light amber with a quarter of an inch of soft, off white head that fades quickly

S - caramel malt, orange peel, some citrusy aromas

T - caramel, underlying grapefruit, some faint baked apples, orange peel, mild earthy bitterness in the finish

M - medium bodied, crisp but well carbonated

This isn't a bad beer by any stretch but it certainly won't please any true Belgian beer fans. This beer doesn't have any of the great BPA flavors I would expect and want to find such as fruity esters or nice spicy notes from the yeast. This is more of a malty brew with citrusy notes from the addition of orange peel. Ultimately, this isn't a beer I would pick up if I want a true BPA, but as far as Blue Moon offerings go this one isn't too bad.

Photo of dhannes
3.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a Perfect Pint and let it warm for about 5 minutes.

A=Nice, inviting, medium dark gold with a hint of reddish brown. 1" ecru head lingered for a few minutes.

S=Very faint citrus/orange, with a spice like cinnamon.

T=Much less pronounced than I imagined--mild; some maltiness....almost no hops to speak off;
similar to clover honey with a touch of cinnamon or nutmeg.

M=Very drinkable...this went down very easily with my chicken breast; slightly below average body and carbonation.

O=This did not remind me of any Belgian beer that I've tried--more like a cross between a pale ale and an amber ale...a good beer for what it is; worthy trying if offered or on tap, but I can't see me buying a is slightly above average, but there are better ones out there.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours to a half inch head that falls to a thin layer of foam that is permanent. Color is light amber-gold. Aroma is spicy, floral, orange zest and caramel. Flavor is caramel malt, citrus and herbal notes with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is decent with moderate CO2. Overall, this Belgian Pale Ale is spicy, tangy but the flavors build up on the tongue and begin to annoy after a while. I suppose paired with the right food it would be better. To drink it for the sake of drinking beer, I'll pass.

Photo of tone77
2.69/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very mild, some light notes of yeast. Taste is also mild, bland and kind of boring. Some faint yeast and malts, a touch of bitterness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall should be marketed as a Belgian Ale Light.

Photo of puboflyons
3.12/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped: SEP3013-FO5100615. Sampled on June 13, 2013.

It has a nice enough looking reddish amber pour with excellent clarity and a moderate off-white head the lingers for a short time but eventually fades.

The aroma is Sweet with a capital "S." Alive with caramel, toffee, butterscotch, and Belgian candied sugars. Any hops are way in the background.

The body is around medium but it does have a soothing creaminess.

The taste is full of sweet malts, candied sugar, and toffee much like the aroma. The bitterness is low and mild but hangs on for a brief moment at the finale.

This really reminds me of their Winter Abbey Ale with a whole lot more sweetness.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.62/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A: Tarnished orange with a good clarity reveals a good amount of effervesce. The head is milky-beige stands an inch tall with a fair rate of retention. Speckled lacing.

S: Small sour lemon funk on the nose was paired with some pale musky grains and not much else.

T: Lemony twang flavor, wet, mixes with some toasted sweet graininess. Flavor is fairly pronounced upfront, but is quick to dissappear off the tongue to a distant memory with no lignering effects.

M: Light bodied, feels a smudge washy and thin at first hold turning to a frothy mess with little carbonation. Ends with a slight lemony fade.

O: Overall the flavor is quick to come and go and brief initial taste. Sweet wet lemony and a very safe play that treads lightly on the hops, lacks a strong belgian pale grain biscuity nature and has a bit to much sweet speciality grains to boot. Lacks crispness, and is about as exciting as kissing your cousin. pass. The initial brief flavor is hardly worth the price of admission as this fnishes like water off the tongue.

Photo of Caj1
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the Blue Moon Fall Sampler 12-pack, the Rounder, at least for me, is the most underwhelming beer in the package. While something that I would drink if offered to me or if there were nothing better at the bar, it's not something I would go back to out of desire to try it again.

The beer pours a reddish-brown copper color that is fairly clear (no haze) but leaves only about one finger of head that doesn't come up very enthusiastically and falls back down quickly, leaving some film covering most of the surface of the beer and some decent yet sparse lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell is fairly straightforward: some noticeable if unassertive hop notes and stale bready grain, also some metallic whang that kind of kills my enthusiasm for the drink. Taste is much the same, though it's better than the smell: more hops (especially grass and grapefruit notes) helps a bit, but the taste of the beer is otherwise pretty lacking. Some malt sweetness and a hint of bitterness that is appreciated but doesn't do a great deal to cut the bready flavor, some earth, and again a hint of metal. Butterscotch fights a losing battle with the alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel is strictly average; not good, not bad, not heavy, not too thin. If I had to equate it with anything, I'd equate it with a Sam Adams Octoberfest (in terms of mouthfeel.)

This beer is strictly okay and definitely refreshing, but its taste leaves quite a bit to be desired. However, it's still a step up from its other macrobrewer counterparts. At least Blue Moon tried, but it seems they were trying also not to offend anybody's sensibilities with this drink, watering it down in the process. Taste it, you might enjoy, but I leave that totally up to you.

To good health and good beer.

Photo of Spikester
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber with one finger of white head that leaves quickly. Spots of lacing.
Bready toasted malts with a hint of earthy hops.
Taste is rich earthy hops with a good amount of malts, A bit of funk from the yeast.
Mouthfeel is medium full with plenty of carbonation. The finish is mildly bitter and semi dry.
Overall a tasty if somewhat mundane version of this style. Slick and smooth and quite refreshing.

Photo of MrJolly
2.49/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow there's a lot of caramel here that does not belong. I guess you can't rate against a style that is the invention of a corn busting macro.

Photo of enelson
3.83/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not great. Not bad. Worth a try if found as a single.

Photo of jazzy_jay
3.02/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I picked up a Blue Moon variety pack to drink at a friend's party at the bodega near his apartment, where it seemed to be my best bet for my budget of $13 or less. In the pack, three were of the Rounder Belgian-Style Pale.

This pours a moderate brown color with no haze. Carbonation is rapid at first, with an active, white head that quickly dissipates with minimal lacing. Aroma is not particularly intriguing for an ale, with mostly malt notes. The first apparent flavor is soft sweetness with some wheat overtones, reminiscent of whole-grain bread. Round and floral in the middle with a weird dulce de leche tone coming through, but nothing particularly noteworthy beyond a slight expansion of the "bread" theme. Ends with a slight bitterness that is clean and refreshing but doesn't add much complexity. Carbonation dissipates quickly, and as someone who likes to take my time, I found that the drink was nearly flat within a half hour of pouring, and that the last ounce always seemed to be watery and gross. Overall, flavor was not unpleasant, but still one-dimensional.

I guess this is above par for a Coors brew, and was probably the best in the pack (compared with Summer Honey Wheat, Original, and the Pumpkin Ale) but I would not buy it again.

Photo of Amalak
3.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A. Clear brown color. Limited tan head with no lacing. Some bubbles.

S. Strong nutty scent. A bit of metallic.

T/M. It has a malty, nutty scent. Some chocolate undertones. A sweet grape taste. Very smooth. Limited carbonation. There's a sour taste toward the end.

O. This is part of their expressionist collection. There's nothing wrong with it, it's just quite plain. Certainly if you're looking for a Belgian Pale Ale, this is not a worthy contender. But a mild beer overall. Easy to drink.

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Blue Moon Rounder Belgian-Style Pale from Coors Brewing Company
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