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Blue Moon Rounder Belgian-Style Pale - Coors Brewing Company

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 780
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 6
Gots: 186 | 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: 84 | Hads: 780
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.62/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Re-review!

A : Honey brown body, 70% transparent. Head is 2 fingers and full with lace left behind as it slowly recedes to a ring.

S : Typical pale smells but with wheat and some faint yeast and coriander. A bit of salt thrown in for good measure.

T : Exactly as you'd expect. It's a pale ale, but with a large wheat presence, and a bitter stab of orange peel and cilantro stems. It ends fairly spicy with a bit of woody hop. It's not that bad.

F : Mildly creamy, but mostly medium bodied and charged with a moderate amount of carbonation. It ends crisp, smooth, and semi-dry.

O : This isn't bad - I believe my original rating was 2.16 but I was expecting Blue Moon, so... (681 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
2.71/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a transparent caramel color with a fluffy, khaki head. The aroma smells mildly of caramel, grassy hops, and a little peat.

The similarly mild taste features caramel, nuts, and slightly spicy hops. Even a little milk chocolate peaks through as it warms. Very light body and high carbonation lend a seltzer-like mouthfeel that just doesn’t cut it.

While the brown ale flavor profile was an interesting surprise for a Belgian pale, the dilute taste and ripsaw mouthfeel make this craft effort from Blue Moon worth bypassing. (534 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
3.26/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep orange amber with a frothy light tan head that settles and hangs around for a while, and laces reasonably well.

S: Sweet bready malt, a little floral, not much else going on.

T: Floral, fruity notes, a bit spicy, getting a little hibiscus, and some sweet bready malt.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Pleasant surprise. Nothing super special, but not terrible. (445 characters)

Photo of jazzy_jay
3.02/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (1,256 characters)

Photo of Clockwork420
3.32/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L - Amber color. Clarity - clear, no haze what so ever. One finger of white head quickly dissipates. Leaves only thin ring after a few moments.

S - I smell mostly malty notes, and a bit of bread. Also I smell bitterness from hops and citrus. Slight floral quality. Smells a bit tart.

T - Initially sweet. Taste mostly of malty, bready. Then shortly after a drink it is noted of citrus and hops. After taste is hoppy with some tang in the back of mouth. Probably related to the cascade hops and hibiscus. Alcohol was only noted after taking a drink, or a few moments after.

M - Medium. Slippery even though its carbonated fairly well. Not over carbonated. Buttery and oily, very easy to drink. (Did make me a bit burpy, could be even better if it were carbonated less; strictly my opinion I did not deduct for that)

Overall it is a better than commonly found, macro brewed beverage. It is easily found where I live (Saint Louis in A&B territory), and could be used as a transitional beer for the non beer drinker if you know what I mean. If I were in a place where I only had big brew options, I would get it if it were there. It isn't overly complicated, and not stupidly simple. Drinkability is high, a 12 pack wouldn't last long amongst a few friends. It is worth a shot if you are wanting to try a readily available, year round Belgian-Style Pale Ale. At 5.6% ABV I like it. It is probably one of the better beers produced by Coors and its Blue Moon labeled brethren. And for that, and everything mentioned above, a 3.5/5 overall is more than gracious. (1,562 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a hazy amber color with a 1/2 finger foamy head. Head retention is minimal. Lacing is decent. Has sweet malty apricot aroma with some floral accents. Pale malts with a very sweet taste at the end. Kind of floral. More tropical fruits. Light bodied with very little carbonation. A little too sweet for me but decent for a summer beer. (348 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bright amber color, good sized head and lacing. Fruity aroma, some dust and yeast. Flavor is bread, yeast, odd aftertaste. Overall, ok beer but I wouldn't drink another and probably won't finish this one. (204 characters)

Photo of OKbrew89
2.23/5  rDev -29.7%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of utahbeerdude
3.66/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Better than I expected. I might not buy it again, but I wouldn't necessarily turn one down. A decent example of a Belgian Pale Ale. Much better than Blue Moon's take on a witbier. (182 characters)

Photo of Beerma
4.27/5  rDev +34.7%
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! (156 characters)

Photo of JonSC
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

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. (182 characters)

Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

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. (293 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a dark, copper, orange color with a really nice head on top that dissipates slowly leaving good lacing down a 16oz pub glass.

Smell is ok with a slight hop presence up front and a sweet malt presence in the background.

Taste helps this beer a good bit with that mild hop presence balanced by a real malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with a good carbonation.

Overall, a decent beer. All of these blue moon beers seem to have a similar background taste with slight variations on different styles. You can definitely tell that this is a macro-brewery disguising as a craft but at least they are trying. (631 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

this is pretty bad. well, i shouldnt say bad, its just so overly safe and dumbed down from real belgian pales as to be a new style entirely, really frustrating that people out there who dont know any better think this is craft belgian pale, man are they missing something. its got a really subtle belgian yeast nose, and even less on the taste, just a slight sharp white wine acidity and fruit complexion. the malt base is super light, too light really, and all the hops ever are is a balancing bitterness with a light grassy character, but basically no hop flavor. its just such a simplified version of a great style in all three aspects that its disappointing to me. weird grain funk in the middle of this and it doesnt go well with the yeast. it tastes and feels like it was fermented too warm, and its just not real nice overall. one thing that does work though is the carbonation. its dry and fizzy and full of life, which is its best feature by far. overall this may get a few people into the style, but its so safe and bland that i really dont care for it at all. (1,070 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

A moderate pour produces about an inch of frothy, sticky, pale tan head. The beer is a a pale amber, very clear, with moderate carbonation.

Light malts and a bit of a floral note in the aroma. Maybe just a touch of citrus. The flavor is malty, with notes of caramel and biscuit. The orange pith and hibiscus lends a hop-like character, with some light floral notes and bitterness. Subtle and flavorful.

My BA profile says I've not yet reviewed a Belgian pale. However, I've definitely drank a few of this style. I'm not sure how true-to-style this beer is, but it is definitely flavorful and easy drinking. Purchased as part of a Fall variety 12 pack. This beer is one of the better ones in the pack. (711 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly hazy toned copper with a massive, persistent off-white head, vast columns of slow-rising carbonation, and appropriately enough, Belgian-style lacing.

Aroma: Earthy hops, caramel malt, floral notes, some light fruit, and a bit of spiciness

Taste: Opens with caramel malt, orange peel, and a flowery flavor, presumably hibiscus follow. As the taste progresses, spicy earthy flavors dominate, perhaps the yeast and orange peel. A moderate herbal hop finish brings the taste to a lingering close.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, soft, with little carbonation felt.

Drinkability/notes: Drinkable enough, but not really stellar, I would drink it if offered, but wouldn't buy it again - the word 'OK' comes to mind.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom-embossed brown glass long neck bottle, served in a Samuel Adam Boston Lager Sensory glass. (864 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

I think I'll go with the crowd and say this one is OK.

Pours an amber/copper color, clear with a thin off-white head.

Smell is an earthy wet grain scent.

Tastes a lot like an American Amber Ale in my book. Along the lines of Alaskan Amber or Mac and Jack's African Amber.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and clean.

Overall an OK brew. A nice fall beer. I'd have it again. (376 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.76/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Appearance: Copper orange with a thin head and little lacing. Fair amount of carbonation.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, malted grains.

Taste: Toasted malts, toffee, orange, spice, yeast.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium bodied, dry and crisp, faint hop bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: It's good. To my surprise this is actually a nicely done pale ale. Nothing great, but much better than I expected. As with all things macro-brewed, the taste has been muted. (471 characters)

Photo of wattoclone
4.25/5  rDev +34.1%

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. (467 characters)

Photo of Beric
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 23 July 2014

Appearance: Had this one from the bottle, so I can't comment much beyond the fact that the bottle art is pretty bad.

Smell: Smells like darker, toffee malts with a hint of spicy hops and earthiness.

Taste: Unfortunately the earthiness seems to be the predominant flavor in this beer, which I attribute to a poor grain bill. The beer is darker (meaning malt-forward) but the malts flavors I would expect - nuttiness, whole-wheat bread, light toffee- are not anywhere to be found.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, decent depth.

Overall: Worse than the regular Blue Moon (which I actually don't stick my nose up at) because of the weird, astringent earthiness. Would not recommend. (735 characters)

Photo of Whiteweasel
3.26/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle, drank from a pint glass.

Appearance: Pretty medium to dark amber colour, with an appetizing orange/red. Head is not super thick, and dissipates quicker than I would have hoped. Little visible carbonation

Smell: Sugary malts and hops abound. A slight sour characteristic, definitely in a good way. Slightly toasty, biscuity Vienna malt. Some subtle fruity esters, but mostly sweet hops.

Taste: The sweet but slightly toasty Vienna malt is quite apparent here, and is balanced by some bittering hops. Pretty basic considering what this style can be, so it loses points here. Still tasty overall though.

Mouthfeel: Leaves a sweet, almost cloyingly malty aftertaste, which isn't the best. About the right level of carbonation (low to moderate). No booziness.

Overall: Nothing to write home about, but if it was between this and domestic American adjunct lagers, I would take this every time with a grin on my face. Its pretty light, easy to drink, and doesn't really offend. Unfortunately it doesn't impress or stand out either, so I wouldn't seek this out. (1,080 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
2/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Blue Moon should keep to what it does well, Blue Moon. This was weird and not really very interesting. Just tastes stale and bland.

Would not revisit. (151 characters)

Photo of Antnego
3.26/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Serving style: Bottle poured into chilled beer mug.

A: Pours a dark golden color, almost brown, with a thick, two-finger head and moderate lacing.

S: Burnt malt, hops, caramel, brown sugar hits the nose with caramel being the primary note.

T: Bitter citrus, some caramelized sugar notes, a touch of wheat, malt. Mainly the bitterness comes through, tend to overwhelm the other flavors.

M: Like drinking diet coke straight from the can, the carbonation is a bit overwhelming. Typical macro brewery beer, fizzy.

Overall: A somewhat tepid offering by a large international brewery. I love Blue Moon, but this one isn't nearly as good. While it had some potential in the burnt/caramel notes, the malt isn't strong enough to stand up to the bitter citrus and carbonation of this brew. I probably won't buy this again, and would choose the original blue moon over this variety anyway of the week. (895 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.44/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber pour with an average head that rapidly diminishes. Lacing retention is poor. Nose is light but has citrus and caramel notes. Light medium bodied with a normal carbonation level that produces some effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is nice and well balanced. It begins with a light citrus note that flows into an equally light caramel sweetness. The finish is somewhat crisp, but has a lingering spiciness that is nice. A solid session/ lawnmower beer. (476 characters)

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Blue Moon Rounder Belgian-Style Pale from Coors Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.