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Blue Moon Rounder Belgian-Style Pale - Coors Brewing Company

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 783
Avg: 3.16
pDev: 47.15%
Wants: 6
Gots: 188 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.86/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Best before 1/6/14.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and slight yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and grain flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer that is fairly drinkable but there is nothing that stands out as memorable about this one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.17/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

What, no Ed Norton? No John Malkovich? Anyway, this stuff pours a sunset amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises thick toffee, Belgian yeast, light banana, candied orange peel, and sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, though there's less toffee (and what is there is drier than before), and there's a stronger emphasis on the spicier aspects of the Belgian yeast and the candied orange peel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this ain't exactly a bad BPA, but it's nothing really worth revisiting. It's a tasty-enough brew to take down amidst the other offerings in the 12-pack, but it's nothing I'd really recommend on its own.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, caramelized malts, some fruit, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and honey. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty but not too heavy malt character and some Belgian yeast. The hops presence is mild and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s not a bad beer but also nothing special.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.71/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Best before August 19, 2013. "Belgian Style Pale." Expressionist Collection. Brewed with hibiscus and orange peel. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label and twist off pressure cap acquired as part of a Blue Moon seasonal variety box and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor.

A: Pours a one finger beige-light khaki colour head of slight cream, okay thickness, and average (~2 minute) retention. Body colour is a fairly vibrant lightly rich copper. Translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A bit more copper in colour than most good beers in the style - and it's clearly filtered. Not a great appearance for a Belgian Pale, but there are no overt flaws. Light even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Sm: Quite malt-centric, with a dash of generic floral hopping. Malts are mainly pale and caramalt; I don't detect any adjunct. On second thought, maybe some corn - but it's well hidden. No hibiscus or orange peel to my senses, but then my nose is broken. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. A mild strength aroma. There's not much going on here, but it's pleasant and inviting for the style. Simple but not problematic per se.

T: Generic floral hopping ceases to impress. Very malt centric, with the caramel and pale coming through in a very general way. Sugary. A bit grainy. Nothing pops here; there's nothing unique or special. No yeast or alcohol comes through. I get a hint of orange peel when I really look for it. Maybe some light nuts and herbal notes, but they come off artificial. Tastes a bit like a well-executed homebrew extract beer. Very mundane, but pleasant to drink for what it is. Balance is decent; that's not difficult given how little there is happening here. Lacks boldness or inspiration.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Noticeably overcarbonated; even a bit biting. This'll make you burp pretty easily. Typical thickness. Average body. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense. Decent execution; the overcarbonation is the only real flaw.

Dr: A drinkable but pedestrian Belgian Pale. Hopefully this'll be a stepping stone for newcomers to craft/micro beer. I'll easily kill the few bottles I have, but I wouldn't get it again unless it was the only decent/cheap option at a bar with crap selection. A very approachable offering from Coors/Blue Moon, but not a great beer for the style. Good value, I guess.


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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany with a thin head that slowly dissipates. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is sweet - candy with a hint of cinnamon and citrus.

The taste is sweet too. Almost too sweet. It's a candy beer. But, it does have a cinnamon-like spicing that balances it.

It's nice for a sweet beer. It has sweet character. An interesting brew.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear medium amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium sized thick patches surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toffee malts and grains along with a lightly floral hop aroma. There is also a light amount of Belgian yeast present in the smell as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate toasted malt flavor with both toffee and grainy sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate presence of Belgian yeast which adds a touch of spiciness and that flavor my wife describes as paste. Light amounts of floral hops in the finish which contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy enough to drink but there is not really anything interesting that makes me want to grab another one of these.

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Photo of tdm168
3.14/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.19/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Another beer from my most excellent, local, in-person beer trader, tone 77!

From the bottle: "Our brewmaster's expression of a Belgian-Style Pale Ale, crafted with a twist of hibiscus and orange peel for a rounder taste."; "Belgian-Style Pale Ale [-] In the 1940s, Belgian-Style Pale Ale grew in popularity and were ordered by the round due to their balanced taste. Our brewmaster's expression of this sessionable ale is crafted with hibiscus and orange peel for a hint of spiciness and touch of wheat for a smoother, rounder taste."

My pour, followed by a patient settling, resulted in a dense two fingers of foamy, tawny head that resembled a scoop of ice cream atop a cone. Color was a button-bright copper. Nose smelled heavily of biscuit malt underlain with a light, perfume-y floweriness. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was tending towards sweet, kind of light and flowery. Finish was semi-sweet, tasty, but not compelling, I would tell you that there are better iterations/ interpretations of the style out there.

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Photo of Billolick
3.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored ale with a momentary tan colored head.

Smell is malty with strong yeasty aroma and a little scorched sugar. Toasted grain and some gassy aroma. Not picking up any coriander.

Starts out malty with a Belgian waffle with out syrup taste. Sweeter than average beer, I'm just not tasting any Belgian flavors here. Toasted bread some burnt sugar and caramel.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall just another amber ale.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.62/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of tone77
2.69/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.54/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- it pours a clear gold, big ole head of foam, some lacing left behind.

S- grainy, kind of a flowery bitter hoppy aroma, hints of spice.

T- yeast, grainy, with what I think is an undesirable bitterness that doesn't remind of a true Belgian Pale Ale at all.

M- good enough mouthfeel here.

O- a somewhat flavourful brew; to bad that I enjoy what it brings to the table.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.12/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, pours reddish-brown, tall rocky ivory head, decent head retention. Aromas are weak with a bit of bready malt, yeast, fruity, orange. Tastes are actualky not too bad here with notes of banana, orange, caramel, toasted grain, yeast, bread. Mouth-feel is creamy, smooth, medium bodied; finishes clean. Overall, not too bad of a BPA, but there are much better ones out there.

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Photo of drpimento
2.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The label says "Belgian Style Pale" and I guess that's supposed to mean Belgian style pale ale. It doesn't remind me too much of the real Belgian Pale Ales I've had, nor some of the better efforts to copy the style from other countries. Still, it's an ok beer, just not too remarkable. Poured it slightly warm with a huge, foamy, frothy, thick, cream-colored head that soon settles and good lace. Color is a clear orange amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is bark, old wood, cardboard, with a hint of malt and spice. Flavor's like nose, more intense, malt really comes out, tang of course, bit of bitter and some sweet along with some medicinal. Body is big and full but at first has a powerful warming despite its strength, medicinal component leaves an unpleasant lingering bitterness. Finish is as stated, like flavor, and would be much better with popcorn or something to cancel the off flavors.

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Photo of Brenden
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours an amber copper color with only the tiniest bit of a white head. The head being small is lost almost instantly, leaving only trace lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of caramel and a bready and lightly roasted malt aroma. A bit of an almost herbal smell are mixed with these as well as a light citrus and Belgian spice smell (although these are very weak in comparison to many of the other Belgian style ales produced by Blue Moon).

Taste – A big caramel sweetness greets the tongue with a strong showing of a bready flavor as well. As the flavor advances it remains rather sweet with some orange and tangerine flavors coming more toward the middle and the end. In the middle of the taste a hint of coriander and a toffee like flavor also join the profile. While overall rather sweet, some hop flavors of a citrus nature greet the tongue at the end giving a little bitter bite to mellow some of the sweet caramel, toffee and citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. Not bad for the style although a slightly higher carbonation level may have better accentuated the sweeter caramel and fruit flavors of the brew slightly better.

Overall – A rather tasty and quite easy drinking brew that was on the rather cheap side ($ 14 for a 12 pack sampler). A rather enjoyable brew overall.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Best before 7 April 2014.

A: Pale copper. No effervescence. Light head. Decent lacing.

S: Pale malt. Wheat. Slight metal. Barely any spice. Not entirely pleasant.

T: It's okay, but I don't really care for it. Tastes like a generic American Pale Ale, with no discernible Belgian influence. A hint of interesting fruit is the sourish hibiscus, and the endtaste is boring (if dry) maltiness.

M: Not horrible. Lightly dry, very drinkable.

O: A decent beer that grows on me, as I drink.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
1.8/5  rDev -43%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

12oz into snifter.

A: Pours a deep apple juice amber with minimal head. Faint collar.
S: Bready yeast, syrupy malts, caramel and fruity juice. Faint spice. Smells synthetic.
T: Follows the nose with synthetic and syrupy flavors of apple juice, caramel, and bready malt. Orange zest comes through in the finish, with bitter hop extract and sickly medicinal aftertaste. Not good.
M: Fizzy, ample, airy and frothy carbonation. Soft but distracting. Medium light body, airy frothy mouthfeel. Tingly.
O: Pretty terrible and synthetic. Almost cloying and medicinal. Drain poured half the bottle. Where are the hops, where is the Belgian? Like bad fruit juice.

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Photo of mhaugo
3.12/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle decanted into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Perfectly clear amber. You could make jewelry out of this thing. Persistent beige head (4.5/5).
Aroma: Freshly fermented apples. A little Belgian phenols. Some malty sweetness. The malt smells kind of like unbaked pumpernickel (3.75/5).
Taste: This beer actually had me going until I tasted it. It’s very watered down and thin. The pint seems like it has training wheels on it. Like maybe I can have a real beer when I grow up. There’s a little cider and a touch of bready malt. I can’t find any of the orange peel, but I can pretend I’m getting some of the hibiscus. And maybe a hint of nutmeg. As it warmed I got a breath of ripened figs (2.75/5).
Mouthfeel: Light body, medium carbonation. Very thin (2.5/5).
Overall: It sure looked pretty in my tulip, and the smell was inviting, but there wasn’t anything in the pint to live up to these expectations. I guess I didn’t hate it, but I certainly didn’t love it either (3/5).

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2.26/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Red-amber ale with visible carbonation. Organic shapes of foam scum on top.

I get the orange peel and the hibiscus along with toasted grains, quiet yeast phenols, and a honeyed quality.

Musty malts, dirty grains, bitterness, oxidized notes, orange pith, and herbal astringencies. I'd rather not go into any more negatives. Mouthfeel, included.

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