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Blue Moon Rounder Belgian-Style Pale - Coors Brewing Company

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 787
Avg: 3.16
pDev: 47.47%
Wants: 6
Gots: 190 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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: 787
Photo of Paincane
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden amber brew with a white head. Head is thin, short-lived and without much lacing.
S: Pale malt, citrus & distinct Belgian yeast aromas.
T: Crisp orange & floral flavors. Caramel malt with a hint of spice.
M: Smooth, crisp beer with dry finish.
O: Balanced Pale ale.

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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 mando_thegreat
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this beer. I think it was tasty and full of flavor. It wasnt the BEST tasting beer ive had, but it was really good. I got it in the Sampler Pack and it was the first one i pulled out. I could defiantly taste the orange peel in it. Blue Moon is great at making tasty beers. cheers

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Photo of Retroman40
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 5/19/14; into a pint glass.
Appearance - orange with a lot of carbonation. A medium, fluffy, off-white head. Lacing is excellent.
Smell - spice, orange peel, some hints of floral tones.
Taste - follows the nose, but there is a copper presence that hurts.
Feel - too light, too weak in flavor.
Overall - good price point, which saves this beer from a mediocre score.

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Photo of Rhf9120
4.34/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden brown color with a thin head. The aroma is of honey,caramel and malts. The flavor matches the aroma by being dominated by the honey and caramel flavors.. I found this beer to be perfectly sweet and really enjoyed it only wish the winter sampler had come with more.

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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 thecheapies
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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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clean looking light amber color with a decent sized head, fades at a moderate rate and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell is essentially all malt, no real hop presence or any spicing to note of.

Taste is fairly mute with caramel malt providing the majority of the flavor, slight spiciness in the aftertaste that quickly fades, a nice creamy body exists with soft carbonation and a full feeling which is more than it deserves overall.

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.31/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - a light brown to an amber color, with a decent head.

Smell - a sweet malt smell.

Taste - It was like a really weak IPA, mostly a herbal taste; with a slight malty sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied.

Overall - A bit meh for a beer, don't really care for it; but I guess I will drink it in the seasonal packs.

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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 megahurts4
3.93/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blue Moon Expressionist Collection Rounder Belgian Style Pale

Appearance: light brown, large head, and some lacing.

Smell: grains, light flower, and citrus.

Taste: hops, hibiscus, and grainy citrus.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

This is a nice pale. It has bold deep hop flavor.

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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 Cavanaghty
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
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).

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Photo of Caj1
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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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 BryanCarey
3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Rounder Belgian Pale Ale is an amber- colored brew with an aroma that is biscuit- like with some spice and citrus. The foam looks nice at first, but it doesn’t last long and leaves minimal lacing. The body of the beer is clear and well- filtered.

As for the taste it is very much on the sweet side with flavors of citrus, mainly orange, with caramel, toffee, and other sweet malts dominating. There is an ever-so-brief bitter moment in the finish, but it doesn’t last for long.

This beer is actually a little more full bodied than I first expected it to be, and I have to give Blue Moon credit for at least making the product fuller and richer than the typical macro brew. But the one problem I have with this beer is its sweetness level. It is far sweeter than I prefer and what little bitterness exists is squashed quickly by the taste of sweet malt. It isn’t much like the typical Belgian brew either and has little or none of the yeasty goodness common to this style.

Overall, this is an acceptable beer, but not by much. I can’t handle the sweetness for very long, but I know some people who will enjoy it for that same reason. Just keep that in mind if you try it- if balance is your preference, it won’t measure up, but if you like the taste of malt sugars, you may fall in love.

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Photo of kaufmaal
3.02/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is part of the "Expressionist Collection" from Blue Moon, so we had all better get ready for an avant-garde, distorted representation of a Belgian-style pale ale.

And then I taste it, and it is simply OK, and nothing like the first time you watch "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" or looking at one of Munch's "The Scream." But it's also not the worst thing out there - at the moment that might be Blue Moon's Apple Spice Caramel Ale, a truly grotesque nightmare in a bottle, one that left me screaming.

The color is a pale orange, like watered-down Tang. Extra points from me for a quarter-inch head that maintains throughout most of the session and for some minimal lacing. Not much happening in a good way in the smell department at all: some sourness, a bit of malt, mashed root veggies. So I stopped smelling this one. The taste is alright: starts off on the sweeter side with some faint citrus and malt, finishes a bit dry with some allspice and cloves, then more sweetness. Apparently, there is hibiscus in this beer. Now I had a tequila-hibiscus cocktail a few years ago that was just sublime. But the hibiscus in this beer is burred, which is a shame. It's a drinkable beer for sure, not too bubbly, a nice velvety texture at times. It warms well, too.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of September 30, 2013 printed on the bottleneck. A new beer from Blue Moon here. Expectations are average, given what it is.

Poured into The Godfather pint glass.

A - Pours a coppery amber / orange colored body with excellent clarity. One finger of foamy khaki head on top. Some bubbles lazily floating topside. Looks alright.

S - Smell is of lightly toasted grains, wheat, and honey sweetness. A bit of amber malt, hint of citric hops, and maybe just a hint of spice.

T - Taste follows the aroma: crisp amber malt, wheat, grain, and some syrupy honey sweetness. Not really getting any hibiscus or orange peel flavors out of this one, and especially not very "Belgian" tasting at all.

M - Feel is crisp, with some carbonation tingling the tongue. Medium bodied, with a tad too much carbonation. A sweet, grainy, and dry finish.

Overall, a pretty mediocre and unexciting beer. Definitely not something I would label as being a Belgian anything, since spices, yeast, and orange peel are pretty nonexistent here. Glad to have tried it, but I won't miss having it again.

Blue Moon Rounder Belgian-Style Pale ---3/5.

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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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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 EagleTalon
3.07/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of undeadozzy
3.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Poured deep amber with thick white head that leaves lots of lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles on my Boddington's pint glass. Looks like soda with a really thick head.

S - Sharp citrus bite, some wheat freshness, an open field like smell. Some hints of spice, nothing too special.

T - Some great flavors here. Some malty bitterness, a little wheat, then some huge citrus upfront with some hop bite. A little buttery biscuit on the end. Pleasant.

M - Thin and watery, a little character here and there.

O - Never really been a big fan of Blue Moon, although I do appreciate their ambitiousness lately. This beer is mere steps from being a great beer, and things only get better with age and practice right?

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Photo of Spikester
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 3 fingers off-white foam over a transparent body of amber, low/medium visible carbonation

S - grain, pine

T - lots of grain, spice, pine, citrus, faint caramel sweetness, Belgian yeast, earthy bitterness, dry finish

M - light/medium body, high carbonation, smooth and dry

O - neither awful nor spectacular

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