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Blue Moon Belgian Pale AleBlue Moon Belgian Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by NCSUdo on 05-26-2008

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220
Ratings:
1,081
Avg:
3.22
pDev:
41.61%
 
 
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Photo of mckenziac
2.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Taken from a Blue Moon seasonal variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color. Has a smallish, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Has a sweet, caramel smell with hints of citrus. The bottle says that they add orange peel, so it very well could be that. Still, all around the smell is a little faint.

Taste: Medium bitterness up front back by sweet, caramel maltiness. Finishes sweet, with a citrusy, fruity end. It has only a little bit of that Belgian yeastiness that one would expect from a Belgian pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, with a light body.

Overall: Overall, an unimpressive attempt at a Belgian style. Nothing awful, just nothing exceedingly memorable.

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Photo of NicholasCasber
2.72/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Despite all other reviews that I read prior to trying this beer, I didn't find it overly carbonated. The head was quick to assemble, however it didn't last incredibly long, after about a two minute wait, it was nearly all dissipated. The color is a light amber, with a white head.

S: The smell wasn't overly intense, and didn't have an off-putting aroma, but it wasn't as impressive as I'd had hoped.

T: The taste was par at best, for a pale ale, it felt that it was slightly sweeter than other bitter pales that I've had before. I was surprised to see this as an ale, as it has more of the characteristics of an american craft lager.

M: The mouthfeel for the beer was something left to be desired. It's hard to put my finger on it, but I found me scraping my tongue.

D: This beer is not something that I'd reach for on the day to day, even if I was looking for a "craft" or "specialty" beer.

Overall, not severely impressed, but at the same time, not disappointed, I found that this beer was better consumed once warmer than initially out of the fridge.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm trying to give this as good as a go as possible - fresh bottle poured into proper glassware (boulevard tulip) and proper temperature. Let's see what comes of it.
Kinda' dark (amber with reds to browns). Very clear. Nice Pfft upon opening. Biggish head but it settles down quickly. No yeast in bottom of bottle.
Where's the yeast in the aroma. Kinda' a gaseous, aqueous, pale with a little vienna or munich malt nose. What the heck!?
Again in the flavor, where the heck is the flavors from the yeast. No spice, no phenols, no nothing. A soft malt with a bit of dryness. Hints of hops.
Carbonated on the big side with a smaller than moderate feel. Soft and that's nice.
Nothing offensive here, except this isn't a belgain pale ale in my book. Malt flavors are a lot like a vienna lager and really not that bad - it's just not a Bel. pale ale.

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Photo of BigBrewStu
2.74/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

What a rough punch this beer packs! Or what do you call a flavor that hijacks the entire beer drinking experience? Not really a Belgian, and less so a pale ale. This is a strange beer that will baffle you, so try it if you are a die hard--or else pass!

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Photo of sammy1185
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a few from a bottle poured into a glass.

A: Very pretty reddish color, kind of a red/copper, but very little head. Light lacing.

S: Slightly malty with a little hop, toasty, maybe a little nutty

T: I've had better. It's ok, kinda malty with a slightly bitter hop finish, but not much there. The taste lingers. It has some sweet/vanilla notes which are pleasant on the finish, but broken up quickly when the bitter comes in at the last second. The beer also loses flavor quickly as it warms up. Even just over the course of five minutes, as it comes into the 50-55 degree range, it loses most of it's flavor.

M: Sub-par, carbonation is either too high or it's a bit watered down. Can't quite put my finger on.

Overall, I'd accept the drink if offered to or bought for me, but I wouldn't search this one out to buy it. I mean, it's still beer, and I'll be sure to not waste it, but I wouldn't buy it.

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Photo of TheMarkE
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Appearance: Cloudy gold with a quickly disappearing head of foam, little lacing, and plentiful carbonation.

Smell: Wheat, orange, and a hint of spice.

Taste: Wheat, orange, and a hint of spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very creamy. Slightly funky aftertaste from the yeast.

The Verdict: It’s OK. Drinkable, inoffensive, but rather bland. If I have to order an orange flavored macrobrew, Shock Top is still my first choice. I suppose this would do in a pinch.

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Photo of brunrn1
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I cant promote a beer that needs an orange slice to make it taste better or at least try to taste better. I tried a pint of this and could not drink anymore after that pint. I had to switch beers. To me this might be more of a ladies type of beer, I cant see a bar full of men drinking beer with oranges in it.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was light amber. Maybe ¾ inches of head. Well-laced on top to state, slight film on sides.

Citrus hops was the initial smell. Also some caramel, pine and pineapple.

Taste was nothing like the smell. In fact, it was quite off-putting. Some wheat in there and maybe some toasty malts? Not a big fan.

Medium body, average-to-lively carbonation. Somewhat smooth finish.

I was pretty disappointed with this beer. The sight and smell made me think it was going to have some bite. Quite the opposite - bland and forgettable.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.76/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint, 5.4% ABV, DEC1310 printed on the neck.

A - Strong carbonation rushes through the clear golden tangerine-colored beer to a short-lived white head. Some spots of lace pretty-it-up just a bit.

S - Dry straw and hay with very pale malt in the nose makes way for the citrusy-smelling cascade hops. A touch of resin makes it's way in as well but what doesn't find it's way in is any sort of Belgian influence. It smells of a very weak American pale.

T - Still lacking any sort of real Belgian influence, this American pale ale is about as weak as the nose. The malts seem more like hay and grainy straw than malt but the mild cascade hop spices it up a touch. A subtle citrusy character from the hops pulls through too. This one doesn't seem to have hibiscus or orange peel in that which the label claims.

M - Light-bodied and very carbonated, the mouthfeel seems the be the only similarity to a Belgian pale I find. Thin in flavor and particularly in the feel, this has a very mildly bitter finish, almost not noticeable really.

D - Cha-ching! Here's what they can take straight to the bank: drinkability. It's lacking everywhere else but it certainly does have drinkability! I, however, find it to be empty calories with no flavor so I'll be handing this pint to my brother.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.77/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I know I keep promising about The CANQuest (TM), bottle be back to it soon, I swear!

From the bottle: "A Belgian-style pale ale crafted with a hint of wheat, orange peel, and hibiscus [!] for a perfectly balanced hop taste and smooth finish."; "Pale Moon is our unique take on a pale ale. It's crafted with a touch of wheat to offer an inviting hop taste with a smooth finish. Pale Moon is brewed with Cascade hops, European malts, and a touch of orange peel and hibiscus - all perfectly balanced in this copper-colored ale. Cheers!"

From the style description, in lieu of direction on the bottle: "They should be decanted properly, leaving the yeast in the bottle." I did not see much (if any) yeast in the bottle, but I bore it in mind as I poured. I am pretty sure that this was filtered, but I was careful all the same, which resulted in mere wisps for head. Win some, lose some. Color was a deep-amber with NE-quality clarity ("CU -colored? Who they tryin' ta zoom?). Nose had a distinctive honey odor - could this be what the hibiscus was adding, if anything? Mouthfeel was actually pretty full, not outright creamy, but close. The taste was bland for all of the adjuncts that they mention. It was pale, all right, pale in flavor. I got a tea-like flavor in the mouth and whether it could be attributed to either the hibiscus or the hops, I do not know. Finish was grassy, somewhat tea-like, but just not a lot happening. This was not bad, just boring.

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Photo of aranheaney
2.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Stones Nonic pint glass

A-clear honey suckle orange, almost no head with little or no lace

S-Some malt, not much else

T-as I told my sister-in-law, it has almost no taste. There's really nothing here

M-fair, nothing of note either way

O-Really nothing here to remember, what else should one expect from BMC?

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Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired as part of a blue moon sampler pack.

A: 1.5 finger head of slight but fair cream, decent thickness, and alright retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper.

Sm: Light butterscotch, some bittering hops, and caramelized malt. A moderate strength aroma.

T: The bittering hops are thankfully not overdone, and they mesh well with the light caramelized malt note - which itself rides atop a pleasantly subtle barley foundation. Fairly simply built, but decently balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting partially the flavours of the body.

Dr: Pretty drinkable, quite affordable for an import, and decent quality. I'd have it again - especially if it were on draught.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.83/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not impressed. Beer served in a snifter. This was 89 cents at the local store and I thought, eh...it's probably worth my 89 cents. I was mistaken.

Beer is kind of red, with a white head and some lacing, redder than I thought but looks like beer.

Smells like nothing.

tastes like nothing. Beer is medium to light in body, really thin no flavors at all...nothing...HELLO!!!! Bargh! What a waste.

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Photo of gandres
2.83/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Twist cap 12 ounce bottle poured to glass
Appearance: pale light amber liquid, big white foam dissipates quickly but lingers
Aroma: Nose: not a lot, aroma of cinnamon
Taste: low bitterness tart
Mouthfeel: lively carbonation
Overall: Good beer, ok to repeat but not look for
Drank: 8/11/2015 4:00 PM

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
2.83/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance:
A reddish orange, clear looking beer with a thin off-white head. The head is not dense in appearance and seems to be mainly composed of loose and large bubbles. There is a little lacing, but no sediment.

Smell:
Notes of pale malt with a slight spice. There isn't much from the yeast nor alcohol.

Taste:
This essentially tastes like a decent pale ale. There is no indication this beer has any Belgian characteristic. The pale malt predominates and there isn't even hoppiness to balance. Although the beer is an average Pale ale, it's going to lose points for not displaying any Belgian characteristics whatsoever!

Mouthfeel:
Thin and watery appearance translates into a thin and watery mouthfeel as well. A pale malt and light fruitiness followed by almost no aftertaste. There's very little to this beer aside from some fizzy carbonation and pale maltiness.

Overall:
The beer is definitely not a Belgian pale ale, by any means, but it is a decent drink. I would not buy this beer for myself.

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Photo of Vendetta
2.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Original Rating Date:
December 7, 2008

Pours copper brown very little head dissipates right away Smells overly malty no real hop aroma Taste is overly carbonated lots of malt some grain Not very yeasty Drinkable yet too carbonated Fair effort but Id rather have a different brand Belgian if I had the choice

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.86/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Also known as Pale Moon at one time, this is another Coors attempt at a Belgian style under their semi-craft Blue Moon name. While not a bad brew by any means, this certainly has a "macro-feel" to it and is probably more suited to those just getting into the style.

Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale pours a nice, semi-murky copper color with a finger and a half worth of cream colored head that lasts for about a minute and leaves some lacing. The aroma produced is of some light fruitiness (some banana comes to mind) and some citric hoppiness. There is a low-moderate amount of carbonation to the brew and it does have a bit of a smooth mouthfeel overall. The flavors within are mostly of some light, sweet grains (a bit fruity and nutty) and the citric hoppiness. I don't want to say it's watery (because it isn't), but the flavor is a bit mellow for the style. The malts linger on for just a tiny bit in the aftertaste, but the citrusy hops hold on for a little bit more and give the beer some dryness in the finish. The beer finishes out with some alcoholic warmth.

This is a beer that isn't exactly going to wow anyone, but it really isn't all that bad and would be a good craft beer to have on hand if you're expecting company and want to offer something a little bit different than your standard Big American 3.

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Photo of phishsihq
2.87/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale Moon pours a copper-amber with a thin, off-white head, with very light lacing. The nose is quite light, with hints of caramel, toasted, and biscuity malt notes present, as well as some orange peel and spice. As noticed in the nose, this beer features a heavy malt presence out front, and very little hop profile noticeable. This medium bodied ale has a smooth mouthfeel and a medium amount of carbonation. Nothing too out of the ordinary for a Belgian Pale Ale, but for the price and the ease of locating, a good deal.

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Photo of Jparker37
2.87/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A - Copper in color with brilliant clarity. Poured with a medium sized off-white head which recedes to a small cap.

S - Lightly toasted malt, sweet orange peel. Citrus hops come across with some lemon qualities. Hint of some juicy fruit esters.

T - Toasty malt holds a strong base. Hops come in mild with earth tones. The bitterness is very smooth. Finishes a little sloppy with some malt sweetness. The earthy hop flavor lasts for a short while in the aftertaste.

M - Has a bit of sweetness for any style of pale ale, medium bodied, low-moderate carbonation.

O - Smell was hiding a little bit in this brew. Flavor seemed to be a little syrupy at times, too sweet, but the hops were pleasant. Way to low of carbonation.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Finally finishing my Blue Moon Winter variety pack. Damn, it's been a while... This stuff pours a clear tawny-amber topped by a finger of relatively short-lived dirty-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, biscuit, light greens, and a touch of orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, though the greens are joined by strong grass and light pine needles to form a gang of bittering hooligans that mess with the already kinda so-so status quo. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a pedestrian BPA at best, one that tries too hard to be all Belgain-y and pale ale-y without actually succeeding much at either.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle aggressively poured a very clear, light copper color with a huge cap of off-white head. Retention is excellent, as is the lacing. If nothing else, this is an excellent looking brew.

Nose is toasty grains, a little bit musty and devoid of yeasty aromas...a BPA? I cant decipher the bottle dating, it is smudged...but either the beer misses the mark by a wide margin or it is an old sample. I am guessing the former, as the various 'Moon' incarnations have been unimpressive to say the least.

It is not a bad brew on the palate, the toasted malt and light wheat character add an interesting twist, it's just that this is waaay different than any Belgian Pale I have ever had. It seems like it would fare decently well in an Amber Ale category though. The yeast is very weak, barely adding even a modest fruit character...very un-belgian. Its a malt driven beer with a nice creamy body and adequate carbonation. I guess my scores reflect a combo of stylistic fit and plain ol enjoyability...as a BPA it would get a D, but as an Amber Ale of some sort would probably get a B. I didnt have much difficulty finishing my 12 oz sample and we'll leave it at that.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
2.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours a nice amber color that is quite clear with a half finger of head that is very fine and light tan in color, head does not linger long and leaves spotty lacing on the glass
S: nice scent of malts like dark fruit or brown sugar as well as a nice wheat undertone
T: very gentle on the taste as i had expected due to the mass appeal approach of blue moon, slight wheat taste a bit of dark fruits and a little sweetness
M: strong carbonation leaves a bit smooth off the back of the palate, leaves a slight dryness on the palate
O: eh, drinkable, not much in taste, intense carbonation hurts a bit, really just not much all together

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Photo of syrupjoe
2.91/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a medium amber color with off white head.

Nose is malty with caramel and honey notes. Nothing distinctly Belgian or pale ale-ish.

Taste is sweet and syrupy. Caramel roasted grains and a slight acidity as well, hints of rotten/brown apples. Don't taste any Belgian yeast and barely any aromatic hop presence. Bittering hops quite pronounced.

Moderate carbonation and medium-bodied.

I don't know why they call it a Belgian Pale Ale. Tolerable, but not special in any way. Won't seek out ever.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown in color with excellent clarity. A fingernail of white foam covers most of the top of the beer. Light Brussels lacing. Faint aroma of light malt and not much else. The taste is a gentle spicy and somewhat earthy light malt. Body is moderately carbonated.

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Photo of frankiepop
2.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is not so pale first of all, and it has a rather robust sweety like flavor for a pale ale. Ok so it's probably not really a pale ale even in the Belgian scheme of things, but this is a drinkable not so bad brew. Reminds me the saison thing. Works in a pinch.

Goes well with Anne Murray music "and when you touch me I just fall in loooove agaaain"

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Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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