Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale | Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Winter Abbey AleBlue Moon Winter Abbey Ale

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

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Added by thornside on 11-03-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 539 | Ratings: 1,563
Photo of Burdman
4.67/5  rDev +53.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very enjoyable beer to say the least. My buddy picked up a few and immediatly, because he does not like many beers, I thought it was going to be either exceptional or well below par. I was however pleasantly surprised with the taste of familiar winter flavors in it that I did not expect and a smell that that was equally pleasant. I would suggest this a beer to appreciate and enjoy but I couldn't have more than two at a time because I felt as though I was being selfish or spoiling myself. Bottom line though: if given the chance definatly partake in this one.

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Photo of kevinbradley
4.62/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i was very pleased to find this new winter ale at the liquor store. smells rich with various flavors, caramel predominately.

taste is the best out of all of the blue moon family i have ever had. extremely lavish with caramel flavor amongst vanilla and almost a nutty taste. finishing up each sip leaves me anticipating the next.

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Photo of Merticois
4.5/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this from the bottle at a holiday party. I thought it had a nice enough presentation.

Smells of cinnamon and nutmeg with a hint of a pleasant beer scent.

Tastes like it smells like. The balance between the spices and the beer was really good.

It was a nice medium mouthfeel with a pleasant, mildly spiced, finish.

This was a pleasant Dubbel with a nice balance of cinnamon and nutmeg flavors.

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Photo of thornside
4.35/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer on tap at Sky in Sudbury, MA. I was surprised at how much I liked this beer. The head was creamy and the mouthfeel was full. It has a gingerbread aftertaste that I liked. It reminded me of Anderson Valley's Winter Solstice of several years ago. I hope this is available in 1/6ths!

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.3/5  rDev +41%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 1-24-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Dark brown with 2 fingers of foam and after it settled with a thin layer of lacing

S - Roasted coffee with a sweat caramel smell, hints of citrus but over shadowed by the coffee/caramel aroma

T - Smooth caramel and coffee taste, couldn't pick out any citrus taste. Light aftertaste but nothing that turned me way

M/D - A real drinkable medium bodied brew. Very smooth tasting seasonal from Coors or Miller/Coors or whatever their name is now. I well done seasonal that should be tried. Easy for me to have a couple in an evening

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Photo of bfelper
4.3/5  rDev +41%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has GREAT drinkability Get an A

It goes down EZ

No bitter after taste

It is a little sweet, but they claim they use belgium sugar

Would recommend and would like if this was available all year round, instead of a seasonal beer. The best of the "blue moon" group

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.28/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a best before date of Apr 30/12.....should be interesting hehe....

A- This pours with a yeasty, off white colored head that quickly dissipates. The coloring of the beer itself is a nice brown/toffee color and is cloudy for the most is much too heavy to tell what is happening with the carbonation....the lacing is quite nice with plenty of small foam circles clinging to the side of the glass! Above average overall!

S- Toffee/caramel/rum cake is the initial aroma smelled, with lots of dark dried fruit behind it. Dates, figs, plums, black raisins and heavy blackstrap molasses in terms of sweetness. There also seems to be a smoked character in the nostrils that is of wood barrel. This is deep and rich...well balanced and syrupy aromas!

T- Flavors follow the aromas well, with a heavy concentration on the robust molassess/toffee/caramel aspect..there are hints of gently brewed coffee, dates/figs/plum/raisin, mellow milk chocolate, and again, of rumcake, but it is much more muted and balanced on the palate! The finish lingers and is somewhat syrupy leading into the next taste.

M/O- Syrupy smooth and with a mellow carbonation....this also has a rounded medium body...the Belgian sugar really brings out a candied dessert like character in this one. Good with a bar of chocolate, or perhaps some tart peach or apple pie, I highly recommend aging this and giving it a go if you didn't like it the first time truly develops in the bottle well!

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Photo of BluBeers
4.27/5  rDev +40%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its a good transition beer from cheap bud light type beer towards a craft beer. Has a spicey flavor, but has no after taste which is something i liked about it cause no other beers ive tried have done that. Also if you arnt a fan of christmas ales dont try this one.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.24/5  rDev +39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a dark orange amber with a thin off-white layer of bubbles. Light but decent lacing.

Aroma - a nose of sugar cookies and vanilla. Mmmmm...

Taste - toasty malts with a sweet mild Madagascar vanilla flavor. Some very light hops on the swallow, ending with a mellow vanilla finale. A bit of a one-trick pony, but it's good if you like vanilla in this form.

Mouthfeel - medium body, crisply carbonated and good smoothness as well.

Drinkability - for me, a very easy beer to drink. The vanilla flavor doesn't come off as syrupy or cloying to me, keeping this 'beery' enough for session consumption.

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Photo of CS1971
4.18/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a huge Blue Moon fan, and honestly this beer doesn't disappoint me one bit. I read the other reviews and felt I may not like it, but I was actually really impressed. I love the complexities of the beer, and think it's full of flavor. Thanks for another great offering Blue Moon!

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Photo of larsee01
4.17/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A--Deep, reddish-brown pour. Not cloudy. Relatively aggressive pour yields a nice frothy head. Not aggressively carbonated, and minimal lacing.

S--Dark Belgian sugar as advertised. Notably sweet, brown sugar-ish with nice caramel malt and a touch of yeasty twang. Mild but very nice.

T--Sweet at the tip of the tounge. Malty for sure, super-minimal hop for balance. Quite mild. A well-balanced but tame beer. Just enough roasted malt taste for some substance. Mild yeast sourness...adjunct grains detected?

M--Medium bodied...definitely not full-bodied. Pleasant. Not sticky, oily, dry. Just right.

D--Big time. Certainly an entry-level beer if you are curious about climbing the "Belgian" ladder. At 5.6% ABV it is VERY sessionable, smooth and enjoyable. Not a challenging beer, but definitely knock some back watching Thanksgiving football!

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Photo of hockeyhead
4.17/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

poured into woodchuck pint glass
A: pours very dark brown with a honey ruby color body and a tan cream colored head
S: smells of heavy malt sweetness and some what of spice notes but mostly bready like sweetness
T: very sweet beer right up front overwhelming sweetness and touch of spice not real hop flavor i can detect maybe the drying effect at the end of the drink
M: medium to full body with lots of carbination not to good for a dubbel but i think it taste pretty good
D: i can slam alot of these fast good for a winter beer that u wanna pound some but still have flavor but no where near a dubbel

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Photo of drummstikk
4.13/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant ruby in the glass with medium foam and carbonation. Dark caramel blends in with a subtle clove spice to make a wonderful cooked-raisin Christmas taste. Fruit esters linger with just a hint of roasted malt and lingering sweetness. Bottle says this is an Abbey ale, which it is not. The yeast may be a much-cleaned up version of a Belgian strain, accounting for the "Abbey" designation, but no matter! -- This beer is average in alcohol and medium in body, so the light esters and phenols (whether they come from the yeast or added spices) bring out dark crystal malts beautifully. Drinkability is far above-average for a Christmas beer, making this a Session Winter Warmer. Predictably, users have under-rated this beer because of its monolithic parentage, not because of the quality of the beer itself.

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Photo of Gilly1980
4.13/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - beautiful dark copper color. about a half inch of semi-persistent cream colored foam and little lacing.

S - rich and malty. very robust.

T - spicy and rich. lots of evident autumnal spices.

M - chewier than average. tingles on the tongue.

D - the drinkability of this beer is great. it tastes and feels like a beer with higher ABV but doesn't catch up with you like one.

Overall - appropriately flavorful winter ale. well above average. i will definately drink this one again.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.06/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Translucent mahogany with a tan head.

S: Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, basic Christmas spices, and malt in the nose.

T: Cinnamon and nutmeg up front followed by clove then malt in the finish.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: While I definitely would not call this a winter abbey ale, I would call this a winter ale. It has the characteristic spiciness of the american style winter ale. It's nice and spicy, with a decent malt backbone. Typically, I find orange in the mix in Belgian christmas ales. Recommended, worth a try, and definitely underrated.

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Photo of echoes
4.04/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a glass.

A: Pours a cloudy, heavily carbonated, mild head. A lot of action. Not much lacing left. Color is brownish-amber/copper.

S: Smells good. Can smell wheat, malts/hops, spices (and fruitiness?)

T: Wheat, roasted malts/hops, spiciness, toffee and possibly smoke flavors. Ever so slightly sweet. Not much bitterness to speak of. Flavors are blended quite well together.

M: Smooth, bubbly and medium bodied.

D: Quite good drinkability. Could definitely have another quite easily.

A good Dubbel in my opinion. Certainly unique and executed well. Flavors blend well with the mouthfeel. I would recommend this to others.

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Photo of kdawg105
4.02/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel in color with a nice head! It has a small spice smell with a bit of sweet malts in there not impressed with smell, other than that the Taste is quite refreshing the mouthfeel was a little lighter that I had hoped but overall a good Winter Ale.

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Photo of rlshep
4.02/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle Dated: 4/25/2011

Aroma: Spiciness, peppery, cloves. Lots of caramel malts. Prunish fruits and a hint of cherry.

Appearance: Pours thick tan head. Dissipates slowly. Good lacing. Deep amber chestnut color. Very clear.

Flavor: Dark fruits, prunes. Nice dark caramel flavor. Brown sugary taste. Pepper and spicy notes from aroma fall to the background.

Mouthfeel: A touch thin. Not really enough body to support thinning it out more with candi sugar. Crisp/dry finish with a light coating from residual caramel sweetness. Alcohol, barely noticeable.

Overall: I'll admit, I didn't think I would like this one and was secretely hoping I wouldn't, but this is a really nice beer. The only thing I would like to see is more body and perhaps a bigger overall beer. I would drink this anytime it was handed to me.

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Photo of Sharbhund
4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Personally don't understand the bad reviews. Yes, it's produced by Coors, but I don't hold that against it. Nice smell, nice colour, great taste, my favourite production from the Blue Moon family.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, the Blue Moon Winter Ale pours a copper color with a good sized off-white head. Nice lacing too. It smells sweet, like caramel, brown sugar, vanilla and fresh baked cookies (yeah, I know that sounds weird). It has a nutty taste, along with caramel and vanilla. It does have a slight bitter/sour aftertaste (which gets less bitter/sour as the beer warms), but overall the taste is mostly sweet. The mouthfeel is light and a little bit creamy. The drinkability is good too, but I don't know if I could drink more than 2 or 3 at a time. This is a pleasant surprise, I really wasn't expecting too much from this but I think this is a decent beer.

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Photo of CheckMate
4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle obtained at Hannaford's Supermarket Derry, NH. Copper in color with a nice half inch of off white head that sadly dissipated too quickly. sweet smell of toffee, caramel, a lil bit of a brown sugaryness with a slight dark chocolate undertone. biscuity taste with caramel and toffee and brown sugar. light/moderate mouthfeel. this beer is very pallatable.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When i poured this beer into my glass it had a nice 2" white head that sat on top of a nice dark brown body. The aroma is not much but a little maltiness. The taste is nice and malty with a caramel and toffee taste. This beer is nice and smooth, not much else to talk about here other then a nice mouth feel and i think it is drinkable.

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Photo of greengorilla
4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a goblet. It is a dark amber with good clarity and impressive light tan two finger head. There is minimal lacing.

Its smell is dominated by the malt, but the spices come through in the taste. It smells and tastes pretty good. It is allot bette than I was expecting.

It has a good carbonated mouthfeel, and it is very drinkable. Overall, I like this beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Semi-clear crimson-tinted body beneath a frothy head of tan. The head retention could be better, but it leaves nice sheets of spotty and craggy lace behind.

Aroma: Gently toasted malt. Mild fruitiness. Very little yeast character though.

Flavor: Some spicy/phenolic yeast characteristic enters with some clove and black pepper. More dark fruit. Finishes with an edge of sweet apple and some tannic dark fruit skin over soft malt notes. Towards the end I find a dollop of honey. Superbly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation; medium body.

Drinkability: Easily accessible, but also somewhat restrained. It lacks a bit of complexity but there are Abbey style ales from Belgium that taste exactly like this (and there are some that are even lighter) so it's actually hard to fault. It's a really nice, easy drinking beer. It's tasty and charming. One note - allow it to warm a bit to display its full range of flavor.

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Photo of JamesS
3.97/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color, not as dark as usual, but not bad. Has a decent head and pretty good lacing. It does not have much of a scent, a light maltiness with almost no spiciness. You get a bit of a hint of spice in the taste, but just on the edge. For the most part you get a decently average ale, but as a winter warmer its barely average. Goes down all right, a bit too fizzy from the carbonation. Worth a try if it's the only winter warmer you can find, but so far the only above average Blue Moon I've had is their pumpkin.

2008 version update -- MUCH better. Nice head and some decent lacing, good crisp scent, nice hint of cherry and sugar in the taste. Goes down smooth. I really enjoyed it this year.

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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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