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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by thornside on 11-03-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
2.11/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance isn't bad. Frothy head that retains pretty well. Clear amber color. Unfortunately, that's all this beer has going for it.
Smells grainy and corn-like with a touch of yeast and sugar.
Tastes very grainy and strange, with the "dark belgian sugar" (brown sugar) being way overdone resulting in an overly sweet mess. Also a weird metallic taste. There's a touch of hops in there to give it a flash of grassy bitterness, but that succumbs quickly to the sugary sweetness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is.... meh; doesn't really matter at this point.
Drinkability is low, hard to finish more than one.
Not recommended.

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Photo of jmich24
2.12/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured in to Duvel Tulip

A: Big one finger head. Light brown color touch of red.
S: Sweet, spicy, fruity, orange. Has a off sweet Ajunct smell to it.
T: Sweet tart, fruity spicy all very mild and comes off very bland over all.
M: This and watery.
D: Drinkability is low due to the flavor sucking!


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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.12/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Coors Abbey Dubbel: ? !

Appearance: Pours a light amber in color, crystal clear beer. Was hoping it would be the least bit cloudy from the yeast but such was not the case.

Smell: A small whiff of malt.

Taste: A one dimensional bland wheat malt flavor, unfermented sugar, almost cloyingly sweet. Astringent grain also makes its presence known. No depth or anything else to report.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated, watery.

Drinkability: Should be called Coors Special Dark, labeling this as an abbey beer is simply false advertising.

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Photo of Juggernaut
2.12/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance was good with a nice brown color and good formed head.

Smell was chemically, nothing distinct, and not smell of hops.

Taste was kind of pungent, and overly sweet, not balance or taste of hops.

Mouth feel was decent, though a little sweet.

Drinkability is very poor, i'm debating of even finishing this one.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
2.13/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Lovely dark amber color, very little head though and it is almost entirely gone in seconds.

Almost no smell at all. Just the faintest hint of spice, though which one(s) I can't tell.

Smooth, caramel taste but it is gone almost instantly. Faint sweet aftertaste, almost sugary.

The actual taste of the beer is wonderful, however it is fleeting at best. Lacking substance. If the whole flavor of the beer was intensified, even just slightly, it would rate much better. Quite easy to drink, but not quite as much joy in drinking it as there should be.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.13/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: I think this may be more of a Belgian dark ale than a dubbel because it pours a clear copper with a thick, pillowy khaki head. The head recedes quickly, but leaves a sticky trail of lace deep into the glass.

S: The nose of this ale is odd to say the least. Aromas of caramel, treacle, dark bread, and mildly earthy hops are joined by an off-putting wheat toast aroma that does not fit with this style at all.

T: Notes of dark bread, wheat toast, caramel, cream, cocoa, treacle, candy sugar, and earthy hops wash across the palate, leaving the most fleeting of impressions. The finish is thin and short with wheat toast, caramel, cocoa, and candy sugar notes.

M: Very light in body, thin, slick, and watery. Carbonation is almost nonexistent. Very still and flabby in the mouth.

O: Whatever this ale was intended to be, I think it is safe to say that it misses the mark. This is really subpar stuff.

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Photo of wedge
2.15/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright, clear crimson with a tall, but fizzy head that quickly dissolves to nearly nothing. Light aroma of toffee, nuts, and a whiff of dark smelling overall though. Malty sweet flavor upfront, grain, bread, fruit, and a bunch of candi sugar. Increased plum and raisin as it warms. Medium-thin-ish and a bit dry in the finish. Not horrible as a beverage, but it fails at resembling any sort of Belgian ale. Needless to say, it can't hang with the real deal...

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.16/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Not at all a Blue Moon hater, I thought this would hit the spot in a similar way. Unfortunately Full Moon doesn't live up to what it advertises itself as (an "Abbey Ale").

Looks good enough, with a thin soapy head that thins quickly. The body is a gleaming copper color. Some nice lace patterns are left as the head all but vaporizes.

Aroma is mostly metallic in nature, with insanely minuscule hints of brown sugar and honey.

This beer puts up big losing points where it counts most...too bad. The flavor is unattractive from every angle. The sweetness promised by the "Dark Belgian sugar" is muted; the yeast is hiding; the malts seem dead; the metallic character of the aroma comes out even stronger in the flavor. In general it's just a mess. Having had several over the past week, I now know that I will never, ever buy this one again. Not even in a pinch.

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Photo of rye726
2.16/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This ale pours a clear golden color and has a thin whitish head with poor retention. The nose has grainy malts and a light sweetness. No real citrus or spicy aromas. The taste is also a bit lacking for the style. Sweet malts and grassy hops. The light body has considerable carbonation. I thought the older version was better.

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Photo of dmamiano
2.17/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a medium amber . Little head and decent carbonation.
Actually darker than anticipated. Faint smell of roasted barley and hops.
Pretty nice body. A little metallic in the taste. Taste kinda like the cap or bottle itself.
Dated to consume by 3/8/08, but I would swear by the taste, its a bit old.
Oh, well. Not one I would buy again.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.18/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle Best before April 15 ’07. Clear copper with a thick, creamy, tan head.

Aroma is heavy on the vanilla, with some maple syrup and hazelnuts.

Flavor is caramel, vanilla and nuts.

Finish is short, with touch of nutty sweetness but not much else.

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Photo of BlackAngus
2.19/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A - Copper color, no head to speak of.

S - Ugg. Vanilla, hazelnuts, maple. No malt, no hops.

T - Double ugg. Tastes like cream soda. Vanilla, maple, hazelnuts.

M - A tad thin, but the carbonation is good.

D - I applaud the effort, but I can't stand this. I can see where some people would love it, and if it gets more people to try craft beer, then I'm behind it in theory. But I can't drink it.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.2/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Dark brown body, most likely due to the caramel coloring the bottle states was added.

Smell: Sweet brown sugar and cinnamon, artificial, but not bad.

Taste: Spiced yet overly sweet and saccharin tasting. Funky and sour in the aftertaste. Not a very good beer, I will pass.

Drinkability: A halfway approach to a winter beer, artificial and thin tasting.

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Photo of jerseyjoe
2.2/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bought a six pack of Full Moon since I have enjoyed Blue Moon products in the past. Anyway i was very disappointed after I had one. Smell was very sugary with little else. Taste was bland with the taste of you guest it sugar! Not recommended by me there are much better winter beers out there then this one.

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Photo of geexploitation
2.21/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium amber with ruddy brown overtones and an initially fluffy head that dissipates in no time. Dull aromas of sweetness and cooked grains. Some faint doughy spices linger in the background, but the overall effect is shapeless and uninspired. On the palate, sweet, with some gingery citrus notes first off, before off-sweet adjunct flavors take over the mid-palate. The finish sticks to the palate with sour-sweet tenacity. Ugh. There is really nothing to recommend this beer. If you want a Belgian-style beer (I assume that's what they're going for, since the label calls this an "abbey ale"), there are many other places to go. If you want a full-bodied winter beer, the same applies. Avoid.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.22/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 11/20/2007 (bottle BB MAR1608):

Pours a very clear, amber brown color. Frothy light tan head, good lacing, lasting. Malty fresh aroma, but weak. Fresh clean taste, malty, watery. Some spice on the finish. Weak flavor. Letting it warm up. More spice but still bland.

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Photo of bowersdm
2.23/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a bavarian pilsner.

A - ruby-red/brown color, very thick 3cm strong, stiff head. all around, it was beautiful.

S - roasted malt, sugary sweetness (i'm guessing the dark belgian sugar that is used in this beer)

T - roasted malt, then a strong bitterness reminiscent of seltzer water, has a slightly sweet, sugary finish (again, the special dark belgian sugar probably). overall, it was pretty weak for a dubbel.

M - too much carbonation.

D - this is low on my list of favorite dubbels.

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Photo of xnicknj
2.23/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

Pours a hazy copper color with some bronze hues. Thin head fades into light film with a trace of lacing.

Hints of dark fruit with raisins and dates. Metallic adjunct notes with sweetness. Bready malts as well.

Slightly sweet up front with a splash of dark fruit. Raisins and dates fade into a metallic, watery grave. Some bready malts lay underneath with a touch of caramel sweetness. Finishes pretty bland.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, watery and prickly on the tongue. I usually try to avoid anything associated with Blue Moon and this is a premium example why.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.24/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A dubbel? Well, not sure about that. Abbey? umm...k

A dirty water pour, some copper. Not much head, a bit soapy.

Sweet, hollow aroma. Added sugar most likely. Candied and fruity. Fake. eww

Fairly light bodied...or at least in the feel. Not a good representation of the style

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.25/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It's disappointing when every other Blue Moon beer out there comes out, you get all excited and than it tastes just like generic beer. I'm kinda insulted by it, why do something interesting and dare I say trailblazing and then turn around and churn out craft beer labeled bottles filled with pretty much shit. Appears a clear light amber hue with a large off white head forming fine even lacing as it dwindles nice look let's take a smell. Aromatics a muted grainy sweetness touch of spiciness and generic beer scent no real hop factor arising. Flavor touch of caramel sweetness with a grainy lingering quality that turns sour, dark Belgian sugar whatever dude this tastes like candy corn and caramel popcorn. Not impressed weak and one dimensional in nature. Mouthfeel is thin and overly carbonated you can actually tell just from the pour the way the foam forms and dissipates. Light to medium nothing really artificial Co2 floods the palate. Drinkability is a one and done analyze this type situation, no more needs to be said.

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Photo of dgfair
2.26/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle marked Full Moon Winter Ale - An Abbey Ale brewed with a hint of Dark Belgian Sugar.

A - Pours a burnt copper color with a fizzy off white head that diminishes very quickly, but leaves a slight foamy ring around the glass.

S - The scent is pretty bland. Kind of sweet, a little of a citrusy coriander smell. Not a whole lot here, and pretty difficult to single out any aromas...even though served at about 50 degrees.

T - Just like the smell, the taste really doesn't bring much to the table. Slightly caramel sweet, no real hop flavor to speak of, a tad peppery, but the overriding taste here is a macro type corny flavor that really seems like they were just trying to get a higher alcohol content on the beer. It's just not a real malt flavor. Overall, this is not a very tasty beer.

M - A little too fizzy in the mouth and kind of thin. Just like the other aspects of the beer, it's not bad, but it's certainly not good.

D - To summarize, this beer is pretty bland, and wouldn't even make a good introduction to a winter seasonal for a non beer lover. There are plenty of other winter seasonals out there for the same yourself a favor and try one of those instead.

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Photo of peabody
2.28/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out a clear dark coffee/tea color with one finger of brown suds and some lacing.
All is smell is caramel and yeast. Not much else.
Taste is a little bland but there is some caramel and some malt in all that water. Great water though.
Mouthfeel is nothingness in water.
Drinkability would be through the roof if this tasted(had any taste)better.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.28/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 fl oz bottle served in a generic weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a textbook, transparent amber color with a thin off-white head of 1.5 fingers. Retention is unsurprisingly bad.

S - Caramel, light spice, and some subtle fruit notes. Mild and simple.

T - Heavy toasted malts dominate the palate. Caramel and light spice round out the taste. No yeast at all. All too simple and boring, and I'm left wondering, where's the Belgian in this? Nothing about this beer says "Dubbel" or "Abbey".

M - Medium bodied, smooth until the climax where it's a bit crisp. Works pretty well.

D - In terms of macros, this isn't an entirely bad choice, but I'd never drink it again. It definitely loses points though for being a terrible representation of the style.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.29/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an inch or so above the glass gives this beer a big light brown head above a clear wine reddish colored ale that fades into a light lacing.

Aroma is spiced sweet caramel malts with a slight hint of some dark fruits in the background.

A light sweet caramel malt taste that is laced with hints and bits of dark fruits and spices akin the aroma.

A dryish aftertaste on this medium bodied beer seems to be the highlight of this beer, although this Winter Abbey has some spices, malt, and fruits coming through in the taste they seem to miss the point or not fulfill its potential.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.29/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an orangish amber color with an off-white head with good retention that leaves a pretty decent amount of lacing. The aroma is pretty faint with some roasted malts and a touch of spices with not much else. The taste much like the aroma is pretty flavorless and on the watery side. There is some roasted malts and spices with just a hint of hops in the finish. Overall, this is a pretty weak and flavorless seasonal that I would not recommend.

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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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