Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale | Coors Brewing Company

Blue Moon Winter Abbey AleBlue Moon Winter Abbey Ale
BA SCORE
13.4%
Liked This Beer
3.04 w/ 1,563 ratings
Blue Moon Winter Abbey AleBlue Moon Winter Abbey Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
coors.com

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by thornside on 11-03-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
539
Ratings:
1,563
Liked:
209
Avg:
3.04/5
pDev:
20.39%
Alströms:
2.36
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
287
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,563 |  Reviews: 539
Photo of Sammy
3.39/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Kelly Cole's Improper. This is a mild Belgian more than a spicier English winter warmer. Medium bodied with carbonation bubbles prominent in a lighter colour. Malty fruity aroma. Sourish. Not bad for Coors but a below-average beer for sure.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head on a hazy deep amber and red body, nice lacing. Aroma is almost all caramel malt with a slight earthy note. Flavor again is like a red with sweet Carmel malt dominating and some brown sugar notes. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Very drinkable and refreshing. Not a bad offering from a macro brew.

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Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best by 4/15/13.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with a malty flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but pretty one dimensional with emphasis on malty aromas and flavors.

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Photo of spycow
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Knapp85
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured out with a reddish brown color. The head was white and faded quickly. The smell of the beer had some very light Belgian aromas but nothing too true to the real Belgian Dubbels. The taste is very weak compared to most real Dubbels. The beer has some sweet flavors with some earthy notes. The mouthfeel was too light for a winter brew. Overall not too much to really say, I wasn't really impressed on this brew.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.32/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Never got a chance to try this guy last year and I enjoy most of the Blue Moon seasonals already so it was worth a shot.

Pours a hearty looking dark black and has a sweet smell to it. Overall flavor is a bit subdued but still has some of the Belgian sugars being noticeable and the mouthfeel and body are excellent. Could use a tad more in the actual taste department but this beer was super easy to drink and went down smooth... a nice winter seasonal.

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Photo of metter98
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a very light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly faded away and transitioned into lacy patterns of bubbles, which eventually disappeared.
S: The nose is rather sweet, but the smell resembles artificial sweeteners or syrup instead of that from candi sugar, brown surgar or malts. There are also some hints of caramel.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste has a moderate amount of sweetness that seems to be the result of the addition of adjunct syrup. The taste lacks complexity and doesn't have any other flavors besides the sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and a bit watery with a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is drinkable, but the taste wasn't interesting. I would definitely try another dubbel before having another one of these.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yea, ok. We can do this... Well, the bottle says, "An abby ale brewed with a hint of dark Belgian candy sugars." as if they are passing this beer off as a true Abbey. In all actuallity, the beer begins with an aroma that's chocked full of raw cereal grains and with a peculliar acrid, chalky character due to added sugars. The beer holds no depth into anything abbey-like. However the beer does have some underlying malt / barley flavors and aromas, decorated with a dry spiciness and light fruitiness (apples and peaches). Beyond that, the hop character may offset the sweetness, but offers no flavor / aromatic qualities. Is the beer a disaster? Well, no. But it surely falls short of it's timid claims. It's drinkable because the flavors are quite clean. But it's a far cry from true abbey-style beers.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations aren't horribly high.

A: Pours a five finger head of fair cream, nice thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a semitransparent dark copper.

Sm: Light spice, very light candied sugar, and caramel. A mild strength aroma.

T: Light spice and candied sugar over a pretty full barley foundation. It's decently balanced but rather blandly built. Pretty simple, especially considering the style. It's okay.

Mf: Smooth and wet, and not too thick either. It doesn't really feel complementary to the flavours.

Dr: Pretty drinkable for the flavour. The candied sugar is nice but a bit overdone. I'd try in on draught in the name of beerdom but I wouldn't bother getting it again.

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Photo of emerge077
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, it's a transparent dark copper color, with a thin head that becomes pock-marked with evaporating bubbles that soon fade to thin thread of bubbles around the edges of the glass.

Faint caramel and yeast esters, pretty marginal though.

Malt sweetness, lightly grainy and nutty, some raisin, apple, and caramel notes. Light bodied, more a single than a dubbel. Light to medium bodied, carb seems faint. Overall a little one note and basic.
A more expressive Belgian yeast strain would greatly improve it.

Thanks for the freebie Nick!

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Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of zeff80
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out an orange/amber hue with a good deal of carbonation. It had a small, tan head that did not leave much in the way of lace.

S - It smelled of corn and light malt.

T - It tasted somewhat spicy. It had a good malt flavor and some caramel taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Not bad. A descent attempt by Coors at a Belgian-style beer.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.29/5  rDev -24.7%
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 zestar
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mothman
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours a 1 and 1/2 finger slight tan head. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a hazy dull copper. Very good looking beer.

Aroma: Very weird, but the first scent reminded me of McDonald's french fries. Sweet malts and roasty camel as well.

Taste is of brown sugar, carmel malts. A dark beer but not too many distinct flavors. This is only my 2nd dubbel I have had and the 1st was the same way.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A little alcohol comes out in the aftertaste along with it being slightly dry. Good carbonation.

Overall a great product from Coors as it was pretty close to the other dubbel I have had. It is pretty easy to drink and I'd definitely pick it up again at the sale price I got it at.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +30.9%
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 chinchill
3.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in pint glass.

Pours a nice reddish copper with a 2-3 finger light tan head. A = 4.5 if not for the limited retention of the head.

Aroma is a partly unpleasant. Fresh cut weeds or hay (from the "touch of wheat"?), soap, yeast and toasted malt. Flavor is much better; moderately enjoyable.

Some resemblance to a Killian's Irish Red, which stuck me as odd for a moment before I realized they are made by the same parent company. In any case, this is NOT a dubbel (as currently classified on BA); it's more of a red ale mixed with a light witbier.

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Photo of oberon
3.51/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife bought this for me today while shopping at Wegmans...man I love my wife.Poured into a standard pint glass a slight hazed bronze color with a tight formed 1/2 finger white head that actually held some decent retention,faint toasted malt aromas a touch of brown sugar-like sweetness as well as a touch of clove.Much better than I thought it would be flavor wise its a bit toasty with some residual caramel sweetness that vanilla that everyone talks about to me is faint it seems a little spiced but not overly so it has a spicy finish but not overdone.Anew recipe for 2007?Iam not flabbergasted by it by any means but you know its not horrible I wouldnt be ashamed to serve this to by beer-liking friends....really Iam serious.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. Pours a dark amber color with some reddish hues. Off-white head with a bit of lacing. The nose brings some caramel as well as hints of dark fruits and cherries, but mostly just caramel. The taste is lacking in complexity and while it's not a bad-tasting brew, it really pales in comparison to better examples of the style. Simply a bit of caramel with very light amounts of dark fruits and a hint of yeast. Feel is a bit full. Drinks fairly well, but just doesn't hit the right marks.

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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
Beer rating: 13.4% out of 100 with 1,563 ratings
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