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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale | Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Winter Abbey AleBlue Moon Winter Abbey Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
539
Ratings:
1,560
Avg:
3.05
pDev:
20.33%
 
 
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Reviews: 539 | Ratings: 1,560
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 jwc215
2.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Freshness date of Apr. 06, '08 printed on bottle:

12 oz. twist-off capped bottle, poured into glass chalice:

Pours copperish orange with a thin white head that becomes patchy almost immediately. Very little trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of grainy malt with a touch of caramel. Mild sugary spicing if you really put your nose in it. Sourdough mixed in, along with a touch of metallic notes.

The taste is of carbonated blandness at first. Some bland hop bitterness balances out a sugary sweetness without adding to taste. Maltiness joins a metallic tinge as it warms - more of an amber ale caramelish than a Belgian...Not wintery - maybe autumn-like. Thin taste.

Effervescent with quite a bit of harsh carbonation, it doesn't have much of a mouthfeel or finish to it.

Not undrinkable, but too mild/lackluster. Doesn't fit with Belgian nor with winter so well, IMO.

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Photo of tdm168
3.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a soft, creamy quarter inch of white head. The nose is grainy, metallic, and a little sweet; there are notes of caramel and apples, but they're faint. The flavor is apple-like sweetness with notes of caramel and a hint of spices. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but close to full. The carbonation is just right.

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, label calls this a "single-style abbey ale", looks like a dubbel, drinks like dubbel "lite"

Pours clear glowing dark reddish amber, moderate retention on the light tan head, that goes to a nice looking film, collar and moderate bits of lace.

Toffee, maple and light nuts in the nose.

Super easy drinking Belgian style offering, more toffee, some caramel, light nutmeg. Pleasant enough, but fizzles out in the finish and perhaps a bit on the watery side.

Belgian with training wheels and less complexity then us geeks would like. Good beer to entice some newbees or as a winter, lighter sessioner. Also would/will work in a marinade or holiday dish.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.47/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Red caramel ice tea.  Thin bone white head with low lace.

S - Small nose.  Light malt character, touch of caramel, light sourness.

T - Sour base over a deep malt body.  Light, dry hops make a quick cameo on the finish.

M - Medium/full body, but dives towards a thin dusty finish.

O - Definitely feels off.

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Photo of WesWes
3.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry pale, roasted, and crystal malt scent along with a sweet candy sugar and Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is average as well. It has a dry, roasted malt flavor with a touch of caramel and candy sugar sweetness. There are some light yeast esters in the finish, but they're quite tame by Belgian standards. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty horrible example of a Belgian Abbey ale. It's not a bad drinker, but it's not in the same ballpark as a traditional example of the style.

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Photo of tempest
3.16/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hmm, at first sniff and taste it seems like a toastier version of Blue Moon. Sure, it's not bad, but there isnt much abbey about this. The mouthfeel isn't bad and there's nice lacing. But it's a little heavy on the spice, nutmeg and cinnamon, I think. I wouldn't call this Belgian or even very good, but kudos to Coors for making a decent beer.

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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 Mora2000
3.21/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of a lot of cocoa and toffee notes and actually smells a lot better than I expected it to. The flavor is similar to the aroma. I get a lot of lightly roasted malts, as well as some toffee, caramel, cream and grass notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single bottle poured into a chalice, on to the beer:

Wait a minute...this isn't pale at all! It's a dark ruby red color, the head is fizzes away into a paper-thin sheet on top. The aroma is faint overll. Some esters, faint sugar, wet cardboard. Not much here. Taste...almost as faint as the aroma. But fortunately there's none of that wet cardboard note. It tastes like esters mixed with caramel. The taste intensifies as it warms, and it is enhanced by the smooth and somewhat crisp mouthfeel.

Decent is the best way to sum up this beer. Good balance, but low on firepower.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.56/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled December 2009
The beer pours into my cheepie wine goblet with a finger of lightly amber-brown tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark plum color that shows a clear, rich amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of grain, plums and lightly caramelized notes and a fair amount of clove character that becomes more apparent after a little bit. The nose is actually quite fruity smelling in a raisin / plum / fig sort of way.

Sweet up front with a touch of balancing phenolic clove character, a textural carbonic fizz and a faint hop bitterness. The sweetness definitely accentuates a solid fruit character that reminds me of a mix of raisins on concentrated, not quite dried, plums. The maltiness gets a boost as the beer warms up; rich Maillard notes combine with a soft, rum like caramelization. A touch of bubblegum character couples with the clove as it warms up even more and as the carbonation dies down it takes on a nice creamy texture. There is a touch of toasted grain character underneath the sweetness. This beer also has a soft fullness to it, it is still quaffable, but definitely is on the full side for the Dubbel-like thing that it is.

Not a bad beer, one I would happily drink again. Part of my like of this beer is that it is from Coors and it actually tastes decent enough for me to finish my bottle if not have a second. Perhaps a bit too sweet and not light enough for the style, but it aint half bad.

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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 Halcyondays
3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with a picture full of snow,

A: Pours a light amber, honestly, if I had not checked the style before I drank this, I would have assumed it would be dark brown. Nice head, full white colour, great retention, no real lacing.

S: Light smell of apples, though it grows as the beer is drunk, some malt comes through as well.

T: Not a bad tasting beer, but the flavour is struggling to break through in my opinion. Tastes a lot like apple cider to tell the truth. Nice bready malt character, and a bit of noble, floral hops, as well.

M: Smooth, creamy, too light for the style, too fizzy in the end.

D: Not a bad winter beer from Coors, interesting that they made an abbey style beer, but only put it at 5.6%, they should have gone for a more alcoholic brew, IMO, all and all, a fair beer, but not something I'll go back to, with so many great Winter Warmers on the market.

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Photo of Zorro
2.71/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A Dubbel? We shall see.

Clear bronze colored beer with a good tall tan colored head.

The smell is sweet and fruity with a buckwheat aroma, not that great I hate buckwheat. Cherry fig and Candi sugar along with some sort of funk that must be coriander. The coriander does not mesh so great with the hops used and or bitter orange peel; it is a little messy to evaluate.

The taste starts off malty and bitter with basically Belgian witbier flavor. A bit of extra malt in the taste and extra bitterness and maybe a little spice, not that much like a Dubbel.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not much to recommend here. Take Blue Moon, add some extra crap and call it a new beer. Inferior to the regular beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some hints of caramel. Taste is very mild, some malts, rather bland. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium amber-brown hue with almost no haze. Head is a thin layer of fizzy tan foam; an authentic dubbel this is not. Still, it's not a bad looking beer overall.

Smell: yeasty, mildly fruity malt aroma. Not terribly strong, but I find it pretty well-composed; again, not precisely authentic, but not bad.

Taste: nutty malt flavor with less flavor character than the aroma might suggest. There's a wateriness to it that I don't particularly like, but it's not really offensive.

Mouthfeel: thin and somewhat fizzy; mouthfeel is not this beer's strong suit. Again, though, it's not offensive.

Drinkability: a middle-of-the-road beer, quality-wise. I wouldn't make this a common addition to my beer calendar, but one once in awhile ain't bad.

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Photo of weeare138
3.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears a dense, haze of russet toned brown with small, light tan head that slowly fades out into a collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of doughy yeast, mild caramel, toffee, and cracked grain.
Taste is very light but the subtle Belgian yeast influence is there. Reminds me of a watered down Chimay Red. Hints of caramel, vanilla, and raisins with cracked, chewy grain.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit thin, and spritzy in the swallow.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.56/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a five finger white head fading quickly to a thin layer and leaving some lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. The nose is slightly malty. Medium carbonation and medium body. Flavor is a balance of malts, sugar and hops. Clean finish. $1.50 for 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience, Concord, NH. Label says this is brewed by BMBC in Toronto, Canada.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.3/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a weird orange colorwith no head. Nose smells rather weak. Lightly flavored with some caramel sweetness and an interesting spicing on the finish. The body is very thin and weak. Mouthfeel is watery with some malts and hops and a tad bit of caramel. Bad excuse for a Warmer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle no.APR2511-EO5031415. It pours a nice looking copper-amber with about a half inch of head that settles down. The carbonation is active at first but then also calms down. The aroma has a touch of yeast, toffee, sweet sugar, and malts. The taste is in the same vicinity with a sharp bitterness at the end. I think it needed more body.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.68/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a pint mug)

A- This beer has a warm light brown clear body with an off-white head that last for a little bit. There is a gentle carbonation of big bubbles.

S- This beer has a big smell of syrupy vanilla with some slightly sweet caramel syrup notes in the background.

T- The flavor of caramel comes through before the softer flavor of vanilla and the finish has a soft dry finish with a little hop bitterness in the after taste.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight fizz in the finish that helps dry out the finish.

D- Although this beer has some syrupy flavors they are not overly sweet just a little chemical tasting. There isn't much malt flavor behind the caramel notes but the finish is clean so the flavors don't hang on the tongue.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.22/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured a roasted chestnut brown with burnt amber highlights. The head was fizzy and tan-hide in color, almost immediately dissipating upon the pour. Visible effervesce was strong and steady producing a showering of microbubbles rising at a rapid rate. Overall a decent coloring that was only marred by a weak holding head and lacing appearance wise.

S: The nose surprised me a bit with a rich maltiness of semi-dry and semi-sweet caramel with a touch of caramelized dark candy sugar. Medium in strength the aroma was respectable with hints of lightly dried caramel apples lurking beneath.

T: The initial flavor was sweet, of caramelized malt and sugars. The flavor is worty wit a dried sweetness of toffee and maple syrup while finishing up with a light fruitiness of apples and fresh caramel raisins. Of all the Coors Moon series, this is by far the best tasting one I have encountered. While it wont rival the average Belgian abbey or even any of the moderate American style abbeys, considering the brewer, this is probably one of their best and most flavorful beer.

M: smooth and creamy with a medium fullness and a tight bubbly carbonation. Luscious as it rolls around the tongue makes this a pretty good hold.

D: average in limited moderation. You would be hard press to guess this was brewed by Coors. Sweet, but I would have no problem having a second one, but 3 may be pushing it. Worthy a single purchase.

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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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Photo of beertunes
2.55/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear reddish brown with just a very thin cap of light tan head that dissipated very quickly and left no lacing.

The aroma was very subdued version of the expected earthy, fruity and yeasty scents. Same goes for the taste, just a very benign and soft example. The body was far too thin for a Dubbel. Drinkability was OK, but with the beer being this boring, why bother?

I suspect this beer has never been near an actual Abbey, I'm not sure how they get away calling this an Abbey Ale. Perhaps this could be used as a training wheel example of the style for someone just discovering the style, otherwise avoid.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clearish brown w/ a gigantic frothy tan head on top of a mild malty smell w/ a little sweetness. Light bodied, with hints of caramel malt along with some barely noticeable spice and hop bitterness. Finishes clean and smooth. Not bad for a macro, but garbage if you're looking for a true Belgian ale.

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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.
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