Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale | Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)

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Blue Moon Winter Abbey AleBlue Moon Winter Abbey Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Colorado, United States
millercoors.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:
1,564
pDev:
20.39%
Bros Score:
2.36
 
 
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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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Photo of vfgccp
2.47/5  rDev -18.8%
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 mactrail
2.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

The first sign of trouble was the spew when I cracked the twist-off. Fortunately I was using a towell so I had a handy wipe. The coppery color is nice, and it has a foamy head with a full carbonated mouthfeel. These guys know how to get the bubbles right.

The smell is musty and woody with a hint of sweet vermouth. I taste wintergreen rather strongly along with bubblegum. Surprisingly sweet and simple. I don't see how this can be classified as a Dubbel, but that's how I'll rate it. I'd call it a Red Ale, but maybe there is a tang of Belgian yeast in it. It tastes like I remember Killians Red. There is an odd, bitterish aftertaste, like burnt raisins and something from that trunk in the basement.

I would avoid this, whatever it is. I don't remember it being so unpleasant when I bought a six a few years ago, but then I never bought another one. From the 12 oz bottle, a single I picked up.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
2.59/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of russpowell
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This year's offering pours an effervescent copper with 2 fingers fluffy of sand colored head. Good head retention & average lacing in my Douglass Scotch Ale glass

S: Slight breadyness, grainy notes & lemony hops?

T: Some breadyness, dryness & caramel up front. Some smokeyness, grainyness & butterscotch as this warms. Finishes dry, a little smokey & grainy

MF: Medium-bodied with slight over-carbonation, almost prickly

Drinks pretty good, but a bit of a weak sister of a winter warmer. Buck this up more with malt & you have a winner

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.81/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle - $1.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. As it is not yet March 08, 2009, I'll assume that's a 'best by' date.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark, reddish-brown body with a medium-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Faintly sugary, ever so roasted, nut-strewn malt nose with some fruit notes and, like the taste, some odd, distant metallic twang.

Taste: Lightly roasty, lightly nutty malts with a meager dose of dark Belgian candi sugar for sweetness. A bit of apricot and apple fruitiness. Hint of yeast. There's a curious, though light metallic kick coursing through this beer -- like smuggling out a rare coin in your mouth. Crisp, lightly roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: It's no dubbel, that's for damn sure, but I guess you gotta shove it somewhere. However, it did pair well with the flick It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. It does have that going for it.

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Photo of duceswild
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of jgunther71
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road all the way to your door."

--Irish blessing

Dark coppery pumpkin with Sunkist orange edges. The several finger head is ecru in color and has a quality look. It looks even better as it melts and is beginning to grace the glass with delicate squiggles of lace... that become impressive sheets in the end.

The label says that Full Moon is brewed with 'roasted malts and a hint of dark candi sugar'. That sounds like a dubbel, right? I think it smells like a cream ale brewed with a handful of crystal malt. Not bad at all.

Unfortunately, this Coors product tastes like a macrobrewery's attempt at a craft beer. It's decent at first, but things don't develop in a positive direction from there. To be fair, they don't develop in a negative direction either.

This isn't bad beer at all and is actually one of the better 'Blue Moon Seasonal Collection' ales. For the most part, it splits the difference between pale and dark, with leanings toward the dark side. Calling it an 'Abbey Ale' has to be someone's idea of a joke.

The dark candi sugar helps by adding a bit of dark caramel and a sweetness that winter warmers need. Note: the beer has since been reclassified as a dubbel. There isn't much going on with the flavor profile outside of ripe, dark(ish) fruit, a subtle spiciness and an almost vanilla-like flavor that brings me back to cream ale.

The mouthfeel is actually somewhat enjoyable, all things considered. It's nowhere near thin and develops some supple creaminess as it warms. Nice job on the carbonation too.

Full Moon Winter Ale is okay beer that is close to earning the next highest flavor score. It has no business being called a Belgian *anything*, but then you already knew that. Kudos to the brewery for trying to straddle the divide that exists between their usual customers and us beer geeks.

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Photo of Jason
2.36/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date printed on the bottle. "An ale brewed with natural flavor & caramel color" on the label.

A- Foamy with a good retention, crystal clear tawny hue.

S- Light vanilla extract in the aroma with a faint toasted malt, sweet smelling.

T&M- Lighter body than expected with a flash of crispness and then right to a slick mouth feel. Odd vanilla flavor mixes with a muted malt flavor, minimal hops with a slight warmth from the clean alcohol. Finishes dry with very little after taste ... the vanilla is a distant memory until the next sip.

D- There is something just not totally right with this beer. Lack of body and odd vanilla flavors just at me first. Lack of real malt density & flavor does this one is when it comes down to it. Take this one back to the chalk board ...

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Photo of Zaphog
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of BEER88
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mikesgroove
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

actually managed to make it through all the blue moon seasonals this year, not that i should brag, but what can you do, served cold and into a pint glass.

a little jaded after having just enjoyed one of the best dubbels i had ever had the other day, i decided to open this one up and see what happened. the pour was a decent light brown with hints of caramel around the edges and a small, fleeting head of off white, not terrible. but the aroma was off, way off. fake toffee and caramel, with hints of roasted nuts just seemed to be pushy and not naturally coming together at all. not really thrilled here with the flavors at all either as the taste of caramel dominated and just did not have any sort if depth to it. a bit thicker then i thought it would be and it was drinkable just not the style at all. a mild winter warmer at best.

overall nah, i will pass on this one,. they need to go back to the drawing board here.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes, this bottle was purchased at Quick six- West York
Decanted at cellar temp into my DFH shaped pint.

A - Deep copper w/ a slightly caramel brown color. The head is off white and measures 3 fingers, I poured twice to get it all in. The lace is moderate and has great stickage.

S - A malty, sugary slightly caramel odor w/ spiced rum scent. The yeast odor is fruity.

m - Medium body w/ moderate carbonation and subtle sweetness. The feel is nutty in a light kind of way w/ tinges of spice in the feel.

T - Better than average taste at firstw/ malty flavors and woody hops w/ candy sugar notes that are faint working in tandem to make a medium dark light dubbel flavor. Just a shade darker than a Belgian pale w/ subtle caramel malt flavor and a light metallic taste w/ the brown sugar trailing w/ a gentle fruit hint. The taste is slightly apple tinged in the finish.

D - A fair attempt, yet just average for a winter seasonal IMO. I expect a lot more for a belgian style winter ale. This is drinkable, but there are so many other better choices. Just not my thing - I would still drink this if it was the only seasonal option.

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Photo of orangesol
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.75/5  rDev +56.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Old Chicago.

Started a Winter Mini-Tour with this bottle. I wants my T-shirt! The liquid portion here pours a fairly clear ruby-brown topped by a finger of relatively short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, honey, raisins, and a touch of rye bread. The taste holds notes of toffee, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, rye bread, raisins, a light chocolate-ness, and some musty wheat. It just doesn't come together quite right, you know what I mean? The body is a straight medium, with a moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a slightly sub-par dubbel, too bubbly, two sweet at times, and does not not finish well.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of tdm168
3.51/5  rDev +15.5%
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 WVbeergeek
2.25/5  rDev -26%
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 SadMachine
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +21.7%
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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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Beer rating: 3.04 out of 5 with 1,564 ratings
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