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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Ratings: 1,563 |  Reviews: 539
Photo of Unicycling4Beer
4/5  rDev +31.1%

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 Cluker
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of south33
2.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of WuAnquo1
2.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a Shock Top weizen glass. Neck stamped MAY0712.

Appearance - Very reminiscent of a glass of Coca Cola. Medium dark brown body with constant carbonation flow. Tan head with decent to low retention and lacing.

Smell - Mild. Musky. Grainy. Some fig underneath.

Taste - Follows the nose. Pretty mild. Caramel and a bit of coffee.

Mouthfeel - A bit astringent. Light bodied for the style.

Overall Drinkability - Finding this out was supposed to be a dubbel ruined the beer for me. For the style, it's pretty bad. But if you think of it as a winter warmer, which was my initial impression, it's decent.

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Photo of Mymelon
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of livewire05
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Lemke10
3.75/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 12pk Winter variety pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Winter 2011.

Pours medium brown color with an average head. The scent is mostly of malts. A pretty heavy beer for Blue Moon. A nice blend of malts and grains especially the caramel and spice flavors. Perfect for a cold winter day. Perhaps this is not the best example of a Dubbel, but it is rather tasty for a Macro-brew.

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Photo of Cellach
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a stemless red wine glass. The color looks about right for an Abbey-style ale - a rich, nearly opaque ruby-mahogany. The absence of any real head reminds me this is certainly no bottle-conditioned Belgian delight. The nose is dark and vaguely fruity, with plum, fig, clove, allspice, and molasses or brown sugar. The palate is not unpleasant, with plenty of that molasses, clove, and dried fruit and some decent maltiness, but this beer is very light in body (hence my unusually low "mouthfeel" score - I rarely dock or add points here unless there is significant deviation from stylistic expectations). The finish lies somewhere between "clean" and "nonexistent."

Overall, a pleasant if boring spiced winter ale. An Abbey-style ale it is not, nor should it pretend to be. But for a mass-produced beer that I can find in any grocery store in town, it's pleasantly quaffable.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip

A: Deep clear ruby brown. Frothy tan head with yellowish tones. Spotty lace.

S: Alcohol carries notes of clove, brown sugar, and a little "rotten" banana (my y year old caught the rotten smell).

T: Light caramel, some allspice, some apple cider. Taste falls flat. Graininess finishes with a little bitter.

M: High carbonation, thinner than expected.

D: Pretty low points overall here. Wouldn't seek out.

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Photo of Packman4IL
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of barleyroad
3.71/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber in appearance, nice an clear. Smell, has a light toated malt aroma. Mouthfeel is fullbody with a crisp feel to the mouth. Taste is very surprising, nice blend of flavors with the right amount of sweetness. Overall, this beer is good malty brew and one that will go well with some good old roast beef.

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Photo of Farky87
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of bigeyedfish89
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Josiah2729
2.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of GBPackers
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
2.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thin and watery dark brown with absolutely no head retention or lacing. Held to the light the beer is a pale, clear red with no sediment.

There is a light fruitiness, so maybe they did actually use some belgian yeast to make this beer. It's quite dull and i'm not convinced they didn't use rice, lager yeast, food coloring, and some aromatic extracts to produce this beer.

A touch of grain and a light, fruity aftertaste. Drinkable, but not rich and flavorful as beers in this class should be. There is no way this would be monk-approved for weathering the harsh winters of Belgium...

Thin, watery body with horribly deficient carbonation and flavor. The aftertaste is weak, but not gross. In fact, the slightly flavorful aftertaste is about the only redeeming quality of this beer.

I'm too used to getting growler fills of ommegang from the tap to drink this beer. It was free, and also about the best I can expect from a man who drinks busch like he's already on fixed income, so I'm not complaining. However, I can't recommend this beer to others, not even for the price and convenience that it offers.

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Photo of Fermenticusrex
2.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of mchorvath
4/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of sobapan
4/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.92/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to april 2012:

Pours copper colored body with beige head. Head lasted about thirty seconds and completely dissapears. No lacing whatsover. Aroma is slightly grainy. Flavour is sweet. Poorly carbonated and leaves an odd sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of Dan3279
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured unto a nonic glass.

Appearance: dark but clear amber, head thin white not too bubbly. Head was maybe 1/10".

Smell: Nutmeg, light hops.

Taste: Like I said above but super easy to drink. Comes off like a light winter lager. nothing to rave for.

Mouth: light-medium carbonation.

Overall: I like it but not the beer you will love. Yes it's real easy to drink but not full of the flavor you would truly want out of a winter beer. Try it be the judge, happy new years and cheers!

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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
3.05 out of 5 based on 1,563 ratings.
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