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:
No notes at this time.

Added by thornside on 11-03-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper body. No lacing. Decent looking body color but looks okay.

Cinnamon and a watered down gingerbread. Not a bad smell just a little weak.

Caramel, cinnamon, hazelnut but all the tastes are really weak and watered down.

Feels like seltzer water, a little spritzy.

I had two pints. Its getting a little heavy on the belly. Tastes okay... Gets a little blah tasting after each sip.

I thought the brew wasn't bad with the first pint but the taste really got annoying on the second pint. I noticed the weak flavors, it seemed like it just wasn't mixing well. I think if the flavors were a little more in your face, this would be a great beer.

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Photo of deebo
1.9/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A-Dark amber color with slight haze-loose tan head that dissipates within a few seconds
S-Slight toasted malt aroma with the typical large scale lager notes. Not much overall aroma.
T-Not much backbone. Slight hop bitterness. Alcohol is evident and not hidden well.
M-Thin for the style, a little too much carbonation.
D-I've had stronger abbey ales that have a much better drinkability so this one misses the mark.

Overall-lacks the overall aroma, taste, and mouthfeel of a good "dubbel" abbey ale. Probably the worst "abbey ale" that I've had. Ok overall given the price.

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Photo of MinnesotaRIS
2.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with medium body. Deep copper amber. Low head that dissipates quickly leaving a small ring of foam with very little lace.

S - roasted malt, moderate hops that are earthy and floral. Smell is not very profound. Balanced though.

T - flat taste. Malt is not apparent and neither is hops. Alcohol is evident but there is not a lot to the taste here. Unbalanced alcohol and malt. Expecting toffee. I wish the taste were improved to the standards of an Abbey ale.

M - aftertaste the flees quickly and leaves me wanting.

D - the flat taste is not enticing me to drink more. Needs more aging with a bit more mouthfeel body. A touch more sweetness would be pleasant too. Advertised on bottle is Belgian sugar but it doesn't add anything except alcohol.

This beer could be improved.

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Photo of TheBear11D
3.37/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

Pours a clear, rusty copper orange, red with a decent size off white head that left spotty lacing.

Has notes of dark fruit, alcohol and sweet malty goodness in the nose. Caramel and cranberry seem to be the dominant aromas with the alcohol also standing out a little bit.

The flavor is a little less intriguing than the nose leads me to believe. I do appreciate the balance in the fruit and the sweetness of the malt.

Medium to thick body with excellent carbonation.

This is a fair beer. The lack of flavor is the downside to what could be good.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From winter brew tasting notes (2010): Pours a mostly clear, deeper amber-ruby colored body with a finger-width, frothy, light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is sweeter caramel and dark fruit with some toffee, toasty bread, and a few spicy nuts. Much better than I anticipated this being. Flavor is alright. Some thinner, sweeter caramels with a few toffees and toasted bread malts. A bit nutty, a few spices, and some dark fruits with a light straw bitterness as this finishes mostly dry before leaving a medium length aftertaste. Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty copper color with a thick yellowish white head and a ton of lacing. Smells of hops and wheat and a little vanilla. Tastes of wheat and a little vanilla. Odd for the style maybe some raisin. Mouthfeel is normal and not really that different from the Blue Moon normal beer. Drinkability is really just okay.

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Photo of chaunur
3.95/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with very nice clear coppery hue, decent off-white head, some lacing. Clean crisp aroma with hints of vanilla. Smooth flavor, slighty sweet, some malts present and just a hint of bitterness. A little thin but a well balanced and very drinkable ale.

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Photo of richkrull
3.91/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark reddish brown color. Nice creamy head on it.

S - Nice malt smell. Nothing really overpowering though.

T - Really rich malty flavor. Almost tastes like a hint of chocolate at the end.

M - Nice medium body, very smooth.

D - Really nice easy drinking beer. I wouldn't mind a few more of these. Great winter ale.

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Photo of minterro
3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark red colored beer. translucent. almost no head, whats there is light yellow and leaves no lacing. bubbles rising from the top

S: sweet and malty

T: the taste grows on you. a little too sweet for my taste buds.

M: not much carbonation. mid mouth-feel

D: pretty easy to drink

overall: overall pretty good. tried it for the first the last week during the packers game, didnt like it at first but i kinda grew on me.

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Photo of Meerkey
3.26/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very pretty. Clear burnt umber with a dash of crimson to add to the richness.

S: Caramel malts.

T: Fruity malts and more caramel, wheat and apples.

M: Taste lasts briefly. Nothing much to say about it.

D: Easy to drink, pretty good, not amazing.

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Photo of shand
2.73/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a deep reddish amber with head just cresting the top of my glass. Retention is about average, but lacing is very good. Makes a good first impression, then does a bit to lose this on the nose, which is bit of a a mess. Grains, skunk, caramel, and a bit of roastiness. Doesn't really work. The taste fairs a bit better than the smell - I like this well enough. The caramel stands front in center here, with roasted malts and a grainy aspect in the back. There's probably some artificial nut flavoring in here as well. It's very sweet, and also very average.

The mouthfeel is probably a little too full-bodied for what you get here, it coats the whole mouth and throat on the way down, which is not really what a simple brew like this should do. It's fairly drinkable though, probably due to the fairly low ABV. The sweetness can be grating though. This winter seasonal is completely average. Nothing to really make it stand out (besides the extremely inviting appearance), nothing to love here.

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Photo of MetalandBeer
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz.twist-off bottle into a tulip glass.

A: medium/dark amber, one finger off-white head with a bit of lacing.

S:Sweet,caramelized sugar, some nutiness & vanilla.

T: vanilla,caramelized sugar,nuts...tastes like it smells. Not really a bad thing!

M:Moderate carbonation, a bit syrupy, sticks in your mouth, somewhat dry finish. drier than I expected. No alcohol warming as youwould expect from a dubbel, but it is only 5.6% ABV.

D: Smooth, goes down nicely, nothing over powering or overly impressive, just easy to drink. I definately could have a few of these!

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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 jmdrpi
2.73/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

stamped APR0411 - so I guess this means best buy April 04, 2011?

a reddish copper color, with thin white head. not the head of a true abbey dubbel.

some sweet malt aroma, but also a bit of a sale smell. taste is of sugar and toffee flavors. decent, just not very complex. body is fairly thin, medium to higher carbonation.

tastes more like a standard winter ale. as expected, this poser Coors beer does not live up to the "Abbey Dubbel" style indicated on the label

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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 SamN
3.22/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A limp looking dark brown/amber color with a thick but flimsy head of fine bubbles, juice-like looks. Weak appearance for an dubbel, honestly. Smells of bland spices, cheap malts, no real depth. Some very toffee sweetness. Not bad smelling, just faded and a little bland. Taste is a little better; toffee malt sweetness again, the spices fill out and play nicely, no noticeable hops, except maybe some in the finish. Malt forward beer, not too bad. A fuller body, which is great, I expected a thinner beer from Coors. Points there.

Overall, a rather bland dubbel, but might serve as a very basic intro to Belgian brews. Spiced and toffee, not a bad combination for playin' dominos in the winter.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +30.5%
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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3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz into Ommegang Chalice, from notes.
A: A nice hazy, wood brown in the body, with a lightly frothed head. Steady carbonation and a slight bit of head retention.
S: Nice aroma, a good use of malts giving off a warm caramel smell. Not too many complex layers for the style, but still a nice and welcoming aroma.
T/M: The front has a light hearted feel like blue moon, but then a bigger malt body holds true to this winter warmer. As for a Dubbel, this is a little short on flavor profiles and complexities. Body is a bit watery and short on finish. The flavors do tend to be a bit rust like on the finish and as this brew warms.
D: As for the drinkability of this one, there is no harsh characteristics that tend to be undrinkable. There also is nothing very note worthy of it either, A very good representation of the style by a major BMC beer.

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Photo of kemoarps
2.41/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've realized more and more recently how overrated I think Blue Moon is, and this offering only serves to reinforce that.
It pours pretty enough, a rich ruby amber, though the thin head dissipated relatively quickly. The smell offers very little, but a light malty sweetness, while drinking the beer doesn't bring out too much more. Taste is dominated by this caramel-malty-sweetness, with a little bit of wheat-y American feel to finish it off. Not really sure where the 'belgian abbey ale' is in this beer.
Ultimately forgettable and disappointing. Not worth going out and getting.

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Photo of Distilled10
3.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is a nice amber color. When poured correctly it gives a thin white head that quickly goes away and leaves a trace of bubbles.

S: It's a rather sweet sent. Not too strong though. You can definatly smell some what of an artificial sweetener in it such as processed tastes.

T: Just as the smell, it has some what of a sweet taste, but again, it's not too strong to make you think that it's not a beer.

M: A bit watered down, and has a light amount of carbonation.

D: It's a "drinkable beer" not one that I would not drink it on a regular basis, but to be honest I would rather choose another beer to drink more often than this one.

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Photo of biteme398
3.26/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brownish or perhaps amber color with a head of about a finger, recedes fairly quickly. Not too much in the aroma, a fairly 'clean' smell overall. Some sweetness immediately as well as some bitterness at the end. Maltiness is present as well, holding the beer together in a way. In terms of mouthfeel, carbonation is noticeable but not overwhelming and there is a bit of a smoothness to it. Overall, not bad at all but probably not something I'd go out of my way to buy again.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When i poured this beer into my glass it had a nice 2" white head that sat on top of a nice dark brown body. The aroma is not much but a little maltiness. The taste is nice and malty with a caramel and toffee taste. This beer is nice and smooth, not much else to talk about here other then a nice mouth feel and i think it is drinkable.

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

Picked up a single at the grocery store... it pours out a nice deep mahogany color with a slight, quickly fading head. The nose is very bland, with just a faint maltiness. The flavor: well, there's absolutely zero Belgian yeast character. Instead, it's mostly sweet caramel, a touch of toffee, little else. If it had a little more bitterness, it'd make a nice competitor to Fat Tire, but it's not a Belgian-style beer by any means.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.29/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one wasn't too bad. It's nice, but nothing special. It's a dark brown with fairly low carbonation. The aroma was weak producing a tine amount of malty spices. Taste was decent, the spices and a touch of plumb and caramel had to be hunted down to be noticed. It's very smooth. Not an excessive amount of character here but it's nothing to turn away.

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