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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
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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: 1,564 |  Reviews: 539
Photo of weeare138
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
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 yemenmocha
2.39/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a tawny color with light fan head. Looks good, but the love ends there. Nose is light to nonexistent with some faint caramel. Artificial-like caramel toffee candy on the palate through to the finish, almost sickly. Nutty aftertaste too with heaps of that god awful caramel. Fail.

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Photo of Jadjunk
2.52/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

#15. One of the last beers I've saved that have a holiday or "wintery" appeal name tag. I've had Blue Moon in the past, pleasantly surprised, but haven't tried this one. Not sure what to expect. It's brewed by Blue Moon Brewing, which is overseen or distributed through Coors. 2010 Season.

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a room temp pint glass.

(Appearance) About 1 finger depth medium thick head pours, retains poorly. Gone within about a minute, leaving very little surface cover. Very little lacing. Beer is medium brown with copper-gold accents when held to the light. It's a good bit darker than Belgian White Blue Moon. Carbonation is medium-high. Beer is quite clear. Not phenomenal in appearance. 2.5

(Smell) Nothing special. Sweet malts, with caramel, some faint fruits and spices lingering in the background. I can get a subtle touch of wheat here and there, which balances well with the malty aromas. I'm anticipating a heavy sweet side to this beer. It's pretty average. 3

(Taste) There's a roasted edge to the malts, which I didn't pick up much on in the smell. Beer is not very sweet, but balance is still far off with the flavors. Some fruity flavors and spices are there, but barely. They should be more dominant. The body is almost entirely malty sweetness without much else. A wheat finish is what I get most of in the end, but it's not pleasant. All in all, it's roasted malts plus wheat. It's not that great. 2

(Mouthfeel) Carbonation is rough, the tongue can feel it. It makes this beer a great deal more crisp and on the bitter-dry end. Luckily, not overly thin or watery, but I'm just not feeling the lack of flavor diversity here. It goes down fairly smooth, but the thin wheat finish leaves a dry palate. 2.5

(Drinkability) This isn't a terrible beer, but it's on the heavy side of a few basic ingredients that might overpower some of the better subtle qualities. It has a medium body, but the balance of flavor isn't right. I wouldn't severely regret a 6-pack of these if I had somebody to share them with, but by myself, I couldn't have more than 1 or 2 per sitting. The dry finish is a turn away. It is a lot heavier on the palate than I expected, but isn't hard drinking. Overall, average again. 3

Verdict: I'm thinking that the potential of this beer has been overshadowed by the malts and wheat flavor. It isn't bad tasting, but needs much more than what it's giving to carry my interest. It isn't too sweet, but due to there not being much else here, it might be hard to tell otherwise. Prepare to share a six pack with a friend should you not enjoy this brew, which may be likely. For a select audience only. D+ (2.45)

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Photo of Transatlantic
2.49/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - Nice dark copper color with a slight bit of haze. A surprisingly fine bubbled head that dissipated quickly. Zero lacing

S - ....whoa. The name "Blue Moon" and "Winter Abbey Ale" would have you assume it to be at least a good beer. Skunky wet grass on the nose. There's an attempt at spice somewhere in the mess but it's hard to make it out. ....citrus?

T - Well...this is a so-so combination here. There is some sweetness to the taste and there's some Christmas spice i'm getting, but it's hardly noticeable. I feel like i'm drinking water with molasses stirred in.

M - Very light and watery. Taste goes in and taste goes down.

D - Despite the name "Winter Abbey Ale", this would be a great summer beer to quench your thirst after a mowing the lawn.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber color with reddish tint. Fuzzy light beige head. Little stick, unfortunately. The nose is light, with some sweetness. Thin notes of caramel and toffee along with some fruits. Light version of the real thing.

Same story with the flavor, which is that everything is dubbel-like but dumbed down to the lowest common denominator. Some pale malt alongside maybe Vienna or crystal. Belgian candy sugar does some things, but this is just one thin over carbonated beer.

Give this one to a newbie, or use it in the kitchen. Don't bother otherwise.

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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 BeerManDan
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color when poured was of a medium reddish brown with white foam that dissapated quickly. But, there was some lace on the side of the glass. The smell was of roasted malts and a hint of spice, I think! The taste was of roasted malts with spices and a touch of rye. Not really my cup of tea, but, an OK ale. I just can't except it as a Dubbel! No Way!

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Photo of champ103
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a ruby/brown color. A two finger white head forms, and recedes in a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: Sweet malt, caramel, raisins, some wood as well. Really not bad.
T: Follows the nose, but much sweeter. Caramel and raisins. Not bad, but a little cloying and a bit of alcohol as well.
M/D: A lighter body and a bit over carbonated for my tastes. Not hard to drink, but a bit to much alcohol is noticeable. Which I find odd considering there is not much alcohol here.

It is really not bad. Enjoyable for the most part. Plenty of other options I will take over this, but you could do a lot worse.

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Photo of merryjoulton
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty decent winter brew. I am glad to see that the Blue Moon label is trying to switch things up and bring out new brews with their seasonals. This is an expectedly consistent and fairly good beer. The aromas and tastes are straightforward and intentional. I hope that this beer is one that reaches out to people who don't normally branch out with their beer selections. Because of the Blue Moon brand, I think it has potential.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.44/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-dark chestnut with cream colored uneven head

S-dark roasted malts, some dark honey. for a dubbel...this is quite embarrassing...but hey what do you expect from Coors?

T-comes in with a very weak taste of dark roasted malts. ends with a gross dark wheat taste. i'm upset that this might be the first impression of a "belgian" for some BMC people. the botle talks of caramel and toffee...you'd have to search real hard to find these. if this is a dubbel, then i'm and NFL star. this is extremely light bodied as well.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish, very light as well.

D-the more you drink it, the more the belgian sugars come out, but still only slightly. its not a fun beer to drink. you'll regret buying a 6-pack.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.61/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Best before 23 May 2011.

A: A beautiful ruby molasses colour. Clear. Light, short-lived head. No lace.

S: Sweet, caramel malts.

T: Sweet, fruity malts. Candy sugars. The aftertaste has overripened apples and wheat. Quite a nice taste in my opinion.

M: Plain, smooth, and almost instantly forgettable.

D/O: An underrated beer. It may not be winning any awards, but it's a very consumable beverage and probably the best Blue Moon I've tried.

12/10 Edit to convert Drinkability (4.5) to Overall (3.75)

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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 MadTown1000
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass an orangish-brown, basically the look of an English brown ale, with relatively little foam which quickly dissipates into a patchy thin film.

Smell is not that strong, sweet and malty. Not much there.

Flavor is interesting - a little bit more of a bit on the tongue than I expected, with a wash of toasty, slightly smoky sweet malt coming after. The label says there's a little bit of wheat in it - I wouldn't have put my finger on it at first, but it's definitely present now that it's been pointed out. Aftertaste sticks around for a good long time, really the same taste as the initial flavor.

An interesting winter beer - Better than regular Blue Moon, but still not one I'd pick myself.

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Photo of dstc
3.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper brown color with a huge tan head. Head falls to nothing. No real lace to speak of.

Aroma is of sweet, caramel malts. Bit metallic smelling as well.

Taste is not bad. Sweet caramel malts with a hint of spice. Still has that big brewer quality but flavor makes up for it.

Rather thin and a bit watery in the mouth.

Easy enough to drink and not bad at all. I think a lot of people want to hate it because of who brews it but in all honesty there is nothing wrong with this beer.

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Photo of aepb1
2.39/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown, translucent body with an airy off-white head that dissipates quickly

S- Faintly... uh... malty?

T- Caramel malts and roasted, not a whole lot going on here

M- A little watery but good carbonation

D- Easy to drink and I can appreciate trying to get BMC out of their box but this falls short

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Photo of WesWes
3.11/5  rDev +2.3%
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 jmich24
2.12/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured in to Duvel Tulip

A: Big one finger head. Light brown color touch of red.
S: Sweet, spicy, fruity, orange. Has a off sweet Ajunct smell to it.
T: Sweet tart, fruity spicy all very mild and comes off very bland over all.
M: This and watery.
D: Drinkability is low due to the flavor sucking!


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Photo of chchchchia
1.89/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a chalice.

A - Dark amber, slighty translucent.
S - Malt, currants, plums, but very mild, especially for this style.
T - Weak. Malt but none of the yeast that makes up a dubbel's style. No alcohol bite either. It's a major letdown, in all departments of taste.
M - watery, low carbonation.
D - high, but only because of the wateriness.

A very poor representation of the dubbel style, and not even that great of a beer to drink. Skip on this one if you see it.

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Photo of nas5755
1.54/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A- a solid dark brown with red hues and a large head with nice retention and good to decent lacing.

S- Malty, no spice or yeast notes(odd for a Belgian)

T- Malty, light yeast with some light raisin and dark fruit flavors. Zero complexity.

M- Way to over-carbonated.

D- drain-pour. I would prefer Miller-lite over this.

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

Aromas of sweet caramel with brown sugar, vanilla and toffee in the background. No hop character here.

The tastes are quite sweet and spicy with no bitterness; a little earthy/woody character in the finish. Some lesser maple syrup/vanilla notes that I can vaguely detect as this warms a little. Very malt centric. Roasty and toasted malts dominate.

Overall, this a mild hybrid Belgian dubbel combined with a spicy English winter warmer.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I saw this at the store a couple a weeks ago, that fact that blue moon was marketing a beer as an abbey ale made me want to try to see if they could do it justice, lets see how it goes. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- This beer poured a slightly dark copper color with a fingers worth of white head that dissipated to a thin layer that stayed till I drank it all.

S- The aroma starts off with a good amount of sweet malts that are followed by some light fruits at the end.

T- This beer come off a little too sweet. The sweet malts dominate the flavor just like the aroma. The wheat comes out a lot more in the taste then it does in the aroma. You can't really taste the yeast that makes most dubbels a dubbel.

M- On the thin side for a medium bodied beer but the carbonation was on par.

D- This beer is not strong or that flavorful so drinking a few of these in a row wouldn't be a chore but wouldn't be that enjoyable either. I don't think I will be buying this again any time soon. Blue moon shouldn't call this an abbey ale, its just a lack luster attempt at a dubbel.

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with about a half finger of off white head that quickly goes away.

S: Very malty. Caramel with a bit of chocolate.

T: Follows the smell with the caramel malt along with some wheat. A bit of bitterness in the after taste.

M: Medium with some noticeable carbonation.

D: Good for a winter night.

This beer was better than I'd expected. I didn't have very high hopes for it but it turned out to be pretty solid.

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

Not much to say about this one other then it is pretty boring for a dubel. Nothing bad about it, but given the style its not striking, the malt isn't right, it doesn't have the characteristics one comes to expect of the style. It's essentially pretty boring.

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Photo of SteveoNY
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours almost bright orange amber in color, crystal clear beer no cloudyness, very few bubbles. little to no head or lacing on a 45 to straight pour.

Smell: moderate to rich smell of malty carmels with a hint of fruits.

Taste: semi sweet malty to start gets sweeter in the middle, bitter hoppy in the after taste, then back to sweet a moment later. cant really sense any roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: heavy to over carbonated, almost overwhelming at first.(maybe to cold)

Drinkability: worth a try but dont expect to much. good kick, not bad for Coors, good enough to keep em coming. would not recommend over sam adams winter lager..

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Photo of scarfield
3.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, served with no fruits. A dark amber with a slight head that dissipates, no lacing.

Smell is rich, malty, some floral tones coming through and a bit of alcohol can be sensed as well.

Hits hard at first with bitterness. Some sour fruity and sweet flowery tastes in the middle, with an alcoholic malty sweetness coming through in the end, and the aftertaste is one of a dark roasty wheat beer.

Smooth drinking, clean finishing. Probably session-able.

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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.04 out of 5 with 1,564 ratings
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