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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Photo of drummstikk
4.13/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant ruby in the glass with medium foam and carbonation. Dark caramel blends in with a subtle clove spice to make a wonderful cooked-raisin Christmas taste. Fruit esters linger with just a hint of roasted malt and lingering sweetness. Bottle says this is an Abbey ale, which it is not. The yeast may be a much-cleaned up version of a Belgian strain, accounting for the "Abbey" designation, but no matter! -- This beer is average in alcohol and medium in body, so the light esters and phenols (whether they come from the yeast or added spices) bring out dark crystal malts beautifully. Drinkability is far above-average for a Christmas beer, making this a Session Winter Warmer. Predictably, users have under-rated this beer because of its monolithic parentage, not because of the quality of the beer itself.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
2.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Clear, medium-dark red-amber color. Two fingers of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Brown sugar and caramel malt. Very one-dimensional. Unimpressive.

Taste: Follows the nose. Caramel and brown sugar mainly. Faint wheat malt taste and slightly fruity. Pretty good, but I'm going to rate it low because of the style it supposedly is, since really the flavor is pretty light.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not doing it for me, I'm afraid.

Final Notes: I swear I remember this beer being better than this last year (this beer used to be called Full Moon). It must be my level of experience. It's actually a pretty good beer, but it's far from what you'd expect out of a Dubbel. I do enjoy this beer, but it doesn't belong in this style.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.2/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Amber pour with a small off white head with minimal retention and hardly any lacing.

S: Smells of light malts, with hints of Belgian Yeast.

T: Malts up front on the taste, with a caramel finish. Not much of an aftertaste.

MF: Too light. Expected some more depth to this one.

D: Very high, but not satisfying.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a large pilsner glass

A: pours an amber brown color with a very small amount to head that quickly disapates. Leaves no lacing

S: nice toasted scent that is slightly sweet

T: a bit of a deep flavor, not really toasted and not quite nutty, has a slightly sweet finish

D/M: drinks smoothly enough, is a bit heavier than other abbey ales I've had, slight carbonation tingle. Leaves a bit of an unplesant taste on the pallet

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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.88/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One finger head that was gone in a few seconds, rats. Nice bubble ring left with some clinging lacing. Color is a 26 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is sweet, with aromas of molasses, vanilla, caramel, roasted wheat, and malt. Flavors are mild hints of caramel, chocolate, toffee, coffee, and malt. Flavors change with each taste. Nice body, lots of fullness, and creaminess. I really like the flavor, but being it is seasonal, I won't try to make it a staple.

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

Brown beer, lots of clarity revealing ruby highlights, not bad, dirty cream colored head, again, good. Aroma, dark fruit and sugar, cinammon?

Taste, dark fruit, very sweet, very smooth. Alcohol warmthto it, this beer seems to deliver more to style relatively than the other Blue Moon offerings. Ol' homegirl used to get tore up on it and still be pleasant, usually she'd be a raging out of control you know what, so this gives a real mellow drunk to chicks. It's got that going for it.

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Photo of dbow56
2.39/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've come across this taste in a beer a few times. Its an easy to drink beer, but with no real sparkle. The flavor profile is a bit like Fat Tire. I like Fat Tire, but the two beer styles should be a bit different in taste. I tried this beer three different ways out of my six-pack: one cold, one warmer, and one in the bottle. It has an interesting flavor and a wonderful dark brown hazy color, but I don't think I'll be buying this one again. I think a bit more than a hint of Belgian sugar could do this beer a little justice. not bad though.

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Photo of TheSarge
2.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours alright, for a finger thick head of thinly forming bubbles, which dissipates quickly to almost no lacing. The body of the brew is cleanly filtered and is dark copper in color.

Bready aromas, ginger, cola, and herbal notes.

This feels medium in body, so I was expecting a little spicy winter warmer, but the taste really peters out all the way through. I am getting just a hint of toffee qualities and quickly is overtaken by nothingness.

As expected, nothing too extravagant.

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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 Gilly1980
4.13/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - beautiful dark copper color. about a half inch of semi-persistent cream colored foam and little lacing.

S - rich and malty. very robust.

T - spicy and rich. lots of evident autumnal spices.

M - chewier than average. tingles on the tongue.

D - the drinkability of this beer is great. it tastes and feels like a beer with higher ABV but doesn't catch up with you like one.

Overall - appropriately flavorful winter ale. well above average. i will definately drink this one again.

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Photo of philbertk
3.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blue Moon Brewing Company--Adolph J. Coors Brewing Company--Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale--Seasonal Collection--Crafted With Belgian Sugar And A Touch Of Wheat. 2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV--10 IBU's.? (4.0 / 5.0) 6-Pack $5.99. No sediment. Mild lace foamy thin half inch white head. Clear fizzy pretty bright dark copper amber color. Toasted brown sugar mild Belgian Abbey wheat ester mild spice hop front. Pours thickish. Creamy rich mildly toasted Belgian dark candy mild cloying sweet smooth wheat hint body. Slightly cloying mild hop satisfying dark Belgian wheat end. Well made balanced & smooth. Sampled 11/16/2010.

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Photo of skyline31687
3.85/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

sampled from bottle, poured into blue moon pint glass.

A - pours an attractive reddish-brown with a thin, cream colored head that had moderate retention and decent lacing throughout.

S - smells of roasted malt prominent; smells like a good winter beer.

T - roasted malts are evident, as well as a cleverly hidden note of cream. not as robust as some other beers in the style.

M - great mouthfeel, proper carbonation, no real issues here.

D - good. i am reviewing this off of the first one from the six pack i purchased earlier, and plan on having a couple more before the night is up.

Overall - while it is not the most robust winter-style beer i have experienced, it has a great mouthfeel and a better than average drinkability (for the style). definitely worth a try.

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Photo of biggred1
3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Russet amber with a creamy eggshell cap. Malty, caramel aroma. Sweet, caramel and I think I can taste a tiny bit of wheat, either that or the suggestion of added wheat on the label is influencing my palate. While not really a bad beer Blue Moon WAA is a pathetic excuse for a Dubbel or "Abbey ale" and really more of a run of the mill American amber ale. Medium light bodied and easy to drink.

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Photo of macrent2
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer came in a bottle. After pouring this beer into a clear glass, I noticed that it had an "muddy river" red colour (reddish brown) with a nice amount of carbonation and a short head that disapated quickly. Some noticable lacing seen.

Light smell. A bit of malt.

Nice very subtle malt palate.

Light with a hint of vanilla and malt, some very subtle spices underline!

Good, but a bit faint for my liking. May drink again.

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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 Nerudamann
3.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - roughly a dark amber in color, clear. About 2 fingers of foam that dissipates quickly. Good carbonation.

Smell - Interesting charcoal/toasty smell. Maybe somewhat malty in the aroma. It's hard to tell as it's rather faint.

Taste - More malty in the taste. Faint fruitiness in the taste..maybe something along the line of cranberries? Texture is fairly well-balanced, but more on the watery side.

Drinkability - Pretty decent in the taste, but I wish the complexities were a little less subtle so that one could really focus on them better. Not a bad brew though. Worth a six-pack.

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Photo of BMoldy
2.76/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pleasant dark reddish amber. Head is fizzy and almost nonexistent, as is the lacing. The smell is extremely weak, only a small step up over your average commercial "corn" beer, and perhaps a little less remarkable than the regular BM Belgian White. The candied sugar is obvious in both smell and taste, although it is still a very weak scent. A malty/husky odor makes up the rest of the aroma. The body is watery and predominately malted barley and caramelized sugar. Hops are lacking and would have helped add some more robustness. While it finishes on the lighter side, it isn't quite clean and there is a lingering malt flavor. The mouthfeel is unimpressive and probably a bit more fizzy than bubbly- certainly more so than it should be. It isn't too unpleasant, however.

Overall, a poor impersonation of a style that's very dear to my inner Belge. If my friend had brewed this beer in his kitchen, I probably would have congratulated him for giving it a try and politely suggested some tweaks. But for a commercial brew, this is really terrible (though I'm not surprised, coming from Coors). They tried to mass-produce a very respected and careful style of beer in the American tradition of maximizing cost-effectiveness just by throwing in some candied sugar and "a touch of wheat." If one ignores what they were aiming for, however, the beer isn't toooo difficult to drink and if given the choice between this and a regular Blue Moon, I might choose this for something different. Otherwise, I won't be buying this beer again.

PS I should have been kinder to the appearance; it was probably my favorite part about this beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -7.2%
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 jmbranum
3.68/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(I'm reviewing the Oklahoma 3.2%ABW/4.0% ABV volume version of the beer that is sold in grocery stores here.)

I was suspicious whether you could brew an Abbey Ale with this low of an alcohol content. When drunk cold, this beer confirms my suspicions.

But as it warms up, something happens to this beer and it really is a halfway decent.

The aroma when cold is weird and unpleasant, but when it warms to more like cellar temperature it is better with a fair amount of maltiness.

Very pretty in the glass. Deep amber color with a big lingering light tan head.

Flavor when cold is a mess. Everything is kinda jumbled and it just doesn't work. As it warms though (and on my second bottle so bear that in mind) it gets better. Lots of malt. Some caramel and warm whole wheat bread. A tiny bit of coppery minerally notes. Just a smidgeon of sprucey hops.

Mouthfeel is decent. Kinda thin but a little bit of a velvety feel.

Extremely drinkable.

The key to this beer --- let it warm up!

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.68/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent dark mahogany in color with a slightly tan two finger head. Dissipates rather quickly to a thin film. No lacing

Aroma is slight malts and sweetness. It's not very aromatic, but it's pleasant what I do smell.

Taste is good, with a good amount of malts, and some candied sugar with a bit of roasted-ness.

Feel is rather thin, but a little slick. Carbonation level is nice.

Drinkability is actually pretty good. It's off in areas for the style, but for what it is it's pretty tasty, and there's nothing offensive about it in the end. I'd easily take it if it were offered to me.

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

bottle to 12oz mug. Hazy dark amber with a sticky foam head.

Smells are sweet citrus, oranges mostly and some bitter notes, spices present and carmalized sugars.

Taste of Citrus sweetness, malts, some fruity notes with mild hops and yeast.

Body is lte to medium, malts are creamy, carbonation is medium.

Overall a good value for the price. But, not a world class dubbel. A good entry if your exploring beer options rather than the usual bud, mgd, coors fare. very sessionable.

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Photo of bourbonbock
2.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a fresh glass.

A. The beer pours a light chestnut color with little if any bubbly head.

S. It smells malty and almost octoberfest in nature not much else going on.

T. This is a terrible winter warmer. It tastes like budweiser with a little bit of dark malts mixed in. I can taste a faint belgian flavor but it could be anything.

M. Smooth and clean which is not what I expect from a "winter warmer"

D. I'll finish the sixxer but never buy it again.

It's not that this is a bad beer but Coors really missed the mark in either the marketing or brewing department. Can't figure out which one.

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Photo of Dadoftwogirls
3.06/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am typically a Blue Moon fan. However, they seem to have missed the boat here a little bit. I saw a special on this at the store and picked up a 12 pack. I drank all 12 of these over a few days and one day with them was no better than the next. It pours and looks great in the glass. You have great expectations... and then you taste it. Nothing. Nothing grabs you. Nothing says have another. Nothing says buy this again. Where it the Belgian brown sugar... the smooth flavor or unique taste. It just seemed to lack any character or depth and definitely won't be on my list again.

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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 rtratzlaff
3.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The bottle claims it is a full bodied ale with roasted malts and a hint of dark Belgian Sugar for a perfect balanced taste.

The look is a clear Ruby reddish tone with a slightly off white head that leaves little lacing, but does hold up someone around the sides of the glass.
The taste is somewhat simple, but still decent. Roasted malts hit about mid sip and finish off with enough sweetness and bitterness to create the flavors of dark fruits and some spice. Part of me feels there should be more of a clove like spice present.
The mouthfeel is pretty creamy and full along with just enough carbonated.
A dubbel at 5.6 gets good drinkability points in my opinion, but too bad the flavor is lacking.

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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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