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

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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 (Molson-Coors)
Colorado, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

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Added by thornside on 11-03-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.56/5  rDev +17.1%
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 +1.3%
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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Photo of FreshHawk
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep copper amber with a good sized off-white head. Decent retention with adequate lacing remaining.

S - Decent malt character with some dark sugar. Also a little bit of spice and fruitiness.

T - Some caramel malt with a bit of dark candi sugar. A decent amount of dark fruit, mostly raisin. Also some apple flavor. Very little, almost non-existing, Belgian yeast taste. A little bit of spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove) and a touch of vanilla.

M - Medium to light body. Fairly creamy but also fairly watery.

D - Decent. It is pretty easy to drink and the flavors won't overload your palate, but there are definitely better beers to try.

Notes: Maybe a Belgian dubbel light. Won't be mistaken for an actual Belgian beer, but it isn't bad. For a Coors product it is pretty good. Demonstrates what flavors are in a dubbel (for the most part definitely lacking some, especially the yeast). The flavors are just a little watered down. Good beer to bridge Coors (and others) to good tasting beers.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle drank from a duvel tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a murky reddish brown colored body with a beige colored head. the head fades fast leaving almost nothing behind.

S- belgian yeast comes through the strongest. very sweet smelling. brown sugar and some fruits.

T- the taste is very sweet and yeasty. a little bit of toffee in here too. a bit of plum and cherry.

M- thin and watery.

D- this wasnt really for me. i dont think ill be having another one of these any time soon.

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Photo of mntlover
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brownish copper color mixed with a big tan head that falls quick to cap not any real lace on this one.

Aroma is light malty mixed with light spice. Kind of on light side for the style.

Taste is light malts little dark caramel with lingering hints of liquorish maybe. On the light side finish is lingering herbal notes and that liquorish flavor.

Mouthfeel is light side of medium with lightly peppy carbonation.

Drinkability is kind of bland not really a warmer but not to terrible bad just nothing great. Might be in choice in some restaurants where beer is limited. But not something I would try again.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle

Coors Full Moon Winter Ale poured a clear, dark reddish brown/amber body with a nice light tan head that formed lacing that clung to my glass mug. Aroma [is a little faint] of light roasted malts and dark sugar. Taste is of roasted malt flavors, a little nutty, and of dark candy sugar that adds a bit of dark caramel flavor. This brew is dominated by malt with mild hop bitterness.

The flavor is a bit mild and weak for a Belgian dubbel. However, if you are new to craft beer you should enjoy this - a "stepping-stone" to better ales of the style.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.12/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: basically completely headless with just one or two weak wisps; lots of movement in the amber/burgundy body

s: grape jam; wheat husk; light toffee; sweet syrup

t: dry wheat; sweet syrupy malts; some mild spiciness; light wateriness; not very good and has that same really intesnse wierd grape taste that raison d'etre has that i am not into

m i think too much cloyl light but tiny bubbles make it sting the tongue a little bit; medium body

d: I was pretty dissapointed with this beer; i wouldn't try it if i were you

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Photo of WwRGSwW
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: deep amber. little head, little lacing

Smell: Toffy

Taste: bready malt sweetness finishes with a slightly metallic hop bitterness. pretty straightforward.

Mouthfeel: thin and watery for the style

Drinkability: i'm not a huge malt fiend, so its not one of my top choices, but I will be sure to finish what I have.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Amber color with a nice white to off white head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Has a very sweet corn smell similar to the adjunct lagers out there but with a little bit better scent.

Taste: Simalar to the smell but with a little bit more of the wheat beet taste, Not bad but nothing exceptional either.

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

Poured a dark brown with a hint of a red tint. Nice head with little lacing down the sides.

Sweet smell of toffee, caramel, a lil bit of a brown sugaryness with a slight dark chocolate undertone.

Not bad, but not great. A toffee bittersweetness gets things going. The beer dries out in the middle with a mild roasted grain flavor and a bit of cinnamon spiciness.

Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation

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Photo of greengorilla
4/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a goblet. It is a dark amber with good clarity and impressive light tan two finger head. There is minimal lacing.

Its smell is dominated by the malt, but the spices come through in the taste. It smells and tastes pretty good. It is allot bette than I was expecting.

It has a good carbonated mouthfeel, and it is very drinkable. Overall, I like this beer.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.3/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 1-24-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Dark brown with 2 fingers of foam and after it settled with a thin layer of lacing

S - Roasted coffee with a sweat caramel smell, hints of citrus but over shadowed by the coffee/caramel aroma

T - Smooth caramel and coffee taste, couldn't pick out any citrus taste. Light aftertaste but nothing that turned me way

M/D - A real drinkable medium bodied brew. Very smooth tasting seasonal from Coors or Miller/Coors or whatever their name is now. I well done seasonal that should be tried. Easy for me to have a couple in an evening

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Photo of jonziefle
2.97/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a mostly clear brown color. One finger head that diminishes quickly to almost nothing. No visible carbonation. No real lacing. Not much life to this one.

Smell: Dark lager malt flavors and a brown sugar/molasses sweetness. Some spices, but mild overall.

Taste: Very malty, lager like, but smoother. Caramel and nutty flavors. Moderate brown sugar sweetness. Little to no hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Very smooth, as it seems to coat your mouth. A little “flat” tasting without much carbonation.

Drinkability: An okay winter warmer, but nothing special. Dark lager flavors, with moderate sweetness and alcohol level. It is relatively smooth going down, but I couldn’t see drinking to many of these; they’re self limiting.

Buy Again? Probably not.

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Photo of Amalak
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle. It's clear, no bubbles. Brown. Some head and little lace. Slight malt scent.

It's malty, but dull. Bubbly carbonation...but nothing really special at all about this beer. I don't know, for the style of beer, I would say it's a weak effort.

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Photo of ccrida
3.65/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my delirium snifter, Full Moon is a garnet brown with a spritzy, quickly fleeting light sand head that leaves light, scattered lace.

Smell is soft, sugary, some orange, and kind of dusty.

Taste is okay, a simple little single abbey, a little grainy/toast malt flavor, mostly just the Belgian dark candi, a little spicy esters on the finish. Not to bad, a good intro to Belgian styles for macro beer drinkers.

Mouthfeel is light and dry.

Drinkability isn't too bad, full flavor for the size, not strong or heavy

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pour is brown, slightly cloudy, with a half finger of foam that dissipates quickly without lacing. Aroma is mild with some spicy yeast smells.

Taste is pretty unassuming - kind of bland. The yeast is not a dominant flavor (which I prefer), but the malt tastes watered down. There is some watery roast malt sweetness to it. There are no off or unpleasant flavors, just nothing that really excites the palate.

Finish is semi-dry with no lingering mouthfeel. Drinkable, but only in the sense that it is not off-putting. I certainly would not crave another of these, and wouldn't bother buying another.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Drank out of the bottle so no rating on appearance.

Smell: From what i could gather out of the bottle, it smells like dark fruit, malts and a hint of orange peel or cinnamon in the background.

Taste: Nice and smooth. Not overpowering or full bodied but easy drinking and more flavorful than i expected.

Mouthfeel: Over carbonated. Thin and off balanced.

Drinkability: Easy drinker. Could put many of these away. I dont know how much different this would be in a glass so i would say its a pop and drink kind of beer for me.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a 12pack of this for Christmas from my parents, they try their best.

Pours an amber color, decent sized head but fades fast with hardly any noticeable lacing.

Smell is predominately malty with faint "hints" of candied sugar, nothing really noticeable and weak when considering the style.

Taste is light and crisp, good assertive carbonation keeps it dancing in the mouth, flavorwise for a dubbel it is not that strong, as with the aroma it is mostly malt with a bit of candied sugar.

Not a flavor punch in the mouth that most dubbels tend to be, but it is easily drinkable as I could knock back a few of these, it's just nothing to savor and take your time with.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from the tap into a pint glass, served with an orange slice.

The beer pours a light orange with a decent finger head and lacing.

The aroma is light a little citrus and hops.

The taste is light, changed a lot with the orange for some fruitiness.

Its funny to think back that use to be my go to beer, now its nothing short of an afterthought.

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Photo of mrunseen
2.06/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: This poured a stereotypically "abbey ale" color of mahogany with almost no head and very little lacing as I finished my beer.

Smell: Nothing to get excited about. The nose did absolutely nothing to entice me to drink this beer. My initial impression was that this beer was to be a drain pour

Taste: Not great. For a beer that claims to be an "abbey ale", I certainly expected a little bit more than what this beer offered.

Mouthfeel: Watery. That is the first description that comes to mind. There was some carbonation, but no real kicker to set this beer off.

Drinkability: It's drinkable, but I wouldn't recommend it. Perhaps it would be better if served from a tap.

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Photo of marvin213
2.91/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

It looks like clear mahogany, and there is some head to top this one off. I believe this is my first dubbel review, so I don't really know if it's expected or not, but I nod approvingly at the lacing left as I swirl this one around.

Nothing much in the nose. I smell the dark Belgian sugar, but it hardly inspires an "ah." Other than that, it's water.

I taste what I now acknowledge is an abbey ale. Not a tremendous proponent, this one tastes on average with others I've had. It's pleasantly sweet, with a bit of twang from the Belgian sugar. It provides a subtle tartness that's far more apparent in real Belgian Belgians. While trying to maintain some objectivity, it's what I'd expect from an Coors Abbey Ale.

The tart, twangy, dark-sweet mouthfeel is actually a good one, particularly within such a watery-light medium. Again, aligned with expectations from a macrobrewery, the carbonation is more than ample. The feel of Full Moon is its superior attribute.

It's a blah beer overall, and I'd imagine most dubbels dwarf this selection. Though not horrible and a seemingly true representative of the style, it ain't to be sought after.

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Photo of BigMike
2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My bro offered me a beer and it was either this or coors light.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this beer. Blue moon is an ok but drinkable beer. I expected the same from this.

Looks almost like a marzen when poured but a shade or two darker. A thin 1 finger head on top.

Smells a little sweet with a small bit of spice and candied dark fruit. A bit of herbs and some sour apple too.

Light but sweet flavor. Some roasted sugary pear like flavor. I think this beers biggest downfall is calling itself a A dubble. It falls way short of that namesake and because of that becomes a disappointment. Like someone else stated somewhere, its a macro's attempt at a craft beer and it comes up short imo.

Mouthfeel is watery albeit somewhat smooth and not hard to drink.

Probably not a beer i would ever drink or even want to drink again.

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Photo of diechipmunk
2.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle into a red plastic pint cup, so I didn't get a great look, but it poured a coppery stream with a finger ot two of head, that faded quickly.

S: Has malty aromas, with very little spice evident, not much evident aroma other than sweet.

T: Flavor was better than I expected, nothing to celebrate, but not unpleasant. Sweet malt, not overly thick. Faint winter spices, could have used more. It did finish with slight hop bitterness and a trace of tinniness.

M: Mouthfeel was thin for a winter beer, moderate carbonation. Neither good nor bad.

D: It's certainly drinkable, but nothing special.

All in all, it's not a bad beer, but nothing I'd stock my fridge with.

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Photo of SpdKilz
2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pours a dark, chocolate color which shows light peaking through when held up toward the sun. About two fingers of head that dissipate relatively fast, leaving minimal lacing.

Smell - Sweet malts with toffee, caramel, a hint of chocolate. Finishes with more sweet malt smell - almost a bit "fake" in the sugary/sweet smell.

Taste - Honestly, maybe I purchased a bad six pack of these, but these were not good this year and I actually drain poured two of the six. Last year I feel they tasted much better. I get a very distinct metallic taste both up front and at the end of the sip. I honestly do not know why but this essentially masks the entire flavor. Obviously you can taste the sweet malts/toffee however your mind is constantly distracted by this odd, metallic taste. Not enjoyable whatsoever and was backup beer in the refrigerator.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Not this year. Just did not taste good and will avoid in the future. There are many other Christmas beers I'd rather have than chance getting a bad sixer of these again next year.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.22/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured a roasted chestnut brown with burnt amber highlights. The head was fizzy and tan-hide in color, almost immediately dissipating upon the pour. Visible effervesce was strong and steady producing a showering of microbubbles rising at a rapid rate. Overall a decent coloring that was only marred by a weak holding head and lacing appearance wise.

S: The nose surprised me a bit with a rich maltiness of semi-dry and semi-sweet caramel with a touch of caramelized dark candy sugar. Medium in strength the aroma was respectable with hints of lightly dried caramel apples lurking beneath.

T: The initial flavor was sweet, of caramelized malt and sugars. The flavor is worty wit a dried sweetness of toffee and maple syrup while finishing up with a light fruitiness of apples and fresh caramel raisins. Of all the Coors Moon series, this is by far the best tasting one I have encountered. While it wont rival the average Belgian abbey or even any of the moderate American style abbeys, considering the brewer, this is probably one of their best and most flavorful beer.

M: smooth and creamy with a medium fullness and a tight bubbly carbonation. Luscious as it rolls around the tongue makes this a pretty good hold.

D: average in limited moderation. You would be hard press to guess this was brewed by Coors. Sweet, but I would have no problem having a second one, but 3 may be pushing it. Worthy a single purchase.

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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Beer rating: 3.04 out of 5 with 1,565 ratings