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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
coors.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
539
Ratings:
1,564
pDev:
20.39%
Bros Score:
2.36
 
 
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Ratings: 1,564 |  Reviews: 539
Photo of anexetastos
2.52/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Rather disappointing offering from an otherwise respectable label (even if it is Coors in disguise). The yeast used here is inappropriate, distracting, and has an overall negative impact on the final product. As you would expect from this brewery, the product was clean, no off-flavors or tastes due to contamination, but the flavor profile was a train-wreck. If you're going to brew a Belgian dubbel, which this is characterized as, have a yeast that produces the proper esters, and malt to match it. I won't bother with my usual BJCP grading by category, as i don't believe this offering merits it. The Blue Moon clone of Hoegaarden is at least on-point. This beer, whatever it may be, is not.

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Photo of bob3701
3.24/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint. Clear light mahogany color with a large fizzy head that disapates rapidly. Almost no lacing to speak of. Smelled great very rich and malty. Unfortunantly that aroma did not carry over in the taste which was on the weak side. It drinks OK and for a novist it might be a good jumping off beer for an abby Belgian but very weak for a seasoned drinker.

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Photo of smibroncos
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Poured a clear dark amber with a short, off white head. No lacing on the glass.

S. Roasted malt, leaves, carmel, cinnamon, nutmeg

T. Medium roasted malts, with some fall spices nutmeg, cinnamon, some sweetness brownsugar or light molasses. Some cream soda characteristics.

M. Medium bodied, fizzy carbonation, short duration.

D. Not a great brew but I would drink this brew again. It kind of reminded me of cream soda, I think this would appeal to people who like a sweeter less hopped beer.

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

A: This beer was darker than I expected, produced little head, and what head there was was dissipated in a matter of a minute or two.

S: The smell wasn't overly pleasing, but very pungent, not necessarily in a good way.

T: Surprisingly, the taste, despite the look and the smell was better than I expected, and I could taste the roasted malt flavor, and the sweet end of the belgium sugar.

M: This beer felt, overall, a bit too bubbly in my mouth.

D: I rated this beer fairly low, only because it's a bit too roasted for my taste.

Overall, this beer was an interesting try, but not one I'd get again, unless it was a cold winter's day.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. (I do not own a goblet glass at the moment)

Appearance is a deep amber with a foamy 1 1/2 finger off white head that dissipates after a few minutes. Plenty of bubbles rising to the top.

Smell is pretty faint consisting mostly of sweet malts.

Taste is better than the aroma would lead me to think with a sweet caramel malt, sugar and spices that give a little bite towards the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation making it pretty crisp.

Drinkability is pretty good. While certainly not a great example of the style, it is a pretty easy drinking brew and would be a decent session beer. Not amazing but I wouldn't mind having it again.

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Photo of lenin2040
2.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bought a sixer on sale to bring to a tailgate for a crowd i know is big fans of blue moon

A: deep amber. little head, little lacing
S: pronounced cocoa, toffee notes. yum!
T: bready malt sweetness finishes with a slightly metallic hop bitterness. pretty straightforward. not a lot of fruit or spice at all, or any alcohol warmth.
M: thin and watery for the style
D: i'm not a huge malt fiend, so some darker belgians, get a little cloying for me. this not at all, but the mediocre flavor means ill hardly be raring to finish the sixpack.

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A well rounded beer!

Darker amber, nice large head.
Smells of malts, maybe roasted malts and some yummy spice.

Tastes like roasted malts and spices, somewhat of a Christmas spice feel to it.

Nice carbonation!

I enjoy this beer and would buy it again.

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Photo of EStreet20
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off I'm stepping out of line here and not reviewing to style for a dubbel, as this is listed. It's a Belgian dark.

I remember trying this last year and thinking it was actually pretty good so I grabbed a six pack. The ABV was lower than I remember and I have to say the flavor also changed a bit for the worse. I'm reviewing this as a Belgian Dark Ale.

12 ounce bottle poured into a large wine glass.

A - Looks nice on first pour. A deep red color, nearly brown with a finger of off white head. The brew is a tad hazed and the head dissipates as you sip.

S - Faint aroma of sweet malts.

T - Taste is very subdued. That's a shame because amped up a bit these flavors could be nice. Definitely some dark caramel malts in there with a touch of roastiness. Nice subtle fruity/sugary aftertaste with some spice.

M - MEdium bodied ale. Carbonation is just a tiny bit much.

D - Omne can drink a few of thse, but the real drinkability suffers from the "Belgian" flavors (the sweetness, the yeast hit/spices etc) being underdone.

Notes: Not a bad Winter beer. Still I think it's a case of Coors being afraid to offend. Amp up the sweet flavors of this brew to something big and bold and we're looking at a decent small Belgian beer.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with freshness date clearly denoted into a tulip glass.

A beautiful pour produces a clear cherrywood-colored brew with a thick capping of rich beige foam that fades somewhat slowly to a ring that lacks much grip, leaving behind just a slight smattering of lace on the glass.

The nose is a mild combination of light grainy/breadlike malt notes, slight herbal hops and a bit of cinnamon/nutmeg spiciness.

A fairly light body holds a prickly carbonation and mostly mild, inoffensive yet not altogether uninteresting palate of lightly caramel malt sweetness, essence of slightly burnt sweetbread, a middle of mildly bitter earthy hops and allspice, and a finish that is mostly dry but with an underlying bready malt sweetness.

As a representation of a dubbel, this brew lacks heavily. As an inoffensive, inexpensive, mass-marketed "craft" interpretation of an abbey ale, a bit warming and easily accessible, Full Moon excels. Nowhere in the realm of bad beer, for sure.

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Photo of Shumista
3.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Full Moon pours a clear red/brown with a small off white head.
S- Very mild smell. Sweet candy like malt and and some dark fruit.
T- Pretty mild taste as well. The "Dark Belgian sugar" is there in the in sweetness, kind of a thin malt backbone and dark fruits, mostly cherry.
M- Medium bodied.
D- Drinkable but unremarkable.

This is an ok tasting beer, but if you've had any higher quality Dubbel's you will understand that calling Full Moon a Dubbel is not quite right. For 8 bucks a six back though its a mild, pleasantly drinkable beer.

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Photo of rfabian
3.88/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured gently into a glass tumbler it produces a small white head with slight lacing. The color is amber-brown. There is a slight aroma of earthy hops, and the taste is mildly malty, mildly sweet with ... um ... mild hops. A mild brew, but nice.

The carbonation is fair with a smooth to medium feel.

Drinkable, but it does not stand out.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
2.96/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice rich brown/slight red color, clear but not much of a head at all and lacing is M.I.A. Pretty clear for a dark beer

S - VERY faint. I was expecting a lot more of the Belgian dark sugar or sweet malty flavors, maybe even some raisins, cherries, etc. Nope, nothing...there's a very small malt aroma and that's about it

T- Makes up a little bit for the aroma but still a little on the weak side. Nice sugary/malt flavor and there are hints of raisin and caramel. Slight dark cherry aftertaste but fades very quickly.

M/D - It has a medium body with normal carbonation. It is kinda rough for a belgian style beer...a little smoother and denser would be nice.

I guess if you want anything good from Blue Moon...you might as well get Blue Moon, which is still mediocre at best.

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

A- Poured into a corsondonk tulip... finger thick fizzy off white head that mostly disappears. Dark mahogany color, transparent ruby when held up to a light

S- Almost nothing to smell. Very faint smell of dark fruits, raisin, and maybe nutmeg or cinnamon

T- Very bland... Kind of a sour start followed with a bit of sweet malt flavor and a hint of the belgian sugar

M- Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation

D- Eh... its ok. I would drink more if I had very limitted options and would probably never pay for one unless I had very limitted options

CHEERS!

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Photo of clayrock81
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clearish brown w/ a gigantic frothy tan head on top of a mild malty smell w/ a little sweetness. Light bodied, with hints of caramel malt along with some barely noticeable spice and hop bitterness. Finishes clean and smooth. Not bad for a macro, but garbage if you're looking for a true Belgian ale.

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

Poured into a goblet.

A: Deep walnut with a fizzy beige cap. Head retention is decent and bits of lace are left behind.

S: Smells mostly of toasted grains, with perhaps a touch of toffee thrown in.

T: 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. It finishes dry and remarkably clean.

M: The light body is dry, slightly chalky. Carbonation is low for this style.

D: This is an OK session brew. It's by no means a Dubbel, in the traditional sense of the style. Too light and low in alcohol for that. A decent beer, but not one I'd seek out in the future.

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Photo of 1759Girl
2.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance> dark red, golden head thick with large bubbles, foamy. Light lacing. Nice effort.

Smell> malty, alcoholic.

Taste>Triple punch first> spicy intro, second> full banana belgian taste, but followed by third>a metallic finish with tons of alcohol heat. Loved parts. Hated parts. Let's just call it average for the sake of the good parts.

Mouf> too fizzy for the style.

Drinkability> I wouldn't throw it back in your face, but if you had something else in your fridge, I'd probably take it.

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Photo of Wisconsin
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a one finger head that is off white and frothy in appearance. Body is a clear dark brown. There is also signs of carbonation rising up towards the top. The head fades to a lace after a couple of minutes.

S - A rather weak smelling beer. There are some malts and grains that standout initially. After a couple more whiffs some caramel and other roasted notes come out, but none are very strong.

T - Roasted malts and grains are apparent with a moderate, not great amount of carbonation. Caramel notes along with a slight bitterness are what's leftover after the beer exits your mouth. Very faint amount of alcohol left over as the beer exits.

M - The flavor entering your mouth is quite bland. In fact, I have a hard time picking out a flavor initially before the carbonation comes in. To me, the entire balance of this beer is off. It seems like the first noticeable aspect of the beer is a slight amount of carbonation followed by roasted malts and grains with a slightly dry and bitter caramel finish. This would be much better if the carbonation was a transition between the roasted malts and the caramel, not the leading characteristic. Medium-bodied beer overall.

D - I was a bit disappointed with this beer. However, until reviewing this beer I had no idea Coors brewed this so I guess the joke is on me. I couldn't see myself having too many of these in a sitting.

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

Dark brown with some plum highlights. Especially when held up to the light. Thin wispy tan head. Head looks watery.
Smells of brown sugar and other candy sugars. Nothing Belgian in the aroma. Still though it smells fairly good.
Husky grain flavor with a large dose of candy sugar. Hints of spice and some brown sugar. Not a bad flavor but certainly not a dubble.
Good medium to full mouthfeel.
It's easy to drink and could be a good cross over beer. Someone new to craft beer would enjoy this. What gets my pannies in a wad is they Blue Moon(Coors) advertise this as an Abbey Ale. There is nothing Abbey about it.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle this beer was a ruddy amber color with a two finger, off-white head. The retention of the foamy cap was pretty good and the lacing in thin curtains that eventually became tiny spots. The aroma was of Belgian yeast and lights spices. The flavors were or citrus hops, Belgian yeast and macro grains. Acidic and tart with a strange finish that unfortunately threw the whole thing off a bit. The mouthfeel was rough, the body medium and the carbonation high. Cleary a mega-brewery product and not possessed of the finesse Blue Moon shows.

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

12 oz brown bottle obtained at Hannaford's Supermarket Derry, NH. Copper in color with a nice half inch of off white head that sadly dissipated too quickly. sweet smell of toffee, caramel, a lil bit of a brown sugaryness with a slight dark chocolate undertone. biscuity taste with caramel and toffee and brown sugar. light/moderate mouthfeel. this beer is very pallatable.

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Photo of billybob
3.56/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a medium brown color big head with a easy pour better than two fingers. head holds well and leaves a ring of lace with each sip.

aromas are faint caramel and roasted malt but changes to a slight metalic aroma from being exposed to the air.

taste is mild, roasted malt, caramel, dark friut, sweet.

mouthfeel light with a crisp sharp cabonation.

the fact that its light with a mild taste makes it a easy drink you don't tire from. may not be highly rated but it was enjoyable.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a very brown color - almost the textbook definition of it. Head formation is vigorous and off-white to brown. Dissipates quickly to a film. Little bubbling, or haze.

S - A light overall scent, but the most detectable notes are some caramel combined with belgian yeast.

T - Starts off rather empty - hardly any malt notes. Mid-stream does show some bitterness, but little hop notes. Finishes with the only read edge this the beer, a roasted grainy note backed up with a raisin like flavor.

M - Moderate to high body on the beer - a high point for this beer as it seems to pull through a somewhat creamy texture. Mouthfeel does involve some carbonation bite.

D - Moderately drinkable beer - nothing over the top here that makes it difficult to drink. Overall however, it is somewhat boring.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.73/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in Chimay chalice

A: Brownish-red brew with a tan 1/2 finger head. head settles shortly after but leaves a ring where the beer meets glass.

S: slight malty caramel smell. nothing that stands out

T: first you taste the roasted malt flavors then the sugars. fades out with a slight bitterness

M: really fizzy leaves mouth slightly oily and dry. light body

Overall, this beer is a dubbel that won't spook your everyday macro-brew fan. nothing jumps out at you with alot of flavor and the body is too light to be a dubbel by my standards

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Photo of generallee
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There is a best before date on the bottle.

Appearance: It has a creamy tan head which quickly faded down to a small ring of slick lacing that hangs on till the last sip. The body has a slightly hazy appearance with a dark amber color.

Smell: The aroma is rather light and simple. Only a light hint of sweet malt with maybe a touch of caramel is detected in the nose.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor is ok but very simple for the style. It has a dark sweetness with notes of caramel candy, brown sugar and some very, very light spice like cinnamon. There were no noticeable hops at all and it finished sweet but watery. The overall texture was light for the style and thinner in the finish with a medium body and light carbonation.

Notes: This was a very simple example of a Belgian Dubbel.

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Photo of Brenden
2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Good thing I made notes before this was retired. I had some bottles at a Christmas party and was just getting into reviewing.

The color is a deep coppery amber with some carbonation active and decent head retention.

There's a toasted malt right on the nose with very subtle spices and vanilla. It's not a bad smell, but it's a little weak and there's something odd in there.

Light hops and malt are present with a vanilla flavor that fades quickly. The finish is a little disappointing as it doesn't linger at all. The spice is there in the back but, again, there's something odd in here...

The body is light, actually a bit weak, with moderate carbonation. It's a little oily as well, a little crispness but then it's not such a pleasant feel.

Well...take it or leave it.

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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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