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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Ratings: 1,565 |  Reviews: 539
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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Photo of cjl1209
2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"This full bodied ale is brewed with roasted malts and a hint of Dark Belgian sugar for a perfectly balanced taste."

A - Pours a dark ruby red color with a small light tan head.

S - Roasted malts and brown sugar. Not much else.

T - Sweet brown sugars dominate the flavor profile. Roasted malts are barely there. There's an attempt at a coffee note but it is weak at best. Fairly one dimensional and uninteresting. For the record it tastes nothing like Blue Moon.

M - Medium bodied at first but oddly thin on the finish.

D - Too heavy in regards to the sugar aspect but it is somewhat manageable.

Final Thoughts: Dull and uninteresting. Only buy if you want to try the whole Blue Moon lineup.

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

This beer has GREAT drinkability Get an A

It goes down EZ

No bitter after taste

It is a little sweet, but they claim they use belgium sugar

Would recommend and would like if this was available all year round, instead of a seasonal beer. The best of the "blue moon" group

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

A: Mahogany body with a healthy off-white head that holds momentarily then settles to a thin crown. Mostly clear with reserved carbonation. Leaves very little lace.

S: Aroma of sweet bready malts and fruity esters. Plums and red wine come to mind. Hints of herbal hops underneath.

T&M: Medium+ body with decent carbonation and a somewhat chalky finish. Flavors are consistent with the nose. Interesting mix of sweet malts and fruitiness (grapes, plums, raisins). Almost tart at the end. Almost no hop bitterness.

D: I bought this beer as part of a Blue Moon mix pack that also contained the Pale Moon and Blue Moon. I found the Full Moon to be by far my favorite of the bunch. I enjoy the combination of flavors and the ease of drinkability. I would recommend giving this a try and would certainly welcome another.

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
2.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Full Moon pours a deep brown/amber color, with a creamy color heat with average retention.

It has a light smell consisting of caramel and roasted coffee.

The taste begins with a touch of sweetness with a little bit of citrus tart. Hop taste of bitterness comes the follows, as the beer finishes with little roasted coffee taste and chocolate like sweetness. This beer was surprisingly complex, but extremely disjointed.

The mouthfeel is full with just a touch of carbonation.

Overall, I was surprised by this beer. Its complexity took me by surprised and should be complimented, but the way the flavors blended may it very just disjointed and not very sessionable. Although in the end it is probably one of the least expensive of this style of beer and may be worth a try.

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Photo of Beefeater57
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Chestnut brown that show reddish amber in light. Soapy light tan head, good lacing.

S: Sweet syrupy smell. Slight dry roasted malt, little smoke.

T: Really fizzy/carbonated up front. Malts are heavy, getting that syrup I was smelling. Very sweet, strong flavors of maple syrup. A little bit dry, getting a dry citric astringency in the finish.

M: Mouthfeel ruined it. Way too fizzy, drinks like a Coke. The fizzy carbonation hits the tongue hard, making it difficult to detect flavors.

D: I wish this was a better bodied beer. I like the sweetness, just want it more smooth/mellow. Too darn fizzy...

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Photo of mothman
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours a 1 and 1/2 finger slight tan head. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a hazy dull copper. Very good looking beer.

Aroma: Very weird, but the first scent reminded me of McDonald's french fries. Sweet malts and roasty camel as well.

Taste is of brown sugar, carmel malts. A dark beer but not too many distinct flavors. This is only my 2nd dubbel I have had and the 1st was the same way.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A little alcohol comes out in the aftertaste along with it being slightly dry. Good carbonation.

Overall a great product from Coors as it was pretty close to the other dubbel I have had. It is pretty easy to drink and I'd definitely pick it up again at the sale price I got it at.

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Photo of OldYoda
2.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up in a mixed 6 and was unaware it was a Coors product until after I had composed my review.

Poured out a semi opaque brown into a standard pint glass. Leaves a small head and no lacing.

Smell is very faint and all I get is mainly a sweetish malt characteristic.

Taste is basically sweet and blah. Just not much to like or dislike. It isn't awful, but there is nothing here that invites you to take that next sip.

Mouthfeel is smooth and clean, it's not bad.

Drinkability is ok, you could have several of these. But why would you want to?

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Photo of joerodiii
1.84/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bought one for kicks off the singles shelf at my local place.

It looks light for a dubbel; it is more the color of a belgian pale.

The smell is of a stale Light American Lager with a hint of Belgian dark sugar. The taste is pretty much like the smell. Not much in the way of malt flavor, no yeast character, and a watered down candi sugar taste. Mouthfeel is light, and there is an unpleasant aftertaste.

I haven't had Blue Moon in a couple of years, but I remember liking it. This stuff, however, I won't drink again.

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Photo of MPLS
2.46/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

My father bought this thinking it would be "good beer" to enjoy with his son. My intuition told me not to do it at all cost, but my love for my father outweighed my general disgust for Coors.

A: Poured into an improper beer glass, the glass was extremely clean though. Nice amber body with a semi clingy head. Best looking beer with the Coors name attached to it.

S: Smells like sweet caramal, hint of spice, winter smelling, but nothing superb.

T: Hmmm...well it has some taste. Unpleasant sweetness, with some spice and slight hop in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation evident, maybe mild effervescent fizz.

D: I honestly attribute this thing to giving my diarrhea. Perhaps this is contagious as I later found out my father felt he had quote "shit his brains out" after drinking this. We ate completely different foods that day.

Really not trying to hate on the BMCs, but diarrhea makes it all too easy.

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Photo of mikeal1917
3.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Since I was such a fan of Blue Moon, I figured that Full Moon wouldn't be a huge leap of faith.

Appearance: The pour creates a nice head that settles quickly to a thin quarter inch that stays throughout the drink. The coloring moves from an almost red at the bottom of the glass to a deep amber/copper color right below the head line.

Smell: A strong fruit-like smell comes from the brew, and isn't super appetizing. I found myself avoiding smelling it once I started drinking it.

Taste: Tastes nothing like the witbier Blue Moon, has a overly hops filled taste, with a definite sweetness from the Belgian sugar

Mouthfeel: A little thin for my taste, typical of an ale

Drinkability: Goes down smooth, easy to drink. Can finish a six pack with drinking time to spare

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Photo of JRed
1.92/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Reddish brown with off white rather large head (I put forth an aggressive pour). Almost nonexistent aroma, picking up some sugar, molasses, and some offensive aroma that I can't quite pin down. Definitely made by Coors, it seems like old sugar and synthetic syrup made their way into the Coors Light bottles and they decided to just call it a winter ale. Extremely light in body and fizzy mouthfeel. After a few sips the overwhelming Sweet N Low packets start to stale the taste and turn me off. There's no balance in this brew, just malt and dark sugar water.

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Photo of ThePeskyDingo
3.47/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Actually drank this from the bottle, split a couple with a friend.

Looked dark in the bottle, can't comment much more on that though..

Smells sweet and malty, maybe even a bit of light sugary notes, like caramel or toffee.

Tastes a bit like the smell, malty with a light sugary sensation.

Mouthfeel was ok. It could have had a bit of a heavier feel to it.

Easy to drink, probably too easy for the kind of beer it is trying to be.

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Photo of colts9016
2.72/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Okay, when I found out that this beer was a dubbel made by Coors, I just shook my head.

Poured into a chalice at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A brown color with a dark copper hue. There is a quarter inch ring around the glass and no head to speak of. There is some effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear with some brilliance.

Nose: A complex rich maltiness with some sweetness. In the background of the beer there is some spices with oranges and dried cherries.

Taste: There is some complex with some maltiness and sweetness. There is some spices and oranges.

Overall: The beer mouth feel is slightly carbonated and sweet. The body of the beer is medium. The finish is slightly bitter. The beer is an okay beer there is not a lot of body and complex malt in the beer. The spice is muted and so is the citrus. It is not a terrible beer but it is no where near a great one.

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Photo of PAarcher
2.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this beer upon first pouring it. It has a deep amber color with a thick tan head. Very attractive.
The smell was less than overwhelming. Very bland and just slightly "off"
The taste was somewhat better than was indicated by the smell. It is fairly sweet, not much in the way of spice. The faintest hint of hops. Overall it has a very thin, watery flavor. It's not aweful, just not very good.
Mouthfeel was also fairly thin. The carbonation was decent it just didn't feel like it had much body to it.
Again, it's not a terrible beer. It is drinkable but disappointing considering it's wonderful appearance.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.22/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 11/20/2007 (bottle BB MAR1608):

Pours a very clear, amber brown color. Frothy light tan head, good lacing, lasting. Malty fresh aroma, but weak. Fresh clean taste, malty, watery. Some spice on the finish. Weak flavor. Letting it warm up. More spice but still bland.

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Photo of bowersdm
2.23/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a bavarian pilsner.

A - ruby-red/brown color, very thick 3cm strong, stiff head. all around, it was beautiful.

S - roasted malt, sugary sweetness (i'm guessing the dark belgian sugar that is used in this beer)

T - roasted malt, then a strong bitterness reminiscent of seltzer water, has a slightly sweet, sugary finish (again, the special dark belgian sugar probably). overall, it was pretty weak for a dubbel.

M - too much carbonation.

D - this is low on my list of favorite dubbels.

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Photo of bmwats
3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium amber. Medium carbonation pours into a half finger foamy white head. Quickly settles. No real lacing.

S: Roasted malt. Maybe and little cinnamon and nutmeg.

T: Malt is a roasted coffee flavor. Has a subtle winter spice.

M: Coating, and has a certain robust quality. Nice filling hearty aftertaste.

D: Good drinkability. Solid flavor, and feel.

Pretty solid atmosphere, in particular the nose. Hearty roasted flavor and feel. Really pleasant to drink. Good quaff.

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Photo of WalterSobchak
3.16/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany/amber with a 2 finger off-white head, slow to dissipate.
Mild malty smell, nothing much else.
Balanced but bland and a little syrupy...needs something else to give it any life.
Really drinkable though! It's pretty easy to crush a bunch of these if you needed to. Wouldn't do it again for a one beer night though...bland and boring.

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

A- Respectable head which fizzles down to a decent lacing. Dark amber in color.

S- A light nutty smell and a touch of hops.

T- Seems really vague and watered down. It takes multiple sips to key in on any flavor. I can faintly taste something like brown sugar followed by a light hop bitterness. The more I drink, the more watered down it seems. Not exciting in the least bit but not offensive either.

M- Watery.The slightest of slickness on the tongue.

D- Drinkable in the same sense that water is drinkable, not good beer.

It's kind of pleasant. It could be much better if they'd take a chance and amp up the flavor a bit. But I guess they have to appeal to their target consumers; the average macro drinker who's palate might be offended by flavorful beer.

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Photo of whynot44
3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear mahogany brown color with a decent but short lives off white head that does produce a bit of lacing.

The aroma is roasted malt, nuts, hints of plums and nutmeg.

The taste is also predominately nutty roasted malt with notes of raisins and plums with some dark sugar. Although lacking the depth and complexity of a real Belgian abbey dubbel ale, this milder, thinner version is still worth a try.

Medium bodied, fairly drinkable. A decent winter brew.

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Photo of craytonic
3.6/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark amber. Decent head and lacing.

Smell: Ripe dark fruit, sweetness, faint spice, yeast, vanilla, hint of pear

Taste: Nice amount of caramel and sweetness. But, lacks the complexity of a true abbey/belgian dubbel. A little bit of a candy / corn syrup sweetness to it.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is well done.

Drinkability: At some bars this is the best choice, a little heavy on the candy sugar. Certainly not great, but not bad either; some people se Coors and can't give anything other than "F".

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.81/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle - $1.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. As it is not yet March 08, 2009, I'll assume that's a 'best by' date.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark, reddish-brown body with a medium-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Faintly sugary, ever so roasted, nut-strewn malt nose with some fruit notes and, like the taste, some odd, distant metallic twang.

Taste: Lightly roasty, lightly nutty malts with a meager dose of dark Belgian candi sugar for sweetness. A bit of apricot and apple fruitiness. Hint of yeast. There's a curious, though light metallic kick coursing through this beer -- like smuggling out a rare coin in your mouth. Crisp, lightly roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: It's no dubbel, that's for damn sure, but I guess you gotta shove it somewhere. However, it did pair well with the flick It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. It does have that going for it.

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Photo of Boto
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught: This one poured a somewhat reddish-brown color. It was also fairly clear. Unfortunately, it was poured into a heavily frozen/frosted mug, so I can't judge or lacing. The aroma was a bit light. Some sweet malts and spices. The taste was a little light. It was a little tasty, and certainly not offensive to anyone. Some sweet caramel malt and spices. Not bad, but it is a dumb-downed dubbel.

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Photo of kjh5040
2.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Medium amount of off white head, caramel brown in color, maybe a little darker, but can see through it

Aroma is relatively faint, sugar and caramel mostly

The taste, like the aroma, is a little weak, but not bad. Tastes like it smells, with a hint of spice.

Mouthfeel is average, a little watery but I guess that's expected with coors.

I could definitely have a few of these but for the price its nothing special. Might get it again, but not in the near future.

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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