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:
No notes at this time.

Added by thornside on 11-03-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a ruddy amber, with average head. Lace is spoke/web-like.

Nose is caramel-toffee malts. Fair enough.

Taste is heavily malted, as well, with a hint of the Belgian candy sugar and a little spice. Still, the toffee-caramel notes ride highest here. Not very representative of a Belgian abbey ale in the least, but drinkable enough, and probably a nice place for a less-discerning palate to start with "craft-like" beer.

Points off, though, for being a really disappointing example of the style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best by 4/15/13.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with a malty flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but pretty one dimensional with emphasis on malty aromas and flavors.

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Photo of duchat
3.57/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I don't quite see why there are so many negative reviews for this beer, as I found it rather enjoyable overall.

There is a large head for an dubbel ale, that settles down to a good and substantial carbonation.

The taste was surprisingly sweet for an ale, almost as sweet as Mackeson Stout, arguably the sweetest non-fruit based beer. I could see finding it hard to drink more than one or two of these, as the result could become a bit cloyingly sweet, with a strong molasses-like quality.

Mouth feel is on the lighter side for a dubbel ale, but not unexpected for a cheap domestic.

Overall a decent, very drinkable beer, great for those who don't like their beer to taste bitter, sharp or skunky.

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Photo of mactrail
2.67/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

The first sign of trouble was the spew when I cracked the twist-off. Fortunately I was using a towell so I had a handy wipe. The coppery color is nice, and it has a foamy head with a full carbonated mouthfeel. These guys know how to get the bubbles right.

The smell is musty and woody with a hint of sweet vermouth. I taste wintergreen rather strongly along with bubblegum. Surprisingly sweet and simple. I don't see how this can be classified as a Dubbel, but that's how I'll rate it. I'd call it a Red Ale, but maybe there is a tang of Belgian yeast in it. It tastes like I remember Killians Red. There is an odd, bitterish aftertaste, like burnt raisins and something from that trunk in the basement.

I would avoid this, whatever it is. I don't remember it being so unpleasant when I bought a six a few years ago, but then I never bought another one. From the 12 oz bottle, a single I picked up.

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Photo of Dodo2step
2.67/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

P- Thanks to Ray in Pittsburgh for this beer.

A- a mahogany color wtih tints of red/cooper tones. Foamy head that is about 2 fingers but doesnt have staying power and has poor lacing.

S- vanilla and malt tones. thats pretty much it.

T- vanilla comes out in the tongue but pretty bland overall in taste

M- Very light and i was expecting something heavier. Doesnt match well.

O- Coors is a weak brewery when it comes to micros and this brew just reaffirms that for me.

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Photo of Seekerpilgrim
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Winter Abbey Ale pours a brilliant caramel color, while on the nose you get a nutty, burnt sugar aroma...not surprising, as they use dark Belgian candi (yes, that's how THEY spell it) sugar in the recipe. Heavy in the mouth, while on the tongue a strong nutty attack, followed by a darker sweetness reminiscent of molasses, and a slightly creamy finish, all balanced with just enough hop bitterness to prevent it from being too sugary.

This is a great winter beer, perfect for sitting around a fireplace and enjoying great conversation, the beer equivalent of Sherry or Port. Food recommendations include heavy stews and chocolate based desserts, but I suggest just savorying it on it's own. Cheers!

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Slightly hay, but mostly clear brew. Wood varnish in color... slightly reddish brown. Nice thick and foamy head but not a whole lotta lace.

S - Odd. Bubblegum, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger. This is definitely going for the "Christmas spice" vibe. Not a lot of yeasty aromas that should come with the "Abbey" moniker.

T - A little more malty than the purely spice based nose. Thin chocolate malt up front, followed by a dry nutmeg and allspice finish.

M - Good balance of malt and spice, but it's a little thin. Boring but could be sessionable if you can find it on tap when there is nothing better available. Blue Moon seasonal brews tend to be ubiquitous at any decent restaurant around my neck of the woods.

This is like a store-bought Christmas gingerbread cookie. You can't honestly say that it doesn't taste good, but it sure ain't the same as Grandma's fresh from the oven recipe.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Big full tan head with bubbles that aren't all that dense and not leaving much for lacing. Quite clear dark amber.
A really neutral aroma that has a soft am. lager year character. No real malt to speak of.
Kind of a crunchy malt character that is a lot closer to an English ale than a dubbel. Just a hint of a Belgian yeast character. Soft hop flavors. No discernible alcohol quality (not that I'd expect it with this abv, but it should be in a dubbel so I thought I'd note it). No drying on the finish.
Thin body for style. Soft carbonation that is filling.
This isn't a horrible drink, it's just not a dubbel. But it also isn't that great either.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.44/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - a finger and a half of light tan above a transparent body of red amber; moderate carbonation

S - caramel sweetness, wheat

T - lots of malt sweetness (notes of caramel and brown sugar), dark fruits, wheat bread; sweet malty finish

M - smooth medium body with biting carbonation

O - Not bad. The taste lacks somewhat in complexity.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.4/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

A - Pours a clear, dark ruby-brown with a two-finger head of creamy foam. Small amounts of clumpy lacing.

S - Ok, this actually smells decent. Sweet caramel malt foward. Slight soapy hint, which flaws an otherwise good nose.

T - Candied caramel malt forward, with hints of brown sugar and vanilla. Some cinnamon in the mid-palate. Slighty spicy hops detectable in the background, but no lingering hop presence. A hint of metallic twang in the finish, but not enough to be distracting. Spice and hop choice actually complement the base beer nicely. Not complex, but the one note you get is pretty good.

M - Higher end of medium bodied, with prickly carbonation. Manages to be thick and sweet without being truly syrupy.

O - Hmm...BMC product. Not supposed to like this, right? Then how come I found this to be pretty decent? Man, if it wasnt for a few minor flaws, this would be really good. As is, it's definitely drinkable, and better than it's competition. (SA Winter Lager) Would gladly drink again if someone handed me one.

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Photo of bnes09
1.8/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark mahogany, transparent brew with weak head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and caramel without any yeast character. Weak flavor of lightly toasted wheat bread and brown rice. Overwhelming cinnamon and nutmeg. Light body and over-carbonated. I don't understand where they get the idea to call this an Abbey ale. Has none of the subtle complexities of a well crafted Belgian beer. Weak malt character and too many spices. Avoid.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.78/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

***I reviewed this as simply a winter seasonal beer, not a dubbel. I had no idea it was supposed to be a dubbel.***

Rich garnet body and a really nice, creamy cap. Clear with good bubbles streaming.

Sweet and bready malts offer an inviting aroma.

Flavor same as aroma, with a nearly all-malt profile. Slight toffee, fruit, dough, and a little bit of herbal hop bite in the finish. Light bodied and smooth.

Easy, enjoyable drinking winter beer! Love the lack of holiday spices and high ABV. Pretty surprised by how good this is.

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Photo of emerge077
2.83/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, it's a transparent dark copper color, with a thin head that becomes pock-marked with evaporating bubbles that soon fade to thin thread of bubbles around the edges of the glass.

Faint caramel and yeast esters, pretty marginal though.

Malt sweetness, lightly grainy and nutty, some raisin, apple, and caramel notes. Light bodied, more a single than a dubbel. Light to medium bodied, carb seems faint. Overall a little one note and basic.
A more expressive Belgian yeast strain would greatly improve it.

Thanks for the freebie Nick!

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Photo of flexabull
2.81/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Christmas Party leftover.

Pours a bright and clear amber color with a decent off white head.

Aromas are dusty, with very light Belgian yeast, faint banana, spices, and a vegetal note. Odd, and not very pleasant.

Taste is dusty, spicy and dry. Finish has an off nutty and vegetal note, with some light baked apple.

Mouthfeel is decent, light, some creamy and smooth with light body.

Overall, a flawed beer that isn't that bad, but it's certainly not anything I want to purchase. Ok if left in your fridge after a party though.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer came on tap, served in a tall glass and rimmed with a cocoa poweder/sugar mix. The ale had a red amber colour to it with a reduced tan/cream head. Good clarity. There was slightly sweet nose, but the smell was mostly muted. Tasted like a belgian-style ale; no lingering aftertaste... not bad, but average.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

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Photo of RickS95
2.52/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A mostly brown pour with a bit of copper thrown in. A bit too clear for my liking, but the attractive head makes up for it. Offwhite, a mixture of different-sized bubbles, and good retention. Slight lace with each swirl.

Some caramel scents, but nothing aggressive. Just nothing stands out. I've swirled it, let it warm and touched my nose to the bubbles, there's so little scent it barely registers.

A combination of pilsner and caramel malts and little else. Some generic spicy flavor that likely comes from the wheat.

A bit sweet, a bit spicy, a bit hot, slightly tangy. It's kind of complex, but not really in a way that works. I'm left with a stickiness on my tongue after each swallow that I can't get rid of.

This gives dubbels (it's so not a real dubbel) and abbey ales a bad name. Overall, it's not really sure what kind of beer it wants to be.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.94/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, rusty color with an off-white, 2 finger head. Poor retention. Lace is minimal with no stick.

Smell - Sweet aroma. Caramel, brown sugar and a slight vanilla.

Taste - Light on flavor. What's there comes across with bready sweetness, caramel, brown sugar and a touch of vanilla on the back end.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Fair carbonation. Too thin for the style.

Overall - As a beer in and of itself, it's decent. As a belgian, it's a total failure. Weak, underdeveloped flavors. A body that's not right for the style. No effort in making a true Belgian with this one, only a beer that will appeal to the masses, and you do that by minimizing flavor while cutting down on the body.

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Photo of Hendy011
3.43/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Red-brown with a finger head, fades over a short time, no lacing
S - Carmelly malt, sweet, a little fruity
T - Tastes like it smells, sweet, with a little vanilla flavor, pleasant toffee aftertaste
M - Some carbonation, not too much
O - Pleasantly surprised, will get again.

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Photo of laramis
3.09/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured a reddish brown with a quarter inch head, no lacing

S: it was a pleasant mix of bread and malts, some seasonal scents, a very nice aroma

T: similar to smell very malty, i don't mind a sweet flavor but the after taste seemed to sweet and the flavor while similar to the scent was not as good

M: pretty average some carbination, not a suprising feel from a macro-owned brewery

O: this was an average beer, not bad not good i would drink it again if it was offered but i would not seek it out

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Photo of tigg924
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, brownish-red in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: bread, toffee, and holiday spices

Taste: bread, toffee, and holiday spices--there is some dark fruit and caramel as the beer warms

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness, high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: There are way better dubbels out there no doubt. That said, this is not a bad beer and would make an excellent introduction to craft beer..It may be the best of the seasonal moon beers I have had. If I was looking for a cheap dubbel that I could have several of during a game, I would pick this up.

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Photo of scratch69
2.87/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured a bottle into tulip glass.

Appearance- Clear brown-amber color with a half a fingers worth of quickly disappearing head. Hardly any lacing.

Smell- Strong aroma of toasted bread with caramel malt and bitter hops notes.

Taste- Caramel malt flavor with some hop bitterness toward the finish. After taste is too sweet.

Mouthfeel- On the light side of medium bodied with a below average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Not very good. I am glad I only purchased this as part of a pick-six pack instead of a whole six pack. It had a good aroma but was a total disappointment after that.

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Photo of Winston_Smith
2.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It was the only non macro-lager available where I was tonight. Oh well...

Appearance: A transparent kind of dark amber. It pours a little head, which quickly disappears to nothing. No lacing.

Smell and Taste: Smells just like it tastes... Totally one dimensional, and concentrated around a vanilla flavor. Too sweet for me.

Mouthfeel: I guess it feels okay, but not excellent. Kind of slick going down.

Overall: I won't buy it ever again. I think I had it last winter, and had forgotten how it was. For a seasonal offering, I was expecting something at least halfway special. I know this is a macro-owned brew, but even those can hit occasionally. This one missed. Pass on it unless its free.

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Photo of chrishensley
2.86/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disappointing for a Winter Ale; not as much flavor and body as I would want. A little bitter on the finish. The taste is good, but it disappears too quickly. Tastes very much like a typical lager, eg. Yuengling. I would like it to be heavier and more flavorful.

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Photo of fallopia
3.22/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an ale glass.

Appearance: Dark, honey-brown color with a thin, creamy head.

Aroma: Honey, toffee aroma with slight malt and cloves and spice.

Flavor: Somewhat off-balance with muted malt flavors and harsh, bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but lighter and weaker than expected. Short finish that is too bitter and off-balance.

Overall, the aroma profile is appealing, but the balance doesn't finish the job.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
2.13/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Lovely dark amber color, very little head though and it is almost entirely gone in seconds.

Almost no smell at all. Just the faintest hint of spice, though which one(s) I can't tell.

Smooth, caramel taste but it is gone almost instantly. Faint sweet aftertaste, almost sugary.

The actual taste of the beer is wonderful, however it is fleeting at best. Lacking substance. If the whole flavor of the beer was intensified, even just slightly, it would rate much better. Quite easy to drink, but not quite as much joy in drinking it as there should be.

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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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