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 vfgccp
2.47/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Red caramel ice tea.  Thin bone white head with low lace.

S - Small nose.  Light malt character, touch of caramel, light sourness.

T - Sour base over a deep malt body.  Light, dry hops make a quick cameo on the finish.

M - Medium/full body, but dives towards a thin dusty finish.

O - Definitely feels off.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.53/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is bit underrated to me. Granted, it doesn't smell or taste like a true abbey ale, but for me this is actually preferrable. It's a really smooth drinker with a touch of cinnamon sugar & nutmeg spice. Perfect for the cold weather and a surprisingly decent offshoot of the Blue Moon label.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.15/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle from CJ's NY for 1.69$

Appearance - Clear reddish brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, earthiness, butterscotch, herbal notes

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste raisins/grapes, malts, and some butterscotch/caramel. There are also some herbal notes and a touch of chocolate. It ends with a grainy slightly sweet dark fruit aftertaste.

Overall - This isn't as bad as some of the reviews make it out to be. It's in no way a world class dubbel, but it's not undrinkable. Not something I'd buy again, but I finished my glass.

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Photo of tjsmith910
1.6/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

clear deep brown in color with a 2 finger head and good drooping lacing but thats it. Blue moon dropped the ball here. taste is to bitter. mouth feel is tart and lasting. dont want this travesty of a beer again. still heavy like all the blue moon lines of beers but this beer missed the bus . wont have this one again

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up for a dollar at the House of 1,000 beers. Worth the novelty I guess.

A - Not a bad looker even though it's old I got a 1/4 inch of sticky head with great lacing. Color is a dark amber brown, clear in color.

S - Skunked lager smells, mild with caramel and malt smells. Also mild. Not expecting much.

T - A pretty crappy beer as expected. Harsh grains clash with semi sweet malts into what I hope is a hop finish. The only salvation is that this one doesn't seem to bear the Coors "Hard water" metallic taste too much.

M - Light to medium OK at best.

Overall worth the dollar I paid not worth a repeat purchase and does not restore my faith that this brewery can produce anything palatable.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an amber hue with some lacing and no retention. The aroma is of caramel, sweet malts and some dark fruits. The taste consists of caramel, sweet sugars and some dark fruit that leaves the mouth with a chalky dry feel from a watery beer. I admit that I am not an expert on Dubbels, but this seems to be decent for a blue moon beer. I might drink this again, but before I do i will want to try other dubbels to see how much better or worse other similar beers are.

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Photo of Clones21
3.49/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer. The smell is a bit strong. Smells like a harder Bud Light. The taste is actually not too bad. Has a nice sugar taste to it. Kinda sweet with a bite to it. I usually buy this once during the winter and that's about it. Solid beer and worth trying in my opinion.

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Photo of pweis909
3.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely reddish color with a moderate head that dissipate rather quickly in the glass.

Fruity and caramel in the nose. The fruit seems malt derived (e.g., something like special b) rather than yeast derived. Taste and aroma are devoid of yeast complexity. Rather sweet in the mouth. Silky mouthfeel.

As an abbey ale imitator, this is not close to the mark. It works better as an "Irish" red ale; as a representative of that style, I'd prefer it to Coors' Killian product and most other beers that are marketed as an "Irish" red.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.21/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freebies from work continue...this is a little out of season at the moment but the best by date is 6/18/12.

Pours dark red with full clarity. Off-white head does retain pretty well, ending as a thick ring and cap.

Sweet, fruity malts in the scent. Candi sugar, dark fruits, some caramel, yeast. It's decent but weak strength.

Lots of toastiness and wheat come through in the taste, some sweet cherry and cranberry, yeast, candi sugar. A light cola vibe. Kind of comes off as an American lager with standard Belgian elements thrown in but not bad, just a bit tamed and average.

Kinda harsh on the carbonation but a decent mouthfeel.

Lacks the depth of an authentic Belgian (who woulda thought?) but not bad. Might work as a first step for getting into Belgian style beers.

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Photo of John1985
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ale pours a dark brown with a half finger head. Malty aroma, non descript malty taste with a brief finish. Medium bodied. This was non-offensive straight forward malty ale. It reminded of a flavored coke drink. I am unfamiliar with the dubbel style but this no very satisfying. I guess Blue Moon at best is a transitional brand that could introduce drinkers from a pure light lager style to one with more flavor. Hopefully this will be a brief transition.

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Photo of Beermazter310
2.32/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - drank out of bottle, brown/amber color. Translucent when help up to the light.

S - chocolate, toffee, malts, a very VERY faint hop smell, not much flavor for this style

T- Too sweet, chocalate, toffee, roasted malts, wheat. Some off flavor

M - very light and watery for the style, good carbonation,

O - this is my 2nd time having this beer, only because I got it in a mystery pack from Bevmo. Its not a bad is not good either with an off taste and way too sweet. I would not buy this again. There are much better winter beers out there and this may be one of the worst ones I have had...the thing about this one is that its not too heavy, the alcohol content is that not high compared some other winter beers.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.21/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of a lot of cocoa and toffee notes and actually smells a lot better than I expected it to. The flavor is similar to the aroma. I get a lot of lightly roasted malts, as well as some toffee, caramel, cream and grass notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of burns1066
3.32/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a pretty good brew! Quite malty with almost no hops to balance the sweetness - a decent attempt at a Northern European winter ale. Pleasant, easy to drink, and the collection of spices are interesting enough to offset the beer's otherwise bland profile. Decent head on the pour, didn't linger too long. All in all, more than I expected from Blue Moon but not phenomenal.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For starters, I much prefer regular Blue Moon over this, but this is not a bad beer.

There is a lot of malt in the aroma and taste and some subtle spices as well. Oddly, it seems to have less flavor than regular Blue Moon, but I can't figure out why. It was worth a try, but I don't think I would buy it again.

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

Poured on tap at Buffalo Wild Wings in Beaverton, OR. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger width white head, partially clouded brown-amber color. Mediocre retention and some sticky lacing.

S- Brewing spices and warm malts.

T- Bit dark for a winter warmer. Malts and spicy.

M- Medium bodied. Decent carbonation.

O- Meh.

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Photo of CuteZombieDoll
3.41/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Beautiful, red with some copper hues.

S- Probably the least impressive aspect of this beer. Smells citrusy, almost overwhelmingly so. Not the kind of smell I would expect from this style.

T- Malty with a touch of citrus on the finish, Tends more toward the sweet side, with very limited hop flavores. Has mild toffee and date notes

M- Full, heavier than their basic beer

O- Amazing for it's cost, but not the best of it's style. That said, pretty impressive beer. I might still be more inclined to get a more expensive beer of this style, though.

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Photo of JoLight
3.42/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A beautiful, ruby red color with an eggshell colored head that lasts, and leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: Smells like lightly toasted wheat malt, a little sweetness.

Taste: Lots of bland wheat. A little hop presence. There is some sweetness to it, and a very light toffee flavor.

Overall: It's okay. I don't really like wheat based beers, so I'm a little biased. But for what it is, it's good.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice copper-brown color with a small light-tan head that shrinks to a small layer skimming the top, a bit of lacing.

S- Sweet sugary malts, banana, a bit of vanilla and spices

T- Very malty up front, a bit of sweet caramel followed by a grainy cracker taste, and finishes slightly bitter, yet no hop presence is noticable. A little bit lacking in what I was expecting for this style.

M- Pretty light in body, very fizzy mouthfeel but carbonation doesn't overpower.

O- I like this beer. The problem is that when you compare it to so many other Dubbel's out there, it just can't match up. It seems to lack the dark fruit taste that most offer. Still, I wouldn't pass it up if offered again.

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Photo of godlessape
3.12/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an inviting deep copper colored amber with a smooth fine tan head.

The aroma is a little bready with hints of sweetness--not much nose here at all.

The flavor is pungent, earthy, with an almost root beer like sweetness. Very little hop sizzle at the tail end. And I think the carbonation couldn't be better.

Overall I like this brew, and as long as the price is fair, I'll get it again.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
1.92/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a delicious looking clear red-brown colour with an appetizing nutmeg coloured tan head. It looks great. Until the head disappears. Then it just looks alright.
The smell is just grains. Not really getting much out of the smell.
The taste is odd. The presence of wheat is up front and very much at odds with the style. Terrible idea. Really terrible. It's got sort of a yeastiness and citrus note that don't mesh well either. These flavours I often associate with wheat use in a beer, but this type of beer just really shouldn't have these flavours in it in my opinion. I guess Blue Moon was trying to do something interesting with their foray into the abbey style, but this was a major miss. It tastes like somebody poured a bottle of wheat ale into a bottle of very mild dark ale. The result is a disaster. Drinkable, sure, but it was just a bad idea. I'm certainly never buying this again.

The style is being listed here as dubbel. Not sure why. The label says it is a "single-style abbey ale." That makes no sense, of course, since that's not what anybody calls anything really. One might assume they are referring to patersbier or any low-alcohol beer made by monks, but the alcohol content isn't particularly low. So, I don't know what they wanted this to be. So, that makes it hard to know what to rate it against. All I know is that it's some sort of dark semi-wheat ale monstrosity and a bad idea. Is bad idea ale a category?

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Photo of Dave128
3.46/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Doesn't look half bad. A moderate pour yields a small 1 finger fizzy head that slowly settles down into a fluffy disk on top. Color is clear amber with ruby highlights. Lacing not too impressive but it is there.

S - Smells yeasty and grassy. Nothing special at all.

T - This beer is a very sweet up front. It is all malt. Tastes like mostly pale malt with some darker malts to add color. I only get a slight caramel taste for the color. hops nonexistent.

M - Thankfully not overcarbonated. Light body.

O - This beer is a sweet malty ale. I certainly wouldn't classify it as a dubbel, but it does the job as far as all malt beers go.

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Photo of kenito799
2.62/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Darkish crystal clear brew, reddish tinge. Foamy head arises then fades leaving no lace.

Aroma is pleasant, root beer and a hint of vanilla, not really malty.

On the palate this is decent to drink, the root beer spice is pleasant, but there is a definite artificial/mass-produced sense to this stuff. The finish in particular has a chemical feel.

Certainly better that Blue Moon's godawful wheat beer but not very good.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.3/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pous a dark amber brown with a one finger tan head that fades slow enough but leaves very little lacing.

The aroma is faint, malt, touches of caramel and some faint white pepper notes. Faint hints of clove.

Nice rich caramel leads the way with some toast and nutty notes. Some tangy edges of fruit, pear and light fruit. Some floral elements, spice, and clove notes.

Medium body, smooth

I gotta say, for a dubbel this is nothing outstanding. Simple, watered down version of the real thing. Lacking complexities big time.

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

A - medium brown, doesn't foam up much when pouring
S - very light, malty aroma
T - muted malts, slight sweet taste as well
M - light lager feel
O - heavier than standard blue moon, but not close to a porter taste or feel. Nice beer, not outstanding

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Photo of BluBeers
4.27/5  rDev +40%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its a good transition beer from cheap bud light type beer towards a craft beer. Has a spicey flavor, but has no after taste which is something i liked about it cause no other beers ive tried have done that. Also if you arnt a fan of christmas ales dont try this one.

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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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