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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

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by thornside on 11-03-2006

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Photo of BDIMike
3.88/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure I am reviewing the right beer. Blue Moon Full Moon is the winter seasonal for Blue Moon. It is a completely new recipe and new beer from last years winter. I guess we have kind of combined the two of them on this website. This year's version is an abbey ale. The appearance is amber and strong with little smell. The taste, however, is strong, dark, and sugary. Very nice on the palate. The mouthfeel is as good as it gets, the perfect thickness and I could drink a lot more of these than I could most Abbey Ales.

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

The beer pours a clear reddish Amber with a three fingered creamy off white head that fades leaving a decent covering of lace. Nose has a nice malt sweetness, hints of spices, caramel, fresh and pleasant. Start has an adequate grain presence, the spices sweet and a bit tart, top is light. Finish has a nice spice presence, hops acceptable, quite dry and sweet lingering aftertaste, must say I found this beer quite drinkable, and the best of all the “Blue Moon” beers.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.06/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is essentially a sweetened amber ale. It has the flavor profile of an amber with some of that familiar, sometimes off putting bitterness. The "hint of Belgian sugar" the bottle claims is in here tones down or covers up some of the potentially less appealing characteristics. Frankly, I enjoyed the winter warmer that was released directly under the Coors label. It struck me as being a bolder, a bit spicier and a bit more flavorful. This stuff ain't so bad, though when consumed straight from the bottle the flavors seem more concentrated. If you're looking for a stronger presence out of this winter warmer I recommend that course. For something lighter, pour it in a glass and let it warm.

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Photo of asabreed
2.96/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden with amber highlights and a head that billows but doesn't leave much to the glass as you drink. A lot of bubbles start inching to the top, but they die into a long session with a bottle.

Smell: Not really getting any semblance of anything Belgian here. How is this an Abbey ale? Sugars, yes. Some mild vanilla and maple. A bit of bread crust or tree bark, which is odd and interesting. Still, that's it. A lot to be desired, especially for the touting of the label.

Taste: Again, not as complex as I'd hoped for what the label was letting us know. A nice winter sweetness, and not overly sweet, with mild malts, mild candi sugar, and hints of citrus hops. Finish is sweetness and some bread crust dryness and mild hops.

Mouthfeel: Could be better, but pretty much the best thing about it overall aside from the appearance, which could also be better. Not too cloying, though by the end, after the dissipation of the carbonation, it can get there slightly. Nicely coating overall, though.

Drinkability: I wouldn't buy this again, but it looked interesting, and I wanted to see what they could do with what they tout as an Abbey ale. Turns out I probably should've opted for something else. Not too bad, but if you're thinking of a Belgian (which should probably not be domestic, in this case), you may want to stick with something you know and like.

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a medium golden orange topped with a full 2 fingers of craggy off-white foam that melted slowly to very sticky lace.

Aroma is only faintly the advertised Belguim candied sugars with some light imported hop aroma mixed in.

Taste is mildly toasted amber malt and almost a synthetic Belgium candied sugar which seems to leave an unpleasant aftertaste in the mouth. A light hop bite follows with a citrus peel quality to it.

Aftertaste is slightly cloying and unpleasantly synthetic.

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Photo of WaveRebel51
2.83/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks good, smells good, but ... umm ... well. That's about it. This does not taste spit-it-out bad, and its okay once it warms up a little. It's too sweet and sugary, which may appeal to some people, but not me. This definitely has some potential, but for now, I'd pass unless you don't mind a sweet tasting brew.

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Photo of dmamiano
2.17/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a medium amber . Little head and decent carbonation.
Actually darker than anticipated. Faint smell of roasted barley and hops.
Pretty nice body. A little metallic in the taste. Taste kinda like the cap or bottle itself.
Dated to consume by 3/8/08, but I would swear by the taste, its a bit old.
Oh, well. Not one I would buy again.

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Photo of acrawf6
2.76/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a rich clear brown amber with a fluffy and light tan head.

Smell. Has some darker fruits that i get of raisons. Certainly on the sweeter side with a touch of vanilla.

Taste. Has a sweetness, but nothing like an abbey ale. The most flavors i get are a cherry sensation and even a little woody bit to it. Aftertaste is rather unpleasant, as it turns a little puckery.

Mouthfeel is ok, body is medium with ample carbonation.

Overall, i was hoping for better. There are no flavors in here that i really like. I could see myself only having this one time a night.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The most important thing to note is that they have clearly changed the recipe since last year's debut (and, obviously, the name). It is now "Full Moon." In fact, i can't help but wonder if perhaps the new version deserves to be entered in the database as a new beer.

The most common thread i see in reviews from last year's version is a strong presence of imitation vanilla. There is nothing like that in this year's version, thank God. So whatever this is, it's better than a fake vanilla beer.

Sadly it was a bit of a disappointment. I got excited when i bought it because the label claims it is "An Abbey Ale brewed with a hint of dark Belgian sugar." Which, not surprisingly, made me think this was a Belgian Abbey ale. Can't imagine where i got that idea from. Unfortunately, it is clearly not fermented with Belgian Abbey yeast. It doesn't have any of the spiciness or complexity that would be bestowed by the use of such a yeast. Instead, i'm tasting standard American Amber sort of flavors here. It's malty and it's a nice basic amber colored ale, but it's no Belgian beer by a long shot.

What a shame. I cannot begin to imagine why Coors didn't just ferment this guy with Belgian yeast. Why the hell not? It couldn't possibly have increased the cost much, if at all. That certainly would have lended this a much more authentic character. Instead we get a basic American ale masquerading as a Belgian.


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Photo of beeragent
3.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer pours a medium copper, forming a 1 inch slightly tan head. The head fades to a 1/4 inch head, leaving medium spots of lace. The aroma is slightly sweet, sugar and spice, along with a hint of sweet malt. The taste consists of a light vanilla flavor, along with light malt, and maybe a hint of spices. The taste reminds me of a not-as-intense version of AB's vanilla cask ale. Not bad, but not as good as the label would lead you to think. Go figure. Medium mouthfeel. Not bad for a holiday beer, but there are still others way better. Overall, worth the $6 for a sixer. Try it.

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

i bought this beer from an abc liquor store a couple days ago, winter ale in october? i thought it was a decent brew, has a nice smell of spice and winter, not a bad job from coors honestly. very drinkable, the spice is not overpowering but i believe balanced well with the dark sugar.

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Photo of erosier
2.94/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up this earlier this week. I don't know why it's already out (now called Full Moon) in the second week of October. Where's the pumpkin spice?! Very nice copper amber color with a nice thick white head with a tint of copper. Sweet malty aroma. Tastes alot like a darker sweeter version of the original blue moon. Very malty with hints of light hops that give it some bitterness. The aftertaste isn't bad but it is a bit dry. It is pretty good for a winter ale. Like it says, worth a try.

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Photo of msubulldog25
2.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My wife brought home a couple bottles of this beer last winter, given by a co-worker working on a CBC ad account. Held on to this just about til the end - best by: APR1507. Tried on April 13, 2007. 12 oz. twist-off longneck bottle, poured to a pint glass.

A: Striking warm auburn color. A frothy, then creamy, 2-finger+ eggshell-colored head. Very clear, with a copious amount of carbonation. Very nice bands of sticky lace.

S: Wow, vanilla extract! Cinnamon! Caramel! Like a gooey baked roll, laden with frosting. And, honestly, I like it...

T: A notch or two down from the drippy sweet aroma, but still amply flavored by sugary maltiness. Vanilla is front and center, some "holiday" spice (faint nutmeg & cinnamon) and caramel. Enough hops to round off the flavors, cleaning things up a little. Still a pretty unbalanced mess of flavors. Definitely NOT the 'winter warmer' most would want...

M: Light bodied but heavily carbonated. Not one to sit, sip and savor...this is a fizzy lager under a heavy layer of syrupy flavor and spice. Sticky finish.

D: Barely average, but I'll give it a '3' based on a gorgeous look & a good/interesting aroma. Flavor was muddy but fair and mouthfeel is a detractor. Liked this the first couple sips then the novelty wore off; by mid-glass I was looking forward to the finish and even considered dumping some. Somewhat fun, worth a try, then move on...

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Photo of MisterDeeds
3.75/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was somewhat confused about a seasonal beer from Blue Moon. Is it a wheat beer, is it a Winter Ale, is it worth trying? It turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Not much of an aroma to it, but the Caramel kicks in on the first taste. Not in the same league as Sam Adams or Harpoon, but definitely worth a taste.

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Photo of Jason
2.36/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date printed on the bottle. "An ale brewed with natural flavor & caramel color" on the label.

A- Foamy with a good retention, crystal clear tawny hue.

S- Light vanilla extract in the aroma with a faint toasted malt, sweet smelling.

T&M- Lighter body than expected with a flash of crispness and then right to a slick mouth feel. Odd vanilla flavor mixes with a muted malt flavor, minimal hops with a slight warmth from the clean alcohol. Finishes dry with very little after taste ... the vanilla is a distant memory until the next sip.

D- There is something just not totally right with this beer. Lack of body and odd vanilla flavors just at me first. Lack of real malt density & flavor does this one is when it comes down to it. Take this one back to the chalk board ...

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.24/5  rDev +39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a dark orange amber with a thin off-white layer of bubbles. Light but decent lacing.

Aroma - a nose of sugar cookies and vanilla. Mmmmm...

Taste - toasty malts with a sweet mild Madagascar vanilla flavor. Some very light hops on the swallow, ending with a mellow vanilla finale. A bit of a one-trick pony, but it's good if you like vanilla in this form.

Mouthfeel - medium body, crisply carbonated and good smoothness as well.

Drinkability - for me, a very easy beer to drink. The vanilla flavor doesn't come off as syrupy or cloying to me, keeping this 'beery' enough for session consumption.

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Photo of theWrkncacnter
2.1/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bought this because my girlfriend really loves the regular Blue Moon, so we thougth we'd give it a try. Neither of us can drink it. I don't know what I'm going to do with the rest of the 6 pack, I had to pour out half of my bottle because I just couldn't stomach it.

It pours to a nice amber color, with a decent head, so it starts off well. It smells decent too, some nice carmel and maybe some chocolate smells. However after the first sip is when it all goes wrong. The caramel and chocolate tastes mix together with the alcohol to make it taste like I'm drinking a shot of irish cream on every sip. The sweet caramel and chocolate flavors dominate everything, it's almost like they've added some sort of flavored syrup to it. I've had barlewines and double IPAs at 10% ABV or more that do a better job of hiding the alcohol than this. Heck, even Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA at 20% ABV does a better job than this. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth, and not acidic or anything. It's a nice try, but way off the mark, seriously lacking in balance.

I can say that I'd rather drink this than Icehouse or Coors light (interesting because Coors makes this), but that's about the only good thing I can say about it. Stay away from this one, or just buy one bottle and see if you like it first before buying a whole 6 pack.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.68/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a pint mug)

A- This beer has a warm light brown clear body with an off-white head that last for a little bit. There is a gentle carbonation of big bubbles.

S- This beer has a big smell of syrupy vanilla with some slightly sweet caramel syrup notes in the background.

T- The flavor of caramel comes through before the softer flavor of vanilla and the finish has a soft dry finish with a little hop bitterness in the after taste.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight fizz in the finish that helps dry out the finish.

D- Although this beer has some syrupy flavors they are not overly sweet just a little chemical tasting. There isn't much malt flavor behind the caramel notes but the finish is clean so the flavors don't hang on the tongue.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap 1/11/07 at The Abbey in Providence, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep copper color, with a short foamy off-white head that fades at a decent and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: It has a very strong aroma of vanilla that jumps out at you along with some caramel and roasted malt.

T: The taste is very malty with a heavy taste of vanilla. It tastes just like cream soda. It’s very sweet with no hops.

M: Very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Kind of tasty but way too sweet for me, goes down easy, slightly filling, I definitely would not drink this one again.

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Photo of BlackAngus
2.19/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A - Copper color, no head to speak of.

S - Ugg. Vanilla, hazelnuts, maple. No malt, no hops.

T - Double ugg. Tastes like cream soda. Vanilla, maple, hazelnuts.

M - A tad thin, but the carbonation is good.

D - I applaud the effort, but I can't stand this. I can see where some people would love it, and if it gets more people to try craft beer, then I'm behind it in theory. But I can't drink it.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.75/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blue Moon Winter Ale pours a clear dark copper color into the glass, with a frothy off white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly back down to the surface leaving some spots and lines of lace behind. The aroma is a sweet combination of maple syrup and vanilla with a hint of caramel malt mixed in.

This medium bodied beer is smooth on the palate with a mild carbonated tingle on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is much like the aroma with notes of vanilla and maple syrup. There's a hint of brown sugar and oak mixed in too. Once gone some of the vanilla flavors linger on the tongue.

Overall, this is a quite tasty winter warmer. Perhaps a few spices added into the mix could help balance out the sweetness and I found it to be a bit thin bodied. Otherwise It's probably one of the best Coors beers I've had.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.18/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle Best before April 15 ’07. Clear copper with a thick, creamy, tan head.

Aroma is heavy on the vanilla, with some maple syrup and hazelnuts.

Flavor is caramel, vanilla and nuts.

Finish is short, with touch of nutty sweetness but not much else.

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Photo of TexIndy
1.69/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a best by date printed on the bottle by the neck. Label describes it as an "Amber ale with winter spices". I'd call it Liquid Praline. It poured with a good couple finger head that slowly dissipated. It was a solid amber color and had good carb. The smell was dead-on praline with some vanilla in background. Great smell for a soda but not for a beer. The taste was basically the same as the smell and again great for a cream soda but not a beer. Not sure what they were trying to do here but it didn't work for me. I'm extremely glad that I got this as a single instead of a 6ixer. Highly recommend that you avoid unless you are looking for a cream soda (1.5, NA, ML, N)

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
2/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

personally i like my beers to tase like beer not Cream Soda. Then again thats just my opinion. The beer had a nice color to it but i thought i was drinking Mug cream soda and after a couple of sips i wanted to vomit i ended up giving the other 5 beers away. I would only recomended if you like sweet candy tasting beers. but otherwise steer clear

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Photo of plrooney
1.22/5  rDev -60%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I can honestly say this is one of the worst beers I have ever tasted. It was thin and had an artificial taste like I was drinking cold runny maple syrup. Also, the smell seemed to linger long after the beer was gone. It was not a pleasent experience, whicb is a suprise, because I am fond of the regular Blue Moon. This however was not a good effort. I would avoid this beer.

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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale from Coors Brewing Company
3.05 out of 5 based on 1,562 ratings.
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