Blue Moon Vintage Blonde Ale | Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)

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Blue Moon Vintage Blonde AleBlue Moon Vintage Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by MasterSki on 11-28-2011

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat notes, with a lot of white wine notes and a hint of pepper. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of chardonnay notes in the flavor - mainly made up of grapes, apples and a hint of cream. I also get some nice wheat notes. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Somewhat surprisingly, I actually really liked this beer. Definitely the best Blue Moon beer I have tried.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.19/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured a light golden hue with a small but concentrated head.
No question about citrus in this nose. Lemons were coming out of the glass.
The first taste was crisp and so refreshing. The lemon came through even more, but not pronounced like a Shandy. The overall mouthful was pretty full. I did detect some sweetness, but just to make it refreshing.
A nice summer brew

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Photo of azorie
4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of beerbrains
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of tdm168
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - bright gold with a short-lived white head

S - grapes, grains, sweet

T - chardonnay grapes come through, sweet grains, a bit of warming alcohol

M - medium bodied, smooth, warm alcohol, well carbonated

This is a pretty winy beer. The grapes are very noticeable as is the traditional Coors grainy sweetness. This isn't very impressive, but Chardonnay lover will really enjoy it.

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Photo of blknikon
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml capped bottle poured into a Vintage Blonde Ale tulip.
8.5% ABV, 11913 on the shoulder of the bottle in yellow, 2012.

A - Extremely effervescent, Blue Moon Vintage Blond Ale pours a gorgeous golden honey color with fantastic clarity, but the beer is almost completely still. A soda-like fleeting white head disappears so quickly, I barely have a moment to capture it on camera, leaving no lace on the glass and barely a trace of bubbles around the perimeter. Blink and you could miss it's entire existence. This causes a major problem...

S - A musty, earthy, oak-like funk comes fourth first, but is quickly pushed aside by some of the bigger, cloyingly sweet aromas of the Chardonnay grape juices used in this beer. I don't find any yeast characteristics coming fourth, and the background smells like a simple pale and pilsner malt base. The most frustrating part of the aroma, though, is the fact that there's absolutely no head to retain the volatile, escaping compounds making it damn near impossible to smell!

T - Sweet pilsner malt is smooth and relentless, carrying through the whole beer with lingering sugar on the tongue. Chardonnay grape juice impacts the beer in two ways; further adding sweetness as well as a juice concentrate-like flavor that I find cyclical and a bit overused. Light buttered popcorn notes enter on the finish as it warms up.

Unfortunately, this beer is missing depth beyond the grape sweetness, lacking in wheat components, but mainly devoid of any yeast characteristics that would (greatly) serve to both balance the sweetness and keep it from being overly redundant.

M - While massively effervescent, a lot of the carbonation escapes solution leaving it with a pleasant spritzy tickle on the tongue. A touch slick-feeling, this medium-bodied beer lingers with a lip-smacking sweetness that's borderline cloying and reminiscent of honey. Vintage Blonde's lack of solvent alcohol (especially for 8.5%) and somewhat clean finish in mouthfeel is by far the high point of this beer.

O - Vintage Blonde Ale from Blue Moon it's a beer worth bringing to your wine-o friend's house who claims to hate beer. From the wine-like packaging to the combination of sweet pilsner malt and Chardonnay grape juice, it has a wine like feel to it, even if it's more akin to a wine-cooler.

This might be some sort of converting point for them (provided they're not the Wine Spectator-type), but it's lack of yeast components, fleeting head and subsequent vaporization of the aroma, and revolving sweetness make it a beer that I have no real interesting in drinking again.

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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Zaphog
3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of claspada
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow/light gold color with a white, medium size head that slowly dissipates leaving some minimal lace.

Aromas begin with a ton of wheat malt and complementary biscuity pale malt. As it warms you get the more desirable aromas of phenolic Belgian yeast and lesser vinous white grapes.

The tastes follow the nose for me with generous amounts of lightly sour wheat malt and pale/biscuity complementary malts. Belgian yeast esters and a background flavor of the light vinous white grapes. A little sweat in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with adequate enough carbonation. Finish is a little sweet with the ABV only noticeable with the slightly heavier mouthfeel compared to other ales of this style. I am guessing lesser candy sugar and more malt was used to increase the ABV compared to the way most true Belgian ales are brewed.

Overall, this was an average Blonde Ale at best and I only bought it for my mother as a present to here for sitting in line at the Weyerbacher Idiot's Drool release. (She is a fan or the original Blue Moon, so I said why not.) It is drinkable but forgettable and not worth revisiting for me. For the price it is definitely not recommended.

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Photo of Sebas
3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pav5069
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Dieck
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of grimsooth
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ilikebeer03
2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of JJFordick
4/5  rDev +20.1%

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

Poured this brew into a Duvel tulip glass. Makes a good appearance, with a two finger thick head, and a golden clear body. The head dissipates quickly, but the bubbly presence left behind reminds me of champagne.

The aroma is dry and arid. Some grape skin qualities, with candied sugar, some honey, and maybe hints of orange rind.

In the taste, I'm getting the grape qualities, some honey, and other fruity notes.

Feels dry to the palate at first, but leaves well quenched.

Overall I'm surprised at this product. Not bad for one of the big three to put together.

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Photo of DaveRTP
3/5  rDev -9.9%

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Blue Moon Vintage Blonde Ale from Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
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