Blue Moon Vintage Blonde Ale | Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Vintage Blonde AleBlue Moon Vintage Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
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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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of Ralynch
4.75/5  rDev +42.2%

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of thegerm87
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of smcolw
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears like a white wine--no head at all, no lace naturally. No bubbles. A cross between straw and gold yellow color.

Sour apple aroma.

Sour apple flavor. Would pass as a cider. Mild wheat in the background. There's a surprising level of carbonation. Moderate body.

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Photo of bmwats
3.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle, into a tulip.

A: Hay color. Pours into a half finger, bubbly, white head. Settles very quickly, leaving no traces. Pretty heavy carbonation. No lacing.

S: Kind of a buttery light malt tone, with basil, a little lemon citrus, and a little lavender.

T: Light malt with a little lemon citrus, but a heavy flavor of grape. A malty champagne might be the best way to describe it.

M: Light ant crisp. Sweetness is a a little cloying.

D: Light body enables a power-thru.

Atmosphere is okay. Pretty unimpressive and generic appearance. Nose is full, with some sweet and spicy components. Light body, and a little too sweet. Not horribly done, just the sort of thing that a little is enough. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

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Photo of tdm168
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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 emceecue
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Dieck
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of grittybrews
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy gold with a finger of quick-fading bright white head. Aroma dominated by grapes with a touch of honey and light spice.

Moderate carbonation and a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Taste is all grapes up front followed by some banana sweetness, lemon, and light clove on the finish.

Tasty and refreshing with big Chardonnay grape flavor and just a hint of booze. Could have used a little more carbonation and a little less sweetness; had a fairly "winey" feel.

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Photo of DSlim71
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of snowboard101
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of lvoutlawjlh
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
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 JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of acevenom
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large brandy snifter. The cap comes off with a loud, sparkling wine cork pop. The beer pours golden with a quickly dissipating white head. There is an abundant amount of carbonation present as evident by the prolific tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass and side of the glass. The smell is of lemon and Chardonnay grapes. There is some malt aroma, but the smells is largely reminiscent of white wine. The flavor of this beer betrays strong wine characteristics. The Chardonnay grapes come through strongly in the flavor along with citrus and some malt backbone. The body is light to medium with abundant carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. The drinkability is high. Overall, this is a very good beer that crosses over somewhat into sparkling wine territory with the taste profile and carbonation. It is definitely worth trying if you come across this one.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of StoicBeast
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of duff247
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of lpotter
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.1%

Photo of rdilauro
3.19/5  rDev -4.5%
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 BeerFMAndy
3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of TheSarge
4/5  rDev +19.8%
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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Blue Moon Vintage Blonde Ale from Coors Brewing Company
3.34 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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