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Blue Moon Rounder Belgian-Style PaleBlue Moon Rounder Belgian-Style Pale

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Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of scottfrie
1.8/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

12oz into snifter.

A: Pours a deep apple juice amber with minimal head. Faint collar.
S: Bready yeast, syrupy malts, caramel and fruity juice. Faint spice. Smells synthetic.
T: Follows the nose with synthetic and syrupy flavors of apple juice, caramel, and bready malt. Orange zest comes through in the finish, with bitter hop extract and sickly medicinal aftertaste. Not good.
M: Fizzy, ample, airy and frothy carbonation. Soft but distracting. Medium light body, airy frothy mouthfeel. Tingly.
O: Pretty terrible and synthetic. Almost cloying and medicinal. Drain poured half the bottle. Where are the hops, where is the Belgian? Like bad fruit juice.

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Photo of JLaw55
2/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Blue Moon should keep to what it does well, Blue Moon. This was weird and not really very interesting. Just tastes stale and bland.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of OKbrew89
2.23/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It looked right, smelled right, but was super bitter and ultimately not worth finishing. It didn't taste like a belgium pale ale. Overwhelmingly sour and one dimensional. The sourness overtook the hops substantially. I might've gotten a bad bottle and will re-review if I get another bottle.

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Photo of thecheapies
2.26/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Red-amber ale with visible carbonation. Organic shapes of foam scum on top.

I get the orange peel and the hibiscus along with toasted grains, quiet yeast phenols, and a honeyed quality.

Musty malts, dirty grains, bitterness, oxidized notes, orange pith, and herbal astringencies. I'd rather not go into any more negatives. Mouthfeel, included.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.54/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- it pours a clear gold, big ole head of foam, some lacing left behind.

S- grainy, kind of a flowery bitter hoppy aroma, hints of spice.

T- yeast, grainy, with what I think is an undesirable bitterness that doesn't remind of a true Belgian Pale Ale at all.

M- good enough mouthfeel here.

O- a somewhat flavourful brew; to bad that I enjoy what it brings to the table.

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Photo of teromous
2.57/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Medium bronze color with a fluffy white head. The beer is very clear and looks great. Spotty lacing.

S: It smells like Pine Sol. Really it reminds me of the cleaner more than actual pine trees. I don't get anything else from it.

T: I get a light caramel and toast flavor. It has a nice grain flavor to it. There's a mellow earthy flavor in there. The bitterness is extremely low. Hop flavor is also extremely low, giving only a hint of pine resin. I don't pick up any Belgian yeast flavor either. I don't know how it can fall so flat after smelling so bold.

M: The mouthfeel is good in respect to the smoothness of the beer while leaving it dry in the mouth, but it severely lacks any bite from hop bitterness.

O: This beer just isn't there. It's like a Belgo Pale on training wheels or something. From just tasting the beer I can tell that the right ingredients are in there, but just not enough of them! It's like a runner that takes the time to train for a marathon but only puts out 50% at the race. You know it's in there somewhere but....aaah! I would not recommend wasting your time on this beer.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.59/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

DATE TASTED: August 4, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky's Tavern pint... OCCASION: convincing wife Shan that "Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives" is a mockumentary, not a documentary ... APPEARANCE: nice, lively orange-amber body; creamy white head that settles slowly and laces surprisingly well!... AROMA: caramel malts "round" the fragrant flower pot hops with some doughier, breadier elements--the citrus is subdued by an oddly malty punch... PALATE: medium-bodied, oily, antagonistic in its presence--mildly sessionable, if not for its Blue Moon calling card funked up aftertaste...TASTE: mild coriander sits amid malts that belie this beer's objective; mostly caramel and a 40 oz. malt profile that kills the enjoyability for the drinker.... OVERALL: another "miss" from the Blue Moon Expressionist Collection, though not to the extreme of the Blackberry Wit or the Agave--still, like finding out Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives" is not real, one feels this Belgian pale really is a distant attempt of the original...

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.62/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A: Tarnished orange with a good clarity reveals a good amount of effervesce. The head is milky-beige stands an inch tall with a fair rate of retention. Speckled lacing.

S: Small sour lemon funk on the nose was paired with some pale musky grains and not much else.

T: Lemony twang flavor, wet, mixes with some toasted sweet graininess. Flavor is fairly pronounced upfront, but is quick to dissappear off the tongue to a distant memory with no lignering effects.

M: Light bodied, feels a smudge washy and thin at first hold turning to a frothy mess with little carbonation. Ends with a slight lemony fade.

O: Overall the flavor is quick to come and go and brief initial taste. Sweet wet lemony and a very safe play that treads lightly on the hops, lacks a strong belgian pale grain biscuity nature and has a bit to much sweet speciality grains to boot. Lacks crispness, and is about as exciting as kissing your cousin. pass. The initial brief flavor is hardly worth the price of admission as this fnishes like water off the tongue.

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Photo of tone77
2.69/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very mild, some light notes of yeast. Taste is also mild, bland and kind of boring. Some faint yeast and malts, a touch of bitterness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall should be marketed as a Belgian Ale Light.

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Photo of sleeven
2.71/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is reminiscent of a true BPA with the malt (or whatever the hell blue moon miller coors is using in place of malt), but there isn't any Belgian yeast flavor here, probably due to blue moon coors skimping on it, and instead using their proprietary bullshit strain of whatever bullshit yeast they had lying around and were able to make a lot of for a batch of beer that would be plentiful enough to ship to all the grocery stores it could get contracts with to carry it, where it would sit on the shelf for however many months till they, the grocery store chain would be forced to sell it at a(n even more) discounted price, at which point poor schlubs like myself would take the opportunity to try it on a whim, and oh yeah, there aren't any even passable belgian pale ales on the grocery store shelf, save for the ones sam adams includes in their current variety pack in which the rest of the beers pretty much suck (read: blackberry wheat nonsense). The need is out there for a standard (american) belgian pale... However, this isn't it. "Rounder" may have sucked less when it was bottled, but time (and oxidation) has not been kind to this beer. I fell prey to this as I didn't have to buy an entire blue moon sampler to get to try a new beer, but this not worth it even for $7. In summary, Don't. "Rounder" wants to conjure up images of a young poker-playing Matt Damon (MATT. DAMON!), but sadly this beer is more akin to him and his performance in the Legend of Bagger Vance.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.71/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Best before August 19, 2013. "Belgian Style Pale." Expressionist Collection. Brewed with hibiscus and orange peel. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label and twist off pressure cap acquired as part of a Blue Moon seasonal variety box and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor.

A: Pours a one finger beige-light khaki colour head of slight cream, okay thickness, and average (~2 minute) retention. Body colour is a fairly vibrant lightly rich copper. Translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A bit more copper in colour than most good beers in the style - and it's clearly filtered. Not a great appearance for a Belgian Pale, but there are no overt flaws. Light even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Sm: Quite malt-centric, with a dash of generic floral hopping. Malts are mainly pale and caramalt; I don't detect any adjunct. On second thought, maybe some corn - but it's well hidden. No hibiscus or orange peel to my senses, but then my nose is broken. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. A mild strength aroma. There's not much going on here, but it's pleasant and inviting for the style. Simple but not problematic per se.

T: Generic floral hopping ceases to impress. Very malt centric, with the caramel and pale coming through in a very general way. Sugary. A bit grainy. Nothing pops here; there's nothing unique or special. No yeast or alcohol comes through. I get a hint of orange peel when I really look for it. Maybe some light nuts and herbal notes, but they come off artificial. Tastes a bit like a well-executed homebrew extract beer. Very mundane, but pleasant to drink for what it is. Balance is decent; that's not difficult given how little there is happening here. Lacks boldness or inspiration.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Noticeably overcarbonated; even a bit biting. This'll make you burp pretty easily. Typical thickness. Average body. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense. Decent execution; the overcarbonation is the only real flaw.

Dr: A drinkable but pedestrian Belgian Pale. Hopefully this'll be a stepping stone for newcomers to craft/micro beer. I'll easily kill the few bottles I have, but I wouldn't get it again unless it was the only decent/cheap option at a bar with crap selection. A very approachable offering from Coors/Blue Moon, but not a great beer for the style. Good value, I guess.


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Photo of MaximalC
2.71/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a transparent caramel color with a fluffy, khaki head. The aroma smells mildly of caramel, grassy hops, and a little peat.

The similarly mild taste features caramel, nuts, and slightly spicy hops. Even a little milk chocolate peaks through as it warms. Very light body and high carbonation lend a seltzer-like mouthfeel that just doesn’t cut it.

While the brown ale flavor profile was an interesting surprise for a Belgian pale, the dilute taste and ripsaw mouthfeel make this craft effort from Blue Moon worth bypassing.

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Photo of drpimento
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The label says "Belgian Style Pale" and I guess that's supposed to mean Belgian style pale ale. It doesn't remind me too much of the real Belgian Pale Ales I've had, nor some of the better efforts to copy the style from other countries. Still, it's an ok beer, just not too remarkable. Poured it slightly warm with a huge, foamy, frothy, thick, cream-colored head that soon settles and good lace. Color is a clear orange amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is bark, old wood, cardboard, with a hint of malt and spice. Flavor's like nose, more intense, malt really comes out, tang of course, bit of bitter and some sweet along with some medicinal. Body is big and full but at first has a powerful warming despite its strength, medicinal component leaves an unpleasant lingering bitterness. Finish is as stated, like flavor, and would be much better with popcorn or something to cancel the off flavors.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.76/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Pours relatively clear and copper in color with an off-white head that sits a finger's width before quickly dissipating to a thin island of surface suds. No lacing.

Smell - Red apple, cardboard and distant floral notes.

Taste - Follows the nose. Red apple, cardboard, hints of caramel. Light floral character.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with low carbonation. Smooth in the least.

Overall - Pretty bad at first. Gets better as it warms, but still has an odd, stale cardboard character to it.

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Photo of ale1
2.77/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

picked up a sixer at local market
when it says belgian style it catches my eye

poured into a pint glass served at 50° making a 3-4" head that slowly dissipates,
a medium copper color, no cloudiness from yeast

nose - not much to it , no citrus ,hops or belgian candies noted _cherry_ or spice, belgian yeast fruit nose

not much taste to this ale , 1 thing we do check is for artificial carbonation , it passed this test ok

i dont think i'll buy another six pack of this , there are Belgian style ales made here in the usa for around same price so we'll go back to them

this resembles Killian's red from Coor's :(

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Photo of AAG
2.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Served from a cold bottle into a pint glass. Bottle advertises this beer as part of Blue Moon's "Expressionist Collection."

A - Golden brown with a red tint. Poured a large 2 finger head but it disappeared almost immediately; lacing still remained; sides of the pint glass remained laced throughout the beer.

S - Smells like syrup or caramel; pretty underwhelming; smell the bread and yeast. Not much to write home about.

T - Caramel, slightly tangy; mildly bitter; not really typical of a quality Belgian Pale Ale.

M - Smooth; not too carbonated; bitter.

Overall - Average at best for a Belgian. I started this beer with high hopes but it fell a little bit flat. Taste is mildly boring; slightly bitter aftertaste; really not much to it. Average...wouldn't seek this beer out again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Best before 1/6/14.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and slight yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and grain flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer that is fairly drinkable but there is nothing that stands out as memorable about this one.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.87/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clean looking light amber color with a decent sized head, fades at a moderate rate and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell is essentially all malt, no real hop presence or any spicing to note of.

Taste is fairly mute with caramel malt providing the majority of the flavor, slight spiciness in the aftertaste that quickly fades, a nice creamy body exists with soft carbonation and a full feeling which is more than it deserves overall.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light brown with a thin white head that lingered. Lots of carbonation.

Smell: Mild nutty smell.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Light to medium bodied and smooth. Taste is watery with a nutty and malt flavor.

Overall: Drinkable, but another not so impressive beer from Blue Moon (Coors).

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Photo of Paincane
2.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden amber brew with a white head. Head is thin, short-lived and without much lacing.
S: Pale malt, citrus & distinct Belgian yeast aromas.
T: Crisp orange & floral flavors. Caramel malt with a hint of spice.
M: Smooth, crisp beer with dry finish.
O: Balanced Pale ale.

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Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored ale with a momentary tan colored head.

Smell is malty with strong yeasty aroma and a little scorched sugar. Toasted grain and some gassy aroma. Not picking up any coriander.

Starts out malty with a Belgian waffle with out syrup taste. Sweeter than average beer, I'm just not tasting any Belgian flavors here. Toasted bread some burnt sugar and caramel.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall just another amber ale.

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Photo of exzacly_beer
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Rounder Belgian Style Pale Ale, by Blue Moon is a nice beer. I have a few complaints, however.

Now, for sake of disclosure, I paired this beer with some Tostitos Cantina Style Corn Chips and Roasted Garlic Salsa - pungent stuff. However, I believe that I have an advanced enough palate to distinguish beer flavor against contradicting ones.

That being said, this beer tasted quite harshly of garlic salsa. I can't believe the Belgians would drink something that was so powerfully Latin in flavor. I give this beer perhaps a lower overall than 3.25 simply because of authenticity. Poor presentation.


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Photo of jazzy_jay
3.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I picked up a Blue Moon variety pack to drink at a friend's party at the bodega near his apartment, where it seemed to be my best bet for my budget of $13 or less. In the pack, three were of the Rounder Belgian-Style Pale.

This pours a moderate brown color with no haze. Carbonation is rapid at first, with an active, white head that quickly dissipates with minimal lacing. Aroma is not particularly intriguing for an ale, with mostly malt notes. The first apparent flavor is soft sweetness with some wheat overtones, reminiscent of whole-grain bread. Round and floral in the middle with a weird dulce de leche tone coming through, but nothing particularly noteworthy beyond a slight expansion of the "bread" theme. Ends with a slight bitterness that is clean and refreshing but doesn't add much complexity. Carbonation dissipates quickly, and as someone who likes to take my time, I found that the drink was nearly flat within a half hour of pouring, and that the last ounce always seemed to be watery and gross. Overall, flavor was not unpleasant, but still one-dimensional.

I guess this is above par for a Coors brew, and was probably the best in the pack (compared with Summer Honey Wheat, Original, and the Pumpkin Ale) but I would not buy it again.

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Photo of kaufmaal
3.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is part of the "Expressionist Collection" from Blue Moon, so we had all better get ready for an avant-garde, distorted representation of a Belgian-style pale ale.

And then I taste it, and it is simply OK, and nothing like the first time you watch "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" or looking at one of Munch's "The Scream." But it's also not the worst thing out there - at the moment that might be Blue Moon's Apple Spice Caramel Ale, a truly grotesque nightmare in a bottle, one that left me screaming.

The color is a pale orange, like watered-down Tang. Extra points from me for a quarter-inch head that maintains throughout most of the session and for some minimal lacing. Not much happening in a good way in the smell department at all: some sourness, a bit of malt, mashed root veggies. So I stopped smelling this one. The taste is alright: starts off on the sweeter side with some faint citrus and malt, finishes a bit dry with some allspice and cloves, then more sweetness. Apparently, there is hibiscus in this beer. Now I had a tequila-hibiscus cocktail a few years ago that was just sublime. But the hibiscus in this beer is burred, which is a shame. It's a drinkable beer for sure, not too bubbly, a nice velvety texture at times. It warms well, too.

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Photo of DarrellK
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tried two bottles, one chilled and one a bit warmer. The warmer was slightly better.
Nice looking brew with a decent head that takes a while to dissapate and leaves a bit of lace. Amber color and very clear.
Nose was too subdued to detect any characteristics.
Taste was again not very telling with some hops.
Mouth was decent with some feel and carbonation.
Finish is a bit dry and almost sour on the back of the tounge.
Overall not a bad beer but very disappointing for a "Expressionist Collection" special editiion.
Have ri remark that this is pretty distant from and Begian Pale I had.

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