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

Brewed by:
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 lwillitz
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 3 fingers off-white foam over a transparent body of amber, low/medium visible carbonation

S - grain, pine

T - lots of grain, spice, pine, citrus, faint caramel sweetness, Belgian yeast, earthy bitterness, dry finish

M - light/medium body, high carbonation, smooth and dry

O - neither awful nor spectacular

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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 bmwats
3.27/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours a tight, 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles quickly, but not completely. Light spider web lacing.

S: Light and grainy.

T: Bitter malt grains, yeasty, pecan shell, and a little pepper and clove with a hint of brown sugar or molasses.

M: Light body. Bitter finish.

D: Session style.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Tight, foamy head which leaves a foam blanket, and a bit of lacing. Nose is light with the characteristic grain attachments. Plenty of flavor components...yeast, bitter pecan shell, with some spice, and hints of sweetness. Well-balanced. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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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 dhannes
3.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a Perfect Pint and let it warm for about 5 minutes.

A=Nice, inviting, medium dark gold with a hint of reddish brown. 1" ecru head lingered for a few minutes.

S=Very faint citrus/orange, with a spice like cinnamon.

T=Much less pronounced than I imagined--mild; some maltiness....almost no hops to speak off;
similar to clover honey with a touch of cinnamon or nutmeg.

M=Very drinkable...this went down very easily with my chicken breast; slightly below average body and carbonation.

O=This did not remind me of any Belgian beer that I've tried--more like a cross between a pale ale and an amber ale...a good beer for what it is; worthy trying if offered or on tap, but I can't see me buying a is slightly above average, but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.86/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Blue Moon Rounder has a thick, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, amber appearance, a moderate lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is rather faint, but one can pick up sweet, brown bread and maybe some slight spice or citrus. Flavor is of spicy, sweet, brown bread crust, citrus, some sort of spice, and sugar. Mouthfeel is medium, and Blue Moon Rounder finishes wet, refreshing, mellow, and easy drinking. Overall, this is an excellent offering.


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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 tdm168
3.14/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - light amber with a quarter of an inch of soft, off white head that fades quickly

S - caramel malt, orange peel, some citrusy aromas

T - caramel, underlying grapefruit, some faint baked apples, orange peel, mild earthy bitterness in the finish

M - medium bodied, crisp but well carbonated

This isn't a bad beer by any stretch but it certainly won't please any true Belgian beer fans. This beer doesn't have any of the great BPA flavors I would expect and want to find such as fruity esters or nice spicy notes from the yeast. This is more of a malty brew with citrusy notes from the addition of orange peel. Ultimately, this isn't a beer I would pick up if I want a true BPA, but as far as Blue Moon offerings go this one isn't too bad.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served it in a tulip.

A: Pours a amber-copper color with a short off white colored head that dissipates quickly into a thin white layer with minimal lacing.

S: Smells of wheat, barley, orange, hints of spices

T: I do not taste that Belgian strain of yeast that I have become accustomed to after drinking so many Belgian style beers. Flavor is alright, kind of tastes like a regular old red ale, nothing too special about it, the usual wheat, barley, bit of malts and hints of spice to it. Fairly sweet.

M: Relatively balanced with medium amounts of carbonation along with a medium body.

O: Overall this beer was alright, not bad but not original. Still I could drink quite a few of these and I would not turn one down if I was offered.

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Photo of Brenden
3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The color is dark, almost orange but perhaps closest to amber. The head is respectable, a big-bubbled but surprisingly tight head that fades none too fast from about a finger and a half's height. It leaves some solid and decently plentiful spotting on the glass.
The smell is nondescript and light, grains with a light metallic note. There's reasonable strength as it warms.
The flavor comes off a bit stronger and there's even a very light floral hops presence along with a light fruity sweetness.
It's got both smoothness and crispness consistently in an almost, maybe even, medium body with light but steady-flowing carbonation.

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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 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 barnzy78
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, pours reddish-brown, tall rocky ivory head, decent head retention. Aromas are weak with a bit of bready malt, yeast, fruity, orange. Tastes are actualky not too bad here with notes of banana, orange, caramel, toasted grain, yeast, bread. Mouth-feel is creamy, smooth, medium bodied; finishes clean. Overall, not too bad of a BPA, but there are much better ones out there.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.12/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped: SEP3013-FO5100615. Sampled on June 13, 2013.

It has a nice enough looking reddish amber pour with excellent clarity and a moderate off-white head the lingers for a short time but eventually fades.

The aroma is Sweet with a capital "S." Alive with caramel, toffee, butterscotch, and Belgian candied sugars. Any hops are way in the background.

The body is around medium but it does have a soothing creaminess.

The taste is full of sweet malts, candied sugar, and toffee much like the aroma. The bitterness is low and mild but hangs on for a brief moment at the finale.

This really reminds me of their Winter Abbey Ale with a whole lot more sweetness.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter

A: An opaque, tarnished copper with an off-white, one-finger head with good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Malty, citrus-y with oranges leading the way.

T: Light, biscuity malts with a shot of hibiscus and orange peel. Sweet, sessionable. Just not overwhelming.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: Not bad. Not something I'd seek out. But glad I tried it. Different.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a Copper color with good 1 finger off white head with excellent retention. Lots of bubbles in this beeer

S - Sweet malts and biscuits. Very slight citrus aroma

T - Very nice maly profile upfront. There is a hint of spicyness on the finish

M - A very light feeling beer but it still has a nice creamy texture

O - An enjoyable asy drinking beer. I was in the mood for a more malty type beer an this really hit the spot.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.19/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Another beer from my most excellent, local, in-person beer trader, tone 77!

From the bottle: "Our brewmaster's expression of a Belgian-Style Pale Ale, crafted with a twist of hibiscus and orange peel for a rounder taste."; "Belgian-Style Pale Ale [-] In the 1940s, Belgian-Style Pale Ale grew in popularity and were ordered by the round due to their balanced taste. Our brewmaster's expression of this sessionable ale is crafted with hibiscus and orange peel for a hint of spiciness and touch of wheat for a smoother, rounder taste."

My pour, followed by a patient settling, resulted in a dense two fingers of foamy, tawny head that resembled a scoop of ice cream atop a cone. Color was a button-bright copper. Nose smelled heavily of biscuit malt underlain with a light, perfume-y floweriness. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was tending towards sweet, kind of light and flowery. Finish was semi-sweet, tasty, but not compelling, I would tell you that there are better iterations/ interpretations of the style out there.

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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 constantine_272
3.39/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark brownish red. Clear and low carbonation. Light tan foam.

S: Slightly sweet like pastry. Heavy malt nose.

T: Tastes like a blend of brown a farmhouse. Not that the flavors are melded well together, more like two competing flavors are fighting for your taste buds attention. There are distinct malt notes up front but it finishes with a funky copper flavor. There are caramelized sugar notes and a fairly strong sugary sweetness. A nice hopiness comes through and builds as you work on it. Didn't care for the first sip but if levels out some of the harsh metal copper and nickel flavors as it goes.

M: Heavy feeling. Chewy and bready. Faint crisp notes help it out, but it's still a little syrupy. It finishes heavy and sweet and sweetness lingers leaving a tongue coating aftertaste.

O: this beer has its flaws. Made by coors, it's an attempt at a macro microbrew. It felt like they were forcing a flavor that that couldn't develop quite right. There are some good points, but not redeemable. I'd rather a real microbrew chased with a coors light.

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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 CaptJackHarkness
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to August 19, 2013.

Sweet lemony scent. Pours a ruddy brown with thin small whitish non lasting head. No lacing of glass. Slightly spicy cinnamon and sweet taste. Candied sweet potato beer! Funky aftertaste. Smooth overall but lacking body.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany with a thin head that slowly dissipates. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is sweet - candy with a hint of cinnamon and citrus.

The taste is sweet too. Almost too sweet. It's a candy beer. But, it does have a cinnamon-like spicing that balances it.

It's nice for a sweet beer. It has sweet character. An interesting brew.

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Photo of vcoggins
3.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - Amber caramel pour. Half a finger off-white head that dissipates very quickly.

S - Sweet malts, caramel and bready yeast smell.Light citrus smell as the beer warms.

T - Taste follows the nose. Sweet malty flavors with bready qualities. Faint lemon taste.

M - Thin to medium body. Light carbonation tingle on the tip of the tongue. Smooth finish.

O - This is a very good drinkable beer. Nothing to knock your socks off but a clean session-able beer. This is a good beer for those not ready for some of the beer extremes.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

What, no Ed Norton? No John Malkovich? Anyway, this stuff pours a sunset amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises thick toffee, Belgian yeast, light banana, candied orange peel, and sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, though there's less toffee (and what is there is drier than before), and there's a stronger emphasis on the spicier aspects of the Belgian yeast and the candied orange peel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this ain't exactly a bad BPA, but it's nothing really worth revisiting. It's a tasty-enough brew to take down amidst the other offerings in the 12-pack, but it's nothing I'd really recommend on its own.

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Blue Moon Rounder Belgian-Style Pale from Coors Brewing Company
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