Beergeek23322 (418) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
June 2012. From a 750 ml. bottle labeled as Blue Moon Vintage Blonde Ale 2012. Pours hazy golden color with a nice white head. Aromas are straw, citrus and spice. The chardonnay doesnít really show through, but a very drinkable beer.
NeoHippie2 (449) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting offering. Aromas of malt, yeast, and grapes. Sweet flavor maybe a bit heavy on the grape juice but still respectable I would still try it again. I wonder if cellaring this one would help it evolve a bit.
DuffMan (5190) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 22, 2013
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle, shared with Ian and Colin over a game of Power Grid. Lager-like pour, medium gold, average head, poor retention. Aroma is sweet, perhaps suggestive of white grape juice, but mostly sweet grains. Flavour is sweet, like soda, like Canada Dry ginger ale mixed with a basic sweet lager. Not my thing at all, not even as a summer beer. Drain pour actually.
adnielsen (6180) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ home picked up at Wilburís Foco a while back. Bottle titled Vintage 2012. Pours a touch hazy yellow appearance with a dissipating white head. Somewhat zesty/spicy, white wine, grape, pear, a bit musty aroma. Fairly sweet malty, a bit sugary, white grape, apple, pear, light banana, somewhat tangy flavor. Fairly decent but kind of a one-dimensional fruit bomb thatís not even that dry.
FROTHINGSLOSH (3977) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a clear yellow-gold color with a medium sized soapy/foamy white head that faded quickly and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was sweetish and had touches of wood and chardonnay. The flavor was tangy sugar, candied grapes and a touch of cardboard. Medium length tangy sugar and grape finish. Moderately full bodied. Decent.
jeremytoni (2706) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle poured a straw color with a small amount of head. Light sweet malty flavor with a quick finish.
KAggie97 (3530) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a weak orange with a nose of straw and orange rind. Flavor is orange rind lost in a belt of straw and hay. Watery mouthfeel. Pass next time.
nick76 (4077) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is like a macro lager with hints of dog food and sweet wine. The appearance is pale gold with a small head. The taste is sweet lager meets cheap wine. The palate is average. Overall not a great beer but interesting.
Palidor19 (2727) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is lacking but it has a very nice taste that is like a nice fruit salad. Crisp and clean but it's slightly dry. I like it a lot
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Chad9976 (884) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
We all know the major macro breweries have been producing faux/"crafty" beers for a while now, but few have actually attempting anything resembling something "top shelf." Though Coors has with their Blue Moon line and has released several high alcohol brews in 750ml bottles. Theyíre even using the buzzword "vintage" now, like their Vintage Blonde Ale (with a 2012 date on it in case you want to cellar it). While not a horrible beer by any means, itís simply lame, and I guess thatís the best we could hope for.
I received a 750ml bottle from a friend for Christmas (thanks, Ben!). I poured it into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Bright gold hue, crystal clear, plenty of visible carbonation. Forms a large, bright white, fizzy head that literally sizzles and fades away as quickly and completely as that of a macro adjunct lager (... the hell?) and leaves no lacing at all.
Smell: Surprisingly reminiscent of an adjunct lager with slight corn/cheap grain scent. Upon closer inspection I do detect some white grape aroma, but mostly itís an unremarkable nose.
Taste: I would not assume Blue Moon Vintage Blonde Ale is intended for connoisseurs, but you definitely have to have a refined palate and a lot of patience to pick up the actual flavors present in this beer (allegedly). I let this beer warm up for a while and even at the cool (not cold) temperature, I was struggling to find any genuine taste here. My first impression of the taste was the same as my first impression of the nose - itís surprisingly akin to an adjunct lager. They wouldnít seriously be using corn or rice in a "Belgian Strong Pale Ale" would they?
By the way, what makes this beer "Belgian" in any way, shape or form, RateBeer? There is absolutely NO mention of Belgian yeast or other characteristics on the bottle or on the brewerís website.
Anyway, the actual palate is rather bland and uneventful. The first few swigs are eerily similar to that of a clean pale lager. Once I get used to it, I start to notice that subtle chardonnay grape juice flavor a little more, though the wheat character is nowhere to be found. There is essentially no hop presence as all, but that shouldnít be surprising considering itís a whopping 2 IBUs according to Blue Moonís website. Thereís a bit of a metallic tang on the finish, but at least thereís no aftertaste. To the brewerís credit they managed to mask the alcohol at least, so thatís a positive. Otherwise, thereís just nothing to appreciate about this beer other than its price tag (only $12 a CASE!). It would make an ideal transition beer for the hardcore BMC swiller, but otherwise itís mostly inoffensive but certainly forgettable.
Drinkability: The only saving grace to Blue Moon Vintage Blonde Ale is that itís highly drinkable. I donít trust macro breweries with high ABV beers, but the 8.5% alcohol was invisible here in the nose, taste, and weight. The flat, thin mouthfeel makes it chuggable and smooth.