Palidor19 (2849) - 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 (1026) - 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.
jandd1983 (1911) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
It poured a hazy yellow color with a small white head. The aroma was of malt and white wine. The taste was similar to the aroma.
unclemattie (3917) - Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml bottle. Vintage 2012. White wine color. Smells of chardonnay juice at first pour. In the glass it smells like a sweet Wheat Ale. Tastes sweet & fruity. Sweet white grape juice, some wheat flavors. For a Blue Moon its nice. (3563)
thedm (4857) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 25, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This bottled brew from a grocery store poured a small sized head of foamy white colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a transparent light yellow orange colored body. The mild aroma was citrus and malty. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish fruity aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of mild hops fruity citrus and malt. An OK brew just nothing special.
coolpop (1304) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 20, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sampled from a bomber. Poured a hazy pale gold with a smallish white head. Aroma was mild wheat, some vague fruitiness. Flavor was Blue Moon (wheat, aggressive spicing) plus rather sweet grape juice and a definite graininess. Sort of vinous, sort of just ... odd.
justabeergeek (205) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a crisp, clear gold with high effervescence and a rapidly dissipating white head. This beer truly resembles a sweet white more than a blonde ale; the Chardonnay grape usage is apparent and welcome. Some fruity, estery notes are apparent here; some grain and white wine aromas and tastes go well with the bubbles.
GL2814 (322) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This was awesome! All the great flavors of regular blue moon, but with a grape/wine sweetness as well. Really good.
ellolovey (408) - Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2012 25.4oz Pours a clear yellow with a bubbly white head. Aroma of wheat, Chardonnay, and grapes. Warm Chardonnay feeling in the throat. Taste like Chardonnay, wheat, and grapes. Active carbonation makes it very easy to drink. Sweet and dry finish.
reebtogi (3718) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle pours a pale golden color with a 2 finger white head that leaves only a few specks of lacing on the glass. Aroma is white wine grapes with some cereal grains and hints of yeast. Taste is a light fruity and malty sweetness with a mild hop bitterness and a yeasty dry finish. Quite easy to drink despite its 8.5%ABV. Actually, light and refreshing on the palate, although lacking in some substance.