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RATINGS: 262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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In Belgium, a Grand Cru is traditionally brewed for special celebrations. This holiday season, thereís definitely something to celebrate: a blue moon on New Yearís Eve. To honor this rare event, weíve brewed a limited-edition Blue Moon Grand Cru in the US. This small-batch, Artfully Crafted brew incorporates subtle hints of orange peel and coriander and delivers a warm, spicy finish. Garnish with an orange slice and celebrate.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Hazy orange color with a light white head that quickly fades. The aroma is really nice, lots of citrus and spice. Thereís also a noted candy sweetness that speaks to the amped up abv. The flavor has the usual wit character but with a full body to back it up, separating this from the ordinary Blue Moon. Thereís some orange and yeasty spice along with that same sweetness thatís in the nose, and something like pumpkin in the finish. The palate is thick, somewhat sticky, causing this to lose the refreshing lightness that i associate with wit beers. Being aimed as a winter time product it doesnít totally kill the appeal, but isnít as desirable with the flavor profile for me.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
rubbishystuff (1941) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2015 Well, I get what they were going for but waaay too sweet. It clouded everything else. More of an imperial version of the regular blue moon. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2014
"every once and a while, a beer is exactly like you think it will be. this is one of those times. this is blue moon, slightly stronger, sweeter, deeper, and better. nothing more, nothing less. not worth $9, but i wasnít payin."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUL 12, 2014
The body has a pale hazy orange tan color with a small white head. The head fades out quickly leaving nothing behind and making no lacing at all. Inside the body there are a few small deposits of yeast floating around. The aroma is quite fruity. It has a heavy orange like character with notes of orange blossom and mandarin orange peel. Under this are decent sweet bready and wheaty notes. There is defiantly a lot fruity orange and yeast character here. I get this fruity pebbles cereal thing with notes of bready yeast, wheat malt and a warm alcohol presence. It is sweet overall with just a little leafy hop bitterness towards the finish. The palate has a smooth, slick and heavy feel with very soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChetManly (1) - Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2014 does not count
2009. First aged Grand Cru I have had. Overall, a really solid beer. Better than the average Blue Moon.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DocLock (8239) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Bomber from Caponeís. Pours dark straw with fizzy body. Tastes mildly fruity and hopcitric, with notes of tangerine, but falls apart in the palate department, and is a mess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
subsonic (82) - Pataskala, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2013
"pours a cloudy yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation with a very small bright white head that died down rather quickly, and a thick ring around the edge of the glass. The aroma was light to moderately orange peel and nothing else. The taste was similar to the aroma and also has notes of coriander and wheat flavors; the spices particularly linger through the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. "

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mittenator (1494) - Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Bomber. Hazy bronze (lots of particulate) with a beige head. Malty sweet. Smells like schmirnof ice...really sweet and bad boozy at the end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jkwalking05 (4081) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Tasted in 2009 (backlog). Cloudy yellow with a decent white head. Aroma is grain, toffee, and caramel. Taste is the same.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (1313) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2013
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
MadIndian (2511) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Again...another brew from them that falls flat. I guess you could almost call this a mild-mild thin Belgian.

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