wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Mittenator (872) - Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber. Hazy bronze (lots of particulate) with a beige head. Malty sweet. Smells like schmirnof ice...really sweet and bad boozy at the end.
jkwalking05 (3050) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted in 2009 (backlog). Cloudy yellow with a decent white head. Aroma is grain, toffee, and caramel. Taste is the same.
Chad9976 (1017) - 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.
MadIndian (2218) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2012
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Again...another brew from them that falls flat. I guess you could almost call this a mild-mild thin Belgian.
jbuzz (733) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
very thin head nice orange color. nice low carbanation i got a little banana some coriander..light after taste.
Landmonger (135) - USA - JUL 27, 2012
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from bottle, hazy orange with minor head, aroma is quite pleasant and floral, the taste is a let down, too sweet, minor alcohol taste on the back end.
jbruner (1686) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy golden orange from the bottle, with quickly dissipating head and little to no lacing. Aroma heavy on the orange, and a fake orange smell at that. Taste slightly of belgian yeast, but mostly orange. Hides the alcohol well, but thatís the best part.
suprchunk (1794) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange-amber colored pour. Small amount of white bubbles along the sides. No lacing. Smells of oranges, lemons, malt and yeast. Fruity sweetness with a hint of spice and orange. Good mouthfeel and body. Deceptively light considering the ABV. Not shabby.
RasterMaster (258) - , Oklahoma, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2011 vintage. Dirty blonde to orange-copper pour into thin head that quickly dissipates as carbonated bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass into a ring of foam and pools of swirling bubbles. Aroma of malty biscuit and yeasty straw with hints of coriander and citrus. Initial flavor of lightly toasted wheatbread and orange zest that fades into an oily, spicy, peppery finish
Fech (270) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2012
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Good to start but the finish is like vinegar. Overall just a slightly more potent version of the original.