miyauchi38 (982) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1505) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It had a best before date of 5/19/14 and came as part of a 12-pack for $14.47 ($1.20 per bottle or $0.10 per ounce).
Appearance: Label indicates this is a "Belgian-Style Pale", but the color is clearly that of an amber. The copper hue is quite pretty, though there is zero carbonation visible. It pours to a small, off white, foamy head which laces and retains poorly.
Smell: Slight oxidized aroma of cardboard. Some toffee and caramel sweetness, but smells old or fouled.
Taste: Thereís a lot of things wrong with Blue Moon Rounder, which is a shame because the deScription and even the ingredients list makes the beer seem very interesting. The beer fails for two reasons: itís completely mis-marketed; it has off-flavors.
Thereís a distinct character to the palette of this beer. Itís familiar of that of a standard American amber, only not a good example of one. While it does have some flavors of toffee and caramel on the first half, the second half is rife with off-flavors. There seems to be indications of oxidization and DMS as it finishes with a sharp, harsh, astringency. There is no Belgian yeast character at all, nor is there any hibiscus or orangepeel as advertised. The flavors start to worsen as the beer warms.
Drinkability: This is one of those beers where the drinkability is actually pretty good, but the actual palate itself is not. The mouthfeel is thick but overtly tepid - a beer of the style should be quite crisp and bubbly. Itís easy to suck down, though it does leave a dry, starchy aftertaste. For 5.6% ABV itís not too heavy, though it should have more flavor than whatís here (more good flavor, that is).
SanfordBrewer (1412) - Sanford, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2014
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
translucent amber with foamy white head. medium body with high carbonation.
aroma: dominated by stoney minerality; with some hibiscus, orange, and caramel malt notes.
taste: bread crust minerality, with some caramel sweetness and wheat tartness, and an odd fruity hibiscus character. some rubbery yeast phenols and sweaty dampfbier notes as well.
HuskerTan (1162) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - JAN 28, 2014
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A- Odorless, bland, subtle caramel.
A- Copper color, hazy liquid, minimal head.
P- Light body, average texture, medium carbonation, abrupt finish.
O- A poor representation of a Belgian Ale. Not only that, but this has hardly any taste or aroma or anything. If I close my eyes, I could swear I was drinking water. Just a disappointment.
hondajunkie (90) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear amber with a quickly fleeting 1 finger white head. Aromas of sweet malt, grain, very subtle spice. Smooth mouthfeel, caramel malt followed by slight orange sweetness, spice. Rather weak linear flavor profile leaving a very light metallic like aftertaste. Not bad but not good either. Whereís the Belgian in this beer?
beaz1591 (238) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 26, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tulip glass. Clear copper with almost no head/lacing. A nice nose of hops and malts. OK tasting beer. The malts stick out a bit on the tongue.
lukedarock (246) - Howell, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Decent smell kinda caramel and honey slightly, looks like a normal amber colored Belgian, taste is straight forward not too much goin on but very smooth and drinkable, I wonít turn it down but wonít buy it either
bkurtz (1009) - PERU - JAN 11, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured a clear amber. A little sweet and astringent with a hint of spice. Not enjoyable. Not sure what this is, but it certainly isnít a Belgian ale.
jbuskirk (935) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JAN 7, 2014
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2014 Sometimes, you have different opinions about a beer in retrospect. I disliked Rounder when I first had it. In hindsight, though... it makes me even angrier. The fact that this beer calls itself a Belgian Style Pale Ale is almost beyond belief. This is the pussification of a great style for the sake of mass consumption. Too little hops. No distinct yeast flavor. No balls. In other words, Rounder sucks.
Tmoney99 (12415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Poured clear amber color with an average frothy white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate sweet balanced aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium balanced flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met with a soft sweet drinkable beer.