DeadMeat (4) - USA - MAR 5, 2011 does not count
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
12oz Bottle & Tumbler. Aroma is light with very faint fruit & spice undertones. Pours a medium amber color with a beige head which quickly dissipates into minimal lacing. Taste is vaguely suggestive of (slightly) sweet toffee with some roasted bitterness. Watery finish with no aftertaste. This is an inoffensive, but unimpressive brew.
ESBob (379) - Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep copper brown with off white head, decent lacing for this macrobrew. Aroma is light roasted malt and toffee. Taste is caramel, dark roast malt, and toffee notes. That said, this ale lack complexity and any kind of mouthy feel. Would make a good intro beer for folks just getting into the craft beer movement.
DuffMan (9499) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 1, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Dark old-penny copper, mahogany highlights. Very low aroma of husky, lightly toasty caramel. Flavour profile is much the same-- very simple, and entirely malt driven. This could just as easily be a "light" doppelbock or scottish ale. There is no yeast character here, there is no spiciness, there are no fruity esters. How is this in any way a "Belgian ale"? FAIL.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Brewery Pours a good copper with a creamy white head, which lasts fairly well. Decent lacing. The aroma is very light but you can get hints of caramel. The carbonation is good. Flavor is sweet and malty. Has a light body. The finish is okay and aftertaste is nothing to really speak of. Better than coors but on pace with Blue Moon drinkable but not my choice.
redtechnj (300) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2011
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a ruby/amber color with a nice fluffy tan head. Aroma is a bit lacking but what you can get is yeasty with faint Christmas spices. Flavor is malty sweet, candied sugar, Christmas spices, maybe raisins. Overall an ok beer for a massed produced beer. Looks like it has bigger flavor than it actually does.
Suttree (6052) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I know it’s easy to tee off on macros masquerading as craft beer, but really, some of the Blue Moon products aren’t that bad. But this..First of all, it has no aroma. None. Flavor is heavy and vaguely artificial. Ugh.
topherh (1923) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber with a white head. Aroma is fruity and light caramel. Flavor is sweet and malty, light bitterness. Absolutely no Belgian/Abbey notes one would expect in an "ABBEY ALE" Decent drink, but not whats advertised.
nearbeer (4830) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. Clear mahogany with a reddish hue. Small, creamy head endures for a bit. Nose of old, twangy caramel apple with some cocoa. Flavor is more cocoa on the front and apple on the finish. Finishes up like a not-so-great chocolate-fruit candy. Medium body is smoothly carbonated and sweetish. Not terrible, but boy would I be embarrassed if I was responsible for brewing and distributing millions of gallons of this "craft brew".
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark red-brown, off white cover. Aroma is tin, metal, cocoa, caramel, paper. Taste is ugly, some sweetness, toast, caramel, bleh.
islay (2180) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Dry aroma features toast and lemongrass scents along with a touch of salt. Weak and simple aroma but totally inoffensive. Pours a clear, highly effervescent dark copper with a moderate amount of bright tan head. Cool-looking. Bready taste; muffin flavor. Caramel. Alcohol flavor noticeable, surprisingly (given that it’s low in alcohol). The taste is more reminiscent of that of an English premium bitter than that of a typical Belgian ale. Simple but pleasant taste. Medium body. Smooth and lively in the palate. Easy to drink but filling. Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale is totally reasonable though far from special.