fidelis83 (2224) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JAN 7, 2011
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a clear, dark old copper with a tall, fluffy, beige head. Aroma is cereal, stale grain, sweet malt, a touch of roast and dark caramel. Flavor is toasted cereal, sweet malt, caramel, roasted nuts and an odd, slightly sour grainy dishwater finish. Light to medium bodied, somewhat creamy on entry and off dry and really chalky to the finish. This was not a very enjoyable beer, the odd grainy dishwater taste seemed to persist on my palate the more I drank. Before that flavor became constant it was a fairly inoffensive brew.
arkurzynski (1886) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Red-brown. Caramel malts, some sweetness, toasted malt. A little "fake." Flavor is a touch on the sweet side but finishes with roasted malt in a very light manner. Not a very good example of the style, yet drinkable.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours a mostly clear, deeper amber-ruby colored body with a finger-width, frothy, light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is sweeter caramel and dark fruit with some toffee, toasty bread, and a few spicy nuts. Much better than I anticipated this being. Flavor is alright. Some thinner, sweeter caramels with a few toffees and toasted bread malts. A bit nutty, a few spices, and some dark fruits with a light straw bitterness as this finishes mostly dry before leaving a medium length aftertaste. Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Overall, not that bad of a beer. Very simple, but it has a few decent things going on. I’ve definitely had worse.
bnoel09 (515) - Elk Grove, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a pint glass. Color is a dark ruby brown with a light tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is sweet and malty with caramel notes and maybe a hint of fruit. Taste pretty much matches the aroma. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated. Overall a good mild winter beer. Definitely not a complex beer in taste or aroma, but extremely drinkable.
onceblind (6111) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2010
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Appearance is beautiful for the most part. Clear amber-ish ruby, yet with a rocky and not persistent head. Flat-ish carbonation, surprising from a macrobrew. Aroma was upsetting, mostly funky malt with some bread dough. Taste was just as upsetting. Light caramel, grains, and some nutmeg appear on the palate, with little to no hop profile to speak of. Very light bodied, which is a downer but not unexpected. Just another lazily crafted beer from the MillerCoors folk.
thetmaxx (836) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a 12oz glass. Colour is real dark, head is light tan. Aroma is very minimal. Flavour is great. Loved the full bodied caramel flavour. Really nice winter beer.
thirdeye11 (5860) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
(12oz bottle thanks to Fratto) clear copper, very few tan bubbles. Nose of dry brown sugar, umami, spices, old rotten banana. Taste of old lager-style hops, rotten banana, creamy dry carbonation, umami linger. Stale stuff.
beerme31 (588) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Darker copper-colored ale. Overall a nice seasonal for Blue Moon. Mild caramel aroma and a light sweetness to it. Would drink again next winter if offered.
pinkandgeek (56) - Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2010
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep bronzy copper with very little head. Zero lacing. Bitterness is tempered by a little sweetness. Not a beer to be drunk in quiet contemplation. A good beer for having friends around. Inexpensive, but does have some caramel/toffee notes with a clean, somewhat boring finish.
beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Trappist Glass. Served chilled. Deep Copper Color. Weak light brown head. No lacing in the glass. Aroma of spice, caramel, alcohol, coffee. Medium body. Taste was toasty, caramel, herb, and spice. Bitter, but a touch of sweetness. Smooth. Clean finish. I enjoyed it, but its not what I am looking for in a Belgian Ale.