DocLock (11025) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2016 drowland (9057) - Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11/21/11. 12oz bottle from the winter mix 12 pack. Barely hazed amber pour with a small khaki head that cuts, but lasts, and laces just a bit. Sweet, sugary, spiced aroma that reminds of caramel apples or spiced cider. Sweet, spiced (lots of cinnamon) flavor that again reminds a ton of spiced apple cider. This is actually quite pleasant - it reminds of the fall - but I can’t imagine drinking a ton of this stuff.
Draft notes. Hazy brown pour with tan head. Nose was earthy brown malt, spice. Tasted like a brown ale with some cinnamon and a watery finish. squareshot (4) - - DEC 14, 2014 does not count
This is the Gingerbread Spiced Ale; I don't taste too much of the standard Blue Moon, but it's there, and the added flavor is surprisingly pleasant and smooth. A nice beer available at the Walgreens, when we can't get to a distributor for crafts and imports…
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
"the cinnamon is ok, though this beer probably could have done without the wheat. A little on the watery/boring side of things, but not BAD. Dig the spice, but there’s not much else to it."
Darkmagus82 (2303) - - AUG 17, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 12-3-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a mahogany color with orange highlights. Upon pouring there is a small white head that fades quickly to give a very light film and very little lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heavy of spice. A huge cinnamon and sugar aroma greets the nose. This is mixed with nutmeg and allspice aromas as well. In the background is a light roasted brown bread smell. Overall it has a nice cinnamon toast aroma.
Taste – The taste starts out with a lightly roasted malt flavor mixed with a caramel sweetness. Quickly the spice flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg come to the tongue. They start out relatively strong and get even stronger as the taste advances. While the spice flavors intensify, so too does the sweet caramel. With the caramel also comes a sweet toffee taste. In the end a pleasant sweet and spiced flavor are left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer are on the average side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. The body and carbonation are good for drinkability and accentuation of the spice and sweet flavors but also provides enough thickness and low enough carbonation to allow all the flavors to linger on the tongue.
Overall – This is a pretty nice spiced brew. It is quite drinkable and has a nice blend of sweet and spice. When in the mood for something sweet and cinnamony, this is a good brew to go too as it delivers in the taste and is quite affordable. GarrettB (1657) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2013
April 14th, 2012 - The original Blue Moon is a steady friend in dark places. Where the bar’s have little to offer, Blue Moon is usually there, topped with an orange peel, and ready to see you through the night. The flavor variations? Less stolid. This particular cousin of Blue Moon sports a “Spiced” flavor. It was originally marketed for the holidays when we shake cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and sugar on our pastries and treats, so drinking it in April may not be the most appropriate occasion. Even so, I doubt I would have enjoyed this in December, or any other part of the year. Sickly sweet and sticky smells of light brown sugar and cheap barbecue sauce (straight from the fast food restaurant’s tiny cups) make the bulk of the aroma, tinged with a peppery and chaotic spiciness. True to name, these spices are also present in the aroma, providing an unpleasant cinnamon Pop-Tart palate, with some graham cracker notes, and an ill-tasting aftertaste that coats the palate with an unnatural, confusing sugary sweetness. By now I should expect to be punishing myself every time I have a Blue Moon that is gussied up in some awful flavor wardrobe, but I keep trying anyway, because that original brew, while by no means excellent, is so loyally consistent and acceptable that I feel I owe it to Coors to keep trying what they put out.
joe19612 (3067) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with thin white head, rich malty fruity with cinnamon, the taste is sweet and all cinnamon, with a dry fruity finish. kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 10, 2013
The head is bad, the body brown. It smells spicy, malty, a bit fruity, special and interesting. The taste is woody, spicy, a bit fruity, interesting and not bad! 9/11/10/11/12/11 Creedence (314) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2013
355ml bottle from Abbot’s Ale House, shared with a friend over some Christmas Pudding in June! Pours a nice ruby amber with lasting reddish head. Gorgeous aroma of cinnamon, cloves, biscuit and a vague minty note. Medium sweetness, with a good spiciness and just a little sharp bitterness. Quite smooth, relatively light despite full and heavy taste. Even when enjoyed in June, this is a great beer, definitely the best Blue Moon seasonal I’ve tried. Block (3183) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Just getting around to rating this one. Sweet and malty, caramel, spice. I thought this beer was a little heavy on the flavor. Seemed to have a lot going on. dprski33 (27) - California, USA - APR 10, 2013
Similar to the Winter Abbey Ale that I really enjoy. This one is inferior as the taste is a little thinner and the aroma isn’t as pleasant. Might be more enjoyable during wintertime, rather than mid-spring.