Brewery Website: http://www.bluemoonbrewingcompany.com/
Type of Beer: Dubbel
Alcohol Content: 5.6%
Beer Review –
Appearance: This Abby ale pours a crystal clear amber with a handsome off-white, two-finger, creamy head. Sadly this good looking head didn’t stick around very long and neither did it’s lacing. The head fizzled down to a film leaving behind barely any lacing.
Smell: The smell is actually quite nice. There are the some dark sugar and toasted malt scents that really try their best to push through but they end up being watery and light. There is some grain and husk smell that comes across as grainy and bread-like. Overall is a very sweet smelling beer with a subtle whiff of phenol alchohol that comes through at the end.
Initial Taste: Candied sugar and sweet, toasted malts make up a predominant amount of the flavor. While it’s very sweet it’s still a very thin, watered down flavor. There is some bready-malts that come through on the end but it’s just not give this beer any sort of body. There is pretty much zero hop bitterness or taste. Which is would have really helped cut through the heavy sweetness of this beer. The finish is muddy and malty with a hint of alcohol.
Thoughts: Before I started drinking craft beer I always looked forward to Blue Moon’s winter selection (previously known as Full Moon). It’s a great beer for people who are just starting to get acquainted with flavorful beers. However when someone who has had a real Belgian Dubbel will quickly put this beer aside as a watered down macro version of a great beer style. Which of course, being made by Coors, is not surprising. There are traits of a Belgian Dubbel but it’s just much too thin and flat to really compete. I recommend this to new beer drinkers who haven’t become accustomed to craft beer or Belgian style ales. Everyone else – save your money and time and stick with the real thing. Cheers.