Saturday, October 15, 2011

Blue Moon Brewing Company - Pale Moon; Winter Abbey Ale

The Blue Moon Brewing Company is a Molson-Coors brand.

Pale Moon - This is a Belgian-style pale ale brewed with orange peel and hibiscus, according to the bottle.  This 5.4% ABV beer pours a dark amber, with copper and orange, in color.  There is a slight off-white head.  The aroma is very light, almost indiscernible, hint of orange.  The taste is roasted, almost burnt caramel/molasses, heading almost towards maple syrup.  There is more flavor than the light aroma would indicate.  However, it still drinks light.
Winter Abbey Ale - This 5.6% ABV beer is a seasonal offering.  It pours a medium to dark brown in color with ruby tints, translucent but not really transparent.  There is a small head of off-white foam.  The aroma is caramel, toffee, a bit of nuttiness, yet bright and brassy.  The taste is slightly sweet, dark toffee.  This is the beer equivalent of a Heath bar.  Despite its flavor, it has a very watery mouthfeel.  An interesting beer, but no Belgian-style Abbey ale.

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