poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It had a best before date of
5/19/14 and came as part of a 12-pack for $14.47 ($1.20 per bottle or
$0.10 per ounce).
Appearance: Label indicates this is a "Belgian-Style Pale", but the
color is clearly that of an amber. The copper hue is quite pretty,
though there is zero carbonation visible. It pours to a small, off
white, foamy head which laces and retains poorly.
Smell: Slight oxidized aroma of cardboard. Some toffee and caramel sweetness, but smells old or fouled.
Taste: There’s a lot of things wrong with Blue Moon Rounder, which is a
shame because the description and even the ingredients list makes the
beer seem very interesting. The beer fails for two reasons: it’s
completely mis-marketed; it has off-flavors.
There’s a distinct character to the palette of this beer. It’s familiar
of that of a standard American amber, only not a good example of one.
While it does have some flavors of toffee and caramel on the first half,
the second half is rife with off-flavors. There seems to be indications
of oxidization and DMS as it finishes with a sharp, harsh, astringency.
There is no Belgian yeast character at all, nor is there any hibiscus
or orangepeel as advertised. The flavors start to worsen as the beer
Drinkability: This is one of those beers where the drinkability is
actually pretty good, but the actual palate itself is not. The mouthfeel
is thick but overtly tepid - a beer of the style should be quite crisp
and bubbly. It’s easy to suck down, though it does leave a dry, starchy
aftertaste. For 5.6% ABV it’s not too heavy, though it should have more
flavor than what’s here (more good flavor, that is).