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Moa St Josephs - Moa Brewing Company

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86
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173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brendan13 on 08-29-2008

Moa St Josephs is brewed in the traditional style of a classic Belgian Tripel. Strong spice and clove characters create complex flavours and aromas which are heightened by its extended bottle conditioning, with a combination of malt and candy sugars complimenting the high alcohol content produced by the Belgian ale yeast. Best served at 8°C in a goblet after gently rolling the bottle to distribute the sediment signature.
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Ratings: 173 | Reviews: 64
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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large green bottle, caged and corked, purchased at DeCicco's in Brewster, NY

Golden, lighter amber, light haze. Huge, rocky and super retentive head, leaves nice looking thicker bands of stickage.

Earthy, fruity and lightly spiced nose.

On the tongue, I get some tropical fruit, cloves, drying hops, ample lime and then a blast of pepper in the finish. Flavorful Triple with a Kiwi twist.

Bring on some cheese, nuts and a salad and all is well in the world.

Nicely done, well worth a try.

Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice

Appearance: deep gold in color, clear, 1/4 inch head that fades quick, high carbonation

Smell: apple, honey, Belgian spices, and hay

Taste: apple, honey, Belgian spices, candied sugar, and hay

Mouthfeel: a big bitter spike to start with the sweetness coming in mid taste and melding throughout the dish, very high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: A nice and complex tripel that is more than worth the price. The alcohol is very well hidden. Maybe not my favorite beer, but good for the style.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of orange and pear notes, with some yeast, candy sugar and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is similar, with a ton of fruit and other notes. I get some oranges and lemons, as well as some assorted spices, Belgian yeast and candy sugar. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

”bottle fermented and conditioned”
Undated 500{?} ml cork and wire bottle purchased and served in a large wine goblet in NZ.

Pour somewhat clear with almost no head.

Aroma: Spicy, fruity and a bit yeasty, with the expected hints of banana and clove.

Flavor: Lightly spicy, mainly clove, and a bit yeasty.

Feel: undercarbonated and too thin.

O: much improved with warming but still a bit disappointing.

Photo of Auraan
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gorgeous cloudy orange body with a finger and a half of thick, bubbly white head. Quite true to style, a classic tripel appearance. Scents of apricot, light, soft alcohol and fruity esters with notes of clove, citrus, white pepper, light honey and soft malt. A slight dank yeasty aroma is also present. Overall impression of aroma is of a very well done tripel. True to style spicy, fruity and with low alcohol character that is still present. Quite nice. Flavor begins sweet with medium notes of alcohol, orange flesh, white pepper, clove and some light floral hop flavors with medium-low bitterness. Middle has medium bitterness with notes of light floral hops, alcohol, orange flesh and zest and spicy phenols with white pepper dominating. Finish is medium-dry who the above notes continuing, but alcohol becoming a slight it more prominent, though still soft and in no way hot. A softly sweet malt is present throughout. Aftertaste is dry with notes of floral hops, white pepper, biscuit-like and bready malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a nice tripel. Fairly true to style and pleasant, though not the best example of the style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high, effervescent carbonation and a light alcohol burn. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very good tripel. True to form overall and pleasant. Overall this is a nice tripel. It has a good aroma and flavor aided by a nice mouthfeel that lends an overall impression of a good tripel that is well done though not the best example of the style. Still quite nice.

Photo of biboergosum
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle. Beats the hell out of the other serving formats that the local liquor store monopoly deemed acceptable to we here in Alberta - i.e. growlers for $25, or thereabouts.

This beer pours a cloudy, medium golden apricot hue, with a laughably miniscule amount of strictly bubbly 'head', which leaves just about what one might expect as far as lace goes in such a pithy, underwhelming situation. Is this cider, or is this beer?

It smells of grainy, bready pale malt, with a subtle hint of caramel sweetness, mildly zingy clove and otherwise indeterminate spice, laid-back lemon, apple and orange fleshy fruit, musty yeast, and more new-World earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more semi-sweet bready caramel malt, middling yeast, a pear, overripe apple, and weak orange fruitiness, tame candi sugar, a bit of Bubblegum Joe candy weirdness, and pleasantly (mostly) booze-free leafy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are, as duly expected after that unimpressive initial showing, bland and ineffectual, the body a pithy medium weight, and kind of pithy in its general pleasant smoothness. It finishes well off-dry, bordering on sweet, fully due to the lingering sugar and malt sweetness, as the hops and alcohol seem to want to fuck up in their each and every special way.

An agreeable enough Tripel, once again gaining my heart, due in no small part to its hidden, and lacking in astringency booziness. But lo and behold, that demon is indeed there, pushing and prodding my base instincts. At any rate, this offering is worthy of a go, the price now a general non-issue, as my preconceptions are unsurprisingly dead in the water, all other things being equal.

Photo of brother_rebus
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

typical to the belgian triple taste. the yeast is very present. perfect carbonation; that of almost a pilsner, or really more of a saison-like carbonation. the 9.5%abv is blended very well as the spiced notes of the beer fill the olfactory senses.

Photo of GilGarp
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz. green glass bottle served cool into my Watou glass.

St. Josephs is a classic tripel in terms of appearance. It has a hazy golden yellow color with thick towering head that seems to linger forever. Nice lacing left as it settles makes for a great looking beer.

Aroma is well done too. Lemons, grass, a little sour, and little yeasty.

Flavor is of quality but not up to standards of the best authentic examples. There is a nice lemon citrus here too with black pepper, and a yeasty funk.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with appropriately full carbonation.

Overall a nice example. Recommended.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One finger of head on a hazy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is bright with lemon and grapefruit with some dry grain.
The taste is disjointed at the beginning then moves to lemon bitterness, alcohol heat and grain.
The texture is crisp with a little fizz.
An enjoyable ale.

Photo of maleman
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a pint glass. Sorry, didn't have a chalice nearby! Poured a golden opaque with the loveliest, creamiest, two-finger white head accompanied by luscious, thick lacing. Very malty nose with a touch of clove and pepper. I'm not a huge clove guy, but even though it is quite evident it is no where near overpowering. Instead, it blends in nicely with the grass and resin. A bit of aftertaste is present, but again, it's nothing overblown...just a nice remembrance of what went on before. I would consider this medium toward heavy-bodied with average carbonation. It's been a long time since I've tasted a beer this good. It's available now in my area so I'll be having more of this!

Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, a huge thanks to optimator13 for this beer. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a relatively clear, golden color. About three fingers of head is achieved with a mild pour, which dissipates relatively slowly, leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Slight tartness up front followed by dark fruits, hay, grass, lemon, yeast, and spices.

Taste - Oddly, there is much more dark fruit in the first taste. Plum and raisins at the front followed by typical triple yeast, slight lemon citrus, and black pepper.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation that prickles the tongue.

Drinkability - Overall not bad, though I'm just not a fan of this style to put it bluntly. The alcohol is masked quite well, however the sweetness becomes a bit cloying as the beer warms up and I continue to drink it. Glad I was able to try this!

Photo of gillagorilla
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12.7 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (no bottling date)

A: A nice golden brown that is a bit murky with some suspended sediment. No head or lacing. Not even any bubbles seen bubbling up.

S: Very plain sweet smelling.

T: Not bad but no complexity. Just a very simple sweetness that is just a single flavor note. Tastes a bit like butterscotch. It is also a bit watery. No real alcohol taste except it is a bit dry and kind of tastes like a cheap white wine, especially towards the end and with the aftertaste.

M: Smooth with no carbonation at all.

O: I had never heard of the brewery before but the bottle is nice looking and they all share a similar motif. Also, it had some medals on it and they are all bottle-conditioned. This is also my first tripel. However, it is nice tasting just not very complex and it lacks any real mouthfeel.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden straw hue with medium-sized white head leaving lots of lacing. Would have liked the head to be longer-lasting though
Aroma is lacking for the style, really have to search for it. Hints of banana, some spicy cloves and a little bit of green hops. Very soft alcohol. Very faint skunk (stupid green bottle?)
Taste also lacks depth. Doughy yest, substantial bitterness, alcohol takes over in lingering finish. Spicy/peppery hints with a bit of lemon peel/bitter orange.
Mouthfeel is damn near perfect, slightly too much heat on the palate.
Lacking in aroma and flavour, but a fine effort from NZ brewery Moa.

Photo of n2185
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy yellow-gold with three fingers of white head that fades into a dense cap with good lacing.

S: Some Belgian spices up front followed by strong aromas of bubblegum and candy sugar. There are some sweet bready aromas toward the finish.

T: Again, Belgian spices are strong at first with the bubblegum and candy sugar flavors following. The finish tastes of sweet bread and slightly bitter yeast.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is not quite as crisp as I'd like, but is still quite light and drinkable.

O: A pretty decent tripel, overall. It lacks some complexity compared to the best examples of the style, but is still tasty and drinkable.

Photo of Beejay
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: MASSIVE fluffy head. Just off white, cloudy, thick, and 4 fingers high. Golden amber in color, hazy, with good lacing.

S: Yeasty, with a nice spiciness to it. Almost a little bit of funk in there as well. Perhaps a little bit of strawberry, or golden raison in there as well.

T: That is quite a delicate flavor. Golden raisons and strawberries, a nice belgian yeast flavor as well. Sweet, with a little bit of toastiness. The alcohol is definitely in the finish, but it comes across as almost a wine type of alcohol.

M: Fairly thin, very dry, and quite active carbonation. This thing dances on your tongue.

D: Very tasty and enjoyable. Quite a nice beer.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured out into a goblet, this beer is a wonderful light blonde color with hues of brown in its center, the body is mildly hazy and you can see the yeast floating around. It’s lightly carbonated and topped off with a light white head that thins out to corral the ale in to glass. Herbal and grass notes first hit your nose, then the spices come out-apples and grapes are present, you can detect hints of orange and lemon zest as well. The taste is strong and very pleasant, malts are mildly bitter right of h bat and they really envelope your mouth. The citrus fruit come out towards the middle of your tongue and the citrus tames some of the alcohol flavor in its aftertaste. This is a light to medium body ale and is well worth your time.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moa St. Joseph’s has a medium, fluffy, white head and a brilliant, bubbly, yellow-golden appearance, with lots of streaming bubbles and a nice lacing film left on the glass. The aroma is of candy sugar, malt, sweetness, and spritz (think 7-Up), and the flavor is of sweet malt, bread, champagne, juice, and one also encounters a mild hop bitterness in the under-taste. Mouthfeel is light to medium and prickly, and Moa St. Joseph’s finishes crisp, clean, dry, and bright. Overall, this is quite good.

RJT

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured hazy golden yellow in color with a three finger high white head that has good retention properties (a tulip glass is definitely necessary to contain the head). A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of fruit, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is rather complex and has a good balance between sweetness and bitterness. There are notes of candi sugar, fruits and spices in the flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a fair amount of dryness in the finish. Some warming from the alcohol is noticeable, particularly as the beer warms up.
D: The alcohol isn't that noticeable in the taste, but this is definitely a beer that needs to be sipped given the amount of sweetness.

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375ml bottle. Pours a hazy orangish yellow. Amazing nose filled with notes of spicy apple pie and tart stone fruits. So incredibly complex that you feel like the taste can't possibly live up to it. It does have have lots of fruit and spice notes to it and a nice vinous tartness. Really delicious with excellent carbonation from the bottle conditioning.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a cloudy honeycomb colour with a large white head that retains well

S - Spice, lemon and nice hop aromas.

T - Up front some nice citrus flavours followed by spice, the hop profile is balanced, but the malt kicks in and leaves a lingered sticky finish. Booze well hidden

M - Medium body and low carboination

O - Authentic Tripel that is well worth a try. Maybe a little on the malty side.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Tripel from New Zealand you say? Muy Interesante. 375 mL green bottle pours a lightly hazed golden color with a massive cap of dense white head. Retention and lacing are both good.

Nose is a little bit of funk, little bit of skunk and a lot of earthy, cheesy hops. Sweet grains and alot of alcohol are also present.

Taste is nice and creamy with a deft handed malt and hop balance. Grassy and grainy, but I wish the yeast gave off a little more bread and tropical fruit esters. Some coconut rum and maybe even light vanilla as it warms. Surprisingly good effort from the Southern Hemisphere.

Photo of megahurts4
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MOA St. Joseph Belgian Style Triple

Appearance: hazy orange yellow, large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: heavy skunk, Belgian yeast, and some dark fruits.

Taste: nice yeast flavor, spices, and a faint dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: medium-light and smooth.

Overall:
This isn't a bad brew. The flavor is full, but not powerful, yet easy to drink. The initial opening of the beer resulted in a large skunkiness that actually dissipated.

Photo of LubricatedWisdom76
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've tried a number of Moa beers and have been impressed with them all. The Tripel category is full of good and interesting beers and is tough to stand out in but this one definitely does.

Aroma is full of apples and citrus oranges, flowers and a bit of clovey spice. The apple tends to take over as it warms.

Taste is layered with a good amount of malt and sugar sweetness mixed with honeyed pear and orange and a dry, grassy lingering aftertaste. A big tropical fruit note that makes this one stand out differently. A bit of yeasty funk as well that sticks around, but pleasantly.

Mouthfeel really shines as it's creamy and light, especially for a beer of this strength. Not overly carbonated and melts in your mouth.

Overall: The tropical flavors and drinkability for a 9.5% ABV make this one stand out to me. Much more flavorful than many in the style. La Fin Du Monde and Westmalle are my favorites still but this blows away most I've had including Golden Monkey and some other typically highly rated beers. Go New Zealand!

Photo of cdizinno
4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Very cloudy straw color. White head with moderate lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with mild spice undertones.

T&M: Well-balanced. Slighly sweet and fruity with a nice fade to a dry spicy finish. Light bodied, clean finish.

Very good quality Tripel. A must try if you are into this style. I got this in a 'beer of the month' package so I'm unsure of the cost, but I'd put this right up there with a Duvel.

Photo of JohnnyRay
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'd heard a lot about this beer and have been looking forward to trying it for a while. It's hard to find where I live so I ordered it online. My box of beer arrived this morning & I got stuck in about half nine this evening.

It poured a very cloudy, opaque rose gold colour with a paper thin layer of head. There was a very small amount of carbonation & a light amount of lacing.

I didn't pick up much smell - what was there was some candy & a touch of yeast.

The taste was good and sweet . There was candy & malt with a touch of spice & a dry finish.

Overall I was happy with this beer - probably not as good as I expected but very nice.

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Moa St Josephs from Moa Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.