Moa St Josephs - Moa Brewing Company

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87
very good

63 Reviews
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Reviews: 63
Hads: 175
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 7.49%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | 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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Reviews: 63 | Hads: 175
Reviews by tubeyes:
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (387 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (1,547 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (1,657 characters)

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3.91/5  rDev +1%
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. (249 characters)

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3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (607 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of jwg782
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of SamuelR
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of maleman
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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! (711 characters)

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Moa St Josephs from Moa Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.