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Moa St Josephs - Moa Brewing Company

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85
very good

161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: brendan13 on 08-29-2008)
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

tubeyes, Jun 28, 2013
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SmellsofMahagony, Aug 07, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Billolick, Nov 06, 2012
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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.

tigg924, Apr 07, 2011
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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.

Mora2000, Jun 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

alienlifeforcecube, May 15, 2014
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ImFlyerThanYou, Jun 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Hairrrrrrrr, Dec 22, 2013
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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.

chinchill, Jan 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

JonnyBeers, Sep 28, 2014
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3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

biboergosum, Oct 30, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

GilGarp, Aug 23, 2010
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avisong, Oct 14, 2013
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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.

Fatehunter, Mar 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

jwg782, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

mikefuski17, Aug 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Phenwayphrank74, Sep 23, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

maleman, Aug 22, 2011
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Keith_R, Jan 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

apasternak, Oct 03, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

SpdKilz, Nov 13, 2010
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3.38/5  rDev -12%
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.

gillagorilla, Jul 23, 2013
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Moa St Josephs from Moa Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.