Moa St Josephs - Moa Brewing Company

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 175
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 7.49%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of cdizinno
4.73/5  rDev +22.2%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of PhantasIPA
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The St. Joseph's MOA pours with a thick 1 inch head and has a moderately cloudy consistency. It has a golden, orange color to it.

The smell is great; very sweet followed by the classic spices and cloves of a Belgian triple.

Taste is ridiculously good, a 5 out of 5! Balanced, unique, strong, classic and refreshing...there is nothing else you can ask for from a Belgian triple. Perfect balance of sweetness (classic sugar), spices (pumpkin and coriander), cloves (cloves...haha) and earthy flavors.

The mouthfeel is great. Flavors are mixed and balanced with every drink and the carbonation is just right.

Overall this beer is a must try. Hard to beat this one in its category! (681 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a golden color and a mostly clear texture. There was an inch of quickly dissipating head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A vibrant, fruity aroma of apples, spices, and malt.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, apples, malt, cloves, and some other assorted. There also seemed to be - unless it was my imagination - a slight (very slight) vinous quality. A solid, lively flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry and smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A surprisingly drinkable beer. I've never had a Tripel from New Zealand, but I hope this one is good indicator of how talented their brewers are. (627 characters)

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)

Photo of Beejay
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Greenish gold color with a mild haze. Thin head but it leaves ring lace after each sip.

Sour and malty. Pleasantly mild nose.

Surprising pale malt start. It leans to the sweet side even for a triple. Rich body, enhanced by a low carbonation level. The swallow brings out lemon-like sourness (lightly!). This is a really interesting beer that is flavorful subtly.... Short but exquisite aftertaste. No alcohol warmth despite the content. (440 characters)

Photo of JeffH
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a dark golden color with a bright white head. The beer is opaque and shows a high level of carbonation.

S- Great nose of fruits and spices and a healthy kick of Belgian yeast- everything you would exepect from a well made tripel.

T- A nice dose of candied sugar balances out the spice notes in the beer. There is also a nice balance between dark and tropical fruit flavors- there is a lot going on here!

M- Medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation. The higher alcohol is hard to recognize but there is a slight warming from the ABV's in the throat.

O- This is a very well made Tripel from a brewery that has high expectations, and rightfully so. There is a fantastic balance of sweet and bitter and spicy that nearly completely erases the 9.5 ABV and the relatively dry finish leaves you wanting more. (820 characters)

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of femALEist
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a cloudy caramel yellow. On the nose, you get flavors of sour lemons, slight spice, light caramel and very belgiany. It tasted: of a slightly sweet caramel, light spicy clove, yeast, belgiany, some dark fruits and some light citrus. It was extremely good and probably my favorite beer so far in New Zealand. (319 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With its corked and caged 750 ml green bottle, you'd think this were a Belgian product, not Kiwi. Excitement in the air for this one. A loud pop of the cork and on to the beer:

Dark gold color with juicy yellow hues. The head on top is very billowy and thick, and it leaves spotty lacing around the tulip. From the smell, you can sense that this is going to be good. While on the subtle side, it does have some ripe apricots, pressed hibiscus flowers, and some candi-like sugar.

Out comes apple, honey, and orange blossoms. Then candied bright fruits. The alcohol gives the beer a moderately spicy sensation and helps keep this beer balanced. While not neccesarily big on flavor, the balance of the characteristics makes this beer exciting. It certainly has more in common with the tripels of Belgium than the new wave tripels being brewed in North America. The body is medium with some lift, bubbly and somewhat creamy. With its alcohol reaching 9.5% ABV, this is remarkably easy to drink.

Now we know the Kiwi's can re-create this delicate style with competence. As a added bonus is the $7.99 pricetag for the 750 ml, which is certainly cheaper than a Belgian import (and even American brewed tripels these days). (1,218 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy light copper with quickly dissipating white head.
S: It smelled like grassy hops and citrus zest and sweet caramel.
T: It tasted like rich caramel and toffee malt, with some grassy hops and citrus zest. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was oily with lots of smooth natural carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a nice Belgian ale, right in between light and dark. Rich malt balanced by bitter hops in the scent and taste. The body was great too, with a clean finish and fairly well hidden alcohol. So it was pretty easy to drink, but worth sipping. Could maybe age well also. Nice brew. (626 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of impending
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-

375ml into a tulip. Pours a nearly clear orange gold, egg shell colored head, minor lacing. Significantly clumping yeast makes the final pour unappealing.

Sweet yeasty aroma, peaches, apricots, green apple, minor spicing and mentholatum.

Fairly sweet with just a momentary dry twang followed by a pleasant little bitter. Upfront sweet fruits are balanced with an entirely appropriate solvent alcohol note. Long evolving aftertaste is a strength. Medium bodied lively mouthfeel.
warms wonderfully
best nz brew had by me
cheers
jd (535 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)

Photo of dank203
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

smooth tripel. not a super bite or complexity but really easy drinking. wish to have something like this as a GO TO but its pricey at 19.99 for a 4 pack, 6 bucks for a single. really smooth, all tripel necessary characteristics. mellower than la Fin or some of the other common tripels (285 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque, apricot color with a finger's worth of snow white froth. The consistency of the beer is quite interesting, with an even, murky depth to it that I've rarely seen. Streams of carbonation bubbles ascend rapidly along the periphery of the glass, with spotty tendrils of lacing clinging as the beer recedes. Aroma smells of grassy hops, apple, pear, and Belgian yeast. Maybe a hint of alcohol in the nose as well.

Big flavor up front, with honey, cough syrup, and pepper easily asserting themselves. A little grassiness and some bubblegum are present as well. The omnipresent yeasty bite is on par for the style. This brew has a visceral warming quality not often found in Belgian ales. Boozy warmth lingers indefinitely in the throat, impressive, albeit a little overbearing for the style. Mouthfeel is impeccable--like velvet. Both crisp and full, it complements the bold flavor profile superbly.

Outstanding presentation and a deluxe mouthfeel make this brew easy to love. The big, warming flavors may be a bit much for some, but it works on a holistic level. This is the second Belgian-style ale I've had from Moa, and they've both been winners. Looking forward to trying more of their offerings. (1,214 characters)

Photo of roblowther
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baby corked and caged bottle, I suppose when it grows up it will be Belgian :). It looks the part, with a frothy dense head and a clear golden color. It is a bit pale, maybe more yellow than gold. Smell is lagery hops from afar but sugar from up close and there is also some orange in there somewhere, i think. Taste is fantastic! It is a bit sugary, then a flash of orange and then a nice biscuit like flavor that mellows and just floats off the tongue as it leaves you wanting more. Really, very nice and dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is great, with good carbonation and a slick coat the tongue kind of feel. I really like this beer, well played, sirs! Maybe not quite as complex as some of the old school examples but maybe a bit more drinkable for it. (758 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)

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a Three Taverns Chalice.

A - No head or lacing with a medium orange body.

S - Light hints of sugar plum and licorice.

T - Pilsner and Caramel malts, with light hints of candy sugar and black cherries. Hide alcohol well:

M - Medium bodied to dry finish.

O - Very solid brew. Hitting all the right notes, particularly with the mouthfeel. I just wish the notes were a bit louder. (407 characters)

Photo of twelvepack
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-A hazy yellow color. Nice head and lacing.
S- Smells sweet with some Belgian yeast, apples and cloves.
T- Caramel and yeast up front that gives way to some fruit and clove. Dry finish.
M- Between medium and light bodied. Compliments the light flavors very well.
D- Could definitely enjoy this on a day out in the sunshine. Definitely recommended. (351 characters)

Photo of chogm54
4/5  rDev +3.4%

330ml corked bottle, poured into a tulip glass..

A - golden, pours a slightly fizzy white head that lingers. Looks like a typical tripel.

S - aroma based around honey and fruit (like a toffee apple). I'm also picking up some yeast and spice (coriander) odours.

T - Sweet malts with yeasty presence, and a hint of clove. There is a more than a hint of white grapes that come to the fore halfway through, and the taste is a bit like sweet white wine. The tart finish adds to this impression. An alcohol warmness making its presence known a few seconds after the liquid has gone down. While sweet, the candi sugar sweetness isn't as apparent as in other tripels.

M - Medium bodied, carbonation is spot on with other Tripels. Slightly fizzy texture.

O - i'm impressed - its easily the best tripel I've had thats made from a brewery outside of Belgium. Having said that, the tartiness , while welcome in winter, may not be to everyone's liking. Try it out . (967 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw color. Poured a massive 3 finger head that continued to grow as the beer decanted. Head was puffy and white with excellent retention. Very active carbonation. Laced in thick sheets.

S: Had to move some foam for big, fruity esters; banana, light-colored fruit and lemon. Plenty of bready malt.

T: Very sweet (actually sugary sweet) and ready up front. Fruit character consistent with nose comes next. Citrussy yet a little floral too. Finish is warming and dry; a far cry from the sweet beginnings.

M: Light-to-medium body. Extremely active carbonation. Lots of yeast character, but still malty. Starts sweet and smooth then gets spicy, dry and warming.

D: The look and smell are the hallmarks. Sweetness in the taste and dry and warm finish threw me off a bit. Interesting and complex; worth a try - New Zealand, go figure. (841 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
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)

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)

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Moa St Josephs from Moa Brewing Company
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