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Moa St Josephs - Moa Brewing Company

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64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 179
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 17.05%
Wants: 3
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: 64 | Hads: 179
Photo of ordybill
4.66/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ML bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Cary, NC. This beer has a great dark golden color that is slightly murky with a large white head. the aroma is full of fruit and spice and is outstanding. The flavor matches the aroma and it is one of the best tripels I have had.

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Photo of brother_rebus
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.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This poured a nice translucent copper with a thin finger thick white head. Bready malts, with citrus and tropical fruit notes on the nose. Caramel flavours and almost a brandy/whiskey burn that exceeds its 9.5% ABV. Lightly effervescent and a medium mouthfeel. A quite enjoyable sipper.

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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.

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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 .

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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

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Photo of beergoot
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Partly cloudy, deep gold colored body sporting a thick, creamy, sticky, white head. Bread and yeast aroma with some ripe apricot smell. Bread, honey, esters, and heavy sugar-like flavors. Heavy bodied; chewy; rich and creamy mouthfeel.

I barely got the cage untwisted when the cork blew and scared the dog, but very little beer was lost and that's a good thing. The flavors are dense and intriguing with excellent malt grain twists and turns. I don't know about the BA description of tripels being light bodied; this beer has a heavy-duty feel to it yet the thick, rich flavors and aromas go hand-in-hand with the mouthfeel. For what it's worth, a really tasty, big bodied ale...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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

my second in a row beer from moa, and another pleasant surprise. basically a Belgian tripel here, but hopped in a whole new way here. clear blonde color with a creamy white head under an inch tall in my snifter. nose of sweeter malt, wheat, Belgian yeast, and hops. that slurp of air right before the sip is intensely hopped, almost ipa status, but not quite as bitter, equally dominant. the flavor starts a lot like a triple, but enjoyably less sweet than so many. the yeast here is great, subtle and not as crackling dry as some, but quite lively in its carbonating work, and relaxingly floral as they go, a good partner for the hops, which own the finish of this beer. an excellent take on a classic style. moa is something I have overlooked on the shelves for too long. got to try two of their beers back to back, and they both really impressed me. cant wait to try more.

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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.

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Photo of biboergosum
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.

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Photo of brureview
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was a little disappointed with this Tripel. I was expecting more- the aroma and taste weren't as good as the brewery's description- no bottle date- perhaps an issue.

The beer pours a golden color with a 1/2 finger head into a snifter.

The aroma was a bit mild- I was expecting it to be more prominent. Light fruit, clove and spice.

The mouth feel is very carbonated- perhaps too carbonated for the balancing the taste and aroma. There was also a grassy bitterness, and as the beer warmed up- more funk.

The taste is light lemon and mild clove. I was looking for more complexity, which is usually present in a tripel.

In general, a good tripel, without a complex aroma and taste.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of ikantspel
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 bottle in tripel karmeliet tulip

Best by 1.10.15 on box

Pours a deep rich honey color with absolutely no head.

When pouring your blasted with a smell of champagne grapes. Some slight phenol and clove are barely even registering.

Surprisingly balanced is the flavor that hits softly with a sweet apple/clove that finishes slightly dry and hoppy. Definitely better than what it smells like

My only knocks are it was a tad too flat and the champagne grape smell from the bottle conditioning

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Photo of JohnnyRay
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
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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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.

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Photo of XXVII
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It has a strange (not bad) smell, but the taste is good. ABV is hidden by the malt. It has a sweet aftertaste and is fizzy like a heffeweisen.

I would drink this beer again, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

Disclaimer: I'm not a huge fan of heffeweisens.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last of the Moa's in the batch I recently bought - as an avid Tripel fan I hopefully have saved the best for last, at least that is my intention.

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a St Feuillien chalice.

A: Presents with a cloudy Tangelo body and a light white dusting for a head.

S: Candi sugar upfront, faint aromas of fruit esters (pear, sweet apple, bubblegum), with funky yeast rounding it out. Appealing and Belgian, a good sign.

T: A sweet concoction of candi sugar, pear, golden delicious apple and bubblegum with that funky yeast hint towards the end. There's some light bittering agent in the finish, however this is a big fat sugar bomb, and a tasty one at that. Interesting after-taste of rubber lingers briefly from a couple sips in, not sure what that is, possible autolysis leading to an accumulation of polysaccharides.

M: Medium bodied with tight packed carbonation that is marginally flat.

D: Apart from that odd after-taste and slightly flat carbonation this is a spot on Tripel, a sugar bomb "yes" but most Tripels are. Price is an utter disappointment, more expensive than most of the Belgian Tripels! It isn't like New Zealand is another country, well it is, but it's not that far to travel, how can they justify $9+ for an NZ brew? If it was more reasonably priced I would be inclined to buy again, otherwise I'll stick to the recently reviewed Tripel Karmeliet.

Food match: Rich meats, cheese platter or desserts all work well with a Tripel of this calibre.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Magnum shared by noodleuser. Thanks man.

The beer is golden orange and mostly clear with a bit if white head. The aroma offers booze, citrus, melon, candies, sugar, yeast. A bit sweet and sharp. Some good things happening here, but overall, a bit unrefined and brash. Alcohol heat in the finish. An ok example of the style.

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Moa St Josephs from Moa Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.