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Moa St Josephs - Moa Brewing Company

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 177
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 17.1%
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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Photo of tbeckett
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Purvis in Melbourne.

A - Cloudy dark gold with strong carbonation, two fingers of creamy white head. Pretty good lace rings and a full finger of retention.

S - Sweet spice, yeast, oranges.

T - Sweet spice, booze, orange. Orange is pretty strong with a little candi sugar.

M - Strong carbonation, almost painful. Sweet spice and orange in a dry finish. Medium to full creamy body.

O/D - Overcarbonated for a Tripel. Flavourful but a little difficult. Instantly turns to froth. OK but not worth the trouble.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.36/5  rDev -13%
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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Photo of gillagorilla
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
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 XXVII
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
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 chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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 mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear golden amber in the tall Blanche de Chambly glass. Gorgeous mashed potatoes head that is long lasting. Quite fragrant, with a pleasant flowery and fruity nose.

Very rich and very sweet, with a big candy flavor. In fact it tastes like candy apples, made with light caramel. Some hops, but more bitterness from the yeasty funk. Loads of Belgian flavors, which is the best feature. Spicy malt flavors last and last. The aftertaste is bitters and flowery hops.

Rather peculiar stuff but well worth a try if you like the strong, sweet style. Huge flavors and hot with alcohol, you get your money's worth, and it's less pricey than most of these Belgian-inspired brews. From the big corked bottle purchased at Grapevine in Denver.

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Photo of ikantspel
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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 hunteraw
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First beer review on BA in a long time! Feels good to be back... My first NZ beer review, but since I'm here for 10 weeks not the last.

Appearance: Hazy and gold in color, with a white head that fades down leaving little lace.

Smell: Yeasty aroma, with clove and black pepper.

Taste: Rather sweeter than I was expecting, candy and spice. Yeasty aftertaste. Probably should have let this sit a while longer after bringing it back from the shop.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: Syrupy mouthfeel and over-sweetness limit drinkability, not to mention near 10% abv. Disappointed my expectations.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a goblet. Pours a golden copper color with a nice amount of head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma is of yeast, spice and some fruits. Definitely some Belgian funk on the nose.

Taste is sweet up front with some nice spiciness. It's got a little clove and some Belgian funk, but less on the taste than the aroma.

It has a really nice carbonation and its a decent tripel, but I'd rather grab one from Belgium.

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Photo of brendan13
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a 375ml bottle into a snifter a dark golden colour with a 2.5cm frothy white head that falls away fairly quickly. Lots of lace left down the glass.
S - Peppery spice at first with some light citrus fruit notes. A hint of bready maltiness.
T - Pepper & herbal spice notes at first taste, slight earthiness as well. Some vauge fruity esters. Also a bit of sweet bready malt.
M - Smooth, medium bodied beer with a fairly high carbonation.
D - Probably not something I'd rush out to buy again but it is a fairly decent example of the style and worth trying.

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Photo of brureview
3.59/5  rDev -7%
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 n2185
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyRay
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
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 CrazyDavros
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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 flexabull
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright gold color, clear, with a decent head.

Candies, yeast, sugar, complex spices, mostly clove, and some yeast as well.

Prickly, a little sour, and with some candied sugary malts up front. Taste settles into some yeasty spices, clove, and light banana. Finish is crisp and warm from the alcohol, with a tart apple fruit bite.

Ok, but a little too prickly in the mouth for my liking.

Decent Tripel, and a pretty solid effort from Moa, but this needs a little clean up to be a really good beer. Still, a pretty good beer, and not a bad example of the style. Probably would skip over this one if I ever saw it in the store though.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a medium spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think this one smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of irishevans
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes. brought back from the brewery itself to Hilo, where I realized that I had to drink it ASAP as I had no access to a cellar or any kind of temp control, and in 80+ heat it would have killed this one before I could have sent it to "the beast" to store for me.

A-Light gold color with a thick foamy white head, and a continuous stream of bubbles spiraling up from the center of the bottom of the glass. laces, but real thin/weak.

N-Slightily sour with some fruity smells, and some straw notes as well, but not a very powerful scent at all.

T- Rather Spiced tasting. I pick up on corriander, ginger, and maybe a bit of cinnamon. there is some banana in there also. a bit of a nice hop presance, but largely a malt bomb.

M- Smooth and creamy, no real bite of any kind. and a bit thin

D-Easy and enjoyable , drinks almost like a session ale. wish I could have got this to the cellar in AK and seen how it did with a few years. oh well, maybe next trip to New Zealand (assuming I get to go back).

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 358mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip. The cork popped immediately after I undid the cage, so we're talking a seriously fizzy beer here, folks.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a moderate haze and plenty of effervescence. Head poured 3+ thick fingers of pillowy white foam. Good-looking, if inconvenient to drink.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a very yeasty, bready character. There's a bright fruitiness buried in there as well, but the bread character is just massive. Not bad, but not as clean as I like.

Taste: sweet malt with a big alcohol component. There's a light fruitiness along with the malt, which may be attributable to the alcohol. Decent, but I like a cleaner taste from a tripel.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a Brobdingnagian carbonation and absolutely colossal creaminess. That said, the cream is ephemeral and dissipates almost immediately. Beautiful size, but stamina is an issue. Still, quite good.

Overall: what an interesting beer. My memory says it's a good tripel, but each taste reminds me of its shortcomings. I suppose part of the point of a tripel is to compromise your memory. In that category, St Josephs fills the bill. A decent tripel, but simply not to my taste.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Calandro's locally... I'd written a bit about MOA before during the World Cup, but never seen one available, so I was happy to pick it up and give it a try. At $7.99 for a bomber that's a pretty good price if it's a good beer.

I poured it into a Chimay goblet after letting it warm from fridge temps for a while. Unfortunately there's no good way to cellar beers in South Louisiana, so we make do.

It pours a typical tripel appearance. A hazy golden-amber color with a large frothy white head. Good looking beer.

The aroma is floral, with hints of caramel but the floral hop notes stand out.

The taste is more of the same... I wish more of the malt notes would come out but it's mostly floral hops and spices up front. There's a hint of caramel at the aftertaste that's really nice. Really there's just a bit of bitterness that throws the whole thing a little off. It's definitely an above average tripel, but not quite in the good to great range.

I'd definitely have another, but it's not going to rate as my favorite tripel.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  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!

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Moa St Josephs from Moa Brewing Company
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