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Moa St Josephs - Moa Brewing Company

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
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 metter98
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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 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 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 mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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 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 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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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.

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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.

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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).

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Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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 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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a translucent gold with a two-finger fizzy head that died slow. Typical Belgian aroma of yeast-/breadiness, some sweetness like caramel and hints of orange/citrus. Light to medium bodied, I at first get a touch of dry spiciness and pepper, then the bread malt kicks in to smooth the beer out and as it passes I get some plush, sugary sweetness from sweet malts and touchs of tropical fruit. Then it finishes crisp w/ a minor alcohol twang but also some bitter citric hops. Nicely balanced and a good tripel, but I do have one minor complaint and it is that the finish overpowers the sweetness (so I guess it's not a complete 50/50 balance) and fruits so I lose some of those flavors/complexity.

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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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
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 CrazyDavros
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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 twiggamortis420
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
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 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.

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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 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.

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

Overall this brewery has let me down after the first two samplings i just hope i saved the best two for last as there was only the four offerings available anyways it pours a hazy golden orange hue which leaves a creamy three finger head and nice sudsy lacing,the smell is cloves,cardomon,spices,subtle hops and candi sugar and to be pretty honest it definately smells like a Belgian tripel should,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and biscuty with tastes of cloves and spice from the Belgian yeast,bready malts,candi sugar,candied malts and finished with a sweet herbalness and overall it definately was a nice suprise as after the first two samples from this brewery i was quite hesitant about this but it definately is on another level and id drink this again cheers.

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

Moa St. Joseph’s has a medium, fluffy, white head and a brilliant, bubbly, yellow-golden appearance, with lots of streaming bubbles and a nice lacing film left on the glass. The aroma is of candy sugar, malt, sweetness, and spritz (think 7-Up), and the flavor is of sweet malt, bread, champagne, juice, and one also encounters a mild hop bitterness in the under-taste. Mouthfeel is light to medium and prickly, and Moa St. Joseph’s finishes crisp, clean, dry, and bright. Overall, this is quite good.


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Photo of flexabull
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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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Moa St Josephs from Moa Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.