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Moa St Josephs - Moa Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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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Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 02:17:35 | More by Billolick
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-28-2012 04:25:56 | More by DrunkinYogi
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grumpygerman

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

09-14-2012 02:33:59 | More by grumpygerman
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flagmantho

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 23:28:17 | More by flagmantho
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analienacorn

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

07-01-2012 19:21:49 | More by analienacorn
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Rado

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

06-30-2012 02:45:48 | More by Rado
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 02:56:10 | More by Mora2000
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ADZA

Australia

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 15:02:52 | More by ADZA
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PhantasIPA

Delaware

4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 20:45:13 | More by PhantasIPA
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Kornoms

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-17-2012 01:38:36 | More by Kornoms
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n2185

North Carolina

3.6/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 19:54:27 | More by n2185
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

03-21-2012 00:37:20 | More by Archemedies
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 14:11:06 | More by tbeckett
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DoubleJ

California

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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).

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 06:06:18 | More by DoubleJ
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 21:41:40 | More by clayrock81
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maleman

Mississippi

4.35/5  rDev +13%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 22:46:26 | More by maleman
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cdizinno

South Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 21:29:38 | More by cdizinno
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Kshock

California

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light straw yellow, slightly hazy, but bright for the most part. Good head retention, with a bright white lacing on the glass and the head retention.

S- Very mellow aroma, almost "hard" to smell. What i do get it is mellow belgian yeast characteristics with the slightest spice undertone.

T- Sweet and slightly fruity up front, then drys out quickly and has a nice finish to it.

M- Light and soft on the palate, drys out nicely. Very clean finish.

O- surprised by this, wasn't expecting much but it was surprisingly good.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 23:21:43 | More by Kshock
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 22:12:33 | More by Haybeerman
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 12:08:16 | More by avalon07
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 18:59:21 | More by twiggamortis420
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 14:26:46 | More by tigg924
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twelvepack

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 18:01:20 | More by twelvepack
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 07:06:24 | More by megahurts4
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3rdRowTailgater

Louisiana

3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 04:08:07 | More by 3rdRowTailgater
Moa St Josephs from Moa Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.