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Moa St Josephs - Moa Brewing Company

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86
very good

170 Ratings
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | 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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Ratings: 170 | Reviews: 63
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of impending
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

RJT

Photo of LubricatedWisdom76
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've tried a number of Moa beers and have been impressed with them all. The Tripel category is full of good and interesting beers and is tough to stand out in but this one definitely does.

Aroma is full of apples and citrus oranges, flowers and a bit of clovey spice. The apple tends to take over as it warms.

Taste is layered with a good amount of malt and sugar sweetness mixed with honeyed pear and orange and a dry, grassy lingering aftertaste. A big tropical fruit note that makes this one stand out differently. A bit of yeasty funk as well that sticks around, but pleasantly.

Mouthfeel really shines as it's creamy and light, especially for a beer of this strength. Not overly carbonated and melts in your mouth.

Overall: The tropical flavors and drinkability for a 9.5% ABV make this one stand out to me. Much more flavorful than many in the style. La Fin Du Monde and Westmalle are my favorites still but this blows away most I've had including Golden Monkey and some other typically highly rated beers. Go New Zealand!

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of grumpygerman
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of flagmantho
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.

Photo of analienacorn
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of Rado
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Mora2000
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.

Photo of ADZA
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.

Photo of PhantasIPA
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
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!

Photo of Kornoms
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of n2185
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of Archemedies
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of tbeckett
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
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).

Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of maleman
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

Photo of cdizinno
4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Photo of Kshock
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Moa St Josephs from Moa Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.