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Moa St Josephs - Moa Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.84%
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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abex44

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-24-2014 02:48:34 | More by abex44
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brandon911

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-24-2014 02:38:55 | More by brandon911
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chinchill

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 03:56:02 | More by chinchill
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krome

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-09-2014 22:03:55 | More by krome
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artemh

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.3%

01-07-2014 09:12:32 | More by artemh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2013 19:17:17 | More by smcolw
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Hairrrrrrrr

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-22-2013 16:30:25 | More by Hairrrrrrrr
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tommy5

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-15-2013 20:18:22 | More by tommy5
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6thstreetbrewpub

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-08-2013 02:13:08 | More by 6thstreetbrewpub
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1Nrwyscotch

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-07-2013 02:06:53 | More by 1Nrwyscotch
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jwg782

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-06-2013 20:51:48 | More by jwg782
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Pencible

Virginia

4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 16:09:16 | More by Pencible
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-04-2013 04:19:44 | More by RochefortChris
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trebbates

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

11-29-2013 03:24:07 | More by trebbates
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FunkyFibes

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-28-2013 22:33:24 | More by FunkyFibes
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vickersspitfire

Texas

3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 02:17:35 | More by vickersspitfire
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 17:12:11 | More by StonedTrippin
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roblowther

Texas

4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 01:26:18 | More by roblowther
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 02:01:55 | More by biboergosum
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brureview

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 01:56:59 | More by brureview
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avisong

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-14-2013 01:56:18 | More by avisong
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apasternak

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-02-2013 23:00:56 | More by apasternak
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Zach136

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 02:08:34 | More by Zach136
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-21-2013 13:13:54 | More by Daniellobo
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MaximalC

Illinois

4.01/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 01:10:27 | More by MaximalC
Moa St Josephs from Moa Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.