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Moa St Josephs - Moa Brewing Company

Moa St JosephsMoa St Josephs

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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.87%

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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Photo of GilGarp


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz. green glass bottle served cool into my Watou glass.

St. Josephs is a classic tripel in terms of appearance. It has a hazy golden yellow color with thick towering head that seems to linger forever. Nice lacing left as it settles makes for a great looking beer.

Aroma is well done too. Lemons, grass, a little sour, and little yeasty.

Flavor is of quality but not up to standards of the best authentic examples. There is a nice lemon citrus here too with black pepper, and a yeasty funk.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with appropriately full carbonation.

Overall a nice example. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 00:40:08 | More by GilGarp
Photo of metter98

New York

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 01:32:02 | More by metter98
Photo of femALEist


4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a cloudy caramel yellow. On the nose, you get flavors of sour lemons, slight spice, light caramel and very belgiany. It tasted: of a slightly sweet caramel, light spicy clove, yeast, belgiany, some dark fruits and some light citrus. It was extremely good and probably my favorite beer so far in New Zealand.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 04:52:41 | More by femALEist
Photo of hunteraw


3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 08:18:50 | More by hunteraw
Photo of flexabull


3.63/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 06:02:41 | More by flexabull
Photo of lamarr04


3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle poured into delerium snifter

A: Pours a ruby/orange with big fluffy slightly off-white head and noticeable carbonation bub bling through the beer. leaves patches of lacing down the glass.

S: Smell is cloves and heat from the alcohol at first. When the bottle is emptied, yeast becomes a component of the nose. A little bit of banana or sweet fruit comes through as well..

T: Taste is sweet upfront followed shortly by peppery spice which lasts through the sip until hot alcohol at the end of the sip and down the throat. Again, sourdough like quality comes through form the yeast when I empty the bottle, acts to balance out some of the heat. Overall not an overly complex flavor profile but well balanced and quite enjoyable.

M: Fizzy carbonation but relatively low carbonation. Yeast dries out the finish.

D: Not a bad stab at the tripel and certainly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 07:02:09 | More by lamarr04
Photo of SleepyMonk


3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled 375ml green glass bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours with a thick large head that fades away slow leaving a lot of sticky lacing. Body is a dull and hazy and a little on the dark side of a gold spectrum.

Nose is dominated by a dulled down clove and little else. There are citrus and banana scents available however you really need to dig it out and grade through the clove to find it.

The taste is similar to the aroma, a little lost. There are citrus fruits and pears but they are a little over weighed by the pepper spice and alcohol finish.

The beer is well carbonated and is very similar to the likes of Duvel and La Chouffe, however it lacks that certain mojo evident in those offerings.

The label notes this Tripel is bottle fermented yet it is produced in a translucent green (think heineken) glass bottle which some may consider to be an unusual choice.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 11:47:28 | More by SleepyMonk
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 09:41:46 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of brendan13


3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 11:48:26 | More by brendan13
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Moa St Josephs from Moa Brewing Company
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