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Moa St Josephs - Moa Brewing Company

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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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Photo of Zach136


4/5  rDev +3.9%
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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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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


4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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
Photo of Fusion7777


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

09-18-2013 23:52:23 | More by Fusion7777
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

09-14-2013 18:44:14 | More by Sspeer1
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

09-12-2013 02:14:27 | More by Agentveba
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3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 bottle in tripel karmeliet tulip

Best by 1.10.15 on box

Pours a deep rich honey color with absolutely no head.

When pouring your blasted with a smell of champagne grapes. Some slight phenol and clove are barely even registering.

Surprisingly balanced is the flavor that hits softly with a sweet apple/clove that finishes slightly dry and hoppy. Definitely better than what it smells like

My only knocks are it was a tad too flat and the champagne grape smell from the bottle conditioning

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 02:54:08 | More by ikantspel
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'd heard a lot about this beer and have been looking forward to trying it for a while. It's hard to find where I live so I ordered it online. My box of beer arrived this morning & I got stuck in about half nine this evening.

It poured a very cloudy, opaque rose gold colour with a paper thin layer of head. There was a very small amount of carbonation & a light amount of lacing.

I didn't pick up much smell - what was there was some candy & a touch of yeast.

The taste was good and sweet . There was candy & malt with a touch of spice & a dry finish.

Overall I was happy with this beer - probably not as good as I expected but very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 10:32:24 | More by JohnnyRay
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

08-31-2013 03:05:13 | More by kylehay2004
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375ml bottle. Pours a hazy orangish yellow. Amazing nose filled with notes of spicy apple pie and tart stone fruits. So incredibly complex that you feel like the taste can't possibly live up to it. It does have have lots of fruit and spice notes to it and a nice vinous tartness. Really delicious with excellent carbonation from the bottle conditioning.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 03:39:37 | More by CookstLiquor
Photo of XXVII


3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It has a strange (not bad) smell, but the taste is good. ABV is hidden by the malt. It has a sweet aftertaste and is fizzy like a heffeweisen.

I would drink this beer again, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

Disclaimer: I'm not a huge fan of heffeweisens.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 05:45:29 | More by XXVII
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

08-10-2013 21:19:05 | More by nmann08
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

08-02-2013 03:07:59 | More by blmar311
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-28-2013 17:28:17 | More by jayhunter357
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-28-2013 12:46:20 | More by In_Control_Mike
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-28-2013 00:30:13 | More by shehateme
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

07-28-2013 00:13:44 | More by AOShabaz
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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last of the Moa's in the batch I recently bought - as an avid Tripel fan I hopefully have saved the best for last, at least that is my intention.

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a St Feuillien chalice.

A: Presents with a cloudy Tangelo body and a light white dusting for a head.

S: Candi sugar upfront, faint aromas of fruit esters (pear, sweet apple, bubblegum), with funky yeast rounding it out. Appealing and Belgian, a good sign.

T: A sweet concoction of candi sugar, pear, golden delicious apple and bubblegum with that funky yeast hint towards the end. There's some light bittering agent in the finish, however this is a big fat sugar bomb, and a tasty one at that. Interesting after-taste of rubber lingers briefly from a couple sips in, not sure what that is, possible autolysis leading to an accumulation of polysaccharides.

M: Medium bodied with tight packed carbonation that is marginally flat.

D: Apart from that odd after-taste and slightly flat carbonation this is a spot on Tripel, a sugar bomb "yes" but most Tripels are. Price is an utter disappointment, more expensive than most of the Belgian Tripels! It isn't like New Zealand is another country, well it is, but it's not that far to travel, how can they justify $9+ for an NZ brew? If it was more reasonably priced I would be inclined to buy again, otherwise I'll stick to the recently reviewed Tripel Karmeliet.

Food match: Rich meats, cheese platter or desserts all work well with a Tripel of this calibre.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 11:40:12 | More by doktorhops
Photo of kingmaker


4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-23-2013 17:55:53 | More by kingmaker
Photo of gillagorilla


3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12.7 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (no bottling date)

A: A nice golden brown that is a bit murky with some suspended sediment. No head or lacing. Not even any bubbles seen bubbling up.

S: Very plain sweet smelling.

T: Not bad but no complexity. Just a very simple sweetness that is just a single flavor note. Tastes a bit like butterscotch. It is also a bit watery. No real alcohol taste except it is a bit dry and kind of tastes like a cheap white wine, especially towards the end and with the aftertaste.

M: Smooth with no carbonation at all.

O: I had never heard of the brewery before but the bottle is nice looking and they all share a similar motif. Also, it had some medals on it and they are all bottle-conditioned. This is also my first tripel. However, it is nice tasting just not very complex and it lacks any real mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 02:24:35 | More by gillagorilla
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

07-13-2013 08:28:21 | More by MarkyMOD
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-03-2013 00:32:36 | More by WallingBrew
Photo of JeffH


4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a dark golden color with a bright white head. The beer is opaque and shows a high level of carbonation.

S- Great nose of fruits and spices and a healthy kick of Belgian yeast- everything you would exepect from a well made tripel.

T- A nice dose of candied sugar balances out the spice notes in the beer. There is also a nice balance between dark and tropical fruit flavors- there is a lot going on here!

M- Medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation. The higher alcohol is hard to recognize but there is a slight warming from the ABV's in the throat.

O- This is a very well made Tripel from a brewery that has high expectations, and rightfully so. There is a fantastic balance of sweet and bitter and spicy that nearly completely erases the 9.5 ABV and the relatively dry finish leaves you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 01:06:02 | More by JeffH
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-28-2013 02:10:36 | More by tubeyes
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-27-2013 05:17:19 | More by schopenhauerale
Moa St Josephs from Moa Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.