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Moa St Josephs - Moa Brewing Company

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155 Ratings
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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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 kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

kylehay2004, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of CookstLiquor
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.

CookstLiquor, Aug 24, 2013
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.

XXVII, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

nmann08, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of blmar311
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

blmar311, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of jayhunter357
4/5  rDev +3.9%

jayhunter357, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of In_Control_Mike
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

In_Control_Mike, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of shehateme
4/5  rDev +3.9%

shehateme, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of AOShabaz
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

AOShabaz, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of doktorhops
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.

doktorhops, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of kingmaker
4/5  rDev +3.9%

kingmaker, Jul 23, 2013
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.

gillagorilla, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

MarkyMOD, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of WallingBrew
4/5  rDev +3.9%

WallingBrew, Jul 03, 2013
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.

JeffH, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of tubeyes
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

tubeyes, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

schopenhauerale, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Bromine
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Bromine, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

ygtbsm94, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Magnum shared by noodleuser. Thanks man.

The beer is golden orange and mostly clear with a bit if white head. The aroma offers booze, citrus, melon, candies, sugar, yeast. A bit sweet and sharp. Some good things happening here, but overall, a bit unrefined and brash. Alcohol heat in the finish. An ok example of the style.

Huhzubendah, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of chickencoop
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

chickencoop, May 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

tzieser, May 29, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +3.9%

InspectorBob, May 19, 2013
Photo of lisagirl
2/5  rDev -48.1%

lisagirl, May 12, 2013
Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

CaptainNomihodai, Apr 16, 2013
Moa St Josephs from Moa Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.