Moa St Josephs | Moa Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
moabeer.co.nz

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

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.

Added by brendan13 on 08-29-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
193
Reviews:
69
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
21
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of roblowther
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of brureview
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of apasternak
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of MaximalC
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Fusion7777
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sspeer1
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Agentveba
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ikantspel
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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

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Photo of JohnnyRay
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of XXVII
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of blmar311
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of jayhunter357
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of In_Control_Mike
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of shehateme
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of AOShabaz
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of doktorhops
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of kingmaker
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of gillagorilla
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Moa St Josephs from Moa Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 193 ratings.
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