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Moa St JosephsMoa St Josephs

Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

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

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Tripel from New Zealand you say? Muy Interesante. 375 mL green bottle pours a lightly hazed golden color with a massive cap of dense white head. Retention and lacing are both good.

Nose is a little bit of funk, little bit of skunk and a lot of earthy, cheesy hops. Sweet grains and alot of alcohol are also present.

Taste is nice and creamy with a deft handed malt and hop balance. Grassy and grainy, but I wish the yeast gave off a little more bread and tropical fruit esters. Some coconut rum and maybe even light vanilla as it warms. Surprisingly good effort from the Southern Hemisphere.

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Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice

Appearance: deep gold in color, clear, 1/4 inch head that fades quick, high carbonation

Smell: apple, honey, Belgian spices, and hay

Taste: apple, honey, Belgian spices, candied sugar, and hay

Mouthfeel: a big bitter spike to start with the sweetness coming in mid taste and melding throughout the dish, very high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: A nice and complex tripel that is more than worth the price. The alcohol is very well hidden. Maybe not my favorite beer, but good for the style.

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Photo of twelvepack
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-A hazy yellow color. Nice head and lacing.
S- Smells sweet with some Belgian yeast, apples and cloves.
T- Caramel and yeast up front that gives way to some fruit and clove. Dry finish.
M- Between medium and light bodied. Compliments the light flavors very well.
D- Could definitely enjoy this on a day out in the sunshine. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MOA St. Joseph Belgian Style Triple

Appearance: hazy orange yellow, large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: heavy skunk, Belgian yeast, and some dark fruits.

Taste: nice yeast flavor, spices, and a faint dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: medium-light and smooth.

This isn't a bad brew. The flavor is full, but not powerful, yet easy to drink. The initial opening of the beer resulted in a large skunkiness that actually dissipated.

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Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a goblet. Pours a golden copper color with a nice amount of head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma is of yeast, spice and some fruits. Definitely some Belgian funk on the nose.

Taste is sweet up front with some nice spiciness. It's got a little clove and some Belgian funk, but less on the taste than the aroma.

It has a really nice carbonation and its a decent tripel, but I'd rather grab one from Belgium.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, a huge thanks to optimator13 for this beer. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a relatively clear, golden color. About three fingers of head is achieved with a mild pour, which dissipates relatively slowly, leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Slight tartness up front followed by dark fruits, hay, grass, lemon, yeast, and spices.

Taste - Oddly, there is much more dark fruit in the first taste. Plum and raisins at the front followed by typical triple yeast, slight lemon citrus, and black pepper.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation that prickles the tongue.

Drinkability - Overall not bad, though I'm just not a fan of this style to put it bluntly. The alcohol is masked quite well, however the sweetness becomes a bit cloying as the beer warms up and I continue to drink it. Glad I was able to try this!

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Photo of Beejay
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: MASSIVE fluffy head. Just off white, cloudy, thick, and 4 fingers high. Golden amber in color, hazy, with good lacing.

S: Yeasty, with a nice spiciness to it. Almost a little bit of funk in there as well. Perhaps a little bit of strawberry, or golden raison in there as well.

T: That is quite a delicate flavor. Golden raisons and strawberries, a nice belgian yeast flavor as well. Sweet, with a little bit of toastiness. The alcohol is definitely in the finish, but it comes across as almost a wine type of alcohol.

M: Fairly thin, very dry, and quite active carbonation. This thing dances on your tongue.

D: Very tasty and enjoyable. Quite a nice beer.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Calandro's locally... I'd written a bit about MOA before during the World Cup, but never seen one available, so I was happy to pick it up and give it a try. At $7.99 for a bomber that's a pretty good price if it's a good beer.

I poured it into a Chimay goblet after letting it warm from fridge temps for a while. Unfortunately there's no good way to cellar beers in South Louisiana, so we make do.

It pours a typical tripel appearance. A hazy golden-amber color with a large frothy white head. Good looking beer.

The aroma is floral, with hints of caramel but the floral hop notes stand out.

The taste is more of the same... I wish more of the malt notes would come out but it's mostly floral hops and spices up front. There's a hint of caramel at the aftertaste that's really nice. Really there's just a bit of bitterness that throws the whole thing a little off. It's definitely an above average tripel, but not quite in the good to great range.

I'd definitely have another, but it's not going to rate as my favorite tripel.

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Photo of irishevans
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes. brought back from the brewery itself to Hilo, where I realized that I had to drink it ASAP as I had no access to a cellar or any kind of temp control, and in 80+ heat it would have killed this one before I could have sent it to "the beast" to store for me.

A-Light gold color with a thick foamy white head, and a continuous stream of bubbles spiraling up from the center of the bottom of the glass. laces, but real thin/weak.

N-Slightily sour with some fruity smells, and some straw notes as well, but not a very powerful scent at all.

T- Rather Spiced tasting. I pick up on corriander, ginger, and maybe a bit of cinnamon. there is some banana in there also. a bit of a nice hop presance, but largely a malt bomb.

M- Smooth and creamy, no real bite of any kind. and a bit thin

D-Easy and enjoyable , drinks almost like a session ale. wish I could have got this to the cellar in AK and seen how it did with a few years. oh well, maybe next trip to New Zealand (assuming I get to go back).

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Photo of GilGarp
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  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.

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Photo of femALEist
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of flexabull
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of lamarr04
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.85/5  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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of brendan13
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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