Brewed by Moa Brewing Company
Style: Abbey Tripel
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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.

Tasting Notes
Moa St Josephs is a true abbey style tripel with strong clove and spice flavours apparent with a noticeable fruit ester profile. Smokey phenolic characters can be detected. The bitterness is designed to be complimentary rather than dominant. Moa St Josephs is a complex beer that has no added herbs or spices, and is best served at approximately 8˚C in a tulip glass.

Gold - Asia Beer Awards
Gold – NZ Brew Awards
Silver - Asia Beer Awards
Bronze – Australian Intl. Beer Awards
Bronze – Brew NZ Awards
Trophy – Brew NZ Awards for Packaging

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krumbum (500) - truckee, California, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Like the boxer on the box there is a thickness to this beer. Its brings you in as you search its cloudy deep glowing golden appearance. Keeping you there as you search for the aroma you would think would accompany this beer. A nice solid jab of Belgian yeast flavors, combined with a full mouth feel and a light zip burn across your tongue. KO .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4035) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 13, 2013
375ml bottle pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a finger and a half of white head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is light fruits with hints of yeast and spices. Taste is a spicy hop bitterness with a fruity and malty sweetness and a light dry yeasty finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fits the style nicely and recommended to try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Huhzubendah (2399) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2013
375ml bottle from WF, Durham. On the strength of two previous Moa beers, though I’d take a crack. Nice vigorous pour, a healthy bright orange with a jaunty foam cap. Fairly sweet nose, rich malts, pungent fruits, some candy, along with yeast and some drier notes. Seems to lack the quirkiness and complexity I’ve enjoyed in their other brews. That holds true more or less in the taste, which is solid (if still a bit sweet) but not especially distinctive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radagast83 (4409) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Magnum bottle thanks to noodleuser. Poured a golden-orange color with a wispy, white head. Flavor is solid malts, notes of sweetness. Some peppery notes. Drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
GT2 (8160) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
1.5L thanks to noodleuser. Clear golden pour, weaker white foam. Nose is a bit vegetal, sugar cube, fumey alcohol. Taste is quite dusty, very grainy, chalky. Papery finish. Some stale grain character throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Magnum courtesy of noodleuser, thanks! Clear golden color, small white head. Aroma of lightly peppered straw. Taste is bitter hay, white pepper.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
lisagirl (262) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2013
sugar and spice do not make all things nice. along with that there’s a bit of banana yeast, otherwise alcoholic water predominates in a rather un pleasant way. aroma of alcohol, sugar and yeast seems a bit nicer. horribly thin underneath the flavour as well. not the worst, but not good at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2013
12oz bottle. Large off-white head atop murky apple cider body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cotton candy, cantaloupe, some orange, banana, spice, light alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, Belgian yeast, straw, berry/cantaloupe, light alcohol, orange. Effervescent medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2129) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2013
December 2011. From a corked bottle. Pours amber/orange with a white head. Aroma of dried fruits, caramel, spice with a long finish. Good beer even thogh this is not your traditional trippel.

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