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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fatehunter (1178) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2013
One finger of head on a hazy, medium straw colored body. The aroma is bright with lemon and grapefruit with some dry grain. The taste is disjointed at the beginning then moves to lemon bitterness, alcohol heat and grain. The texture is crisp with a little fizz. An enjoyable ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (1573) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Disappointingly small head. (That’s what she said!) Tasty but nowhere near as complex as the best tripels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (1777) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Slightly hazy orange amber with a rocky head and a lace curtain. The taste is malt, toffee, candied citrus, and waffles, growning through the palate to a fizzy lightly bittered alcohol finish. A solid brew, perhaps not strong enough to match the abv, but good for sipping none the less. Recommended.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rickyleepotts (98) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2013
This is not a traditional tripel. I have not been impressed with anything from this brewing company, and I hope the final wine barrel aged bottle does me good. This one is light, crisp, and does not taste like a tripel. It is, as it warms up, adding more complexity... but this is nothing to write home about. There are some nice floral aromas going on toward the back of the palate, but I expect a tripel to be a little more thick and have a better mouthfeel. Too many bubbles here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (1943) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle. Thanks to Wombata for bringing this from NZ. From notes. Aroma is light and floral and estery with some sugar. Initial flavors of peaches and pear drops / Mid has more peach, some spice, and burnt sugar / Final includes caramel, chocolate, and bitter coffee. Good stuff

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1517) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Bottle in a chalice at Eulogy. Amber with a slim lasting foamy head. Sweet caramel amber fruits with a bitter hop balance. Apricot ears. Peach pits. Bit grassy. Vanilla beans. Lemon grass. Tangerine pith. Decent palate. Full and fruity trippel with a nice dry edge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6318) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Bottle shared by oRos. Pours cloudy blonde with a modest white head and an acetone-tinged fruit aroma. There is a hearty caramel malt and candi sugar flavor with a chocolate aftertaste. Less fruity than a typical Belgian tripel, yet pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1047) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Bottle from Beercraft. Color pours golden with white head. Aroma is skunky. Taste is sweet with slight banana yeast. There is a weird slight chocolate aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (3930) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Not too pricey bottle from whole paycheck in chapel hill. Poured into a Rochefort chalice so of course it looks beautiful. Kind of a cloudy orange with a thick foamy white head. Nose is sweet, fruity and tangy. Notes of dried fruits, almonds, plums, dates, and raisins. Smells like an authentic Belgian Abbey Ale. Can smell the heat a bit too though the complex fruity yeasty notes do well to mask this. Flavor is similarly rich and sweet at first, but thins out some in the middle/finish leaving a slightly watery aftertaste. Tastes kinda like a richer tripel/BSA that has been watered down a bit. A bit of guava and figgy notes linger on the palate. Moa continues to impress even if this one wasn’t really "my style."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AxlLives (286) - Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Tap - pours golden yellow, kind of cloudy, nice fluffy white head with good retention. Big aromas of bubblegum, spice, esters, clove, and Belgian yeast. Taste is nice and fruity with a touch of doughy malt at the finish. Good fruit. Medium to lighter bodied, very drinkable. Good brew.

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