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


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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (3948) - 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 (287) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (3630) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Stinky yeasty aroma. Rich, clear golden color with a little white head. But it is pure white. The flavor is full, yeasty, bitter, and refreshing. Gummy, bitter, apple mineral. Light on the palate but you can feel a.small burn after.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rougeau13 (1987) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Slightly hazed golden with a huge creamy off white head. Aroma of bread, yeast, bubblegum, and white wine. Taste is a little sharp; sweet and boozy. Medium body with a little kick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7826) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Large bottle from Capone’s. Pours turbid golden with white clingy head. Nose is funky yeasty esters, hopcitrus, tropical fruit. Tastes complex, with notes of yeasty funky esters, dry floral hops, and some floral finishing notes. This one is very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (832) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Aroma of coriander and yeast. Perfect gold with a two-finger foam. Nice biscuit malt flavor is dominate with some yeast, cinnamon, herb and hop characteristics. Alcohol and burnt sugar is recognized on the finish. Overall, pretty good. Well rounded with a nice body but nothing spectacular stands out for me. I’d give this an A- rating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixonian (1561) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle. Dull golden body with a white head. Aromas of Belgian yeast, sweet grains, light fruit. Bready malt, spices, slight sweetness on the flavor. ABV very well hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4212) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2012
The aroma is malty, yeasty, and spicy with grass, earth, funk, and fruit. The appearance is cloudy deep gold with an orange hue. The head is small. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a neat interpretation of the style but it’s just a train wreck of elements.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
legion242 (2170) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Poured a slightly hazy yellow with a decent head. Nose was faint and the flvours were also quite faint. Other then not tasting 9.5%, this was a pedestrian effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Horrible all black label with tiny "St Joseph’s" in red but the beer inside is a complex tripel by way of New Zealand. Pours a medium yellow color. Really nice spice and vanilla aroma that follows into the slightly viscous and alcohol heavy taste. Some citrus notes in here as well. Getting some serious Belgian yeast notes too.

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