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

bottled
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available

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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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.

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.

Awards
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


3fourths' rating

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012 bottle-conditioned 375ml. opaque golden amber body with a tall-building foamy off-white head; gorgeous appearance. lush nose of sweetened baked grains and buttered toast with neutral dish soap / floral esters, apples, and candy sugar with lighter touches of cracked peppercorns and barely a trace of ethanol. creamy and rich, high bodied and sweet but with ample hop bitterness and quaffable acid, especially up front. turns sweeter and chewier in the finish, which coats the mouth with browned banana esters and neutral ethanol and phenol spiciness. turns a bit too chewy and sweet and banana-dominant as it opens up, becoming more unidimensional, but the creamy body and mild pepper phenols are enjoyable enough to save it. very near authentic; give this to me blind and I might say it’s straight out of the low countries.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RumRunner101 (751) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2014
Hazy golden pour. Big clove and spice aroma, dry toast. Spicey, some alcohol heat, dry. Fine trippel, but still not crazy about the style.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2014
2014-07-08. Hazy dark yellow body head. 3+ Aroma is mild but pleasantly fruity. 6+ Flavour is fruity, very lightly bitter. Smooth average bodied palate, soft carbonation. 3+ Quaffable but mild. Triple, really? Bottle, Tasting at cgarvieuk’s, Edinburgh

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (1735) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours hazy golden, nose is light fruit, caramel, taste is dry, rich caramel, light fruit.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BenH (2200) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle. Golden with white head. Aroma of pis, little spew, honey, grains. Taste of honey, grain, biscuit, piss. Little sweet and tangy with a slightly hot finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (14082) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 8, 2014
bottle at home ... golden white ... soft sweet fruits...light candi fruits ... soft zezty fruit nose ... juicy fruits ... soft sweet fruits ... oily fruits ... soft sweet fruits ... very sweet but nice

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dervock (443) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle - pours murky orange with small loose white head. Orange, fruit and hint of spice. Dry across the palte, bit of heat from the alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (439) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 14, 2014
One of the better Moa brews in my opinion. Nicely balanced and hides it’s strength well. Missing only a little of the complexity of the benchmark Belgians.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokephibroke (287) - Mead, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Cloudy ruby / amber pour with a rich tan head. Aroma of yeast and spice; clove and coriander. Flavor of pepper and cloves. Bitter linger with some dried fruits.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (606) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 4, 2014
Aroma is clove, beligian yeast and candy sugars. Taste is dark fruits and candy sugars. Finishes with a tangy bitterness. Appearance is a murky orange with a frothy head that retains well

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (7020) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2014
Corked and caged green bottle. It is apretty standard tripel, spcie notes, price point of course way too high.


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