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


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RATINGS: 226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Moa St Josephs is a classic Belgian Tripel. Strong spice, caramel and banana ester characters create complex flavours and aromas which are heightened by its extended bottle conditioning period. The combination of bittering hops, malt and candy sugars compliment the high alcohol content and integrate into a very approachable and drinkable Tripel.

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

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tombutlin (314) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 17, 2015
Very disappointing. I guess I’m not the target market, being a hop-head, but this was barely drinkable. Sickly sweet and caramel flavours with dominant alcohol. Tasted like Lion Red spiked with a double shot of cheap vodka. Looked great, but that’s all.

waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 24, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2016 500ml bottle poured cloudy yellow with a busy fruity spicy aroma tastes tangy fruit yeast malt a bit sweet a bit sour very nice

sinfull (1682) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Hazy golden with thin head. Floral , malty aroma with notes of grape, alcohol and bubblegum. Yeast , spices , fruits ... Looks like a good taste , but sweetness is overwhelming as for tripel.

Muzzahops (2) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 13, 2015 does not count
Nose banana, bubblegum, floral. colour pale, golden, minimal head. heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, medium body, slick feel, lively,

TedE (1363) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle into small tulip glass. Basic hop nose. Cloudy amber with lasting white head. Champagne carbonation. Smooth caramel taste. Finish is smoky/sour with alcohol notes. Raisins present. Not really my thing.

k0mpsa (2999) - Tuusula, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle. Hazy golden color, white head. Aroma is yeasty, sweet notes, raisins. Balanced sweet taste, very belgian, yeasty, sweet fruits.

Pumpkin87 (248) - - FEB 5, 2015
Pours cloudy orange-gold with small white that leaves nice lacing and skim. Aroma is tangy orange, wood, candy, spice. Taste follows with peppery clove notes bursting through the sweet fruit. There’s a bit of heat, but good brewing technique makes it seem organic from spices rather than a function of the alcohol. It’s a long way from Belgium, but this is a nice homage to the tripel style.

mcberko (18095) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 23, 2015
375mL bottle, pours a cloudy dirty orange with a small beige head. Nose brings out Belgian spices, Belgian yeast, and some light fruity esters. Flavour is on the sweeter side, with candied sugar, Belgian yeast, and smoky phenols. Not the most complex tripel, but certainly not bad. Decent.

closey22 (1993) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2015
Gold little rimming head ; aroma is sweet mild malty hit of medicine; Flava is sweet malt with cardboard woody notes and sharp tangy hints of alcohol; feels medium yet crisp sligt fizz; finishes dry but tangy and sweet malty notes

GlassBrass440 (321) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 13, 2015
Pours a hazy gold with bright white, semi-long lasting head. Aroma is all phenols and citrus. Starts with cloves then anise and finally orange zest. Flavor is of an intense phenolic yeastiness common to Belgian yeast strains. In the back is alcohol and more citrus along with some malty sweetness. Finishing almost candy sweet, it doesn’t beg you to take another sip. My sample is quite fresh. Id give this one a year in the bottle for the flavors to meld and soften around the edges.

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