Brewed by Moa Brewing Company
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Marlborough, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap


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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Moa Ten Year Beer is a cherry lambic made in a uniquely traditional Belgium style. It is fermented as a tripel then poured into French oak puncheons with Marlborough cherries stuffed in the barrel. Wild yeast is added and it is left to slowly ferment and age over 10 months. The end product pours strawberry golden and has powerful aromas of cherries and dried herbs. The oak and cherries integrate over time and the base characters of banana and butterscotch are evident at the end of the palate. Moa Ten Year Beer is not as sour as traditional lambics and this complex style benefits from ten years of cellar aging.

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Pdubyah (791) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 6, 2013
2012 Vintage. Sourness is a little artificial in this and everything happens up front, not a lot of carry or length. A real ballsy effort from the brewer, and not a difficult beer to drink

madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2013
6th June 2013
Craft Clerkenwell. Martin T tasting. Hazy amber beer, little white head. Light and softish palate. Semi dry. Little cherry and a whisper of marzipan. Touch of lactose. Light dry finish. A mellow sour beer that hangs together well.

MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Earthy yeast and dusty, sour cherries whirl about in this dry, unfocused Wild Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the muddy amber.
-The mouthfeel is quite bubbly, but also overly yeast and rough.
-The cherry flavour is not bright enough to be engaging.
-This is not complex enough for its high level of intensity and not easygoing enough to be quenching.


jackl (8423) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle shared at Craft. Deep gold pour with a small head. The nose is tart fruits, plum pear jam. The taste is earthy sweetness. Light tang. Orange peel and more plum. Medium body, fine carbonation. Overall, solid.

Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2013
750 ml bottle
My contribution to the CBC tasting, besides a couple of bottles of various New Glarus Unpluggeds, was this sour which I found on the shelves of the National Brewery Centre in Burton. Not knowing much about it I decided to pick it up. Overall the result is a respectable sour though one that maybe needs more time to settle.

Aroma / Appearance - The cloudy pour was likely a result of minor agitation. Messy and murky it smelled of cherry pie poured into a decanter. Somehow it straddles the line between sweet and sour almost perfectly as it alternates back and forth.

Flavor / Palate - Chocolate, caramel, and warm cherry pie trade places in a busy presentation of sweet textures. The sour finish begins fairly mildly but builds over time. While not as sour as a traditional lambic it at least has more kick than the saccharine offerings of Lindemans. For what it cost this was a good find from an offbeat corner of the brewing world.

Theydon_Bois (20616) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2013
Bottle at the Martin T tasting, CBC, 06/0613 - big thanks to Brigadier Nathan for this rare bird. Murky dark amber with reddish hues. Nose is tarte cherry, sour berry fruits, musty wood, grandads shed. Taste comprises light cherry sours, touch of sugar, subtle balsams, funk, oaky wood. Medium bodied with bite, tarte fruity finish, light booze. A decent sour, the booze is expertly hidden.

maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2013
Bottle at ratebeer tasting at CBC. Pours red-brown with a small off white head. Nose is light funk, big tarty cherries and some wood. Taste shows light tart and cherries, slightly wood and bready. Quite one dimensional and very easy going. Not bad

Leighton (22304) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2013
Bottle shared at CBC Clerkenwell - London. Thanks to Nathan, I believe. Pours cloudy, dark gold with a fine, white cream head. Jammy berry nose, some sweat. Medium sweet flavor, further sweaty and tangy berries. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish with more jammy fruits, moderate tang, sweat, light vinegar, berry fruits. A decent sour overall.

skortila (5985) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2012
Bottled, 75cl. Brought from NZ. The aroma is quite fruity, red fruits, dome citrus, wine. Hazy, yellow-oange coloured beer with a thin, white head. The taste is slightly sour, bit tart. Some malty sweetness, lots of fruits. Quite full, powerfull. High ABV quite well hidden. Good brew.

thewolf (12800) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2012
Bottle. [thanks skortila]
Pours murky dark yellow with a small, creamy, white film head. Aroma has good raspberry, light vinious, caramel. Some sweetness behind the tartness. Medium carbonation, fat and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is elegant, some caramel sweetness, cherries, quite harsh and warming. A bit brash.

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