St Josephs Belgian Tripel – Moa Brewing (Marlborough, New Zealand)


  • My Rating: C+

St Josephs Belgian Tripel – Moa Brewing, 9.5% ABV – 375ml, (Marlborough, New Zealand)

On the front-side label:

“Bottle fermented & Conditioned.

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. ”

  • Style: (Belgian-style) Tripel
  • Taste: Citrusy sweet acidic tangy sour light floral malts
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 375ml., July 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours cloudy pale golden orange with suspended floaties, disappointingly no head upon popping the cork, almost no activity, and very thin ringed retention

Nose: very faint chamomile malts, with just a hint of fishiness (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: almost flat, incoming sourness

Mid-palate: (lvl-7)-fruity citrusy sweetness, champagne vinegar medium sourness, (MAIN) lemon citrus malts, hints of florals + grapefruit

Finish: curd-like residual sweetness, subtle soft mild bitter hopped finish.

Summary: The flavour profile is quite unique and good for a Belgian-style tripel – Balanced citrus with subtle florals and a spot-on sweetness. It’s a shame that it’s vastly undercarbonated – it drinks almost flat with zero crispness.