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Brewed by Moa Brewing Company
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Moa Noir is a traditionally brewed European style dark lager with an abundance of distinct aromas and flavours. Chocolate and richly roasted coffee beans dominate the senses with a full flavoured palate, giving Moa Noir a long smooth finish. A perfect beer for the changing of seasons.

Tasting Notes
Moa Noir is a European style dark lager / Munchner Dunkel. It is a dark brown beer with hues of red and a characteristic strong white foam. Malt dominates with chocolate, coffee and biscuit flavours apparent. Bitterness is low to emphasise malt flavours. Subtle bitterness rounds out the after taste and mouth feel. Hop aroma is minimal. Moa Noir is best served at approximately 6˚C in a pilsner glass.

Awards
Silver – Brew NZ Awards
Bronze – Brew NZ Awards


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
highlandlad (1418) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2007
The weak link in the current Moa line-up IMO. Perfectly drinkable but I’m not sure the brewing technique flatters the style. The result seemed to me to be too fizzy and thin in the limb to be truly enjoyable. Too sweet and a bit ’clean’. Teak-black with a head that could have flown to NZ and back in the time it took to settle. Milky Milo aromas with minimal roastiness. Spritzy mouthfeel - bit nagging. Sweet choc malt flavours.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stew41 (1753) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2007
Geez, I might know buggar all here (in fact probably do) but I thought this beer drank a little bit better that all the previous ratings would suggest. Medium chocolate brown, a touch murky, and a faint lightening at the rim. Mild milk chocolate and roast aromas are well balanced. Flavours are quite understated, perhaps due to the high fizz which dumbs the beer down somewhat. Some chocolate lurks in the back palate but the roast really dries out, almost to the point of being a bit astrigent and tinny. Ok but not great, and not really in the class of the other beers from the house.

1.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
eczematic (1320) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAR 15, 2007
A big disappointment. dark brown with quite a bit of thick black sediment (don’t know how good they are at disgorging at this place?!) and with a brief volcanic eruption of off white head. aroma assaults you with acetaldehyde - along with the chocolate malt this puts me in the mind of outback black opal. in the mouth extremely dry and quick with nothing more than a thin roastiness, finishing with yeast and green apple. astringent, fizzy, thin and a totally unnecessary addition to the brewing world - a big let down from the other two.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimthechap (1788) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 4, 2007
A beer I would go back for were it not for the price. A perfectly amiable dark lager but not really of the Kostritzer standard. It just needed an extra shot of maltiness to compete. In saying that though, it keeps good company with the other beers in the Moa range.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2006
After the very good blanc I looked forward to this with a great deal of anticipation. It presents well in the glass with a good brown hue and fluffy head. Definite malty and toffee tones in the nose and subtle chocolate maltiness in the mouthfeel as well. The gas levels are a bit high and this causes a bit of astringency on the palate. A good beer but like some I was a little underwhelmed.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pickled (47) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 8, 2006
A fairly nice drop. I got my 330ml bottle from Rumbles - it was the last one there. It smelt of caramel to me. I think I may have served it a bit cold as there wasn’t much head but I did like the colour and taste. I found it creamy and pleasantly soft in the mouth. Wifey agreed with me that it was better than the Herold Bohemian Black Lager that we tried at the same time and that it was really too expensive to go back to in a hurry.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 28, 2006
Dark black in colour with huge toffe coloured head. Chocolate flavours. Had big expectations but was let down.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2006
Tasted 26/04/2006. 330ml mini champagne-style bottle, shared with Jono, at the Cellar-Vate April tasting. Dark brown, woody murkiness, with creamy light-tan head and effervescent carbonation. Very mild nose of chocolate and spice. Brendon gets a yeasty note, perhaps a little under-conditioned. Slightly overcarbonated in the mouth to show through all it’s flavour, could be worth letting this one breath before sampling. What is there, in keeping with the nose, is a mild chocolate note and pepperiness. Carbonic and slightly watery. Certainly deserves another look, though at the price they are selling this I think it will be more suited to Air NZ Business Class than the average bottle store punter. Has potential, I think, but needs some work.


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