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

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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3116) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2011
Bottle in NZ. First beer on the trip and very happy. Typical dark lager. Sessionable and roasty. Nice beer

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluevegie (3053) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2008
Dark body which was ruby red deep with a light tan head. A little bit of milky coffee and soft chocolate on the aroma also burnt notes. Roasted grain taste, pleasant bitterness and this beer seems to grow on you.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 11, 2008
11-Mar-08 (12.7 oz bottle: Purchased 10-Feb-08 for $5.69 at City Beer in San Francisco, CA) This seems to be a rather fancy bottle (and a large price tag) for just a simple dark lager. Once the oversized cap is removed and the beer is poured, it smells rather chocolaty, lightly roasty, mildly sweet, but also a bit sour and perhaps showing a touch of acetaldehyde. Tasting the beer, the non-sweet chocolate and mild roast set the core flavors, but it is a bit sour as well, with hints of apple skins in the finish. Medium in weight from start to finish, but the medium-strong carbonation is a bit too forceful and there is a slight, roasty astringency in the finish. Dark ruby in color and fully clear, capped by a tall, fluffy, light-tan head that shows wonderful persistence, never losing a complete layer atop the beer. This beer seems to have some nice potential, but the perception of off-flavors is a distraction.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eructoblaster (3024) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 30, 2008
Bottle - 375ml. Cloudy dark amber body with average carbonation and a good beige foamy head. Nice malty/hoppy aroma with yeasty, citrusy and grainy hints. Its decent hoppy taste carries some roasty notes. Ends with a short bitter finish. That one is very hard to categorize as it looks and smells like a Dunkelweizen, but tastes like a Dark Lager or a Vienna. Interesting.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Light red-brown with a thin off white head. Aroma of caramel, light cocoa. Taste is burnt sugar, a bit paper, cocoa.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GRM (2992) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2009
Green bottle, 12,7 ounces, best before 4.06.10, via Luc Bourbonnière (merci Luc!), savoured on September 28 2009; eye: bronze, clear, no effervescence, nice beige head that falls and turns into a sheet, nice lacing; nose: roasted malt, toast, acridness; mouth: roasted malt, thin, watery, roasted malt, chocolate, short finale in roasted malt, medium body, good carbonation, lightly acrid, light acidity, lightly lactic; overall: ordinary FRANÇAIS Bouteille verte, 12,7 onces, meilleure avant 4.06.10, via Luc Bourbonnière (merci Luc!), savourée le 28 septembre 2009; œil : bronze, claire, pas d’effervescence, belle mousse beige qui tombe et se transforme en une couverture, bonne dentelle; nez : malt torréfié, pain rôti, âcreté; bouche : malt torréfié, mince, aqueuse, malt rôti, chocolat, finale courte en malt torréfié, corps moyen, bonne carbonatation, légèrement âcre, légère acidité, légèrement lactique; en résumé : ordinaire

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (2985) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2010
750 ml bottle
A mostly unexceptional lager this beer has the distinction of being the best of two new Zealand beers that I have tried in the past few years. I don’t know what that says about the country but it beats ticking off a bottle of Steinlager. At the price point though I will not be buying its companion any time soon.

Aroma / Appearance - The great surge of cream filled the glass like the inside of a custard doughnut. A gradient of deep brown to medium red finally emerged after it had some time to settle down. The aromas that escaped were par for the course - black cherry pits, malt base, blackberry jam, and caramel brownies (from a box rather than homemade). Hops are evident but do not go so far as to overpower the rest.

Flavor / Palate - Chocolate brownies which have been left too long in the oven fill the mouth with a mildly harsh taste. Gravelly transitions to a flat finish force me to rate this a bit lower. It is still very drinkable with some positive aspects. However I find myself wondering if time has not changed the nature of the beer since it was bottled halfway around the world. I can do better at several brewpubs around the area and guarantee a much fresher product.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Palidor19 (2949) - Brandon, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Unforuntally this beer has not much flavor, there is a little bit of toasted but the rest of beer highly carbonated and pretty bland for its style. its still drinkable.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2010
(12.7oz bottle thanks to ericandersnavy) Pours a dark brown, hazy, with beige head. Aromaof toast, light dark roasted grain, light hop and malt spice. Flavor is the same. Overall, not bad at all.

3.1
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 18/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Way too much fizz. Located this in Queenstown, NZ. Pretty rare, it seems. Very dry and pretty malty. Rich. Not to my liking b/c of all the excess carbonation!


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