Novare Res Bier Café | Portland, Maine
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Novare Res Bier Café
World Class based on 79 ratings
Type: Bar

4 Canal Plaza
Portland, Maine United States 04101 [ print map ]
207 761 2437

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Hours: Mon - Thurs 4-1; Fri 3-1; Sat & Sun 12-1


Mayor: 50belair (3) | Taps: 25 | Bottles: 300


Novare Res Bier Café

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Beer Available At Novare Res Bier Café (arranged by most recent)
Rising Tide Entrepôt [printemps] , Upright Seven (#7) 97, Banded Horn Bineary DIPA , Off Color / Three Floyds Rats in the Ashes 80, Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier 100, Foundation Eddy , De Dolle Extra Export Stout 98, Ölvisholt Skaði 78, Against the Grain Who Shvarted? , Martini Winterbier 29, Victory Oak Horizontal 99, Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel-aged Project: No. 1 Jenever 77, Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon Fourth Edition 100, Emelisse Innovation Serie: Smoked Coffee Porter 74, Founders Boyl’Rmayk’R 81, Crooked Stave Vieille Artisanal 99, Weißenoher Eucharius Märzen 58, Allagash Black 98, Hofstettner Heller Bock Saphir 92, Smuttynose Short Batch #15- Rye IPA 94
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79 reviews for Novare Res Bier Café
 Ambiance  87%
 Service  80%
 Selection  89%
 Food  75%
 Value  74%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  97%
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84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 18/20
Travlr  (1459) Washington, Washington DC | August 4, 2013
Visited during the Twelve Percent and Shelton Bros fest, and Urbain took us backstage to the bwers area. Free food and free beer, can’t beat that. It was a bit odd for staff to almost snatch the beers out of our hands at closing time, but that was the only minor quibble in an otherwise great visit. Tap and bottle lists were very solid, great atmosphere.
76
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog  (699) Hampton, Virginia | August 25, 2011
This is a cool little basement beer bar, nestled away in a corner of Portland. We sat on the sprawling outdoor deck and adored the draft list, choosing a couple of the wide array of big beers from the region (the list also included a raucous lineup of European and other American liver-killers). We sampled a cheese plate (well done) and enjoyed a nice summer evening. Only hit on the place was the somewhat over-taxed and slightly snooty server; but still my favorite beer stop in Portland.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2  (624) Hanover, Maryland | June 24, 2013
This is a nice beer location just off the main Portland harbor front with a nice selection of beers, and open arms for the brewer’s reception following The Festival.
96
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
NachlamSie  (575) Denver, Colorado | August 1, 2013
This place is legit. Ambiance is cave like inside with stone and wood everywhere while the outside has a cool deck with a small stand with 4 more tap choices. The beer selection is top notch. I had some Fastenbier, which is always a nice, rare find. Regionals, locals, Lambics, rare stuff, etc. are available and everything into brand-appropriate glassware. The food menu looks great but I didn’t get to eat here. If you’re in Portland, just go here.
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
GT2  (567) San Diego County , California | May 28, 2012
Super cool place. Amazing ambiance. Outdoor patio seating, darker, posh interior. Crazy tap list- definitely in the top top. This was one of the super bars picked by Cantillon to host Zwanze Day 2011. Bottle list is enormous. Tap list is updated online. There is food but I’ve only gotten cheese/cracker/sausage plates to pair with the beer. The Trappist in Oakland is very similar to this place. Excellent.
72
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy  (538) Toronto, Ontario | August 16, 2012
A classy restaurant with a large patio. Pretty pretty good cellar list and decent tap list, with correct poured temperature and over a large bar. Hard to find, we circled one way streets a few times until I found a tourist map with the clue on how to enter by foot. A number of weird and ordinary people here, they make up a good part of the city but in the end they are harmless.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT  (521) Montreal, Quebec | July 20, 2009
This beer bar may be a tad expensive, but have you looked at what they have on tap? They are in Maine, yet they had Struise Tsjeeses, Allagash specials (My Brother Daryl and My Other Brother Daryl), Cantillon Iris, one Marshall Wharf strong ale, plus a dozen other great Belgian selections and hundreds of well chosen Belgian and American bottles. When all else there is in town is Sebago and Gritty’s, this stands out as being absolutely satisfying. The terrace is large and secluded (no noise from the street), surrounded by the brick apartment building and laden with Allagash oak barrels. Service was friendly and knowledgeable and the interior rooms appeared very comfortable and convivial. What more can you ask for in a New England beer bar? This bar has a pretty similar tap selection to Ebenezer’s, and a similar bottle list too. Of course, Chris doesn’t work here, so you don’t have access to his amazing cellar. But I can’t really complain when all these quality brews can be had on their wonderful terrace.
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
Lubiere  (448) Ottawa, Ontario | April 11, 2010
A fantastic place, situated in this old turn of the century building, cellar like. An excellent selection of taps and bottles. For food, good selection of cheeses, meats, and other snacks, 3 to 4$ per serving, accompanied with good bread. Service is super friendly. I msut come back.
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp  (423) Montreal, Quebec | October 13, 2009
Located in the heart of the lively Portland but the place can be a little hard to find. There’s a board on the sidewalk but the pub is not directly on the street. This is truly a beautiful pub with the brick and wood interior and a nice large patio. Medium size and with a little medieval feel to it. Beer selection is simply crazy. This pub goes beyond what’s “supposed” to be available in Maine. 25 taps and not a single turkey. You won’t find Shipyard and other so-so brewery on tap here. About half imports (mostly Belgian) and half American. You are almost certain to find a rarity on tap, for instance I had a pint of Smuttynose Brett and I. Also plenty of timeless classics that we don’t get often enough on tap (Cantillon, etc.). Bottle selection is also very impressive if you don’t mind paying $80 for a Hommage or $60 for a 50ºN-4ºE. Service is beyond knowledgeable, the two dudes that took care of me were both beer geeks. Eclectic music at low-medium level, jazz and stuff, no pop music here. Food is mostly snacks. I had a sandwich and it was good. They have a nice cheese selection. But for a real Meal Novare Res is not the place. And that’s ok with me since the place remains a true pub with a true pub atmosphere. The beer is a little more $ than elsewhere but you get what you pay for. Simply put, one of my favourite beer bar ever.
66
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 3/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
jrallen34  (415) Chicago, Illinois | October 7, 2012
Huge expectations, but in the end didn’t live up to them. Very cool location, love the beer garden, decor inside a bit boring. Service was too busy to be helpful or personable, had 3 different servers in roughly 2 hours. The draft list gets a big do-over. Half the list was Sierra Nevada due to an event the night before. A couple nice locals, but I feel like I missed out big time. Bottle list was great, Cantillon available, decent pricing. A nice touch was the beer program for ticking specific beers. Food was supremely disappointing. Gross pate, and horrendous sausage. Did have some outstanding rosemary ham. Not a destination bar as I was lead to believe. If in town check it out, but not our of your way.

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