Novare Res Bier Café | Portland, Maine
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Novare Res Bier Café
World Class based on 80 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)
Le Trou du Diable Saison du Tracteur 98, De Dolle Oerbier 99, Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel 100, Rising Tide Entrepôt [printemps] , Upright Seven (#7) 97, Banded Horn Bineary DIPA , Off Color / Three Floyds Rats in the Ashes 82, Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier 100, Foundation Eddy , De Dolle Extra Export Stout 98, Ölvisholt Skaði 85, Against the Grain Who Shvarted? , Martini Winterbier 29, Victory Oak Horizontal 99, Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel-aged Project: No. 1 Jenever 78, 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
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80 reviews for Novare Res Bier Café
 Ambiance  87%
 Service  79%
 Selection  89%
 Food  74%
 Value  74%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  97%
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98
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 20/20
Vandet  (3) Maine | December 8, 2013
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82
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314  (26) Connecticut | November 30, 2013
Place with great beer selection that is second to none. The place is an odd basement between buildings. The service did the best they could with how crowded it was. We got a plate to snack on that was nice with build your own cheese and meat plate. Go here for good beer but not really a great hangout place.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Pivoyager  (83) Gaithersburg, Maryland | November 14, 2013
Off hectic Exchange Street, through an iron gate beneath a Key Bank sign, and comfortably hidden away from the tourists and bustle of the Old Port, in a quiet courtyard-parking lot, the ardent beer lover will find himself (or herself) here at this paean to the Belgian café. It is a must when in town. Upon entering the dim and intimate brick-wood interior, there are two choices: turn left into a separate lounge area furnished with black comfy chairs; or remain in the bar area with several communal tables and two bars: a moderately-sized one that dominates the room, or the very small one at the far right (adjacent to the kitchen). All of this surrounded by beer paraphernalia galore. Think of it as being in the basement of the Beer God. My visit occurred during the recent Portland Beer Week and on tap (7 drafts) was one of the city’s newer brewers, Rising Tide. Of course, Novare Res, which is Latin for “Start a Revolution,” specializes in area crafts, so there were many other locals available to quench; such as four taps from Sebago, seven from Allagash and several from Maine’s Marshall Wharf. This being a Belgian café, they also had about ten draft Belgians and a massive spiral-bound list of international bottles. The menu was eclectic but limited. My chicken curry wrap was tasty. The service excelled in every way with the attentive servers being efficient and well versed in beer, and the crafts poured at the correct temperature in the appropriate glassware. Novare Res is family-owned, so this must be one reason. This place is simply one great place to hang out, quaff superb beers and to experience a seriously pleasant evening. No wonder Beer Advocate rates it as World Class. Start the revolution without me; I’ll be at Novare Res!
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow  (123) Ottawa, Ontario | September 25, 2013
This was an odd place. When you walk in it seems like a basement bar yet its huge and seems to go on for ever. Divey type decor but good Belgian and local selection, food is not that great but fills you up. staff know their beer and the lack of pretention is quite nice.
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
solidfunk  (174) Washington D.C., Washington DC | September 16, 2013
Another wonderful place in Maine. I intended on walking around Portland and exploring but spent way too much time in this bar trying the beers. Great imported Belgian tap list with some good locals to boot. Great service as well. A close second only to Ebenezer’s in the state.
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
noradeirdre  (16) New Orleans, Louisiana | September 15, 2013
This place is amazing. I love the atmosphere, the selection, the lack of pretentiousness.
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
50belair  (146) Florida | September 5, 2013
A little difficult to find, but well worth it. A comfortable outdoor area leads to a cavernous old world style beer bar. Good food, nice tap and bottle selection. Good music and service. A must if your in the Portland area.
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
pecostulsa  (7) Tulsa, Oklahoma | August 23, 2013
Doesn't get much better than this place. Great selection, good food, and great atmosphere.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba  (142) Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland | August 11, 2013
Great beer bar with the vibe of an old, Belgian bar. Service was good, but the place wasn’t crowded at the time and I assume that’s not always the case. Tap selection was great with plenty of rare kegs. Bottle selection was equally impressive with pages and pages of bottles organized by style. Great place overall.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 18/20
Travlr  (1516) 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.

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