Novare Res Bier Café | Portland, Maine
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Novare Res Bier Café
World Class based on 84 ratings
Type: Bar

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

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

Mayor: tom10101 (2) | Taps: 25 | Bottles: 300

Novare Res Bier Café

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Beer Available At Novare Res Bier Café (arranged by most recent)
Liquid Riot Lumber Smack , Beachwood / De Molen De Molen With the Homies 84, Spencer Trappist Ale 95, Oxbow / Coppertail Grizacca 97, Bissell Brothers The Substance Ale 99, Allagash Currant Affair 96, Weißenoher green MONKey Hersbrucker 68, Bunker / Stillwater Acura Daze Gose , Maine Mead Works HoneyMaker Ram Island Lavender Lemonade 76, Bantam Rojo , Cantillon Cuvée Florian 100, HaandBryggeriet Haandbakk 98, BFM √225 Saison 99, Dieu du Ciel Solstice d’Été aux Framboises 99, 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
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84 reviews for Novare Res Bier Café
 Ambiance  87%
 Service  79%
 Selection  89%
 Food  75%
 Value  74%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 3/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
jrallen34  (457) 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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
reggiedunlop  (164) The dub c, Pennsylvania | October 5, 2012
Very cool Belgian bar with a warm atmosphere. Great service (bartenders were Russel and a cute blond girl). Small menu of some specialties, paninis, meat and cheese panini was excellent! Beer selection is pretty amazing...lots of great bottles and tough to find stuff, great mix of import and local drafts. Very fair prices. Id go back every time in portland.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy  (580) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 14/20
radarsock  (58) Massachusetts | July 29, 2012| Updated August 3, 2012
I had visited over the weekend and although I liked many things about Novare, I was mostly unimpressed. First, I tried ordering a beer from a guy I believed was busy pouring behind the bar. He told me he wasn’t a bartender and said to wait for one to show up as he tended to a table nearby. I went over to the other section of the bar and awaited to be served. A woman asked what I wanted and I straightaway ordered a Yakuza as it seemed like the only fairly decent beer on-tap at the moment that I hadn’t tried. When she had come back with my beer, I requested for a beer menu and she fetched it for me right away. I asked if I could have the Brooklyn Maple Porter after scanning the menu. She said the "beer cave", or something similar, has those special bottles and that it doesn’t open until 8 PM. It was almost 5 PM so needless to say I was frustrated by this. I tried ordering another beer on the menu, only for the same bartender to give me the same answer, that the beer cave which is located on their patio, serves it and that it hasn’t opened yet. It didn’t frustrate me that they had a beer cave which wasn’t open to the public for three hours, that served the beer that I wanted. What frustrated me was they hadn’t listed which beers were available at the bar and which beers weren’t. Perhaps I would’ve had a better time if I went back at 8, but I didn’t really enjoy staying in Portland, even under four hours, so I left right after my beer.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
Chaddah  (11) , | July 29, 2012
I like this place. Friendly knowledgeable staff. Excellent beer selection, Bottles and on Tap. Haven’t eaten much here so i can say much about the food. Worth stopping in.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
HeadyDE  (64) Delaware | July 27, 2012
Stopped here recently while in Portland. Basement type setting with two separate bar areas. Draft list was very impressive, one of the best I have seen, excellent mix of imports and quality USA offerings. Had logo glassware to match most beers. Didn’t eat at all, but most people seemed to be enjoying their food. Outdoor patio is very large and had a beer garden feel. Beer cellar had a ton of offerings, but they didn’t have a few of these that patrons were ordering at the bar. Not a big deal since the draft list was world class. Overall, I left very impressed..
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
josarah  (107) Hinesburg, Vermont | July 27, 2012
God, how I love this place. I always stop when in Portland. Every walk of life patronizes this place. Beer list is always killer, cheese and cured meat selection is killer. Laid back, special events all of the time. This is one of those must visit spots.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
Comrock12  (4) Maynard, Massachusetts | June 3, 2012
Follow the monk down an alley in Portland, and you may end up in this delightfully dingy beer hall. Limited but delicious food menu compliments a top notch selection of both local and distant brews, with a strong affection for Belgian beers. The crowd was a mix of students beer geeks, and the staff very friendly. I sat by the local taps at the end of the bar, enjoyed a Vietnamese inspired Bahn Mi sandwich and a selection of beers from the local area including Rising Tide and Maine Brewing. Novare Res Bier Cafe is easily one of my top 10 beer bars in the country!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
GT2  (637) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Lukaduke  (62) Portland, Maine | May 8, 2012
One of the few bars that get me out of my apartment on a somewhat regular basis. Good atmosphere if its not prime "bar" hours but usually can find a corner to sit and relax with some splendid ever changing selection ! Haven’t eaten too much there but the charcuterie selections are always good company for the beers. Huge beer menu with and ever changing draught list that they update daily on their website... I troll the draught list and stop in when there is something special I cant grab elsewhere and bring home. Every time I go there I tend to spend too much money but thats not really their fault !

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