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Moa Noir - Moa Brewing Company

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/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.

(Beer added by: vancurly on 03-23-2007)
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

wrightst, Sep 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

deg, Sep 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

ambruns1979, Aug 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

ygtbsm94, Jul 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Rwalford74, Jun 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Latarnik, May 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

ChicagoNick, Apr 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

ImFlyerThanYou, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

how they call this thing a black lager i dont understand, i mean, while that might be true of this, it is certainly a whole lot more than that, and to call it that is a major understatement. more than dark malt and lager yeast i taste blackberries, fresh and sweet and almost jammy. if thats achieved with grain alone, then hats off to you moa! the feel is also different for the declared style, robust in both body and carbonation, perhaps a product of the bottle fermentation. i am sick of hearing people bash these beers and watching them sit on shelves, they are splendid, especially for the price, and while i dont love this as much as their breakfast, i think it speaks volumes about quality and uniqueness of this brewing culture. where to the berries come from, and all the body while still being low alcohol? all these bubbles make it sing like an ale, yet refresh like the stated lager. i am confused but happily surprised by this. really well made beer that stands out from the crowd. making something complex out of something simple isnt always good, but in this case its stupendous.

StonedTrippin, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Vanz
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Vanz, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750ml, silver foil capped, caged and corked Burgundian bottle. Apparently only available at the local liquor store monopoly chain, and another of those offerings where, if you don't have a corkscrew handy, you are SOL. I blame the importer here.

This beer pours a mildly hazy, dark ruddy brown colour, with four (and counting) fingers of broadly puffy, lazily foamy, and mostly fizzy beige head, which leaves some random sudsy splattered lace around the glass as things slowly subside.

It smells of sweet, sugary in a Christmas cake manner sense, caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa, faint coffee, a bit of yeasty wheat graininess, bubblegum candy, and musty, earthy hops. The taste is grainy pale and caramel malt, an overly sweet drupe and black fruitiness, somewhat acrid yeast, an independent ashy char, and more earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is the story here, with a tightly frothy, palate-abusing fizziness, one acceptable in very few styles, and honey, this sure as hell ain't one of 'em, the body medium-light in weight, and way too tacky from the swirling effervescence to be considered all that smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the caramel malt going bready, the free-radical sugars evaporating, and the yeast just hanging out like it owns the place.

Brown lager, Euro dark lager, whatevs - this sort of beer is already borderline in terms of lack of sexiness - so applying a yeasty, overly carbonated bottle treatment is hardly the cure, lads. All it does is transfer the focus of banality, a little like re-arranging lifeboats on the Titanic. Not worth the 10 bones this goes for around here, that much is certain.

biboergosum, Oct 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

AudioGilz, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of doktorhops
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Last in the "3 for" Moa deal is the Noir, which is my favourite genre... of film. Dark beers themselves rate quite highly for me, especially in the winter months when their bold coffee flavours and brandy characteristics warm the belly and compliment a hearty stew.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Champagne fizz is quite noticeable as in the other two. Body presents a clear dark chocolate colour, not as strong as in a Guinness but getting there. The head is a centimetre tall, khaki and resolute.

S: Dark chocolate is the predominant aroma, followed by; roasted coffee beans, a hint of vanilla and a roasted barley malt base. Hints of molasses are also noted.

T: Has a nice earthy cacao taste upfront, mid palate it is very much coffee, chocolate and roasted barley, which then leads to a bitter-sweet (with that molasses hint) finish. The earthiness of this brew lends a rough/raw flavour to the mix that makes it more interesting than it should otherwise be. There is dryness in the finish similar to an Irish Stout.

M: Mid to light body, slight wateriness with medium carbonation.

D: An enjoyable beer, not quite as good as the Methode but better than the Pale Ale. Would make a decent night cap brew after a session of Methode, however the Methode is easily the beer I would come back to given the choice. I liked the earthy cacao note as it's not something I was expecting.

Food match: Would suit both dessert and a main course - I'm drinking it with a vegan pie that has ale in it and they go together well, and I could see this working with char-grilled steaks too, or with a chocolate tart for dessert.

doktorhops, Jul 07, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brownish amber body with loads of carbonation and topped with a very thick, creamy tan head. Pleasant charred grains and cocoa aroma with a vaguely melon fruitiness. Decent flavor overall; roasted malts, chocolate, fairly assertive hop bitterness rising through the malt sweetness at the finish. Medium-light body, smooth mouthfeel.

A delightful dark lager with a lightly sweet character well-balanced with roasted grain notes and a decent hop bitterness all rolled into a smooth drinking lager beer body.

beergoot, May 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

lisagirl, May 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Poupae, Apr 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

chippo33, Feb 05, 2013
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

bluesplit63, Jan 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Chisfinest84, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of jlindros
2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Couldn't believe how cheap this was for the size. I hope it's decent. no date, so I hope it's at least somewhat fresh.

Super carbonated beer pours a fluffy fizzy bubbly 4 finger head that's 3 times the size of the beer itself, but fades fairly quickly, lots of spotty soapy lacing, over dark ruby reddish brown colored beer with some light streaming through.

NOse has some dark malts, little black patent, hint of cocoa, a molasses almost caramel like candy aroma, little candy syrupy, with light grainy husky malts, a touch of wheat maybe or saison like malts, a weird almost adjuct like chocolate syrup like they added fake chocolate syrup.

Taste is a little yeasty, some not so great saison bready yeasty flavors, bitter roasty malts, but more charred and black patent like, some acidity surprisingly, bit of a burnt flavor too, and light saison spices, little charred cocoa and bready malts. Light citrus and grainy husks again. The enormous amounts of carbonation make it more difficult to finish, and the acidity burn kinda hurts. A light chalky powdered almost dirty earthy flavor too, with hint of hay and wheat. finish is drier some bitterness, more earthy chalky dust with light char and hint of cocoa, but a little sticky syrupy too.

Mouth is med bodied, waaaay too much carbonation, a tingly burn from most likely acidity but can't really tell since the abv is only 5.5.

Overall not very good. The aroma isn't too bad, but the flavor doesn't really do well. Too many bad flavors, and aromas are a bit meh as well, way too much carbonation, not very drinkable. I def won't finish the entire 750 by myself, and I'm glad it was cheap.

jlindros, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark red in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a half finger high layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of chocolate and dark malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but it is a little stronger and also has some hints of dark fruits.
M: It feels light bodied and slightly thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this beer doesn’t have the strongest aromas and flavors, it definitely makes up for it in terms of drinkability. This beer goes down like a breeze.

metter98, Sep 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

grumpygerman, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of ADZA
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another new offering for me from these guys and after a push again from my local i grabbed as i gotta admit this brewery scares me at times anyway it pours a light mahogany hue which leaves a three finger khaki creamy head and similar lacing,the smell is dark berries,chocolate malts and a hint of hops,the mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth with tastes of dark bitter chocolate,raspberries,a hit of caramel and finished quite smooth,overall its alright but i would not buy it again thats for sure nothing memorable by any means cheers.

ADZA, Sep 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

tedho21, Jul 28, 2012
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Moa Noir from Moa Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.