Moa Noir - Moa Brewing Company

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: vancurly on 03-23-2007

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.
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Reviews by doktorhops:
Photo of doktorhops
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After enjoying the Moa Original lager I decided to pick this up toaday and I enjoyed this to.Poured more of a russett color with a tight one finger off white head that settled slowly.Big chocolate notes in the nose with slight roast and a hint of smoke,the smoke is stronger on the palate wich was a surprise, not a bad one just a surprise.Chocolate and earth round out the flavor profile,its quite dry in the finish.Very nice dark lager beer,maybe the best I have had of the style.

Photo of Mora2000
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this beer. This is my first beer from the great country of New Zealand.

The beer pours an orange-brown color with a white head. The aroma is pretty basic with toffee malt. The flavor is more of the same, lots of toffee. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad, but nothing specials.

Photo of far333
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cocoa brown colored, a few shades darker at the top half of the glass. A fluffy light brown head rises minimally and settles quickly.

Aroma of powdery cocoa and some bready dark malt, a bit yeasty even. Even flavors of cocoa, ripe plums, toffee and caramel. Rich and slightly sweet, but not cloying. Low bitterness. Mocha and subtle smokiness emerges in the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy, but finishes tingly, clean, crisp and dry. Tasty and drinkable beer, happy to have stumbled upon it in a wine bar.

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Once the hard to remove cork was extracted, this was poured from the ~25 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown color with a towering, long-lasting head. Plenty of sticky lacing.

S: A rather sour aroma of malt with some spiciness.

T: Flavorful, with a generous, but not extreme, load of medium and dark malt. There's some chocolate, a hint of coffee and a touch of hops, but little of the sourness present in the aroma. Rating approaches 4.

M: A good amount of carbonation. Medium/full bodied with a very smooth finish.

O: An enjoyable "rare beer"

Photo of biboergosum
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a cola brown color with a khaki colored tight head that dissipated into a solid cap. Light lager aromas, a bit of roasted malt, wood, and tin. Bigger roasted character in the taste, some wood and/or smoke. The feel is thin with fizzy carbonation; finishes with a roasted bitterness. An easy drinking lager, with a light feel yet some nice flavor.

Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of JayS2629
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a watery brown with a descent beige head that fades fast but leaves ok lacing.

The aroma is of cocoa, some dark fruit, earthy notes, and toast with a touch of caramel.

The flavor is cocoa, some sweet caramel notes, a touch of coffee and nutty notes.

The mouthfeel is a little thin for this style with a dry finish.

Overall it is ok, but no Noir notes which I expected since it was aged in noir barrells.

Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

BB4 4.06.10

A: Pours a dark and murky, reddish-brown color. Almost like prune juice. Capping this is an impossibly creamy, two fingers of luxurious foam that's fed by some pretty active carbonation. Retention is fantastic but the lacing is only average.

S: Nice aromas of nutty toffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, herbal hops, and a hint of fragrant yeast.

T: Just as above with some dusty chocolate, pan roasted nuts, and a pinch of coffee.

M: Relatively smooth and creamy with just enough prickly zing to keep things interesting. Deceptively full for a Lager.

D: I didn't want this bottle to end. Very impressive. When I swirled the yeast and poured it into my glass I picked up a slight Belgian Dubbel vibe. Very enjoyable.

Photo of jlindros
2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Photo of twaddlac
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice yeasty head with a broad range of bubble sizes. Pours very dark, burnt orange. Can see the carbonation very well.

S - Coriander, orange peel, honey, toasted malt, and a slight astringent note.

T - Very toasty and finishes with a delicate bittersweet taste. The bitterness is just enough to grab your attention and cleanse your palette. Very nice sequence of flavors.

M - Medium body, mild carbonation, slightly dry finish.

Not a bad beer, not my style, but it can be enjoyed over a good meal I'm sure.

Photo of mikeg67
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours dark red-brown with a long lasting tanned head and nice lacing. Aroma is of funky yeast, bready, toasted malt and hint of hops. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of toasted malt, toffee and earthy hops. Finish is long, slightly astringent and bitter. Good beer to try once.

Photo of jdhilt
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades slowly to a ring leaving some lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Opaque brown color. Nose is slight malt. Flavor is caramel and baked molasses. Smooth, surprisingly good being in a green bottle. $4.25 for a 375ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a huge, off white, long-lasting head, foamy head. Good lacing.

S: A pleasant, warm aroma of malt and some chocolate.

T: Tasted of malt, a bit of chocolate, a tinge of coffee and some hops in the finish. Not quite as robust as I would've liked, but still a solid flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer does have some flaws and inconsistencies, it is still very easy to like.

Photo of TubaManJack
2.45/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Its bottle conditioned and "boutique" beer... Very Really Belgian Feel to it. Disappointed so be wary before you commit.

Appearance- Very dark, an really nice red amber when held to the light. Somewhat opaque that is to the living yeast, however its not cloudy.
Smell- Yeast, and ohh yeah bottle fermenting Yeast, its over powering.
Taste- Belgian feel to it thanks to the yeast, not really any chocolate however I did get a stale coffee and a metallic note in this brew.
Mouthfeel- Smooth, moderate body, and appropriately carbonated.
Drinkability- Nope (See Taste)

Photo of GClarkage
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/26/07- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 12.7oz bottle with no freshness info found on the bottle. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Deep brown color in appearance. More than one inch of rising foamy head. Kinda between the foamy large bubbled look and creamy. A nice 1/4 inch remains until the beer is gone. Lacing is present, but very light wisps.

Smell- Mild sweetness from the roasted chocolate malt nose. A bit of espesso notes as well.

Taste- When cold it has a light metallic first taste with a burnt rubber flavor. As it warms, the metal mostly goes away, the rubber turns to a almost burnt coffee-chocolate potion, plus a nice added mild hop kick at the end. A bit sweet and a tad tart at the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel- A bit foamy and overcarbonated, but has a nice deep dark chocolate aftertaste.

Drinkability- Overall a nice schwartzbier. Could have some more sweetness to be considered a contender though. Raped in the ass from the $7 bucks my wife paid for it. Maybe worth about $2

Photo of irishevans
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- cloudy deep brown, with a creme colored head that foams up tall when poured but dissipates to a thin 1/4 finger thickness, with a fair amount of lace.

N- Roasted malts, and fruity esters, not very complex though, kind of "light" in the nose.

T- light caramel, bit of a dank resiny hop taste, though subtle. the fruitiness is also there but faint. light chocolate malt flavor, and a wee hint of coffee on the finish.

M- thin, but not too thin, and light on the carbonation but in a manner that added to the experience. has a nice "wet" refreshing quality. the hops add a little sour sensation also. much more complex than i expected.

D- nice session ale, not a chugger per-say but still good to sit down with a few(if it weren't so pricey)

Photo of clickpush
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: Nice 375ml bottle poured to tulip glass. Dark chocolate colored body topped by light tan one finger head, dissipates to a classic coat of lacing, thicker around the outside of the glass. Plenty of bubblage floating up along outside of the beer, but the body's too opaque for me to see past that.

Nose: Tons of chocolate and roast, a touch of caramel. There's not a whole lot of complexity, neither subtle nor obvious... it's all pretty much up front.

Mouth: Lots of roast flavors, chocolate, and some acridity that, while driving the roast flavors home, lends some acidity that I could do without. Strong carbonation, big bubbles, does an alright job of delivering the beer to all corners of the mouth. However, with something this roasty, I would prefer a creamier body. (*edit* As the beer warms up some more complexity comes out, adding smokiness and baking spices to the mix.)

Good stuff.

Photo of lamarr04
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

350 ml bottle poured into a glass mug.

A: Deep mahogany with a one and a half inch tan head. Leaves lacing down the glass.

S: Sour funk takes a back seat on this one. Darker malts take the lead, lending both a roasted coffee like quality to the nose, and a sweet dark fruit and vanilla quality.

T: Again sourdough yeast is there but not upfront. Roasted bitterness and malty sweetness dominate. Coffee comes through as well. Yeast is there but only around the edges.

M: Medium body with crisp carbonation. Finish is clean but not as dry as the original and blanc.

D: The carbonation on these beers makes them awesomely drinkable.

Photo of gfreed
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark lager? No... really? If I hadn't seen the label I'd think this was a dark ale from the UK. It has all the signature citrus and slight bitterness of an EPA, with none of the pithish dry bitterness of American black lagers. Smooth taste, thin body and a nice malty finish make this an easy thing to drink. Bonus: nice curvy bottle shape; unusual but fits well in your hand. Don't drink it too slowly as it develops a somewhat corny smell after a while. Worth seeking out.

Photo of vancurly
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears as a lovely dark browny/red. Pours a good heavy and persistent beige head.
Roasted aromas, with hints of coffee icecream.
Deep, complex malty flavours, with some gamey, nutmeg notes. Nice sweet background.
A great challenger to the German dunkels.

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a russet brown color with a rocky head that sticks nicely and leaves strands of lace behind

Smell: Brown bread with a dusting of chocolate powder

Taste: Brown bread, up front, with a bit of grainy lager twang developing by mid-palate; underneath, the chocolate powder becomes discernable both before and after the swallow and adds a nice sweeter counterpoint to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is not my style but I do like this beer; very refreshing

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The best of the lot from the three Moa beers I tried recently. Much better than the original lager, and much more character than the blanc. Pours dark brown, almost black, with a nice robust head that is very finely beaded and pure white. Nice smells and tastes of bitter chocolate, not at all sweet, overlay the deep, smooth lager undertones, and there are some nice clean earthy notes throughout. It fades a little as it warms and picks up just a touch of grainy sourness, but overall a very pleasant beer. I will say that the beers are a bit confusing- with names like noir and blanc, the champagne yeast, and the bottle, you certainly initially expect a Belgian style ale- not a lager. Other than that, nice to see another craft beer from down under.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The dark side of Moa. 375 ml green bottle, on to the beer:

Wow, this is NOT a gusher. On the pour, it has a carmel orange color. In the glass, the color is more toffee brown with orange hues. The head is soapy on top with a slight tanned tint, with fair retention and spotty lacing. Lots of strong sweet, dark bready notes in the aroma....sometimes a little rough, but still good. A little herbal too. A little later, the roughness dissapears, and the next highest score is granted.

The taste isn't as strong or rough as the aroma, and that's good. I can taste some raisin and brown sugar. A little punch of herbal hops and a touch of juice they provide add another layer of flavor to this beer. You can certainly taste those hops in the aftertaste, where it mixed with tasty sweet bread. Light-medium bodied, carbonation is a touch strong.

Moa Noir is to New Zealand as Eisenbahn Dunkel is to Brazil. None of the three Moa beers I've had exceeded 5.5% ABV. Despite that, all three (including this) have been good to me. Moa has certainly carved itself a part of the beer market most breweries of its generation (Moa was founded in 2003) have shyed away from.

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