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Moa Noir - Moa Brewing Company

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.7%


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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Reviews by lamarr04:
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lamarr04

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 07:46:47 | More by lamarr04
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ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

03-24-2014 02:07:07 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 05:54:25 | More by StonedTrippin
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Vanz

Australia

2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

01-27-2014 22:52:30 | More by Vanz
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 00:12:24 | More by biboergosum
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

08-06-2013 20:13:50 | More by AudioGilz
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doktorhops

Australia

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 09:24:55 | More by doktorhops
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beergoot

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 01:08:58 | More by beergoot
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lisagirl

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

05-12-2013 07:57:25 | More by lisagirl
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Poupae

Thailand

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

04-08-2013 10:14:07 | More by Poupae
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chippo33

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

02-05-2013 01:36:09 | More by chippo33
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +35.1%

01-21-2013 01:58:45 | More by bluesplit63
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Chisfinest84

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

11-25-2012 20:28:09 | More by Chisfinest84
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jlindros

Massachusetts

2.7/5  rDev -27%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 04:07:22 | More by jlindros
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metter98

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 00:36:04 | More by metter98
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grumpygerman

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

09-14-2012 02:33:36 | More by grumpygerman
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ADZA

Australia

3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 05:05:12 | More by ADZA
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tedho21

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

07-28-2012 21:37:36 | More by tedho21
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 13:55:39 | More by mikeg67
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LJWalker

Alabama

4/5  rDev +8.1%

02-06-2012 17:42:23 | More by LJWalker
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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"

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 03:11:39 | More by chinchill
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-17-2011 23:41:00 | More by Archemedies
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Burt

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-14-2011 22:09:22 | More by Burt
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twaddlac

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 01:12:38 | More by twaddlac
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 16:23:12 | More by JayS2629
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Moa Noir from Moa Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.