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Novare Res Bier Café

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Novare Res Bier CaféNovare Res Bier Café
BA SCORE
98
world-class

123 Reviews
Reviews: 123
Visits: 227
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: n/a
Taps: 26
Bottles: 250
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

4 Canal Plz
Portland, Maine, 04101-4034
United States
phone: (207) 761-2437

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @novareresbiercf

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Place added by: indiapaleale on 05-28-2008

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Reviews by Digimaika2:
Photo of Digimaika2
4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited this place twice on back-to-back weekday evenings in early August 2011. The place has a pretty huge outdoor patio (that was packed both visits) and an inside area that resembles a medieval beer cellar, complete with display bottles, long wooden tables, belgian beer plaques, and lots of brick! Probably worth a visit just to check the inside out.

Quite an extensive beer list with representation from all the good beer countries. I ended up venturing to Sweden and Italy off the menu. Unfortunately, the two days I was there were the two days leading up to their annual Rogue tap takeover. There were only about 10 taps going, and most were Maine staples which isn't bad at all but was hoping to try some belgians on-tap. Would love to go back when they have all 25 taps going.

As the outdoor patio was packed, and our server was working both inside and outside tables, the service definitely suffered for us inside both nights we were there. I remember it took us quite a long time to grab the bill from our waitress at the end of the night. However, both nights the staff seemed quite pleasant and helpful.

Tried some of their food one of the nights and went with the Mediterranean Plate and a Vegetarian Sandwich. Decent food albeit it is more small plate/appetizer sized portions.

Prices were a little steep, both for food and beer I thought. However, for beer it can be justified to some extent for some of the more rarer and special products.

I'd like to return again to try a more extensive variety of belgian product on-tap. I'll just have to check first that there are no tap takeovers planned the night before my visit. (1,644 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Ajlvt
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of dailyminefield
4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mendvicdog
3.61/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Not really my scene. Nothing exciting on the menu; they were having a lord hobo event. A decent selection of beers, but the King's head is much better in my opinion.

Would return if they have a better taplist. (212 characters)

Photo of bostonbeans
4.22/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of hopsrus
4.44/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of snansel
4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of MarkSansone
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great place for a great beer selection.. (40 characters)

Photo of cherche
4.22/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of abridgedatx
4.76/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of rocksteady726
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Flabbyjandro
4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of shekletona
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of RKing44
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of trevorpost
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of mklisz
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of 52mgtd
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Ok, so you don't go there for the food, you go there for the beer! A fantastic list of on tap and even better bottles, ask any chalice owner, what a great place to enjoy great beer and meet interesting people, chalice #71 (221 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Visited on Tuesday evening. The two of us sat at one of the big multi-party tables. The place was slow.

V - Dark, not well lit, dank, but clean and open and definitely a beer bar vibe. I wouldn't call this a "dive bar" because it is not dirty or inhabited by undesirable folks. 4.5

Q - All beer served in proper and clean glassware. Beer seemed to be at correct temperature. Some might complain that beer is served in glassware not of its own branding, but not an issue for me. 4.5

Ser - Our server Jamison (yeah that's right) was fantastic. Very good in helping my friend pick a beer she would like. He was even ready to send us to a different place so we could find the food we looking for. 5

Sel - Fantastic bottle selection and a very good tap list the night we were there. Had a De Strusie XXX Rye Triple and a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin Oro De Calabaza 4.5

F - Did not eat food during this visit. (905 characters)

Photo of vonnegut21
3.47/5  rDev -21.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2 | selection: 4

An old school dive of a craft beer bar. Solid selection, but underwhelming considering their reputation. There are certainly better taplists in Portland. Service was poor. I get that it was busy, but the bartenders (particularly the one with the man-bun) were more concerned with serving their friends than helping a new customer.

In summary, Novare Res was fine, but it hasn't adapted over time and has been surpassed by some of the other up and coming craft beer bars in Portland. (486 characters)

Photo of ChrisMyhre
4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of chippo33
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Reds76
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Hopstout
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

By far my favorite place in Portland (that IS saying something!). Amazing draft list, even more amazing bottle list. They thrown amazing events and have special tappings constantly. The staff are insanely knowledgeable and can always assist with making top notch selections from their ridiculous Belgian offerings. Cannot say enough good things about Novare. (358 characters)

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Novare Res Bier Café in Portland, ME
98 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.