Novare Res Bier Café

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Novare Res Bier CaféNovare Res Bier Café
BA SCORE
99
world-class

188 Ratings
Ratings: 188
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: n/a
Taps: 26
Bottles: 250
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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 IBUnit63:
Photo of IBUnit63
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

This is sort of in the middle of the block in downtown Portland at Canal Plaza. It's on the bottom floor of the building (is there another floor) with a few long beer hall tables, about 20 or so taps and regular tables on the wall by the window. Pretty dark inside 'cause it faces a wall with tables up top outside. We were there mid-PM on a Sunday so it was pretty quiet. Cool tunes.

The service was very friendly and suggested a couple of small plates for us - we had the tap menu covered pretty well. I had a Lou Pepe Framboise and a Saison Dupont...the Beautiful Bride had a Saison Avril and kept it clean with an Allagash White. They were cool with us having our 5-year-old along at that hour - he just wanted some water and hung out and played with his trains.

Beer list is amazing. 20 taps - lots of Belgian flair (no, not "pieces of flair") with some decent off-the-wall selections. I was wicked bummed the keg of Confluence just kicked though. The bottle list is certifiably insane. I mean, it's ten &*(%ing pages long. And most (almost all) of it is very good stuff.

Food for us was again, just some small plates...salami and aged gouda. Hey, it hit the spot as a mid-afternoon snack.

OK, let's be honest. It's not that cheap. But hey, it's not like it's ridiculous when considering standard bottle markup from retail. And it's a very cool place, so it's a must stop when in Portland.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Cdowd10
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of MtnSoup
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Novare Res is one of the best beers I've ever visited. Their tap and bottle lists are insane, and the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. We visited three times in four days, and each time found a new draft list with beers we'd been searching for everywhere.

Can be tough to find since it's in a back alley, but it only adds to the ambience. They also have a great outdoor terrace for the warmer months.

Highly recommend making it here if in Portland, ME.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Amazing list of rotating taps with events every month or two. Even better is the bottle selection, with multiple vintages of hard to find beer including Cantillon and other European brews. A must-visit.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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Great selection!

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

You don't come here for the food, and that's okay, mostly small plates. Their tap list is always interesting, very Belgian leaning. Their bottle list, especially their rare stuff, is what excites me. Always something interesting and new to try!

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Novare Res Bier Café in Portland, ME
99 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.