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Novare Res Bier Café

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

172 Ratings
Ratings: 172
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.6%
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

Notes:
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(Place added by: indiapaleale on 05-28-2008)
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Reviews by Jayli:
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4.6/5  rDev +2.7%

Stopped in here over Memorial Day weekend. A friend of mine in the area knew my affinity for good beer and decided this was a MUST GO TO. I have to say, dammit - she was RIGHT!
Novare Res is located just off Exchange St. For an out of towner, you'd walk right past this place and be none-the wiser for what you passed up. There is 2 separate sections to the place - the indoor part of the cafe, and the outdoor. The inside is what I would imagine pubs to look like in Germany and Amsterdam, with exposed brick floor, long wooden bar, and tables dispersed throughout. Outside has about 6-7 long picnic tables in the terrace.
Service was fantastic. Bartenders were knowledgeable and would let you sample different beers if you had questions. All beers are served in the proper glassware.
Selection is outstanding. They routinely rotate the 25 taps that they have, and offer about 300 bottles - fantastic Belgian presence. Prices can be a little steep, but the selection and availablility of these beers pretty much balance out.
This is by and far one of the best beer bars that I have been to. I onlt wish that I were closer to Portland..of course, my liver may be happy that I am not...
This is a must stop at for anyone in or visiting the Portland area!

Jayli, Jun 01, 2009
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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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While a little difficult to find using GPS, once you get to Novare Res you're going to be their a while.

They have the nicest bottle list I saw on my trip to Maine and a fantastic tap selection as well. The food is also fantastic, the cheese plate was my personal favorite but I also had the roast beef sandwich which was worth it.

Our server seemed very knowledgable in the beers and suggested a couple nice beers.

We were seated in the outside area which was very nice I'm always a fan of the communal tables in the summers. The inside area was worth checking out with a large bar and enough seating on the inside.

The pricing seemed a little expensive. But nothing outrageous and in my belief I think it was totally worthwhile.

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Novare Res Bier Café in Portland, ME
99 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.