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Novare Res Bier Café

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

197 Ratings
Ratings: 197
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.5
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

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Reviews by Kinsman:
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4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This was the second place I went to yesterday while Jason and Todd were in town brewing with Allagash. We were joined by fellow BA "cjbmcdon" Rob and Jason from Allagash and the owner of Novare.

The atmosphere was enjoyable, and the location within the Old Port being a bonus too. It's off the main drag but still easy to get to, and once there it has a cool feel inside the basement of an old bank.

The tap selection was decent, having a good mix of Belgian and American, but the bottle selection is where they really shine. There seemed to be a lot of stuff unique to Novare and not found anywhere else in Maine. My Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere on tap was delicious, and a great chance to try a new-to-me brewery. The De Ranke Saison de Dottignies was also a great beer to have on a hot summer evening.

We didn't have much for food, instead just sampling various cheeses and meats on some fresh bread. It's hard for me to judge the value since I didn't pick up the tab, but from what I remember seeing listed, prices seemed reasonable. Overall a great place to visit, and is a must for anyone visiting Portland for the first time.

More User Reviews:
Photo of psweendogg
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of swalsh666
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of American_Hawk
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of E190DRVR
4.95/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Love this place! Amazing beer selection and friendly knowledgeable bar tenders. Great vibe and very good food. You won't be disappointed!

Photo of tjmackie
4.95/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Fantastic. Cantillon Gueze tapped at 11:30 on NYE!

Photo of atimari
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Love this place. My go to stop for beer in portland

Photo of ChrisinRI
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of kevdemers
4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Flat out best "beer bar" food I have ever had! Must stop while in Portland, wish I had visited here sooner. And my family members who are not beer fans couldn't stop raving about the food, so I would not hesitate to bring anyone here.

Photo of Sweeneydawg
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Cdowd10
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of MtnSoup
4.5/5  rDev 0%

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%

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%

Photo of Jimmyknows
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Great selection!

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of jaymo18
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of meehandennis
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of mrob22278
4.32/5  rDev -4%

Photo of mgigs
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of mbonugli
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.6/5  rDev +2.2%

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Novare Res Bier Café in Portland, ME
99 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.