Moa Noir | Moa Brewing Company

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Moa NoirMoa Noir

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Moa Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to goblet. Dark black, but thin. Small head. Nose is chocolate, dark fruits, plum, raspberry. Taste is Similar flavors. Very nice. Feel is a little thin and flat, but this is A nice beer.

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Photo of chogm54
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml poured into tulip

L - black, thinnish biege creamy head, clear

S - nice, good mix of roasted black coffee, choc, earth, roasted malts, hint of licorce

T - solid roasted malt throughout, with molasses, dates, and grassy hops. dryish finish

F - moderate carbonation and body, semi-dry texture

O - good schwartzbier, strong malt profile, good mix of flavours, solid.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
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"

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Photo of twaddlac
3.46/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.57/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Moa Noir | 750 ml. | 5.5% ABV | 2011

Brewer: Moa Brewing Company
Style: Euro Dark Lager
Glass: Pint

Burgundy body with an incredible trail of lacing and a not-too-shabby head.

Whole wheat toast, hints of chocolate

Watery chocolate notes, whole wheat toast, a touch of brown sugar, slightly bitter, estery finish.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Not much to see here.

It's not bad, but it doesn't blow me away by any means. After drinking it, I let out an unintentional burp that smelled a little too much like gasoline. That can't be a good sign.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: ?
Served: July 4, 2011

Price = $10.00 at Whole Foods (NYC)

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Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a huge, off white, long-lasting head, foamy head. Good lacing.

S: A pleasant, warm aroma of malt and some chocolate.

T: Tasted of malt, a bit of chocolate, a tinge of coffee and some hops in the finish. Not quite as robust as I would've liked, but still a solid flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer does have some flaws and inconsistencies, it is still very easy to like.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer is very reddish-brown and clear. The one-finger head is slow to die and leaves behind some nice lace.

S - The aroma has unsweetened cocoa, and a raw nuttiness. The cocoa is what stands out the most but the aroma is not that strong.

T/M - Light-Medium bodied and somewhat dry. The flavor has a lot of unsweetened chocolate that seems to lasts throughout. The end has a more nutty and roasted malt character, and the hops make a very subdued appearance that couples well with the dry finish.

D - Overall this is a very interesting beer. I don't think I've ever smelled or tasted anything quite like it. Interesting doesn't translate into outstanding, but this is a good beer, and I will probably try it again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a russet brown color with a rocky head that sticks nicely and leaves strands of lace behind

Smell: Brown bread with a dusting of chocolate powder

Taste: Brown bread, up front, with a bit of grainy lager twang developing by mid-palate; underneath, the chocolate powder becomes discernable both before and after the swallow and adds a nice sweeter counterpoint to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is not my style but I do like this beer; very refreshing

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Photo of jdhilt
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades slowly to a ring leaving some lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Opaque brown color. Nose is slight malt. Flavor is caramel and baked molasses. Smooth, surprisingly good being in a green bottle. $4.25 for a 375ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of gfreed
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark lager? No... really? If I hadn't seen the label I'd think this was a dark ale from the UK. It has all the signature citrus and slight bitterness of an EPA, with none of the pithish dry bitterness of American black lagers. Smooth taste, thin body and a nice malty finish make this an easy thing to drink. Bonus: nice curvy bottle shape; unusual but fits well in your hand. Don't drink it too slowly as it develops a somewhat corny smell after a while. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy brown with a tan head. Some bubbles rising, some floaties. Limited lace.

Cocoa powder and prune like aromas. Some maltiness. It works.

Poor man's schwarzbier. Some toasted malt and cocoa, light bitterness, some brown bread. Light bitter and sweet elements. Looking for some fruit. None there, even though you smell some. Fairly clean finish. Flavors are lighter than desired, but good.

Medium to light-medium bodied. Good carbonation.

Overall, pretty tasty. Nothing earth-shattering, but enjoyable and very easy drinking. More intensity would improve this. A cheaper price would too. $5.00/single makes this tough to repeat. But I liked it.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy warm brown with a decent, if not persistent, pale tan head. Aroma is malty and just slightly nutty, not strong but still inviting. Flavor is malty with nutty and hoppy hints - not wonderful, but enjoyable nevertheless. Texture is smooth and fizzy, leaving a bit of a tingle behind, along with a hint of hops.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured hazy brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting and excellent lacing. Moderate toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Session drinkable brew.

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Photo of irishevans
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- cloudy deep brown, with a creme colored head that foams up tall when poured but dissipates to a thin 1/4 finger thickness, with a fair amount of lace.

N- Roasted malts, and fruity esters, not very complex though, kind of "light" in the nose.

T- light caramel, bit of a dank resiny hop taste, though subtle. the fruitiness is also there but faint. light chocolate malt flavor, and a wee hint of coffee on the finish.

M- thin, but not too thin, and light on the carbonation but in a manner that added to the experience. has a nice "wet" refreshing quality. the hops add a little sour sensation also. much more complex than i expected.

D- nice session ale, not a chugger per-say but still good to sit down with a few(if it weren't so pricey)

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Photo of Mora2000
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this beer. This is my first beer from the great country of New Zealand.

The beer pours an orange-brown color with a white head. The aroma is pretty basic with toffee malt. The flavor is more of the same, lots of toffee. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad, but nothing specials.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The best of the lot from the three Moa beers I tried recently. Much better than the original lager, and much more character than the blanc. Pours dark brown, almost black, with a nice robust head that is very finely beaded and pure white. Nice smells and tastes of bitter chocolate, not at all sweet, overlay the deep, smooth lager undertones, and there are some nice clean earthy notes throughout. It fades a little as it warms and picks up just a touch of grainy sourness, but overall a very pleasant beer. I will say that the beers are a bit confusing- with names like noir and blanc, the champagne yeast, and the bottle, you certainly initially expect a Belgian style ale- not a lager. Other than that, nice to see another craft beer from down under.

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