Moa Noir | Moa Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: European 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.

Added by vancurly on 03-23-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 41
Reviews by Chisfinest84:
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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

After enjoying the Moa Original lager I decided to pick this up toaday and I enjoyed this to.Poured more of a russett color with a tight one finger off white head that settled slowly.Big chocolate notes in the nose with slight roast and a hint of smoke,the smoke is stronger on the palate wich was a surprise, not a bad one just a surprise.Chocolate and earth round out the flavor profile,its quite dry in the finish.Very nice dark lager beer,maybe the best I have had of the style.

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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 ImFlyerThanYou
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of far333
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cocoa brown colored, a few shades darker at the top half of the glass. A fluffy light brown head rises minimally and settles quickly.

Aroma of powdery cocoa and some bready dark malt, a bit yeasty even. Even flavors of cocoa, ripe plums, toffee and caramel. Rich and slightly sweet, but not cloying. Low bitterness. Mocha and subtle smokiness emerges in the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy, but finishes tingly, clean, crisp and dry. Tasty and drinkable beer, happy to have stumbled upon it in a wine bar.

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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 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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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a cola brown color with a khaki colored tight head that dissipated into a solid cap. Light lager aromas, a bit of roasted malt, wood, and tin. Bigger roasted character in the taste, some wood and/or smoke. The feel is thin with fizzy carbonation; finishes with a roasted bitterness. An easy drinking lager, with a light feel yet some nice flavor.

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Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Rwalford74
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

BB4 4.06.10

A: Pours a dark and murky, reddish-brown color. Almost like prune juice. Capping this is an impossibly creamy, two fingers of luxurious foam that's fed by some pretty active carbonation. Retention is fantastic but the lacing is only average.

S: Nice aromas of nutty toffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, herbal hops, and a hint of fragrant yeast.

T: Just as above with some dusty chocolate, pan roasted nuts, and a pinch of coffee.

M: Relatively smooth and creamy with just enough prickly zing to keep things interesting. Deceptively full for a Lager.

D: I didn't want this bottle to end. Very impressive. When I swirled the yeast and poured it into my glass I picked up a slight Belgian Dubbel vibe. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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 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 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 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 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 chippo33
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of TubaManJack
2.45/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Its bottle conditioned and "boutique" beer... Very Really Belgian Feel to it. Disappointed so be wary before you commit.

Appearance- Very dark, an really nice red amber when held to the light. Somewhat opaque that is to the living yeast, however its not cloudy.
Smell- Yeast, and ohh yeah bottle fermenting Yeast, its over powering.
Taste- Belgian feel to it thanks to the yeast, not really any chocolate however I did get a stale coffee and a metallic note in this brew.
Mouthfeel- Smooth, moderate body, and appropriately carbonated.
Drinkability- Nope (See Taste)

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Photo of lisagirl
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Archemedies
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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Moa Noir from Moa Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 65 ratings