Novare Res Bier Café

Novare Res Bier CaféNovare Res Bier Café
Novare Res Bier CaféNovare Res Bier Café
Bar, Eatery

4 Canal Plaza
Suite 1
Portland, Maine, 04101
United States

(207) 761-2437 | map
novareresbiercafe.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.48
Reviews:
140
Ratings:
286
pDev:
10.27%
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Reviews by atlbravsrno1:
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Aug 02, 2020
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acurtis from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Aug 31, 2020
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socon67 from New York

4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Easily one of the best beer stores I've ever been in. Place does look like it belongs in Belgium; very rustic and chill vibe. Their selection is heavily influenced by imports, but I jumped at the chance to get a crowler and some bottles of Maine locals I'll not see back home. Service was incredible, and while I didn't have food it was evident that the small plates they offered were high quality. So glad to be able to stop by.

Jul 29, 2020
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tjcarbone from New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited spring and fall of 2017. Welcoming, cozy tavern. A very impressive selection. A must visit for any beer lover. Seasonal seating outside available.

Mar 29, 2020
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Jgitelman from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I could only give this place 5's across the board because it really was that perfect. Wide, eclectic list of draught and bottled beers. I had a great local Maine sour and my buddy had a Weisse beer in his favorite glass that brought him back to Europe. Ourr server, Jasmine, knew her stuff. Surprisingly the pork taco special is the thing that still stands out in my mind - what flavor! Cannot wait to go back to Novares Res and explore more. A happy place.

Nov 16, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Oct 10, 2019
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A_Rad from Wisconsin

4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Aug 09, 2019
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

I FINALLY got to tick Novare Res off my bucket list last trip to Portland. I almost couldn't find the place because the building it's in didn't look like a bar at all, and at first I didn't notice the stylized letters running down the wall. But once inside, it's a truly genuine Belgian bar vibe. This is probably the only bar in the US that I've been to other than Monk's that really gives me that authentic feeling that I experienced in the bars I visited in Belgium, albeit with an obvious American twist. When I went there was an event going on, I forget what, maybe an anniversary or something. All I know is I got a relatively inexpensive pour of Hommage, and there was also a rare Black Albert variant on tap, as well as a bunch of other stuff. Despite the event, the place wasn't too crowded and service was fine. I did not sample the food or even look at the menu. If I wasn't pressed for time, I could've spent the whole day there, and hopefully one day I will get back.

Jul 19, 2019
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Griffith from Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Mar 19, 2019
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thegink from New York

4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Feb 18, 2019
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chippo33 from Vermont

5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

When I walk into this place, I feel like I am back in Belgium. The beer list ranges from old traditional beers (Cantillon, Tilquin, Boon, 3F, westmale, Orval, Fantome, Weihenstephaner, Ayinger, De dolle, De la senne) to newer styles and breweries (Trillium, Aslin, Holy Mountain, the Veil, Trve, Prairie, Burial, Jester King, Lawson's, Fonta Flora, Modern Times, etc.). Plenty of the latest local beers (Bissell, allagash, definitive, barreled souls, good fire, Battery Steele) always available.

Jan 08, 2019
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ajemianj from Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is the best beer bar in Portland. Can’t believe it hasn’t been rated more.

Dec 11, 2018
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spolgrean from New York

4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Great place for Belgian beers, always have unique beers on draft, and a bottle list that is out of this world.

Sep 25, 2018
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PhillyStyle from Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

May 25, 2018
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Budlum from Maryland

4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

May 20, 2018
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Beersilio from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.25

May 06, 2018
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Tmappin from Canada

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Mar 12, 2018
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xtonytx from Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Nov 25, 2017
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Oct 30, 2017
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jfcaa193 from Canada

4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Oct 28, 2017
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Montanabeerz from Montana

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Aug 21, 2017
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Uconnelmo from Connecticut

4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Aug 05, 2017
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Harrypotter7 from New Hampshire

1/5  rDev -77.7%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

Not great.

Jun 30, 2017
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dfecteau from Massachusetts

3.21/5  rDev -28.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3

May 09, 2017
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Popped in midday Sunday so there were only handful of folks whom were all at the bar. Looked to be ~ 20 or so taps with a great representation from ME and New England in general. Bottle list is unreal - long, wide-reaching, comprehensive and exotic. Lots of those hard-to-find but oft-heard-of lambics. The vibe is the best part of the place - laid back, comfy but with an air of deep knowledge; like if a beer geek ran a bar: low on fluff, deep on content. These folks know their stuff. Highly recommended.

Oct 30, 2016
Novare Res Bier Café in Portland, ME
Place rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 286 ratings