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Novare Res Bier Café
Taps: 26 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
4 Canal Plz
phone: (207) 761-2437
(Place added by: indiapaleale on 05-28-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
What a score...
A little hidden "Bier Cafe" that only took me and my girlfriend about 20 minutes to find. It is well hidden down an alley if you are not from the area.
A solid 10 page / draft lift. I would say they offered a strong 30 to 35 beers on draft including Dogfish 120 Minute and Pannepot Reserva 2009.
Prices were reasonable. 120 ranging about 12 dollars for an 8 oz pour. Pannepot about the same for a full 12 oz.
Overall a great experience and will definitely be going back.
01-07-2012 12:55:25 |
More by bluesplit63
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
The wife and I got to Novare Res just as it was starting to snow heavily in Portland, October 29. Quite a sight… have you ever seen snow by the beach? This bar is in the Old Port area but not exactly- far enough from the main drags to have no tourists inside. Sweet! The folks at Novare kind of reminded me of Baltimore… homely, sailor-like, red-cheeked and on the ugly side of things but oh-so-friendly.
The atmosphere here is extremely cozy and inviting, more so on a cold snowy day. It feels like a cellar or a private bar at rich man’s house. I would want to hang out here forever! It only needs a fireplace to be perfectly perfect. Communal tables, a variety of rooms, nooks and crannies… yeah.
On tap- 16 “regular” beers (including Maine Peeper, Allagash Malone, Rising Tide Daymark, Brooklyn Companion, Dogfish 90); 1 cask and 20 Harvest taps (including rare ciders and meads, plus Dogfish Pumpkin, Jolly Parcela and a cask of ’08 Allagash Ghouleschip) .
It was “Harvest Day”, hence the outrageous amount of autumn taps. The owner suddenly went over to the bar and said he was buying everyone a round of harvest ciders/beers. How cool is that! We got a bourbon-barrel cider from Mystic, CT (14%),that was absolutely smashing and delightful.
They had a special Harvest Tasting Menu, of which we got the cabbage-wrapped pheasant terrine. Sounds good! But it wasn’t so great… really lame and bland, needed salt and pepper and spice. Still, I appreciate the effort to be creative.
Prices were on the high side ($6-$8) for 8-12 oz pours, but we got a free round so it evened out. Service was excellent at those communal tables and the ambience just so cozy! A great choice, and don’t forget the extensive bottled-beer menu.
10-31-2011 04:30:18 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Entering through a side door on a building in a side alley, one immediately is taken back by the dimply lit interior featuring tons of exposed brick, worn wood and the low, pressed tin ceiling, if anything screams cozy, it was the atmosphere. Tons of table seating, including a long farmhouse style table in the middle. An L shaped bar on the back left joins with a long bar in the back.
About 30 different options on tap with equal parts local, regional, domestic and Belgian craft. Bottle menu is quite outdated, so focus on the "new" bottles on the back of the tap menu or on the chalkboard.
Service handled the large crowds adequately and were knowledgeable about the local brews.
Overall, visit for the fantastic cozy atmosphere and large selection of craft brew.
10-10-2011 14:06:45 |
More by rfgetz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I have been here often and unfortunately do not agree with the high rating it has received. Many of my complaints are mentioned in other reviews but somehow those reviews still end up giving high marks. Perhaps I am spoiled because I used to live in brunswick and frequented the lions pride often.
I guess I feel the tap list is extensive but does not usually have more than a couple beers I actually want to drink. The biggest issue for me is the service. The waits are long even when it is a quiet day. I don't think I have ever been asked how I was enjoying a beer nor do I feel the bartenders are interested in talking about it anyway. I have had issues getting samples that were more than just a quarter shot glass full of foam. I am glad I know what I like and can order what I need but I can't imagine going in there as a newbie and getting any sort of quality direction from this staff.
All this being said they are the only game in town as far as beer
bars go and I do appreciate that. The events are often well worth attending as well.
10-09-2011 21:42:11 |
More by mclaughlindw4
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Visited this place twice on back-to-back weekday evenings in early August 2011. The place has a pretty huge outdoor patio (that was packed both visits) and an inside area that resembles a medieval beer cellar, complete with display bottles, long wooden tables, belgian beer plaques, and lots of brick! Probably worth a visit just to check the inside out.
Quite an extensive beer list with representation from all the good beer countries. I ended up venturing to Sweden and Italy off the menu. Unfortunately, the two days I was there were the two days leading up to their annual Rogue tap takeover. There were only about 10 taps going, and most were Maine staples which isn't bad at all but was hoping to try some belgians on-tap. Would love to go back when they have all 25 taps going.
As the outdoor patio was packed, and our server was working both inside and outside tables, the service definitely suffered for us inside both nights we were there. I remember it took us quite a long time to grab the bill from our waitress at the end of the night. However, both nights the staff seemed quite pleasant and helpful.
Tried some of their food one of the nights and went with the Mediterranean Plate and a Vegetarian Sandwich. Decent food albeit it is more small plate/appetizer sized portions.
Prices were a little steep, both for food and beer I thought. However, for beer it can be justified to some extent for some of the more rarer and special products.
I'd like to return again to try a more extensive variety of belgian product on-tap. I'll just have to check first that there are no tap takeovers planned the night before my visit.
10-05-2011 04:45:22 |
More by Digimaika2
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is a must-visit for any BA in the area(well...unless you really hate Belgian-style beers!).
There's sitting inside, with benches along the back wall, and brick-arch entry ways all around, and there's outside(it would be a very safe assumption, to think that it's a seasonal feature) patio/beergarden.
The selection of beer is probably among the best in Portland, and Novare Res certainly goes for quality over quantity. Lots of Belgian styles from the area, as well as Canadian stuff that is not seen in NH/Mass., and not so common in other Maine establishments.
The service on our visits was friendly and courteous. Def. recommend this to anybody, in fact this would be worth a trip by itself!
09-16-2011 12:25:13 |
More by SevaTse
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
A little late on entering this, but so what, eh? Stopped by here with Artied2 and Al H after playing game 1 of the Old Boars Summer Hockey Tourney on 05AUG11.
We parked up on the hill and found our way here easily. Down Exchange St until a small alley opened on the right; then to a large brick building and a right on the walkway to the Res. You can enter the bar itself on the left, in the basement floor of the brick building, or go right up some stairs to an open-air deck area. Artie and Al grabbed some air on the deck with a bier, while I explored inside. Upon entering, there are some benches on the left with local reading material, with the wall above displaying some fine-looking shirts for sale. A bit more to the left is a doorway to a small room with a few tables. Going right instead, you are in the main part of the pub. The place has a cool, pressed-tin ceiling, lots of exposed brick and worn wood. The lighting gives the pub a warm, inviting feel. Lots of old bier plaques and posters cover the walls. There's a bar to the rear left of this room, a long L-shaped unit. You can sit at one of about a dozen seats there, or at one of the many long, German style tables. I like the concept.
The time needed reading the bier list here rivals that of War and Peace. Shitloads... and it is top-shelf stuff, too. I was quite bummed, though, during my visit to find a Rogue tap takeover. Sorry; I don't give a flying fuck for Rogue; I came for the Belgians. Service? The place was pretty full, but I still stood at the bar for a too-long amount of time before being ackowledged. And then my bill was slow-coming as well. The prices are quite steep, imo. I'd have to plan ahead to come here, and set aside a healthy amount of coin. Seems like Res has jumped on the "gouge the bier-geek gravy train". Oh well.... I might return, under the right conditions. We'll see... Prosit!
4.22 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
08-27-2011 20:49:57 |
More by Bierman9
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I was really looking forward to trying this place out after seeing ads for it in the magazine. this place was a little tricky to find since its down an alley. Outdoor seating for the warmer months and a old world basement vibe to the interior. The beer selection is really good, decent amount of good beer on tap and a nice bottle list. Food is good and well done. The only complaint I had was we ordered a gueze and the waitress brought us pint glasses, we asked for some tulips and she was happy to get them so no big deal in the end. I really like this bar and would make it a destination for any beer travelers out there.
08-21-2011 19:32:13 |
More by Cmack15
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Wow! I really liked this place. Very hard to find, though. No maps I saw had this street marked. It's behind the Key Bank parking lot in Old Port. A sidewalk sign hitting my shin got my attention, thankfully.
Brick cellar feel to it with German Hall-like indoor seating. Service at the bar was great; service outside seemed awkward. Not much of view outside, but hey, it's OUTSIDE. Indoors is cozy and clean. Some pockets of privacy and comfy seating.
Very large selection of beer. Would like to see more local stuff, but hey I went on a Sunday. Had some Maine Lunch IPA and Peepers and some other goodies. Nice above-head chalk board marking the taps...mostly up-to-date. Some oddball tappings, too. A must hit in Portland! Cheap T-shirts
Didn't try the food.
08-18-2011 04:29:51 |
More by Mebuzzard
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This is certainly one of my favorite destinations in Portland. A good combination of dimly lit cellar, and open air beer garden. A friendly, knowledgeable staff. Great food, appropriate portions, surprisingly affordable, when compared to the cost of drinking from their fine beer selection. Seems to be the first place I take friends who come from out of town. If you have a lot of fun there, it can get expensive.
The Beer selection is exceptional, dominated by Belgians, but also a great collection of American Craft brews, and classic British ales and German lagers. Generally, there is two beers on cask. Some offerings are occasionally out of stock, though, it is hard not to find something you would like.
08-16-2011 17:53:53 |
More by Hopilator
Novare Res Bier Café in Portland, ME
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