While in Maine, I headed out one night with pals who lived there to find a new Belgian beer bar that I had heard plenty about - Novare Res. We had a bit of trouble finding the place at night as it sits in a mid block courtyard near the corner of Exchange and Middle Streets in the old port part of town but once we found the right alley we were in for a treat. Set up with two main sections, a beer celler as well as a courtyard beer garden, Novare Res provides a layout that will work on a stinking hot Saturday afternoon or a stormy winter night. Inside, it's brick with new Ikea-esque pale pine laminate on the benches and tabletops. Very comfortable.
There is a solid draft line up, from which I picked a Monk's Flemish as well as a Bernardus 12 for one of the company. The food selection is limited to cold cuts and cheese plates but that was fine with me - though the lack of Belgian fies gave a moment's concern. This approach must help keep costs down, however, as the real feature is how reasonably priced everything is. Our waiter was friendly, interested in knowing what we knew about beer and a keener herself - I got to explain that "oudbeitje" sounds a lot like "ode bitchie" but with less bite and a bit of a loopy "yee" sound at the end. Prices? I will have to check my receipt, still out in the car, but I think a full measure of Bernardus 12 was $7.49. The De Ranke XX we split was close in price to what I would expect to pay at a retail bottle shop like Tully's. Verdict? Go.