L'Amère à Boire
Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 148
Beer Avg: 3.77
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Reviews by slyke:
4.36/5 rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Two days before my Montreal pub crawl, I stumbled upon L'Amere a Boire quite by accident. I was in Montreal for a reunion of sorts for the SO's family. On July 3, the SO's brother decided we should go to dinner at a restaurant recommended to him. He got his wife, two kids, a stroller, his parents, his sister, and me on to the Metro at 5:00PM. We exited the Metro at Sherbrooke, but it turned out he didn't really know where the restaurant was so after an hour of walking we found the restaurant (only about three blocks from the Metro stop). To my enjoyment, I spotted L'Amere a Boire just across the street. After dinner, I chose to have "dessert" at the brewpub.
Several levels created a pub with lots of space without a sense of its large size. We tried the beers by sharing four small glasses out of a possible eight (Amber, Hefe, Imp. Stout, and Boucanier Porter). I enjoyed them all. The beer menu was only in French, but my semester in 8th grade paid off again. :-) Service was good. We didn't try the food, but each of the items on the limited menu looked like something I'd be interested in trying.
Definitely worth another stop.
07-09-2007 14:10:37 | More by slyke
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4.81/5 rDev +23.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
Good place for food and beer. But your best bet for your buck on rotisserie romanos 115 racheal st. Didn't have the burgers but had fries and they were great. Plus the place is clean and good beer. Also a lot of locals come here. They speak good English here. Near the college.
03-15-2014 20:36:43 | More by cal-merc
4.28/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
super rad place brewing real small batches right on st-denis where shit gets weird. real neat ambience, a three level older building retrofitted with cool wood finishings and a small little bar with just a few chairs at it. 11 beers on tap was wild, looked like only a 5 barrel system, but it was hard to tell for sure. the winter noel brew was exceptional, as were the others that we tried. the people there were really kind souls, offering to help us with our french, comparing recipes, and even helping us find some food since their kitchen (which looked great!) was closed. lots of english style beers, some cask selections, and a low alcohol brew. prices were a little steep, but montreal is expensive as hell, and the beers were worth their asking price. this is one of my favorite spots in the city, and one you should absolutely check out for some clever beer and good vibes all around. cant wait to go back and try the rest of the beers!
12-25-2012 22:18:21 | More by StonedTrippin
4.48/5 rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I'm updating my 9/2/11 review after reading the review by DJ-JB below. I was back in Montreal for four days in early September and made a number of visits to L'amere a boire as well as most of the other brewpubs. The beers crafted by brewer Greg continue to be excellent and his pilsner remains the finest I've had anywhere in North America. I find it curious that DJ-JB joined Beeradvocate on 9/28, submitted a single negative review, and hasn't been back since. He mainly faults it for the food. I've had several meals there and found the food pretty good. It's a brewpub and that's what I go there for - I'd go if they didn't have any food at all. The food is fine and they have a number of menu options. Benelux and Dieu du Ciel only serve snack type food. Would he fault those brewpubs for not having a full menu??
My advice is to ignore his comments and pay attention to reviews from BA's who've established themselves here and don't have an attitude. This place is great.
L' amere a boire is my overall favorite brewpub in a city blessed with five excellent ones. I've spent one and a half months in Montreal in the last two years alone and know it's brewpubs well from multiple visits.
Dieu du Ciel gets the lion's share of hype/attention and most American craft beer fans visiting Montreal make a beeline for it and spend most of their time there. They make great beers and deserve their reputation, but it's too bad some of the other brewpubs don't get the full recognition they deserve. For every review L' amere a boire receives, Dieu du Ciel gets ten.
I think part of the reason is that Dieu du Ciel caters to the tastes of American hopheads and trendy beer fans while L' amere a boire specializes in lagers that are truely representative of their style. Greg, the brewer, is a master at crafting excellent lagers - which are considerably more difficult to brew well than ales. His pilsener is one of the finest I've had anywhere in the world, including the Czech Republic. While I was there this August, he put on a Munich helles lager that was exquisitely drinkable. All together they have six lager styles and at least three ales, including a great pale ale on cask. All their beers are well balanced and interesting.
The atmosphere is low key, relaxed, and inviting and most customers are locals who make L' amere a boire a destination rather than tourists who wander in off the street. The staff is friendly and knowledgable and always willing to assist in any way. I've had good sandwiches there but the beer is my main focus. They have a hot, fresh baked, homemade pretzel with mustard that is a perfect companion for the beer. The music features a wide range of interesting but unobtrusive artists, with lots of real jazz. On a recent visit I listened to Miles Davis's classic "Kind of Blue" album in it's entirety.
I give L' amere a boire my highest recommendation. If you leave Montreal without spending real time there, you've missed one of the best brewpubs anywhere.
10-08-2012 19:11:33 | More by Tut
3.28/5 rDev -15.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$
This place has so much potential, the décor is nice and usually there's a good atmosphere. However, the cafe definitely has some points to improve when it comes to products and services.
Since I live in Montreal, I was able to visit on multiple occasions. Although the beers are pretty okay (but not great), that's as far as it goes. Even on evenings when we were pretty much alone, it still sometimes took forever to get served and often the waitresses don't seem to be very happy or patient.
The choice for food on the menu is very small. According to my girl friend, the salad was tasty. However, I've had the hamburger twice on separate occasions (months in between) and both times, even though I came in very hungry, I wasn't able to finish the thing due to lack of taste. The patty was near-cremated, the bread was completely tasteless and there are hardly any toppings. Let alone that it doesn't get served as a menu, so anything else (fries, salad, ....) you need to order separately.
I don't take any more initiative to come here, I only come here upon an invitation of friends. There's so much more choice in Montreal that it would be a shame to waste your time and money here.
09-28-2012 16:25:41 | More by DJ_JB
4.22/5 rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Arrived at the opening so it's a bit hard to gauge the atmosphere. Only 3 other people there though a group of 10 arrived while i was enjoying my pint. The server was nice and knowledgeable. Scattered areas of seating near the window, at the bar (which is a bit lower) as well in the back. There's a second floor that is on reservation only or to handle the overflow of patrons. The look is clean, polished with melamine wood and brick walls. The selection was great.
They serve lunch starting @ noon only on Thursdays and Fridays. Otherwise the kitchen opens at 4PM. Had some nachos and dip that were decent. A bit pricy as it came to 12$ for a pint and a platter of nachos (minus the tip).
Worth your while for sure to try some authentic Czech-style ales and lagers.
12-22-2011 19:53:58 | More by papat444
4.44/5 rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped here waiting for Ciel to open, as it was rated highly by several other BA members.
The bartender was great and well-versed in all of the beers and helped us get the know the area as well. We were there right when the place opened and 2 of 4 people, so not a good judge of how busy it normally is.
We were looking for a clothing store for hoodies with Montreal logos on them, and were directed to the store down the street. It was a nice touch by the staff to help out.
I would recommend stopping by, even though the selection isn't extensive.
05-09-2011 00:53:01 | More by Duffman929
4.44/5 rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by this brewpub twice while in Montreal this past weekend. Overall, this is a really nice spot to enjoy some really good house brewed suds. They sport a small but comfortable terrace, multi level bar seating, about 12 house beers on tap and an excellent location on Rue St. Denis, one of my favorite strips in Montreal. The staff was really friendly here. The service was swift on both visits and I ended up chatting with the bartenders until close upon our second visit. Every beer I tried here was good. I Had the porter, stout, and belgian pale ale and my girlfriend tried the Hefe and the German style lager. All were well worth their malt. This place is a must visit for anyone serious about beer in Montreal.
07-06-2010 04:09:08 | More by sketchpunx
L'Amère à Boire in Montréal, QC, Canada
88 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.