Le Cheval Blanc

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Le Cheval BlancLe Cheval Blanc
BEER AVG
3.73/5
Based on:
57 Beers
92 Reviews
Place Score: 89
Reviews: 35
Visits: 48
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: n/a
Taps: 11
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

809 Rue Ontario Est
Montréal, Quebec
Canada
phone: (514) 522-0211

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Berri-UQAM Metro station.
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Reviews: 35 | Visits: 48
Reviews by mrskunk:
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

More User Reviews:
Photo of jophish17
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of StoutBoi
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of DawnOne
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

One of my favourite little bars in Montreal. Sad they no longer make the Blanche on the premises as it was outstanding on tap. Coup de Grisou (buckwheat beer) on tap is another of my favourites. (194 characters)

Photo of rale
3.89/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of rudzud
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Stopped by here with JLindros on the trip through Montreal. Inside was very high class, almost industrial with all the polished metal. Beers were written on a chalkboard on the wall near the entrance and across from where one would sit at the bar. Bar tender was not very attentive at all, but upon having hop questions the bar tender got the head brewer, Isael Dagenais, who came over and explained his beers. The brewer offered us tastes of upcoming beers and all around turned a rather mediocre bar experience (as once the head brewer came over to sit down and talk to us, the bar tender ceased paying us any attention) into the type of experience we were hoping to find in Montreal. Definitely a highlight of our trip up. (725 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

11 beers on tap, all brewed on sight, and a few Belgian bottles. Decent pieces. Didn't get food.

Very high class atmosphere, very chic and almost but not quite pretentious. Bartenders were ok but not very tentative at first, but the brewer himself was very helpful and friendly, he talked a lot and gave us samples of up and coming beers. He really made the difference of a so-so visit to a great one. One of the highlights of the trip. (438 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

The first of just a few places I had time to visit on a short trip to Montreal. Decent vibe here, noir-ish. There was a fairly good selection of beers to choose from, with a good range of styles. I believe samplers were available, but unfortunately the only beers I really had an interest in were only available in regular-sized pours. Thus--since it had already been a long day, and I had a tasting the next day--I only sampled two of the beers here, a DIPA and the Saison Framboise. Both were pretty average. The service left something to be desired. My bartender was evasive and detached for the most part. Took at least 5 minutes for him to take my drink order once I sat at the bar, and after that no service until several minutes of my glass being empty. It looked like they had small snacky food options, but nothing that really drew my interest.

Overall, this was not a bad place, but I doubt I would ever go back, mainly because of the service. And the beer didn't really leave me wanting more. Seems like there are other better bars in the nearby vicinity.

PS - If I remember correctly, this place does not take credit cards, and will only accept US money in $20 denoms or less. (1,192 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of papat444
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Visited yesterday.

My initial impression is that of an urban/artistic diner. The bar and stools surrounding it give me this impression. Nice view of the brewing tanks beyond the bars. Big chalkboard with prices, descriptions (including ABV) and names of beers. The service was ok at first. Had to approach the bar but she let me try a beer before buying so that was cool. Again, not much vibe since it was early in the day. Has an artsy/retro feel to it that my wife would appreciate. I liked it and will come back for sure. (525 characters)

Photo of Tut
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Le Cheval Blanc is one of the best brewpubs in Montreal and it's one of my favorites. I've drank there many times on numerous stays in Montreal and have always enjoyed their beer and atmosphere. I have no idea what happened during the previous reviewer's visit, but his one time experience is the complete opposite of my 15+ visits. I find it interesting(and telling) that he joined BA on 6/18/11 for the sole purpose of slamming Le Cheval Blanc and hasn't been back here since.

Le Cheval Blanc's beers are well made and they offer a very wide range of styles. The cask brown ale they had during my two week stay in August was excellent. The staff have always been polite and helpful and I've never seen them act rudely to anyone. I really like Cheval Blanc's slightly edgy(in a good way) vibe and the mixed group of people that frequent the place. I think Cheval Blanc is at it's best after dark and I often make it my final brewpub stop of the night. Whenever you go, give yourself time to adjust to the quirky ambiance and I think you'll really enjoy it.

One of the things I like best about Montreal's brewpubs is that they're small compared to American versions and each has a unique look and atmosphere that is very distinct. Ignore the previous review. Le Cheval Blanc deserves a serious visit from any craft beer fan exploring Montreal's offerings. (1,358 characters)

Photo of ajzbeers
1.68/5  rDev -57.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3

This was the last day of a 2 week tour of Montreal microbreweries and the worst experience. Not only did the beer leave a bad diacetyl taste in my mouth but the service was horrible. When I asked if I could exchange my drink for another one the waitress not only denied my request, but got upset and began berate and curse at me for asking. I should also mention that this was after we paid a table fee and tip. In Montreal on business I was having drinks with representatives from five different breweries. We were so appalled that we left without finishing our drinks. I would not recommend this place to anybody. (615 characters)

Photo of CBA
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A well worth it stop amongest many choices in Montreal. A darker more mellow bar to have a pint of one of their excellent house beers or open your wallet for an impressive selection of imports - De Molen, Saint Somewhere, Bruery, Jolly Pumpkin etc. They've got kind of a 50's retro vibe going on with the lighting and formica tables. Service was tops, and despite our (my) woefully inadequete French we were well taken care of. Frequently serving a cask selection as well.

Had:
Cherry Porter - cask
Doppelbock - tap
De Molen Rasputin
De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis (561 characters)

Photo of bobsy
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Popped in here on the Friday night of Mondial and was not surprised to see a large and eclectic crowd. The bar itself is surprisingly large, and had no problem accommodating the mass of people in there. Bizarre feeling to the place - part dive bar and part trendy bar. Seemed like a serious beer place, though, and the crowd seemed to know what they were about. Alongside the regular brews there was a great selection of funky wonders, and we worked our way through brett warrior IPA (100% warrior hops and brett-inoculated), 2005 Boon Geueze Mariage Parfait, and India Rouge on cask. I was also given some samples by other people at the table, and while the quality seemed to vary between awful (brett warrior) and great (India Rouge), all the beers did seem to have been kept well and displayed competence.

Service was decent, and for the non-Frnacophones out there, English was spoken. Food menu appeared to be limited, and none was being served by the time we got there (11pm). Prices seemed to be pretty decent.

A decent stop in the area, which would make a good stop on a pub crawl. Its not at the same level as L'Amere a Boire or Dieu du Ciel, but the addition of a cask is a huge plus, and I'd happily go back again. (1,226 characters)

Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Being about 7 blocks from my office, I would drive or walk by here regularly and notice the bummy looking boomers smoking in front, talking loudly and looking drunk. Apart from the name, nothing made me think this place was different from all the other crusty bars in the neighborhood. A few reviews on BA convinced me to check it out.

Yes! What I can now say is that I was partly right about my prejudice but it's all worth it.
The beers on tap are (I'm pretty sure) all their own recipes and brewed on the premises. Some are very good. Some taste kind of dirty and/or homebrewed.
They also have a smallish selection of great imports.

The bar staff is nice but doesn't know much about beer. I asked the barman which nitro-taps he had to which he pointed the cask handle. I then said the ones with the black tips and got a good answer.

I've met lots of interesting people there like brewers and beer enthusiast tourists but also (mostly) saw a lot more nutcases and freaks. I don't have a problem with druggies and freaks, they're often very entertaining and lots of my friends are, but sometimes you just wan't to enjoy a good beer in a quiet setting or with like-minded people.

The menu is particularly simple but very good and of quality just don't arrive there hungry, they're basically snacks. They don't know anything about the food they serve either: I asked what kind of saucisson were in my plate and they couldn't really say.

Cool atmosphere but definitely not ideal to taste some of the expensive (up to $35) imports.

In the two weeks following my first visit I have returned 6 times for 5 hours at a time and twice for a quick 20 minute pint. I've also introduced 5 friends to the place who all said it was cool/great and wanted to go back.
They also have concerts/shows which can be great fun or annoying depending on your mood.

All in all: The beers are great. and the people are either super chill and interesting or crazy and disturbing (in every sense of the word).

Not perfect but I do love it and hope to return often. (2,049 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here over the weekend to meet up with some friends. About 5 to 10 minutes up from Berri-Uqam station.

Very artsy atmosphere, pretty hip looking crowd, most everyone chatting and downing some pints. Decent interior, slightly trendy but still has an old school feel. Seemed like a lot of locals gather here.

They did have a cask engine and I enjoyed a good pint of their IPA Rousse. Had a few beers and all were pretty solid, nothing crazy but definitely good value. They have a small food menu, pretty much the norm in Montreal brewpubs. Had a fantastic plate of cheese and olives though. Service was good, the servers didn't go out of their way very often but it never took very long to grab a pint. A good stop in Montreal. Not a must like DDC but definitely required if in Montreal often. (804 characters)

Photo of Yetiman420
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

My wife and I did a quick, two day brewpub and good food tour of Montreal (and then on to Burlington VT) in early June of 2009. Our brewpub stops in Montreal were determined by high BA ratings and proximity to public transit.

These five Montreal stops put me at 273 stops in my quest to visit every quality brewer/brewpub. Below is a ranked list of our stops starting with the best at the top. They were all worthy visits and Montreal is a great destination if you ever have the chance to visit. The specific review follows the list.

Le Saint-Bock Brasserie Artisanale Inc.
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
Benelux Brewpub & Café
Le Cheval Blanc
L'Amère à Boire

Le Cheval Blanc had 8 house beers coming in around 5% each. Atmosphere is lounge meets diner (which we guessed is what it was in a former life). Funniest part of this stop was when my wife tried to flex her French and the server told her, in plain English, to speak English.

Fourteen mostly Belgian guest bottles. I had a sampler with blanche, Coup de grisou, non-filtered amarillo pale ale, India dark ale, and a 6 month imperial stout. Kudos for offering such unique and well crafted beers. (1,154 characters)

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Le Cheval Blanc in Montréal, QC, Canada
89 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.