Benelux Brewpub & Café

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Benelux Brewpub & CaféBenelux Brewpub & Café
BEER AVG
3.79/5
Based on:
65 Beers
105 Reviews
Place Score: 90
Reviews: 48
Visits: 73
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

245 Sherbrooke St W
Montréal, Quebec, H2X 1X7
Canada
phone: (514) 543-9750

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Notes:
Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2006

Open daily at 4pm. To get there by subway: Green line, Place des Arts station. Go north up the hill to Sherbrooke street, then go east about 2-3 blocks. It's on the ground floor of a big appartment complex.
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Reviews: 48 | Visits: 73
Photo of rudzud
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Pretty fun brewpub right next to the hotel JLindros and I stayed at. About 10 or so beers on tap along with a list of upcoming beers. We walked by first around 7:30pm or so and the place was elbow to elbow with hipsters so we opted to wait until 11:30 (as the place closes at 3am) when most had cleared out. The bartender was quite attentive, recommending beers left and right. Only knock (aside from hipsters) would be the music selection was a bit dodgy. LOADS of American pop from the 60s-00's with random rock mixed in. Didn't really flow at all. There was also some seating in what looked like an old bank vault, which was kind of odd. Did not try any of the food. (669 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -1%

Very interesting brew pub. They had about 12 beers on tap and list of up coming beers, which the bartender allows you to sample and most are pretty good. Average priced. Server was very friendly and tentative, pretty knowledgeable and suggested great beers.

Atmosphere was the only downfall, Loud annoying music, just loud and some bad pop songs mixed with music, very disjointed. Lots of hipsters, modern hipster bar feel many randomly placed tables, etc. (458 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
4.2/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

This is a pretty nice bar with some very good beers, constant rotation of taps, regular casks, decent food, central-ish location and good service.

The look is pretty dark but it is neat to see how they set the bar up in a former-bank. It is positively sleek. You can even drink in the old vault. The bar is big, long, and curved with the brewing stuff behind, taps in the middle and levels with tables and bars everywhere else. The service is very good in my experience. The staff is nice, knowledgeable, quick to offer samples and most of them seem into the beer.

The beer is well above average in my opinion and even their beers that I don't like much are still pretty solidly made I feel. The food is simple but not really pub food. It is a bit expensive maybe, but is good quality. the dogs and the plate with olives, nuts and cheese are always good bets.

All-in-all this is probably my favorite place to get beers in Montreal. It is big enough to where there's usually room, the beer is good. Also I feel like they do a good job of always having a really wide range of styles at a given time. Even a chalk board to see what is currently fermenting for taps or casks. Beers are discounted before the 5 à 7 (happy hour). Well worth visiting. (1,262 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

If I had to make a list of the top 5 places to visit in Montreal based on the quality of their beers, Benelux would be included. Every beer I tasted was right on for style, but also with a little house character thrown in, and they were all clean and very well made.

I felt the decor was a combination of "posh" and "slick" with some down-to-earth character thrown in (the air ducts and wacky sprinkler pipe in front of the vault door). At night it has a kind of "glowing light" in a concrete box kind of thing going on, and although the seating appears kind of stiff, in the end it's actually very comfortable. I guess all of that has to do with the vibe, which is casual and fun. College students mingle with tourists and professionals stopping in for a beer before they head home.

I did not try the food, but watching them toast the rolls for the wurst on pointy spears rising above the grill was interesting.

Absolutely worth checking out. (947 characters)

Photo of stoppertb18
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Sherbrooke location. Tried the stout and American brown ale. Both very good. Brown ale much happier than many. Food is simple but good. Tex msex chicken wrap and "European" hot dog both simple but nice flavor. Service was prompt and friendly. 11 beers available on our visit. Sat outside with nice atmosphere. Well worth a visit. (329 characters)

Photo of cal-merc
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

This place is good for microbrews. However the smell when you first enter may scare you but don't walk out just yet. Their flights are reasonable and the beer s good. You should go for their appetizer of olives, crackers and cheese. It goes well with the flight (261 characters)

Photo of FEUO
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Good location, but not the most appealing appearance outside. Inside isn't a whole lot better, but it works. Great vibe inside. I was there on a pretty random Thursday night.
Staff was fabulous. Super courteous, pleasant and upbeat. Food was decent enough (had the veggie panini) but nothing I'd write home about. Beer selection was great. Lots of variety.
Pricing was more than fair. I look forward to another visit. (418 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

We arrived at Benelux around 4pm on a Friday afternoon and the outdoor area was quite crowded. Regardless, they were able to seat a group of seven of us at one of the last available benches outside. The server was extremely helpful, explaining each of the beers as well as the food in detail. I started off with a saison - the name of which escapses me - and moved on to the Yakima, an American IPA. Both beers were excellent. I did not try any food but two of my friends had paninis and said they were good. Another three friends came to meet up with us and there was no longer room for us outside. I asked the server if she could move us inside and she kindly closed out our tab outside and moved us to a long table inside to the rear of the bar. We ordered a few more rounds and had a great time. I would happily go back anytime. Good beers and atmosphere. Grab a seat outside if possible and take in the surrounding city. (925 characters)

Photo of nquigley16
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Benelux is one of my favorite Montreal beer spots. They always do a great job with their beer and there is always a good selection. I have yet to try an Benelux beer that disappointed me. The employees are, for the most part, great.They have very good food to go along with their great beer, and the food is not quite as pricey as the beer which is nice. The inside has a great environment, but if it is a nice day, the area they set up outside is also great.

Definitely a must-visit if your in Montreal. (505 characters)

Photo of Clara
2.91/5  rDev -28%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

The beer good but the service was very bad. The blond waitress charged us three glasses of beer more than we actually had. I suggest people who go there to carefully check the bill.
The waitress first did not want to show us the details of the bill and her attitude was really bad. Of course my comment does not apply to the other waitresses, who seemed to be fine. The only bad thing about the place was really the service. The atmosphere of the place was really average. They did not offer us a menu nor mentioned the prices, probably because of that we did not eat anything. The prices were actually OK for beer in Canada. The taste option was interesting. (660 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Up in Montreal for a weekend and hit this place up for brews and lunch after roaming around Olympic Park and the Biodome all morning. We sat in the outdoor seating immediately in front of the entrance, and the wait staff rounded through pretty regularly. Indoors was a little on the dark side, with lots of pop-art advertisements on all of the walls, a couple of flat screens that were showing the Euro Cup, and some chalkboards with the day's specials listed. The menu is short and sweet, but the food and tapas is very tasty. Good rotation of brews available in all kinds of different styles. From the ads, it looks like there is a ton of beer-centric events for special releases, too. The staff was helpful and did very well with the language barrier. Prices were not bad at all for both the beers and the grub. I would definitely go back again. (848 characters)

Photo of Beersignal
4.08/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I am a fortunate person to be living so close to Montreal as so many brewpubs have come to life recently in this town. One of my favourites is Le Benelux.

First impression of the bar... feels laid back and cool. If you pay attention to the decor you will notice a sort of industrial vibe going on with a lot of rough edges, but comfortable. A sort of showpiece is the vault turned into a lounge... this place was once a bank branch. Being adjacent to McGill and UQAM universities you will always find a young and attractive crowd.

Can't say anything negative about the quality. Everything is always fresh and done to style with a lot of creativity. The bar staff is knowledgeable about the beers, but not necessarily beer in general and selection is always interesting, with cask offered every thursday. The menu for food is limited but this is not their mandate. What is offered is good quality snacks for those who are hungry but not looking for a complete meal.

Overall value is great. Great beers in a chill athmosphere with something to sink your teeth into and all at a very reasonable price per pint.

If you come to Montreal, you should stop here for a few pints at least.

Santé

SMD (1,198 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

It was absolutely packed when I went to this place, so I'm sure my experience is a little bit different. It added to the atmosphere, but took away from the service for sure. When I was there they had some guest beers on tap from the states as well as a bunch of their own. Everything I tried was fantastic and served in nice glassware. There was even a few people taking notes on the beers at the bar, and they mentioned they were on BeerAdvocate etc. Prices were a little on the high side - but it's quality stuff I guess. I didn't try any of the food so i can't comment on that. Definitely worth checking out when, but only after going to Dieu Du Ciel and drinking all 16 beers they have on tap. (697 characters)

Photo of Tut
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Benelux is one of the best brewpubs in Montreal and has always been one of my favorite places to enjoy a quality beer. I heartily agree with krisklyne's detailed, spot-on review below. Like other brewpubs here, Benelux is quite small compared to American brewpubs. In good weather the large outdoor terrasse supplements the interior space. They only offer snack food - beer is the focus and you won't find families with kids running around. I prefer bars like this.

Benelux is well located on Rue Sherbrooke and can be included in a walking tour with two other great brewpubs over in the Latin Quarter, L' amere a boire and Le Cheval Blanc. Although they specialize in Belgian styles of beer, Benelux also features a good range of other styles. I enjoy some offerings more than others due to my style preferences but all are well made, interesting beers. Thursdays they put a fresh cask on the bar which tends to disappear quickly.
The staff is great and enjoy talking about their beer with any who show interest.

Benelux deserves to be a serious destination - not just an afterthought during a typical pilgrimage to Dieu du Ciel. Benelux's beers are every bit as good - they just don't get the hype, probably because they don't brew stuff like barrel aged, imperial, Double Chocolate/Juniper/Jalapeno ale for the trendy beer seekers. If beers like that excite you then you probably will want to drink all 16 of Dieu du Ciel's beers before going elsewhere. If you're tired of these type of concoctions, give Benelux a try. (1,524 characters)

Photo of karlfree
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stayed at the university down the street off of urbain so this was a very easy walk from a pretty affordable and relatively comfortable "hotel." Nice brew pub with a large outdoor seating area. The waitstaff was a little slow but was also pretty knowledgeable about the beers. They had a cask option as well as a blended beer. Both were really interesting but not sure if they regularly have those types of options. Good option for a nice beer outside on a nice summer night. I strongly recommend the blended beer if available and the Belgian amber. (549 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
4.16/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Fairly centrally located within walking distance to Place des Arts where alot of festivals are held, including Jazzfest. Atmosphere is very modern with an industrial, lofty, warehouse vibe going on. Clear and legible whiteboards all over the place to tell you what's on tap (big plus in my books) along with the food selection. Nice large patio outside that fills up fast after the workday ends.

Benelux brews some really good beers and also offers a 5-beer sampler. They have about 10 taps that are usually all their own product, although one time they were offering Dieu du Ciel's Penombre on cask but I think that might've been a rare event. Happy hour specials lets you save about a dollar per pint. Free Wi-Fi available inside and outside on the patio too.

Service has always been good when I'm there with bartenders courteous and prompt, and they seem knowledgable about different styles. Selection of their taps is quite varied, with usually a stout, pale ale, and a number of delicious belgian styles (try the Ergot!). Unfortunately, haven't had their food yet but from what I see it looks quite good. They offer simpler snack items like paninis, hot dogs, cheese plates, etc.

Overall I'd definitely recommend this as a destination, especially if you're in the downtown area looking for a good brewpub. (1,315 characters)

Photo of Ynot2
4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in after going to the beer fest at Mondial. Enjoyed a sandwich and a couple of their beers before they cracked open the 10 casks and the Vermont beer. The food selection is not great but the food is tasty. I enjoyed the IPA they had on tap (forgot the name) before I met a couple of other BAs there. The service was slow and since it was a special event no tab allowed (probably a good thing for my wallet). Overall a nice place and good selection. The place was packed as was expected, will visit again before I head back to California. (545 characters)

Photo of TheDeuce
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Benelux Brewpub in Montreal....

Stopped at this place a couple of times during my trip to Montreal, it was way closer to my hotel than any other areas.

Decent sized outdoor area with tables and chairs, inside I found a rustic décor with lots of small tables along with booths and areas with plush leather chairs. Comfortable vibe, really chill. Had eight things listed on tap but were out of the Rouge. Probably should have taken that off then.

I tried many of their offerings, most were passable and fairly good but nothing stood out. Service was relaxed but friendly and helpful.

For food, I tried the European Hot Dog and it was excellent and done perfectly, they also have a selection of paninis as well. Also, full bar for the non-beer inclined.

Prices were a bit high, but this is Montreal after all. Basically the Manhattan of Canada.

This is near McGill College and will get crowded at night, best time to come for busy times is then, early afternoon it’s pretty relaxed.
Overall, not the best place in Montreal but a good chill place to stop by. (1,064 characters)

Photo of Duffman929
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The girlfriend and I stopped by here after dinner, since it was rated well by other BA members and was close to where we were staying. The bar is a nice size, but was dimly lit. We ended up having 2 rounds at the bar, and all of the beers were quite good. The beer that I was really looking forward to trying was tapped out, but sometimes it works out that way.

Overall, the atmosphere is laid-back and I would recommend going for a round or two. It is located just outside of McGill's campus, so I can see it being a nice university bar. (539 characters)

Photo of krisklyne
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Was planning a trip to Montreal and did some research into the best places to try and buy beer.

Benelux seemed to always come in second to Brasseire Dieu Du Ciel by reputation but was closer to my hotel so figured I would go here first.

Interesting little place with a university vibe.Upon entering we were greeted with busy workers sprucing the place up. We found out they were planning a big celebration for their 5th anniversary so we picked a seat as far away from the action as possible so as not to interfere.

We were welcomed by a very friendly waitress who sat down by us and asked what we were interested in trying.Seemed a bit out of touch at first with what they had on tap but quickly found out they rotate depending on what the Brewers have ready.A Brew Du Jour if you will. She went through the selections with us which they have on a board with style and alcohol content which was very helpful.

We tried the Cuda which is their West Coast IPA. Absolutely wonderful. Great example of the genre. We moved onto the sampler which was any five you want from the board. We chose different distinct styles so as to get the best experience. Not disappointed in any of them.All were great, La Marge, Yakima, Ergot,Flimzie & Double Anniversary IPA. Double Anniversary was by far the best even if I am biased to IPA's. Waitress took the time to explain what we were having and which ones to drink first.Finished off the visit with a Pint of the Anniversary since I dug so much.

We came back the next day as we were told they would be cracking open some private reserve stuff in advance of the anniversary celebrae.We were super stoked at the offerings! A great Saison that was aged for a year and a half similar to the St Bernardus 12 ABVT with the candied sugars and slight belgian yeast finish.Also got to try one of my favorite beers ever the Sabotage which is a deadly IPA with a heavy citrus/Grapefruit flavour.Perfect.

We were treated like gold once they realized we had some knowledge of quality beers and werent like the McGill kids that come in looking for the strongest beer on special.Brewers came and spoke with us for awhile refilling our glasses with 2 year aged Cuda and explaining their philosophy for great brewing.

The visit was pure heaven for beer enthusiasts such as ourselves and we were even treated to some extra insights by a visit from an old friend who now brews @ La 3 Brasseurs. Miss the beer here daily since my return alas I live so many thousands of miles away.I would live at this place if I ever moved to Montreal.Couldnt have asked for anything better be it price, quality or service. A true gem. (2,648 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is a nice small bar below an apartment complex with nice modern design and cosy setting. Beers are very solid and can't really judge the food menu as I didn't eat there. Service is great with nice sample selection if requested. I thought music was a bit loud in the evening but I am getting old (let's just say it is not the place to visit if you are tired). Definitely a place not too be missed while visiting Montreal and should be added tot he rest of the Mtl classic (DDC, Cheval Blanc...). (499 characters)

Photo of jrstacy98
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

For my visit atmosphere was more of a bar - low lights and dark coloring - yet a fun place. Average age was in the 20s, yet there were some older guys in suits enjoying a few points and a middle aged guy like myself finding easy conversaton with other beer enjoyers.

Limited food selection but the panini's were good. They had to have 12 beers to choose from, I sampled 5 and drank 2, they were all good. The bar keep was happy to have a beer enthusiast and really went out of his way to make sure I was taken care of. Next trip to Montreal I will definitely be going back.

One note - no IPA (at least as I could tell) on draft, but the Pale Ale (they didn't call it that) was great with a good hop presence. (710 characters)

Photo of Ralphus
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

I have been to Belelux twice now. It's a bit of an odd spot, being both slightly trendy and appealing to a young / middle age crowd - and serving good beer.

The beers are generally very well done. The west coast IPA is very good but I would probably skip their smoke beer however. Three of us didn't like it and when we tried to return it we were told it was the style and they wouldn't take it back. Nothing like putting the customer's view first!

Service can be a bit spotty. The last time I was there I asked the waitress what beers were available and she didn't know. I said, all you do here is serve beer and you can't tell me what's up on the wall? I'll go look... I got up to go check and she decided that maybe she better go have a look herself. Who knows, maybe it was her first shift.

Despite the negatives - its still worth a shot. Its quite popular and the beer is good. (886 characters)

Photo of cdithaca
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

I found Benelux through the Beerfly directory and went to try it out since it was close to my hotel. I was very pleasantly surprised. Benelux calls itself a Brasserie, which in Montreal at least, refers to a bar without much in the way of food, but that's not a problem when the beer is this good.

I started with a Belgian style ale that had been aged 5 months in oak and was very complex, smooth and delicious. After consulting with the knowledgeable and friendly waitperson, I tried something called 'Cuda (short for Barracuda) billed as a "west coast IPA". Well this was like taking your favorite west coast IPA and having it brewed Belgian style, sort of a cross between a fine dubbel and a great IPA. You didn't even have to taste, just one whiff of this fabulous beer and you knew you were in for a treat. The taste was every bit as wonderful. Very complex, spicy notes, yet plenty of hoppiness to satisfy even a dedicated hophead.

I really liked this place. It's across the street from the UQAM campus and walking distance from downtown and only a block from the Place Des Arts stop on the Metro. Too bad they don't bottle this stuff so you can take it home with you, but that's only another great excuse to go back to Benelux. (1,236 characters)

Photo of triwolf
4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I knew by looking at the menu on-line not to make this a dinner + beer night, so I can't comment on the food. Only had the opportunity to try two of their brews, but they were both good. Their Anniversary 2010 was very similar to Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale. The "Marge" was the oddest stout I've ever had. Dark, but with a really light, non-lingering flavor. Again - good though. The service started off great, but then our guy left after the 1st beer and didn't bother to tell anyone else. They had the Habs game on outside on a big screen which was great! Definitely would go back. (588 characters)

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Benelux Brewpub & Café in Montréal, QC, Canada
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