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Le Saint-Bock

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Le Saint-BockLe Saint-Bock
BEER AVG
3.68/5
Based on:
72 Beers
61 Reviews
Place Score: 89
Reviews: 30
Visits: 44
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: 175
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1749 Saint-Denis St
Montréal, Quebec, H2X 3K4
Canada
phone: (514) 680-8052

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Really decent beer bar. The prices are a touch steep, but they have a huge selection on tap, good private import, a pretty nice look/feel, and okay house beers.
The food is good and a lot of it prominently features beer. That said it is basically just variations on pub food and is pretty heavy with big servings. You could easily split some of their main dishes. There is a good selection of house beers encapsulating a wide variety of styles, but I find them to be a bit lackluster. They are decent though. Granted, I haven't tried tons of them.
All-in-all a good place to duck off for a pint. You can get some good imported stuff here, too, but it'll cost you. (672 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Le Saint-Bock is in Montreal's Latin Quarter not far from Le Cheval Blanc, Brasserie Artisanale L'Amère A Boire, and one of the many Les 3 Brasseurs locations. If you're in the mood for live music, mainly blues and rock, there's also Bistro a Jojo; or there's a great scotch selection at Pub L'Ile Noire - both have a decent selection of beer as well.

At first glance it may seem small, but once you pass the outdoor seating area and step inside you'll find that it's actually a pretty deep space. At night it has very much of a nightclub feel, and the younger crowd seems to thrive on that. Dance music plays and red light glows from beneath the bar, and against the walls. It has a red, black, silver against beechwood decor theme going on. It's slick, but not overly so. Given my druthers, however, I'd prefer to visit during the daytime when it's a little more casual and 'common'.

Look for a beer menu and you won't find one, unless you look up on the wall at one of the electronic menu boards they have. The draft list slowly pages through, offering 44 beers on tap including 20 of their own. The brewery, by the way, is tucked all the way in back.

I sampled several of the house beers and found them all to be quite good. The guest beers included a few Belgians, a few Americans (two from Stone, Avery's Beast, and something from Moylan's) which was highly unusual, and their Canadian choices were of the finest and most rare from Dieu Du Ciel, Hopfenstark, Microbrasserie du Lac Saint-Jean, Microbrasserie L'Hermite, Microbrasserie Charlevoix, Le Naufrageur, Trois Mousquetaires, Brasseurs Illimités, and Brasserie Franches-Montagnes to name a few. Impressive!

They offer food as well, which is mostly basic (although in Montreal where many places offer no food at all or just "snacks", this is something special), including soups, salads, sandwiches, nachos and chicken tenders, etc. The prices are slightly pricey given the neighboring competition, but with a few beers in you I doubt you'd consider trekking out to save a dollar or two.

Overall I was quite impressed by the beer selection, and I wish I'd gone here immediately (I stayed just up the block but I chose two other close locations to visit in the Quartier Latin and didn't get back until a week later the night before I left for home). (2,320 characters)

Photo of nriech
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

I think this place was pretty decent for the area and what I saw thru the rest of the city. I liked all the beers I tried, nothing blow your mind but all very respecable for their styles. Our waitress was very pleasent and helpful with the menu as they have no English menus. The beer menu on the wall was detailed regading what kind of glassware you would receive the beer in and the price for each size and each beer. The waitress even stopped to make sure we understood what we would be receiving which is great if you werent expecing to get a tulip glass for $7.

The food we ordered was appetizers only but pretty good. The brie with maple was great.

I reccomend going on off hours though, we were there around noon to 2PM. Later that day it was extremely packed and loud on both nights (Friday and Saturday so its probably to be expected.)

Overall I dont think this place should be bashed, if you are looking for a good beer selection theres not much else in walking distance of this quality. (1,002 characters)

Photo of SSS
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

They have a bible of beers, that includes some really good stuff. Found Innis and Gunn here...when it was somewhat hard to find in Quebec. It was quite pricy at $10.00 per bottle, but well worth it when you factor in that it costs $3.55 at the SAQ. I recommend this place to anyone who wants to have a beer they cannot regularly find in the city. (346 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.93/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Been meaning to come here for a while and finally had the chance to stop in for a quick pint. Lots of lounge chairs, small bar, table scattered. Decor is a mix of stylish and pub-feel. Vibe seemed nice though it was early in the afternoon. Heavy on the house beers with some guests including TDD. Lots of breweriana spread all over including their massive selection of bottles. Overall, good but real test would be to come on a Friday or Saturday night. (453 characters)

Photo of jbsteiny
3.09/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

To mirror what Tut said below, the reviews from Birradonna and Grand Connaisseur below must be by managers/owners trying to bump up their ratings...

I've been here three times on two separate trips to Montreal - the first two were in February 2011 and I was very impressed - 20 taps, including maybe 16 of their own beers - I remember having a good smoked brown, and I believe a Weizenbock. A bit touristy and dark, and I never tried the food.

I went again last night, and was disappointed. First of all, the place was packed and very noisy - most people didn't seem like they were there to enjoy craft beer - they were there to party. I tried four of their beers - a brown ale brewed with chipotles, an IPA with tea, a Belgian IPA, and their cask ale brewed with Soriachi Ace. They were all decent, but none stood out. Server was nice enough, and fairly attentive despite the crowd, and their bottle list is good, but I agree with Tut that the nearby L'amere a boire is superior. (982 characters)

Photo of Tut
2.18/5  rDev -44.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Update 3/1/13: I've upated my review because of the two highly suspect reviews below. Both claim to be from Montreal but have no other activity here. Birradonna joined on 9/11/11 and has only done this review and one other. No other content. Grandconnaisseur joined 10/21/12 and only did this review. Neither has been on this site since. It's an obvious attempt to stack the deck. My guess is that they are the owner and/or staff of the pub. Hell, the reviews even sound the same. Both give it a perfect 5?? That's higher than even Dieu du Ciel rates. Give me a break. :(
I stand by my experience at Le Saint-Bock.

August, 2010:
I've spent a lot of time in Montreal and know it's brewpubs well. I'm now in the middle of a two week stay. I will never go to Le Saint-Bock again after the experience I had a few days ago.

Like the mediocre 3 Brasseurs, Saint-Bock gets most of its customers as tourist walk-bys from the street as opposed to those who seek it as a destination. It's location on heavily trafficed Rue Saint Denis in the Latin Quarter is the cause. For many patrons, it's just one of numerous options to have a convenient drink and many people there don't even order beer. Interestingly, L'amere a boire, an excellent brewpub a short distance up the hill above Rue Ontario, is completely opposite - almost all their customers are people who purposely go there for the beer and relaxed ambiance. This may explain part of my experience at Saint-Bock.

I had been to Le Saint-Bock during a month long stay in Montreal in July, '09 and didn't particularly like the place due to it's touristy crowd and the big screen TV's, which detract from the atmosphere. Still, beer is my focus, so I decided to give it another go this trip. I arrived around 3 pm and went to the bar. I was the only person inside, the others were on the front patio. Their draught beer menu has about 20 beers and is well posted on a sign above the bar. I barely had begun to explore the beer list when a young woman bartender came up and asked "What kind of beer are you looking for?" I politely said I just needed a few minutes to look over the list and I'd let her know. She immediately asked me what type of beer I didn't like. When I repeated my desire to read the beer list, she left with an obvious air of exasperation. It bothered her that I didn't want her assistance in choosing my beer. This was the lessor of my problems however.

I decided to try a pint of their cask ESB, even though it cost $6.75, and ordered from the male bartender. When I picked up the glass it was completely warm, i.e room temperature, not a low 50's F cool the way cask ale should be served. I asked the bartender if he'd served any yet and he admitted mine was the first. It was obvious they hadn't pulled the line, but when I complained about the warm temp., he claimed "That's the way it's served here" and walked away. I left the beer on the bar.

Others from Montreal I've since talked with, who know beer and the brewpubs, told me they don't like the place much because of the tourists and attitude of many of the staff. With excellent beer and friendly, polite staff at L' amere a boire a short distance away, there's no reason to ever drink here. If you're in your early to mid-twenties, in Montreal for the first time for a weekend, staying at a nearby hostel and just looking to party with some craft beers, Le Saint-Bock will do the job for you and you'll probably think it's a cool bar. If you're an older, experienced beer traveler, Benelux, Le Cheval Blanc, Dieu du Ciel, Reservoir, L' amere a boire, and Vices et Versa are far better choices. (3,626 characters)

Photo of karlfree
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Great brew pub in a really cool location. My friend and I travelled up to Montreal and found this place right near the hostel we were staying at. They have a pretty big selection of different styles, each sounded very interesting. I had a Saison and Black Ale, both of which were great. They have a decent sized outside seating area. People really squeezed into a tight area outside, but it is fun if you love listening in on conversations and trying to pick up on the French being spoken. Overall a definite must try if visting Montreal, if only for some poutine and great beer. (579 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Nice bar located close to downtown and easily accessible. I was there during a hockey game which create a weird atmosphere. The barmen was actually working the crowd with his microphone. Service was quite good even though the place was packed. The selection is quite interesting with a bunch of beers brewed on site with some good QC micros and very interesting imports. Food was actually quite good with huge plate and fair prices. I must admit that some of the beers were off and I am wondering if it is due to the lack of cleanliness of the draft line. I would revisit but maybe not the first place I would hit when I am in town. (632 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Frequent this place quite a lot, usually either later in the evening or for lunch in the afternoon. This is probably my favourite place to go for both good food & good beer in Montreal.

Atmosphere is great. Pretty hip/classy inside with modern and tasteful furnishings and decor. As mentioned by others, it can get pretty busy during Canadiens games so might be tough to find a spot, but I've never noticed the service suffer as they usually have a ton of people working those nights. Also ridiculously cheap shots whenever the Canadiens score.

Service can be kind of slow, especially during afternoons I've noticed, but I think their approach is to only interrupt tables when glasses/plates are empty. Staff are real friendly and helpful, and can recommend something for the beer style you're into.

Have about 20 taps of Quebec regionals and their own St.-Bock beers. I've noticed through the Winter about 80% of their taps are St.-Bock beer, so you can really work your way through their line-up (plus they have 5-beer samplers). I find St.-Bock beer pretty good for the most part, with some great ones (Centurion) and not-so-great ones (Gummy Beer), but their beers aren't quite on the same level as Dieu du Ciel.

Beer menu is fantastic, but I've noticed quite alot shown isn't available. Great belgian selection though, and prices are fair for the most part. Favourite go-to are tall bottles of Moinette.

Food is surprisingly quite good. Probably has the largest menu I've seen for a place with such a tiny kitchen! Prices are very fair for what you get. Favourite go-to is the chicken/bacon/brie panini-style sandwich. Great fries, and great salads too.

Overall, if you're in the Montreal area I would highly recommend this place (especially if you're into Belgians and the Quebec brewing scene). (1,809 characters)

Photo of Glory
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

OK Everyone needs to know that La St-Bock is THE place in Montreal for imported beers.

It has the best selection of beers from Belgium, The States, Germany...You get products like Dark Lord, Sam Addams Tripple Bock 1997, A few Cantillons, Trappists and the list just goes on if your willing to pay the price !

They have a nice selection of homebrews that are pretty much always weel done, beers inspired by German, Belgian en English recipes.
The food is honest, nothing classy or different than Nachos, burgers, hot dogs..you know...but still well made !

The service is a bit bad, on busy night or hockey night you can wait quite some time before beeing served or re-served.
I like the place alot..if you are in Montreal for the Beer sceen you need to go to St-Bock

Cheers lads (782 characters)

Photo of LeffeHanded
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great spot that qualifies as a beer bar and a brew pub. Saint Bock has about 20 taps, 5 or 6 reserved for their own brews, the rest are for guest beers. I really enjoyed the brune, and the baltic porter. My cohort enjoyed a McAuslin's creme ale. We sat at the bar, and were served fairly quickly, though the place wasn't too busy yet. I've visited the pub on previous occasions and the food was pretty good..the menu was only in French if I recall correctly. Great atmosphere, with tables, lots of lounge chairs, and library shelves filled with interesting beers. St. Bock has an outside patio as well, but stay clear if you're sensitive to smoke.

Highly recomended, will definitely visit again. (697 characters)

Photo of tugdriver7
4.4/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Wow, two thumbs up here. Dropped in Sunday afternoon (following the Canadian GP). Not many folks there, but really enjoyed the attention from the waitress who knew a lot about beer. Had some great sandwiches (not quite sure what I ordered, because it was all in French, but I got lucky) and the beer list was stellar. Tried Le Tabernacle, Tentations and Crucifixion, and a couple of other Quebec staples. I had ordered one with my meal and when the waitress found out we found her place through BA and that we were going to review it, she immediately offered a few samples of other beers to try. Great experience all the way around. One side note... A small group of (American?) race fans dropped in and sat at a table near us. One asked if they had any "light beers," to which the surprised waitress said, "No, but there is our beer list." Rather than try something new, they declined to eat there and left. Had they only asked, we could have steered them into Beer Heaven. Oh well, you can lead a horse to water.... (1,017 characters)

Photo of triwolf
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I'm really torn on this place. I visited twice during my 3 month stint in Montreal and had polar opposite experiences. This first time, the full menu was available (both beer & food) and had a wide variety of choices. I had the 666 Stout which was great and ordered off their 'book' (think Delirium jr. for those that have been) with a lot of European options. The service was OK and the food was definitely worth the price. However, the second time we went, we were constantly chasing down our server. The menu was reduced to a mere dozen food items - none of which sounded that great. I say 'sounded' because after waiting for an hour for our food, we were told it would be another 1/2 hour before it was ready. We got up and left. And because of the service problems we were only able to enjoy 2 beers during that hour. It may be worth chancing it because the beer selection is awesome, I'd just warn, don't plan on eating there. (932 characters)

Photo of CBA
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Came here on the recommendation of Eric, the owner of Biere O Loo in the Eastern Townships. We had previously walked by this place numerous times thinking it was just another "gastropub" like 3 Brasseurs. Mistake. While it definitely has a more polished set up than I prefer (think Earls) the beer is certainly front & centre. Huge bottle list with a focus on Belgians, in house brewed draft selection (didn't try) and a great draft selection of other Quebec breweries. Good location, and definitely worth the stop for some real gems a la fut.

*Bieropholie Calumet Grand Chef
*Hopfenstark Baltique Porter
*Hopfenstark de l'ermitage
*Unibroue Trois Pistoles

Good pricing on draft between 4pm & 7pm. However many of the bottles were very expensive. (748 characters)

Photo of hoochlovesbeer
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

I really don't think that the house brews are worth going there. But if you're going anyway try and order any of the guest brews and you'll stand a better chance. The house beers tasted like less than mediocre homebrew. I would definitely skip this place and go to L'Amère A Boire instead which is just down the street.

If you feel really adventurous bike (as there is no public transportation closeby) to Broue Pub Brouhaha. You won't be disappointed. It's a hole in the wall, but you'll enjoy the unpretentious feel about Brouhaha. You'll be happy you made the trek. (570 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Le Saint Bock is a very good brewpub that does a good job of creating a line of interesting, well-brewed beers for their own line. All were well done w/o flaws, but the Envieuse, a porter, was my clear favorite. My wife liked it as well, and the brune called Aportre. In addition, the pub had a range of guest taps from mostly, maybe all, Quebec pubs and breweries from La Nafrageur on the Gaspe Peninsula to Unibroue. Drafts were well served as well. We also tried the french fries (frites), which came in a bowl shaped like an oversized bomber bottle cut out, and were good, served with herbed mayo like most places in Quebec. Very hot in the pub on a rainy afternoon, something we didn't think about, but most places in Montreal seemed to lack air conditioning, choosing to suffer along until the cold winter temps return. So, we moved on, though we should have stayed to try some of the guest taps rather than going to either of the other two pubs down the street (Les 3 Brasseurs and L'amere a boire). If in the area, I'd make Le Saint a fairly high priority. (1,064 characters)

Photo of Yetiman420
4.66/5  rDev +18.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

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 Saint-Bock Brasserie Artisanale has a wonderful atmosphere - a long, cozy, dark room with inviting lounge seating areas. We made for the bar near the back in view of the small brewing area.

The best part of this stop was that they had 20 fine Quebec beers on tap. To some extent, their rating is boosted by other beers. Not sure I really care as I loved the concept and got to sample beers from Quebec's finest craft brewers (including the only cider of our trip which was exceptional). They had nine of their own beers on tap including a pale, schwartzbier, blanche, rouse, and a nice, stinky IPA.

This was our first stop on the tour and the selection, quality, and ease of doing my own sampler (which all the brewpubs were doing) made this the most memorable of the stops. (1,441 characters)

Photo of bobsy
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nicely decorated brewpub in the lively Latin Quarter of Montreal. Comfortable black leather armchairs surrounding half-barrel table, and stools at the bar. Nice, slick, trendy feel to the whole interior, and about a dozen tables on the street for some fine al fresco drinking. As can be expected, it is loud and busy on the traditional going out nights, with an early-20s crowd. 18 taps on at the time of visit, with one of these being a cask. In addition to their own beers they had a number from La Barberie, Alchemiste and 3M, but nothing that really grabbed my attention. Service was of the high level that seemed commonplace in Montreal, and was both fast and friendly. I used my French, so I can't vouch for how easily understood English would be, but most Montrealers are ridiculously fluent in both languages. Food was great - I had a nice spicy sausage on a baguette, accompanied by a green salad. I even got to sit at the bar and watch the Jays stick it to the Phillies. Prices seemed consistent with elsewhere.

Third visit was a lot quieter, and really pleasant for a Saturday dinnertime. Everyone spoke English, so no problems at all. The sausage is still good, and 20 taps were on including a really good cask stout. Everyone in our party enjoyed the atmosphere, service, food and drinks, so I've bumped up a couple of the categories to reflect this. (1,364 characters)

Photo of Deuane
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Another stop on the Mondial 2008 pub crawl!

Cool place inside....outdoor seating area in season, inside a long bar with plenty of room, is off to the right....but the neat area is before that with big, comfy, overstuffed leather chairs around big glass topped tables...our group of 8 decided to sit here.

Nice selection, all written out on the blackboard, of 19 beers on tap (5 beign their own) and 1 cask offering. Everything was tasty and fresh.

Our service was less than desired. First our waittress was rather terse...she would not come to us and we had to go up to the bar area when we wanted something. Also, she wouldn't run a tab for us and insisted that we pay for everything up front when we ordered....look we aren't college kids who are going to dash and dine! Take my credit card! CRAP!

The food, once we got an order in, was pretty nice...with C and I sharing a rather large, albiet a bit pricey quesadilla....heck our quesa was larger and cheaper than our friends pizza....so order the quesa if you are thinking about a pizza!

Overall not a bad experience just a bit annoying. I am not use to this no tab BS....and if that is your policy fine...but don't be rude about it to me. I was certainly happy with the vibe and beer selection. (1,255 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

If you like Belgian beers, this may be the best place in North America. The list is extensive and impressive. There are also many Quebecois beers.

Service was a bit incosistent and certainly not friendly. Efficient and unfriendly might be acceptable, but this was frustrating. Also, the server did not know the menu very well, which frankly is understandable.

The atmosphere is like a college town bar--noisy and unsophisticated. It's in a happening part of town, so there's plenty to do if this place doesn't do it for you. (528 characters)

Photo of santa109
3/5  rDev -23.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

Visited this during a weekend pub crawl in Montréal.

We visited this place on a sunday afternoon.

The place has a patio area on St-Denis street. Inside there is small sitting area close to the window with cafeteria type orange tables. Ugly color, uncomfortable seating with a big screen on which nascar was shown. But further inside, there are nice leather chairs with glass tables on a barrel base that look fairly nice. The decor is modern and of the 3 places we visited on the weekend (the other being Dieu du ciel and L'amère à boire), this is by far the trendiest. It seems to be aimed towards the younger college crowd. They were playing an annoyingly repetitive house music.

They have a decent selection of mostly belgian import bottles as well as some Québec micros. All overpriced even by Montréal standards. ex: 15$ for some 330 ml belgians that you can have for 10-11$ in other places around there.

They had 14 taps of québec micros and 6 of their own brews. Others were from: Le chaudron, le grimoire, alchimiste, unibroue, trois-mousquetaires. The tap prices here are more expensive than at L'amère à boire and Dieu du ciel for pints so we ended up having a 12 oz. glass which was the same price as the 20oz. pints at L'amère à boire for the time of the day.

The waitress we got had no clue about their beers and the blackboards do not even say what type of beer they're supposed to be and nothing about the names can help you figure them out. I asked about 1 beer and she didn't know so went all the way back to the bar, asked the bartender what kind it was, then returned. I then asked about 2 others since the first one wasn't what I felt like having. Once again, same drill, she had no idea, asked the bartender at the other end again about what type of beer. She was possibly new on the job but I would expect that they would train their employees better. At least she was friendly, trying to be helpful and easy on the eye.

I had the "Tentation" and the "Confession" (reviews to come). I was told that the Tentation was an IPA. As I was drinking it, I couldn't believe it was, it didn't taste anything like an IPA should. Turns out that it's a rather average (according to me) pale ale (from their website). The confession was ok, nothing great and a tad weird but maybe it's just because I'm not used to spicy red wheat ales. Quality wise, I guess they were ok, but not what I wanted due to the waitresses mistake.

One nice thing is that the tasters seem to be pretty big. The table next to us went for that and I regret not doing the same.

The pizza they had smelled great and other entries in the menu looked really good. Might be a better place to eat than to have beer?

Overall, not impressed with this place. I would return to Dieu du ciel and L'amère à boire and would try some other place before I would return here. (2,864 characters)

Photo of LeTonneau
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Good place to get together with friend. Can be crowded on hockey nights though so be warned ! Great choice of taps (they try to have 20 all the time). Great selection of bottles. It can be a bit pricey even if they do give you a 25% rebate on belgian beers.

The service is not equal. Sometimes, it's the best in town (waiter knows what is talkin' about) or it can be hopeless (waitress does not know if the beer is white or brown). So it's a coin toss with the service. That's why I give it an average.

Food is not exceptional; but the fries are a treat.

All in all, a great place even if the staff is not always up to your expectations. (640 characters)

Photo of Beersignal
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I've been to le St-Bock at least a half a dozen times, in both seasons (that is hot and cold) and have always found something to like whenever I have sat myself down on one of their comfy leather chairs. So it's about time I commit my thoughts, impressions, and opinions to print.

Pretty much perfectly situated in the Latin Quarter just south of Ontario street and but a stone's throw from UQAM (many opportunities for socializing if ya know what I mean) Le Saint-Bock invites you inside to a warm and relaxed lounge athmosphere where dark leather and dark woods adorn much of the furniture. The style is modern and the owner has proudly displayed his extensive beer bottle collection on the walls. It's definitely beer oriented.

We were greeted by a frantic barman who looked like the had way too much on his slate for one man, but still found the time to chat us up about the local fauna. He was prompt to serve us each our choice of beers from a comprehensive selection of tap brews. I had the cask mild, I was just stoked that such a beer was being offered, among the extensive selection of bottles. I was a little dismayed at the way it appeared in my glass, three quarters full of foam. It took considerable settling and dumping of extra foam to get a proper serving.

The food was the biggest disappointment for me. At $11.00 you would think that a burger could be fresh beef rather than pre-made, puny frozen patties warmed in a microwave. To boot, the blue cheese in my burger was either too old or too powerful (i.e.: stilton) for the burger and the only thing I could taste was the sharpness of the cheese. I felt like I was having a block of blue cheese for supper. On a positive note, my buddies really liked their chicken wings so there is hope.

With a really good lineup of bottles and solid tap offerings, I do recommend this place. It really is unique in Montréal for its private imports (just have to work on getting some gueuzes), and even if expensive, are much cheaper than the alternative... travel.

Santé

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

Looks and feels more like a very good beer bar than a brewpub. Whatever it really is, the surroundings are clean and upscale, and the service is helpful. 19 drafts (all regional beers) were listed along with a cask that was working. Also featured were more than 100 bottles of expensive imports, with names like Orval, Fullers, Floreffe, Duvel Green label, and Konings. Actually, the draft prices were right on target with the other bars in the area, but the bottles are pricey, even by Canadian standards. But I shall keep this in my black book of beer establishments, as this is the beer bar to go to in the city for imports. It's also the establishment I had my very first cask ale (La Barberie Bitter). (706 characters)

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Le Saint-Bock in Montréal, QC, Canada
89 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.