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Reviews by Tut:
2.18/5 rDev -45.1%
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.
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.
03-01-2013 02:15:58 | More by Tut
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3.66/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
05-18-2014 20:23:50 | More by nriech
Le Saint-Bock in Montréal, QC, Canada
89 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.