Active Beers: 26
Beer Ratings: 67
Beer Avg: 3.56
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 175
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 27 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by bobsy:
4.18/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Nicely decorated brewpub in the lively Latin Quarter of Montreal. Comfortable black leather armchairs surrounding half-barrel table, and stools at the bar. Nice, slick, trendy feel to the whole interior, and about a dozen tables on the street for some fine al fresco drinking. As can be expected, it is loud and busy on the traditional going out nights, with an early-20s crowd. 18 taps on at the time of visit, with one of these being a cask. In addition to their own beers they had a number from La Barberie, Alchemiste and 3M, but nothing that really grabbed my attention. Service was of the high level that seemed commonplace in Montreal, and was both fast and friendly. I used my French, so I can't vouch for how easily understood English would be, but most Montrealers are ridiculously fluent in both languages. Food was great - I had a nice spicy sausage on a baguette, accompanied by a green salad. I even got to sit at the bar and watch the Jays stick it to the Phillies. Prices seemed consistent with elsewhere.
Third visit was a lot quieter, and really pleasant for a Saturday dinnertime. Everyone spoke English, so no problems at all. The sausage is still good, and 20 taps were on including a really good cask stout. Everyone in our party enjoyed the atmosphere, service, food and drinks, so I've bumped up a couple of the categories to reflect this.
09-22-2008 14:58:30 | More by bobsy
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4.37/5 rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | $$
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.
01-20-2014 21:08:19 | More by SSS
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$
Been meaning to come here for a while and finally had the chance to stop in for a quick pint. Lots of lounge chairs, small bar, table scattered. Decor is a mix of stylish and pub-feel. Vibe seemed nice though it was early in the afternoon. Heavy on the house beers with some guests including TDD. Lots of breweriana spread all over including their massive selection of bottles. Overall, good but real test would be to come on a Friday or Saturday night.
05-12-2013 19:39:11 | More by papat444
3.09/5 rDev -21.6%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
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.
03-02-2013 17:21:59 | More by jbsteiny
2.18/5 rDev -44.7%
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.
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
4.53/5 rDev +15%
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.
08-15-2011 21:56:53 | More by karlfree
Le Saint-Bock in Montréal, QC, Canada
89 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.