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3.65/5 rDev -19.2%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Warning: You speak French here. I can carry on very basic conversation "Avez-vous une..." but if you are here on the wrong day, its only French so be prepared. That having been said, this is an up-and-coming place, and is convenient Northeast of Papineau and Sherbrooke downtown. An impressive large horizontal cooler greats you, and between the main room and the back room, about 7 times 3 shelves of micros. Despite to an ordering by style, I found beers out of place. Certainly preferred those shelves where they were listed by brewer.Many growlers from a couple of brewpubs I did not know.
09-07-2009 21:17:17 | More by Sammy
3.86/5 rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Probably the largest selection of Quebec beers in the Montreal area. The store is also in the middle of renovations that will be increasing its size. The prices are a little bit higher than what I'm used to, but not excessive. Apparently they carry Hopfenstark and Trou Du Diable, but they didn't have any in stock. Most beers are available in singles and it was pretty easy to find parking. The staff was pretty busy moving stuff around as part of the renovations, so I can't really comment on the service. Definitely the spot to go for anyone from out of town looking for Quebec beers to take home.
09-16-2011 18:46:14 | More by spinrsx
4.14/5 rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
Right off the bat, I'll come right out and say that I think the reason why the ratings for this place are so high are from all the Americans that visit and see a huge amount of beers they've never tried and can't normally get.
The atmosphere of this place is...well...it's a depanneur. It's a corner store that figured out that craft beer is a good game to be in. If you just look at the craft beer section in the back of the store, it comes off as any other cool craft beer store. It also has the 'let's get some chips while we're here' thing goin' on too though. The aisles in the beer section are a bit narrow, but who cares. Big fridge space, well lit, nothing wrong.
I guess you'd have to drink the beer to figure this one out. But ya, in terms of quality, the store was good. Lot's of beers were refrigerated, which is always a good sign.
Service seemed good. Nobody approached me, but staff were constantly talking to customers, helping them, and answering questions. Seemed like they knew their stuff.
Selection is pretty great. Albeit no better than the two better beer stores just across the river in Gatineau. Apparently it's the best in Montreal though, so then it must be pretty damn good.
Prices were a bit high, but I think the LCBO spoils Ontario shoppers in this regard. I noticed a few beers that were more expensive than Ontario. And $3.99 for small singles of Trois Mousquetaires seems a bit odd
Overall this place is a good beer store, and definitely the place to go in Montreal, but I felt a bit jipped knowing I could probably do just as good with a 20 minute drive to Gatineau.
09-18-2013 15:55:21 | More by tbeckett
4.24/5 rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Amazing corner store in Montreal with huge selection of beers. The selection is quite incredible with all bottled Quebec micros represented. Quiet a few rarities with great selection of growlers. Staff is quite knowledge and always willing to help. Location is a bit off from downtown but not too far form highway 15 which is convenient for me. Prices might be a bit higher then other places in town but far justified with selection. Nice selection of quebec ciders. Parking is quite ample in that part of town.
04-14-2011 02:06:08 | More by Phyl21ca
4.3/5 rDev -4.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
By recommendation of a couple Montreal BAs, I came here around a year ago, and every trip up since I always stop here to get some unique Canadian brews. When you walk in it looks like a little convenience store, but as you get to the back and see their Unibroue rack with all different branded glasses you see the beer selection.
As an American it's pretty intimidating because so much of their beer isn't imported into the US so it's really surprising how many different breweries there are in Montreal.
Also every time I've been up (on a Friday or Saturday) their beer guy has been there and offered to help out, he speaks good English so he can help you around, also beers are organized by style which is a bit odd compared to the US. Finally, every time I've gone they've had some solid beers to sample!
03-06-2010 14:24:20 | More by kingcrowing
4.35/5 rDev -3.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Nice dep a little out of downtown Montreal, but easily accessible by car, and seemingly not too far from transit. The beer room is in the back left of the store, and has an excellent selection of Quebec micros, which is very comprehensive and covers all the bases. Expect to find some great beer from Charlevoix, Dieu du Ciel, Trois Mousquetaires and a lot more. There is also a small handful of Belgians, but nothing too special. A beer fridge along the left-hand side of the store strikes me as a good option for those beers more sensitive to the conditions they're kept in. Prices seemed fine and in line with elsewhere.
Service was decent enough. I speak a bit of French, but there was little else needed in the transaction. I understand that the beer guys here is outstanding, so if you need to know anything he'll be the guy to speak to.
Picked up a whole bunch of Trois Mousquetaires... nice stuff!
06-16-2010 18:56:18 | More by bobsy
4.45/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
So the remodel they did went well - for a mini mart this place is very nice! In fact, once you're back in the "nice beer" section (out of the mini mart) you would never know you were anywhere but in a nice beer store.
And it's a very nice beer store. It's certainly overwhelming for a foreigner with no knowledge of Canadian beer to go in because it is overwhelmingly Canadian! Another reviewer wrote "if it's Canadian they have it" but that is far from the case - I did not see any of the beers I know from the Atlantic seaboard. But... HOLY COW are there ever a lot of Quebecois beers! Four or five aisles of Quebecois beers... It's nuts!
There is some semblance of order in the aisles - IPA, Belgian-Style single and tripel, dark and heavy, amber, um. And at least 2 others I forget just now (ha). Then all around that, in the cold case, against the walls, in center bits, things are arranged by brewery or as specials (when it arrived, whatever). There's a glass aisle (mostly locals, some European) and some tshirts, too.
What makes this place stand out:
- it's nice, clean, airy, well-designed, organized.
- the selection of locals is phenomenal
What could make it better for me:
- maybe... Maybe the place is designed specifically for locals but as someone from somewhere else I'm utterly at a loss when confronted with hundreds of beers I've never heard of! Shelf talkers of any kind would have been so appreciated! That's maybe complicated for them in that the BA shelf talkers are in English but, dang it, if I have to look up every single beer to have any idea what it's about then it makes being there take a really long time!
- I want an itemized receipt, please, and not just the cash ticket!
- having help that seeks out customers and asks if they want/need help would work for me. Maybe that's not the style of Montreal, I dunno...
12-30-2011 16:17:23 | More by charlesw
Dépanneur Peluso in Montréal, QC, Canada
98 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.