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Dépanneur Peluso

Not Rated.
Dépanneur PelusoDépanneur Peluso
BA SCORE
98
world-class

38 Ratings
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

2500 Rachel St E
Montréal, Quebec, H2H 1S1
Canada
phone: (514) 525-1203

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @depanneurpeluso

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(Place added by: papat444 on 06-29-2008)
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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

also known as Depanneur Bonisoir, pretty easy to get here from the Downtown, there are a couple metro stops within reasonable walking distance and the 24 bus stops just a block south

head straight to the back of the store, past a few coolers of beers on the left and up a flight of just a couple stairs, an overwhelming amount of what seems to be predominantly Quebecois breweries are represented here, others have made a stab at listing so I won't even try, everything is arranged by style and easy to navigate, following prior research I left with a bottle from Tres Mousquetaires and a few from the La Vache Folle of Charlevoix

the gentleman working the beer room that day was a non-drinker, so while he wasn't able to offer specific recommendations, he did point me towards the breweries he most often heard pushed by the beer guy (Alan, sp?), there were at least a few English speaking employees in the store that day

everything was clean and no quality issues are expected, traffic was pretty steady during my visit so rotation should be fine

Photo of papat444
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

UPDATED REVIEW: My first stop on the Journée québécoise de la bière.

Took a chance to re-review because lots has changed and i adjusted my score higher because of it. The beer section has more than tripled in size with it's own room. Every beer available in Quebec is here. He just received beer from Le Corsaire & Pub Broadway which, to my knowledge, he is the only one in the Montreal area who has those.
Also, big props to the beer guy Alain as he clearly knows his stuff and likes talking about it. On the special day yesterday, there was free samplings of all the beers available from A L'abri De La Tempête (4 of them, i tried Corne de Brume and Corps Mort, a barleywine), some tastings of sauerkraut from Naked Lunch and a drawing for some prizes.
Pelsuso is now, IMO, THE place for beer shopping in Montreal, period.

ORIGINAL REVIEW (AUG. 2008): Coming here, you won't see any mention of Peluso on the outside. It's a Boni-Soir depanneur. Immediately after the store, there's a small parking area where you can park your car.

Going in, i see coolers on the left side with macros. As i walk towards the back (where the craft brews always seem to be in Quebec beer stores), i notice a nice display around the cashier with assorted beers & wines.

Massive selection of beers with almost every beer available on about a dozen of shelves and stands. Most are at room temp, with a small portion in the cooler. There's AMB, Bieropholie, Brasseurs & Freres, d'Orleans, Trois Mouquetaires and many others. What i like is that if they have a brewer, they pretty much have all their beers and not just a select few. They also had some information pamphlets of a couple of brewers.

Only issue is i saw some old d'Ham beers as i know there are fresher batches with a new label.

There's a pretty solid selection of wines also if you're so inclined.

All in all, a solid, can't miss store with great selection if you're in the area (as it is a bit removed from downtown).

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of baybum
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of tbeckett
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.

Photo of bobsy
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%

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!

Photo of Whatup14
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%

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!

Photo of davegray
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Photo of Viggo
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%

Stopped in while in Montreal, I heard this place was great and it didn't disappoint. Right on the corner on Rachel. This is a block up from Sherbrooke so its pretty convenient from downtown to shoot over. The beer is in the back room, shelves and displays all over, tons of different Quebec micros. Growlers in the cooler, pretty much anything available from Quebec is here. The prices were a touch higher than some of the other stores I've been to, but I don't mind paying a bit more for the convenience factor of being able to pick up everything in one shot. The owners were friendly and the beer guy was very helpful. He even helped bring a box out to the car. This is a must stop in Montreal for buying beer.

Photo of mfunk9786
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of cbutova
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Stopped in here on Monday around 11AM. This was like the Julio's/Foodery/Deciccos/Olive Tree Market of Montreal to me, awesome selection.

In the front it looks like a regular convenience store but a small walk to the back and there is a pretty big room (Montreal terms) dedicated to micobrews.

The atmosphere was nice. Clean presentation, bottles lined up on shelves neatly organized by style. Big cooler selection, seemed to be sorted by brewery in there. I liked how I could pick a style and just grab a few bottles from different breweries, I grabbed 4-5 big stouts.

Quality was great as well. Like I said, the beer looked clean, ie lacked dust and the dates I saw on cases or singles were all within reasonable limits for a store with such a huge amount of different beers.

I didn't really ask any questions but there were several people working in the store and from what I gathered they knew enough about beer. He told me about specials they had and was nice. Didn't run out to offer advice, which I personally don't care about.

Mostly carried Quebec/Candian micorbrews, which is what I was looking for. I didn't bother to notice if there was any macros or import beer. Huge amount of singles on the top few shelves of each aisle with respective 4/6/12 packs below, I really liked the layout. I went up and down the aisle and there seemed to be 20-30 different examples of each style. Saisons, fruit beers, stouts, browns, IPAs and Belgian adaptations. I can't imagine another store in Montreal with a bigger selection of beer. They also had a great glassware selection, better than any store I can currently think of in the USA.

Prices were the same as any other store I looked for beer in. Montreal tax is a killer but that applies to all stores obviously. $2-3 per 12oz, $3-6 per 500ml, $6-15 per 750ml, etc etc. Reasonable.

The front of the store carried some snacks, wine, soda and whatever else the common Depanneur carries.

If you go to Montreal, this is a must visit. They also had a small PARKING LOT right next door where you don't have to pay, not too common in that city. That being said it was probably 1-2 miles from St. Laurent/busy areas of Downtown. Anyways, get here if you want to feel like a kid in a candy shop of Quebec micros.

Photo of sdaly3
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Philby11111
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of spinrsx
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.

Photo of MNBeerGeek
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of edugasmtl
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of TheDoctor
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Very nice store, if a little out of the way (a lot for me). But well worth passing by if ever in the area.

As others have said, upon entry the place seems like any other dep, but in the back the entire area is dedicated to beers. There is warm beer on shelves and cold in coolers. The majority seems to be in single bottles, but there are some six packs as well as macros, beer-based products, glassware, etc.

The selection is top notch and not only features new and special releases not found elsewhere in MTL, but also has breweries not found elsewhere and less common brews from some breweries that are.

The shelves are arranged by style which is not my favorite way to go about it, but it is an excellent idea for anyone visiting or not well-versed in the beers and breweries of QC. And actually, it just takes a little getting used to and it becomes a very logical set-up.

The freshness of stuff was about what you would find elsewhere, although I found some Moralité on the shelves that was considerably older than in the coolers, so be aware.

Excellent store all-in-all, the only downside is that it is so far from me : (
The best thing about it, though is that since it is a depanneur it stays open till 23h which is really nice, as elsewhere in town late at night your selection is more limited.

Photo of CliffBrake
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%

This must be the beer Mecca of Quebec! The store is bright, well lit and clean. The selection in the coolers on the left of the store as you enter beats the total selection of most any other beer store. But then there is the display in the room out back, which is organized by general style, and must include most anything available from Quebec breweries in bottle.

The service is friendly, knowledgeable and bilingual. And if you are looking for something you don't see - ask. They may go downstairs and find it for you. My large order was carried to my car for me and delivered with a handshake and a smile. Incredible!

Photo of groleau
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of ritzkiss
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

This place was recommended for bottles in Montreal and it didn't disappoint. Coolers along the side of the shop have a wide selection (beyond, say, Rahman) ready to go and then the whole back space is a room of Quebec beer, most of which you will no doubt never heard of and will not even be on BA.

Truly fantastic selection. Prices were the same as Rahman so nothing exorbitant. Lady at the counter spoke English, no problem there. Definitely worth going slightly out of your way (as I did) to make this your bottle stop in Montreal.

Photo of charlesw
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...

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Dépanneur Peluso in Montréal, QC, Canada
98 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.