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Dépanneur Peluso

Not Rated.
Dépanneur PelusoDépanneur Peluso

28 Reviews
Reviews: 28
Visits: 43
Avg: 4.41
pDev: n/a
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2500 Rachel St E
Montréal, Quebec, H2H 1S1
phone: (514) 525-1203

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @depanneurpeluso

Place added by: papat444 on 06-29-2008

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Reviews: 28 | Visits: 43
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -17.2%

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.

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Photo of papat444
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%

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).

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Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev +2%

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

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Photo of tbeckett
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of bobsy
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%

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!

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%

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!

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Photo of cbutova
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.72/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Visited recently and after many recommendations.

Honestly, I don't get it. The selection is no better than any other stores I frequent in my region (NCR - Gatineau) and the prices are about the same. I tried to get service in both French and English and it was pretty mediocre in both. Selection was decent, but as I said nothing worth driving for.

A nice store, decent stock and fair prices. Service could be better. I don't see reason it rates so highly though.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.5/5  rDev +2%

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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.86/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

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!

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.5/5  rDev +2%

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.

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Photo of charlesw
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Photo of SSS
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Great place with an excellent selection of local brews. Prices are high in my opinion. Most beers are increased a good $0.50-1.00 compared to other retailers...

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Photo of kwjd
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%

I went here for the first time on Saturday and loved it. I speak a little french and the first person I talked to got the beer guy that spoke English to help me out. I showed him the list of beers I wanted to buy and he got me bottles of all of them that were there and told me which ones they didn't have. They had a small stock of Dominus Vobiscum Hibernus and Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus in the back that they limit to one a customer and brought these out for me.

Once I got my list, he helped me choose through the many Quebec beers that I've never heard of, going through the styles giving me suggestions of his favourites. Any bottle I asked about he was able to give me a description and his opinion of. Excellent service!

The selection of Quebec beers was tremendous, but don't expect to get anything here other than Quebec beers.

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Photo of dmgnyc
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5


This place was a five minute drive from my lodging on a recent Montreal bachelor weekend/beer extravaganza, and I made a point to go based upon the positive reviews herein.

Doesn't look too special from the outside, and even once you're in the front door, just looks like a basic convenience store with cases of Molson and Labatt's and whatnot. But when you keep walking towards the back, you eventually realize you're in a one of a kind beer emporium. My knowledge of Canadian microbrews not from Dieu Du Ciel is minimal, but suffice it to say, if they brew it in Canada, chances are it's here.

And they've got tall boys of PBR Dry! I can't get that in NYC.

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Photo of aaudette
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Saw this mentioned on Beerfly as the place for beer selection in Montreal and was not dissapointed. We were there for the Jazz Festival and the store was a short 10-15 minute drive from our hotel downtown, located on a easy to reach interstection. The store owner was great and was very interested in our questions about Canadian beer and what US beers might be available to him to sell.

The selection was outstanding and included more than I could choose in one stop. Certainly grabbed some DDC as well as other tasty options. Prices were on most bottles and containers and were consistent with prices we saw in Montreal. The store looks newly painted and the owner showed off his tasting room that is open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Will certainly include a stop here on susbsequent trips to Montreal to stock up on lots of fine beers.

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Photo of djoucy
4.5/5  rDev +2%

This is my place to get local beers in Montreal. They have a selection that no other store can match. In fact, they have all the Quebec based breweries I know. They even have some more "rare" Brewers like La Tour à Bière, Multi-Brasses or Bièropholie.

The alcohol section takes up to half of the store. Most of the beers are at room temperature.

I never really asked for service but there seems to be a guy always hanging around, moving cases or placing beers. I guess he's the beer expert and might be of some help.

The place is quite ugly and far from the town center. But it is worth the trip. There is a cycling strip passing by, if you feel like burning some calories before drinking them.

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Photo of Weebay
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%

Store was easy enough to drive to and had a small parking lot next to it.

The front looks very much like any convenience store. Unsurprisingly there is an amazing selection of Quebec microbreweries. The beers are all broken up by style, and the day I went I was lucky enough to meet Alain, the resident beer guy. Alain is a beer lover's beer lover. He was exceptionally knowledgeable about various styles of beer, what was happening in the beer scene in Quebec, and even the history and production cycles of the breweries.

Once I had talked to Alain for a few minutes and I had expressed some interest in a few of the Les Trois Mousquetaires beers he mentioned that he had some beers that they had been keeping to the side that he saved for real beer lovers. The cost was the same as the non-aged beers on the shelves. For those worried about a language barrier, Alain's English was perfect.

I will be going back again for sure.

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Photo of HopBacchus
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

The best place to get Quebec craft beer. I'd been living in Montreal for a year when I decided to make the drive out east to this store. Absolutely fantastic. I find in Quebec its very hard to get American imports and Quebec brewers although masters at producing Belgian styles, show much less interest in Hop Heads. My desire for bitterness was more than satisfied in this amazing store. The guys know exactly what they're talking about and what's more they are on BA! If you are in montreal, go here.

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Photo of eat
5/5  rDev +13.4%

This is the best beer store I've come across in Montreal. The last review mentioned that it's a bit ugly (which it did used to be) but they have recently renovated, adding a beautiful new back room. Hardwood flooring, freshly-painted, full of shelves lined with beer. They also bought a few more beer coolers and have a better cold selection than before.

Every time I've been there since they renovated there has been a "beer guy" hanging around to help with any questions. He has sampled a good number of the beers in stock there and has made some great recommendations. He told me the exact number of beers they stock, I think it was in the 340-360 range; definitely well over 300. The vast majority are Quebec brewed beers, stocking almost all Quebec bottles I've ever seen in stores (with the exception of Unibroue 17 for some reason). The import selection isn't very good as you tend to find with depanneurs.

I'm not sure which days this happens but they've started doing free tastings once or twice a week. Last time I was there I sampled Unibroue's Ephemere Cassis. They also clip an article from a local paper of a weekly beer review and always display the beer-of-the-week in the same place.

It's a little pricey but it's more than worth it to pay for the great selection and great sevice.

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Photo of madrivervt
4.85/5  rDev +10%

I never saw the word Peluso on the front of the building and drove right past the first time because it looked like just another inner city liquor store with bars on the windows.

Once I got inside, however, I was immediately pleased. The entire back room is dedicated to Quebec craft brews. I had no idea how much the craft brewing scene has improved up there before this visit. The beer guy spoke decent English and enthusiastically gave me a run-down of the Quebec offerings. He even told me NOT to buy one beer because, "It used to be good but this batch I don't like."

I liked the organization of beers by style. It's the first time I've seen it done that way, but it makes sense. It makes it much easier to find something that I'll like, especially since I don't know many of these brewers and my French is a bit shaky.

After picking out eleven different bottles of beer, I asked him to pick out one last bottle for me so I could say at the border, "I have twelve bottles of beer." He was a little hesitant to recommend ONE bottle, but I coaxed it out of him, "A l'abri de la tempete, Terre Ferme".

I'll definitely be stopping here again on my next visit!

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Photo of kylesobrien
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Definitely my favourite bottle shop in the city. When you enter the front door, it largely resembles any other well-maintained dépanneur. After walking past the selection of industrial lagers and walking up a step or two, you're greeted by a vast assortment of fine Québec microbrews in the back room. Every month it seems there are new choices I've not yet tried. Some have lamented the price of the bottles here. Being a dep, it's not the cheapest place, but I've yet to see a location in town with as many options on the shelf.

IMHO, a real gem.

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Dépanneur Peluso in Montréal, QC, Canada
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