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La Barberie

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BA SCORE
88
very good

24 Ratings
Ratings: 24
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
Active Beers: 40
Beer Ratings: 313
Beer Avg: 3.53
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

310 Saint-Roch St
Québec, Quebec, G1K 6S2
Canada
phone: (418) 522-4373

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @labarberie

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Photo of Flynvet
4.71/5  rDev +20.8%

I visited La Barberie during a brief business trip to Quebec. The brewpub is a little way outside of the old city center where we stayed, but very well worth the 15 minute walk. Dominick and the rest of the bar staff quickly recognized me as a thirsty American, and skillfully gave me a wonderful taste tour of French artisan brews. They currently have 16 on tap plus a cask conditioned bitter! Their selection ranges from classic white and red beers, to a Stout Au Cafe (my favorite). The La Barberie head brewer, who has not shaved his iconic beard since the brewery opened 13 years ago, is also skilled at pushing the envelope with some high ABV offerings. They currently have a Barberousse at 8% and a Stout Imperial at 7.5%. This is a stop you must make while in Quebec. Ciao!

Flynvet, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of alesafe88
2.48/5  rDev -36.4%

My girlfriend and I were up here on vacation and were desperate for a decent beer. We'd been all over Quebec City and on the advice of a cheese shop clerk (excellent cheese!) we headed down to La Barberie. Wow, what a mistake!

The atmosphere and overall vibe was great! We were convinced that this was going to at last be the beer stop we were looking for. Boy, were we wrong. We tried beers 1-8 on the tasting menu. I can't even recall what most of these watery swills were, but suffice it to say that it tasted as if Keystone Light were reflavored with various fruits and spices and passed through a Britta filter before coming to the table. One example was Sangria beer and another was ginger and lime. In the first case our Keystone had been cut with half Sangria. In the second, lime and ginger had been added to Keystone. In other words, no attempt was made to craft beer. Rather, bad beer was flavored in multiple ways before coming to the table. Not sure if this is actually how they made it, but it sure tasted like they did.

The only hope for this brewery would be (IMHO) to start over with a good, strong, flavorful ale and build from there. Without some decent beer in the lower register they're not going to make good blends.

alesafe88, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of irishkyle21
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%

It was a cold August night but I like patios so thats where we ended up. We ended up here after some sightseeing (around 10 on a Thursday). The place was pretty busy but not crowded. I was going to get a carousel sampler but we didn't have the time so I downed 3 quick pints. The three beers I had were mild of the pack, nothing that made me jump, just good drinkable beers. The service was good and the prices rather cheap. We didn't have any food (I don't even think they have any) cause we just ate at a little restaurant. I had a great time in Quebec City and La Barberie helped by quenching my thirst for beer.

irishkyle21, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

For $12 I received a sampler of eight different beers on tap (on 8/20/08). That's it. There are soft drinks but nothing else. No food what-so-ever. They do allow you to order pizza for delivery there.

This bar is something of a dive. There is a narrow deck of 14 or so four-tops. The bar itself is dark and windowless.

The beers were unusual and very good. There seems to be a large variety of beer produced here and the styles appear to be completely at he whim of the brewer. And this is all you get--a real beerphile's paradise.

smcolw, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of ZorPrime
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Well, this place is somewhat strange for a brewpub, or at least for me. Nice looking although seems a little bit on the cheap side... Tables and chairs looks all funny and the overall look is quite fun since the table and chairs are all from different sets! Nothing is the same there.

Ordered a sampler since it was my first time there and all their selected beers I had never tasted!

When I went there, there was a good choice of beers (I went there in June 2008). The beer choice was good. Actually the only bad beer, IMO, was the SANGRI-BIÈRE which I don't like at all. Found that the Rousse Bitter is quite nice, one of my favorite. Nice color and nice taste. Very resfreshing! Another one, Blanche au Agrume et Miel... simply awesome. Very nice beer for a hot sunny day. I'm so glad that they bottle that one for Le Monde de la Bière grocery.

Another fine beer was the Cuivrée au coings... only available there.

Their is some board games if you want to relax and do something funny instead of just drinking and talking. Which is cool.

Still have to go there again and edit the review, if needed.

ZorPrime, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of Goldorak
2.8/5  rDev -28.2%

I've got a few friends living in Quebec city and my fiancé and I always get invited, but rarely ever go. But this time a couple we know just got a baby, and there's the whole 400th anniversary of the city going down, so why not. And every time we do get there, we're always end up telling ourselves 'why don't we come here more often? It looks just a great as any old town in Europe and it's only a few hous away!'

Anywhoo, the only parking lot with spots left close to the 400 festivities was, as luck would have it, right in front of Barberie. It's in the basse-ville section, tucked in a quiet corner near the sweet looking train station, next to an overpass (and the aforementioned parking lot), where few tourists find their way. So it was pretty quiet, save for a few 20-something hipster locals.

The overall atmosphere can be summed up as 'hippie'. It's a work co-op, so it's a bit worn down and not too organized, but warm and welcoming. Plenty of potted plants, paintings on the walls - some of the walls themselves are painted murals - with a few board games laying around. The cozy patio was open, and offered plenty of shade.

A lone server eventually came up to us. He seemed to know his products somewhat, but was dumbfounded when my friend asked him how fizzy the Beer he was thinking of ordering was. 'It's fizzy like Beer' he answered. Enlightening! But he served us fast enough.

8 Beers on the menu, pretty much all of them were of the freak show variety. Honey stout? Lime and Raspberry amber? Lime and Ginger Blonde? There's nothing wrong with the occasional off-the-wall Beer, but this is just too weird. Honestly, I wouldn't mind if they were actually well brewed, but more often than not they show very perceptible faults. Minou and her pal went for the Lime & Raspberry, which smelled like a bad hair salon and tasted like artificial lemon juice. My other friend's Lime & Ginger was okay, but only in the 'I'm glad I only got a 3oz taster of this' kind of way. My pint of IPA, the only 'conservative' Beer on the menu, was not overly hoppy, but good enough.

Do I recomend going out of your way to have a drink here? For the atmosphere, sure, but caveat emptor, it's always a crapshoot with the Beers and that's unfortunate. But prices are on the cheap side. And stay away from the Beer-to-go option in those mason jars, I drank one once litterally minutes after I got served and it was ruined. No food available, but you're a short walk away from the pier market, ten million tourist trap restaurants and a decent pizza place called Pizza Mag. Look it up.

Goldorak, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of fireqc
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Now talk about beers! If you go in Québec, you must stop at La Barberie. Take the sampler, a nive piece of wood like a "carousel" where the glass stand in it. They are 8 beers on tap all the times but not the same! In fact, they change beer almost every hour! So if you want to taste all of their products, you have to go there once a week for a year!!

Their beers are quite good! Unfiltered ales make the taske a pleasant experience! They brew in 500ml bottle and if you like one that not available in bottle, that's ok, they can sell beer to go in Masson pot (before 23:00)!!

The tasting room is small (even after the renovation) but during the summer, a terrasse do a great job. Keep in mind that place close at 01:00 (other bars in Québec close at 03:00).

Nothing is perfect, so if you go there and you feel hungry, they serve no food except "crap" during the happy hour. I suggest, bring your food with you and go there! Usually, restaurant say "bring your wine or beer", this bar said "bring your food!!"

FIRE...

fireqc, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of bobsy
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

Small brewpub, which is not all that far from the old town. Stepping in off the street, my first impression is 'wow, this takes me back'. Friday night, and this place is a student bar. Luckily at 26, this isn't a problem for me, and I appreciate cheap beer as much as my well-educated friends. Really, really packed, and a little dive bar vibe. Nonetheless, we were shown to our rickety table by a lady who proceded to have a conversation with me about how could she make it more steady. My french isn't bad, but this was a stretch. Just nod and say 'oui'. We ordered the taster carousel of galopins, which included one of each of the eight brews currently on tap. The beers were very hit and miss, but all were in good condition. Our server was friendly and helpful, explaining in english how we should drink from light to dark.

This was a good experience, and nice to be somewhere surrounded by locals instead of tourists.

bobsy, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of kenito799
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Visiting Quebec City for a conference and extremely charmed by this friendly down-to-earth town. The hills and ridges make navigating fun and challenging until you find where the stairs and roads are that connect the different sections of town. We wandered from the upper town to Saint-Roch seeking La Barberie on a warm Sunday evening in June as the sunlight lingered until 9pm. The unassuming, quiet residential streets led to this super-charming brew-pub.

There is a great terrace shaded by trees and a cosy little bar area inside. Only Qubecois here, although the bartender (as everyone in QC seems to do) tried her best to speak English with us, very friendly. The bathroom towel dispenser advertised that they particpate in a composting project with the brown towels you use to dry your hands, please deposit them in the special container for this purpose. The bar area was filled wth laptop users, there must be wifi. Extremely friendly, warm, casual, relaxed vibe from everyone in the place.

Sunday there was a special of chocolates from a local chocolatier (Champagne) that we were told would be best with the dark beers.
We ordred the carousel galopins, which allowed us to taste 8 nicely made artisanal beers including three stouts that complemented the chocolates very well indeed:
Stout Double Chocolate--very dark roasted malt, coffee grounds-bitter edge, excellent
Stout Imperial--dark roasted, sweeter and higher alcohol, also very wel done
Stout Irlandaise--creamy mouthfeel spot on for the style, fuller flavored than Guinness, liked this one a lot too
and the other 5, in the order I liked them:
Pale Ale Anglaise
Brasse-Camarade
Cuivree du The (Earl grey)
Blonde (100% Quebecois malt)
Cuivree Cream Ale

Most of these beers were very well made and the overall ambience of the place and the neighborhood make this place a must-visit when in Quebec City.

kenito799, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of Beersignal
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

What better way to spend a boxing day afternoon than to sit one's ass on a barstool and proceed to taste all of the offerings available on tap at one of Quebec City's finest brewpubs. After I dropped off my wife and her cousin at the mall, I made a b-line straight for La Barberie in Quebec City's quartier St-Roch.

Apart from one of the brewery employees and the waitress, I was the only patron in the frigid bar area of this micro. The athmosphere was, to say the least, quiet and, taking into account the -18 celcius temp. (that's -2 F for those metrically challenged) outside, very cool. I snuggled up to the bar and ordered a ''caroussel de galopins''.

The bar constantly has 8 tap offerings and there are two ways to sample all. 1) As mentioned above, the ''caroussel de galopins'', is a small turntable from which hang 8 x 5 oz. glasses filled to the point of spillage with the beers. The other way is almost identical except the glasses contain a full 12 oz. serving. I wouldn't suggest anyone drive after this sampling. The beers are arranged by number and the waitress gives instructions on which order the beers should be sampled... from lightest to darkest, perhaps not the most advantageous way to do a sampling but it worked with the tap offerings this time around.

Although I can't say I was blown away by all 8 beers, I was certainly impressed by the freshness of the products. Floral hop aromas and crisp malt, and yeast flavours overflowed in all beers sampled and I was particularly impressed by the IPA (a beautifully balanced malty and hoppy brew) the stout au café équitable (fair share coffee) and my humdinger for the afternoon, the blonde forte bio (see review).

I was assured by the staff that the athmosphere and temperature do warm up in the evening and if ever I was in the area again on a sunday evening to drop by for the soirée stout & chocolat. Chocolate and coffee stouts served all evening. I will be back.

Beersignal, Dec 28, 2004
La Barberie in Québec, QC, Canada
88 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.