Super Marché Rahman
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
3.84/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
You don't really come here for the atmosphere, although the proprietor has since changed his sign front to something more professoinal than the one that is pictured here on BeerAdvocate. Gone are the plastered paper signs, and a much more silver and white header up top.
Still, the inside of the store is just like any other Depaneur in Quebec. However, there is a shelf that covers one wall filled with a great variety of Quebec Micro brews. La Trou, Charlevoix, Dieu De Ciel, La Brasserie, and many others are represented. When you first walk in though, you'll see a small cooler with limited selection and a few bottles on top, and a few near the cash register. The long wall of beers though is around the corner and easy to miss thinking there isn't much here, so look around and you'll quickly see it.
The proprietor speaks English fine if you need help, and he does know the product. I did ask for a few things and he knew what I was talking about but they didn't have them. As you also may have read, if you come as a vistor not from Canada you can not use credit cards here, it's Cash and Canadian debit only.
This is a great store if you want to take a peak and grab some Quebec beers. However I dropped by on a quiet Sunday, and the proprietor told me that they usually get the bulk of items on Fridays and Saturdays and it becomes quite busy then, and Sundays are a little picked clean and dead customer visiting wise. Everything I've also read calls this place a little expensive, but personally it's inline for what I would pay if I was in DC, and I didn't find it that much more expensive than other places I saw beers at, so I find it reasonable.
Still if you want Quebec beers, this is worth stopping in for, I could have easily bought many things. But if you want more international variety or something else then you're not going to get much out of it.
Dieu de Ciel is also just up the the street a few blocks, so it's a perfect one two punch for visiting.
11-26-2013 17:51:39 | More by smakawhat
3.54/5 rDev -8.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Wandering around this part of town on a Sunday when most places were closed. Just happened to look up and be standing in front of it. Walked in to the sight of a ton of local craft beers along the walls. The left side of the building is a small refrigerated cooler of single bottles, followed by a wall of single bottles and even some growlers from the Quebec beer scene. The other side of the building is refrigerated packs and boxes of brew. Throughout there are lots of brewery glassware of all different shape/styles, sizes, and from different breweries. Some sale prices for some of the beers, and even some gift packs throughout, too. The prices were a little steep, but I was utterly shocked by the selection. The staff never came out from behind the counter, so I couldn't tell you if they were helpful, friendly, knowledgable, or whatever. Well, I guess friendly is out, since they barely spoke to me even while I was purchasing some brews. Unfortunately for me, I was unprepared to the local beer scene past the major ones, and I didn't have access to BA while I was in there, but I would hit that store up again on a return trip to Montreal.
07-10-2012 03:44:34 | More by GarthDanielson
4.35/5 rDev +13%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
At first glance I was actually unimpressed with this store, but it quickly grew on me. There's an entire wall filled with different kinds of beer from Québec and a limited selection of foreign beers as well. The beers are a bit pricey, but I don't think its the owner's fault because they're similar to other stores I've been to in the region. The owner was very helpful and gave some hints as to what beers might be worth trying. Of course one of the beers he suggested was his own, but that's to be expected.
Overall, this place is definitely worth the visit. There's a great selection of beers and the staff is friendly.
03-23-2011 23:00:55 | More by Intrinsic
4.45/5 rDev +15.6%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Please note, this establishment is often called "Le Paradis de la Biere", the lower name on the sign.
In an upscale neighbourhood like Laurier, the place looks a little sketchy from the outside (there's a lot of pieces of flair in the window as you can see) but the selection is impressive and the owner is quite knowledgable and eager to be of assistance. He is quick to highlight where to find value and he takes special requests.
As other posts mention--he sometimes carries beer that is past-due but he usually marks those down in price. "Value" is hard to factor in here in Canada where our taxes are astronomical.
In our city, the government stores carry a paltry selection of beer--therefore little destination stores like this one are worth noting.
12-12-2010 03:30:09 | More by Matt1516
3.8/5 rDev -1.3%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped into this place by accident the other day and was surprised at the amount of beer they had. Owner said they have over 600 different kinds of beer with 90% of it consisting of Quebec beers. They had lots of singles and a small amount of 6 packs. Prices seemed high but there were a few deals like bombers of Unibroue for 499-5.49. They also had a few rare beers but they were priced accordingly. If you're into trying various Quebec beers; be sure to check this place out. The bonus is that it's very close to the Dieu Du Ciel pub.
12-01-2010 14:09:02 | More by spinrsx
3.65/5 rDev -5.2%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Super near dieu du ciel with almost everything there is in the Quebec micro. They always get a lot of the limited editions of the breweries, they even still have a couple of Hibernus and Lupulus lying around as well as some vintage Unibroue, 2004, 2005, 16, 17 among other vintages. Service is limited since they hardly speak French and English, they are arab which is kind of strange. Still an overall good place. BUT, the prices are a little bit more than what you usually pay, which may be the reasons why they have so many rare quebec beers still in stock.
07-21-2010 21:44:56 | More by flipper2gv
4/5 rDev +3.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Amazing selection of Quebec beers. Made me wish I could bring more home to the states, or take a month-long beer tour of the province.
Service was friendly. They also had a pretty good selection of glasses. I grabbed Trois Pistoles glasses and a Fin du Monde glass there. Also picked up a 12-pack of Dieu du Ciel and a 6-pack of Brasseurs du Montreal's La Rebelle Quebecoise, plus some organic beer I'd never heard of from the province.
Like Vices and Versa, this is a great stop for visitors who want an idea of what the province has to offer.
10-17-2009 20:13:29 | More by TonyReaves
4.15/5 rDev +7.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Went here after drinking some brews at Dieu du Ciel just a few blocks away. They recommended it as a place to get not only their beers, but a good selection...and they were right.
Lots and lots of Canadian micros, plus the usual Canadian macros (Sleemans, etc) and Imported macros (Guinness, Corona, etc).
They keep a lot of singles cold, three coolers worth, and then have *most* of them on the long warm wall. Didn't see a lot of classics from Belgium, nor any US beers, but that worked for me because I was searching for Canada's finest. As I was shopping the shelves, the guy came up to me with an empty six-pack holder: nice touch!
My only real complaint, and this is kind of a big one: NO CREDIT CARDS. Either need Cash or a Canadian debit. No American debits. Would probably have bought more if I didn't have to use the ATM two blocks up and then come back to pay.
If you're going to Dieu du Ciel and you're from the US, definitely stop by.
06-10-2009 04:37:08 | More by SFLpunk
4/5 rDev +3.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Best part about Rahman is that its almost right next door to Dieu du Ciel, so two stops can be had in the same area. Rahman doesn't look so spectacular from the outside, kind of dingy, but they do have a very solid and diverse beer selection. They have three or four rows of beer, a few coolers, and stacks on the floor. They always have 6 packs of Dieu du Ciel beers, and many other Quebec micros. As noted, prices are a bit high, but I don't mind paying for the convenience of almost one stop shopping when I'm up in that area of town. I can always find enough beer to load up on there. Service is friendly, the proprietor is a nice guy and definitely knows his beer. Some good deals can be had on Christmas/combo packs with glassware as well.
05-06-2009 16:50:20 | More by Viggo
3.6/5 rDev -6.5%
quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
UPDATED: Notching the service and selection up because the guy definitely knows his stuff but i am putting quality down a bit because i found some old beer (a McAuslan Framboise that expires Dec. 2006!) and the general state is a bit haphazard. Prices are still a little high also. Still a good place to buy beer but not my go to place.
ORIGINAL REVIEW MARCH 2007: From the outside, it doesn't look like much, but once inside, i was surprised how big it was. That being said, it is a bit crowded, especially around the beer section as the aisles are somewhat small. Also, it is a kind of grocery store, so you have your foodstuffs & snacks. I like the display at the cash showing approx. 30 beer bottles laid out, some interesting Unibroues, but nothing i haven't seen at Lavigne or Joannette. Although, i did try a interesting raspberry beer from Quebec (sorry, the name escapes me, but it's on the wall, past the cold beer, near the bottom) Service is nice & somewhat knowledgeable, but again, nothing extraordinary, IMHO.
04-27-2009 13:01:02 | More by papat444
Super Marché Rahman in Montréal, QC, Canada
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