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Super Marché Rahman

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Super Marché RahmanSuper Marché Rahman
BA SCORE
88
very good

27 Ratings
Ratings: 27
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.38%
[ Store ]

151 Laurier Ave W
Montréal, Quebec, H2T 2N6
Canada
phone: (514) 279-2566

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

SFLpunk, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

Viggo, May 06, 2009
Photo of papat444
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

papat444, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of notdan
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

I finally paid a visit to this place yesterday after being in Montreal for almost three months. When I first walked in, I was pretty much overwhelmed at the number of beers this place had, and how many there were that I had never heard of... a lot of obscure Quebec micros it seemed. I browsed around for a bit, discovering some beers previously unknown to me from familiar breweries (St-Ambroise Citrouille, Unibroue Eau Benite). I liked that they sold one-offs of most of the beers (even if they only come in 6-packs elsewhere), meaning you can try a single one before committing to a pack.

I came in with a mental shopping list, and wasn't able to find all the ones I was looking for right away so I got some help from the guy stocking the shelves. In the end I got three beers from Charlevoix, three beers from Bieropholie, and the Unibroue 16 & 17 (which were $15 a piece but oh well). When paying for the beers, the clerk gave me a re-usable Boreale bag to carry my beers, as well as a free beer that he supposedly brewed (Paradisiac Cuivree II). Didn't pick up any DDC on this trip since I'm going to the brewpub on a regular basis these days, but I'll definitely be stocking up before I move out at the end of the month. I wish I lived closer to this place / was staying in Montreal longer cause I'd be at this place picking up a new random beer every few days.

notdan, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of scottg
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Great selection of regional beers, both cold and room temperature for the trip back to Vermont. I was able to stock up on 12 oz Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel for 2.99 CA so that makes it worth the trip. I rate the value a bit pricey because the Unibroue, 16, 17 etc, was significantly more expensive here than in Vermont, strange. One negative is they don't take credit cards, since we were traveling I was planning on charging it. Very tight space, be careful not to break anything. Conviently located a block or so from Don di Ciel.

scottg, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Great selection of Quebec micros. Just a couple of minutes from Dieu Du Ciel! This was the first stop of many on my trip to Montreal and Quebec City so I stocked up for the hotels. The guy at the cash was friendly and had a few good recommendations. A little bit pricey compared to some other stores but the selection makes up for it. Some glassware and other nicknack's as well as your typical corner store stuff. I left with a trunk load of beers (lots of DDC and Unibroue) and a dent in my wallet.

irishkyle21, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of bobsy
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Neat little beer store minutes away from DDC. The whole place is geared more to beer than the average depanneur, although you can still expect to find the odd grocery item lurking. The aisles are chock full of beer cases and navigating them can be quite precarious. It is worth it though, to find the entire range of DDC, as well as noted local breweries like Bieropholie. There is also a few bottles of harder to find beers (including Unibroue 16 and 17) above the cooler to the left of the entrance. There is a good selection of glasswear by the cash. Service is quiet but efficient and friendly. Prices were good, but seemed marginally higher than Metro Joanette in Verdun.

bobsy, May 20, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev +12%

What a compliment to Dieu du Ciel! Amazing selection, amazing owner. The owner was extremely friendly once I admitted I was from California, he immediately started sharing his experiences helping other Californians who had heard about the place. Needless to say, he loves beer.

Selection is diverse and prices are good. Imports, domestic, craft, gift sets, they're all here. All the major craft brewers in Québec were featured in the store. Want to buy a gift set for a beer drinker? Get him/her, for example, a Stella/Hoe/Leffe gift set, complete with the brands' glass and 33 cl bottle.

If you're from out of town and have even the slightest interest in a regionally brewed beer offered here, buy it! You will regret not bringing home beer you can only find at a few Montréal vicinity stores.

DoubleJ, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of Hornet2003
4/5  rDev +4.2%

I went here while strolling around Laurier, waiting for DDC to open on a Saturday afternoon(darned 3pm opening time!!!). The service was not as friendly as I would have hoped, but not terrible. That seems to be par for the course when you're a young guy buying "geeky" beer. But whatever.

I found the Dieu Du Ciel Péché Mortel in a six pack so I was pretty stoked. $13/6-pack seemed more than reasonable to me. There were countless other Quebecois Microbrews including all Unibroues, and McAuslan. Great selection. I wish I wasn't taking the Metro so I could have brought more with me. Prices were decent. I've seen some prices for the Peche that others have posted so I feel I got a great deal.

As has been mentioned previously, this place is nothing more than a corner store, really, with a great beer selection. I found hot dog buns beside the McAuslan boxed Anniversaire ale. Go figure.

Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area. It's a great place to stop at before or after Dieu Du Ciel to pick up a few souvenirs.

Hornet2003, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of Conrad
3.15/5  rDev -18%

I was there on 30 June 07, after a quaff at Dieu du Ciel. The broken glass on the cooler is still held together with tape.
I agree with all of the previous reviewers, regarding the selection, cleanliness, efficiency, tackiness, etc. The owner was quite friendly with me, and we had a fine little chat about the beers. My big score was a new Unibrou 16, which was reviewed by the Bros in the last BA magazine. A also walked out with about 20 Quebec micros that I hadn't seen elsewhere.
Hint: If you have the luxury of time and trunk space, make a shopping list and do some comparisons with other shops like Depanneur Laurier.
I will go back to this store as a side trip to my next visit to DDC.

Conrad, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of jpagewatts
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

it's a little misleading to call this place a depanneur. i wouldn't buy anything that wasn't a beverage here. wonderful beer selection of stuff i haven't seen anywhere else, 90% quebecois brews. and there is plenty of glasswear, t-shirts, and other bonus items. the only thing is that the beer a little pricey, especially the slightly harder to find ones. that being said, if you can't find a special Unibroue, or you want to try something you've never heard of, go here, you'll have plenty of choice

jpagewatts, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of HardTarget
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Not much to add to the other reviews. I stumbled upon the place by accident walking near Dieu Du Ciel and found it in the db afterwards.
Place is a bit run down, but given I was in the neighborhood, it met my needs of getting an idea of what I could get in Montreal. They did seem to have most (if not all) of the Unibroue line.
Service was businesslike, not friendly but not rude.
Given most BAs are going to head to DDC as soon as they hit the ground, this is a decent place to grab some hotel room beers.

HardTarget, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of waughbrew
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

It is tough to put numbers on this place, becuase it is a little strange. It is a very small store just south of Dieu Du Ciel on St. Laurier. It is like a convenience store but 75% of the store is taken up by beer. Seems to have a good sampling from all of the local breweries, especially Unibroue (including glasses and some magnums). It is tough to tell exactly what is there because it is not organized very well. Some of the beers were in four or more different locations in the small store. I would have loved if it were organized by brewery or something like that. I wanted to just roam for a while and pick things out. The staff let me do that without helping and/or bothering me. It kind of stinks that they only take cash, but as long as you expect that before-hand it is ok. The beer is a bit pricey. Some of the stock looks like it is a bit old, and some of the sale stickers worry me. Most of the beers I bought are bottle-conditioned and/or strong anyways, so it shouldn't be a big deal. I would definitely stop by here again for some local beers, especially if I were at Dieu Du Ciel anyways.

waughbrew, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of Goldorak
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%

Kind of bumped into this place by accident on my way out from Dieu du Ciel. This crappy looking convenience store is located ironically on a rather upscale street, surrounded by art galleries, snobbish restaurants and overpriced antique stores.

Let me put it this way, I'd have to be in pretty dire straights to buy a loaf of bread or quart of milk here. It's dirty, dusty, and some of the refrigerator's glass doors in front of the cash register near the entrance were broken and held together with tape. There is Beer everywhere here. My friends and I walked around the store to take a look and as we went to the back the owner behind the counter sent his son to keep an eye on us. If he would have asked if we needed any assistance I would have let it slide as helpfulness, but this really was a case of staring us down so we don't shoplift anything. That kinda insulted me.

As for selection, a few good Québec micros could be found, but for the most part they limited themselves to Unibroue, Brasseurs RJ, Bièropholie and Shoune. They seem to have brews here that haven't been made in a good while, like Unibroue 11. I asked if they had any 10, but the not very talkative owner behind the counter didn't seem to think so. I took close looks everywhere just in case he didn't have a clue as to what I'm talking about. Finding some old Unibroue 11 is great, it's high ABV gives it some pretty darn good cellaring potential. But the thing is he also had in stock some old Beers that I don't think would stand the test of time. For example, I got a bomber of Brasseurs RJ's Sainte Paix Fraises, which I thought they havn't done in at least 2 years. Maybe they decided to make another batch (I didn't see anything on their website), or he's had those for way too long. However, it was in his fridge (the one with the broken glass door), and the label doesn't look like it spent 2 years on the bottle (no best before date, unfortunatly). There's massive buildup on the bottom of this bottle though...I'll open it soon and update my entry.

I've got to give it to them, they have collector's items I haven't seen anywhere else in ages. Glassware from long departed breweries, old T-shirts, magnum bottles of Maudite, old Unibroue gift packs, etc. Most are reasonably priced (except for the magnums).

Would I recommend the place? Sure, if your in the neighbourhood and looking for something hard to find, but if it's freshness you're interested in, I'd suggest someplace else.

Goldorak, Jul 10, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%

Good Quebec selection but overated. Special bottles in corner was a fluke, according to owner's own admission. Nicer part of street than Depanneur Laurier. Much better service, friendly, not pushy. Would be pretty mediocre US store, but he makes do with what he can sell. Prices about average for all four stores I visited on this trip. Easy to find parking in front. Not far from subway if you want to shlep. Mr. Rahman is knowledgeable and honest about what brews he carries and are available elsewhere that he can't supply.

Sammy, Jun 08, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

Super Marché Rahman is a small corner store in Montreal that is almost dedicated to beer. The selection of regional brew is extensive (Unibroue, Mcauslan, Schoune, Lion D'or, Brasseur RJ). The price are a bit steep but I guess that is the price to pay for this huge selection. The owner always keep a good quantity of limited edition beer (Mcauslan reserve, Unibroue limited edition package). He's very polite and helpful since he knows what product he's offering. Please note that he does not accept credit note.

Phyl21ca, Jan 06, 2004
Photo of scottum
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%

Our host was quite helpful. I picked out a case worth of 750s and bombers. There is a very large selection of Quebec brews. I've never seen a unibroue selection like this. There are even three different Fin Du La Monts: an aged, the normal, and the french export. The coolers are right in your face as you enter the small shop, and as you move on you can find cases and giftpacks in the back. There are even 3 liter bottle of Unibroue. Even a 5 liter bottle of Maudite!!!! One thing of note is that credit cards are not accepted, and back cards only for locals. After trecking to the back a couple blocks away, I was able to make my large purchase. I can not wait to taste it all.

scottum, Jan 05, 2004
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Super Marché Rahman in Montréal, QC, Canada
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