Super Marché Rahman
Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
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.
07-04-2007 12:20:24 | More by Conrad
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.
07-10-2004 19:03:38 | More by Goldorak
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
01-05-2007 04:58:24 | More by jpagewatts
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.
04-05-2006 16:23:39 | More by HardTarget
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.
04-22-2005 05:13:31 | More by waughbrew
3.54/5 rDev -7.8%
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
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.
06-08-2004 05:48:56 | More by Sammy
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.
04-27-2009 13:01:02 | More by papat444
3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
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
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.
03-17-2009 03:27:14 | More by scottg
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