Super Marché Rahman
Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
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.
12-26-2007 06:01:22 | More by DoubleJ
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
3.2/5 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
3.54/5 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
3.84/5 rDev 0%
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
3.5/5 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
3.7/5 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.
05-20-2008 01:03:54 | More by bobsy
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.
01-05-2004 04:01:01 | More by scottum
Super Marché Rahman in Montréal, QC, Canada
88 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.