Le Cheval Blanc

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

809 Rue Ontario Est
Montréal, Quebec

(514) 522-0211 | map

Berri-UQAM Metro station.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

A nice, divey, character-filled, historic, brew pub with music, a full bar, and a medium-sized selection of rotating beer. It is worth it for the interior alone. Dank, retro-futuristic and sleek with a big, central horseshoe bar. They have 10 beers on tap at any given time, all brewed in house.
Good variety of styles, good quality. I find that as a general rule they make excellent hoppy beers, but I have had a couple duds here and there as well. The first brewpub in the province. Worth the trip. Closer to Berri-UQAM, but likely an easier walk from Metro Sherebrooke (all down hill). They don't accept credit cards and don't try particularly hard to advertise it in the bar, so be warned.

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Photo of eberesford
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Belgian style beers brewed on premises. Aesthetic steel and formica. Staff not too interested especially if your french not up to snuff. Beers pretty good. No food.

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Photo of larelle
4.6/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of MatChar
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of e_beaulieu
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of VABA
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of jophish17
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of StoutBoi
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of DawnOne
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

One of my favourite little bars in Montreal. Sad they no longer make the Blanche on the premises as it was outstanding on tap. Coup de Grisou (buckwheat beer) on tap is another of my favourites.

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Photo of rale
3.89/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of rudzud
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Stopped by here with JLindros on the trip through Montreal. Inside was very high class, almost industrial with all the polished metal. Beers were written on a chalkboard on the wall near the entrance and across from where one would sit at the bar. Bar tender was not very attentive at all, but upon having hop questions the bar tender got the head brewer, Isael Dagenais, who came over and explained his beers. The brewer offered us tastes of upcoming beers and all around turned a rather mediocre bar experience (as once the head brewer came over to sit down and talk to us, the bar tender ceased paying us any attention) into the type of experience we were hoping to find in Montreal. Definitely a highlight of our trip up.

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

11 beers on tap, all brewed on sight, and a few Belgian bottles. Decent pieces. Didn't get food.

Very high class atmosphere, very chic and almost but not quite pretentious. Bartenders were ok but not very tentative at first, but the brewer himself was very helpful and friendly, he talked a lot and gave us samples of up and coming beers. He really made the difference of a so-so visit to a great one. One of the highlights of the trip.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

The first of just a few places I had time to visit on a short trip to Montreal. Decent vibe here, noir-ish. There was a fairly good selection of beers to choose from, with a good range of styles. I believe samplers were available, but unfortunately the only beers I really had an interest in were only available in regular-sized pours. Thus--since it had already been a long day, and I had a tasting the next day--I only sampled two of the beers here, a DIPA and the Saison Framboise. Both were pretty average. The service left something to be desired. My bartender was evasive and detached for the most part. Took at least 5 minutes for him to take my drink order once I sat at the bar, and after that no service until several minutes of my glass being empty. It looked like they had small snacky food options, but nothing that really drew my interest.

Overall, this was not a bad place, but I doubt I would ever go back, mainly because of the service. And the beer didn't really leave me wanting more. Seems like there are other better bars in the nearby vicinity.

PS - If I remember correctly, this place does not take credit cards, and will only accept US money in $20 denoms or less.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of papat444
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Visited yesterday.

My initial impression is that of an urban/artistic diner. The bar and stools surrounding it give me this impression. Nice view of the brewing tanks beyond the bars. Big chalkboard with prices, descriptions (including ABV) and names of beers. The service was ok at first. Had to approach the bar but she let me try a beer before buying so that was cool. Again, not much vibe since it was early in the day. Has an artsy/retro feel to it that my wife would appreciate. I liked it and will come back for sure.

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Photo of Tut
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Le Cheval Blanc is one of the best brewpubs in Montreal and it's one of my favorites. I've drank there many times on numerous stays in Montreal and have always enjoyed their beer and atmosphere. I have no idea what happened during the previous reviewer's visit, but his one time experience is the complete opposite of my 15+ visits. I find it interesting(and telling) that he joined BA on 6/18/11 for the sole purpose of slamming Le Cheval Blanc and hasn't been back here since.

Le Cheval Blanc's beers are well made and they offer a very wide range of styles. The cask brown ale they had during my two week stay in August was excellent. The staff have always been polite and helpful and I've never seen them act rudely to anyone. I really like Cheval Blanc's slightly edgy(in a good way) vibe and the mixed group of people that frequent the place. I think Cheval Blanc is at it's best after dark and I often make it my final brewpub stop of the night. Whenever you go, give yourself time to adjust to the quirky ambiance and I think you'll really enjoy it.

One of the things I like best about Montreal's brewpubs is that they're small compared to American versions and each has a unique look and atmosphere that is very distinct. Ignore the previous review. Le Cheval Blanc deserves a serious visit from any craft beer fan exploring Montreal's offerings.

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Photo of ajzbeers
1.68/5  rDev -57.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3

This was the last day of a 2 week tour of Montreal microbreweries and the worst experience. Not only did the beer leave a bad diacetyl taste in my mouth but the service was horrible. When I asked if I could exchange my drink for another one the waitress not only denied my request, but got upset and began berate and curse at me for asking. I should also mention that this was after we paid a table fee and tip. In Montreal on business I was having drinks with representatives from five different breweries. We were so appalled that we left without finishing our drinks. I would not recommend this place to anybody.

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Le Cheval Blanc in Montréal, QC, Canada
Brewery rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 185 ratings