Le Cheval Blanc

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Brewery, Bar, Eatery

809 Rue Ontario Est
Montréal, Quebec

(514) 522-0211 | map

Notes: Berri-UQAM Metro station.
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Headed back to the Le Cheval Blanc after a sunny afternoon at the Mondiale and subsequent visits to Dieu De Ciel and Vices et Versa. It was a final stop after a long day of travel and drinking. Handily situated close by to the Hotel where I was staying with BA Erica, we ended up meeting BA’s Andy and Jennie as well as again bumping into BA’s goodbyeohio and Spesh, plus their entourage of friends and loved ones with whom we had shared a few brews earlier at the Mondiale.

From the outside it looks rather simple; a large white lettered sign sits above a two-tone frontage and simply advertises the establishment as the ‘The White Horse’. To the right a black frontage with windows whilst to the left a silvered frontage houses the entrance, a little Art Deco in style.

History is engrained here, but it never seems to leap out at you. It was Montreal’s first licensed Brewpub way back in 1986. The interior is a mixture of several decades; overall the 1970’s punctuates all aspects with some retro 30’s fittings, 50’s décor and a sliver of modern day 80’s and 90’s here and there. Potted plants, which look plastic, juxtapose the red paper lantern style lighting. A clock sits at the back, rimmed with a green neon light. It is all rather dimly lit, yet the darkened interior certainly adds to the cozy ambience. T-shirts and LCB attire and other BrewPub ‘for sale’ articles randomly line the walls behind the bar. The tops of two stainless tanks are covered with glass spherical domes that add a ‘Lost in Space’ feel to the already confused interior. Difficult to nail down - except for the fact that it ‘works’ the eclectic décor angle rather well.

The inside is a long thin room, with the stainless steel topped bar to the right, whilst seating with tables, line the whole of the left wall. A small-stepped raised seating area is right at the back, this is thankfully lined with dark wooden paneling – this breaks up the rest of the walls which are all lined with green marble-effect Formica panels to a height of 5 feet. The Urinoir/Urinals are hidden from view, it’s a Quebec sport it seems to watch punters piss themselves whilst they frantically try to find the toilets – well here it’s the green-marble panel that is slightly darker than all the others just beyond the bar on the right hand side and it is actually a door, thanks to Andy Crouch for pointing that one out!

Beer range was good, 6 regular brews: Lager, Red Ale, Wit, Saison, Maibock and Stout plus a Seasonal Special I recall. I opted for the cloudy and quite funky White. The spiced coriander and Curacao in this one were omnipotent and the “all natural” character was self-evident. I sampled someone’s Stout and that too was a solid interpretation. The beers seemed OK, maybe above average once in a while, but nothing shattering.

Cheval Blanc does food but I had already eaten; the Menu contains snacks like Nachos and Cheeses.

Service was OK, I always had beer in my glass and we certainly did not get ignored.

I enjoyed Le Cheval Blanc; it has self-defined character and a unique identity which grows on you. It is not drawn down with a Restaurant crowd, but just frequented by drinkers enjoying a few beers and chatting in a relaxed laid-back ambience. Sadly, as close as it was to the Hotel where I was staying, I would have liked to have spent more time in here to be honest. Maybe a quiet afternoon with a few brews, or an early morning hour session to close out the day. Whilst the beers are not the greatest, I’d still love to get back here.

Last Visit: Friday 2nd June, 2006.

Jun 10, 2006
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TheDoctor from Canada

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.

Mar 30, 2018
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eberesford from Canada

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.

Dec 01, 2017
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larelle from Vermont

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

Oct 25, 2015
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MatChar from Canada

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

Sep 13, 2015
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e_beaulieu from Canada

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

Sep 08, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

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

Sep 08, 2015
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jophish17 from Georgia

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

Jun 07, 2015
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StoutBoi from New York

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

Feb 19, 2015
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DawnOne from Canada

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.

Jan 24, 2015
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rale from Canada

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

Dec 22, 2014
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rudzud from Massachusetts

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.

Nov 16, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

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.

Nov 16, 2014
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Rifugium from North Dakota

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.

Nov 15, 2014
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Dewso from Canada

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Sep 06, 2014
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groleau from Canada

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Aug 16, 2014
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AnHeroicHippo from Canada

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Aug 07, 2014
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edugasmtl from Canada

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Jul 30, 2014
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bylerteck from Canada

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Jul 20, 2014
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Whatup14 from Canada

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Jul 09, 2014
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DaveR514 from Canada

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Jun 16, 2014
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mrskunk from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Jan 17, 2014
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davegray from California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Nov 14, 2013
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papat444 from Canada

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.

Dec 22, 2011
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Tut from New York

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.

Sep 06, 2011
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