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

A well worth it stop amongest many choices in Montreal. A darker more mellow bar to have a pint of one of their excellent house beers or open your wallet for an impressive selection of imports - De Molen, Saint Somewhere, Bruery, Jolly Pumpkin etc. They've got kind of a 50's retro vibe going on with the lighting and formica tables. Service was tops, and despite our (my) woefully inadequete French we were well taken care of. Frequently serving a cask selection as well.

Cherry Porter - cask
Doppelbock - tap
De Molen Rasputin
De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis

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Photo of bobsy
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Popped in here on the Friday night of Mondial and was not surprised to see a large and eclectic crowd. The bar itself is surprisingly large, and had no problem accommodating the mass of people in there. Bizarre feeling to the place - part dive bar and part trendy bar. Seemed like a serious beer place, though, and the crowd seemed to know what they were about. Alongside the regular brews there was a great selection of funky wonders, and we worked our way through brett warrior IPA (100% warrior hops and brett-inoculated), 2005 Boon Geueze Mariage Parfait, and India Rouge on cask. I was also given some samples by other people at the table, and while the quality seemed to vary between awful (brett warrior) and great (India Rouge), all the beers did seem to have been kept well and displayed competence.

Service was decent, and for the non-Frnacophones out there, English was spoken. Food menu appeared to be limited, and none was being served by the time we got there (11pm). Prices seemed to be pretty decent.

A decent stop in the area, which would make a good stop on a pub crawl. Its not at the same level as L'Amere a Boire or Dieu du Ciel, but the addition of a cask is a huge plus, and I'd happily go back again.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Being about 7 blocks from my office, I would drive or walk by here regularly and notice the bummy looking boomers smoking in front, talking loudly and looking drunk. Apart from the name, nothing made me think this place was different from all the other crusty bars in the neighborhood. A few reviews on BA convinced me to check it out.

Yes! What I can now say is that I was partly right about my prejudice but it's all worth it.
The beers on tap are (I'm pretty sure) all their own recipes and brewed on the premises. Some are very good. Some taste kind of dirty and/or homebrewed.
They also have a smallish selection of great imports.

The bar staff is nice but doesn't know much about beer. I asked the barman which nitro-taps he had to which he pointed the cask handle. I then said the ones with the black tips and got a good answer.

I've met lots of interesting people there like brewers and beer enthusiast tourists but also (mostly) saw a lot more nutcases and freaks. I don't have a problem with druggies and freaks, they're often very entertaining and lots of my friends are, but sometimes you just wan't to enjoy a good beer in a quiet setting or with like-minded people.

The menu is particularly simple but very good and of quality just don't arrive there hungry, they're basically snacks. They don't know anything about the food they serve either: I asked what kind of saucisson were in my plate and they couldn't really say.

Cool atmosphere but definitely not ideal to taste some of the expensive (up to $35) imports.

In the two weeks following my first visit I have returned 6 times for 5 hours at a time and twice for a quick 20 minute pint. I've also introduced 5 friends to the place who all said it was cool/great and wanted to go back.
They also have concerts/shows which can be great fun or annoying depending on your mood.

All in all: The beers are great. and the people are either super chill and interesting or crazy and disturbing (in every sense of the word).

Not perfect but I do love it and hope to return often.

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Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here over the weekend to meet up with some friends. About 5 to 10 minutes up from Berri-Uqam station.

Very artsy atmosphere, pretty hip looking crowd, most everyone chatting and downing some pints. Decent interior, slightly trendy but still has an old school feel. Seemed like a lot of locals gather here.

They did have a cask engine and I enjoyed a good pint of their IPA Rousse. Had a few beers and all were pretty solid, nothing crazy but definitely good value. They have a small food menu, pretty much the norm in Montreal brewpubs. Had a fantastic plate of cheese and olives though. Service was good, the servers didn't go out of their way very often but it never took very long to grab a pint. A good stop in Montreal. Not a must like DDC but definitely required if in Montreal often.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

My wife and I did a quick, two day brewpub and good food tour of Montreal (and then on to Burlington VT) in early June of 2009. Our brewpub stops in Montreal were determined by high BA ratings and proximity to public transit.

These five Montreal stops put me at 273 stops in my quest to visit every quality brewer/brewpub. Below is a ranked list of our stops starting with the best at the top. They were all worthy visits and Montreal is a great destination if you ever have the chance to visit. The specific review follows the list.

Le Saint-Bock Brasserie Artisanale Inc.
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
Benelux Brewpub & Café
Le Cheval Blanc
L'Amère à Boire

Le Cheval Blanc had 8 house beers coming in around 5% each. Atmosphere is lounge meets diner (which we guessed is what it was in a former life). Funniest part of this stop was when my wife tried to flex her French and the server told her, in plain English, to speak English.

Fourteen mostly Belgian guest bottles. I had a sampler with blanche, Coup de grisou, non-filtered amarillo pale ale, India dark ale, and a 6 month imperial stout. Kudos for offering such unique and well crafted beers.

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

I might be wrong but this is the first brewpub in Montreal..

Situated east of metro Berri-Uqam on Ontario street.

This is a fun place to go, very nice vibe with artworks on the wall, sometimes there is vernisage from local artists.

Theres that kind of artistic vibe around this place and its fun to hang out here.

Beers are fresh original and good, service is alright,kind of laid back a little bit but efficient, there is a good selection of beers on taps. It's reasonable for the price.

It's quality brews with a nice vibe around this place.

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Photo of altgeeky1
4.66/5  rDev +18.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

A bit away from downtown, but worth the trip. Great selection and with amazing prices. Where the hell else can you get a 20oz rauchbier for $3.25?? Atmosphere's dark, like a 50's diner with a secret. The whole thing is rows of tables along the left wall, with a diner counter on the right. Bar has bolted down diner stools you couldn't possibly fall outta, and there's so many good beers you want to test that theory. 1 raised table on a dias in the back of the room, and a small patio out back. Went there in the daytime, and the place was still over half full, but not noisy.

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Photo of Deuane
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

One of our stops on the 2008 Mondial pub crawl.

Interesting place...long and skinny with the bar on the right as you walk in the door. This leads to a raised area at the back, which might be a stage during performance times....but for your group of 8 it is where we sat!

Art deco like 1950 American diner thing going on. Nothing crazy but interesting nonetheless.

If I recall they had about 8 beers on tap....and damn if I didnt loose my tasting notes from here...I know a had a beer or two but I cant for the life of me remember what they were!

Service was go up to the bar and order. The tender was very friendly and more than happy to speak English to our American group.

All in all a nice place...and with it being so close to St Bock and L'Amere a' Boire I am sure we will get back for another visit. This time I wont loose my notes!

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A better than average quality beer place East of downtown and north of Old Montreal. A must stop for the beer geek. Safe. Just about every table taken, but the bar fairly wide open, so where do you think I sat. Crowd of Twenties to Fourties Quebecoix, with the long hair thing. So while harmless though they stare at you, it may be intimidating to someone not used to this sort of thing. Bartender was knowledgeable and competent and in charge. Very reasonabley priced. Fairly dark at night. Like other Quebec establishments, something to read for my non-drinking friends, in English please. I will go back.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The final stop of my Mondiale de le Biere sojourn, took me here. Located a very short walk down St-Denis from L’Amere a Boire and a left on Ontario East, Le Cheval Blanc, or “The White Horse” is in a rather scruffy neighborhood off rue Berri – shuttered storefronts, scattered trash, drunken squatters amid the fragrant scent of urine. Let’s face it, while no tourist to Montreal will ever accidentally stumble upon this place, any dedicated Beer Advocate would know of it – and seek it out as a beer destination.

And it is a destination worth doing so. Previous reviews have remarked that Le Cheval Blanc was once a diner. Possibly so, given that it is a very dark and narrow place with a long bar (counter) – its stools bolted down - on the right and some raggedy-looking tables along the opposite wall. (Of course, it was dark, so who knows what they were?) Include in some red lanterns, a few slow-moving ceiling fans that rotate over the heads of grungy, unwashed slackers and add a chalk board listing a wide selection of house beers, such as my choice: the India Rouge Amercaine IPA (62 IBU, 6% ABV).

Le Cheval Blanc earns no points for aesthetics, but gets much respect for being a very unusual place to spend a final night in Montreal enjoying a beer.

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Photo of dturchin
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5

a ways down rue st denis you'll find this sparsely decorated steel walled industrial jaunt filled with noisy college students, local drunks, and the occasional wide eyed tourist looking for a good pour...decent selection, usually serving 7 or 8 of their own which range from bad to not that bad...easy to get to, right near several metro stops, but nothing that blew me away...attentative service, but when i asked about one of the beers i was told that it "had some hops and some malt character"...not a place id want to spend a significant amount of time or money

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Photo of rrwiltse
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

One of the more interesting brewpubs we visited! Upon approach on the street, there were quite a few people outside Le Cheval Blanc on the sidewalk, very drunk and rather obnoxious (it was rather late on a weekday)...not a great first impression, but I guess at least they had a good time! The interior is certainly interesting--you can tell this place has been here a long time! Lots of black, lots of stainless steel (including the bar!). Long and narrow, and possessing an interesting vibe with a diverse crowd--college kids, loners getting drunk at the bar, and couples. Quite a few brews on the beer board--honestly, I can't remember what all was there, we were pretty tipsy by this point of the evening. The bartender was effecient without being overly friendly. I remember the blanche I had was quite good, and I wished we had had more time and alcohol tolerance to spend there! Certainly worth a visit!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
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.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

visited this place later at night on a friday- it was full of after-work people, students, and some beer fest peeps.

this place is right smack-dab in the heart of prostitute central. if nothing else, that gives LCB some local flavor. the place itself reminds me alot of new york city and their bars.. it's set up in that deep but narrow railroad car fashion. there is a bar to the immediate right, but the left wall is crammed full of small, cramped tables and chairs. they go all the way back to the rear. bathrooms are on the right, as well as two bubble-domed beer kettles that look like rejects from a futuristic brewing movie. the toilets are oddly situated right across from the seating area and are the size of coach bus bathrooms. the walls of the bar area are covered in a hospital green marbled pattern, random plants hang from the ceiling. one small wall near the door has those thick glass tiles set into it, which feels very random. the place is dark and barely lit in an orange-reddish hue. kinda overall has a real bare bones/rummage shop feel.

the waitress we were assigned was very happy-go-lucky and friendly. when i asked her what the difference was between the $15 shirt and the $25 shirt, she spent five minutes researching the answer. also, she never let my glass sit empty for too long (big plusses!).

beers on tap during my visit were helles lager, stout, belgian wit, saison, maibock, india red ale and something called 'sparta'. couldn't quite figure out the style on that one. the i.r.a. was excellent with a citrusy understanding of the us west coast beers. the maibock was fruity and rich, deep with complex malts. most of the other beers i tried were ok- but fresh. i've had their bottled product and i definitely prefer 'dining in.' a good place to sit with a group, enjoy some fresh brews, and listen to actual good music (the only beer place in montreal that offers such an ambience).

there is food, i didn't have any, but the nachos looked really, really good. had we not just gorged on thai.. they might have been in order.

i don't think my group dug this place as much as me, but i have sentimental feelings of LCB. among other things, it's the first brewpub i ever visited.. ever. i can then remember drinking the fruity framboise and the creamy blanche wit and having some good conversation with friends. that's exactly what i did this time and i had a damn good time. just not the best beer in town.

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Photo of dirkchivers
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This place rocked. I can't argue with a place that places The Clash, Radiohead, and Le Tigre. It was very crowded to say the least, but then again, my friends and i showed up at 11pm on a Saturday. The waiters helped us out by finding a place to stand and offering up their beer menu of 7 beers, i believe. I had the Cream Stout, Blonde Lager, and the killer Triple. The lager was okay, not my thing, but the Stout and Triple were exceptional. The people that hang out there come off as real snotty indie types, but the staff was much more friendly, and i had a chat about beer with the bartender. The prices initially frightened me, 5 loons for a 14oz. pint, but the product made the exchange fair, and then again, i'm a cheap college student, anything over 3 dollars is too much. I would definatley pay 5 anyday for this beer though. I will be there again when i can get the gas money.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Visited March-06.

Very nice atmosphere. Narrow but deep from the street, a long bar area with a few chalkboards listing the day's beers. The brew tanks are in the seating area (in some metal and glass casing), so you can actually set your drink on them and sit next to the beer you're drinking as it ferments. Not too smoky.

I didn't try the food, but I got a sampler of 5 oz. beers: blanche, amber, cerise, and a few others. Beers were pretty enjoyable, although nothing stood out as fantastic. They had eight or so on tap; the cerise was the most interesting.

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

Funky and retro, Cheval Blanc seems to thumb it's nose at some of todays modern concrete,glass, and steel brewpubs.
Kind of long and narrow on the interior, with lots of tile and stainless, in groovey 70's tones.
Tables on one side, bar opposite- facing the cooler doors.
In describing this place, start at "unique" and take a left on "irreverant" ave.
Sort of like a french dining car with cool lighting fixtures, and beers that range from great to just plain odd.
Oh, yea, and let's not forget the small fermenter with a clear dome over it next to the bar, that looks like the head of a robot from "Lost in Space".
Always a wide range of beers here, featuring yeasts pioneered by the infamous Pierre Rajotte.
No big beers on my last visit, but a delicious Wit, an interesting mint-stout, and a pungent,warming Ceyenne concoction.
Didn't try the food, but the favorite local- panini, looked obtainable.
They also keep a stock of bottled beers in the cooler from brews gone by, so don't be afraid to ask.
Big ups to the barkeep that night, friendly guy, and he pointed us the one of the best meals/restaurants we had that weekend.
It was a hole in wall Portugese place, family owned and run, and had some of the best damn mesquite grilled calamari ever. Friggin' cheap too.

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Photo of pootz
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

I must say after all these months of trying to get to Montreal for the pub beer, this little neighbourhood pub was the positive surprise of the trip. The atmosphere was laid back ( I went in the day time) in a traditional local tavern. Lots of original tavern decore survives. Great selection and the marzen I had was a wonderful offering of the style as were the other beers..well made, tastey and fresh. I would have a hard time deciding if I liked this pub better than DDC. I will be back for more seasonals this summer.

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Photo of fdrich29
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

I attempted to walk here from Metropolis on Ste. Catherine's Street after the Cake show, but ended up needed needing to grab a cab once I made it up to Ontario.

First impressions walking into this bar, looks wise, and looks wise only, is Spuyten Duvil in Brooklyn, New York. The physical layout of the joint is nearly identical. That's where the similarities end.

I liked the sliver plated decor, it was a nice contrast to the near blizzard conditions that were outside. About 15 people in the bar late on a Sunday night, I took that as a good sign.

I ordered a winter seasonal brew. It was the most horrid liquid I've ever put to my lips, it tasted like it was past it's prime and someone had added some kind of mushroom to it. Unfortunately I didn't have time to give the other beers a chance, which I normally would, to provide a fair review. They will have to wait for my next visit, when I will update this review if I walk out with a new take on things.

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Photo of judyblueyes
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

After all the hype about this place I was very disappointed in the beers. I had a sampler of all 8 that were on tap at the time and only 2 were worth rating over 4, the ESB and the Bok (neither of which is in the list of beers). The others were either over-hopped, unimpressive or infected. The place itself is comfortable, with diner-style bar seating and plenty of bench-style tables. Service is friendly and efficient. Of the 5 Brewpubs I visited, I would have to say this was the least favorable experience, with L'Amere a Boire being the best overall for beers. I will visit Le Cheval again just to see if it was a "bad day" and hopefully the beers will be better.

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Photo of ZIRK
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

This is the place where the "Beer-revival" in Montréal, and later in Quèbec started... Never forget this... Gérôme DENYS, the owner & founder managed to expand the basement by hand ant to install a "selfmade brewhouse"... You don't need complicated things when you are a good brewer... Every year 600 HL sold in place... Congratulations! It's still my favorite place when I'm in Montréal for the MondialdelaBière... but only two kinds of fingerfood are offered: "nacho's with tomato & sour cream" and "Panini".... So when you start to be hungry, then you can best go to one of the many good restaurants of Montréal... Greatings from Belgium.

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

Nice atmosphere of oldies. Go back 50 yrs ago and in an old tavern and you're in Le Cheval Blanc. They love to experiment and their selection rotates frequently with a total probably closing to 25-30 beers. Weird experiments include pepper beer, cranberry, maple etc and they won't shy to try a typical lager or an imperial stout altogether. A different experience. As far as quality is concerned, I've never had an awful beer frmo them, but I never had something really top notch neither, they're mostly just good beers and the experiments are always interesting to savor at least once if not mindblowing. One of the 3 top pubs of the city. Usually ~8 beers on tap.

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

Another excellent brewpub in downtown Montreal. This place is located right on Ontario street, off of St. Hubert street, which is where Erica and I stayed a few weeks ago when we were in town for the Mondial De La Biere. I guess you could say that this place was our "local" for the few days we were in town, since it was on the corner of our street. The atmosphere was excellent. It looked like an old 50's diner/cafe in here. It is very dark with some odd/non functioning brewing equipment towards the back, and a long/diner style bar when you walk in. There are nice tables strung about as well, with some small funky lamps and candles for light. The selection of beers was excellent, as was the quality of the beers! In fact, I pretty much liked every beer that I sampled here, sans the pale ale. On my last visit (In May) they had 6 beers on tap (with three coming soon). The six I sampled were the blonde lager, white, marzen, pale ale, stout, and a special aged Belgian style amber beer called L'abysse Cornue. The service was excellent, as the employee working when we stopped in was very friendly, and explained as much as he could about all of the beers that they had on tap. His french and english were excellent, and he was quick to fill up our glasses as well. I'm not sure if they had food or not, but I did not try anything. Overall: This is one of the best brewpubs that I have been to in recent times, and it is definately one of the best brewpubs out of the 7 that reside in downtown Montreal!

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Photo of gueuzegeek
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Okay, let's start off with, if you go, and you can sit at the bar, you will get much faster service, if your beer runs out!! This is a very narrow place with sort of a 50's style decor. I would say the decor is something like 50's diner meets olf theatre--lots of formica and chrome. The place is very low-key, which is cool, and very casual. You feel like you are in a local's place. The art work is so cool in there, and most of it is for sale. I had spent too much money already, so none of it made its way home with me.

The food choice was way to limited for a vegetarian like me, but I did get a good panini on my second visit with which I was very happy. They do not take credit cards, which led me on a wild goose chase to find an ATM that would take my card (PLUS in case you have the same).

Now to the beer. I liked the Noire (stout) the best. It was a bit thin in body, but nice roastiness. I took some notes for reviews on the beer, but may not post 'em all individually because I really didn't feel like taking that many notes while I was there. The Blanche was nice as well, a bit spicy and some yeastiness to the aroma. The pale ale was somewhat sweet and not overly hoppy. It was very drinkable though. The Blonde was just too light for my tastes, so I do not have much to say about it. Be forewarned, this is not the same place as the bottles which bare the same name.

All in all, this place is definitely worth the visit if you are in the area.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.93/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

For some reason I haven’t stopped by this place in months, even though it's technically the closest brewpub to my house. I rectified the situation by going back there last night.

Atmosphere: For someone who wouldn’t know, it looks like from the outside like a seedy tavern in a seedier part of town. Then again, this is Montreal, so this “bad neighbourhood” is like Disneyland compared to other cities. The place is dimly lit so you don’t see much from window overlooking Ontario Street. Once inside, it’s sort of like a time warp. Green stratified wall paneling, terrazo floors, Chinese lamps, Diner-style counters, and two fermenters in the back that I believe are there for show only. It’s like there’s something from every decade from the 30’s to today. Patrons of this establishment are as diverse as the décor. And there’s always a little room to sit somewhere.

Service: Was a bit slow and cold at first, but when I conversed a little with the waiter that changed completely. When I was explaining to my drinking buddies what a Saison was, he told me I must have been the first customer in weeks to actually know that Saison is a style of Beer, and not a “seasonal” Beer. He then took the time to go through the other styles and was quite helpful.

Selection: Seven Beers on Tap, a few classic styles, like a blonde lager, amber ale, stout and a witbier. They also serve a few special/seasonal styles not very common here in Québec, like the Saison, which I should have tried, but I didn’t. Maybe next time! They also serve honey wine and cider.

Quality: Only had time for two pints, so I had the Bitter, which I thought was excellent, probably the best in town, and the Marzen, which was good, but not great. I do know this place serves a mean stout, too.

Food: Two words: Perron Cheese. Perron is the oldest cheddar producer in Canada, and his old stuff is absolutely top shelf. They serve wedges with a few olives, and I’m in heaven. Completely tore off my palate, so maybe that’s why the Marzen didn’t win me over completely...

Great place, I really should go more often.

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