Benelux Brewpub & Café

Benelux Brewpub & CaféBenelux Brewpub & Café
Benelux Brewpub & CaféBenelux Brewpub & Café
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

245 Sherbrooke St W
Montréal, Quebec, H2X 1X7

(514) 543-9750 | map

Notes: To get there by subway: Green line, Place des Arts station. Go north up the hill to Sherbrooke street, then go east about 2-3 blocks. It's on the ground floor of a big apartment complex.
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Ratings by sdaly3:
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Rated by sdaly3 from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1%

Jun 09, 2014
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Reviewed by cratez from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
What I had: Benelux SMASH Amarillo American Pale Ale, Congo Belgian IPA, and Sabotage American IPA on tap, Chicken Tex Mex Panini with chips and olives.
What I liked: Dark, bustling and cosmopolitan ambience, clearly visible chalkboard draught list, cozy bar, quick and pleasant service, tasty pub grub, beers ranged from average to good quality, love the focus on hop-forward and Belgian styles, reasonable prices.
What I disliked: Neither the beer nor the food blew me away, but this is still a very solid brewpub.
Would I go back? Yes.
Overall rating: 80
Jan 30, 2020
Rated: 3.95 by roryhoy from Canada (ON)

Jul 10, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by Noelito76 from New York

May 26, 2019
Rated: 4.14 by SDRedDevil from California

Sep 25, 2017
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Reviewed by eberesford from Canada (ON)

3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
The food is minimal but good - the beers I tried varied from good to excellent - the focus is Belgian as the nsme suggests but also American and British style beers - the service is rather disorganized and I watched tables around me who arrived later served while I waited. It happens, but a simple sorry would have been better than "we're busy". On parle ici seulement en français.
Sep 15, 2017
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Rated by beerguymtl from Canada (QC)

4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5
I love this place... the beer is amazing.. the food is great although they basically only have sandwiches.
Mar 09, 2017
Rated: 3.61 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Nov 29, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Beervana from Canada (BC)

Nov 12, 2016
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Reviewed by socon67 from New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5
Nice brewpub in the city center. They do flights which is a plus. Most people are out on the patio and we found a spot at the bar. 12 taps of craft covered all the basic styles. Great spot for a beer and service was solid.
Jul 12, 2016
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Reviewed by SportsandJorts from Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
Atmosphere: kind of cool interior but I didn't get to check it out thoroughly as it was empty with everyone out on the patio. nicish patio just down the street from downtown, just a short stone's throw away. otherwise nothing to quite set it apart.

Quality: I sample 3 of their beers ranging from decent to good. wide range of style from german to Belgian and American, maybe some English too.

Service: we had a nice waiter. switched to English no problem and was attentive and good.

Selection: around 10 or just more beers, wide range of styles but I didn't see any quite being the top of their style

Food: small basic menu. snacks, paninis and hot dogs. the sandwich I had was tasty but nothing to write home about.

Overall: A good middle of the day downtown Montreal stop. good beer. not far from where you need to be. good for a snack or smaller bite. not the greatest atmosphere but relaxed and pleasant.
Jun 07, 2016
Rated: 3.72 by doctorpepperguy from Kentucky

May 20, 2016
Rated: 4 by theDuck from Canada (QC)

Nov 25, 2015
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Reviewed by TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
This is a really cool place located in an extremely off spot in town at the foot of an office/condo high rise. The beer was very good and the variety of different styles was also good - offerings included a stout, saison, pale ale, DIPA, Flemish Red (among others). Really cool and vibrant atmosphere.
Oct 03, 2015
Rated: 3.94 by jrempel from Canada (BC)

Sep 18, 2015
Rated: 4.1 by e_beaulieu from Canada (QC)

Sep 08, 2015
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Rated by smccaffr39 from Canada (ON)

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Very nice. Good beer, good food, good service.
Sep 05, 2015
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Reviewed by mendvicdog from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4
They do flights which is great. Beer was by far the best I had in montreal.

Server was great. He was working hard for sure. Gave me a sample of what he thought was the best beer, and he was right. I ordered a pint of it.

Nice vibe with lots of outdoor seating. Could turn the volume down on the EDM a bit, but I guess I'm an old man.

They have mostly pale ales, ipa, saisons, and sours.
Aug 19, 2015
Rated: 4.36 by sylvaincarle from Canada (QC)

Jul 23, 2015
Rated: 3.71 by Danielr26 from Michigan

Jul 14, 2015
Rated: 4.05 by VbolieuV from Canada (QC)

Jun 23, 2015
Rated: 4.34 by jophish17 from Georgia

Jun 07, 2015
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Rated by Shoecat

4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
Great vibe, an awesome space for a quiet afternoon. Love the owner, who was down to chat and teach us more about his craft.
Apr 07, 2015
Rated: 4.31 by Jul_dredd from Canada (QC)

Mar 19, 2015
Rated: 4.38 by TimWakimika from Canada (QC)

Feb 06, 2015
Rated: 4.14 by nickfl from Florida

Jan 25, 2015
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
Pretty fun brewpub right next to the hotel JLindros and I stayed at. About 10 or so beers on tap along with a list of upcoming beers. We walked by first around 7:30pm or so and the place was elbow to elbow with hipsters so we opted to wait until 11:30 (as the place closes at 3am) when most had cleared out. The bartender was quite attentive, recommending beers left and right. Only knock (aside from hipsters) would be the music selection was a bit dodgy. LOADS of American pop from the 60s-00's with random rock mixed in. Didn't really flow at all. There was also some seating in what looked like an old bank vault, which was kind of odd. Did not try any of the food.
Nov 16, 2014
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%
Very interesting brew pub. They had about 12 beers on tap and list of up coming beers, which the bartender allows you to sample and most are pretty good. Average priced. Server was very friendly and tentative, pretty knowledgeable and suggested great beers.

Atmosphere was the only downfall, Loud annoying music, just loud and some bad pop songs mixed with music, very disjointed. Lots of hipsters, modern hipster bar feel many randomly placed tables, etc.
Nov 16, 2014
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Reviewed by TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.2/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
This is a pretty nice bar with some very good beers, constant rotation of taps, regular casks, decent food, central-ish location and good service.

The look is pretty dark but it is neat to see how they set the bar up in a former-bank. It is positively sleek. You can even drink in the old vault. The bar is big, long, and curved with the brewing stuff behind, taps in the middle and levels with tables and bars everywhere else. The service is very good in my experience. The staff is nice, knowledgeable, quick to offer samples and most of them seem into the beer.

The beer is well above average in my opinion and even their beers that I don't like much are still pretty solidly made I feel. The food is simple but not really pub food. It is a bit expensive maybe, but is good quality. the dogs and the plate with olives, nuts and cheese are always good bets.

All-in-all this is probably my favorite place to get beers in Montreal. It is big enough to where there's usually room, the beer is good. Also I feel like they do a good job of always having a really wide range of styles at a given time. Even a chalk board to see what is currently fermenting for taps or casks. Beers are discounted before the 5 à 7 (happy hour). Well worth visiting.
Nov 11, 2014
Rated: 4 by Kwak from New Jersey

Nov 04, 2014
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
If I had to make a list of the top 5 places to visit in Montreal based on the quality of their beers, Benelux would be included. Every beer I tasted was right on for style, but also with a little house character thrown in, and they were all clean and very well made.

I felt the decor was a combination of "posh" and "slick" with some down-to-earth character thrown in (the air ducts and wacky sprinkler pipe in front of the vault door). At night it has a kind of "glowing light" inside a concrete box kind of thing going on, and although the seating appears kind of stiff, in the end it's actually very comfortable. I guess all of that has to do with the vibe, which is casual and fun. College students mingle with tourists and professionals stopping in for a beer before they head home.

I did not try the food, but watching them toast the rolls for the wurst on pointy spears rising above the grill was interesting.

Absolutely worth checking out.
Oct 10, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Dewso from Canada (QC)

Sep 06, 2014
Rated: 4 by groleau from Canada (QC)

Aug 16, 2014
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Reviewed by stoppertb18 from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
Sherbrooke location. Tried the stout and American brown ale. Both very good. Brown ale much happier than many. Food is simple but good. Tex msex chicken wrap and "European" hot dog both simple but nice flavor. Service was prompt and friendly. 11 beers available on our visit. Sat outside with nice atmosphere. Well worth a visit.
Aug 10, 2014
Rated: 5 by AnHeroicHippo from Canada (QC)

Aug 07, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by darnzy from Canada (QC)

Jul 17, 2014
Rated: 4 by Socialiste from Canada (QC)

Jul 10, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Whatup14 from Canada (QC)

Jul 09, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Hoppybob from Virginia

Jun 19, 2014
Rated: 4 by Knoxrb12 from Illinois

Apr 03, 2014
Benelux Brewpub & Café in Montréal, QC, Canada
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