Les 3 Brasseurs

Les 3 BrasseursLes 3 Brasseurs

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

732 Rue Sainte-Catherine O
Montréal, Quebec, H3B 1B9

(514) 788-6333 | map

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Added by ikats on 06-13-2006

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Reviews by BigBry:
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3.59/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

I spent a couple days in Montreal, and made a couple trips here as it was only 2 blocks from our hotel.
Similar to other brewpubs in the chain, cozy and comfortable. 2 sections (bar and restaurant), plus an upstairs, visited both sides.
They only brew 4 styles (Blanche, Blonde, Ambre, Brune) and a specialty/seasonal but did not have one on at this time. Was hoping to find the new bottled brew 'La Belle Province', maybe next time. They do a sampler with all 4, which we tried. All beers are solid, but don't expect anything too over the top.
Service was good and our glasses were never empty. Did not have any food, but the menu looked pretty good.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of sbuchert
3.95/5  rDev +24.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of dwoolley1
4.46/5  rDev +40.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of tjcamm
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

Photo of IPAchris
3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Photo of talbotjf99
3.73/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of baybum
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

There is often a fairly long wait despite the fact that this is one of the larger locations. It's almost cavernous. Because of it's location it's heavily frequented by tourists, and I guess that's where almost all of their thriving business is coming from. With that said, service is normally rushed, and thus quite curt. The food can also suffer as it's not possible to put out all of those dinners so quickly without error. I don't blame the servers for walking away from you when you don't know what you want, and I don't blame the kitchen for any flaws that slip by (who are we fooling? They know, they don't care!) - I blame the customers for falling into this trap! There are plenty of other options available, seek them out and remember that something that might look far on a map is probably really not. Montreal is a very easy city to get around in via Metro with just a few blocks of walking after your stop. I was forced to go here with my group because it was right nearby and they were hungry, and it was the most miserable dining experience I had during my trip. If we'd walked just a few blocks south we would not have had to wait, and the food and beer would have been much better.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of papat444
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

This is a pretty big place. Even with a reservation, it took a good 20 minutes to get a table. There are two floors with are pretty massive with one bar at each level. We were seated at the second level. Atmosphere was good as there were a lot of people and wasn't overly noisy. The selection is their standard colors plus the Belle Province which only comes in bottles (and is overpriced) and a seasonal which was the stout i tried. Service was friendly but very slow despite being close to the waiters' station. Didn't have any utensils so had to flag the waiter down. Overall, it's decent with stable but uninspired beers.

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Photo of nighthawk
2.85/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Tried this place while visiting Montreal. Wasn't going in with high expectations.

The brewery setup is right by the front door, in an incredibly cramped space. No idea how they do it in such a small space. Barley is seen stacked throughout the place. Obviously the brewery is as much a part of the marketing of this place as the final product. Otherwise it's a decent sports-oriented pub. I can dig it.

Beer would be a let down if my expectations were any more than middle of the road, please everybody brews. Not unflavourful, made skillfully with no off-flavors, but generally on the boring side. Had a specialty available - the Munich. Besides a vague German weizen yeast kind of flavour this place oils pass for a vague amber.

Food was fine, but only just. Again, unremarkable but inoffensive. My flammekeuche was a bit softer than I'd hoped.

Service was efficient, food was fast arriving, but staff was curt and on the brink of inattentive. No info about beer. It was busy, but no one wants to feel like getting us out is more important than taking care of us.

Overall it's what I expected given the reputation here, but it's always a bit difficult seeing talent seemingly wasted on uniformity.

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Photo of Sammy
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

I was initially surprised that it was smaller than the Toronto location until I realized that there are a few locations in Montreal. Smaller bar in particular. Montreal culture doesn't encourage many people sitting at a bar talking to the bartenders, rather the moving of drinks. Service was good because it was before big lunchtime crowd. Buzy times are after work, people are not so much session drinkers these days in town. Same old selection, four basic beers or your maple syrup bottle with a Patriotic French Canadian name.

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Photo of Jayli
2.85/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5

The atmosphere was pretty nice. There was a lot of dark wood, a long bar. I grabbed a stool at the bar and was greeted by a bilingual barmaid. French was obviously her primary means of communication, but she pretty much understood most of what I asked her.
There are only 4 selections here - Blonde, Ambree, Brune, and Blanche. I tried both the Blonde and Ambree. There were decent beers...nothing quite earth shattering about either of these brews.
The service was ok - it was quite busy, but the bartender seemed more interested in speaking with her boyfriend than anything else.
Overall, not a horrible place, but I expected more as I initially did not know this was more of a chain in Montreal. So, if you go in knowing this is a chain brewpub - it isn't half bad.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.01/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5

My wife and I stopped in here on our last visit to Montreal. To be quite honest she needed to use the restroom I saw this place and I thought I would take advantage of the moment and have a beer. It was pretty much what I thought it would be.

Atmosphere- It was beautiful in side it was almost your typical urban chain Brewpub but not really. I hope that was not to confusing. It had that chain feel to it. More than a Rock Bottoms but less than a Hops. It had a French Euro meets American practical look to the inside with wonderful high ceilings and a great bar centrally located in the middle.

Quality- I only had one beer due to the time but it wasn't bad. I had the Blanche. (I have not got to it yet in my beer notes but will post a review later).

Service- Was mediocre at best. The waitress did not seem to know a lot about the beers and wasn't really willing to talk about them either. The place was not busy and it took a while to get one beer.

Selection- There was only four beers on the Menu. A Blonde, Brune, Blanche and Ambree.

Food- I did not get a chance to try it but it did look and smell nice.

Price- I thought it was about right for a Brewpub in a tourist area.

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Photo of Goldorak
2.98/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

This location of Les 3 Brasseurs, a large chain from Lille, France (4 locations in Montreal alone, a few in northern France, even one in French Polynesia), is in a very prime spot between the Peel and McGill subway stations. A few friends and I were in the area to catch a movie and we had about an hour to kill, so we decided to give it a shot.

Atmosphere is okay I suppose, it’s the usual cookie cutter brewpub look I’ve seen countless times over and over again. Red brick, dark wood and copper was found everywhere, faux-old brewery signs and other various trinkets on the walls. Sure it’s nice and brand spanking new, but certainly no points for originality here. We sat at the large island bar not too far from the front windows that were removed on this bright, sunny day in order to do a little people watching on busy Ste-Catherine Street. Wide screen TVs were everywhere over the bar, showing videos that provided the musical background.

Another note: the brewery setup is right next to the front door, and it looked cramped as hell. It couldn’t have been more than 6 feet wide by 15 feet long. I know real estate is at a premium around here, but this is nuts. I homebrew 10-gallon batches – roughly 1/10 of their capacity – and I need twice the space on brew day. I don’t think I’d last very long as brewmaster here. And not just because of the space, the fact that you’re obligated to follow the same recipes would piss me off. I know they can release a seasonal brew every now and then – there were none during my visit, the list being only the paint-by-numbers blonde, amber, brown and white – but even those I think have to follow the company’s protocols. I had a pint of amber and a pint of brown, and they both tasted the same as at the other location of L3B I’ve been to on St-Denis Street. They were a bit green and pretty basic, but honest brews that I’d place on the grand spectrum of Beers somewhere above fake micros like Alexander Keith’s and below entry level local micros like Boreale. I respect the fact that they brew for a mass audience, but why even brew on premises when there are 3 other pubs in town who brew the exact same Beers as you do? Wouldn’t they be better off renting off some cheap suburban warehouse and brew everything there? Their formula seems to work well for them, so I guess they have more business savvy than I do!

Service was probably the highlight of my visit. Our bartendress, I forget her name, knew the bare minimum about the beers available, was fast and friendly, so pretty much all I wanted from a server in this kind of pub. Pints were a bit pricey, their happy hour was only from 5 to 7, strange because at most places in town it goes from opening to 7 or 8.

Overall, this pub, like all the other L3B, was okay to have a quick one, but tourists only in town for a short while should skip them and concentrate on the more artisan brewpubs my fair city has to offer.

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Les 3 Brasseurs in Montréal, QC, Canada
3.36 out of 5 based on 122 ratings.
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