Le Saint-Bock

Le Saint-BockLe Saint-Bock
Le Saint-BockLe Saint-Bock
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1749 Saint-Denis St
Montréal, Quebec, H2X 3K4

(514) 680-8052 | map

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Ratings by Shanex:
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Rated by Shanex from France

4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Jul 15, 2017
More User Ratings:
Rated: 3.33 by Immortale25 from North Carolina

Apr 27, 2022
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Reviewed by cratez from Canada (ON)

3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
Visited on a recent work trip to Montreal.

Tried the following beers:
Le Saint-Bock Calice (draft)
Le Saint-Bock Malédiction (draft)
Le Trou du Diable Shawi Beach (draft)

Beers ranged from decent to very good. Also ordered a burger that was quite tasty. Service was efficient and reasonably friendly. My overall experience was enjoyable.
Feb 14, 2020
Rated: 4.43 by blisscent from Rhode Island

Nov 26, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by metter98 from New York

Jul 19, 2019
Rated: 5 by DbbC from Illinois

Mar 01, 2018
Rated: 3.92 by SDRedDevil from California

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

3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3
The place is hyped in local reviews . In the context of the Québec craft beer scene it was a solid okay. Noisy, crowded, tables too close together, it did not encourage the savouring of the product and meant service was on the slow side. The food was unpretentious. It would have been better if my pulled-pork burger had not been slightly over cooked. The beer list is amazing, but the staff were not as familiar with it as advertised. Choice one was an interesting rye based Saison with some Bret. For the second I asked if they had a Flemish Ould Bruin thinking this would make an interesting follow up. What came was a pleasant but rather ordinary English style brown Ale.
May 11, 2017
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Reviewed by EspressoGuy from Canada (BC)

3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5
Top 40 pop music. Sports on the two TVs behind the bar. University crowd. Pretty lively. Great food menu for vegetarians but too bad the kitchen was suddenly/unexpectedly closed so didn't get to try anything. Huge selection of beers on a rotating screen; better to go online to their website and browse there. I tried six of their house beers and nothing really impressed me. Decent bartender but certainly not engaging.
Dec 27, 2016
Rated: 4 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Nov 29, 2016
Rated: 4 by Spreetaper from New York

Aug 06, 2016
Rated: 4.37 by LanceH from Canada (ON)

May 24, 2016
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Reviewed by Gatch from Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
Probably my favorite bar from the long weekend spent in Montreal in mid-December. The vibe is incredible, the bartenders and servers are top notch, and the quality and variety can't be beat. On a popular street, Saint-Denis, so it's a must-visit spot for local craft beer.
Dec 19, 2015
Rated: 4.24 by TBonez477 from Vermont

Dec 14, 2015
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Reviewed by TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
A good place to visit. Located right downtown. Good tap list and an even better bottle list (the best in the city by far that I saw). Worth a stop.
Oct 03, 2015
Rated: 4.13 by e_beaulieu from Canada (QC)

Sep 08, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by VABA from Virginia

Sep 08, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by kingpin1010 from California

Jul 13, 2015
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Reviewed by TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.13/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Really decent beer bar. The prices are a touch steep, but they have a huge selection on tap, good private import, a pretty nice look/feel, and okay house beers.
The food is good and a lot of it prominently features beer. That said it is basically just variations on pub food and is pretty heavy with big servings. You could easily split some of their main dishes. There is a good selection of house beers encapsulating a wide variety of styles, but I find them to be a bit lackluster. They are decent though. Granted, I haven't tried tons of them.
All-in-all a good place to duck off for a pint. You can get some good imported stuff here, too, but it'll cost you.
Apr 21, 2015
Rated: 4.68 by HDDD from Canada (QC)

Apr 09, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by 31Sam13 from New Hampshire

Mar 13, 2015
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6%
Le Saint-Bock is in Montreal's Latin Quarter not far from Le Cheval Blanc, Brasserie Artisanale L'Amère A Boire, and one of the many Les 3 Brasseurs locations. If you're in the mood for live music, mainly blues and rock, there's also Bistro a Jojo; or there's a great scotch selection at Pub L'Ile Noire - both have a decent selection of beer as well.

At first glance it may seem small, but once you pass the outdoor seating area and step inside you'll find that it's actually a pretty deep space. At night it has very much of a nightclub feel, and the younger crowd seems to thrive on that. Dance music plays and red light glows from beneath the bar, and against the walls. It has a red, black, silver against beechwood decor theme going on. It's slick, but not overly so. Given my druthers, however, I'd prefer to visit during the daytime when it's a little more casual and 'common'.

Look for a beer menu and you won't find one, unless you look up on the wall at one of the electronic menu boards they have. The draft list slowly pages through, offering 44 beers on tap including 20 of their own. The brewery, by the way, is tucked all the way in back.

I sampled several of the house beers and found them all to be quite good. The guest beers included a few Belgians, a few Americans (two from Stone, Avery's Beast, and something from Moylan's) which was highly unusual, and their Canadian choices were of the finest and most rare from Dieu Du Ciel, Hopfenstark, Microbrasserie du Lac Saint-Jean, Microbrasserie L'Hermite, Microbrasserie Charlevoix, Le Naufrageur, Trois Mousquetaires, Brasseurs Illimités, and Brasserie Franches-Montagnes to name a few. Impressive!

They offer food as well, which is mostly basic (although in Montreal where many places offer no food at all or just "snacks", this is something special), including soups, salads, sandwiches, nachos and chicken tenders, etc. The prices are slightly pricey given the neighboring competition, but with a few beers in you I doubt you'd consider trekking out to save a dollar or two.

Overall I was quite impressed by the beer selection, and I wish I'd gone here immediately (I stayed just up the block but I chose two other close locations to visit in the Quartier Latin and didn't get back until a week later the night before I left for home).
Nov 19, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by groleau from Canada (QC)

Aug 16, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by AnHeroicHippo from Canada (QC)

Aug 07, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by bylerteck from Canada (ON)

Jul 20, 2014
Rated: 4 by Whatup14 from Canada (QC)

Jul 09, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Socialiste from Canada (QC)

Jul 04, 2014
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Reviewed by nriech from Virginia

3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25
I think this place was pretty decent for the area and what I saw thru the rest of the city. I liked all the beers I tried, nothing blow your mind but all very respecable for their styles. Our waitress was very pleasent and helpful with the menu as they have no English menus. The beer menu on the wall was detailed regading what kind of glassware you would receive the beer in and the price for each size and each beer. The waitress even stopped to make sure we understood what we would be receiving which is great if you werent expecing to get a tulip glass for $7.

The food we ordered was appetizers only but pretty good. The brie with maple was great.

I reccomend going on off hours though, we were there around noon to 2PM. Later that day it was extremely packed and loud on both nights (Friday and Saturday so its probably to be expected.)

Overall I dont think this place should be bashed, if you are looking for a good beer selection theres not much else in walking distance of this quality.
May 18, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by VbolieuV from Canada (QC)

Apr 25, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by zhivago373 from Canada (QC)

Feb 12, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by edugasmtl from Canada (QC)

Jan 26, 2014
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Reviewed by SSS from Canada (QC)

4.37/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75
They have a bible of beers, that includes some really good stuff. Found Innis and Gunn here...when it was somewhat hard to find in Quebec. It was quite pricy at $10.00 per bottle, but well worth it when you factor in that it costs $3.55 at the SAQ. I recommend this place to anyone who wants to have a beer they cannot regularly find in the city.
Jan 20, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Scamboogery from Texas

Nov 15, 2013
Rated: 4 by davegray from California

Nov 14, 2013
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Reviewed by papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.93/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
Been meaning to come here for a while and finally had the chance to stop in for a quick pint. Lots of lounge chairs, small bar, table scattered. Decor is a mix of stylish and pub-feel. Vibe seemed nice though it was early in the afternoon. Heavy on the house beers with some guests including TDD. Lots of breweriana spread all over including their massive selection of bottles. Overall, good but real test would be to come on a Friday or Saturday night.
May 12, 2013
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Reviewed by jbsteiny from Hawaii

3.09/5  rDev -22.9%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4
To mirror what Tut said below, the reviews from Birradonna and Grand Connaisseur below must be by managers/owners trying to bump up their ratings...

I've been here three times on two separate trips to Montreal - the first two were in February 2011 and I was very impressed - 20 taps, including maybe 16 of their own beers - I remember having a good smoked brown, and I believe a Weizenbock. A bit touristy and dark, and I never tried the food.

I went again last night, and was disappointed. First of all, the place was packed and very noisy - most people didn't seem like they were there to enjoy craft beer - they were there to party. I tried four of their beers - a brown ale brewed with chipotles, an IPA with tea, a Belgian IPA, and their cask ale brewed with Soriachi Ace. They were all decent, but none stood out. Server was nice enough, and fairly attentive despite the crowd, and their bottle list is good, but I agree with Tut that the nearby L'amere a boire is superior.
Mar 02, 2013
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Reviewed by Tut from New York

2.18/5  rDev -45.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4
Update 3/1/13: I've upated my review because of the two highly suspect reviews below. Both claim to be from Montreal but have no other activity here. Birradonna joined on 9/11/11 and has only done this review and one other. No other content. Grandconnaisseur joined 10/21/12 and only did this review. Neither has been on this site since. It's an obvious attempt to stack the deck. My guess is that they are the owner and/or staff of the pub. Hell, the reviews even sound the same. Both give it a perfect 5?? That's higher than even Dieu du Ciel rates. Give me a break. :(
I stand by my experience at Le Saint-Bock.

August, 2010:
I've spent a lot of time in Montreal and know it's brewpubs well. I'm now in the middle of a two week stay. I will never go to Le Saint-Bock again after the experience I had a few days ago.

Like the mediocre 3 Brasseurs, Saint-Bock gets most of its customers as tourist walk-bys from the street as opposed to those who seek it as a destination. It's location on heavily trafficed Rue Saint Denis in the Latin Quarter is the cause. For many patrons, it's just one of numerous options to have a convenient drink and many people there don't even order beer. Interestingly, L'amere a boire, an excellent brewpub a short distance up the hill above Rue Ontario, is completely opposite - almost all their customers are people who purposely go there for the beer and relaxed ambiance. This may explain part of my experience at Saint-Bock.

I had been to Le Saint-Bock during a month long stay in Montreal in July, '09 and didn't particularly like the place due to it's touristy crowd and the big screen TV's, which detract from the atmosphere. Still, beer is my focus, so I decided to give it another go this trip. I arrived around 3 pm and went to the bar. I was the only person inside, the others were on the front patio. Their draught beer menu has about 20 beers and is well posted on a sign above the bar. I barely had begun to explore the beer list when a young woman bartender came up and asked "What kind of beer are you looking for?" I politely said I just needed a few minutes to look over the list and I'd let her know. She immediately asked me what type of beer I didn't like. When I repeated my desire to read the beer list, she left with an obvious air of exasperation. It bothered her that I didn't want her assistance in choosing my beer. This was the lessor of my problems however.

I decided to try a pint of their cask ESB, even though it cost $6.75, and ordered from the male bartender. When I picked up the glass it was completely warm, i.e room temperature, not a low 50's F cool the way cask ale should be served. I asked the bartender if he'd served any yet and he admitted mine was the first. It was obvious they hadn't pulled the line, but when I complained about the warm temp., he claimed "That's the way it's served here" and walked away. I left the beer on the bar.

Others from Montreal I've since talked with, who know beer and the brewpubs, told me they don't like the place much because of the tourists and attitude of many of the staff. With excellent beer and friendly, polite staff at L' amere a boire a short distance away, there's no reason to ever drink here. If you're in your early to mid-twenties, in Montreal for the first time for a weekend, staying at a nearby hostel and just looking to party with some craft beers, Le Saint-Bock will do the job for you and you'll probably think it's a cool bar. If you're an older, experienced beer traveler, Benelux, Le Cheval Blanc, Dieu du Ciel, Reservoir, L' amere a boire, and Vices et Versa are far better choices.
Mar 01, 2013
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Reviewed by karlfree from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Great brew pub in a really cool location. My friend and I travelled up to Montreal and found this place right near the hostel we were staying at. They have a pretty big selection of different styles, each sounded very interesting. I had a Saison and Black Ale, both of which were great. They have a decent sized outside seating area. People really squeezed into a tight area outside, but it is fun if you love listening in on conversations and trying to pick up on the French being spoken. Overall a definite must try if visting Montreal, if only for some poutine and great beer.
Aug 15, 2011
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.05/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5
Nice bar located close to downtown and easily accessible. I was there during a hockey game which create a weird atmosphere. The barmen was actually working the crowd with his microphone. Service was quite good even though the place was packed. The selection is quite interesting with a bunch of beers brewed on site with some good QC micros and very interesting imports. Food was actually quite good with huge plate and fair prices. I must admit that some of the beers were off and I am wondering if it is due to the lack of cleanliness of the draft line. I would revisit but maybe not the first place I would hit when I am in town.
Apr 14, 2011
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Reviewed by Digimaika2 from Canada (ON)

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Frequent this place quite a lot, usually either later in the evening or for lunch in the afternoon. This is probably my favourite place to go for both good food & good beer in Montreal.

Atmosphere is great. Pretty hip/classy inside with modern and tasteful furnishings and decor. As mentioned by others, it can get pretty busy during Canadiens games so might be tough to find a spot, but I've never noticed the service suffer as they usually have a ton of people working those nights. Also ridiculously cheap shots whenever the Canadiens score.

Service can be kind of slow, especially during afternoons I've noticed, but I think their approach is to only interrupt tables when glasses/plates are empty. Staff are real friendly and helpful, and can recommend something for the beer style you're into.

Have about 20 taps of Quebec regionals and their own St.-Bock beers. I've noticed through the Winter about 80% of their taps are St.-Bock beer, so you can really work your way through their line-up (plus they have 5-beer samplers). I find St.-Bock beer pretty good for the most part, with some great ones (Centurion) and not-so-great ones (Gummy Beer), but their beers aren't quite on the same level as Dieu du Ciel.

Beer menu is fantastic, but I've noticed quite alot shown isn't available. Great belgian selection though, and prices are fair for the most part. Favourite go-to are tall bottles of Moinette.

Food is surprisingly quite good. Probably has the largest menu I've seen for a place with such a tiny kitchen! Prices are very fair for what you get. Favourite go-to is the chicken/bacon/brie panini-style sandwich. Great fries, and great salads too.

Overall, if you're in the Montreal area I would highly recommend this place (especially if you're into Belgians and the Quebec brewing scene).
Mar 12, 2011
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