Microbrasserie de l'ile d'Orléans

Microbrasserie de l'ile d'OrléansMicrobrasserie de l'ile d'Orléans
Microbrasserie de l'ile d'OrléansMicrobrasserie de l'ile d'Orléans
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

3887, Chemin Royal
Sainte-Famille, Quebec, G0A 3P0

(418) 829-0408 | map

Notes: Restaurant & Brew-pub With Terrace Overlooking St Lawrence River.
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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 11
Photo of eberesford
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.75

Bar in rural quebec - it was a bit busy when we arrived so service was friendly but rather slow. Beer selection interesting and what we tried was very enjoyable. The food was okay but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

New website? http://www.microorleans.com/accueil_b_en.cfm

This brewpub is on the Ile d'Orleans, just northeast of Quebec City. This is an island that is viewed as the bread basket of the Quebec Capital region. The road that circumnavigates the island is littered with Cideries, pick-your-own fruit stands, and maple syrup cabins--very rural.

This "microbrasserie" is toward the opposite end of the island from the bridge. It is well worth the drive from Quebec City (about a half hour). The beers were very good. The food was even better. They use mostly locally grown ingredients. The menu may be limited but all of the items ordered at my table were universally superior.

The only complaint would be that the server was obviously overwhelmed with the number of customers. It took nearly a half hour to get the check. She was, however, very pleasant and quite willing to speak English (although we used our rough high school level French to be polite).

If you come in the summer, the deck has a magnificent view of the St. Lawrence River.

Lastly, their beers were available in bottle throughout the Quebec area.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Went there to finish my vacation. Very nice place with an overlook at the St-Lawrence and mountains!

Was going there to taste their different beers. Already had bought the IPA and Extra Stout in bottle.

Ordered a chicken sandwich which was very nice. It was served with a salad.

Ordered a tasting palette. It included 4 beers for 7.95$. 4 oz each for a total of 16 oz. Had the Blonde, Blanche, Ambré à l'érable and La Sorcière Rousse. Really like the Blanche and La Sorcière Rousse. Very nice beers. Ambré à l'érable was something special for me. A beer tasting maple... strange but still nice. Will have to take another look at this beer at some later point!

Overall, the waitresses seemed to know their beer choices well.

One bad note, I didn't found in their menu all their beer offering... maybe I missed it.

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Photo of kenito799
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

We were in Québec for a conference and took full advantage of the opportunity to sample local cuisine and the thriving microbrewery scene. We took an afternoon to visit Ile d'Orléans, which has become sort of rural theme park for local produce, a pleasant, relaxing place just a short drive from Québec City. Don't miss Cidrerie Bilodeau, Cassis Monna et Filles, or maple-nut ice cream at the ice cream store in Sainte-Pétronille at the south/west end of the island.

On arrival on the island we were thrilled to find a microbrew-pub. This brand-new spot about two thirds of the way up the island on the north side has a spotless bar with a pool table, with the walls opened up to a large terrace overlooking the river. The very friendly waitress gave us fine service, but spoke little English, not uncommon in Québec.

We had a beer sampler: Dame Blanche, La Blonde, Ambrée à l'Érable, Sorcière Rousse. We were most impressed with the blanche, very fresh and refreshing, although the subtle maple flavor and finish of the amber was quite nice as well. All these beers were well-made and fresh. The food we sampled was a really excellent sampling of québecois home cooking. We had a two-sausage platter, bison sausage flavorful but a bit dry (as bison is such lean meat), the beer sausage was sweet and delicious. The homemade sauerkraut was wonderful. The mustard we chose was a strong, spicy maple mustard, fabulous. A small salad and potato chips were included for $12.95. We also had a smoked meat sandwich ($8.95) which was also excellent--pastrami is the closest approximation of the smoked meat of Québec.

We felt that the ambiance, beer and food quality make this a perfect stop for lunch on a tour of Ile d'Orléans.

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Photo of Goldorak
2.53/5  rDev -33.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5

Orleans Island...just a stone throw away from historic Quebec city, it's location right on the St-Laurence river and fertile lands gives it a microclimate perfect to grow fruits and veggies. Many wineries and cideries can be found on the chemin Royal, along the little villages that time forgot. Tourists flock here year-round, so anyone selling anything has a shack on the side of the road. It's in this strange mix of quaint country panorama and tourist trap tackiness that sits Pub le Mitan.

As you pull up the driveway, you can see the brewery operation on the ground floor. Nice little setup, but then again, when your homebrew setup consists of a few plastic buckets, any 7-barrel (my own guesstimate) stainless steel system looks fabulous.

As you walk up the stairs and enter, you notice the very dark mahogany varnished tables and bar, and a red carpeted pool table gives a nice contrast. The real kicker here is the large patio that goes around half the second floor. Unpainted treated wood, plastic tables and fake wicker chairs didn’t look too hot, but the view of the river and fields all around is breathtaking. Crowd consisted of a few tourists, ranging from early 20s to late 50s, most of whom were having the sampler tray, and one or two local barflies.

Other notables include simple pub fare like nachos and panini pressed sandwiches, and some of those turbo charged hand-driers in the washroom, the kind that blows air at hurricane levels, and the whole bar can hear the jet-engine roaring sound while you’re struggling to keep your hands up.

It was sunny and relatively warm so we sat on the patio, and the waitress showed up promptly to give us menus, and to light up a smoke outside where she still can do so. Beer list had 4 choices listed as regular offerings, the very paint-by-numbers White, Blonde, Red and Amber. I asked the waitress if they had any seasonals, they had a fruity type Beer that I can’t recall, and a cream ale that I ended up ordering, but the way she explained it I thought it was a Stout. “It’s like Guinness” were her exact words. Oh well. She said this was only her second day on the job. Why do I always end up being served by the least experienced staff members? The Wit that our traveling partner ordered was acidic, had zero head and had pretty obvious infection issues. It kinda tasted like Timmermans lambic doux. My cream ale was passable at best. Pints were around 6$, a little steep considering how underwhelming they were.

Unless it’s a case of a beginner brewmaster realizing that large scale brewing is a whole different ballgame, I guess I’ll have to chalk this place down as yet another brewpub that seems all sizzle and no steak, where décor and ambiance take center stage and Beer quality takes a back seat.

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Microbrasserie de l'ile d'Orléans in Sainte-Famille, QC, Canada
Brewery rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 221 ratings