La Barberie

La BarberieLa Barberie
BA SCORE
39.4%
Liked Their Beers
3.56 w/ 401 ratings
La BarberieLa Barberie
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

310 Saint-Roch St
Québec, Quebec, G1K 6S2
Canada

(418) 522-4373 | map
labarberie.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
61
Reviews:
225
Ratings:
401
Liked:
158
Average:
3.56/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
67.6%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
34
Liked:
23
Avg:
3.91/5
pDev:
11.76%
 
 
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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

I've only been to La Barberie once so let me just tell you about that experience.

It was my last day in Québec and I needed to get back to Montréal by 6 pm while including a stop along the way at Hopfenstark, but I didn't want to miss La Barberie so I convinced my group that we should just visit Le Marché Du Vieux-Port to pick up a few last-minute things and wait until they opened at noon. Well that didn't work out too well as we still ended up waiting (they don't open until noon and the market isn't that big), but I'm glad we did.

Upon arrival we noticed the outdoor deck (or terrace), and what seemed like a seating area out front surrounded by plants (some with lettuce, perhaps for the kitchen?), but it was a fairly grey day in Octobre and we decided to just saddle-up at the bar. We were the first customers in, but not for long, and I was a little surprised that fairly shortly there were several tables who'd chosen to sit outside (it wasn't cold, just not sunny). That was fine, we were very happy at the small but comfortable bar with lots of blonde wood and plenty to look at.

We ordered a few snacks despite the fact that we'd already procured some very nice saucisses et fromage at le marché, and un verre of each of their beers - there are 8 and 1 cask, so between the three of us that wouldn't be a problem, and unfortunately there was no cask available. The bartender was great, very friendly and helpful, and we talked with her while she wasn't busy about the breweries and bars of Québec. The snack were nice, and the beers were met with great regard. Had we not been on such a tight schedule we'd certainly have stayed for another round and some more snacks. It was quite enjoyable, and I'll certainly return the next time that I'm in Québec.

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Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I stopped by this place while on vacation in Quebec. It is a bit out of the way, but not too far from the historic district. It is in a nondescript building and at first I was afraid it might be closed but one I found the door it was actually quite busy, even on a Tuesday afternoon. The taproom was quite cozy, lots of wood and handmade pitchers hanging above the bar. They have a sampler, which conveniently included all eight of the beers that they had on tap. The beer itself was enjoyable, some were more interesting than good, but I have the impression that taps rotate frequently so that helps to explain the odd ingredients. Service was good, though they took cash only. Worth checking out and seemingly the best bet for local beer in Quebec City.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.3/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

La Barberie is an excellent brewpub that I just learned about this past June when I sample 15+ of their beers at the Mondial De La Biere in Montreal. The excellent beers and cool looking booth we're enough to keep me coming back every day we were at the Mondial, and when Erica and I left for a three day holiday in Quebec City for labor day weekend, we knew that we had to go to this excellent little co-op brewery. La Barberie is on Rue Saint-Roch, which is a pretty small street about 5 blocks away from the Old Quebec City walls, and just under the highway. The atmosphere is cool with an excellent outdoor patio that was packed, and an empty barroom. The barroom was cool and wooden, and it had the same look and feel as their booth at the Mondial had. The quality of La Barberies beers is excellent in general, just look at some of my reviews. Oh, and all of the beers on tap we're in excellent condition as well. The service was pretty fast and courteous. The bartender spoke enough English to understand our orders, although if you are in Quebec city you should know enough French to order in the native language anyway. The French beer list had 8 draught beers on it (that rotate FREQUENTLY) on our last visit they had the following brews on tap:
Fruivole
Blonde
Red
Imperial Stout (Russian?)
Organic Rust Hemp Ale
Rust Bitter
Belgian Blanche w/Framboise
Extra Stock Ale
We sampled all of them (the sampler consists of 5oz glasses of all 8 tap brews for just $10 Canadian!) oh and pints we're only $4.50 Canadian, even for the imperial stout!
As for the food we did not try any and it looks like not much, if anything, was available.

OH, and as a side note, at the inside bar room you can look at their TINY brewing set-up, and also buy certain bottles of their bottled beer and t-shirts etc. Oh, and various grocery stores, and delis in Quebec City sell bottles La Barberie brews as well, but watch out, the bottles are inconsistent compared to the draught products, and some, or all of them are contract brewed!

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Photo of VABA
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Goldorak
2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3

I've got a few friends living in Quebec city and my fiancé and I always get invited, but rarely ever go. But this time a couple we know just got a baby, and there's the whole 400th anniversary of the city going down, so why not. And every time we do get there, we're always end up telling ourselves 'why don't we come here more often? It looks just a great as any old town in Europe and it's only a few hous away!'

Anywhoo, the only parking lot with spots left close to the 400 festivities was, as luck would have it, right in front of Barberie. It's in the basse-ville section, tucked in a quiet corner near the sweet looking train station, next to an overpass (and the aforementioned parking lot), where few tourists find their way. So it was pretty quiet, save for a few 20-something hipster locals.

The overall atmosphere can be summed up as 'hippie'. It's a work co-op, so it's a bit worn down and not too organized, but warm and welcoming. Plenty of potted plants, paintings on the walls - some of the walls themselves are painted murals - with a few board games laying around. The cozy patio was open, and offered plenty of shade.

A lone server eventually came up to us. He seemed to know his products somewhat, but was dumbfounded when my friend asked him how fizzy the Beer he was thinking of ordering was. 'It's fizzy like Beer' he answered. Enlightening! But he served us fast enough.

8 Beers on the menu, pretty much all of them were of the freak show variety. Honey stout? Lime and Raspberry amber? Lime and Ginger Blonde? There's nothing wrong with the occasional off-the-wall Beer, but this is just too weird. Honestly, I wouldn't mind if they were actually well brewed, but more often than not they show very perceptible faults. Minou and her pal went for the Lime & Raspberry, which smelled like a bad hair salon and tasted like artificial lemon juice. My other friend's Lime & Ginger was okay, but only in the 'I'm glad I only got a 3oz taster of this' kind of way. My pint of IPA, the only 'conservative' Beer on the menu, was not overly hoppy, but good enough.

Do I recomend going out of your way to have a drink here? For the atmosphere, sure, but caveat emptor, it's always a crapshoot with the Beers and that's unfortunate. But prices are on the cheap side. And stay away from the Beer-to-go option in those mason jars, I drank one once litterally minutes after I got served and it was ruined. No food available, but you're a short walk away from the pier market, ten million tourist trap restaurants and a decent pizza place called Pizza Mag. Look it up.

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Photo of jophish17
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

For $12 I received a sampler of eight different beers on tap (on 8/20/08). That's it. There are soft drinks but nothing else. No food what-so-ever. They do allow you to order pizza for delivery there.

This bar is something of a dive. There is a narrow deck of 14 or so four-tops. The bar itself is dark and windowless.

The beers were unusual and very good. There seems to be a large variety of beer produced here and the styles appear to be completely at he whim of the brewer. And this is all you get--a real beerphile's paradise.

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Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of jrancan
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I can honestly say I have never seen a place like this in my life. I still can't even figure out if I loved it, or hated it. This is actually a microbrewery that has a little bar attached to it. The tiny room which consists of a square bar and about a dozen seats looks like it was fashioned out of plywood from Home Depot. A few beer signs and some peanuts were our entertainment. The selection consisted of 6 beers, that's it......no booze, soda, hell, I don't even think they had water! The bartender only spoke French and since me and my girlfriend were the only customers, we had to point to the tap handles that we wanted to try. Ended up trying all of them with a scotch ale (i think) being the highlight. Nothing else really stood out. Located near the train station, it's not easy to find but it's definitely an experience.

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Photo of almostjay
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A little off the beaten path. They were nice enough to work around my lack of French language. The wife and I enjoyed our time here.

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Photo of bobsy
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Small brewpub, which is not all that far from the old town. Stepping in off the street, my first impression is 'wow, this takes me back'. Friday night, and this place is a student bar. Luckily at 26, this isn't a problem for me, and I appreciate cheap beer as much as my well-educated friends. Really, really packed, and a little dive bar vibe. Nonetheless, we were shown to our rickety table by a lady who proceded to have a conversation with me about how could she make it more steady. My french isn't bad, but this was a stretch. Just nod and say 'oui'. We ordered the taster carousel of galopins, which included one of each of the eight brews currently on tap. The beers were very hit and miss, but all were in good condition. Our server was friendly and helpful, explaining in english how we should drink from light to dark.

This was a good experience, and nice to be somewhere surrounded by locals instead of tourists.

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Photo of CBA
4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Decent pub that definitely gets lots of locals particularly at lunch from the surrounding businesses. You can bring your own food in and make use of their microwaves, cutlery and other kindly provided eating necessities. Nice touch. They apparently knock out a ton of different styles, but as far as I could tell only run 6 taps. Lots of variation on rousse, blonde and amber with a few odd ball selections (a blonde chili pepper beer?). So I think it's a bit hit or miss. Service was great. Good place to go to relax, talk and enjoy reasonably priced beer. Awesome local art on display as well. Worth the short walk from the old town.

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Here is a beer geeks destination in Quebec City. If you can hold up some fingers to tell the bartender which micro you would like you're in good shape. Eight choices were available on my visit. They are written in French of course but fairly easy to figure out. With my limited French I was able to overcome the barrier and get a few tastes before I ordered. Don't worry about the rough looking crowd standing outside when you arrive, it's only the smokers catching a butt due to the non-smoking barroom.
I've been to L'Inox and would recommend La Barbarie over that brewpub. This is a place to go and try some craft beers with a french accent.

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Photo of MNBeerGeek
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of e_beaulieu
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of MetalCath
4.34/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

As a local, this is a must during summer. The terrace is simply beautiful, they even have hammocks ! Although the interior isn't as awesome as the exterior, it is quite decent during the winter or the cold days.

They have a great selection of beers. I highly recommend the Sangribière during the summer.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

The entrance is not very inviting but the interior is nice with a wooden bar and bottled lamps, half rustic half industrial style. Superb terrace with lots of plants and hammocks.

Generally they make good quality beers with a selection of around 9 beers on tap but you can always buy their bottles directly. Friendly relaxed and knowledgeable service.

While they only have very basic food snacks, you can bring your own food to eat! They are very flexible and have unique concept I have yet to see elsewhere. (because of that I rated 3) You can cook your food in the microwave, a small toaster oven, the barbecue outside, or even order takeout food to be delivered there. The beer prices are a little high but understandable for an only source of income.

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Photo of rale
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of VbolieuV
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SSS
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2

This little spot in an unassuming corner of between the highway and a very sketchy neighbourhood in Quebec City has loads of charm, character and a fantastic atmosphere. Had the IPA which was solid. We asked if there were snacks and the waitress said there are pretzels inside and she isn't allowed to serve them...good times.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

It was a cold August night but I like patios so thats where we ended up. We ended up here after some sightseeing (around 10 on a Thursday). The place was pretty busy but not crowded. I was going to get a carousel sampler but we didn't have the time so I downed 3 quick pints. The three beers I had were mild of the pack, nothing that made me jump, just good drinkable beers. The service was good and the prices rather cheap. We didn't have any food (I don't even think they have any) cause we just ate at a little restaurant. I had a great time in Quebec City and La Barberie helped by quenching my thirst for beer.

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Photo of fireqc
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Now talk about beers! If you go in Québec, you must stop at La Barberie. Take the sampler, a nive piece of wood like a "carousel" where the glass stand in it. They are 8 beers on tap all the times but not the same! In fact, they change beer almost every hour! So if you want to taste all of their products, you have to go there once a week for a year!!

Their beers are quite good! Unfiltered ales make the taske a pleasant experience! They brew in 500ml bottle and if you like one that not available in bottle, that's ok, they can sell beer to go in Masson pot (before 23:00)!!

The tasting room is small (even after the renovation) but during the summer, a terrasse do a great job. Keep in mind that place close at 01:00 (other bars in Québec close at 03:00).

Nothing is perfect, so if you go there and you feel hungry, they serve no food except "crap" during the happy hour. I suggest, bring your food with you and go there! Usually, restaurant say "bring your wine or beer", this bar said "bring your food!!"

FIRE...

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Photo of Beersignal
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

What better way to spend a boxing day afternoon than to sit one's ass on a barstool and proceed to taste all of the offerings available on tap at one of Quebec City's finest brewpubs. After I dropped off my wife and her cousin at the mall, I made a b-line straight for La Barberie in Quebec City's quartier St-Roch.

Apart from one of the brewery employees and the waitress, I was the only patron in the frigid bar area of this micro. The athmosphere was, to say the least, quiet and, taking into account the -18 celcius temp. (that's -2 F for those metrically challenged) outside, very cool. I snuggled up to the bar and ordered a ''caroussel de galopins''.

The bar constantly has 8 tap offerings and there are two ways to sample all. 1) As mentioned above, the ''caroussel de galopins'', is a small turntable from which hang 8 x 5 oz. glasses filled to the point of spillage with the beers. The other way is almost identical except the glasses contain a full 12 oz. serving. I wouldn't suggest anyone drive after this sampling. The beers are arranged by number and the waitress gives instructions on which order the beers should be sampled... from lightest to darkest, perhaps not the most advantageous way to do a sampling but it worked with the tap offerings this time around.

Although I can't say I was blown away by all 8 beers, I was certainly impressed by the freshness of the products. Floral hop aromas and crisp malt, and yeast flavours overflowed in all beers sampled and I was particularly impressed by the IPA (a beautifully balanced malty and hoppy brew) the stout au café équitable (fair share coffee) and my humdinger for the afternoon, the blonde forte bio (see review).

I was assured by the staff that the athmosphere and temperature do warm up in the evening and if ever I was in the area again on a sunday evening to drop by for the soirée stout & chocolat. Chocolate and coffee stouts served all evening. I will be back.

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Photo of mmosey
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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