Fourquet Fourchette

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Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1887 Av Bourgogne
Chambly, Quebec, J3L 1Y8

(450) 447-6370 | map

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Reviewed by UnionMade from New York

4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
Fourquette Fourchette is Unibroue's restaurant. The building is gorgeous. Very 18th century old world feel. Walking in is like stepping back in time. Inside, it is absolutely gorgeous. Lots of unfinished wood, with heavy doors. Bouquets of grain adorn most anything with a flat surface. The food and beer treats are right there when you walk in, at a take out area. Plenty of Unibroue goodies, including glasses, shirts, mustards, and signs. You can buy most of the Unibroue line here, and the girl at the counter was more than happy to direct us to the stores where we could get the rest. All the staff wore period costumes. Very classy. I felt extremely underdressed in jeans and a t-shirt.
Beyond the retail area lies a dining area. The tables have glass covered displays inside. All are filled with grain and various old beer ephemera. Several shelves also display ancient bottles, some of which must be from the 1800's. A tribute to Quebec's brewing history.
They had four Unibroue beers on tap, with the rest of the line in bottles. You could get everything they made. The waiter was most helpful, very courteous, and extremely patient. We ordered a pitcher of the cranberry Ephemere, which was amazing. The pitcher was even real glass! The menu is all in french, but the waiter was very helpful
The menu is fairly small, but I believe everything on it was probably amazing. The meal started out with a salad, soup, bread and cheese appetizer from a salad bar area. You help yourself, and everything was fantastic. The potato salad was unlike anything I've had before. Incredible. It was simple, but very well done.
Afterwards, our meals came out. I ordered the salmon with 1847 sauce. Excellent. The fish was top shelf, very fresh and cooked to perfection. The sauce was amazing, with a nice malt character.
The meal was followed with a dessert, which was included in the meal price. My girlfriend and I split a mousse made with Raftman. Incredible. The whisky malt sweetness was very apparent. Incredibly rich and decadent. The food here is absolutely fantastic, all the way through. I believe that everything on the menu is made with Unibroue beer. Not to mention that a full meal, including beer, came to less than $70 canadian for four people. Very reasonable for the quality.
This place is a must if you're anywhere near Montreal. Excellent dining with a "beer is art" motto. The place is a temple to the beer gods. Probably the most upscale beer establishment I've been to.
Aug 13, 2003
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Reviewed by brother_rat from New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
Pretty much close to a perfect restaurant experience. I went here with my wife last winter as we drove back from Montreal, and it was about an hour east (with traffic and a driving snowstorm). Since we came in the winter, the long was long set when we arrived and we did not see the lovely lake view, but that's fine--the interior of the building was dark, cozy, and intimate. Sparse lighting, dark stains and paint, and cute beer-related knickknacks dot the walls. Front and center, this is a a Unibroue experience, although they do not treat their beer and their brand like commercialized US brewers. There's a small store area upon entering, with beers, shirts, glassware, taps, and cookbooks, but it didn't look regularly tended (or not regularly in the winter months). Perfectly fine.

Yes, they have a ton of Unibroue beers, but you're not going to find anything experimental or small batch. I was able to get some that don't distribute to NYC (Éphémère Cassis).

The real treat is that the menu features the beers in almost every dish. The cuisine is classical Quebecois--so watch out, vegetarians--with many dishes with a mix of meats, seafood, charcuterie, etc. Very hearty, and perfect winter fare--but I guess that works in the summer. If you always dreamed of using some delicious ales in tourtière, a chowder, or to braise deer, rabbit, elk, duck, trout, beef, or pork, here's your chance. Delicious. I highly recommend a cheese plate, as Quebec has some wonderful local cheeses. Solid desserts, too, what you'd expect: baked goods and a crème brûlée with chocolate and maple.

Others mentioned the price. It's not cheap, but then again you're getting a well-prepared meal in a very nice setting, with top notch service. Oh, and with and incorporating world class beer. Pony up.
Nov 18, 2014
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Reviewed by Whatup14 from Canada (QC)

3.4/5  rDev -20.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5
Very nice restaurant, with a great terrace with a view on the Richelieu river. Food ranges from ok to good. You will only find beers from Unibroue and when I went only their regular lineup was offered. Service was really slow and a bit clunky even if the restaurant wasn't full. As for the price, the food is a bit pricey but prices on beer are pretty fair.
Jun 21, 2013
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Reviewed by Bobzilla from New York

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
I have to say that this has become one of my favorite places to go in the summertime. It's an hour north of the border, and with passport in hand and knowledge of some smaller border crossings, its no problem to go there. Many of the waiters/waitresses speak English, but you may want to study up on some basic French to help with your ordering.

The building is a wonderful brick structure, two floors, with bathrooms located in the basement. The interior is styled with a colonial Quebec feel. Wooden tables with low back simple chairs. The glass top tables have information about the history of brewing in Quebec. The upper floor is in cathedral style (stained glass windows, even) and is great for larger events. Servers are dressed in colonial garb, and some weekends have performances by an entertaining duet. (Justine et Severin ~sp?)

The front section of the restaurant has the Unibroue beers for sale at a reduced price (compared to the restaurant), and some locally made food products (Jams, jellies, honey, ice cider?). Stronger Unibroues can be found at a local SAQ (liquor store).

The beer selection consists of the locally produced Unibroue beers. These are on tap, or draft, with seasonal varieties available, although they sometimes go quickly. Wine drinkers will find some nice Quebec made selections, along with ice ciders, and mixed drinks.

The food is not pub fare by any means. The menu has selections ranging from soup and salad, to bison, venison steak, local cheeses, rabbit and trout. Most of these are made with the Unibroue beers, in sauce form, or during preparation. They include soup, salad, and dessert.

Service is good, but slow by American standards. You ask for what you want, as opposed to being bothered. We have spent twelve hour chunks of time there, and never felt rushed or ignored.

The prices are more than reasonable for the quality of food, and the atmosphere of the restaurant.

Although it is nice in winter, during the summer, the terrace behind the main building, with its view of the river, and historical Fort Chambly, is wonderful. Cyclists will find nice routes to travel across the country side to get to this stop with little trouble.
Feb 10, 2008
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Reviewed by MTNboy from Germany

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
As a whole I am not just impressed with the Fourquet Fourchette I am in love with the town of Chambly. The town is quaint and the people are wonderful. Plus it is full off good beer. The Fourquet Fourchette has a great selection of Unibroue at reasonable prices. The service is friendly but slow do not go there if you are in a hurry. The atmosphere is excellent. The costumes of the staff are great and just a little more to the authentic European feel. It is like a European guesthouse meets breweriana museum. Very classy with wonderful views of the water from the patio.
Sep 11, 2007
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Reviewed by sraimondi from Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5
Stopped here for lunch on the way to Burlington from Montreal last week. It was a beautiful day, so I sat out on the patio on the lake.

This place is HUGE. 2 levels, plus outdoors, including a tent. It strikes me as a hunter's lodge theme. Long wooden tables inside, with some smaller tables as well. On the main floor is the main bar, with a service bar downstairs. Lots of beer memorabilia hung on the walls and a bunch of bottles from around Canada on shelving on the main floor.

This place is affiliated with Unibroue, so only Uni beers available. That's ok though, as Uni beers are generally very good. They did not have the draft lines running the day I was there, so I settled on a U blonde, which was a treat, as this one is not in my home State of CT yet. Proper glassware was used.

I ordered the salmon special, which was a good sized filet with a Chambly Blanche sauce atop. Very tasty and filling for lunch.

The one downer was the service was pretty poor. I didn't get my geer until about 20 minutes after I ordered it. My food also was quite delayed, so I only had a little bit of beer to drink with it. To the resto's credit, they did not charge me for the neer and were very apologetic. I would have had another, but I had to drive to Burlington and I frankly I was recovering from my Montreal crawl the night before, which ended at about 3:45.

I will definitely go back to try out some drafts.
May 26, 2007
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Reviewed by Viggo from Canada (ON)

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Visited Fourquet Fourchette on two occasions while in the Montreal area. Scenic drive outside Montreal is very nice, and the weather has been great both times. The inside conveys a sense of long ago times, especially with all the wood inside, and the servers fancy getup, I really enjoy the atmosphere. Its nice that they have the Unibroue gift shop in the front, I spent quite a bit of money there both times on beer and merchandise. The food is very good, first time I went I had venison with a Trois Pistoles gravy that was amazing, I wish they had a larger selection of Unibroue beers there however, the second time I visited there wasn't much to choose from. However not much beats sitting out by the lake at the end of summer with a good meal and good beer. Would visit any time.
Dec 02, 2006
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Reviewed by ybnorml from Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
The place has a 18th century hunting lodge look. Which is accented by all the staff wearing period clothing.There is a patio out back that overlooks a lake for a marvelous view while dinning there. I would recomend sitting out there if the season and the weather permits. Only beers from the Unibroue brewery are served here. Also most of the food or coniments are prepared with the Unibroue beers. Again the language and cultural differences ( my problem, not theirs ) lessened my total overal experence. I did get to try one beer that I was unaware of while there. I love the Unibroue beers and so love this place. If you are traveling to or from Montreal this place is not to be missed. If also like the beer from Unibroue it is just added incentive.
Oct 13, 2006
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Reviewed by goodbyeohio from Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5
visited this place this past saturday for a light lunch and some beers.

situated on a picturesque piece of property, adjacent to a 19th century stone fortress and directly overlooking the rough waters of the something-or-other river. there was a touristy sign with some info which i overlooked. the restaurant itself is a two-story lodge type building with lots of thick wooden tables and lots of tree bark as well. ornate carved "U"s are everywhere, and the dining areas are accented with a cream color evoking a hunter's version of country kitchen. gold fixtures give the place some class, and i absolutely loved the tap handle fixtures used to dispense water in the bathroom. we ate in a riverside tent located on the actual grounds, but i spent good amounts of time examining the near-empty restaurant. the downstairs bar is especially nice, quaint but significant as the closest thing to an official unibroue tap room (the nearby brewery is very corporate and closed to the public).

the gift shop in the upstairs dining room looks like something out of a vermont tourist trap.. stacks of beer cases and bottles decorated with ribbons and stuffed animals. display cases holding wrapped t-shirts, jams, jellies, vinegars and some other unibroue products. there is one glass display case that fools you into thinking some vintage, rare beers are available.. they're not, but plenty of good beer to be had for the taking. 1837, segneuriale, raftman, eau benite, raspberry ephemere, as well as the standard lineup.

for my lunch, i opted for the hunter's soup, a cream soup of leeks and carrots. it was creamy but not too rich, a savoury delight. i also tried the green salad with blanche de chambly dressing. that was ok, nothing special. for my entree, it was a woody smoked pork loin with mushroom ragout ala maudite, potatoes in fat and grilled vegs. absolutely delicious. the smokiness paired well with some draft raftman. followed that up with a chocolate mousse and berries with some raspberry ephemere thanks to spesh. delicious. some of the best cuisine a la biere i have had the pleasure to enjoy.

the beers on tap were vast and all unibroue. the lower abv beers were on tap (ephemere, blanche, bolduc and raftman). in various sized bottles, everything else was available on their product line. even some vintage bottles were for sale priced high... fringante (19!), 2005, terrible, etc. all beers i enjoyed were uncorked at the table, the labels were shown to me.. similar to the ordering of a fine wine bottle. nice touch.

service was initially atrocious though. i was overlooked for beer for quite some time, despite several beer refills on tables in my immediate vicinity. once i got up, located my waiter, and demanded service, the rest of the meal and time there incorporated fast & attentive action from the fruitily-dressed waitstaff (knickers, stockings, and froofy little vests). the whole thing was frustrating, as was the brain-dead guy running the gift shop register, but i can acknowledge that this place PROBABLY, USUALLY has decent service. i'll give them slight benefit of the doubt here.

prices.. well, expensive. but this is a fancier place. business lunches and romantic couples. riverview dining, all that. if you are a unibroue fan, or a fan of beer cuisine, there is no excuse to miss this place when traveling through quebec.
Jun 06, 2006
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Reviewed by ryanms3030 from Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5
My friend lives in Montreal, so I go up to visit at least twice a year and we always go here for the Sunday brunch...except for the one time it was closed for a shareholders meeting which the only notification for was a hand written sign on the door. One trip out to Chambly for nothing but that can't take away from the great food and beer I've had on every other visit.

The buffet is just great. The potatoes cooked in duck fat are always good to start your day. The bacon for some reason is just much better then any bacon I've had anywhere else. Last time I was in there they had french toast made with thick cut baguets and served with Raftman syrup , which was increadible. The buffet selection is generally the same with a few changes but the selection is huge, everything is good and I believe it was $15 Canadian last time I was there which is a great deal for the quality of the food.

Of course they have all the standard Unibroue on tap and a selection of breakfast drinks like Blanch mimosas. The gift shop has all the seasonal and hard to find Unibroues. A must stop for anyone going to Montreal.

The first time we went, we were intent on getting a tour of the Unibroue brewery which we didn't realize was closed on Sunday. We talked to our server and told him how much we love their beer and he offered us a private tour. So we drove him over in our car, and he opened the brewery and gave us a private walking tour of the brewery. We paid him the standard price for the tour and got to see everything. It's a great little brewery and our server/tour guide Stephan was extremely knowledgeable right down to which beers age the best and how long to age each one...i.e. the difference between a young Fin du Monde and a 8 year old.

I wouldn't expect to get that personal treatment for everyone on every visit but it certainly left a great impression on us as to just how passionate Unibroue, their employees and the town are about their beer.
Apr 06, 2006
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Reviewed by DrJay from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5
My wife and I have been hearing about this place for a while and decided to stop in for Sunday brunch on our most recent visit to the area. After a few days in Montreal, it was a pleasant drive out in the country. It's been accurately described by others already, but there were a few things that really stood out for me. The view of the lake was exquisite. The display cases full of beer, jelly, and mustard. The unfinished wood throughout looked like it was straight from the sawmill. And the servers' outfits made you feel like you'd stepped back in time. Overall, the ambiance was superb. Even though we were here for brunch, the service was quite good. Our server didn't speak English very well, but was patient with our broken high school French. The beers were all Unibroue, but quite inexpensive for purchase in a restaurant. We had the Blanche Orange (Blanche de Chambly with orange juice), which was suggested by an friend. The food was absolutely stellar, especially for brunch served as a buffet. A lot of care and thought went into the dishes, with the incorporation of beer into many of them. Pork cooked in Maudite. Chicken in La Fin du Monde sauce. Raftman maple syrup. Plus, there were some game sausages and meats along with a giant piece of salmon. And plenty of other choices as well. I'd come back anytime just for the food. A highly recommended outing for anyone in the Montreal area. We'll definitely be back.
Sep 21, 2005
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Reviewed by babyhobbes from Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3
We were extremely disappointed with this place. Although, it was great to have all the bottled options there wasn't anything I couldn't get at the Stop N Steal outside the hotel in Montreal. Being so close to the brewery I was hoping to try some fresh Unibroue on-tap. Sadly, they had only 4 taps and nothing that I can't get back home in Ohio.

The food was okay, nothing spectacular. The chicken was dry and overdone which was well-matched by the limp veggies. There is a salad bar that comes with the meals but it was very dirty with, warm wilted lettuce and many flying insects also. The bread served was awesome, though.

The building is very nice with the brick and wood interior. Our server said it was an old shoemaking building!

If I were you I would stop in, walk around, have a beer and then go elsewhere for dinner.
Aug 11, 2005
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Reviewed by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
This place is the essence of beer respect.
The first time saw this place was after a Unibroue tour (when they were still doing them), and the old stone church was still under renovation.
On the banks of the scenic Chambly river and adjacent to the historic Fort of Chambly, sits this temple of culinary mastery and artisinal brews.
It serves as a tasting venue for the beers of nearby Unibroue, as there is no tasting available at the brewery as I understand.
Last visit we were able to dine and drink out on the patio, after a rainy evening, as the clouds parted and blue skies smiled down on us.
The beer gods were in a good mood that Sunday morning.
Beer after beer was brought to us, both Irrisistables, Edition 04,Terrible, and the stallar Fringante, were amongst all the regular lineup.
The food was delicious, I had the Pork loin with Arugula and mashed potatoes. The salmon was also quite good.
There was a brunch going on, and I was insanely jealous of the patrons making visit after visit for grilled trout and grilled shrimp kabobs.
This place has three levels, the mid level you some in on is the main dining area.
Towords the front is some deli type stuff and all that is the glory of Unibroue to go. Loads of glassware, variety packs of Ephemere, giant bottles of Unibroue ($100- each, ouch!), signs,shirts, etc.
Nows the time to load up.
Wood floors, brick,stone, and exposed beams warm the expanse overlooking the river and lush green grounds.
Behold upstairs though, for there you will find one of the coolest bars you may ever see.
I believe it serves as a functon room,and the bar is the alter of the temple.
It's very large, with carved wood, with a back bar holding loads of different Unibroue glass ware and cast stone-like busts of men who seem to be the overlords of Unibroue.
My tongue dropped when I saw it.
The views from the upper level are even better,and at the time there was also a very tall hop vine strung up to the trees.
The bottom level has the restrooms, featuring working marked taps for faucets. Very cool.
It is very obvious that Unibroue not only takes great pride in thier beer, but in every aspect of it.
Theres also an SAQ not far, along with a grocery store that keeps a good amount on hand also.
Might want to hit up the grocery store first, as the prices may be better.
May 07, 2005
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Reviewed by waughbrew from Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Wow. Makes a five hour drive from Boston to Chambly worth it. This place is classy all the way. From the view of the lake to the tap-handle faucets in the bathrooms, from the medieval feel of the dining area to the beer memorabilia inside the glass-top tables.

The list of beers is all Unibroue. Skip the three on tap, because even at this place the draft versions just don't measure up (and were served too cold!). Go for the bottles. Big bottles or small, and available in a pre-set group of 3-oz. samples if you so desire. Most of the Unibroues you will find at the store, plus a couple of less common ones (irresistable blond and brown). Served in proper glassware of course, and the bottles were a good temperature.

A perfectly sized food menu, in my opinion (some would find it small), offers delicacies. I had venison sausage with potatoes. My wife had the honey-mustard chicken. Both come with free salad/soup bar and bread. This is definitely one of those places where EVERYTHING was good. The beer, the bread, the soup, the sausage, the chicken, the salad, the black forest cake for desert. Our plates each came with a different fantastic mustard that might have been made with the Unibroue beers. Our waitress was pleasant and spoke English very well. Only a bit more expensive than your average restaurant, I would consider this a real bargain for what you get. The are opening a Montreal location, but I cannot imagine it could recreate the same relaxed rural feel in the city.

An absolute must-go.
Apr 28, 2005
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Reviewed by Goldorak from Canada (QC)

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
Fourquet Fourchette has got to be one of my all-time favorite Beer-related establishments. My last visit was yesterday, 29aug2004, to attend a wedding no less.

The building in itself used to be a church, and was purchased a few years ago by Unibroue to showcase it's line of Beers, but also to act as an outlet for local produce. As you walk in the place is huge and wide open. The resto is devided in three floors, and a gigantic window covering all three floors in the back gives a breathtaking view of the Chambly river and nearby Fort Chambly. The top floor has the most magnificent bar I've ever seen, with wooden pillars and sculptures holding Beer bottles. It's usually reserved for large groups or wedding receptions. The ground floor has a small deli/fridge section where you can purchase cheezes, pâtés and, of course, Unibroue Beers and Breweriana. I like to gawk at the Matheusalems of Trois Pistoles, and also at the display case with all the products Unibroue ever made, including long gone ones like Sans Nom and Marie Clarisse. I tried to bargain for those, sorry they're not for sale. The basement has a few tables, and I think that's where they serve the brunch.

Beer-wise, it's all Unibroue. I spent the evening sucking down Edition 2004, a few draft Raftmans, a Blanche de Chambly mixed with orange juice, a cold Quelque chose and finished off with another 2004. Not too shabby, and all served in the proper Unibroue glassware by a charming staff who knew their stuff. Québec wines and ciders are also available.

The food there is absolutely amazing. From the bread they serve with the entrees all the way to Trois Pistoles sorbet (wow!). They even and smoke their own salmon, sturgeon and scallops. Most dishes are cooked with Beer. It’s not cheap, but it’s worth it.
Aug 31, 2004
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Reviewed by tommy78 from North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
Today, my buddy and I ate at the Fourquet Fourchette in Chambly. One of the BAs recommended this eatery to me, and let me tell you something, this place is a must visit for anyone who enjoys good beer and food!

We went for Sunday brunch and the place was filled. We made reservations, which are highly recommended. The atmo was very warm and community-oriented, with families and large gathering of friends eating together. Off the bat, considering we were tourists, we felt welcomed. Our garcon didn't speak much English, so I had to act as translator between him and my friend. My buddy freaked out when he saw the all-French menu. However, the garcon was very friendly and patient. He even practiced his English skills with my buddy!

The food was exceptional. The brunch is a buffet downstairs, and given the smells coming from the area, we were in store for some good food. Foods ranging from roasted turkey to veal sausages to eggs Benedict filled our plates, and given how great they were, you were almost required to go back for seconds. Oh yeah, the bread rolls were fresh out of the oven!

As for the beer, it felt great having either the Raftman, U2, or La Find du Monde at 12pm with brunch without having people look at you funny. The drinks menu offered beers and wine with brunch. Some beers only come in bottle form, so be prepared to enjoy a 750 mL with your food. I had the Raftman, in a 20oz, with my sausages, bacon, and turkey, and the drink totally complemented the food. My buddy had the La Fin with his food, and he completely enjoy the combination. Something about drinking a Unibroue brew makes you have food with it.

After enjoying two plates-worth of food, we scoped out the market section of the resto. We purchased approx. 5 750mL bottles of various Unibroue beers, along with four exquisite drink glasses for under C$50. IMO, a VERY GOOD deal! Stefan, our guide and host of the resto, provided some good info on the new beers, especially the 2004 special brew.

I highly recommend this resto for those visiting the Montreal area. It is about 15 mins southwest of downtown Montreal, and fairly simple to get to from the city. It might be a good idea to polish up on your French skills, but you'll find waiters and waitresses who are proficient in English in case you have no experience in French. As always, bon appetit!

p.s. this resto belongs in the Quebec listings, not in the Ontario section!!!
Mar 15, 2004
Fourquet Fourchette in Chambly, QC, Canada
Place rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 16 ratings