Brutopia

BEER AVG
3.49/5
BrutopiaBrutopia
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1219 Crescent St.
Montréal, Quebec
Canada

(514) 393-9277 | map
brutopia.net

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BEER STATS
Beers:
23
Ratings:
112
Reviews:
52
PLACE STATS
Score:
84
Ratings:
75
Reviews:
55
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
12.94%
 
 
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 55
Reviews by Tut:
Photo of Tut
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Brutopia has been around a long time and makes some decent beers but I never go there anymore for several reasons.

First is it's location. Rue Crescent is downtown and is one of the least typical areas in the city. It's near numerous hotels and tourists and business people staying nearby swarm into the cheesy bars and fake Irish pubs that line the street. Rue Crescent provides no sense of the unique character of Montreal that makes it one of the best cities in North America. It's a long way, in both distance and ambiance, from the Plateau, Mile End, or even the Latin Quarter - areas that are among the best in the city. Many visitors leave the city thinking the Rue Crescent scene is what Montreal is about, which is sad.

There's nothing really wrong with Brutopia, but the pub itself makes me feel like I'm in a bar in Toronto. Staff and customers all are English speakers and the look of the place is somewhat shabby and uninteresting compared to the other great brewpubs - Benelux, L' Amere a Boire, Le Cheval Blanc, Dieu du Ciel, and Reservoir. I don't go to Montreal to have a Toronto experience.

Brutopia is easily the best option for beer in the downtown area and it's worth stopping in if you're nearby, but I'd never make it a destination for even part of an evening, especially if you only have a few days in Montreal. The other good brewpubs and the great beer bar, Vices et Versa are more enjoyable and in much more interesting locations.

11/10/11 - The reviewer below and some other Americans seem to think a basic knowledge of French is needed in Montreal. This is a misconception. Virtually everyone in Montreal that works with the public is bilingual and quite happy to speak English as needed. They don't expect Americans to know French, but the use of some polite phrases/words is always appreciated.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tarheel219
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of eberesford
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Quiet mid afternoon - perhaps not typical time, but happy to have visited this venerable institution and was certainly not disappointed.

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Photo of kevINSIGHT
2.74/5  rDev -26.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.5

Went on a weeknight so it was kind of quiet, but the beers were bland and a bit flat. Waitress was nice enough to bring samples, but all underwhelmed.

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Photo of tjcamm
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Photo of TimWakimika
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Decent food, good service, but their beer is really pretty bad. Even their water doesn't taste great (they may make the beer with it...). All of their beers seem to have the same odd aftertaste.

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Photo of e_beaulieu
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of smccaffr39
1/5  rDev -73%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

Ordered what was branded an "IPA". No idea what the atrocity was in the glass handed to me, though. Considering we found this place through BA, we were convinced we were at the wrong place, but sure enough, this was the place.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Their beers are not great. Benelux has much better beers. They do 10oz pours and pints, but I wish they did samplers.

Great vibe. We went there by chance and liked it so much we came back for a concert the next night.

There was a straight 10 bartender working there.

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Photo of jophish17
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 1.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Random collection of rooms and patios. Poor quality beer but the service was solid and the food was alright. Would not re-visit with so many great places in town

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Photo of misternebbie
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of brother_rebus
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Toujours une groupe sur-scène, des bières plusieurs, et des amis partout!

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Photo of Tom_Rushton
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of kmos27
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of mattycasey
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of TheDoctor
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Dewso
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of darnzy
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of sdaly3
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of stpatty
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

I love Brutopia. The beer is outstanding and I would recommend the place to anyone. The only thing that gets me is the lack of innovation. I doubt that has anything to do with the brewer(s). I'll assume their location requires them to pump out the same beers over and over again. That's alright but I wish they were a little more adventurous. Overall the place is great, laid back, and perfect for sipping on a pint.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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Brutopia in Montréal, QC, Canada
3.49 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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