Canada > Quebec > Montreal
Oakes (718) Vancouver, British Columbia | May 26, 2004
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Impressive store for people who enjoy interesting, quality food. Nice variety of Quebec cheeses. Cider, ice cider, mead and beer are all available, sometimes chilled. There is also local wine, though the region is less famous for that. Much duck to be found, in a variety of forms. Looks like a solid bet, located at the Marche Jean-Talon.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | September 16, 2004| Updated June 18, 2005
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Very nice store when looking for local meads and ciders (maybe 30 of each) not available at the SAQ. 2 min walk from the best cheese store in town (fromagerie hamel). Local microbrews well represented.
GT2 (637) San Diego County , California | June 4, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Bottle Shop, Cheese and Specialty Meat
Level. . . . . . . . . . .High
Location. . . . . . . .Semi Sketchy
Prices. . . . . . . . . .Low Markup
Tap Selection. . . .None
Bottle Selection. .Excellent, 200+
Samplers. . . . . . ..Yes, Ice Cider Samples Available
Full Pours. . . . . . .No
Beer Level. . . . . ..High
Food. . . . . . . . . . .Grocery Takeaway
Food Level. . . . ..Specialty Cheese and Meat
Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Fairly Nice, Some with a ’tude
Growlers. . . . . . ..No
Noise Level. . . . . Quiet
Décor. . . . . . . . . .Wooden, Cozy
Good for Kids. . .No
Parking. . . . . . . ..Private Free Lot for Jean Talon Market
WiFi. . . . . . . . . . .No
Cash Only. . . . . .No
Comments: This is known as ice cider heaven and it is. Separated into two stores, one has the license to sell liquor, wine, and ice cider. The other has the cheese, meat, and beer. Ice cider section has nearly every Quebec ice cider, probably close to 40-50 including the only account for very rare ice ciders like Philion Gaia and Friga, Domaine Salamandres. In the beer section, they have the whole portfolio of probably a dozen Quebecois breweries including Trou du Diable and Dieu du Ciel. Found La Castor Yakima IPA here easily. Some people on staff were snotty, but others were very nice and helpful. Inside the ice cider section they have a couple of ice ciders you can try for free. Can easily spend $200+ at this store so get ready.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | November 9, 2007
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Can’t believe I haven’t rated this place before. This store in Marché Jean-Talon (Jean-Talon metro station) has everything you need to host a tasting of fine Québécois products. The micro selection is good, with a few breweries left out, but DDC is there, Brasseurs et Frères, Bièropholie will be there again soon, etc. Then the cider section is one of the best you’ll ever see in the province, with dozens of ice ciders from all over the province, some wines and other artisanal liquors, mostly at reasonable prices. Top that off with a decent selection of regional cheeses (some very hard to find anywhere), some pâtés, sausages, jams, mustards, vinegars, and you have all the ingredients you need for a smashing evening of discovering and rediscovering Québec’s finest artisanal savoir-faire.
JoeMcPhee (515) Toronto, ON, Ontario | July 5, 2009
68 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
This place is ice cider heaven! Jammed onto a narrow street around the Marche Jean-Talon, this is a gem. The beer selection actually wasn’t all that impressive, but the cider selection more than makes up for it. Although I see people commenting on the price of the ice ciders, it’s worth noting that all the cider here is about 10% cheaper than those you find in the SAQ. I could have spent a lot more time and a lot more money in this place than I did... if you’re an ice cider fan, this is the place for you.
notalush (374) Denver, Colorado | August 24, 2008
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Located near a nice farmers market, and some interesting shops - quite a spacious store - clean and well-lit - a large cooler of beer amidst the huge selection of food and liquor - they had a lot of obscure Quebec brews that only have a couple of ratings, but some of the big names were missing (Charlevoux, Bieropholie) - nothing to complain about, though, as the beers you will find will be plenty rare and obscure (though not necessarily good) - I’d say it’s worth going to, even for a tourist.
jercraigs (333) Toronto, Ontario | June 10, 2009| Updated May 16, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Stopped in to pick up "picnic" supplies for Mondial. Got some fantastic cheese, and cold cuts, some bread from a few doors down. Beer selection is decent, with a range of Quebec brews but some notables are missing. (We picked up some 3 Mousquetairs, DDCiel and misc. others). Service was a bit ambivalent but we didn’t really engage them or ask questions either. Pretty good selection of ice ciders as well, I suspect it was better in the past, but there was still plenty to choose from. Definitely a recommended stop. I will return.
KansaiBeerLvrs (297) Kyoto, Japan | August 21, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
A gourmet food market with a decent selection of Quebec craft beers and decent prices. Service was ok but for a better selection head next door to the Grange du Marche.
j12601 (285) Poughkeepsie, New York | April 8, 2009
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Located a stone’s throw from the Marche Jean-Talon (which is an amazing market that makes me wish my hotel had a kitchen I could use), this place has the most impressive ice-cider selection around. They’re pricey, but you won’t find them in a lot of other places, and probably not in such selection. The beer selection is on the small side, but has a ton of local bottles, including (as the good local places seem to) a nice DdC representation. Prices on beers are pretty good. Helpful staff.
TaktikMTL (263) Montréal, Quebec | August 17, 2006
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Établissement visité le 9 août en après-midi. Ambiance: Il est toujours agréable d’aller flâner au marché Jean-Talon. La section des alcools est maintenant séparé du reste du magasin. Tout est propre et bien présenté. Service: Le personnel connaît très bien leurs produits. Sélection: Quelques microbrasseries du Québec sont présente mais on y vas surtout pour les cidres, les vins, les hydromels ou toute sorte d’alcool du terroir. Ne pas oublier, que contrairement à la SAQ, les prix indiqués n’inclus pas les taxes. Nourriture: Fromages, pâtés, canards, et plein d’autres découvertes culinaires sont disponible. (22e rating d’établissement)
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