Canada > Quebec > Montréal
caiuslarrius (1) California | February 20, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
I searched for a place like this for a couple of years. Found Rahman 5-6 years ago and stopped searching. I suppose other places like this have spawned everywhere but, this is still the place to go.
This place doesn’t look good. There is nothing fancy here. There is a lot of beers here at the cheapest price in town. It’s easy to compare on "normal" stuff, harder on other stuff (hard to find). I bought all their stock on "Schoune Gueuze" 2 years ago (7 bottles) and have yet to see those anywhere else.
I go there 3-4 times/year just to fill up the beer fridge. Lighter beers in spring/summer, darker/heavier beers in autumn/winter. I buy "normal" beers (like Boreale) at the grocery store occasionnally. But Rahman has those "normal" beers at a cheaper price than everyone in town.
Can’t understand why other people’s comments say things like "high prices". The prices are very low (but a 750 ml Gueuze will still be around 10 $, which can be intimitating for the non-connaisseur).
"they don’t speak french", that might be tru. I haven’t tried speaking french there. When i go into that part of town, i don’t expect to be spoken to in french. The address is "151 Laurier West", it’s on the small part of Laurier between St-Laurent and the Mont Royal. Everyone speaks english in every shop on that street, it’s normal.
I feel they do their best to offer a variety of beers to every customer at a very reasonnable price.
ScoobySnacks (1) | February 12, 2010
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 20/20
The orignal in Montreal to promote micro & imported brews even when the SAQ had a monopoly on most imported beer distribution. A true pioneer even though the owner does not even drink! Santé!
SFLpunk (11) Burlington, Vermont | June 13, 2009
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Went here after drinking some brews at Dieu du Ciel just a few blocks away. They recommended it as a place to get not only their beers, but a good selection...and they were right.
Lots and lots of Canadian micros, plus the usual Canadian macros (Sleemans, etc) and Imported macros (Guinness, Corona, etc).
They keep a lot of singles cold, three coolers worth, and then have *most* of them on the long warm wall. Didn’t see a lot of classics from Belgium, nor any US beers, but that worked for me because I was searching for Canada’s finest. As I was shopping the shelves, the guy came up to me with an empty six-pack holder: nice touch!
My only real complaint, and this is kind of a big one: NO CREDIT CARDS. Either need Cash or a Canadian debit. No American debits. Would probably have bought more if I didn’t have to use the ATM two blocks up and then come back to pay.
If you’re going to Dieu du Ciel and you’re from the US, definitely stop by.
duffbeerfan (8) | March 10, 2010
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
If you want to buy beer for a cheap price, try this convenience store. You’ll get beers available at any supermarket cheaper, but also there’s almost any kind of local beer in Quebec. it is situated close to Dieu du Ciel brewery so you can expect to find some of theirs there.
The ambiance there makes you feel like you are... in cosmopolitan Canada. Check it out!
godofsky (15) Montréal, Quebec | January 4, 2010
80 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 15/20
this is the place i buy most of my beer from. yes, it is expensive...but that is the price you pay for good beer. besides, it’s not much more expensive than other places with the same beers in the city. for example, st. ambroise russian imperial stout is only 50 cents more than it is at the fromagerie atwater. cases of dieu du ciel’s line are the same. this guy is very nice, and has all the glassware you’ll need for any beer experience.
left_bank (58) , Japan | September 2, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
2 sips away from ddc;so the owner might not know much about beer,put this is the best service i have received in any montreal beer store(any store) this summer.
i like that most of the craft beers are NOT in the fridge.only negative is most of the 750 ml beers are on the ground floor...much bending to do.
BitchesBrew (48) Fort Collins, Colorado | February 18, 2007
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
A tiny shop in a prime location. Tiny and cramped, but luckily the beers out number the other items by far. Owners are friendly and willing to help, and like to blast some pretty sweet Bollywood music for their customers. Nice selection of brews-- I was able to pick up more than I expected. Very small selection of glassware, mostly limited to gift packs. Overall, a pretty sweet little place.
nbutler11 (316) Phoenix, Arizona | March 26, 2009
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Excellent place to find local Canadian beers after having a few at DDC. Very unassuming shop that really caters to the beer community. Rahman is very helpful and the prices are great.
Pwn3d (62) Manhattan, New York | May 25, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
A tiny convenience store with an Indian vibe. Not much in terms of staff service. Tons of beers I’ve never seen or heard of, too bad I was on my way to another bar or I would of picked up more beers to take home. I was able to grab all 3 of the Unibroue U’s and drank them in the street. Fun time.
elihapa (65) Honolulu, Hawaii | October 3, 2008
72 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
I went by here today on my way to Dieu du Ciel, which is pretty typical. Frankly, I didn’t expect much given the relatively low overall rating of this place. What I found was a healthy variety of Quebec micros, all sold conveniently in single bottles. To give you an example, Rahman had nearly ALL the Unibroue selections, including Quarter Century, 1837, 17, and Edition 2004+2005. they also had a good number of DDC, as well as Bieropholie. Yes, I question the freshness of some of their brews. But until you point me to a better beer shop in Montreal, I’ll be here for something new every time I come up.
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