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L'Amère à Boire
Active Beers: 13
Beer Ratings: 102
Beer Avg: 3.84
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
phone: (514) 282-7448
Opens at 2pm, except Thursdays and Fridays at Noon. To get there by subway: Berri-UQAM station, St-Denis street exit. Walk north about 3 blocks, it's between Ontario and Sherbrooke streets, in the middle of the hill. Parking in the area is difficult.
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Reviews by StonedTrippin:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
super rad place brewing real small batches right on st-denis where shit gets weird. real neat ambience, a three level older building retrofitted with cool wood finishings and a small little bar with just a few chairs at it. 11 beers on tap was wild, looked like only a 5 barrel system, but it was hard to tell for sure. the winter noel brew was exceptional, as were the others that we tried. the people there were really kind souls, offering to help us with our french, comparing recipes, and even helping us find some food since their kitchen (which looked great!) was closed. lots of english style beers, some cask selections, and a low alcohol brew. prices were a little steep, but montreal is expensive as hell, and the beers were worth their asking price. this is one of my favorite spots in the city, and one you should absolutely check out for some clever beer and good vibes all around. cant wait to go back and try the rest of the beers!
12-25-2012 22:18:21 |
More by StonedTrippin
More User Reviews:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I'm updating my 9/2/11 review after reading the review by DJ-JB below. I was back in Montreal for four days in early September and made a number of visits to L'amere a boire as well as most of the other brewpubs. The beers crafted by brewer Greg continue to be excellent and his pilsner remains the finest I've had anywhere in North America. I find it curious that DJ-JB joined Beeradvocate on 9/28, submitted a single negative review, and hasn't been back since. He mainly faults it for the food. I've had several meals there and found the food pretty good. It's a brewpub and that's what I go there for - I'd go if they didn't have any food at all. The food is fine and they have a number of menu options. Benelux and Dieu du Ciel only serve snack type food. Would he fault those brewpubs for not having a full menu??
My advice is to ignore his comments and pay attention to reviews from BA's who've established themselves here and don't have an attitude. This place is great.
L' amere a boire is my overall favorite brewpub in a city blessed with five excellent ones. I've spent one and a half months in Montreal in the last two years alone and know it's brewpubs well from multiple visits.
Dieu du Ciel gets the lion's share of hype/attention and most American craft beer fans visiting Montreal make a beeline for it and spend most of their time there. They make great beers and deserve their reputation, but it's too bad some of the other brewpubs don't get the full recognition they deserve. For every review L' amere a boire receives, Dieu du Ciel gets ten.
I think part of the reason is that Dieu du Ciel caters to the tastes of American hopheads and trendy beer fans while L' amere a boire specializes in lagers that are truely representative of their style. Greg, the brewer, is a master at crafting excellent lagers - which are considerably more difficult to brew well than ales. His pilsener is one of the finest I've had anywhere in the world, including the Czech Republic. While I was there this August, he put on a Munich helles lager that was exquisitely drinkable. All together they have six lager styles and at least three ales, including a great pale ale on cask. All their beers are well balanced and interesting.
The atmosphere is low key, relaxed, and inviting and most customers are locals who make L' amere a boire a destination rather than tourists who wander in off the street. The staff is friendly and knowledgable and always willing to assist in any way. I've had good sandwiches there but the beer is my main focus. They have a hot, fresh baked, homemade pretzel with mustard that is a perfect companion for the beer. The music features a wide range of interesting but unobtrusive artists, with lots of real jazz. On a recent visit I listened to Miles Davis's classic "Kind of Blue" album in it's entirety.
I give L' amere a boire my highest recommendation. If you leave Montreal without spending real time there, you've missed one of the best brewpubs anywhere.
10-08-2012 19:11:33 |
More by Tut
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$
This place has so much potential, the décor is nice and usually there's a good atmosphere. However, the cafe definitely has some points to improve when it comes to products and services.
Since I live in Montreal, I was able to visit on multiple occasions. Although the beers are pretty okay (but not great), that's as far as it goes. Even on evenings when we were pretty much alone, it still sometimes took forever to get served and often the waitresses don't seem to be very happy or patient.
The choice for food on the menu is very small. According to my girl friend, the salad was tasty. However, I've had the hamburger twice on separate occasions (months in between) and both times, even though I came in very hungry, I wasn't able to finish the thing due to lack of taste. The patty was near-cremated, the bread was completely tasteless and there are hardly any toppings. Let alone that it doesn't get served as a menu, so anything else (fries, salad, ....) you need to order separately.
I don't take any more initiative to come here, I only come here upon an invitation of friends. There's so much more choice in Montreal that it would be a shame to waste your time and money here.
09-28-2012 16:25:41 |
More by DJ_JB
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Arrived at the opening so it's a bit hard to gauge the atmosphere. Only 3 other people there though a group of 10 arrived while i was enjoying my pint. The server was nice and knowledgeable. Scattered areas of seating near the window, at the bar (which is a bit lower) as well in the back. There's a second floor that is on reservation only or to handle the overflow of patrons. The look is clean, polished with melamine wood and brick walls. The selection was great.
They serve lunch starting @ noon only on Thursdays and Fridays. Otherwise the kitchen opens at 4PM. Had some nachos and dip that were decent. A bit pricy as it came to 12$ for a pint and a platter of nachos (minus the tip).
Worth your while for sure to try some authentic Czech-style ales and lagers.
12-22-2011 19:53:58 |
More by papat444
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped here waiting for Ciel to open, as it was rated highly by several other BA members.
The bartender was great and well-versed in all of the beers and helped us get the know the area as well. We were there right when the place opened and 2 of 4 people, so not a good judge of how busy it normally is.
We were looking for a clothing store for hoodies with Montreal logos on them, and were directed to the store down the street. It was a nice touch by the staff to help out.
I would recommend stopping by, even though the selection isn't extensive.
05-09-2011 00:53:01 |
More by Duffman929
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by this brewpub twice while in Montreal this past weekend. Overall, this is a really nice spot to enjoy some really good house brewed suds. They sport a small but comfortable terrace, multi level bar seating, about 12 house beers on tap and an excellent location on Rue St. Denis, one of my favorite strips in Montreal. The staff was really friendly here. The service was swift on both visits and I ended up chatting with the bartenders until close upon our second visit. Every beer I tried here was good. I Had the porter, stout, and belgian pale ale and my girlfriend tried the Hefe and the German style lager. All were well worth their malt. This place is a must visit for anyone serious about beer in Montreal.
07-06-2010 04:09:08 |
More by sketchpunx
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
This brewpub is centrally located in Montreal and easy access through the subway. Nice building with high ceilings and hardwood all over the place. Service is not bad though sometime can be somewhat inattentive to the customers. The selection is really good with most beer ranging from good to excellent - they are really masters in the German style of brewing. Price are very reasonable and while I didn't have anything to eat the food appeared to be very good. I would recommend trying this place if you are in Montreal.
08-27-2009 01:38:30 |
More by Phyl21ca
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
Poor service. Crappy food. Good beer. That's how I would sum up L'Amère À Boire.
We arrived at around 9 pm on a Friday and the place was busy if not packed.
It started when we sat ourselves at rather a shitty little side bar. As we sat there trying to get comfortable and trying to make eye contact with some of the three or four servers who worked behind the bar, about ten minutes had passed and we hadn't even been acknowledged.
When a couple left from the bar, we swooped in there which was a vast improvement in comfort, but even sitting at the bar and trying to make eye contact with the servers it wasn't until we went right up to one to ask them if we could be served that we actually got anywhere. Before that there wasn't even an acknowledgement or reassurance that somebody would be there to serve us.
On top of that I sat in front of an empty pint for a good twenty minutes before I had to ask for another. It's almost as if they didn't want me to spend money there, much less leave a satisfied customer who would recommend the place to others based on the friendly and attentive service because it was anything but.
We went there for beer as well as a light meal and so, to the food first:
I had the veggieburger which was a rather dire affair. An overcooked patty with crusty edges was served inside of a dry bun that was smeared with some kind of odd cream cheese concoction and a slice of tomato, none of which worked together or made a lick of culinary sense.
My companion had the gazpacho soup which tasted more like a cold marinara sauce than a gazpacho soup, and which was almost definitely from a can. When it was taken away almost completely full the server didn't bother to inquire if there was anything wrong with it. We also had a pretzel which, well...it was a pretzel. I've had better but it's kind of hard to screw up a pretzel. Although if anyone could do it it's these guys.
As for the beer, the Elephant Pilsner was a good example of the style and surprisingly full flavored for a 3.6% beer. My companion had the hefeweizen which she really enjoyed and which I had a sip of and thought was decent. I had the Vollbier which I really enjoyed. I finished with the imperial stout which was probably the best of the lot. Really rich, roasty and satisfying. Overall I'd say none of them were an A but they were all about a B or a B+ -- worth checking out.
Maybe we just caught them on an off night. The place had a decent, comfortable ambiance and, had the service been better, I would have recommended this place for a good pint, but suggested looking elsewhere for a good meal.
07-27-2009 17:21:10 |
More by MeisterBurger
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
We hit L'Amere a Boire to get out of a pouring rain storm, and wish we'd had stayed at Le Saint Bock down the street. I don't understand the high rating of this pub compared to others in the area. Not a single beer inspired me to want to have a draft of any of them--in fact, we didn't even finish a single sample of any of the beers. Each sample seemed to be very light bodied for each style, and had a unpleasant taste that was consistent through each beer, though I'm unsure what it was about. It seemed like a nice place, we were served quickly by nice bartenders, the patrons seemed to be locals that were attempting to be helpful in between sips of their drafts, but the beer was just not very good. This place seems to be very overrated, and, for us, not worth the effort of walking down the street a few more blocks. I would have preferred to wait out the storm at Le Saint Bock with better beer.
07-19-2009 20:57:29 |
More by FightingEntropy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
My wife and I did a quick, two day brewpub and good food tour of Montreal (and then on to Burlington VT) in early June of 2009. Our brewpub stops in Montreal were determined by high BA ratings and proximity to public transit.
These five Montreal stops put me at 273 stops in my quest to visit every quality brewer/brewpub. Below is a ranked list of our stops starting with the best at the top. They were all worthy visits and Montreal is a great destination if you ever have the chance to visit. The specific review follows the list.
Le Saint-Bock Brasserie Artisanale Inc.
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
Benelux Brewpub & Café
Le Cheval Blanc
L'Amère à Boire
L'Amère à Boire is tucked in a busy, quaint area with lots of shops and restaurants. They have a small outside front patio and the interior is decked in wood. They have a terrace out back that we did not visit.
They had nine beers on tap and only two of were interest to me. The pale ale was thin with little aroma but went down easy after lots of walking. The hefe was pronounced with bananna clove and body.
Ranked last on my list of all very worthy places.
06-30-2009 22:02:02 |
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L'Amère à Boire in Montréal, QC, Canada