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Le Cheval Blanc
Active Beers: 36
Beer Ratings: 115
Beer Avg: 3.7
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
809 Rue Ontario Est
phone: (514) 522-0211
Berri-UQAM Metro station.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 31 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3
This is the place where the "Beer-revival" in Montréal, and later in Quèbec started... Never forget this... Gérôme DENYS, the owner & founder managed to expand the basement by hand ant to install a "selfmade brewhouse"... You don't need complicated things when you are a good brewer... Every year 600 HL sold in place... Congratulations! It's still my favorite place when I'm in Montréal for the MondialdelaBière... but only two kinds of fingerfood are offered: "nacho's with tomato & sour cream" and "Panini".... So when you start to be hungry, then you can best go to one of the many good restaurants of Montréal... Greatings from Belgium.
10-05-2004 20:51:04 |
More by ZIRK
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $
A bit away from downtown, but worth the trip. Great selection and with amazing prices. Where the hell else can you get a 20oz rauchbier for $3.25?? Atmosphere's dark, like a 50's diner with a secret. The whole thing is rows of tables along the left wall, with a diner counter on the right. Bar has bolted down diner stools you couldn't possibly fall outta, and there's so many good beers you want to test that theory. 1 raised table on a dias in the back of the room, and a small patio out back. Went there in the daytime, and the place was still over half full, but not noisy.
07-17-2008 15:20:23 |
More by altgeeky1
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Another excellent brewpub in downtown Montreal. This place is located right on Ontario street, off of St. Hubert street, which is where Erica and I stayed a few weeks ago when we were in town for the Mondial De La Biere. I guess you could say that this place was our "local" for the few days we were in town, since it was on the corner of our street. The atmosphere was excellent. It looked like an old 50's diner/cafe in here. It is very dark with some odd/non functioning brewing equipment towards the back, and a long/diner style bar when you walk in. There are nice tables strung about as well, with some small funky lamps and candles for light. The selection of beers was excellent, as was the quality of the beers! In fact, I pretty much liked every beer that I sampled here, sans the pale ale. On my last visit (In May) they had 6 beers on tap (with three coming soon). The six I sampled were the blonde lager, white, marzen, pale ale, stout, and a special aged Belgian style amber beer called L'abysse Cornue. The service was excellent, as the employee working when we stopped in was very friendly, and explained as much as he could about all of the beers that they had on tap. His french and english were excellent, and he was quick to fill up our glasses as well. I'm not sure if they had food or not, but I did not try anything. Overall: This is one of the best brewpubs that I have been to in recent times, and it is definately one of the best brewpubs out of the 7 that reside in downtown Montreal!
06-18-2004 16:33:55 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This place rocked. I can't argue with a place that places The Clash, Radiohead, and Le Tigre. It was very crowded to say the least, but then again, my friends and i showed up at 11pm on a Saturday. The waiters helped us out by finding a place to stand and offering up their beer menu of 7 beers, i believe. I had the Cream Stout, Blonde Lager, and the killer Triple. The lager was okay, not my thing, but the Stout and Triple were exceptional. The people that hang out there come off as real snotty indie types, but the staff was much more friendly, and i had a chat about beer with the bartender. The prices initially frightened me, 5 loons for a 14oz. pint, but the product made the exchange fair, and then again, i'm a cheap college student, anything over 3 dollars is too much. I would definatley pay 5 anyday for this beer though. I will be there again when i can get the gas money.
05-07-2006 17:20:55 |
More by dirkchivers
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Le Cheval Blanc is one of the best brewpubs in Montreal and it's one of my favorites. I've drank there many times on numerous stays in Montreal and have always enjoyed their beer and atmosphere. I have no idea what happened during the previous reviewer's visit, but his one time experience is the complete opposite of my 15+ visits. I find it interesting(and telling) that he joined BA on 6/18/11 for the sole purpose of slamming Le Cheval Blanc and hasn't been back here since.
Le Cheval Blanc's beers are well made and they offer a very wide range of styles. The cask brown ale they had during my two week stay in August was excellent. The staff have always been polite and helpful and I've never seen them act rudely to anyone. I really like Cheval Blanc's slightly edgy(in a good way) vibe and the mixed group of people that frequent the place. I think Cheval Blanc is at it's best after dark and I often make it my final brewpub stop of the night. Whenever you go, give yourself time to adjust to the quirky ambiance and I think you'll really enjoy it.
One of the things I like best about Montreal's brewpubs is that they're small compared to American versions and each has a unique look and atmosphere that is very distinct. Ignore the previous review. Le Cheval Blanc deserves a serious visit from any craft beer fan exploring Montreal's offerings.
09-06-2011 18:25:58 |
More by Tut
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
We liked this place. The deco was pretty darn cool: 30's deco meets chinese restaurant meets...
But the beers were outstanding. Crowd is 20 somethings, we managed to get a place at the bar with no problem. I started with the house bock: Outstanding. Delicious. David had the house stout. Also outstanding. We'd just come from another bar, where the beers weren't bad, but after sipping these it was like: oh, that poor other bar! ;-)
We wanted somethign to eat, so left to get something on St. Denis, and came back here for another. David had the Scoth Ale, I had d'abchoufe (sp?) in the bottle. Again, we were impressed by the quality and taste.
We did see beers from this location offered for sale in the grocery store, strangely none that we had had. Also, the gentlemen next to me ordered a house bomber of what looked like a 'pine' type beer, but I didn't try it, alas.
01-14-2003 18:45:09 |
More by PatandDavid
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5
I must say after all these months of trying to get to Montreal for the pub beer, this little neighbourhood pub was the positive surprise of the trip. The atmosphere was laid back ( I went in the day time) in a traditional local tavern. Lots of original tavern decore survives. Great selection and the marzen I had was a wonderful offering of the style as were the other beers..well made, tastey and fresh. I would have a hard time deciding if I liked this pub better than DDC. I will be back for more seasonals this summer.
03-23-2005 23:33:35 |
More by pootz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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
Le Cheval Blanc had 8 house beers coming in around 5% each. Atmosphere is lounge meets diner (which we guessed is what it was in a former life). Funniest part of this stop was when my wife tried to flex her French and the server told her, in plain English, to speak English.
Fourteen mostly Belgian guest bottles. I had a sampler with blanche, Coup de grisou, non-filtered amarillo pale ale, India dark ale, and a 6 month imperial stout. Kudos for offering such unique and well crafted beers.
06-30-2009 21:57:25 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
My initial impression is that of an urban/artistic diner. The bar and stools surrounding it give me this impression. Nice view of the brewing tanks beyond the bars. Big chalkboard with prices, descriptions (including ABV) and names of beers. The service was ok at first. Had to approach the bar but she let me try a beer before buying so that was cool. Again, not much vibe since it was early in the day. Has an artsy/retro feel to it that my wife would appreciate. I liked it and will come back for sure.
12-22-2011 19:58:41 |
More by papat444
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I can't believe that no one has reviewed Le Cheval Blanc brewpub. This place has been around for years and spawned the microbrewery that now distributes worldwide! If you go to Quebec you must make this one of your stops. It's in a neighborhood that some older, stuffy people might consider "bad", but I consider it as having character. And character is what Cheval Blanc is all about. The tiny brewpub looks like a bar that was open during the '30's - shut down - and re-opened in the 80's. It has a very cool, ecclectic feel. You can even sit at a table where a plastic dome covers one of the fermenters. And the beers are spectacular! Especially the specialties. Give it a shot; you'll be glad you did. Ne vivent pas la vie comme vous allez vivre pour toujours.
07-18-2002 19:00:48 |
More by NeroFiddled
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