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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 175
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1749 Saint-Denis St
, H2X 3K4
phone: (514) 680-8052
(Place added by: Todd on 02-23-2007)
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vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$$
Update 3/1/13: I've upated my review because of the two highly suspect reviews below. Both claim to be from Montreal but have no other activity here. Birradonna joined on 9/11/11 and has only done this review and one other. No other content. Grandconnaisseur joined 10/21/12 and only did this review. Neither has been on this site since. It's an obvious attempt to stack the deck. My guess is that they are the owner and/or staff of the pub. Hell, the reviews even sound the same. Both give it a perfect 5?? That's higher than even Dieu du Ciel rates. Give me a break. :(
I stand by my experience at Le Saint-Bock.
I've spent a lot of time in Montreal and know it's brewpubs well. I'm now in the middle of a two week stay. I will never go to Le Saint-Bock again after the experience I had a few days ago.
Like the mediocre 3 Brasseurs, Saint-Bock gets most of its customers as tourist walk-bys from the street as opposed to those who seek it as a destination. It's location on heavily trafficed Rue Saint Denis in the Latin Quarter is the cause. For many patrons, it's just one of numerous options to have a convenient drink and many people there don't even order beer. Interestingly, L'amere a boire, an excellent brewpub a short distance up the hill above Rue Ontario, is completely opposite - almost all their customers are people who purposely go there for the beer and relaxed ambiance. This may explain part of my experience at Saint-Bock.
I had been to Le Saint-Bock during a month long stay in Montreal in July, '09 and didn't particularly like the place due to it's touristy crowd and the big screen TV's, which detract from the atmosphere. Still, beer is my focus, so I decided to give it another go this trip. I arrived around 3 pm and went to the bar. I was the only person inside, the others were on the front patio. Their draught beer menu has about 20 beers and is well posted on a sign above the bar. I barely had begun to explore the beer list when a young woman bartender came up and asked "What kind of beer are you looking for?" I politely said I just needed a few minutes to look over the list and I'd let her know. She immediately asked me what type of beer I didn't like. When I repeated my desire to read the beer list, she left with an obvious air of exasperation. It bothered her that I didn't want her assistance in choosing my beer. This was the lessor of my problems however.
I decided to try a pint of their cask ESB, even though it cost $6.75, and ordered from the male bartender. When I picked up the glass it was completely warm, i.e room temperature, not a low 50's F cool the way cask ale should be served. I asked the bartender if he'd served any yet and he admitted mine was the first. It was obvious they hadn't pulled the line, but when I complained about the warm temp., he claimed "That's the way it's served here" and walked away. I left the beer on the bar.
Others from Montreal I've since talked with, who know beer and the brewpubs, told me they don't like the place much because of the tourists and attitude of many of the staff. With excellent beer and friendly, polite staff at L' amere a boire a short distance away, there's no reason to ever drink here. If you're in your early to mid-twenties, in Montreal for the first time for a weekend, staying at a nearby hostel and just looking to party with some craft beers, Le Saint-Bock will do the job for you and you'll probably think it's a cool bar. If you're an older, experienced beer traveler, Benelux, Le Cheval Blanc, Dieu du Ciel, Reservoir, L' amere a boire, and Vices et Versa are far better choices.
03-01-2013 02:15:58 |
More by Tut
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Visited this during a weekend pub crawl in Montréal.
We visited this place on a sunday afternoon.
The place has a patio area on St-Denis street. Inside there is small sitting area close to the window with cafeteria type orange tables. Ugly color, uncomfortable seating with a big screen on which nascar was shown. But further inside, there are nice leather chairs with glass tables on a barrel base that look fairly nice. The decor is modern and of the 3 places we visited on the weekend (the other being Dieu du ciel and L'amère à boire), this is by far the trendiest. It seems to be aimed towards the younger college crowd. They were playing an annoyingly repetitive house music.
They have a decent selection of mostly belgian import bottles as well as some Québec micros. All overpriced even by Montréal standards. ex: 15$ for some 330 ml belgians that you can have for 10-11$ in other places around there.
They had 14 taps of québec micros and 6 of their own brews. Others were from: Le chaudron, le grimoire, alchimiste, unibroue, trois-mousquetaires. The tap prices here are more expensive than at L'amère à boire and Dieu du ciel for pints so we ended up having a 12 oz. glass which was the same price as the 20oz. pints at L'amère à boire for the time of the day.
The waitress we got had no clue about their beers and the blackboards do not even say what type of beer they're supposed to be and nothing about the names can help you figure them out. I asked about 1 beer and she didn't know so went all the way back to the bar, asked the bartender what kind it was, then returned. I then asked about 2 others since the first one wasn't what I felt like having. Once again, same drill, she had no idea, asked the bartender at the other end again about what type of beer. She was possibly new on the job but I would expect that they would train their employees better. At least she was friendly, trying to be helpful and easy on the eye.
I had the "Tentation" and the "Confession" (reviews to come). I was told that the Tentation was an IPA. As I was drinking it, I couldn't believe it was, it didn't taste anything like an IPA should. Turns out that it's a rather average (according to me) pale ale (from their website). The confession was ok, nothing great and a tad weird but maybe it's just because I'm not used to spicy red wheat ales. Quality wise, I guess they were ok, but not what I wanted due to the waitresses mistake.
One nice thing is that the tasters seem to be pretty big. The table next to us went for that and I regret not doing the same.
The pizza they had smelled great and other entries in the menu looked really good. Might be a better place to eat than to have beer?
Overall, not impressed with this place. I would return to Dieu du ciel and L'amère à boire and would try some other place before I would return here.
04-22-2008 17:40:02 |
More by santa109
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
To mirror what Tut said below, the reviews from Birradonna and Grand Connaisseur below must be by managers/owners trying to bump up their ratings...
I've been here three times on two separate trips to Montreal - the first two were in February 2011 and I was very impressed - 20 taps, including maybe 16 of their own beers - I remember having a good smoked brown, and I believe a Weizenbock. A bit touristy and dark, and I never tried the food.
I went again last night, and was disappointed. First of all, the place was packed and very noisy - most people didn't seem like they were there to enjoy craft beer - they were there to party. I tried four of their beers - a brown ale brewed with chipotles, an IPA with tea, a Belgian IPA, and their cask ale brewed with Soriachi Ace. They were all decent, but none stood out. Server was nice enough, and fairly attentive despite the crowd, and their bottle list is good, but I agree with Tut that the nearby L'amere a boire is superior.
03-02-2013 17:21:59 |
More by jbsteiny
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
I really don't think that the house brews are worth going there. But if you're going anyway try and order any of the guest brews and you'll stand a better chance. The house beers tasted like less than mediocre homebrew. I would definitely skip this place and go to L'Amère A Boire instead which is just down the street.
If you feel really adventurous bike (as there is no public transportation closeby) to Broue Pub Brouhaha. You won't be disappointed. It's a hole in the wall, but you'll enjoy the unpretentious feel about Brouhaha. You'll be happy you made the trek.
08-10-2009 21:49:28 |
More by hoochlovesbeer
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
If you like Belgian beers, this may be the best place in North America. The list is extensive and impressive. There are also many Quebecois beers.
Service was a bit incosistent and certainly not friendly. Efficient and unfriendly might be acceptable, but this was frustrating. Also, the server did not know the menu very well, which frankly is understandable.
The atmosphere is like a college town bar--noisy and unsophisticated. It's in a happening part of town, so there's plenty to do if this place doesn't do it for you.
04-27-2008 19:51:50 |
More by smcolw
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Another stop on the Mondial 2008 pub crawl!
Cool place inside....outdoor seating area in season, inside a long bar with plenty of room, is off to the right....but the neat area is before that with big, comfy, overstuffed leather chairs around big glass topped tables...our group of 8 decided to sit here.
Nice selection, all written out on the blackboard, of 19 beers on tap (5 beign their own) and 1 cask offering. Everything was tasty and fresh.
Our service was less than desired. First our waittress was rather terse...she would not come to us and we had to go up to the bar area when we wanted something. Also, she wouldn't run a tab for us and insisted that we pay for everything up front when we ordered....look we aren't college kids who are going to dash and dine! Take my credit card! CRAP!
The food, once we got an order in, was pretty nice...with C and I sharing a rather large, albiet a bit pricey quesadilla....heck our quesa was larger and cheaper than our friends pizza....so order the quesa if you are thinking about a pizza!
Overall not a bad experience just a bit annoying. I am not use to this no tab BS....and if that is your policy fine...but don't be rude about it to me. I was certainly happy with the vibe and beer selection.
07-06-2008 06:09:20 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Another brewpub on St-Denis Street, the third in a span of about 3 blocks and the fifth in the neighborhood, le Saint-Bock is on the corner of Ontario Street, sandwiched between a candy shop and a strip club. You can commit the cardinal sins of Gluttony (twice!) and Lust, and not even have to walk more than a few hundred feet, so you get Sloth for free! It doesnt get any more Montreal than this, I suppose.
If you decide that indulging in craft Beer is the most venial sin, Saint-Bock invites you in a very warm and relaxed atmosphere. Wooden separators from one section of the bar to the next, segregating a series of tables in the front with a view of the street, another with comfortable sofas, a fake fireplace next to a hallowed out wall filled with bottles to give it sort of a cellar look. The bar section has more tables with red velvet drapes and more exposed bottles and breweriana everywhere. The brewing system is all the way in the back, still unused for the moment as their permit isnt valid yet.
For lack of having their own brews ready, they compensate quite well with guest taps, serving up no less than 16 craft brews from all over the province. 3 Mousquetaires, Hopfenstark, Au Maitre Brasseur, Barberie, Bieropholie, Microbrasserie Charlevoix and plenty others were on the blackboards, painting a broad portrait of the local brewing scene. Selection isnt as good as at Vices & Versa, but had plenty of stuff to keep me interested and bewilder anyone with little to no craft Beer savvy.
Ive been there a few times now and service has always been sort of a question mark. Its not that the staff isnt nice, and they seem to know their products fairly well, but with only one person behind the bar and another to handle the tables, expect to wait for refills.
Food menu seems typical for a brewpub, panini sandwiches, nachos and other munchies, but Ive never given in to temptation as they seem a little pricey and there are so many cheap alternatives nearby. Pint prices are a bit high, but sort of expected for the area. Ive had very fresh pints here, and some that seemed to taste better elsewhere, but Im not all convinced that the pubs lines are to blame.
Overall, a solid thumbs up for this newcomer, its convenient location makes it an ideal stop for a pint after a satanic metal show or a wicked pub crawl through the citys many evil Beery destinations.
04-09-2007 12:44:00 |
More by Goldorak
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I'm really torn on this place. I visited twice during my 3 month stint in Montreal and had polar opposite experiences. This first time, the full menu was available (both beer & food) and had a wide variety of choices. I had the 666 Stout which was great and ordered off their 'book' (think Delirium jr. for those that have been) with a lot of European options. The service was OK and the food was definitely worth the price. However, the second time we went, we were constantly chasing down our server. The menu was reduced to a mere dozen food items - none of which sounded that great. I say 'sounded' because after waiting for an hour for our food, we were told it would be another 1/2 hour before it was ready. We got up and left. And because of the service problems we were only able to enjoy 2 beers during that hour. It may be worth chancing it because the beer selection is awesome, I'd just warn, don't plan on eating there.
05-21-2010 16:05:44 |
More by triwolf
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Le Saint Bock is a very good brewpub that does a good job of creating a line of interesting, well-brewed beers for their own line. All were well done w/o flaws, but the Envieuse, a porter, was my clear favorite. My wife liked it as well, and the brune called Aportre. In addition, the pub had a range of guest taps from mostly, maybe all, Quebec pubs and breweries from La Nafrageur on the Gaspe Peninsula to Unibroue. Drafts were well served as well. We also tried the french fries (frites), which came in a bowl shaped like an oversized bomber bottle cut out, and were good, served with herbed mayo like most places in Quebec. Very hot in the pub on a rainy afternoon, something we didn't think about, but most places in Montreal seemed to lack air conditioning, choosing to suffer along until the cold winter temps return. So, we moved on, though we should have stayed to try some of the guest taps rather than going to either of the other two pubs down the street (Les 3 Brasseurs and L'amere a boire). If in the area, I'd make Le Saint a fairly high priority.
07-19-2009 20:46:41 |
More by FightingEntropy
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$$
I've been to le St-Bock at least a half a dozen times, in both seasons (that is hot and cold) and have always found something to like whenever I have sat myself down on one of their comfy leather chairs. So it's about time I commit my thoughts, impressions, and opinions to print.
Pretty much perfectly situated in the Latin Quarter just south of Ontario street and but a stone's throw from UQAM (many opportunities for socializing if ya know what I mean) Le Saint-Bock invites you inside to a warm and relaxed lounge athmosphere where dark leather and dark woods adorn much of the furniture. The style is modern and the owner has proudly displayed his extensive beer bottle collection on the walls. It's definitely beer oriented.
We were greeted by a frantic barman who looked like the had way too much on his slate for one man, but still found the time to chat us up about the local fauna. He was prompt to serve us each our choice of beers from a comprehensive selection of tap brews. I had the cask mild, I was just stoked that such a beer was being offered, among the extensive selection of bottles. I was a little dismayed at the way it appeared in my glass, three quarters full of foam. It took considerable settling and dumping of extra foam to get a proper serving.
The food was the biggest disappointment for me. At $11.00 you would think that a burger could be fresh beef rather than pre-made, puny frozen patties warmed in a microwave. To boot, the blue cheese in my burger was either too old or too powerful (i.e.: stilton) for the burger and the only thing I could taste was the sharpness of the cheese. I felt like I was having a block of blue cheese for supper. On a positive note, my buddies really liked their chicken wings so there is hope.
With a really good lineup of bottles and solid tap offerings, I do recommend this place. It really is unique in Montréal for its private imports (just have to work on getting some gueuzes), and even if expensive, are much cheaper than the alternative... travel.
02-04-2008 19:21:48 |
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