Eau Benite - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
89
very good

210 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 210
Hads: 454
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 58
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-06-2001

First brewed in 1996, Eau Benite "Oh-Bey-Knit" (Holy Water) was developed to offer the characteristics of a bottle refermented triple with a slightly lower alcohol content. This is a refreshing pale golden ale with a slightly fruity nose and a pleasant character.
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Reviews by arturorg:
Photo of arturorg
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Unibroue snifter

A: Amber with a big foamy head thats stays for a while, visible carbonation, kind o watery with a spiderweb lace.

S: Peach (kind of citrusy in general), Banana, bread, yeasty. No strong aroma.

T: Orange (I guess that enters in the citrus part), little sweet note like honey, alcohol it's present and leaves a warming feel, it's kind of watery and leaves no lingering taste.

Overall: a good beer from a good company, would have again but I would like it to be more complex (505 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange-like color wirh a pretty light head,aroma was almost like apple cider with some more tartness.Flavor is also apple-like but also some juicy citruis notes a nice yeastiness in the background rounds this beer out really well.Pretty tart and drinkable,well done. (274 characters)

Photo of Popsinc
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An orange pour with a big white, foamy head. Very lively, lots of bubbles and such. The nose is mildly fruity with a good dose of spice. Fresh and light floral notes. Yeasty. A hint of woodiness. The mouthfeel is lively and full while the taste is malty with wheat notes. The taste dries out and leaves an earthy, dry finish. Very solid and well balanced....not Unibroue's best howvever. (387 characters)

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a snifter this beer was a golden yellow color with a thick white head. There was a bit of lace.

Nice sweet fruit aroma. Definitely some spice. And a very pleasant earthy yeast aroma.

Taste followed form. Pear, some apple. Cloves. Nice yeasty taste.

Definitely a great beer to drink. The flavors all went well together. I could drink a few of these, wspwcially on a warm summer day. (387 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz twist with a black foiled top, no freshness date.

Appearance: Pale golden hazy brew with a bubbly white lace.

Smell: Sweet alcohol with an aroma of ripe tropical fruit and a very mild spice.

Taste: Rich fruit with a sweet warming alcohol. Mild bitterness is helped along by the spicy warmth of the alcohol. The sweetness also has hints of honey and exotic fruit. Slight grainy flavour is also noticeable in this semi crisp medium bodied brew.

Notes: Very rich with many complex sweet, alcohol and fruity flavours. It is apparent is beer was sent from heaven.. (591 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no Best before dating to be found. Pours a dark, chill hazed shade of dark honey, not much of a white head, which quickly disappeared. Nose of tropical fruit, yeast. Fairly heavy bodied. Deeply flavorful brew. Notes of Nutty yeastyness, vanilla, flowers and some spice. A wiff of bittersweetness in the finish. Tasty, complex brew. Cant go too wrong with this one. (381 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice

Appearance: golden in color, cloudy, minimal head, high carbonation

Smell: apple, earth, some smokiness, light Belgian sugar

Taste: same as the nose but the Belgian sugars and spices are more pronounced...apple, earth, some smokiness, light Belgian sugar

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet and funky, high carbonation.

Overall: A nice,sweet, and fruity tripel that is really smooth. I would pick this one up again if I was looking for this style (466 characters)

Photo of locckdown
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells fruity, like a far more perky version of Unibroue's typical dark ale fare. Where normally (such as in Trois Pistoles) there are strong dark fruit esters, here there are light, effervescent ones, strong on white grape and apricot notes, smelling--in fact--quite a lot like a fruity champagne.

These fruits translate well onto the tongue, joined by what seems to be Unibroue's signature flavor, that being a rich fruity, spicy alcohol current that always reminds me slightly of sparkling mulled cider. The flavors last well into the mouthful, and continue to dance on the tongue for quite a while in the aftertaste. The beer is quite carbonated, but not enough to annoy, instead providing an oxygenating effect that seems to highlight the flavor.

Overall, I find this a superb beverage: light and crisp, with wonderful spicy fruit flavors. Anyone not familiar with Unibroue would do well to start here, as the flavors in this ale lend themselves better to the average palate than some of the brewery's darker fares. (1,024 characters)

Photo of juicebox
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of HoppySeb
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Minimal carbonation came in a gift pack with Maudite, Deep golden hazed hue with a fine thin layered white head, speckled texture lines the sides of the glass. Aroma mildly spicy hints of chamomile or lavender something herbal and definite coriander, herbal grassy hops are minimal mainly the yeast spiciness that Belgian style ales are known to offer. Hints of pineapple, spicy coriander mild citrus tones, the rest of the palate is a relatively clean grassiness to finish. Overall a lighter version of a tripel, less alcohol does increase drinkability and there's really no booze left to burn the palate or nares in this one, sometimes I feel La Fin du Monde get's a bit alcohol fueled. Mouthfeel light carbonation compared to most of the Unirbroue ales, medium bodied the yeast spiciness lingers between sips but I find it enjoyable overall not a bad beer. I'm glad I tried it, it's been one of the those beers I always wanted to grab but either there were better options when I did find it or it wasn't available at all. (1,024 characters)

Photo of rastaman
2.5/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I like some of Unibroues beers, but some pf their others have some serious work to do (in my opinion), some of them are a bit too cloying, one dimentional and perhaps a bit sticky, like this one. (195 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy orange body with a sea of microbubbles swirling around. There is a bubbly butter cream head that last for a bit then fades to a thick ring.

S- The nice vibrant yeast esters have some clove phenols coming through as it warms. There is some dried light fruit esters in the finish.

T- The dry club soda taste has some candy notes to it with a finish of tropical fruit esters that are almost banana in character but have more depth. The slightly dry finish is pretty clean.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a filling fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- The classic Tripel yeast profile is full and supported by the Unibroue house yeast character very nicely. It is slightly dry but not overly dry with a good sweet perception to keep it easy drinkable. (821 characters)

Photo of eklie
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of JMS1512
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Brenden
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue's "other Tripel" is a pale, soft and heavily clouded bright light-medium golden yellow. The head is pure white, fluffy and cottony, and rests just taller than one finger with good stay and stick revealing itself in retention and on the walls of the glass as the beer subsides and light chunking, as it were, remains.
This beer is of essentially the exact same character in aroma and flavor, translating as completely as possible. A prominent but not overdone spiciness is revealed immediately and remains in this brew in its entirety. It's the kind of spicing one might find in a spice cake, but without heavy grains or dark malts, and with this beer's citrus overtones, is something else entirely. Lots of clove, a soft and powdery sweetness, and tangy lemon zest make for layers of developing aromas and flavors that make for a complex and fantastic overall character, all the better as all of the pear, banana, and apple notes make their way in.
Soft and fluffy but sweet, there's a light dryness that balances out the feel and there's lots of smoothness to this while a brisk crispness never falls back. (1,116 characters)

Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Growler poured into a tulip.

a-Pours a cloudy golden straw with one finger of white head.

s-Smells of crisp Belgian yeast with a background citrus, herbs and sweet malt.

t-Sweet tripel with light yeast and notes of clove, coriander, black pepper and citrus zest.

m-Medium body with smooth finish.

o-Good, unique tripel. I prefer their La Fin du Monde, but would not be opposed to having this again. (403 characters)

Photo of weonfire
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of citycrab
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle, from a random depanneur on the way back to my downtown Montreal hotel. Time to crack open this so-called 'holy water', eh?

This beer pours a fairly hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with a fistful of puffy, tightly foamy, and mildly fizzy off-white head, which leaves a very thin coating of tacky snow rime lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.

It smells of overripe sweet and acidic fruit - apples, white grapes, and banana - softly phenolic yeast, sugary and grainy pale malt, and a hint of savoury spice. The taste is earthy honey, sultana raisins, applesauce, gritty pale and caramel malt, white pepper, cloves, that usual bit of floral Unibroue house yeast, and a well-tamed warming alcohol.

The carbonation is fairly moderate for this brewery, what with its lilting, and just a tad fizzy frothiness, the body generally smooth, somewhat creamy, and yet crisp. It finishes just off-dry - yeasty, fruity, and subtly, devilishly warm.

As alluded to a few times already, the alcohol in this Tripel is barely noticeable, which goes a long way in rendering this otherwise solid paean to the style quite drinkable, and enjoyable. Especially after having tried out my Prairie School French on the locals, where I received at least a soupcon of encouragement - zut alors! (1,301 characters)

Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of zachpaschal
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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Eau Benite from Unibroue
89 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.