Eau Benite - Unibroue

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Ratings: 450
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 57
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 minterro:
Photo of minterro
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought in a two pack with Maudite. Poured into a tulip glass. Paired midway through with sharp cheddar cheese, pepperjack cheese, and peppercorn triscuits. The best by date on the bottle is: 08-02-14

A&S: you can see boat loads of unfiltered specks floating around the bottle even before it gets to the glass. The last pour is straight up murky. Very spicy and tart in the aroma. After a few moments this very sweet syrupy agave aroma comes through and stays in the bottle but not in the glass. When in the glass it has a ton lemony citrus aromas and fruity tartness. Meanwhile in the bottle there are some grassy almost fresh rain notes I don't get in the glass. The head of this beer is extremely volatile, upon pouring it begins at 3 fingers, but surprisingly after it starts to take a dive, it retains in a 1/2 finger creamy layer for a while. No lacing on the glass. Very murky and lively (with carbonation) pale orange colored beer.

T&M: Very tart upfront but as it gets closer and closer to the bottom it increasingly gets very sweet and funky. Very minimal amount of bitterness in the finish. On the low side of ABV for the style, but very well hidden. Tons of carbonation, medium to light body.

Overall: I really liked this beer. I liked it better than it's counter part in the 2-pack Maudite. Would for sure consider buying this combo again (especially for the price) and almost entirely for this beer. I would love to do this one and La Fin back to back, they are both so different (even being the same style) and both excellent.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Popsinc
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of Jason
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
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..

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of rastaman
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of Brenden
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
3.78/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

Photo of cokes
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gee what a surprise....another wonderful, complex beer from Unibroue. Pale cloudy straw in color. Fluffy head stays briefly. Champaign-like carbonation makes the mouthfeel something special.
Fruity sweetness on the palate. Intrusions of tea-like hops keep things on the even-keel. Lingering vanilla flavor towards the end. Less spicy than many of the other Uni-brews. Probably since the alcohol is toned down a bit. (though still quite hefty at 7.7% ABV...I'd like to know where they hide it).

Another world classic from my favorite brewery.
At this point it becomes futile to try to decide which of their brews is the best. Each is unique and a treat in its own right. Try them all....and (if you are spoiled) try them often

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow-orange with a big, bubbly off-white head. One whiff and my nose is filled with yeast and light citrus fruit as the brew bubbles furiously.

Mmmm…Nice and wheaty at first, followed by a variety of fruits (apricot? nectarine? white plum?) and a touch of spice. Finally, the fruit gives way to a wonderful dry finish (more wheat), and then, just at the end, a sweet, alcoholic warmth.

Halfway gone and my Eau is still bubbling furiously, with a reduced but still present white lacing of fine bubbles.

As it warms, the yeast flavors are becoming more prominent, adding a bready touch to this beer’s fruitful bounty.

This is just one more reason that Unibroue is becoming my favorite brewery. Le miracle d’Unibroue, indeed.

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good but not
top Unibroue. Pours white head on top of cloudy yellow. Light hops,
wheat and yeast, floral and sweet with some spices. Aroma is citrus
floral. Not crazy about cloves No alcohol taste. Carbonation lasting.
Very Silky on tongue. Easy drinking with food.

Photo of hreb
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I could not pass up yet another tripel from Unibroue. Cork topped 750 served in Chimay chalice. Beer pours super pale golden, slightly cloudy, with a nice white head. Sweet aroma, reminiscent of cider -- I really like it. Reminds me of CBC tripel threat, which is awesome. Flavor registers quite a bit lower on the sweetness. Grassy and herbal, with a relatively thin and fizzy mouthfeel, and a hint of sugar in the aftertaste, but still pretty dry. Fantastic balance, actually. I don't think it has the depth of flavor of La Fin Du Monde, but it has every bit as much drinkability and more. Quite a delicious treat.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured it's a clear deep golden color. Adding the yeasty sediment clouds it but also adds a softer character and stronger vanilla tones. The off-white head is creamy and displays good retention but leaves only limited lace about the glass. The nose offers an interesting yeastiness that displays vanilla, clove, and soft fruit (apples, berry, papaya, melon). It's very fine, natural carbonation softly caresses the tongue; and although the body is light, it's creaminess gives it the impression of a fuller body. Vanilla returns in the flavor along with a softly sweet maltiness that's backed by gentle fruit (apple, pear, mild strawberry) and a light touch of alcohol that gently lingers on the palate following the swallow. It's quite unique; and very impressive in just that! I've never had a beer similar to this; and although it did take a little bit of warming to, it's become one of my favorites. Well worth trying!

Photo of zaphodchak
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Forgot to agitate bottle before pouring; made the mistake of doing so with a stopper-- some spilled out. Lesson learned.

Two fingers fluffy white head. Hazy goldenrod body. Relatively little lace but the glass wasn't totally dry.

Classic Unibroue nose, similar to Fin du Monde, slightly spicier, but still full of Unibroue yeast.

Yeasty body, some bugglegum wheat, some fruit, relatively dry (for a Unibroue, that is) clean finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit prickly, some carbonic flavor in the taste.

This is... kind of a waterier Fin du Mond, but I guess I should've expected that? It's still darn good. Sort of a lighter-weight younger brother with a similar flavor profile.

Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a brown color with a reddish hue. Bubbles of carbonation similar to soda coem to the surface. Certainy an active beer. Some lacing is noted.

S - Nice smell of tropical fruit and sugary candy. Also has the Unibroue yeast scent typical with most of their brand.

T - Has a taste that was so close to cherry Coke that you'd swear they switched glasses. But the complexity also has notes of fruit and a slight warming bite at the end.

M - Easy drinking tripel. Carbonation is bubbly, and medium bodied.

O - Solid beer, and the sweetness makes this a very good cocktail beer or cordial. Very easy to convert non-craft drinkers to try this.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yé. Happy to see this one in my latest Unibroue mixed-pack.
341ml bottle into SA perfect glass.

A- Nice light gold a a very slight haze to it. Perfect, meringue like head.

S- Banana cream, instant oatmeal and a bit of lemon. Very soft and delicate. I like it a lot.

T- Like the smell but with a good amount of clove, some apple juice and a grassy bitterness. Just a tiny bit watery.

M- Carbonation seems spot on. Some astringency. Mouthfeel feels just right. Light but definitely not too thin.

O- A very goor beer and different enough from the rest of the lineup to stay relevent. A refreshing Tripel.

Photo of HalfFull
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked and capped 750 ml bottle poured into a large snifter glass. This blessed beverage pours a lightly hazed golden orange with a fizzy cap of foam. Decent retention though a bit lighter than expected given the bottle conditioning. So so lacing.

Aroma is fruity of citrus and some spice, perhaps some wheat influence. Warming yields more wheat and some clove spice. Belgian yeast esters are present though subdued for a self proclaimed triple with regards to fruitiness anyway.

Flavors tend toward the lemony citric side of things vs. a more yeast driven beer. Finish is lightly coarse with pils malt and some hop spice. Belgian character is light. Noting 'best by' date of 8/14, I'm not sure of this bottles history. Warming does bring forth more of a firm witbier character as the aroma opens up a bit but surely not enough to capture. Think Vitus but not as robust. More wheat than yeast.

Feel is coarse and grainy. Touch of citric sweetness on the finish does mask the ABV well. Nose gets somewhat intriguing through the foam with warming yet this is hardly a Tripel in the classic sense.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - fully hazy golden orange, tall white head retained very well, but I have to dock half a point for being way too volatile upon opening, it had been sitting in my fridge for days and it overflowed upon opening
S - sour fruit, grainy malt, some dry herbs, and some alcohol
T - light fruity yeastiness with a somewhat odd herbal flavour, big bready malt and some booziness to finish
M - big body carbonation, sweet and bready with a alcohol dryness
O - not a top notch tripel, but it is a tasty beer with that unexplainable but unmistakeable Unibroue character, worth a try

Photo of Mandrake
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a large head that dissipates just a shade quickly and leaves very little lacing. Smell is of spices and light fruits like melon and banana, with cloves and vanilla showing up and a noticable alcoholic tone to the whole aroma. Taste is malty, with wheat and grains present along with a light fruitiness, cloves, and a touch of yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth, well carbonated, and warming, and drinkability is pretty good. An interesting offering from Unibroue, and much more pleasant than most other holy water, but not quite as good as this brewery's best beers.

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Eau Benite from Unibroue
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