Eau Benite - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
89
very good

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Reviews: 210
Hads: 455
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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Photo of waughbrew
2.15/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear light gold with a big pretty white head that lasts a while. Aroma of corn, plastic, and alcohol, but nothing in large amounts. The flavor is also surprisingly subtle for such a strong beer. A rotten corn flavor is accompanied by grain husk, medicinal sting, and higher alcohols. Eww Benite is more like it. Starts slick, gives the tongue a little bite, and then takes off. Belgian malt liquor. Not good. (409 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 paterlodie
2.5/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After having a great trois pistolets I was excited to open up another one from Unibroue. Have to say that I was disappointed. An oxidised( botlefermentation?) heavy malted haynose came up and wasn't too preased with it. Looking at its shape of the beer I noticed a big cloud in the botle.... should I revieuw this one.... is it hounest? These thoughts were realy in my mind when I drank this beer. Sip by sip unimpressed of what i drank. Could this be infected? Don't know either but seeing a best before 231206 so almost 2 years to go! So I wrote this report cause I want to say something can go wrong with your beer on the way to you're store.... or was it the brewer itself? Anyway can't imagine anyone liking this one the way i got it over here! Sorry, see that average from BA is quiet high but can't believe its the beer I drank! Always believe in BA seeing that I gave the trois pistolets today 4.15 and avarage is 4.25. As soon as I can get one of a another date I will buy it again and edit my review but till then this one is there. (1,042 characters)

Photo of ZorPrime
2.8/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours orange color with some yellow notes. A lot of sediments in the beers floats, quite huge piece too. The head is very thin, I see carbonation but no head... The smell is principally yeast, fruits (citrus, orange) with light notes of spice. The taste is similar to the aroma. The mouthfeel isn't bad, medium body and the beer is feels round in the mouth... at the end it taste a little too much like syrup... Did I taste some cloves?... maybe. (455 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
2.92/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Got this bottle in a gift set from the father-in-law, and just got around to drinking it now. It was about a month passed the "best by" date.

Typical tripel-esque appearance, slightly hazy golden-orange, with a good inch or so of frothy off-white head that sank to a thin layer, lacing the glass well. Powerful aroma full of fruity esters, medicinal phenols, spice. In the taste, overripe banana and peach, stale malts, harsh phenols, almost like a vodka spike, pepper and clove. Medium body, sticky, too much fusel/solventy booze for a "lower" ABV brew. I'm not a big fan of tripels to begin with, but I really couldn't get into this one at all, and as far as the style goes, I've had much better. (699 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Beautiful orange opaque body and thick slightly yellow active head

Pineapple and belgian yeast aroma.

Straw with surprising amount of bitterness. Not sweet, which is what I expect fro a BS Pale Ale. There is a dry spicyness, but next to no maltyness and a healthy amount of yeast flavor.

Thin harsh mouthfeel. Although the alcohol is not apparent, this is too dry. (373 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.12/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours with a very hazy golden orange body into a Unibroue chalice. Tiny white head forms which was foreshadowed by the lack of any pressure on the cork. Tiny ring and an absence of lace.

S- Not a ton going on. Unibroue house yeast brings some spice, coriander, apples and fruits. There is a citrus/lemon peel aspect as well.

T- A pretty fruity Tripel with notes of apples, white grapes, lemon peel and raisins. Belgian yeast spice makes up most of the rest of the flavor, coriander, pepper, cloves and some esters and bananas. Spicy, grassy and floral hops.

MF- Very low carbonation in the body which is of a moderate thickness. Fairly bitter finish and slight alcohol warmth.

The lack of carbonation hurts the body and flavor of this beer. Mostly yeast driven with a nice hop balance. (792 characters)

Photo of Viking
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

After trying similar brews with 'evil' names such as Duvel and Lucifer, I figured I should give the good guys a shot as well. So, how is that 'Holy Water'?

Nice golden-peach colored body, with a good sized head (which fades a bit too quickly, I'm sorry to say). Aroma and flavor are just a bit too sweet and 'sticky'. I like the spiciness in the aroma, but it's covered over too much by a sugury-honey smell. Also has a bit of that 'new mown hay' aroma. Overall, the taste is good, but has a very lager-like flavor in the finish that I just don't care for. Carbonation in the beer gives it a pretty lively feeling on the tongue. I don't think Eau Benite is a great example of the style, and it's far from the best Unibroue beer (which are generally quite amazing).

Based on Eau Benite, I think I'll stick to the 'evil' brews...time to pick up a big bottle of Duvel! (878 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

$ 9.99/bomber at Oppermanns Cork ‘N’ Ale
Best before 08-02-14 at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma of spice and over ripe fruit
Head small (1.5 cm), white, fizzy, quickly gone, a partial 1 mm ring extant
Lacing – none
Body orange, hazy
Flavor – very little – a little spice and maybe a hint of fruity esters and yeasty phenolics. No alcohol, no hops, no malt (well balanced), no diacetyl. What flavor there is quickly ends.
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Well, I hate to say it, but I’ve finally found a loser from Unibroue, at least to my tastes. Very watery and flavorless, although the 7.7% ABV is well hidden and has potential to sneak up and slam you. This gets a decent rating because it meets the definition of a tripel but I found it pretty flavorless. (787 characters)

Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow color with a small white head. Has a subtle yeasty aroma. Flavor is also very subtle. Has hints of yeast and a touch of sweetness. Doesn’t quite stand out against other top tripels, such as Unibroue’s own La Fin Du Monde, but is still decent. (260 characters)

Photo of JamesBerry
3.24/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured nearly flat, with almost no head to speak of. Its color was a foggy gold, reminiscent of apple cider. The aroma of this so-called "Holy Water" was rather estery and wine-like. Mouthfeel was crisp, thin and sharp. The somewhat watered down, seltzery taste with hints of fruit and spices (nutmeg?) almost reminded me more of a hard cider than a beer. (360 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 2 August 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. it has a large white head w/ tiny bubbles that disapates quickly. It's a cloudy, light golden color. It's slightly sweet w/ a dry, flat finish. No alcohol flavor. Nice, but not outstanding (265 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.34/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance - a beautiful translucent marbley orange color. Initial seltzery head ends up at a sparse covering. There's a junkyard full of stuff laying in the bottom of the bottle. The 2nd glass from this 750 ml container was expectedly a cloudy dull orange.

Aroma - peppery yeast smell, ripe bananas, a hint of raisins. Fades quickly and the residual aroma isn't worth much.

Taste - light malty sweetness and some fruity sweetness, too. Just a faint yeasty flavor. Finishes with a tiny bit of sourness or bitterness, it's hard to tell which. Some weak alcohol warming, well-hidden. A fragile triple. Some nutty, woody flavors at the bottom of the bottle add an interesting extra, but too little too late for serious consideration.

Mouthfeel - fairly thin and watery, helps to keep the sweetness in check. Low carbonation does not distract from the delicate flavors. Not really the body of a triple I'm thinking, but it's exactly the right call for this beer.

Drinkability - if I see this on tap, I'll have to try it, but otherwise will likely not seek it out. (1,071 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A nice foamy white head but with not much staying power, settles nicely on to a good rising carbonated body. Slightly opaque, a dull orange. Not too bad.

Nose smells of orange fruit, and powdery yeast. Juicy fruit smelling with a wet body. Nice but missing some malt and power I think. Biscuit powder sugar malt a bit, even some egg??

Extremely light bodied for a tripel, with a wet finish. Juicy orange palate doesn't come through that hints on the nose and feels toned down. We finish, no malt or density to this or even much lively carbonation. Mild sweetness but also trampled on, does leave a faint licorice action on the finish though I must admit.

Overall this feels like a flattened subdued cola more than anything. Kind of disappointing since I really like La Fin Du Monde... (831 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lots of carbonation in this orange golden beer, a thin layer of foam and lots of floaty yeast particles.
Smell was phenolic, like a weizen or witbier, this is off course the Belgian yeast profile, which also adds a little tang to it.
Taste of grains, like wheat, fruity, slightly caramel, sticky and not very complex. Hop flavors were absent. Medium body. This has probably the same yeast as the Raftman, where I also tasted a sort of phenolic, witbier yeast profile.
A good beer, but not very pronounced in any kind of way. It is just too 'middle of the road' for me. (573 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint bottle from the variety 12 pack....poured a hazy cloudy straw color...1 finger frothy cap that goes to a ring....sweet alcohol phenols and some musty raisin in the nose....medium carbonation...stays lively in the glass. Starts very peppery frpm the carbonation malts have a raisin bread effect finishes up faster than other strong U-brews....alcohol poorly hidden in the finish it dominates the tongue..fruity, honey tones and a warm peppery boozyness. call me nutz but there ar too many U-brews whith the same signature tates. (532 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Nearly clear golden yellow in the Gordon's thistle glass with an attractive foam. Big aromatics with the touch of phenols. Plenty of carbonation on the tongue.

Hot with alcohol even with the moderate alcohol content for a Tripel. Some spicy flavors and the drying sensation. Fruity but quite dry, in keeping with the advanced age of this stuff. "Best before" date is 08-02-14, so this has been around awhile. Some hints of pear and apple skins.

Quite drinkable, but at this drier end of the Belgian spectrum it gets a little sourish and funky in the aftertaste. From the bottle-capped 750 ml bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquor in Denver. Discounted to six bucks. (666 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Eau Benite is hazy, dull dark gold with a large, quickly dissipating white head leaving no lace.

Smell is big banana esters, fruity and overripe.

Taste is similar, lots of banana, and just a touch oxidized. The alcohol is well hidden, and there's a nice clean maltiness.

Mouthfeel is on the dry side, with full but soft effervescence. Medium light.

Drinkability is ok, the alcohol is well hidden, save for a little spiciness on the back-end. The esters are really strong, and with the malt give it a slightly dirty vibe. Not their best effort, but a solid trippel. I'm getting a little tired off the Bananas Foster taste of many Belgium blondes, so there's perhaps a negative bias. (743 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Hazy yellow with a big, fast falling head.

S - Spicy, almost cloyingly sweet aroma. Notes of orange and coriander.

T - Light bitterness, lemony notes and banana. Somewhat sweet.

M - Smooth, light, slick body woth a low carbonation.

D - For a "strong" ale, this one is fairly light. Qualifies as an easy-drinking, mild flavoured Belgian - and may be more accessible than one of the heavier Unibroue ales. (419 characters)

Photo of mmva321
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clean and sharp except for the cloudy body, Eau Benite is passable but underwhelming. It's pale yellow, with a little orange thrown in and some white head on top. No lacing.

S: I think I just love how things smell. I don't know if anything is good or bad anymore, because it all just smells nice to me. Follows the tripel formula: some hops, grassy notes, some smooth malts and then throw in a fruit basket. I love it. This beer is especially smooth.

T: Way too smooth. This is relatively low alcohol, so I'll blame the malts. It drowns out the hops and fruit and creates a flat and overly sweet taste that is similar to leaving a piece of white chocolate on your tongue for 90 seconds.

M: Light, bubbly and smooth. I like the feel, but I'm distracted by the taste.

O: I wish it were better. It's passable, but the intense smooth malts destroy that tartness I love to get from the fruits of a tripel. Give it a try, but don't expect to ascend to heaven. (961 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet. The "best before" date was not printed or was rubbed off.

3.25 A: Moderately hazed orange peach color. One finger of frothy off-white head. Retention is about average and not much lacing is left.

3.75 S: Big spiciness with a focus on pepper. Some clove is mixed in as well, but the pepper is the headliner. Hay and a wildflower meadow outdoorziness. Apple and peach fruitiness. Neutral wheat, notes of banana, and a light dirty earthiness.

3.5 T: Taste is good, but it's a little less focussed than the nose. Firstly, it suffers from not having a "main" flavor to lead the way. The pepper just falls into the other flavors. Also, this is much more earthy than the nose suggested. While that is fine, I do prefer fruitier, spicier tripels. Apple orchard, peach, hay, musky woods, banana, pepper, clove about in that order.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. One of my favorite things about Unibroue beers is the spritzy carbonation. Unfortunately, this is a little undercarbed and what is there doesn't have the spritziness I'm used to from this brewery. Still, goes down quite easily.

3.5 D: Decent beer, but it doesn't hold a candle to LFDM, so I doubt I'll ever buy this again, even if I'm in the mood for some Unibroue. (1,243 characters)

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)

Photo of jera1350
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold bodied with a thin layer of suds coating the top. Not a whole lot for lacing.

Yeasty and fruity with some wet straw.

Pretty light taste to it, but still has depth. Belgian yeast, spicy yeast notes, clove, lower sweetness, touch of warm alcohol. Lingering light spice into the aftertaste.

Light-medium body, very dry and slightly chalky/powdery. And highly carbonated although it is on the softer end.

Probably my least favorite Unibroue I've tried. It's not that it's poorly made, but that it just doesn't do a whole lot for me personally. I think it's well done and would make a good intro beer to belgian styles, but just doesn't do a whole lot else. I will enjoy the bottle, but no need to try it again really. (728 characters)

Photo of Crossmd
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 43 degrees into a Sam Adams pint. No born date.

Pours a hazy yellow orange, Plush 3 finger head settling into an offwhite cap. Fine champagne bubbles rising from the bottom.

Smells of a lightly floral orange and coriander. A hint of spice, nutmeg?

Tastes of a lightly breaded sour citrus with a touch of spiced creme. Turns light easily though, almost watery, which is not something I'd have ever thought I'd be writing on a Unibroue review. Tasty, not something I'd call delicious.

Overall, it's a good start. A decent amount of flavor but with little complexity and only a hint of the plush, dense mouthfeel I've loved from every other Unibroue offering. Slightly disappointed, honestly. But a recommendation none the less.

86. (742 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alex for bringing a beer from his homeland to our All Hallow's Eve Epic Rare Canadian I Hate Costumes and Candy Tasting.

A - An opaque orangish beer with a two finger off-white head that left some chunks on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells like a Unibroue beer, which is what I found out it was later one. The usual yeast overtones with a little bit of fruit.

T - This is not nearly as fruity or sweet as I would expect from a tripel. A little bready with some herbal spice, although it is more hinted at than sharp. Not bad, but surprisinly non-tripelish tripel.

M - Super dry, fairly smooth moderate carbonation, in a medium-light bodied beer.

D - Pretty drinkable for 7.7%, though not quite like some of their other offerings, La Fin Du Monde comes to mind. Wouldn't mind this again, as it is an interesting tripel. (835 characters)

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