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Eau Benite - Unibroue

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Ratings: 442
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 54
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-06-2001

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Ratings: 442 | Reviews: 211
Photo of jayhawk73
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eau Benite pours a light orange color with a near perfect two finger off white head. Good lacing and carbonation on this beer. The appearance is very murky/hazy and impossible to see through despite it's relative light color. The nose is pleasant, and on the lighter side for the style. I get lemon peel, clove, malt, and pepper- as well as some light fruit. Maybe a little orange in there as well. The taste follows the nose profile. The pepper and spices come out slightly more than in the nose. The taste is also bigger and a little bolder than the nose. Not quite as complex/smooth as the best tripels, but still solid. Feel is medium w/ a nice citrus/hop bite on the back end. Good carbonation on the feel as well, with a fairly dry finish. Overall, this is a good solid tripel- I'd have this again. This is one of the better beers I've had from Unibroue. I enjoyed it quite a bit more than La Fin du Monde... Cheers.

Photo of WoodersonMB
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Kbogac
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chalice. Cloudy yellow with some foam. Slowly dissolves to a ring. The smell is primarily clove and bananna, not much else. The taste is fairly dry, almost light. Nothing really jumps out at me beyond yeast flavors. Light mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Overall ok beer. I think I was expecting something a little more exciting.

Photo of Pamola
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of CelticAleMan
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of delzer13
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of puboflyons
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the caged, corked 750 ml. bottle stamped 08-23-13. Sampled on December 10, 2011. It pours a golden amber with a full, fluffy head that simmers down as well as a nice carbonation stream heading up the center of the glass. The aroma is alive with sensations including yeast, clove, corn, Belgian sugars, and a tiny hop hit. The body is of medium texture. It is an exquisite Tripel with its bittersweet taste and spicy afterglow that also tingles the tongue with a sour, hoppy finale. I would probably buy this more often if it was available by itself instead of part of a gift pack.

Photo of Proteus93
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was briefly on the fence about buying this. The tripel is not among my favourite styles, but I haven't really come across a 'bad Unibroue' + Maudite is a favourite, so I gave it a shot...

A: Hazy straw colour, with a golden glow giving it some added character. The head formed particularly nicely in the Unibroue cervois (it's more that than a tulip, right?)

S /T /M: The aroma is among the most pleasant things I have smelt from a beer in a long time. A touch of citrus blends nicely with a 'fresh fruit basket' aroma... apple and pear stand out nicely, with an added spice. The spiciness is a little more apparent in the flavour, though it comes across mostly in the mouthfeel as a peppery warmth. The dryness of the beer is about as good as I think it can get. It complements the flavour well, in addition to the prickly carbonation, and completes the well-rounded body of the brew. This would be one of the very few cases I would give mouth-feel a five!

D: I found this to be an extremely pleasing experience, and a very well crafted beer. It stands up against other offerings from Unibroue fabulously, and adds a strong contender to their line-up.

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 champ103
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful hazed/cloudy golden/orange color. A towering, bubbly white head forms and gently recedes to a ring. Light lace is left behind.
S: Funky yeast, peppery spice, fruity esters. Banana and citrus aromas. Very nice.
T: Excellent. I love the funky yeast and medley of fruit flavors. Slightly tart apples, orange peal, banana. A great minty, peppermint flavor as well.
M/D: A medium body with excellent carbonation. Crisp, refreshing, dry, and clean. So easy to drink. The bottle is gone in no time.

Every bit as good as La Fin Du Monde. Excellent. I wish I could buy this individually from the gift pack. Though I can't complain about having to buy Maudite as well :) Highly recommended.

Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with a two finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with some zesty spice, bready yeast and estery light fruits. A grassy earthy presence gives way to hints of apple, pear and subtle citrus. There's also some candy sugar and faint alcohol in the nose. Smells more like a saison/strong golden ale hybrid.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of earthy, spicy and sweet flavors. Subtle dry, grassy presence up front countered by some zesty pepper and coriander. This is followed by a prominent estery yeast character that gives off hints of bread and sweet, light fruit. Hints of orange, tangerine and apple are followed by a nice alcohol presence but the ABV is well masked without much heat. Well balanced with the perfect amount of sweetness and subtle booze to counter the earthy/spicy notes. Very refreshing and deceptively drinkable.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of wordemupg
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into tulip 22/11/11

A hazy golden yellow with a large but short lived head that leaves no lace, a bit of a gusher and I'm a little surprised that such a large pile of foam vanished so quickly

S peppery yeast with some tropical fruit and some other spice I can't quite place, some booze but mild for 7.7%

T a little banana and bread crust to go with what I smell, a little booze and bubblegum but both faint, a little stronger then the smell and some hops come out to play

M feels light from the bubbles and has a little more heat then I'd like to feel, still not a real problem though just keeping it from greatness

O went down pretty fast so that should count for something, not the complexity of some of Unibroues offerings but I'd drink it again

I was overly excited when I saw this in the new mixer pack and even being a pretty good brew it didn't live up to my high expectations. that being said the mixed pack has some of the best quality bang for your buck in the province

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 bump8628
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this as part of a two pack of 750s that also included Maudite. There's a blurb on the bottle about how this is meant to fulfill the flavor profile of a Tripel with a smaller ethanol impact - I like this line of thinking, let's see if it delivers.

Clouded gold with an orange hue and an adequate cap of white froth. A softly complex Belgian-style ale. Simply beautiful in its nuances once it warms sufficiently. Honey, wildflowers, pears, rosewater, and a subtle biscuit note. Superbly dry, yet somehow fluffy in the mouth.

This stuff goes down easy, really easy. Light Tripel? Yeah I guess that descriptor fits, but it has just as much in common with Duvel. I wish I didn't have to buy this in a special combo pack, then again, if given the choice between this and La Fin du Monde I would stick with the La Fin du Monde.

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 TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Nice to see something new (to me, anyway) from Unibroue down in these parts. This stuff pours a lightly hazy golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises Belgian yeast, light white bread, very light cardamom, clove, and banana peel. The taste holds notes of Belgian yeast, light flaky biscuit, coriander, cardamom, black pepper, clove, banana, and some tufts of grass or there. There's a surprising amount of breadiness in there, but it in no way detracts from the usual tripel-ness. Not bad. The body is a light medium, with a barely-light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a solid tripel, not quite as good as La Fin, but more than solid in and of itself.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle purchased at Fiddlehead Farms in Dover. Pours a hazy yellow body with a good two or three inches of persistent head. Spice, lemon, orange, with nut and vanilla notes comprise the aroma. Lemon, orange, coriander, anise, clove, pith, with hints of vanilla and nut make up the flavor. Medium in body with ample carbonation. Super-drinkable, which could be dangerous considering the ABV. In a word, awesome. Truly unique with really no flaws to speak of. Aptly named.

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, straw yellow color with a two-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled yeasty, and grainy with some notes of hay.

T - It had a great spicy and yeasty bite with good grain and caramel flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very nice tripel. Unibroue is so consistently good with all their Belgian-style ales.

Photo of n2185
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy yellow-gold with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Some light spice aromas up front followed by lots of bubblegum and light fruit aromas--pears, white grapes, etc. Sweat bread and yeast aromas bring up the finish.

T: Coriander, clove, and other spices up front followed by some light banana and bubblegum flavors. Sweet breads again on the finish with some chalky yeast flavors as well.

M: Medium-light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is nice and clean, but is not as crisp as most other Unibroue beers. Still, it's not as thick and sweet as many other tripels.

O: A decent beer, but one of the weakest ones out of Unibroue's main line-up. Unibroue being the great brewery they are, that means it's still better than most other North American tripels. It just doesn't reach the levels of complexity and crispness of La Fin Du Monde.

Photo of depechemode1983
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden and slightly cloudy in appearance. The head is white and foamy and disappears quickly. Lacing is minimal. Great color.

S - Bananas, candy sugar, bubble gum, peaches. So much going on. Getting some alcohol as well.

T - Semi bitter peach. Alcohol. Sweet pineapple. Delicious.

M - Smooth, creamy, bubbly carbonation.

O - A step above La Fin Du Monde. This beer is excellent.

Photo of spinrsx
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Hazy dark yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Wheat, bananas, lemons, oranges, coriander/cloves

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste ripe bananas mixed with some lemons/oranges and a coriander/cloves spiciness. There are also some notes of white grape juice. It ends with a banana and coriander aftertaste.

Overall – A very nice and smooth beer that will go down dangerously fast. It has a lot of the taste found in wit beers. The alcohol is very well hidden and the fruit flavours are refreshing. No regrets on this purchase.

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.

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Eau Benite from Unibroue
90 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.