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Eau Benite - Unibroue

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Reviews: 211
Hads: 457
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 61
Gots: 46 | 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: 211 | Hads: 457
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 RockyTopHeel
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled in a Trois Pistoles goblet. 750 mL corked and caged bottle with a best before date of 1/23/2003... a good 9 months past prime.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a quickly fading white head. Visible carbonation. When the yeast is added, it looks a lot like a weisse.

Smell: Coriander, pepper, and orange peel aromas. Sour apple notes. Quite yeasty. With yeast added, the beer takes on a cidery character.

Taste: Slightly tart and peppery malt sweetness. Apple and citrus flavors plus that typical Unibroue yeastiness I've grown to love. A wee bit sour on the finish. The apple and sour tastes become more prominent when the yeast is added.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light in body. Quite refreshing. Great carbonation despite the age of the bottle.

Drinkability: I'll definitely have to snag another bottle of this, preferably one that is fresher. The bottle I had was still quite good, but I think the head took quite a hit. A solid tripel, even in its faded glory. I must also note that the label art is cool. I like the tattoo on the angel declaring "I *heart* Quebec" (1,099 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold color, slightly hazy. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and with a touch of breadyness or mustiness. A medium bodied Belgian golden triple. Malts are fruity and only slightly sweet. Not all that spicy and yeasty. Nicely balanced. Milder tasting beer. Very drinkable. Hides the 7.7% alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. (401 characters)

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

pours out a hazy gold amber with a head to speak high on. Touches of fruit and sweet spice hond onto the mellow alcohol and balance the taste budget. Quite complex and wonderful to drink. One really can not go wrong with a Unibroue beer. I got this in a lovely outdoor bar in Old Montreal. (289 characters)

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

Holy Water, indeed! I had this in a 750 ml bottle, loved the label, with a devil wearing an angel costume. If the church put this stuff in the font, it'd make the sermons a lot more bearable...

It pours a lovely pale gold, with a white head. The aroma is malt, apple, caramel. The taste has a bunch of fruit in it, apple, peach, cantaloupe, along with malt and cloves. I found this to have more apple flavor throughout than Ephemere, which had a blast of apple in the beginning that faded fast, and this Holy Water doesn't have apple in it. A lovely, creamy mouthfeel, with light carbonation. The finish is malt, fruit, sugar syrup, vanilla. May be a bit on the sweet side for some, but not overdone. Merci, Unibroue! (720 characters)

Photo of mzwolinski
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was one of my scores from a recent trip to NYC. Can’t find this stuff on the West Coast. I am worried, however, as to whether it survived the plane trip OK, because whne I poured it, the beer came out a hazy yellow with almost no head at all. Aroma is mostly sweet, quite fruity, with a hint of spice. Fruit comes through big in the taste as well; here it struck me as rather melon-like, with hints of tropical fruit. Overall, this beer struck me as a bit too sweet, too one-dimensional. Rather a disappointment, coming from Unibroue. (540 characters)

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 granger10
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of fruit like a tripel should have. Citrus fruit, tarty fruit, sweet fruit, you name it this beer has it. But that's not all. Slight honey sweetness is in it. A hoppyness swirls the mouth creating a happy feeling for me. Alcohol is strong in this one, esp. at the end. Became an amazing brew the further I got on it (possibly because of my intoxication?) but anyways I've had this a few times and I like it more each time. Bow down to Unibroue. (449 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Suprisingly, this is a light orange colour beer. A lot lighter then other belgian triple. Pourred a nice clear white head that did not disapear too quickly. The alcohol is well hidden. Taste very sweet. Very good beer but not a traditional triple. Another good beer from Unibroue. (280 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy golden yellow color. The white head never really developed, but created a ring around the surface with a bit of sheeting on the beer. An aroma of coriander, clove, orange peel and apples greets you at every sip.

The flavor began sweet and fruity (apples), quickly moved to a spicy clove taste and finished with some alcohol. A sweet malt in the background holds the flavors together and some fruity flavors are left behind when swallowed.

This is a tasty beer that would go great with pasta. I found that I was sipping lightly so I did not find it as drinkable as other beers. (605 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Marché du Boisé (boul. des Forges, T-R), 6/13/03, stored cool dark, 2600 miles in my trunk.

As usual, I had no problem getting a big, white, coarse, fizzy head. It collapses crusty and leaves only a few spots of lacing. Cloudy, orange-yellow beer. This one has an awesome nose: spice, candy, sweet citrus. Mmmmm. The front is spicy citrus, leading to a fizzy, light middle. There's a little buttery maltiness. The finish is very dry: bitter with some grains. Buttered bread returns in the aftertaste, then some pepper.

This is a very dry Unibroue. It's good, of course, but for me it's a little bland compared to the others. It's about as light as 7.7% abv can get. (683 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 NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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! (932 characters)

Photo of Realale
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep cloudy gold. Fine large head settles quickly to a rocky incomplete cap.

Nose is quite yeasty and malty with a touch of phenol and a bit of banana/plum fruitiness.

Big, crisp crackery malt on the palate. Dies a bit in the mid-palate, leaving mostly yeasty notes to carry the load. The phenol and fruit are there as well, with the phenol being a bit more than I'd prefer. Touch chalky at the finish, and the alcohol pops out with food, although remains well-hidden without.

Great prickly bottle-conditioned carbonation wipes the palate clean after each sip, while still maintaining a certain softness on the palate that characterizes the Unibroue line.

Honestly, I've had better bottles of this, and the score reflects this particular bottle, as I did not officially review any of the others. Will revisit my review if it crosses my path again.

Small bottle. Best before date of 11/27/04 (905 characters)

Photo of marc77
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark blonde hue, covered by a head that readily recedes into a spotty, loose layer that leaves sparse, oblong spots of foam. Bready malt along with wafts of must, green apple, and lightly acidic lime citrus dominate the somewhat tame aroma, with subtle notes of peppery alcohol and trace phenol. Mild honeyish sweetness is perceived at first in flavor, then is followed by notes of underripe kiwi and white grape. Fruitiness fades mid palate revealing a pleasantly dry, bready, lightly cracker like malt foundation, which is in turn supplemented by understated herbal clove. Hints of black licorice and candied green apple emerge late, along with mild, nearly forgotten hop bitterness. Well attenuated and acceptably smooth in mouthfeel, but a hair thin. Finishes clean, with mild, agreeable limeish acidity and hints of sweet bread. A surprisingly tame, but balanced strong golden by Unibroue. Highly reminescent of a Belgian "single" in overall character, except with a dangerously hidden alcohol content. Highly quaffable. A bit too neutral in yeast derived character, but quite tasty, nonetheless. (1,106 characters)

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

Appearance: Pours a lovely golden color with a hint of amber. It's off-white head quickly (and loudly) fizzles down to a tiny cap.

Smell: The aroma's a nice blend of sweet and spicy with notes of fruit, honey, and a hint of banana and clove. There's a slight earthiness, as well as a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Well balanced and laid back with suggestions of honey, pear, banana, clove, and bready yeast. The alcohol is well hidden, only rearing it's head slighty on the tail end. A touch of hoppiness adds a nice balance. Adding the yeast sediment builds on the earthy, bready flavor. A dry, musty character develops towards the end of the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated with a crisp, spritzy mouthfeel that's more to the thin side. Very dry on the tongue. Nice tummy warming effect.

Drinkability: Good...this is a well-done tripel. There's nothing extraordinary about it, but nothing bad or out of place either. It's not one of Unibroue's best, but it is a solid brew none-the-less. (1,000 characters)

Photo of dmarch
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale golen color with a white head that leaves a nice lace. It has a very fruity aroma. The taste is fruity as well, tastes like apricot and pineapple. It's a very refreshing and wonderful beer. Unibroue somehow has a way of amazing me even with my extremely high expections. I always expect something great and they always deliver. (347 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is a muddy amber/ orange with a large, fluffy white head.

Aroma is in a class by itself: angelic, uplifting, arousing. Fresh, floral, soft, sweet,...a compound of beauty and wonder, entirely in a universe of it's own!

Body is medium, but light on the tongue, sweet and spicy, with tingly hops! Full presence on the palate, lilting and dancing hops! This is a true contender to Duvel.

S'wonderful, S'marvelous, S'whatIlike to drink! (447 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

NOTES: also available in 12oz bottles.

750ml corked and caged bottle: Brilliant! Another triumph for Unibroue. This beer poured a nice yellow colour, like a triplke should. This beer threw out some very complex aromas of fruits, berries, wheat, smoke, and everything else! This tastes awesome, like a fruity, light, alcoholic concoction should! This has that classic Unibroue mouthfeel and an awesome drinkability as well!
F. (439 characters)

Photo of 49degrees
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very enjoyable Belgian styled ale in the strength of a triple. Among the more enjoyable non-Belgian brewed triple styled ales available, but pales in comparison to Unibroue's own "La Fin du Monde."

Pours clean with a bright golden hue colour and a might head that gives way quickly to a thin broken head. Aroma is very enjoyable with hints of fruit such as pear, orange and apple must, but not enough to confuse it with the "Ephemere" (also by Unibroue).

Although it has warming characteristics, its 7.7%abv is lower than that of many "triples" but that alcohol content can sneak up on ya when not looking. Its a very drinkable ale that went well with a series of pre-Xmas dinner appetizers. (700 characters)

Photo of Murph
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with some slight yeasties in suspension and a huge, creamy white head that sinks some but lasts all the way down. Sweet candy sugar aromas with some lighter fruit tones such as peach, orange zest, and orange. There are also some very prevalent spice tones, smells of pepper and clove are all over the brew. Huge sweetness hits the tongue right away before giving way to some nice orange fruitiness with a trailing pepper taste. Slightly herbal hops can be quietly detected in the back of the brew as it progresses towards its spicy, slightly alcoholic, finish than lingers nicely on the tongue, leaving a craving for more. Sweet creamy silk is all over my tongue as I drink this brew. Light, but at the same time not. Absolutely excellent brew, but would I expect anything less from this amazing brewery. (831 characters)

Photo of frank4sail
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks yellow and extreamly clear with lots of little bubbles and a white head. Light malty aroma with some yeast and alcohol. Very smooth mouth. The original taste is solid malt followed by a soft clove finish. Very well balenced hop/maly character. Medium body. The finish is slightly sweet (coats the tongue).A solid Unibroue product. A very drinkable tripel. (368 characters)

Photo of the42ndtourist
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yep. lemony golden (like the inside, not the outside) with big foamy head. It's a good beer, smooth, and rather tasty. No pretences or overwhelming flavours, just nice and fruity, with a decent soft spice that keeps the alcohol in check.
I like it. (252 characters)

Eau Benite from Unibroue
89 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.