Eau Benite - Unibroue

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90
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433 Ratings
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Ratings: 433
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 51
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-06-2001)
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Photo of zaphodchak
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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
4.38/5  rDev +9%
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
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
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
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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
4.22/5  rDev +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 rtepiak
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ran into a somewhat older bottle here in poland at a wine shop. ridiculously expensive. came out to be equal to about 6 dollars. but i wanted a unibroue triple and thats what i paid for.

pour is murky golden with a solid formed head of white. about a finger and a half. nose is complex esters from wheat, barley and belgian sugar. first time i've had a triple with notes of marzipan, honey comb, orangepeel and candied pineapple. nice smooth feel a bit a tingle more bright than a hef would be but still as easy to drink. has longevity as well. doesn't seem to lose much while sitting around.

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Unibroe products are a much less hard find, and at better prices, than other north american beers here in europe. Thumbs up for them

A- Cloudy, and at the same time bright, orange. Small to medium head with good retention and some lacing on the glass

S- Yeast is over there, with some honey and some citrus notes to back up. A spicy aroma overall, maybe a bit too sweet

T- Alcohol is sure to be felt but it comes along with a pleasant spicy character that is in turn matched by some fruity notes and by citrus. There is also a faint honey flavour that can be clearly felt in the aftertaste. Again, a bit too sweet to give the palate a full feel, the taste is mainly on your tongue

M- As i have just said, not much going on in the palate. Still, pleasantly dry with a surely detectable but not too aggressive carbonation

D- This may not be an incredibly high ABV beer, but it has a warming character that still leaves room for a quite fresh overall feel. Surely a pleasant drink

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl brown bottle, the fourth beer in my random weird beer tasting evening: best before 31 Mar 2011, drank and reviewed 28 Jan 2011.

Poured slowly into my Westvleteren chalice, tried not to let any sediment out, failed: the beer was a cloudy, murky dull orange colour, old gold I suppose. The head was thin, wispy and off-white, it soon became just a weak collar.

Good aromas of Belgian type yeasts and Continental Biscuits (Dutch Cookies).

Fruity, alcoholic and very drinkable. Raw, sharp and interesting, this beer has a character and a style which appeals to me. Semi-sweet, yet with an undertone of bitterness which never actually reaches the surface until the mouth is really drying out after each sip.

I can't get Unibroue beers very easily in the UK, but I'll certainly buy any I see!

Photo of TheBrewo
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pour a murky brew of a pale orange. The head that is put up begins at a finger and a half, but quickly disappears to a foamy film across the top of the liquid. The beer is opaque throughout the middle, with generous sediment granules suspended about the glass. Once they finally settle the bottom of the glass is covered with a fine dusting of yeast. The carbonation looks to be standardly active. As we sniff the nose is filled with green apple acetaldehydes, flashes of sweet, warm honey, tangerines, and a peppery spice on the back end. There is also the faintest tinge of booze hiding behind those spicy aromas. The taste begins with soft esters and brief vanilla nestled within a background of biting yeast. Malts that are almost wheaty crash in through the middle, with browned grannysmith apples, dark plums, and vanilla continuing for the ride. The end is clean with fresh malts and a bit of citrus, but is still dominated by a bitter, peppery note, indicative of the booze within. The aftertaste breaths with sugary fruits, yeast, and malts. The body is medium to full, with the carbonation playing only a minor role in the tasting. The mouthfeel is grainy, with the yeast particulates making themselves actually palpable. There is a curious astringency about it at the very back of the tongue, but the mouth is left otherwise satiated. The abv is up to par for the style, and the beer drinks with a simplicity.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the taste, which came through over a curiously dull nose. This is not to say that the nose was offensive, but rather that is was bright with ripe fruits and malty elements not otherwise common in a tripel. While you could certainly tell that this was brewed within the style, the outlying components, like the aroma inclusions and the hugely yeasty sediment, give this brew an interesting twist.

Photo of papat444
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Split this with my wife over our supper which was chicken & carrots.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled Dec. 6, 2007.

Appearance: A good 2-3 finger head. My wife's glass was a hazy gold body while mine was much hazier with brown flecks in it. Doesn't bother me :)

Smell: Citrus, floral in nature with a touch of honey and spices.

Taste: Sweet a little with strong fruit-like tones and a bit of bread. Some honey and spices but very faint.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation with a full body. Age has smoothed it out a bit but still holds. A smidgen of thinness in the finish but not enough to affect its enjoyment.

Drinkability: Good actually. I liked it enough to have had the whole bottle.

Overall: It's held up well after 3 years, better than the 1837. Too bad it's discontinued.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is fairly turbid, suggesting the presence of large wheat, which is strange for a triple. The nose is a little weak when it receives a light but fruity. Mouth also light with a low alcohol beverage, which allows to drink like whey. It collects a little spiciness, but it was his soft side, even grainy (as some wheat beers) emerges, with hints of exotic fruits, with the addition of a slight spicy bitterness. Very strange for a triple because both nearly as tasty and as bitter as the standards of the genre. With the advantage of being easy to drink.

Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by Alex for our Rare Canadian tasting...A dark pour for a triple, dark orange, good carbonation, lots of retention and lacing...Sweet aroma of honey, wheat, stone fruits, and lots of yeast, missing the normal floral hop backbone...The taste is also exceedingly sweet for a tripel, and if you are going to be this sweet it should be to cover up some alcohol and at a rather light 7.7% for a tripel not sure what the purpose was? Honey mostly shows with some bread and yeast. Nothing to fun, its not bad just bored.

An average tripel from Unibroue, it may be rare but if you want a Canadian tripel stick to La Find du Monde.

Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with Linoleum87. This is one of those Unibroue offerings that doesn't seem to leave Quebec. Served in a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours with two fingers of orange-tinged foam that settles to a thin cap and leaves big spots of lace. Hazy dark orange body with some obvious suspended sediment.

S - Bread and signature Unibroue yeast, stone fruits, some light oxidation, banana, and some vanilla-esque malted wheat character.

T - Taste is a bit less exciting. Light honey and grain character mingles with a bread and yeast malt backdrop.

M - A touch overcarbonated but not totally out of place for the style. Medium-full body that has a little grain to it, and a satisfying dry finish.

D - This has held up reasonably well. I got it around Christmas of 2008 and the aroma has developed a nice port wine oxidation character. Unfortunately the taste has smoothed out and lacks depth and richness of flavor. Lower in alcohol than Fin du Monde and sufficiently different that it should be available outside La Belle Province.

Eau Benite from Unibroue
90 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.