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Eau Benite - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

414 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 47
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-06-2001)
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thierrynantes

France

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2000.
Appearance: blond color (veiled)
Smell: fruity nose
Taste: alcohol is present, round, smooth, slight bitterness final honey
Drinkability: good strong beer blonde Belgian style, brewed by Unibroue in Quebec

Review added 10-31-2007, translated from french 3-4-2008.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 14:24:12 | More by thierrynantes
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janubio

Spain

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

330 ml. bottle. Pours a golden colour with a good head and leaves a lace foming some nice drawings. Smell is fruity, sweet apples and white grapes, with coriander and molasses. Sweet flavor, with a body lighter than expected, but good. Taste of apple cake, marzipan, white grapes, vanilla.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 12:22:27 | More by janubio
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL champagne bottle purchased in Gatineau.

Poured into a Chimay glass. Golden yellow, semi-cloudy, with a 1/4" bubbly head. Fades relatively quickly without a lot of lacing. Actually a really nice looking beer -- looks a lot like a hefeweizen.

Aroma is more floral than fruity, with blossoms and field flowers dominating. Some unripe apple and maybe a hint of pineapple in there.

Fruity flavours appear more in the flavour, mostly mild spring fruits and melon. Classic Unibroue yeast, and restrained floral hops. As it warms up, it gets more bitter and spicy notes shine through (coriander or nutmeg?).

The mouthfeel on this is fantastic; full, smooth, and perfectly carbonated (i.e. not too much). Aftertaste is bland and slightly bitter, but doesn't last long. The alcohol in this is well-hidden (although I was feeling it after 750 mL!), making this a very drinkable brew.

Right up there with my favourite Unibroues; wish it was available in Ontario!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 15:03:43 | More by crwills
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belgbeerdrinker

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: hazy yellow color, medium head settling to thin layer & good lacing, some carbonation evident
s: lots of yeast, strong banana, some spice
t: plenty of yeast, some spice, banana & hints of clove with a crisp, lighter finish
m: lots of carbonation, medium/creamy body, light finish for a triple
d: relatively light for a triple (could've used a bit more flavor) but rather refreshing. look forward to another.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 13:18:04 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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basica

Singapore

4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unibroue does not fail to disapppoint, having tried Trois Pistole and Maudite. I believe that
together with the Eau Benite, these are the only 3 Unibroue beers that could be obtained
locally. Eau Benite literally means "Holy Water"; I bought my bottle together with the
Maudite from Brewerkz and tasted it in my Hoegaarden Grand Cru tall tulip glass. The Eau
Benite pours out a cloudy golden with a light head that quickly dissipates. The initial smell
of the beer is generally bready with floral hints. After swirling the glass for a bit, the
foam froths up to about three quarter an inch revealing a more creamy appearance and the
floral and fruity hints become more apparent. I went ahead and tasted it and was greeted by
pleasant fruity notes constituted mainly by fresh fruits analagous to green grapes and plums.
The underlying yeast emmits the familiar Uniboue taste which is well loved by discerning
drinkers. This brew is between medium to full bodied with a very smooth nature contributing
to a nice mouth feel. At 7.7 ABV it goes easy when drinking and definitely scores high on
drinkability as well. The after taste had soothing notes of grapes and red apples and was
pleasantly lasting on the palates. When I took the last feel mouthful at a faster pace, I
notice the apple after taste showed up pleasantly on the general taste well which was pretty
pleasant. A tasty, yet light and easy drinking beer; good intro beer for folks who have yet
to try the fantastic brews from Unibroue.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 17:07:32 | More by basica
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle bought in Vancouver. This was the first time I've seen this beer, and I thought I'd tried just about everything current from Unibroue. I wonder why they don't distribute this to the USA.

Upon trying it I think they don't need to market it to the USA, but not because it's bad because it definitely is good. It just seems spot on for Fin Du Monde. Everything, appearance (hazy golden color, finely grained froth), smell (Unibroue yeast strain with esters), taste (mostly fruity wheat), mouthfeel (thick, coating), etc. Holy water but they already have holy water in other bottles.

I know there must be some difference not discernable by someone of my meager abilities, but as a first approximation this is re-bottled Fin Du Monde (and it's good).

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 03:52:10 | More by TurdFurgison
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clabaugh

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an inviting honey-gold infused with amber. The head forms generously, resembling sea foam in its bubbliness. Retention is strong.

Smell: White grapes, diacetyl, and some pungent yeastiness. Quite aromatic, with organic fruity properties and some phenols as well.

Taste: Yeasty, earthlike flavors accentuated with a pleasant sweetness. Butterscotch and grape combine to yield a tasty, sticky-sweet, yet bitter, milieu. The alcohol is present more in its satisfying warmth than in its comparatively subtle taste. Finishes with the taste of rich, doughy, dark bread garnished with honey.

Mouthfeel: Delightfully creamy and full-bodied. At once numbing and warming on the palate, tongue, and in the throat. Very pleasant.

Drinkability: Excellent flavor and really pampers the palate. A fine rendition of the style, and one of my favorites from Unibroue.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 18:34:29 | More by clabaugh
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle aged beyond a good year. Shared with Grub and served in a Fin Du Monde glass (close enough...) at Cafe Volo in Toronto.
Pours with lots of head - big, fluffy and pearl white. That cap would go nowhere! Mildly transparent, a zaphire golden colour. Aroma showcases a mildly spicy yeast which carries an interesting medley of both fresh and musty notes. At times fresh, at times musty. The mouthfeel a little thin with occasional hints of alcohol coming through. The spice really burns the tongue if you let it sit in the mouth. A very light, dry fruity finish. A soft, gentle passionfruit like note along with the fruity malt. Complimented nicely by that mellowed, smoothed out yeast. Light. Fair. Good.
Age has helped. This is another fantastic Unibroue ale.
And that devil in the bathtub on the label needs a haircut badly.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 22:16:02 | More by biegaman
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

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

corked and caged 750ml bottle marked M055, which should be bottled dec 5/05. shared with biegaman at volo.

pours deep yellow with just a little haze, possibly from the pour. big fluffy white head that drops very slowly and leaves tons of lace.

aroma is nice. very fresh with light spice. swirling brings out more of a musty/earthy aroma. bit of yeast. light fruityness.

taste is nice. very light spice. light crackery malt. bit of yeast. hint of clove and nutmeg. light bitterness.

mouthfeel is good. above average carbonation. light bodied with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is good. balanced and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 17:18:12 | More by grub
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Pegasus

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy light golden color, with a modest white head, good broken lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Spicy orange and coriander notes, with slight cookie dough, and mild cloves.

Taste: Spicy at the open, with slight earth and yeast notes, and orange, coriander appears later in the taste. Finishes with a lingering herbal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, with slightly zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice, drinkable example.

Thanks to fellow BA HardTarget for generously sharing this example.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 15:20:29 | More by Pegasus
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HardTarget

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Distinctive Unibroue yeast.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep gold glass with a thin white head

Flavor: Tastes like La Fin du Monde. Major flavors are spice and fresh orange peel. A great tripel profile.

Mouthfeel: Firm carbonation, medium to light body.

Overall Impression: Very enjoyable. If you are a Unibroue fan (as I am) you should enjoy this. I need to try to get another to do a side by side with La Fin to tease out the differences.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2006 05:24:19 | More by HardTarget
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JOaikido

Quebec (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle.

A- Medium head, white in colour. Orange-golden colour, nice. Cloudy with sediment floating in the beer. Head retention isn't great but there is good effervescence.

S- Spice and yeast. Yeast dominates. Citrus notes that become stronger as the beer warms.

T- Great Unibroue yeast. Spices. Sour citrus middle with bitterness of hops behind. Alcohol well hidden.

MF- Carbonation bite too strong. Refreshing and light without being watery. Dry without being pasty/astringent.

D- Light enough to be refreshing. Flavourful and strong enough to sip. Limited a little by high alcohol that goes right to your head. Wish more stores stocked this one as I prefer it to many easier to find beers from Unibroue. Good to see the Unibroue classics holding up despite the outside ownership.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 03:59:16 | More by JOaikido
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vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

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

I was pleased when I spotted this beer in West Vancouver, as it's not available in Calgary.

It poured from a 750 mL bottle a deep gold colour with a slight apricot hue, making it almost coppery. A thin, bubbly head quickly dwindled to a ring.

The aroma and flavour seemed understated by Unibroue standards, though the smell still managed to be an engaging mix of yeast, cloves and a hint of citric, grapefruit hops. The label describes this beer as a tripel, but it doesn't seem nearly malty enough to qualify: there's also some grapefruit, a bit of spiciness and black pepper going on.

This beer is well-placed in the strong pale ale category and nicely quaffable — though it isn't a standout.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 20:39:23 | More by vanrassel
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's been a couple years since this was available in Ontario... so I finally picked one up in BC.

It says "tripel" on the label, but I agree that it's more of a strong pale ale (not enough alcohol, fusils, phenols & spice).

A: Hazy, golden straw; fissy white head, very little retention, some lace.

S: Plenty of fruity esters (bubblegum, pineapple, pear and cantelope melon). Very light on the spice and barely any phenols.

T: Bready, tropical fruit (pineapple, banana, cantelope, honeydew and mango). Hints of cloves & bubblegum. The fruity esters from the yeast are certainly Belgian, but not too different from a German hefeweizen.

M: Moderate body is creamy, with a dry finish. Moderately high carbonation. Wonderful.

D: Very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 23:09:23 | More by Derek
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 06:06:09 | More by allergictomacros
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plaztikjezuz

Michigan

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

bought a 12 oz bottle at gourmet galley on drummond island michigan.
drank it from the bottle, was at the beach, has a very cool label. i'm into unibroues labeling.
the aroma is suttle, hint of alcohol, malt, fruity.
the flavor is soft and malty, hint of spice, hint of alcohol, this beer is light.
goes down easy, and really packs some kick.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 23:30:13 | More by plaztikjezuz
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Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 23:27:28 | More by Mandrake
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Skidz

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 3-26-04. Cooler aged the whole time.

Cap pops and I wait a bit to pour. Foam slowly finds its way up the neck and to the to of the bottle. Pours out pale straw and sits gold in the glass, I let a bit of the yeast float in. Sturdy, frothy white head leaves some lacings around the glass wile maintaining thick portions on top of the beer the whole time.

Smells of super-ripe tropical fruits and candied bread. Thick gooey caramel coats the whole lot of it, aromas similar to peanut brittle, minus the peanuts. All around, a fantastic nose for a Triple.

Flavors of starfruit, pineapple and papaya all basked under the rays of a light citric twist. Dormant caramel pads the doughy yeast portions. Mild hops bitterness lends a dry and slightly grassy finish.

Medium-light in body with fine carbonation and an overall crisp feel.

Age has done well for this beer. Flavors seem fairly mellow while the aroma is just as tantilizing as one could hope for.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2006 02:41:24 | More by Skidz
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bultrey

New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750-mL corked caged bottle at a little convenience store in Quebec City on my way back to the hotel to finish off my night of drunkeness. Had never had this particular Unibroue beer, so it called out to me.
Quite beautiful light golden color, smell is all banana with some other tropical fruit, like papaya or guava. Intensely peppery flavor, alos with notes of coriander and an underlying tropical fruit sweetness, but with a beautiful drying finish. Quite nice, like a spicier, double hefeweizen almost -- reminds me of Duvel in more than one way. Would certainly buy this if available in the US, and was quite happy to pay only $5.50 CDN for this big bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 02:44:32 | More by bultrey
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle given to me by a friend...

Poured a golden yellow colour... White head poured quite foamy and faded to almost nothing... little to no lacing...

Aroma - Fruity (pineapples, grapefruits), light toffee malts, honey sweetness, vanilla, peppery, creamy notes...

Taste – Spicy fruits, peppery, light sweetness, light spicy hop bitterness, sea salt notes, biscuity malts...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry. Medium body... Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A good Belgian pale ale.... Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 08:35:55 | More by mdagnew
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange gold with a massive head that is foamy and eggshell white. Lots of bubbles racing up and keeping the head full.

The smell is full of Unibroue yeast with a fair amount of added spice. A bit of soapiness and a bit of black pepper. Decent for the style, though I know of others I find more interesting in this category.

The first flavours from this beer make me think of ripe pineapple, fruity and sweet. Finish is peppery and a little bit citrus. I find it a pretty straightforward version of the style. Everything is there, but nothing is too exciting.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, it is low to medium in body and has a crispness to the carbonation. All together it makes an easy drinking beer.

No complaints here, but no rave review either. A solid beer, and perhaps good for people just learning about the Belgian brews. I'm glad to have tried it, but it doesn't break my heart that this particular beer from Unibroue is not available locally.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 03:10:07 | More by elricorico
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 09:09:46 | More by Absumaster
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Crosling

Colorado

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

I always seem to stumble across these obscure Unibroue offerings. Seeing as this isn’t sent my way, it was nice to be able to try this at a Belgian beer tasting over the weekend. Yeasty, perfumey aroma with hints of sweet malts, herbs, vanilla, fruits and apples. Notes of caramel and fruits (especially apple). Dry with a nice creamy body.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 02:45:03 | More by Crosling
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

This beer pours a hazy, yellow gold color. It is well carbonated and forms an initial, three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The head has some staying power to it as it lingers for quite some time, and even leaves some lacing patterns on the side of the glass. The aroma is fruity (pear and apple are apparent with a mix of tart, yet fragrant notes, and a touch of sweetness), yeasty with a bready note, and with some spiciness as well (I get notes of ginger, white pepper and lemon zest). Underneath these notes is a dry, biscuit like malt character, which serves to further round out the aroma.

The taste is definitely fruity as well, with an apparent sweetness up front, but in actuality I think that the beer is quite dry. There is a nice spiciness here as well; the beer is fresh and vibrant with notes of lemon zest, ginger, pepper and clove. The finish has an astringent, yeasty note and a solid bitterness, which are both joined by a touch of alcohol. There is a light acidity here, which plays up a fruity pear note. The beer is light and effervescent on the palate; it is just quite easy to drink. There is quite a bit of malt character as well; I get notes of biscuits and a rich, yet simple malt character.

This beer is quite good, I really like how it has a light, easy drinking, yet still rich character to it. It has lots of elements of a perfect Tripel. Something seems to be missing here in the end though, it seems to be missing a little bit of richness and complexity that the best examples have. It is quite enjoyable though, and I certainly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 02:12:05 | More by Gueuzedude
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice product from the Unibroue stables, I do believe that this is my favourite to date.
On arrival this brew greeted me with a 3 finger crown which lazily disappeared to a light glass ring with moderate lace.

Very pale yellow in colour with lively carbonation and hazy.
The nose has an estery sence in that their seems to be a ripe fruity mash like quality to it, predominantly currents and banana.
The taste matches the scent of the currents with a minor mash element behind. The alcohol was very noticable during the first two sips but that too disapated as the beer was consumed leaving a nice warmness.

A full bodied strong pale ale that leaves you dry to end.
Not a session beer, designed for sitting in front of the fireplace, scratching your pups ears.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 00:14:56 | More by Shiloh
Eau Benite from Unibroue
90 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.